Why I'm inactive during summer

Over the past couple of months I have been very inactive at my social outlets. It is kind of becoming a trend, being away for some time each summer. But it is not because I want to enjoy summer without working as is the norm here in Sweden.

At Blefjell

Actually I am not really enjoying summer. For the very same reason most love summer I dislike it. It is to hot. The days are to long. And nature is to green. 

My body and mind really slows down when it gets warmer. Everything kind of becomes a chore, the will to be doing anything disappears. That effect really comes into play when the sun is out and it is above 20°c. Which isn't every day but it happens often enough for it to be a problem for me during summer. 

Misty morning

The issue with the days being to long is that when it is time for sunset or sunrise I am guaranteed to be tired. If I don't have a alarm clock set I usually wake up at between 7-8 in the morning and I if I don't push it I get sleepy at 22-23 in the evening. So sunrise is really going to be a pain seeing as the sunrise is happening at 03-04 in the morning. And sunset is happening just as I want to jump into bed. The obvious solution would be to sleep during the day. But that is easier said than done. I have never been able to sleep during the day and I do not think that I is going to be easier as I get older. 

Perfect reflection (almost)

My complaint about summer being to green is really just about the color tonality that occurs naturally. When most everything is one color I think that a scene easily can turn flat. As with light, color needs differences in order to create interest. 

All this being said I hope that all of you have had a great summer. I am going to return with more content in the beginning of August. First in line is a trip that I took to Norway in the beginning of the summer. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get noticed when the video is released.

New content, right here

I have updated a lot of the information that I have on this site for 2017. New information can be found under the following tabs:

  • Home
    • I tried to put more emphasis on information that might be key for new visitors.
  • Gallery
    • I have split my gallery into two different categories: Art and Documentary.
  • About
    • There is a lot of new information about me, my artistic vision and my area of operation.

During the spring I am also going to launch a print store where I plan to sell my Art-work.
As times go on I really want to be more active here and plan to keep you updates as new ideas start to form.

The future can only get better.
/Felix

 

What's up

Hi!

Wow, I haven't posted anything here for quite a while.. I've been meaning to but I guess I just didn't really know what I would post. I mean the things I've posted earlier have been completely moved over to the YouTube channel and the channel is growing steadily. The channel have reached its first 100 subscribers last month and gained 40+ more this month, which is great!

But all my focus has really been on YouTube lately which has led to neglect on my blog, blogging is certainly also fun and I just need to figure out what I want to write. It really isn't always that easy. But I think there are a few things that are better said on "paper" rather than in a video. If nothing else I really want to write more, it is quite relaxing and gives me more time to think things through.

For now I want to leave you with a little update on what I've been doing for the last couple of months.

After I posted the last post I kinda went on vacation. I felt burned out and I needed some rest, so I took the summer of and basically did nothing. I'm not proud of it. But what is done is done. In August I got back into business and started making pictures again. You can see a small selection below.

Now we kinda transition over into autumn and the lovely fall colors. During fall I tried to photograph as much as possible but I would have liked to capture even more of it. What I really think I missed out on this year were the grander scenes. I managed to get a lot of detail shots but not that many grander views. Again see the images below.

So that leaves us right about now. I have to say that I am both pleased with the pictures I've taken since my vacation but I am also a little disappointed. I think that I've gotten caught in constant production and kinda lost track of the why, why I love creating images. It's been more taking than making during this time.

I was starting to feel that same kind of overload that I did before summer, the constant nagging question of why. So what I did was to sit down and write down the reason why, stake it out for myself as to remind myself why I actually want to do this. I am not going to write my reasons here, right now. I want to do it properly later. I'm planning to make a whole section about my philosophy of photography here a bit later on. But in order to tease you a little bit I can say that I thrive in reality and reason and fall in emotional what if's. 

For now I just want to say that I'm keeping my shit together and that I have grand plans for the future, I'm just not sure when the future might be here.

Pictures from Episode 24

I am testing a new format here on the blog, instead of just writing down what happened in the episode I thought I would talk a bit more about the pictures.

1. The panorama turned out to be quite uninteresting

Lets start with picture number 1 the panorama.  What I thought to do was to bring the horizon and the clouds closer. Since they were both quite far away I decided to use a telephoto lens when capturing this picture. More specific the Tamron 70-300 mm VC at 240 mm. It worked out quite well and I think the composition is actually rather good. However seeing as I do not have any filter for this lens (yet) I could not make the water smoother. I think this is the main reason for this picture not being better. I really do not like to increase the contrast when there are harsh edges in the water. So I had to make it flatter than I initially wanted. Making the image a lot more uninteresting than I had first hoped it would be.


Picture number 2 & 3 are both using the same concept. The las sunlight was coming out just above the tree-line. Picture 2 is getting side light and picture 3 is back lit. In essence I was trying to capture the tree-line contrasting with the sunlight. 

2. Sunlight upon the treetops

3. The evergreen tree-line

3. The evergreen tree-line


4. Hero image of the evening

Picture number 4 is the hero image of this session. Here I ditched the 70-300 mm in favor for my favorite, Nikon's 16-35 mm VR at 35 mm. I think that it worked in my favor as I got a bit more of the foreground in the picture. Giving the whole picture more depth and a better anchor point with relation to the background. I must confess that I really do prefer the perspective of a wide angle lens compared to the compression of a telephoto lens.


5. Making it vertical didn't help, just as I thought

Picture number 5 was a try to go even wider, but as I said in the video the clouds are just getting to small at 16 mm. Even though the foreground is actually looking better at 16 mm. Which is in agreement with what I have found. Wide angles rule when the foreground is awesome. If there is no foreground or the background is more interesting, use a telephoto lens.

Landscape Photography Episode 23

In this episode of landscape photography I go out into the rain clouds searching for that special moody light.

Going out when it rains is a bit of a gamble. You never really know how the clouds are going to look. They might be changing faster than you can change position. But if you can manage to get that special rain cloud light it is totally worth it.

I went out with quite high hopes even if the expectations were not as high. When I started driving I quite quickly noticed that the clouds were moving faster than me. So I knew that I had to move fast as well if I wanted to capture any good pictures. But I arrived at my first location a bit to late. The clouds had already past the vantage point were I thought they would look good. But I managed to salvage a picture from that place anyway.

I jumped back into the car and drove on to a place I thought would look good with this kind of light. The clouds were not really looking as good there as they were on location number one. But I had to try something so I put on a ND-filter and made a black and white conversion and it looked ok. But it was not what I was looking for. So I jumped back into the car and drove on.

On my way to location number three I saw a nice picture of the road going into the forest. I had to stop and capture it. 

Arriving at location number three it was raining, heavily. But there was some color in the sky so I had to capture a picture. I had to hurry a bit as I did not have any rain protection for my camera. So I went out, aligned everything, captured the picture and ran back to the car. The picture had a nice color contrast in the sky that I really liked.

After the third location the sun had already set so it started to get really dark. But I thought that with the water now laying on the road the city would look very good with all the artificial light there. So I drove there and was presently surprised that the clouds had came back to life again. I managed to get a few shots during blue hour before the sky turned to deep blue. The contrasty blue clouds really looks nice when combined with artificial light.