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“The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.” Anne Geddes

Not many pictures this month. Here is two shot August 7.

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All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.
Feel free to contact me about anything. email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com


 

 

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams’

This is just my blog – sharing my latest shots weekly and maybe write something about what lenses or cameras I used. This is not a portfolio in any way. These days I use my Canon full frame camera with Zeiss lenses ranging from 35mm to 100mm, and a Fuji X-E2 with only one lens the 35mm.

July 4. Nice and hot weather here in Norway now. Fishing mackerel, swimming and picking wild strawberries not far from my house.

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The dog gets walks to the beach every day. She loves to swim. Hvaler is a group of small islands and a good place to live. Can be rough during the winter storms but rest of the year it’s heaven.
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July 24 : My car update :
Have finally bought all the tools I needed to remove the broken parts from the merc. Bought a new torx/ hex key /wrench set and a new 2.5 ton service jack. Had two worn out 2 ton jacks that needed to be replaced. The merc is going to be on the road again in a week or two. Just have to buy the drive belt /serptine belt and a new fuel line.

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July 20 : My car update :
Since last time I logged in my merc has ‘sort of’ broken down. The drive belt /serptine belt did go out with a bang as one of the wheels holding it broke and took a fuel pipe with it, just to make sure this car was not going anywhere soon 🙂 This can be a problem to fix.. so the merc is sent to my garage for some weeks. I bought me a cheap 2005 model Toyota RAV4 today with 170.000km on the meter to have something to drive. Pretty stuck out here on this remote place without a car. This is a tough little 4×4, five seater. After reading online about what car that had the best reliability, Toyota was the answer. It’s a 2.0 diesel with manual transmission. That should be the most reliable combo for this type of Toyota. So far I like this Toyota and i’m going to keep it. But also looking forward to fix my merc, need some new tools. Torx set and so on. And I also need to find the parts I need after I have dismantled the broken parts.
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July 10 : My car for the moment is a beaten up merc E class 2000 model. It’s not pretty or highend but gets the job done. It’s a station wagon that have about 350.000 km ( 217.479 miles if i converted the numbers right..in Norway we use the metric system ) on it.

Have had this as my only car for about 5-6 years now with no problems other than rust ( lots of rust ) and changing service parts like exhaust , shock absorbers, springs, brakes and so on. A big, good reliable car with lots of space. The owner before me was my father and the car has never had any serious problems at all.

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Here is my car, and a friend thats most likely telling a joke about it.

So why do I want to write about my car…sounds pretty boring..? I have my whole life loved cars. Have had Porsche 944, BMW M5, and Chevy Camaro classic muscle cars and so on.

But with the bad norwegian roads, rough winters and my photo and fishing roadtrips that many times every year end at places like Gausdal, Rena and so on with rough tractor roads I do want a 4×4. It’s time for a 4×4 again – but i’m keeping the merc.

My father told me stories about he’s work in Africa in the 70’s and showed me pictures from the Land Rover’s they used. They crossed rivers and helped big trucs stuck in mud with them. And the idea of buying a Land Rover for myself was born. Yes it took many years to realize that a 4×4 is the way to go.

My very first Land Rover was a Series III 109. Have not found the pictures of it yet as it was analog film back then. But I know I got them somewhere so pictures will come.DSC00707
Here is an old picture of a friend with one of he’s Series III Land Rover’s so you get the idea of what my old 1975 Land Rover Series III car looked like. Not far from a 2015 model Land Rover Defender actually. Then I bought a Land Rover Freelander.

So far I count :

1 x Land Rover Series III 109 petrol
1 x Land Rover Defender 110 300TDI Diesel
1 x Land Rover Freelander 1.8 petrol
1 x Land Rover Defender 90 TD5 Diesel
1 x Land Rover Defender 110 TD5 Diesel
6 x RRC – Land Rover Range Rovers, all petrol V8’s 3.5 and 3.9 L

Got a friend, Alf that also loves classic Land Rovers and he’s got 3 x Series Land Rovers and 3 x RRC ( Range Rover Classic’s ).
Here is an old picture from back when I owned my first RRC and Alf repaired on one of he’s Series Land Rovers.
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Here is from winter time 2004 i think it was. My second Defender and one of my RRC’s.
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A friend, Terje and my old Land Rover Freelander. This was shot in Gausdal with an analog film Ricoh GR1s camera in 1999.
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This brown RRC was perhaps my best Land Rover ever. Strong V8 engine. Had this for about three years.
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From Alf’s old parking lot.
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Another old shot with analog camera.
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From working on one of my RRC’s. Good times :)
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This was my Defender 300TDI. Also a good car to own. Great car for Norwegian winters.

