So time to add a new entry to the blog. It is soon New years after all and a good time to think about what have transpired this year and maybe dream and look forward to the next year and what that will hold.
I am writing this just a few days before NY and it should be cold here now, at least if i compare to a time i always seem to go back to when i compare. Namely my childhood. Not sure why i do that, but i really enjoyed the white winters we had back then here north of Stockholm. I guess something has changed and maybe it has to do with climate change or just that ”cycle” those ”shady” people keep referring to …
I remember we had snow up to our windows and that we could use our sleds and our skies every day, we even took the skies to school or sleds as well some days.
This winter we had like 7 or 8 of these beautiful wintery days, so every time i tried going out to try and capture some of its beauty. Being on parental leave still i usually take a small walk with my son when he is asleep, and sometimes that is enough to take a few photos and hope for the best.
As always nowadays i bring my Leica Q-P everywhere, so that is always the weapon of choice especially when it comes to capturing these spontaneous ”nature snapshots” that i think the Q-P is great at doing. I think it renders the colors beautifully, and its usually sharp and crisp.
Thinking back now to the year that has been and trying to summarize it and get a grasp of everything that has happened is not always easy.
When it comes to my personal life, getting a son has of course affected everything and changed it for the second time in that regard. My other child being my daughter that is 10 now, making it a long time since i changed diapers and took care of a small person needing me and demanding all of my time and love. But that also means my passion for photography has got some new fuel to its fire as documenting everything from a birth to his first year has been amazing in every way.
When my son came i owned my first Q and i used that to document his birth and the months afterwards. For me it was perfect. But during the year i also changed gear a lot and i went back to Fuji as i have written in other blog entries in the past. And i have captured some great memories with that system as well. The X-T3 was great for filming as well and for stills i loved using the 16mm, the 56mm and the 90mm. All magnificent Fuji lenses.
As i also stated in an earlier entry i think that path was necessary to walk down to finally decide to go back to the Q again as my day to day documenting camera body.
I thought that the speed of the X-T3 would be a great addition especially when you would have a small boy running around at full speed, and it was a great idea, but the reason i got the Q the first time was to simplify things and not having two overlapping systems( as i also shoot Nikon) and adding more stress with having to choose between several systems and lenses every time heading out to take pictures.
So while the Fuji was one of the better camera bodies i have owned when it came to the technical aspects, i really missed the simplicity and inspiration the Q gave me and during the year i sold all my Fuji gear and bought the Q-P. That actually cured the most of the GAS i had i the past and i am very happy i made that choice in the end.
So the year has been a year of change on many levels, and i know from experience that those times are usually when you also develop the most. So while that is hard to see when you are in the middle of it and in that phase, i think and hope that is something i can look back on and take pleasure in that it changed and made me ”better” in some ways. Both as a photographer and a human being somehow.
It certainly made me think about the importance and meaning of things, also as a photographer and human being.
And when it comes to photography especially the importance of creating memories for our kids and creating a legacy that can be left behind. And photographs of our family is something that we can point to and be proud of in ways we might not be able to with our ”work” as a photographer in the same way.
Speaking of work i don’t work as often as i wish as a photographer, and being employed at a school as my full-time job and being a father of two makes the time to be able to put in the extra work almost impossible sometimes. But it also makes me able to choose between different work and only do what i like and say no to what does not inspire me or for some other reason does not make me want that assignment.
I managed to squeeze a few weddings in and also got some pictures publicized which was nice.
Even so i think now when my thoughts go to the time ahead and after NY, i think my own resolution for next year will be to get things in print and try to make books from my photography. Too many images lies on our hard drives and never see the ink on print in our lifetime. And that is a shame and a waste in my opinion. We live our life on social media and seem be ”satisfied” with that and to upload our work there.
So that will be one ( maybe that is enough, since we have such a hard time keeping those promises anyhow) resolution i am really going to try and keep next year. For me and my legacy and my children.
So back to present time, X-mas just passed by in a flash. and i managed to get some photography done and test some lighting in my small apartment which was great. I also added a new lens that i owned in the past ( the 85mm f1,4G) which i sometimes have felt i missed and especially inside the the 105 i usually take 70% of my portraiture with feels to long.
So now before making this the longest blogpost in the history of blogs i will just wish you a Merry Xmas and post a few X-mas pictures to get that holiday spirit up a notch.
