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Oslo is the capital of Norway. So it should be THE place for you to do some street photo in Norway.

 

“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
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Oslo. Founded in the year 1040, and established as a “kaupstad” or trading place in 1048 by King Harald III, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 reduced its influence. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, the city was moved closer to Akershus Fortress during the reign of King Christian IV and renamed Christiania in his honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. Following a spelling reform, it was known as Kristiania from 1877 to 1925, at which time its original Norwegian name was restored.

 

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As of January 1, 2016, the municipality of Oslo has a population of 658,390, while the population of the city’s urban area was 942,084. The metropolitan area had an estimated population of 1.71 million. The population is currently increasing at record rates, making it the fastest growing major city in Europe.

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For me the best way to get to Oslo is by bus. Leave my car at home and forget about parking tickets and fines.

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I like to shoot streetlife as it is. Rich people at tourist attractions or people that live on and off the street at tough parts of the town. I dont care..
I like to talk to people and get real photos of real people and places.

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This is a work in progress. Last two trips to Oslo I took about 900 shots. So just have to post some randoms I like. Also got many old pictures from Oslo I like to share in this post in the future.

 

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

 

 

 

March 28, have bought a used Canon 300mm L f4 IS. Again. This is the third time a buy one of these. Love and hate this lens. This is a 2015 model and looks and feel like brand new.

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Here is some shots from playing around with it and get used to the long focal length again. As with all Canon L lenses this is a top quality lens.

“A photograph is usually looked at seldom looked into.”
― Ansel Adams
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March 23, a picture of a duck, from Fredrikstad’s old town ‘gamlebyen’ today. Shot with my trusty Canon 5D camera.
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I have now returned the Fujifilm X70. First of all because the focus points can fool you on the screen, it happened a lot when taking photos of objects near me. Looked like I had focus but it was focusing on the object behind. Took about 20 shots of this great Australian ‘mad max’ dog and they all turned out like this.So i’m going for a Fujifilm X100 again. Most likely a T or S. Also missed the 35mm focal lenght and optical viewfinder (OVF) from my old X100. At the moment i’m back to an old Canon S95 compact camera that I borrow. Also got bigger camera’s, DSLR’s of course. But for everyday use on the streets the Canon S95 will do the job nicely until a X100T or S is bought.
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March 14, Went out to buy some black & white film for my Pentax camera today. Ended up with two rolls of ILFORD DELTA 100 Proffesional 36exp. The good stuff. In Norway one rolls of these cost 90 NKR, thats about $12 US Dollar.

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These walks a really good for my neck and shoulders that hurts bad these days. Photography is good medicine. Picture of my old Pentax film camera and the new ILFORD film shot with Fujifilm X70.

Love this video of Gunther Holtorf

 

March 12, Have done about 150 shots and some video with the Fujifilm X70 so far. I like it a lot. Going to make a small review page about the Fujifilm X70. Need some more pictures worth posting, not a big fan of posting pictures of brick walls, but here is some slightly boring everyday shots for you. Hope for a good street photo day out soon. I’m not sure if I like the X70 over the X100 and X100S just yet. The Fujifilm X100 has it’s advantages over the X70 in some ways. The X70 has faster autofocus and feels faster.
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Shot with the Fujifilm X70 : 

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So far I think it’s a fun camera to use. It’s fast and the small size makes it easy to always carry with me. But can’t help wondering if I should return it for a X100T. Have to make up my mind very soon. Every picture yet is JPG SOOC ( straight out of camera ) Have not shot a single frame RAW yet. Fujifilm has wonderful JPG’s. Thank you for reading, notice I got a lot of visitors on my blog now. If you want to contact me feel free to do so about anything regarding my photography, ulfgreger2008@gmail.com.

Lots of inspiration to be found watching the old masters on youtube

March 9, got my new street camera yesterday. The Fujifilm X70. Not done more than a few test shots so far but the images looks great, far better than Ricoh GR for sure. ( Make no mistake, I loved the Ricoh GR ) It’s fast focusing too, even at economy mode where I left it. The Fuji X70 is pretty heavy and has a quality feeling about it. All metal and a good rubber grip, smaller than expected. Fits nicely in all my jacket pockets. 683-2016-fujifilm-fuji-x70-Ulf-GregerI think this is going to be a good little pocket camera to alway carry with me. Going to post more images and some video samples as soon as possible. So far it’s very promising. My old trusty Gordy Strap has survived five pocket cameras so far.