 

All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.
Feel free to contact me about anything. email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
― Eudora Welty

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Underwater shot of the dog catching a wooden stick

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Some shots from Hvaler. June 21 and 22. Those with the dog was shot not far from my house.


Saturday, market day in old town Fredrikstad. A lot of fun old things to buy, and a lot of new china crap that was supposed to look old.
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Specially liked the Mexcio made Russian replica pictures. Great effort was made to make them look old. Also very the nice the man who sold them. He told me they was new and he had met the artist that makes them.
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The one in the middle was a self portrait the Mexican artist had painted.
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474-Ulf-Greger-Canon-5DOh yeah…got to test the new nifty fifty. The brand new 2015 model Canon 50mm 1.8 STM. Love those cheap and light Canon lenses. Great value for money.
Picture shot with the new lens, the old mk II model in the picture with old lens cap. This one is going to be great for video with the new silent STM motor. STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF. It now got manual focus Override ! Better quality feel and Metal Lens Mount. Rounded 7 blade diaphragm, was 5 on the old one. Much better minimum focus distance. Almost as cheap as the old one.


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472-Ulf-Greger-Canon-5DFrom my garden. Canon 5D with Zeiss lens.


 

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Some snapshots from Fuji X-E2 that I normally would delete. Anyway, snapshots from a sunday.

 


 

Fuji-X-E2-00017-Ulf-GregerThe Fuji X-E2 has an advanced filter option I never had tested before. Think it’s override the film filter that was Astia Soft at the moment. Shot at f1.4 with my only Fuji lens, the 35mm f.1,4. This was jpg SOOC. The advanced filter ( under drive menu ) used was SOFT FOCUS. Converted to B&W.

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Fuji-X-E2-00019-Ulf-GregerOne shot with normal filter Astia Soft – converted to B&W. X-E2.

Fuji-X-E2-00020-Ulf-GregerThis one was shot by a friend, me to the left in the picture. Normal B&W filter. Fuji X-E2

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jch_post_My camera bag was at the frontpage of the JCH website today 🙂

 

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All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.  Feel free to contact me about anything. email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com


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1000-Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GRSome shots from back in 2013 when I helped my father clearing forest on he’s property after a heavy storm. Ricoh GR
self-portrait--Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GR Self portrait – Ulf Greger. Actually not a selfie, was just me clicking away to test the art filters of the Ricoh GR. This was the high contrast B&W filter.

My camera bag right now. Today I’m sending my Fuji X100 away to it’s new owner. This has been one of my best street cameras ever. My three Ricoh GR’s I’ve had past fifteen years or so comes close or was better in some areas. Anyway time for a new ‘my streetphoto to go bag’ picture. Last one with my Fujifilm camera.
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My bag is my solid Domke F2. It’s waxed and pretty waterproof. From left upper corner :
ThinkTank waterproof bag cover, use this in heavy snow and rain.
ThinkTank waterproof memory card holder with some CF and SD cards.
Canon 5D with some duct tape to mask the logo’s and a 80’s old worn camera strap.
Two extra Canon batteries. I dont use the LCD screen much so get about 1400 shots each.
ND filters.
Fujifilm X100 Black Edition .
Carl Zeiss 2/35 T* Distagon ZE. Easy my best lens for Canon.
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A gorillapod tripod. This actually carries my 5D with Zeiss 35mm.
Extra Fujifilm batteries.
Canon 270 EX external flash. Low weight and a solid flash.

