About me


My interest in photography awakened about 11-12 years ago when I got my first digital camera. During those first years, I was fairly uninitiated in the technical aspects of photography and was mostly interested in "point and shoot", i.e. to take snapshots and hope that some of them turned out well. My interest for technical things made itself evident however, with the result that I started experimenting with the camera-settings and discovered that I could take better pictures with the camera set to manual mode. My camera at the time had, despite its more advanced modes, quite many limitations which eventually made me purchase a more sophistcated model - my first dSLR. With my dSLR I quickly realized that my photography skills were deficent. I had used the manual settings without really understanding the relationship between the aperture and shutter mechanism. I started to immerse myself in the theory of photography and I poured over everything I could find on the internet in various technical photo-forums. I have since learned a lot on photography fieldtrips together with one of my friends who has been a great inspiration and given me many useful suggestions in the last couple of years.

One of the things I have learned most from is by applying a self-critical attitude - to find flaws in the pictures I have taken and then learning why some pictures come out better than others. By identifying your own mistakes and understand how they came about, it's only a matter of adapting your technique and thereby avoiding the common pitfalls.

Motivation / ambition


What motivates me most about photography as a hobby is that, unlike many other hobbies, it doesn't require any special performance or competing to get good at it. Anyone can be a good photographer. Whether you are interested in it from an artistic perspective or you just like capturing images of interesting things, it's nonetheless an incredibly captivating feeling when you manage to get that "perfect shot". You constantly evolve as a photographer as your sense for evaluating pictures also change accordingly to your skill.

I do not really have any great ambitions to become famous or to make money on my hobby. It has it's own rewards to get credit and appreciation for your pictures. I primarily devote myself to photography simply because it's fun. Having said that, I still would be happy if I managed to get some of my pictures published in some famous magazine. I also have a somewhat modest hope to eventually sell my own paper/canvas prints to people.


My equipment


As a photographer you're faced early on with the choice of equipment. It's quite important to choose a camerasystem you feel comfortable with since you, over time, invest a lot of money on lenses and various other equipment. The majority of photographers today tend to go for either Canon or Nikon since they are the biggest and most popular brands. I have instead opted for a relatively small brand/system which I think is better suited to my needs: Olympus.

As the majority of my pictures are either macro or tele, Olympus Four-Thirds system is excellent with its bigger crop factor since you gain some extra reach compared to other camera-systems. You also avoid any problems with vinjetting and get perfect corner-sharpness at the same time as well. The Four-Thirds system has a very short flangeback distance which makes it ideally suited for use with legacy-lenses from other camera-systems.

My equipment
Move the pointer over the image to identify the objects

Olympus E-30

My most recent dSLR camera

Metz mecablitz 58 AF-1

My flashgun. Twin reflectors, guidenumber 58.

Olympus Zuiko ED 7-14mm F4.0

Distortioncorrected wide-angle lens. Definitely my finest lens.

Olympus Zuiko ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 SWD

My Normal-zoom. Excellent sharpness and good reach at both ends.

Olympus Zuiko ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD

My latest telezoom. Superior to most other brands of telezoom-lenses in the same price-range. My most used lens.

Olympus Zuiko EC-20 2.0x

Tele-converter with 2 times magnification. I mainly use it together with the 50-200 tele-lens.

Sigma 135-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG

My old telezoom. Has a long reach. For sale
(contact me if you're interested!)

Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG

My macro. Magnification ratio 1:1. My second most used lens.

Vivitar Series-1 105mm F2.5

An old fully manual OM-lens with razorsharp optics made by Kiron.

Konica Hexanon 40mm F1.8

An older lens, originally intended for Konicas AR-system. I have modified the mount so it fits without an adapter. Razorsharp optics. I mostly use this when I'm shooting portraits.

Copyright

The pictures on this website may NOT be used commercially without the authors expressed permission.

Non-commercial use is only allowed on these conditions:

  • The pictures may under no circumstances be cropped or modified in a way that significantly alters their appearance.

  • The authors name must be mentioned in connection to the picture.

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