Saturday, October 25, 2014

Closer

Another shoot, another set of images to go through. It feels like partly luck, and partly persistance, but I feel I'm getting closer to realising the images bouncing around. The path still feels as long, with incredible lag between concept and final image, but the tools are getting to be familiar.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

I walked around the quickly cooling town, feeling the melancholy come down like a mist setting itself within me. Just watching people, doing their people-y things. kids chasing doves; and old man with a funny hat sitting on a bench; an old couple looking at cheap shoes on the town square. There was activity, yes, but a muted activity, as if the pace of life is slowing down with the lowering temperature, preparing for winter.

It was with this melancholical mindset that I walked around town, not even touching the camera, even though I had it with me. The images I saw are recorded only in my mind, nothing more. With time they will fade, or better yet, change and be transformed into nostalgic imagery to then be recreated.


Friday, October 03, 2014

X

Even though I'm taking pictures it still never feels like I'm taking enough. Most of the time it's merely observational, walking around and seeing something that catches my eye. The problem isn't that I don't like doing it, but that compared to the creative kick you get from realizing an original concept.

A side-effect of not taking pictures for a while is that I start thinking more about gear than actual ideas. Of course it's a useless path to constantly look for the next camera, but even I admit that some cameras just have a certain allure about them. Fuji's X-system has that certain something.

As for what is keeping me with Canon... nothing in particular, apart from the current lenses I have. (To be honest, based on current sensor technology I would advise someone starting out today to go either Fuji or Nikon.) But I would not be opposed to going with a dual system either, as I would keep the Fuji for events where a lower profile is needed.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Gear talk

So after having used the 5D2 for some time, what do I think? It's really nice, coming from a 40D up to that. It's basically a doubling I figured out, roughly twice as large sensor with twice as many megapixels. Besides that, the controls are practically the same. The files are large and beautiful, can't wait to print something large-ish from one.

Something else relatively new is the Elinchrom D-lite 4, which quickly has become my go-to light for indoor things. The accompanying Portalite softbox is pretty easy to use and gives nice, directional light.

And why not a picture while we're at it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Musings on full-frame

Through a series of events my first camera-related purchase of 2014 turned out to be a 5D Mark II. After having spent a little time with it, my thoughts as follows in no specific order.

It is arguably the best camera I have ever held. No, I have not held many of them, and despite its shortcomings, it's such a serious step up from the 40D that there is no question about it.

It is very difficult to quantify the difference between full-frame and crop-sensor. (Other than the size being the most obvious.) I could have spent less and gotten a camera with about the same amount of megapixels. High-ISO performance of modern crop-sensor cameras is almost on the same level as the 5D2. I do believe, however, that there is a subtle difference in the overall look of an image between different sensor/film sizes.

The famed auto-focus of the 5D2 has not caused me any trouble just yet (though the smaller depth of field does require more care, which is something I need to improve). Most likely due to the fact that I am only using the center point, something that has hung on all the way from using the 1000D.

So far, it has performed well. It will be interesting to see when the first real post-processing comes around.

As an addendum, I also noticed that all my digital cameras come from roughly the same time period: my Ixus 960 IS from 2007, 1000D from 2008, 40D from 2007, and 5D2 from 2008...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2014

Time has once again made its passing known in the shape of a New Year. And as for 2013, all that remains is memories and images...

Re-cognition by Jacob Åberg on 500px.com
Re-cognition by Jacob Åberg

I made a decision to select my best three images from the past year, but it turns out to be a too difficult task. Despite the fact that I wish I had accomplished more than I did this year, I am still satisfied with the images I was able to make. (If only there were more of them...)

The Doctor by Jacob Åberg on 500px.com
The Doctor by Jacob Åberg

I got a good start to the year, and my plan of making one "portfolio image" per month. I was well on schedule until life intervened and my time disappeared.

take my hand (escape from darkness) by Jacob Åberg on 500px.com
take my hand (escape from darkness) by Jacob Åberg

No more words now, just feels.