So this was by street bag March 27. Also have a small ThinkTank bag for ultralight travel ( Canon 5D / Zeiss 35mm only ) and a big bag for outdoors portraits with all my big speedlights, gels, portrait lenses and radio triggers. This Domke bag is what I use 80% of the time. Sorry about low quality picture of the bag and gear. Had to shoot it with my Samsung phone. Going to add a better picture shot with my 5D soon. Obviously that shot are not showing my 5D 🙂

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396-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIMarch 20,  there was a solar eclipse today. Handheld shot just to have done it. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, f 11 1/4000 and ND filter.

March 12. Bought a new lens today. The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I already have a wonderful 35mm for full frame, my Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.
Main purpose for my new 35mm is street photography and some video work where IS and AF is nice to have sometimes.

382-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIThis was my first street shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Think this was a cool shot with lots of detail.

Autofocus is very quick and I think this lens performs very well. Also going to publish some videos to show just how good the IS performs and do a small review of this lens. I noticed some improvement with IS on with handheld video on the 5D mk III. If you own a crop sensor Canon camera, the IS are going to help even more with video.

0O9A0366One of my first shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Had to test it before buying at my local camera store, Japan Photo in Fredrikstad. Exif is :  1/250 sec – f4,5 -ISO 640 – Exposure Compensation +2/3. I usually always do some PP in PS or LR but this is from RAW file straight from Canon DPP 4.

The IS and AF felt good, image quality great so a brand new Canon lens was bought. I usually only buy used gear but I felt is was time for a brand new 35 in my bag. This lens feels sharper than the Canon 35mm 1.4 L. The 35 2.0 IS USM looks sharper throughout the frame than the 1.4L at f2. At f4, on both lenses they are equal sharpness I think but the CA was worse on the 1.4L. I have not compared them side by side, sold my 35L a long time ago. But looking at old shots the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM feels sharper. Also smaller, lighter weight and faster to focus. The Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE has a slight advantage in image quality I think so far. Better bokeh for sure. For pros and cons on the 35mm focal lenght with Canon the Canon 35 L do have f1,4 and the Zeiss 35 dont have AF. I think 35mm f/2 IS is the best everyday use lens if you love 35mm on your fullframe Canon camera.

I think it is justifiable for me to have both Zeiss 2/35 and Canon 35 f2 IS, as they present images differently and offer a different user experience. I love to use 35mm on FF and use that focal length very much for street photography. For portraits I think 85mm-135mm works best. The only downside so far with my Canon 35 f2 IS is that I wish it was faster. f1,8 would have been perfect.

Forgot about the Sigma 35mm 1,4 Art. Have owned this lens twice. AF problems and other problems with it. The Sigma 35 not a lens for me. I only use gear I can trust 100%.

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Another shot from the camera store. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Performs good wide open. At f2,8 this lens is razor sharp. Have got some emails with complaints about no exif data in my pictures. From now on full exif in every published picture that is about gear review.

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A bokeh shot when getting home. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM.

386-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIINight skies test with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I actually dont know anything about shooting stars at night so…high ISO, tripod and about 15 sec was a wild guess. Going to read about it and give a better try at a nice location by the sea not far from my house.

385-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHanheld shot in my car. One thing I like about the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is that it focuses really close. This was about 20 centimeters I think.

384-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHandheld test shot with poor lighting. The Image Stabilizer i damn good. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. With the Canon 5D mk III the autofocus is reliable and fast in low light. This is going to be great for low light street photography.

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A street photo shot outside the camera store before buying the 35 IS. Shot with a borrowed Canon 50mm 1.8 II. A lens I like very much.

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March 7. Motorcycle exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

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Reflection of me in a window at Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

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Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

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Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

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Oslo. Both Fuji X100.

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From Oslo. It’s selfie time. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad city. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad, old town. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad, old town, Fuji X100.

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I use my Canon dslr with Zeiss/Canon 35mm a lot for street photography also. But these last weeks I have almost only used the Fuji camera. It’s a good realible camera even in cold weather.

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Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Canon 5D.

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This one was shot for use in a instagram competition – I’m hoping to win a GoPro camera…well my hopes are not that high after looking twice at this picture 🙂 Samsung S4.

I’m currently working on getting a ‘old film look’ that’s my own…here is my four latest attempts. All made from my own recent photographs. I’m not happy yet but I’m learning more every time.
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My email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com