“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is from winter time 2004 i think it was. My second Defender and one of my RRC’s.
A friend, Terje and my old Land Rover Freelander. This was shot in Gausdal with an analog film Ricoh GR1s camera in 1999.
This brown RRC was perhaps my best Land Rover ever. Strong V8 engine. Had this for about three years.
From Alf’s old parking lot.
Another old shot with analog camera.
From working on one of my RRC’s. Good times
This was my Defender 300TDI. Also a good car to own. Great car for Norwegian winters.
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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.
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.
The one in the middle was a self portrait the Mexican artist had painted.
Oh 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.
Some snapshots from Fuji X-E2 that I normally would delete. Anyway, snapshots from a sunday.
The 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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Got me a homemade camera strap as a gift. It’s made of military paracord / parachute cord. So I guess it should be strong enough to deal with my Fuji X-E2.
I also have several paracord bracelets including one with a small compass. Like them a lot and use them everyday.
Maybe the camera strap is too big for everyday use on this lightweight camera but I am going to use it for some weeks. So far I like it a lot. If I think it’s too big I will put it on my Canon 5D for sure.
Japan Camera Hunter is now on youtube. Love the JCH website so I have high hopes for this channel.
May 24. Do not usually post HD wallpaper size on my blog but these show off the quality of Zeiss lenses so maybe some Chevrolet / belair / Volvo Duett / PV / fordson / tractor / car fans would like to wallpaper them. Fullsize is 1920 x 1280.
May 22. The picture above was shot in my small home studio some years ago. Carl Zeiss 85mm lens and Canon 5D.
May 21. Have done a complete backup of all my digital pictures since 2001 ( the year I got my first digital camera – was still also shooting film back then ). So I’m posting some random shots looking through them. I dont use Lightroom anymore. After Canon DPP have grown so good I feel I get better result with DPP and Photoshop. That have become my prefered way to work anyway. So my backup is just organized RAW&JPG files. No database. One folder for every year and every month in the year folder. Easy and rock solid way that works great for me. One of the backup disks is kept safe out of my house. Feels nice to be on track with a complete backup.
Two old pictures shot with Canon 20D. First one with new photoshop edit. The Canon 20D I had before was bought secondhand from a pro. It had battlescars and scratches. Had gone 100.000 + clicks on the shutter when I bought it. Anyway I used it for three years, in hot summers, snowstorms and cold Norwegian winters. Never failed once.
This one was shot a couple of years ago with my Carl Zeiss 35mm 2/35 t* Distagon ZE lens on a Canon 5D. The images shot with the Zeiss lens shines when converted to black and white. Same thing with the images from the Zeiss Makro-Planar lenses.
I usually do not recommend movies. But this is so good that I thought to do one exception.. 1,000 Times Good Night from 2014. Had never seen this movie before today. Absolutely a good movie well worth to watch.
From Wikipedia, plot : Rebecca (Binoche) is a photo journalist obsessed with reporting in dangerous war zones. She documents a group of female suicide bombers in Afghanistan. She accompanies one of the suicide bombers to Kabul, where the premature detonation of the bomb severely injures her. While recuperating at her home in Ireland, she is confronted by her husband Marcus (Coster-Waldau) and her daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny), who force her to choose between covering war zones, or her family. She chooses her family.
Steph is intrigued by her mother’s photographs and interested in humanitarian work in Africa, so Rebecca proposes a photography trip with her daughter to a refugee camp in Kenya.
I think this is even better than my old Fujifilm X100. Have done some boring shots at my kitchen table. No flash was used in any of these shots.
Exif is included as text in every picture and all are from RAW files. Had to download Adobe DNG converter to convert the RAF/RAW to DNG, but that was free and no hassle at all.
This 100-400 L Canon lens is borrowed from a friend. This actual lens have been in Africa twice. A good and expensive lens.
Having also tested the X-E2 with video and it’s far better than X100 ( classic ). Love everything about this Fuji so far. The jpg’s are awesome.
This is my best lens ever for Canon, my Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE. Resting on my laptop PC running Linux.
Boring pictures but fun to show the off the good colors and sharpness of this Fuji. Both camera and lens is AWESOME. Hope to get to use it more and I’m going to use it at a portrait shoot some time soon. My Canon gear is also going to be used that day of course. So maybe I’ll do some comparison with the Fuji setup VS Canon /Zeiss setup.
May 1 , soon there will be summer here in Norway. I’m trading street cameras…again, never satisfied. Last month, I sold my Fuji X100 and a few days ago I bought a Fuji X–E2 and a Fuji 35mm 1.4 .
Playing around with some double exposures from the GR. Originals looks like this :
and final image :
This was my last pictures taken with my Ricoh GR. The Ricoh GR has been a good quality street camera. This was my fifth GR including my film GR. I know the Fuji will be good too.
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