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On Location image galleries

By Martin Joergensen | October 14, 2008 12:26 PM | | Comments ( 2)

galleries.jpgWhen I first started producing the On Location podcasts, I created Nikonians image galleries for each with the most important images from the shoot. But that was honestly quite a bit of work on top of shooting, post processing, recording, producing and all the other tasks, and since I already create a kind of gallery in the slide show, I thought it would be easier to draw the images from there.

Enter my day job skills as a web developer. A bit of programming and Voilà! We have a set of "On Location" galleries. Each episode is listed, and when you click on it, you see all the images from that week's slide show.

Sometimes it it pays off to be a nerd!


By Martin Joergensen | October 3, 2008 3:20 PM |

One of my absolute favorite photographic blogs is iheartphotograph - like in I love photograph with the heart symbol. Iheartphotograph is a daily dose of different photography gathered and published by New York based art curator Laurel Ptak.

And when I say different I really mean it. This huge collection of photographs and display of photographer's works is quite far from what I shoot myself (and then again, see later), and quite far from the type of photos I mostly look at in galleries, on the web, in books or in magazines.

Continue reading iheartphotograph.

Gotta love that lens

By Martin Joergensen | August 11, 2008 8:42 AM | | Comments ( 1)

I was together with my family this weekend and had a great time with nice weather and a barbecue. The morning after our dinner it was raining and everything was covered in soft light and raindrops.

So I dug out my 85mm f1.8 and started shooting the remains of the night before as well as other things around me. I oftentimes use this lens at full open and shoot with a very shallow depth of field. I love the way it renders out-of-focus areas - AKA bokeh - really soft. The way this lens registers things, you can imagine how the even more praised 85mm f1.4 works. Creamy! But the price difference is huge. I got my f1.8 lens for about 300 US$ or 200 Euros used, which is cheap here. It's listed at US$ 650.- from new in Danish shops! You get it for 400 US$ as new in the US shops, while the 1.4 version is 1000 US$, so a significant difference.

The images came out with a lot of variation in color saturation, so I converted them to B/W using a simple Channel Mixer with varying filter settings.

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HDR sunset walk

By Martin Joergensen | July 17, 2008 12:05 AM |

Sitting at the computer looking out the window earlier this evening I noticed one of the great advantages of the unstable summer weather we have right now: beautiful sunsets. The drifting clouds and broken cloud coverage mixed with the long, light evening and slow Scandinavian sunsets means long lasting and usually very nice sunsets.

As this evening. I quickly packed a tripod, the camera and the dog and drove a bit into the countryside to find a suitable location. While driving I could witness the sky going more and more colorful and bright, but once I reached a suitable place and set up, the best part was over.

On the other hand I had some nice colorful flowers in the foreground, a cloudy sky and the sun still playing.

I shot a bunch of bracketed series for HDR-work, strolled with the dog and returned home. These are the best frames from that small trip. All shot with the D200 and the Sigma 10-20mm at f18 and shutter speeds between 1 and 10 seconds or so.

And yes, I will return to HDR in one or several future "On Location" podcasts.

Chrome and Blue

By Martin Joergensen | July 11, 2008 8:46 PM |

Another small series shot in my home. I have always loved my espresso machines, and have had several of these Italian machines over the years. They brew a mean cup of coffee, and their chromed surfaces offer a lot of photo opportunities.

This is another series shot with the D40 and the worn out 50mm f1.8. It's a killer combination in spite of the manual focusing - compact and light and with excellent low light capabilities.

No movement, no color

By Martin Joergensen | July 10, 2008 8:52 PM |

I'm grounded these days. Not much moving about. I was unfortunate enough to fall over a network cable running across my living room door, and that cost me at least one strained toe and a swollen knee. Doctors orders: pain killers and rest.

Well, I'm resting. Not able to get around means fewer photo opportunities... or does it? I honestly don't think so. I can't stop taking pictures just because I'm confined within the four walls of my home with the occasional pop into the garden.

I armed my D40 with an old 50mm f1.8, and had some fun. Yes, that means focusing manually, which is actually great fun and reminds me of the old days. The focus ring is just ridiculously small on the 50mm, and I actually think I'll construct an attachment I can slide over it to get some more grip.

Apart from that it works like a charm, and the softness and bokeh you get at full open is amazing. I love B/W and routinely thought in B/W when I shot and converted the images in post. The result may not be great art, but a fun drill when you can't get around as you want to.

Rusty dogwalk

By Martin Joergensen | June 28, 2008 11:07 PM |

I often find some really nice locations when I walk my dog. Like today. I was out near the water just south of Copenhagen, and walked along a wall towards a large plant where they make concrete building part, pipes, rings for wells and things like that. As I reached the water the wall just stopped and I could enter. This being a Saturday meant nobody at work and I could fool around with my D40 mounted with a Sigma 10-20mm. I found this fascinating pile of huge, rusty machine parts and the soft light from the overcast sky gave me some great shots.

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