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Omberg

By liveitshareit 2014.09.08 in Trips

Omberg is a location that i never really heard that much about. So i was to say the least surprised when i arrived at the Eco-park and it turned out to be really well organized and maintained. Long narrow winding roads to travel on by car along a rather grand view. I had planned to spend the whole day there to find some new places to shoot when the light is right, unfortunately some taks turned up (as always) so i couldn´t spend the whole day there. But I put all the focus on one spot that i really went there for.

The shoot did not really planned out as i hoped. I thought the cloud would be perfect but it laid like a curtain exactly where the sun was. It would have hit the rocks on the left with a yellow/orange feel to it perfectly if those damn cloud wasn´t there. These are things you never really have any control over but it was nice to have found a new spot that i defenitly will revisit in the fall.

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And a vertical, this will work really well when the leafs turn yellow. But not right now.

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I shot the images with a Micro 4/3 camera at 10mm with a Cokin GND 8 filter.

As a last desperate attempt to get something more out of the 300km trip i stoped near the end of the road to climb down the steep hillside to reach the water. Long exposure in the water at sunset always work´s right?

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Järleån 4.0

By liveitshareit 2014.06.01 in Trips

Ok, so this is one more post about Järleån. It´s simply one of those places that i visit every season. You can get alot of different images in a very small area. Here are some of the shots. I also have alot of content to post in the near future but due to alot of work i have not been able to get the time for it.

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Göljestigen 3.0

By liveitshareit 2014.05.06 in Equipment

There had to be a little trip again. I had to try some 35mm gear from Nikon and thought Göljestigen would fit quite well for it. Since I usually shoot with medium format it was quite nice with such compact equipment. There is really not that much to say in this post except some images and a short shitty phone video. It´s still pretty off season in Bergslagen but in a few weeks everything should be green and nice. (video comes later).

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Harge Uddar

By liveitshareit 2014.04.27 in Trips

This time I went to Harge uddar to get some “coastal” images. A few miles from Askersund and in the north of lake Vättern. I was hoping for a little more movement in the water so you could get a little more life in the pictures but some were still delightfully sedate.
It was a bit stressful to catch the light so I had no time to get my video equipment with me so it will only be pictures this time. Hope you like it.

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Home again

By liveitshareit 2014.04.25 in Trips

Now I’m home again. I’ve had to be away for a while but now it will start writing some quality post´s. Tonight I will go to Harge capes to get some pictures with the water smashing against the rocks. Just keeping my fingers crossed for a good sunrise. There will be a whole post tomorrow night with video and pictures.

Film photography

By liveitshareit 2014.02.17 in Uncategorized

I will to talk a little bit about why I almost always use film instead of digital when I shoot landscapes. It’s a hate love relationship that you gladly romanticize though it is expensive, complicated, difficult to photograph, print, scan and again very very costly. Is it worth it? I have to say yes.

Here are the steps and the cost of one roll of film. With my camera I get 10 frames on one roll of film. The process from ordering the film to get it digitally on the blog are as follows:

- Order film (one roll) $ 18 + shipping
- Wait for the film will
- Load your camera with film
- Photograph smart and very thought out.
- Remove the film
- Add photo bag and send to lab. $ 25
- Go to a mailbox to post.
- Wait 14 days for slide film, 5 for negative ( the hardest part)
- Get the negatives in the mailbox (the world ‘s most comfortable feeling)
- Scan negatives . ( time consuming )
- Edit images.

This is the steps from taking them that they end up here on the blog. It is time consuming and expensive. Assuming you have all your own equipment as required, otherwise even more expensive.
$ 43 and wait two weeks for 10 frames, where if you’re lucky 3-4 are good that you like. It is about 11 dollars per image that you are happy with.
 

Step 1, Select the film.

 
Is it strong sun? High Contrast? Which ISO do you need? Looking for long exposure with a little grain , fast with much grain ? Punch in the colors or more natural?

All these factors you must have in mind for the picture you are taking. Once it is in the camera, you can not remove it and switch to another (possible if you have different backs). However expensive, as usual. The film I use 80% for my photos are Velvia 50 from Fuji . It’s a very high-contrast film with colors that no other film/digital camera can emulate. This film is the reason I chose to shoot with film . Have you ever thought when you look through the camera and think “wow this picture will be really good.” Then, look at the screen and it is flat and dull? This does not happen with Velvia 50. It looks exactly as you see your subject, and a little better.
The disadvantages then? You must set the exposure just right all the time! And remember, each image is around 10 dollars, dont fuck up . During Exposes the picture with 1-2 steps, it will be totally worthless and impossible to use. Overexposing and there is no sky left.
The problem is that you have no screen to verify this and it is a bit expensive to use a whole roll of film in order to ensure that you get the right exposure. So it´s experience and exposure measurements that determines if you go away with a good image. Still want to shoot film? Time for step two.
 
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Step 2, Send film for develop.

 
You have managed to capture that picture you always wanted to have. That perfect moment you that you’ve been looking and chasing the sun for weeks. You still do not know if you got it completely 100%. Will the roll with your perhaps best picture ever be wasted by the post carrier? Will the lab screw up and your film gets ruined? What happens to the negatives on the way home to you again?
For two weeks you have anxiety, be eager as a child waiting for Santa Claus. This is the best and worst feeling there is. Very hard to explain.

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Step 3, The never ending wait.

