Saturday, November 28, 2009

Under construction. An artist at work. Part two.

Back to work again :-) A lot has happened since we left the hall in part one. A lot of shifting back an forth, and then stacking the deck of 24 pictures over and over again.

While I did the finale fine tuning of the spot lights, Tommy did some of his final magic to make the pictures. In one picture he added a new line to the composition, in another he repaired a scratch or two. He may have done a lot more that I missed from my focal point at the top of a wobbly ladder.

Another important thing is to polish them and add some stuff called Varnish. Varnish is a protective film used to finish a painting before the vernissage.



One more thing before we close up. You can take a closer look at the pictures at When you're there, just click "Neste" below the picture of Tommy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kind of Blue

I've had an idea for a project for quite a long time. Simply to make some pictures inspired by Miles Davis titles.
This is the first attempt to make it real. Kind of Blue was where Miles started. Ok, that's a lie. But it's almost true :-) It was MY first Miles album.

The photo is a lie to. This is not the scene as I saw it while driving threw the landscape.  The original file was a disapontment, looking dull and flat. While playing with it, looking for a solution to make the light in the end of the tunnel shine, I came up with this.

And suddenly I was humming to the melody All Blues from Kind of Blue. I said to myself:
That's it, the first picture of this series.
But I'm not 100% sure. It's not my usual style to render a picture this heavily. Have I taken it over the top?

EDIT: After Godfreys comment below, I decided to make a slightly different rendering. Tuned down the magenta a squash (or whatever the word is), and lightened and sharpened the foreground a tad (my spell checker suggests toad, instead of tad. That, I know is a bad idea :-) )

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hangin out, looking cool

I'm mainly a bird and nature photographer, but the last month I've been busy posting event shots.

So now I think it is time to post a picture of some Grey Herons hanging out.
Alas my photo companions cell phone scared them away a few seconds later, so this one shot was all I got.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Under construction. An artist at work. Part one

A friend of mine, Tommy Bredesen, is a painter. A few weeks ago, I had the experience of being his driver, gallery consultant and armour. Basically the task was rather simple, it was to drive a van with his paintings to the galley hall at Kystmuseet i Florø, and to help him hanging them at the wall.

But it turned out to be more interesting than expected. Tommy is a colorful artist in many ways, and his work points in many directions. So it was a rather challenging task to line them up, making them resonate in the same tune. Off course, Tommy is the expert, but I did my best to give him some ideas, and picking his ideas apart. Another complicated task was to make the light right. Some painting needs more light than others to "shine", and some required direct light at one very precise spot.

Tommy didn't get much sleep before the exhibition, because he worked on them untill last minute. So  many of them was still wet when we arrived at site, so I wasn't trusted to carry them inside.

I complained a bit, but not much I got to confess. I like to watch people work, and it gave me an opportunity to look around at the environment. I didn't see all the museum, but what I did was pretty interesting, including the architechture. The wall facing the sea looked like a fort, and the inside looked like an up down ship. I wonder if the architect was inspired by the Olympic arena, Vikingskipet.

And here, the artist at work.


It is time for a break. Don't want to tire you out with to many pictures.

Stay tuned for next post. In the mean time me and Tommy will argue what to hang up where, and why ...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Room Sourounded by Water.

Nothing special really.

I just needed a brake from all the peoples shots. So here you are.

From a walk with Tommy Bredesen, and Viv, my trusty old mate (Vivitar 28mm f:2).

Monday, November 16, 2009

F'n Fast & Furious. Høst Kick-off 2009. Part three

It is due time for this final post.

All pics (except the last one) shot at 3200 ISO, with a bit of extras sharpening to add some cozy grain artifacts.
One more techie thing; I did this job with a manual 28mm exclusively.
Now to the event:

London Calling?
Naah,  it's the Norwegian power trio Kite.

I think I'll leave the last word to good old Daevid Allen
Free, Floating Anarckeah :-)