The Langøysund agreement—1040 A.D.

Like I wrote in my previous post, I'm lucky to live a short distance away from many of the beautiful places in Norway. I love to take road-trips through the country and photograph interesting places that appear on these road-trips.

Also there is a lot of local history that I was not aware of that I'm just getting to know. I've driven by this place many times over the years, but never bothered to stop and actually get to know the history behind it. I did stop though, one overcast day. I brought the camera along, walked around the sculpture several times to find the angle I wanted, I found the angle and I decided to shoot some frames.

This is the “Arrowhead” sculpture in Averøy, Norway—just a few clicks away from “Atlanterhavsveien” (The Atlantic Road). The sculpture “Arrowhead” by Kristian Blystad was erected in 1989 in memory of the agreement between King Magnus Olavson and the coast farmers.

If you're ever in the area, I recommend you stop, observe and absorb this rather large nice sculpture, it's a nice experience.

“Arrowhead” by Kristian Blystad

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Norway, my beautiful home

I am a Norwegian, I am an amateur photographer, and I love to drive to beautiful places in my home country and photograph this wonderful scenery. I am fortunate to live just a short distance away from many of the famous places here in Norway—Atlanterhavsveien, Dalsnibba, Trollstigen and Geiranger to name a few—and I used to travel to these places quite a bit a few years back.

Unfortunately, in the last 5-6 years, my life has been about work and life in general, so photography has played second fiddle in these later years. At one point, I didn't feel like doing any photo related activity at all, I was tired and lacked inspiration. Much of my equipment where sold, and I even closed this blog for two years.

I had  just about given up on photography and pondered selling all my equipment. But then a buddy of mine, Leif Inge, had come across an estate of a deceased professional photographer and he gave me a call if there was something I wanted to add to my camera collection. I was intrigued, I am of course quite happy to collect some vintage cameras, so I agreed to buy a Hasselblad 501CM with a CFE 80mm ƒ2.8 in mint condition. Later, the same year I actually expanded my collection with more equipment—a Nikon F3, Nikon F5 and a Leica M6 TTL—now I have quite a collection of some classic camera gear, I am happy with this, for now.

And it was this act of acquiring this vintage gear, that gave my interest for photography a solid reboot. I now develop my own negatives in the basement bathroom. This room does not have any windows, so it is perfect to use as a darkroom. I than scan the negatives and process them in Adobe Lightroom before I send them off to be printed at the local photo store. I am not quite ready to be a photo printer in my basement, yet. Maybe in time I will be, but for now, this arrangement works great.

So for my travels, I've made a little collection of some photos taken in those active years, hope you enjoy them as much I did making them.

Årvågen

Atlanterhavsveien

Gjuratinden

Mardalsfossen

Eikesdalen

Trollstigen

Alnesvatnet, Trollstigen

Geiranger

Winding road between Dalsnibba and Elvabreen

Moonrise in my home town, Kristiansund


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Winter is coming

It has been a long fantastic summer and fall, but now signs of winter are starting to show.

Below is a few quick snapshots from inside the car this morning. Nature is stunning for sure.



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Images captured with Nikon P7700. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro media.

Leica M8 and DxO FilmPack 4

I've shot a fair amount of film in my time, but since going digital in May of 2004 there has been less shooting with film. It's not until the last year that I've started to shoot and develop film again, and I love it, back to the roots.

But it is a lot of work, digital is so much faster and available, so my quest have been to make my digital files look more analog. I've tried a lot of different tools and cameras but they all ended up looking digital, you know, that clean look that looks cold and lacks character, with digital I think some of the magic is gone. Sure, most people like that, but I'm not most people. I like things to be imperfect, I like flaws, that's character, and I love that in a photograph.

So, it wasn't until I bought a Leica M8 last summer that I really feel like I'm shooting film again. I love the color from the Leica M8 sensor, and running those files through DxO FilmPack 4 totally give me what I've been looking for.

But there is another aspect to this, and that's the Leica magic, it's like shooting with an old film camera, manual is good. I love the Leica, because it slows you down, it makes you think and plan your image, you create instead of just snapping a picture.

Original DNG file without corrections

Lightroom 5.4 and DxO FilmPack 4. Kodak Portra 160VC

Above is the before and after photos, nothing special I admit, shot from the hip on a dusty sensor, this takes me back, it's gritty, it got beautiful color and grain. I love it.

It's fun to shoot again.

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Images captured with Leica M8, Leica SUMMARIT-M 35mm f/2.5 lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro media.

Beautiful Easter

So there we are, Easter is done. I've been blessed with outstanding weather this Easter, so naturally I would need to go out and shoot some frames.

I headed out to the Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien) in beautiful spring weather. I live about 30 minutes away from this fantastic place so I thought it would be a nice calm trip and an opportunity to get some nice images.

Fishing bridge

Beautiful clouds

Beautiful clouds

Fishing bridge

Fishing bridge


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Images captured with Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA compact flash card.

Going old-school

My analog development equipment

The digital onslaught continues in the photography field and I guess analog is almost dead, I am of course one of those people that shoot digital and enjoy it, I shoot with Nikon D800, Nikon D3s and Leica M8 now.

But, since the summer of 2013, I've started to develop photos the old fashion way again, 'the hipster way' I suppose you can say now in 2014.

I remember the day clearly—the first day I got introduced to chemicals and film development—It was in the summer of 1981 at school. I took some classes on photography and since there where no digital capture back then, you had to go into the dark and work with chemicals.

So with those memories in mind I went on a shopping spree in the summer of 2013, eBay is your friend here. I acquired some nice analog gear in mint condition—a Hasselblad 501CM with a gorgeous CFE 80mm f2.8, a Nikon F3 and a Nikon F5, and a substantial amount of film, sadly though, no Kodachrome 64.

I use Kodak Portra, Kodak Ektar, Kodak Tri-X and Kodak TMAX film in both 135 and 120 formats. For the PolaPlus I use Fujifilm FP-3000B.

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens

Shooting Polaroid's are fun, fun, fun!—I had to get one of these Polaroid back's for my Hasselblad. Love working with it. It really is time travel, for me anyways.

Hasselblad 501CM and CFE 80mm f2.8 lens and PolaPlus Polaroid back

Nikon F5 and Nikon F3. Hasselblad A12 6x6 mag in front

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Photographing the Aurora Borealis

Now here's something new. I've never photographed the Aurora Borealis before, but on February 27th a few friends and I managed to get some nice pictures of the phenomenon. It was quite intense at one point and I got some nice shots of the spectacle.

The funny thing is that it wasn't cold or anything. It was a dry evening with about 7 degrees centigrade, not much of a winter weather around here. This winter is weird, plain and simple.

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Zenith
Images captured with Nikon D800, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro UDMA compact flash card.