/Over and out…
Hi again, it has been a couple of weeks since i started my ”new beginning” with the Q-P as my new photographic tool. Following my sons development and the fast approaching winter here in Sweden has been good. I lament the darkness that follows, but that is part of living in this cold corner of the world.
The weeks/months i had the Q-P has strengthened my belief regarding changing systems again. It has been so nice reacquainting myself with the Leica. Bringing it with me pretty much everywhere, photographing Julius and other things along the way. I have not tried it that much in my street photography walks, simply because i spend so much time with Julius these weeks that i have not been able to get away alone much.
But even just shooting pictures of him and his day to day life has been great, and on the walks i take with the stroller and him i try to shoot things i see on the way as well
In this day and age a real camera with levers and wheels and a tactile feel to it feels so very refreshing. And with all those forum threads and bloggs trying to show us that smartphones is the way to go and that DSLRs and real cameras are a dying breed, i am so happy to be able to own a camera that inspires me in a way the smartphone could never do.
Almost wishing for the snow to start falling, cant wait to see Julius experiencing that for the first time. Will post some pictures from those moments i the future for sure.
/Over and out..
Hello from Sweden a cold Autumn evening. Thought it would be a good time to continue from my last post about Fuji and my new addition in the Q-P. It has now been a few months and i have reacquainted myself with the Q and also got some new inspiration from the freshness of the Q-P model of the Q.
Now with some perspective on my move from Fuji i can safely say i made the right choice. It just feels right for me and and the phase i am in right now and my photography. I was very guilty of getting too much gear and constantly searching and updating things to get inspired or getting the most out of my photography.
I felt that the Q-P finally cured some of that searching….or yes GAS as we also like to call it!
I now shoot almost exclusively with the Q-P for my day to day photography.
With a 1 year old son to follow and document its the perfect camera for that and family photography in general in my opinion. It goes with me everywhere now and i really really cant emphasize enough how much i like using it.
This is also one of the reasons why i felt it suited me so well at this time in my life. I had too much gear and decisions to make every time i was suppose to go out to shoot. And that killed a lot of my inspiration for shooting in the first place. having to choose between two systems i liked and then the choices of which lenses etc too made it almost stressful at times because i always wondered if i choose right or if i would regret what i brought with me going on a trip etc.
Now i just grab the Q-P every time and i know it will be sufficient for almost everything or at least compensate for all those other choices.
Following my son around now makes me even more happy of that choice. The 28 mm and the 1,7 aperture and quick Af makes it perfect to photograph babies and kids.
Whats so cool is i actually used my last Q to shoot my sons birth and his first month, i was really fond of those pictures and some of those are now framed and on my walls, so getting the Q back again his last couple of months feels like a perfect way to continue telling and documenting his story.
He is now able to walk and everything goes so quickly. He just love to explore the world and everything in it. So curious about every little detail he comes across.
He has always been very fond of books but also about listening to music and trying to do the gestures and movements to those songs and make us do them together. He is very expressive and trying to take pictures to remember those fun moments is one of my favorite things to shoot with him.
So, this was just a quick post to continue my blog and some thoughts after the switch to the Q-P. I will try and add more pictures and thoughts about it later on and also add some other content about other gear i use a lot together with the Q-P and like in a few weeks.
Il finish with some recent pictures also with the Q-P that mirrors the weather and Autumn we are experiencing right now in Stockholm Sweden.
/Over and out..
So, Autumn is here. Less light and more rain, a fact that makes for a worse platform for photography in general.
Here in Sweden less light is an understatement as the hours you can actually shoot in daylight disappears quite quickly and gets worse by every day closer to winter.
I love this first part of the season though, there is still some sunny days and the leaves are just starting to fall off or get that beautiful golden color. Also the air changes and just being out on those days that are still nice are just a treat. Beautiful.
I just wanted to start that off somehow and get into it right away before the moment is lost.
So i took the Nikon df and only the 105 f1,4 with me to town and brought my daughter to get some portraits on her but also get some feeling of that Autumn is here. I also included some shots i took from last week when she also accompanied me into town and i had the same setup ( Df, 105mm ).
We were quite lucky to get beautiful light and decent weather all day up until the last but where it actually started to rain a bit near the evening.
I quite recently bought the Nikon 105mm and must say its becoming my most used lens for serious portraits.
Just renders beautifully. Also being f1,4 you do not need much light to shoot and the 105mm focal length makes for some very creative shots in my opinion.
I will continue and post more on the blogg during Autumn for sure, so will be back with some more colorful images using different gear in the near future.
/Over and out..