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Mr. Crazy

Boa viagem, meu amigo

Ok, my friend está muito perturbado! He’s going to go to and try to get from Copenhagen (Danmark) to Lisbon (Portugal)…on roller blades. Let me repeat that ON ROLLER BLADES!

He hopes to finish his journey in about 50 days…yeah right! I helped him today taking some of his pictures before he leaves, at least he looks professional, sort of. I wish him the very best of luck and can’t wait to hear about the adventures he had along the way (this guy is a story magnet so it should all turn out pretty epic).

 

27 Jun 2013
Rough Beauty

I’m in love…

I’m in love. She’s black, quite big and heavy. When I hold her she provides a firm grip, she has amazing sight and has a red ring…I’m talking about a lens of course!

And not any lens. This weekend I had the privilege to play around with a Canon 5D mrk II camera and a f2.8 24-70mm pro lens…boy did I love it!

The pictures all turn out so incredibly crisp, my 600D with kit lens can’t even begin to compare. Combined with the beautiful island Öland in Sweden I was simply blown away by the pictures showing up in my Lightroom.

Sadly though, my lover doesn’t come cheap…but where there’s a dream, a purpose and love…there’s a way. I’ll just keep working hard and continue to develop and know that one day I shall call her mine!

23 Jun 2013
Red Tulips

Spring is in the air!

Spring is finally returning to Sweden! I was really looking forward to it after such a long period of snow & ice, overcast & clouds and drizzle & rain. The sun has been shining for a couple of days now and outside of my apartment some tulips have started to color the world around them once more…and probably decrease ‘Swedish depression suicides’! Even though it was quite windy I just had to get out there and have fun with my camera, the results of which you can see below. Forgive me for turning up the saturation so high (giving the overly bright colors) but I’m just so happy to see something else than grey all the time that I just had to. Just to be clear…the ‘barf-in-your-face-colors’ are by no means the best way to post-process your pictures.

I actually have some tips for if you want to start photographing flowers.

‘WHAT! Actual useful content, wow you’re so amazing Rik…tell us more, tell us more!’

Now that my ego matches the great weather…here they are:

1. The Composition

Avoid photographing from above. I have only seen very very few pictures that actually pulled it off. Usually the picture just ends up boring or very flat, especially when the ground is just a bit muddy or just plain grass. There’s bound to be a more interesting angle that not only captures the colors but also the shape of the flowers. Don’t be afraid to get dirty and low to the ground…I mean my new white woolen shirt is ruined but at least I got some great pics

2. Blur

The effect you want to create is to blur out as much of the surroundings as possible and create a single focus point. If you have a DSLR you can do this by fully opening your diaphragm…or a low f value…or a large aperture. (If you find this confusing check back later because I’m planning on doing a DSLR introduction series where you get to learn all about ISO, f-stops and camera modes) The reason why you want to blur so much is because flowers tend to grow together in groups and if all of them would be in-focus there would be way to much information and no ‘guidance’ for the viewers eye. (Once again, check back later for a tutorial on compositions). To fade out the background even more you can use a zoom-lens (or macro, but I don’t have one) and zoom right in. Just remember that less is often more.

3. Background

One really cool thing when doing macro photography is that it’s very easy to fake a background…because there is barely any visible. Just get some nice colored paper and hold it behind the flowers you want to photograph. You could for instance create a contrast-color background or just a plain white/black background. Just experiment! Another advantage using this technique is that if you aim your paper at the sun you can diffuse the sunlight and get a really smooth look which is great if you are going really close up and want to capture all the details.

4. Fake It Till You Make It

You see those nice little droplets on the flowers…I didn’t wait for the rain. I just took a good sip of water, thought of a good joke, and spit it all out laughing. (Joke is not necessary if you can spray water without it, but it’s still fun even if you can). Also if there are no pretty flowers…just go to the flower store. Since you’ll be doing mostly closeups anyways it doesn’t really matter, and if you bring some paper for the background you can easily hide that you’re cheating.

So that’s it for now. Remember to check back for those tutorials or subscribe to get a notification once they come up. Puss o Kram

18 Apr 2013
1920s Birthday Party

Photo-shoot 1920s Birthday Party

Recently two good friends asked me if I wanted to set up a photo-booth at their 1920s birthday party. Challenge Accepted

Now I knew that the room was going to be very dark. Since I don’t have any fancy flash equipment I was required to improvise. Another friend had some light stands lying around and combined with some cheap umbrellas and tungsten lights I think the results turned out really impressive.