 
You wait every day that the lab might be a little bit quicker with sending your negatives so you rush home and get to see an empty mailbox, disappointment. The next day, maybe then? Disappointment. The lab calls and says that they have trouble with the machines and it will take another 4 days before they arrive. You are about to get MAD.
Finally, they are there. What you have been waiting for weeks and worked so hard to capture is now finally in your hands. You tear up the hard box and there they are. The feeling when you see the images you have worked so hard to get, shiny, glossy and perfect. Invaluable. Magical feeling that again is very difficult to explain.

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Step 4, Scan & editing.

 
Upgrade your computer with as much memory as possible, now it’s time to scan. Although this is quite time consuming when images are extremely large in 6×7 format 120 film. The images are over 200 megapixels and take as much as 2 GB of hard rive space. One image. Begin to understand why I like this? You get details you can barely imagine. I was absolutely floored the first time I got to experience this. Without getting too technical. The largest sensor you can get your hands on to date is about half of the negative size I use. The price on that digital back that can deliver half the pixel count? 60 000 dollars. And even if one were to use it I don’t get any wide angle because of the crop factor. So I wouldn’t have any use of it. I stick to my film.
 
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Step 5, Conclusion.

 
Now I have only talked about the technical aspects. The equipment weighs 16 kg and to get to the places I photograph often requires that one must go for miles in rough terrain. I love the pictures I take. Each box of color and light is something that I worked very hard to catch. There is a lot of thought behind all the images and I do my best to make the nature justice. This is my way of trying to give the most honest, most beautiful version of the amazing places I visit. I am thankful every time for the beauty in front of me. The camera has taken me to places I would never otherwise get to experience. And I am forever thankful forever that I found this medium to express myself. The medium that works for me.
But in the end when you look through the viewfinder, all the noise and pain from the long walks disappear. A calm arises when you stand there in the sunset all by yourself often mil from the nearest human being. Total silence, until you press the shutter button and hear “click” and hopefully captures that moment you’ve been looking so long for.
 
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Tutorial 01 – Basic editing

By liveitshareit 2014.02.07 in Tutorials

I will start a small series about the easiest way to improve your images, both in Photoshop and out in the nature. First of there will be the most basic stuff and then work up to more advanced techniques. The tutorials will all be in Swedish but i will add subtitle so everyone can enjoy them.

Tutorial 01 – Basic editing
I´ll show how to merge 2 images together to get a better dynamic range throughout the hole image. This is necessary if there is a big difference between light and dark, and on the use of cameras with smaller sensors. It also works just fine to use a GND filter so wont need to do this process i post production.

Things you will need to be able to recreate:

- Camera with option for manual exposure
- Tripod
- Shoot with RAW files/open JPEG in Camera Raw
- Adobe Photoshop

 

View in 720p for best experience

Göljestigen – Winter

By liveitshareit 2014.01.16 in Trips

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The snow have just been pouring down. This made me really exiting to go visit Göljestigen and Skinnarsågsfallet. I have been there before during the winter time, but never directly after heavy snowfall and the ground being “untouched”. It was to say the least a lot of snow. The terrain was quite difficult as it hides large rocks that were totally hidden now. The scenery was absolutely amazing and that it was completely untouched gives it a special feeling.

The weather was clearly much better then the last trip two days yesterday. No snowfall that disrupts the images and equipment that´s messing around. As usually I shot analogue and with Velvia 50, this time in 35mm format. Medium format equipment does not feel especially good in such weather conditions. The result, I will upload later in the same post. The images in the post are ONLY taken with my Iphone. Therefore there is absolute no sharpness in corners.

Otherwise it was a pretty nice trip and below will a little video I threw together. The Iphone really eat battery in the cold so I was lucky that I had brought the Newtrent so you could charge the battery while hiking in the snow.
 
!ALL IMAGES SHOT WITH IPHONE!
 
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Back on track

By liveitshareit 2014.01.15 in Equipment

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Long time no see. With an extremely gray and dull winter (until now) it has not felt worthwhile to post any entries. Have lots of plans to capture different types of winter landscape. Today I went out and most tested some equipment before the snow. Some things worked well, others not.
Below are some pictures. Photographed with film this time so there will be no “proper” pictures right now. And yes, of course it was Järleån as the first “winter trip”.

So here are some photos from the Iphone.

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New Ralph Lauren boots.

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Old friend doing what it should.

So stay tuned, there will be a lot of posts in the near future.

Knuthöjdsmossen 2.0

By liveitshareit 2013.11.15 in Equipment

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If you remember, I was at Knuthöjdsmossen in late summer and wrote about it here. Now the rest of the pictures have been developed so I thought they should be uploaded. If you want more detail about the trip when I was there click on this link to get to the post.
The reason to use film and such large format cameras when shooting is to be able to get the prints at about 2-5 meters with extremely fine detail. Something I think up before I take a particular picture, otherwise there is no point in carrying such heavy equipment. But more on that in another post. Here are the pictures and info.

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Mamiya RZ67 Pro II
50mm F/4.5
Shutter speed: 35 Seconds
Aperture: F/32
ISO: 50 (Velvia 50)

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Fuji GX617
90mm F/5.6
Shutter speed: 40 Seconds
Aperture: F/45
ISO: 50 (Velvia 50)

 

Bio/Contact

    Rickard Eriksson
    Photographer

    If you want to buy prints visit my fine art
    website at:

Raefoto.com

    For questions that are not answered in the       blog, or general inquiries:

Kontakt@raefoto.com
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