Monthly Archives: June 2011


When it rains it pours!

1d4+70-200 II

June is suppose to be a month of summer, sunshine and a lot of people in the streets. But it has been quite rainy as the image above describes. The train-station is normally filled with people, but the heavy rain force them all to stay inside and run out the last second to jump on their trains. Wish I had more time to shoot in the rain, as you might know already, bad weather is great photo-weather!

So instead of sitting inside being miserable, put on a rain coat, bring an umbrella and go have some photo-fun in the rain!!

New Panasonic GF3 announced!

Worlds smallest interchangeable lens with built-in flash!

Official press-release here

Whos is this camera for? Well, either you’re bored of the slow compact-cameras, and want something that gives you more of the SLR-touch on your images, but don’t want to drag around a huge camera. Or you need a smaller handier camera for when you’re SLR is just in the way of everything. I’m a fan of these small cameras with larger sensors and the ability to change lenses.

I own the Samsung NX100, which is in the same category as the new GF3, hopefully I’ll find the time to put together a small hands-on test of that one for those of you who want to see what all the fuzz is about, and what you get and what you miss out on compared to an SLR camera.

New Canon budget telephoto lens!

Read the official release in the link below:

Canon Announces EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS II

This is an update of the older version of the same lens, fits in nicely in your kit alongside with the ef-s 18-55 IS lenses, usually the lens in the entry-level Canon kits.

The first post!

1d4+14mm. Shot 5 raw files, handheld. HDR.

So, this is the first post of my brand new blog/photo-site! It has taken me some (ehh, a lot) of time to get the page up and running. Siv (my girlfriend) has made this page from design to setting up everything for me, and was done with it a long time ago. It’s just me that haven’t gotten around to getting some content in place. With work and my son Alexander, things seem to take a bit more time then usual.

Now, for image above, I’ve used my newly discovered HDR-technique. It makes shooting HDR much easier in my opinion, especially since I hate to drag around my tripod as I find it limiting when it comes to moving around.

What I do is this (you need and SLR camera):

Set your camera to LV (LiveView)
Set your camera to Bracketing mode (AEB)
Set Drive mode to a 2 sec Time Delay and Single Image (not burst mode)

This is good for two things, first off, the mirror doesn’t flap up and down between shots, and second, you do’ not need to press the shutter button and you can just concentrate on holding the camera still. Preferably support it on something solid, but if the shutterpeeds are fast enough, this is a very good way to get sharp results even handheld for 3 or 5 shots.

Post-processing:

I use Photomatix Pro 4 and Adobe Lightroom 3.4

Load all your bracketed raw-files into Photomatix.

Leave everything at Default, maybe, drag the White point down a bit.
Store as 16-bit TIFF

You now end up with a pretty dull and flat image that looks boring, but not to worry, we’ll fix that!

Open the image in a raw-converting software like Adobe Camera Raw, Bibble, Capture One etc. I use Adobe Lightroom 3.4.

The you edit the 16-bit TIFF stored from Photomatix in Lightroom , boost up contrast, curves, color and sharpness. This will make the final image, do as much or as little as you like, I used a Black&White Preset in Lr (Lightroom) for this one.

With this method you’ll a minimum of blurry results due to camera-movement, and also a lot less noise than when trying to make the final image in Photomatix. In additon I want to mention that this technique makes for a much more natural HDR-result, some people like to make HDR’s look like a painting, but that’s not my cup of tea. I want the HDR’s to capture the scene the way I see it with my eyes.

Hope this was helpful, any question can be added to the commentary section, and I’ll try to answer!