I attached my favourite picture to this post…I think it’s absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait for my prime lens so that with f1.2 I can make even more amazing close-up portrait pictures.

The pictures are now on my website in a special ‘store’ area for people to order so I hope that I can earn some money to pay my friend who I borrowed the lights from…and buy a camera bag. I really need one now since I’ve been asked to do several outdoor photo-shoots. So far I managed to transport my camera wrapped in some socks and a scarf…but that just ain’t good enough anymore

Thank’s guys (you know who you are) for the amazing party and I’d love to help you out again soon!

Shine

15 Apr 2013
Hipster Ray-Ban

Birthday wishes

So recently I turned 22! Yay, happy birthday to me

I had an amazing day together with my closest friends; filled with food, great weather and lanterns…wait lanterns?! It was good fun, we wrote a wish on them and set them free, only so that I could capture them with my camera! I really got some nice shots that day some of which I wanted to share.

So to everybody that helped to make my day as awesome as it was…thank you!

7 Mar 2013

I ♥ COLOURS

Yeah I really do love pretty colours!

2 Mar 2013
Chloe Paintings Banner

Chloe art photo-shoot

I have the great pleasure to know Chloe Thompson; an amazing artist from Australia currently visiting Sweden. Today I helped her out photographing some of her art so that she can work on her book and hand out examples of her work to people interested in commissioning her.

The pictures of the ‘tree’, ‘moon & sea’, ‘moon girl’ and ‘maple leaf’ (these aren’t the actual names, I just made up some descriptive terms) are about 40 x 30 cm but the gorgeous ‘orange fantasy girl’ is a larger piece measuring 90 x 65 cm. Her work varies a lot and these pictures really only give a glimpse of her talent. On of my favourite things she makes are these small post cards for every occasion which she’ll actually soon start selling as well!

Taking the pictures actually turned out a lot harder then expected. Luckily these images are only practice runs for before we start compiling the actual material.

Especially hard was to keep all the angles nice and straight. As you can see I succeeded better in some images than others. I also didn’t have a calibration card with me so the white balance and colour temperature might be a bit off. Lastly the studio setup wasn’t optimal, you can clearly see that some of the table borders are a bit too narrow to look like a professional picture. I would have liked to try out some pictures on a reflective surface so that you gain a sense of size by comparing it to the reflection on the table but sadly the roll with plastic was missing from the studio.

So still a lot of things that I can improve on, but let’s be honest…the pictures look flipping AWESOME, mostly because of the incredible work on Chloe’s part! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to come into contact with her and get your own unique amazing piece of art!

26 Feb 2013

LEAP 2013 Scholarship

I am so excited right now! A while back I applied for a scholarship to attend the LEAP program at UCLA this summer and…I GOT IT! I really recommend you have a look at some of the amazing things they do and come over there yourself. I’ll of course bring my camera with me as I hope to take capture some nice shots that can convey the amount of passion and inspiration that the speakers and students will have! Challenge accepted

26 Feb 2013
C3 Church - Worship 7

C3 Church Malmö photo-shoot

A while ago I got into contact with one of the most amazing and inspiring people I have ever met, Q. He helped me figure out a lot of tough decisions and gave me the confidence to let go of some of the troubles I had in my heart…which have led to amazing things, and I am sure there is much more to come

He works at a small (though not for much longer) church in Malmö and I have had so much fun with the amazing people there. Recently he asked me if I could help out creating some promotional material, which was something he had been struggling with for a while now.

Even though I did not have my best friend, mr. Tripod, with me tonight I still managed to get some nice shots. Ok, so the statistics weren’t that impressive, only 12 out of 154 pictures I deemed worthy of an edit, but hey we don’t have DSLR’s for nothing!

I really want to get a nice pro lens for my EOS600D so that even in low light situations like these I can avoid evil dr. ISO-1600. But those are dreams for the future, for now, I just want to thank Q and hope he likes the pictures. I will definitely continue to help out.

25 Feb 2013

LEAP Testimonial Video

So a friend of mine wants to become a coach at the LEAP program at UCLA this summer. A requirement in the application process is a short testimonial video. We looked around a bit to see what others had done and came to the conclusion…well they were boring! So we decided to spice things up a bit and produce a video that hopefully got other people just as excited as she is about LEAP.

Update: She got accepted

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbdENQKjqng]

4 Feb 2013