Winter by the fiord

Winter by the fiord

An image can be defining in so many ways, some for their inspirational qualities, some for defining a certain place in a learning cycle, either technical or artistic. Some just for the story that goes with them.

This image has a lot going for it: a low arctic winter sun casting soft shades of blue and yellow onto the scene, a serene and frozen fiord, snow covered grounds and a couple of benches inviting for a seat to take in the scenery and enjoy a quiet moment.

It is however the story and a technical lesson from that day that remain the reason why this image has been defining for me and my photographic journey.

A friend and I were heading for Nice in France from Nuuk on this beautiful morning, the first fight to Narsarsuaq had been problem free, however our connecting flight was heavily delayed, thus we borrowed a car and drove for a bit along the fiord to pass time and take in the views as the sun slowly made its way above the mountains.

This scene and quite a few others made for an amazing experience and was my first encounter with the beautiful Narsarsuaq region, it was the place where I fell in love with the Greenlandic winter.
The otherworldly dry crispness and clarity of the air, the silence and the landscape, Winter in Greenland is something everyone deserve to experience at least once I think.

I photographed handheld and while I did at the time find the relatively fast shutter speed surprising, I did not think more of it.
First upon getting the image onto my workstation and seeing it full screen during the development of the RAW file did I notice it had been shot at very high ASA (1600) blotches of digital noise made it an image only suitable for small print at the time.
Ten years later, before writing this post, I took it through development again, improved processing solutions and advancement in RAW development, combined with 10 years of additional experience has turned it into an image now printable at reasonable size.

I learned that day more than 10 years ago, to pay very close attention to all parameters of my image creation process, both artistic and the technical bit that should be second nature, but is so important when turning a scene into a two dimensional print.


Paris - City of emotions

A most famous tower
Tomorrow it is time to return to Paris.
A city I have visited so many times I have lost count, yet also a city tied to so many memories good, bad and in between.
A proposal in moonlight by The Seine, the first travel destination with our son, countless business trips, museum and gallery visits and countless hours spend taking in the vibe of the city and photographing, landmarks, streets and its people.
Under the bridge

It is a truly photographic city but also one of the most photographed ones.
Thus anyone travelling to Paris with the dream of coming home with that one unique image, will need to look hard.
Personally Paris is not and never has been about price winning images.
It is about culture, emotion and vibe.

Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre

Weekend kit
 The list of places to see is surprisingly short, Montmartre is always a stop on our list as is the Bastille area and Latin quarter.
We will of course stroll by a few of the top landmarks, such as Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the like, but core focus of the weekend will be family time.
spending time doing nothing and watch Paris float by, while enjoying a lazy glass of red wine.
As any photographer I will naturally be bringing a camera.
Well 3 of them actually and a few rolls of film.
A Clack for a few carefully selected frames, hopefully playing to its strengths, the A SLR for documentation and a Pentax auto 110, just because I have some ASA 100 110 format black and white film and it is such a cute and tiny SLR.
It is liberating to know that the photographic results are not really important, we are going to spend family time, but two photographers living together cannot really travel without photography playing a role :)

Thanks for reading :)


Thoughts on London

Right now I am at a bustling Airport Cafe at Lodon Gatwick Airport.
I am just gonna be here for a couple of hours meeting a potential customer and then 6 hours of waiting, leaving plenty of time for reflections and a travel down memory lane.

Do mind the gap

London is packed with memories for me and have provided me with locations for some gorgeous images over the years.
It remain one of my favourite cities in Europe.
Multicultural, impeccable language and a perfect blend of Polished English culture, heritage ad metropolitan grime.

One can in a matter of a few steps go from Royal history, past stunning city vistas, through gorgeous open parks, to shady narrow alleyways in litterally minutes or spend hours in one of the many museums and galleries.What is not to like?

I am already looking forward to a longer stay.
London at sunset