March 8, took only this shot today.
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March 4, some snow, wind and cold weather. Took an two hours walk in the city to do some street photography. My back and neck hurts like a son of a *** these days and walking is the best medicine for me. Took about ten shots in total. This is what I love about street photography. Some days you can get 10 good shots, other days nothing. This was not a good day but fun anyway. Had to use very high ISO to keep my shutterspeed up today. Here is some shots from this day. My old Gordy strap has survived five pocket cameras now. Love that camera strap.

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677-2016-Ulf-GregerThis old lady was nice talking to. She lived on a farm when she was young. Talked with her for some time.
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March 1. Still cold and windy here in Norway. About pocket cameras I placed a order for a Fujifilm X70 instead of buying a Fujifilm X100 S or T. Not sure yet if 28mm will work. But can always buy a X100 S/T later on if I miss 35mm too much with the pocket camera. Loved the Ricoh GR so I think the 28mm wil do just fine. Anyway I have my 35mm Carl Zeiss lens for my Canon 5D when I need that focal length for more serious work..

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I have maxed out my storage limit on my website. With my webhotel ISP here in Norway 1GB is the limit of their cheap webhotels. Not very much and hope they raise their storage limit to at least 2GB. So from here I will firstly delete many of my old blogpost and pictures that contains large files and just post small 1000x800px images in this format as the picture above.

Otherwise I like my website as it is. Fast and simple with lot of my own code and tagging. I’m using a laptop using Linux operating system with LAMP ( linux, apache, MySql and PhP ) to make websites with WP cms. Works like a dream and even if I make big fancy websites for others with slides and colors I like my own website to be simple and clean.

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All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger. Feel free to contact me about anything. Also seeking TFP model in Østfold, Norway.  email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

 

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Going to do more street photography again. For that purpose i’m going to buy a used Fuji X100 again ( 35mm fixed prime lens ) or the new Fuji X70 ( 28mm fixed prime lens ).

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658-2016--Ulf-GregerThe Norwegian artist Ingar Aasen, alias Art Ranger. Here in his gallery in Fredrikstad, Norway.
660-2016--Ulf-GregerLoved the light, and the lines.

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655-2016--Ulf-GregerTesting some new loudspeakers this month too. This time it’s a pair of high-end Tannoy speakers. Maybe the best loudspeaker’s ever made. They are basicly Tannoy Kensington GR’s in a 10 litre smaller cabinet that’s better built than the Kensington’s. Just awesome sound.

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For the moment I’m building a true hardcore vintage stereo. A old Lenco turntable, Yamaha cassette player, Sansui amp and going to just listen to LP’s and cassettes on that stereo setup. Just waiting for my ‘new’ Sansui AU D-11 amp thats currently at service. Cant wait to listen to my LP records on that vintage stereo when finished. The loudspeakers are going to be Klipsch Heritages. Heresy or KG3. Maybe a set of old JBL L100’s if I can find a pair on ebay. Already own two pair of the Klipsch’s heritage louspeakers. Music is important to me, listening mostly to old blues, jazz, bluesrock and rock. Some classical music like Bach too.

A CD that I just love, Therion’s Vovin. Here is two track from that CD. The voice of Martina Astner is awesome. When she left the band there was nothing left in my opinion.

 

More hifi testing shots :

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All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger. Feel free to contact me about anything. Also seeking TFP model in Østfold, Norway.  email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.” Sally Mann

April 30.  Today Canon has reached their 100 million produced EF lens. Congratulations Canon.
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Image borrowed from Canons Facebook page.

April 26.  I’m currently working on a small Zeiss Makro-Planar 100 f2 ZE review. So far this lens has been amazing.  This is one great lens to use for portraits and product photography.
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Gaming time. Shot @ f2 with Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZE and Canon 5D mk III. ( for my Zeiss MakroPlanar 100mm ZE review )
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Shot with Zeiss Makro-Planar 100 ZE

April 24  Starting a small Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T*  f2 100mm ZE review. Just got this lens today. Bought on a Easter offer from Japan Photo’s webshop. 20% off normal price. This is not a new lens on the market. It’s been around in ZE ( Canon ) mount since 2009.

Just some fast unpacking shots, done with my Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE – and last shot with the Makro-Planar 100 of my Distagon.
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Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100mm ZE ( shot with the 35mm..obviously )

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My Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE – Shot with Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100mm ZE.

Sold my Canon lenses except a 50mm 1,4 that comes in handy with paid jobs for local newspapers etc where I just sometimes need to shoot fast and dont have the luxury to manual focus.  That 50mm f1.4 is small, fast, lightweight and stays in my camera bag with a small flash for same reason. It’s a workhorse of a lens and never seems to fail me.

Sold my Canon 300 L F4 IS after only a couple of weeks owning it. Regret selling the 300 L.

Also sold my Carl Zeiss Planar T* 85mm 1.4 ZE.
The Makro-Planar T* 2/100mm ZE covers about same focal lenght and also needed to free up some cash, so the 85mm had to go.  That said, the Zeiss Planar 85 was a great lens that gave me many sharp portraits with great color and bokeh. For me it’s now Makro-Planar 100 f2 that are going to be my portrait lens .

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Test shot of an Orchid. Shot with Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100mm ZE.

April 20
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Bought some ND filters. Did go for the Cokin Z system because it’s pretty good quality at a low price.  Did some test shots with ND filters, just for fun and learing. The reason I needed the ND filters is some sunny mid day f2 portraits outdoors. I’m not much into landscape, but they are useful for that too.

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These was shot with Zeiss 35/2 + ND 4.  All shot’s wide open at f2. Last one mid day in the sun. Looks like ND4 is going to work fine for sunny f2 portraits. When shooting fast lenses wide open in the sun the problem is the camera’s max shutter speed is exceeded. Adding a ND filter get the shutterspeed down and give me creative opportunities on sunny days.

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Orchid in window light.

 

April 17

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Fishing boats in harbor. All shot handheld at high ISO at night. This harbor is not very far from where I live. Utgårdskilen, Hvaler in Norway. Why I did not use tripod and longer exposure ? I like to try things that is against the ‘rules’ of photography. This is only my blog about my everyday photography. This is not my portfolio. I am not a pro reviewer, I am a photographer doing this blog just for fun.
That said – my plan was to capture the blue mood of the night, did not work out as good as I hoped for.  But it was fun to try, and enjoy the walk at this beautiful place with totally silence at night. Maybe i’ll get it a new try an early moning – when the fishermen set out to sea.

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Eating noodles.

April 13 : Photoshoot, model is Julia GB . Makeup and hair getting done..

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And shooting :

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Final shot.

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Three shots I took while Julia was testing the X100 and Stine was testing light. The third one has not been into photoshop and has full exif data with camera model, ISO and so on. Exif only reads 35mm f2 lens – is actually Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2 ZE. Maybe an 5DIII / Zeiss issue. If I remember correctly 5DII’s exif named Zeiss in exif.

 

April 11 :Sold my Ricoh GR compact camera and bought a used Fuji X100 Black Limited Edition, with the original box and all the extras.  Got a really good offer and it is in mint condition. Love the Fuji X100 colors so for that low price it was a no brainer to buy. Only attached my Gordy strap and is charging the battery for now.
Going to post some first shots from it tomorrow.  Going to test it play with it all day.
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Couple of my first shots with my ‘new’ X100.   I think this camera performs very well. Long time since I tried the X100. It’s a good camera to use.  Nice quality feel about it, heavy and solid. With a fast pro memorycard and shooting jpg and not raw it feels fast enough  – it’s an good street camera. Have also tried the newer X100s and I think it lacks the original x100 magic rendering and colors in low light.  That said of course X100s is a better camera, faster and improved in every way…but I feel the ‘magic’ is gone with the s.  If I ever buy one i’ll may change my mind when I get to know it better. The X100 is a little soft at f2 but pretty sharp at f2.8 and higher. Doing a small Fuji X100 REVIEW HERE.

Have opened for comments again. Have had a lot of emails regarding my lenses, cameras and pictures. So now everybody can comment here. First your comment must be manually approved by me. After that first approval all your comments are going to be posted directly.

Have sold my Canon lenses. Newer used them much anyway. So maybe this month I am going to buy a used Carl Zeiss 100/2 Makro-Planar lens. My dream is the Otus 55/1,4 but that is way too expensive for me. Anyway, the Distagon and Planar are really good and serve me well. If a good deal for a second hand Makro-Planar turns up I’ll buy it.
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A Crown Optical – Cronica 8 ET.  Dont know much about this one, it’s going for sale along with some other old stuff I got.. Shot with my Canon 5D and Carl Zeiss 2/35 ZE.

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April 5:

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Sometimes with MF lenses you just miss. Either you or the model(s) move and with no AF that moment is gone. That said, for me I would never dragged my camera around so much if I not enjoyed the h**l out of my Carl Zeiss lenses. One trick to get a sharp image is to shoot 4-5 pictures in a burst. I do this often with moving people and animals. Chances are good of one or two razor sharp shots. This one, slightly missed is still a keeper for me. And that’s all that matter in the end. Shot with Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f2 ZE.

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Self portrait, my wounds from the  accident are healing fast. My upper lip have almost invisible scars now. Strange to know it was cut open not long ago.  Going to have scars on my nose for the rest of my life – anyway I was lucky. A guardian angel must be watching over me.

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