I am aware of that these buildings, the Oslo Barcode, have been photographed a lot already. But I wanted to give it ago too. This first above is one of the first I took with my large format camera. It is shot on Ektar. It was early evening and it might be a bit underexposed. Nevertheless, considering my experience at the time I’m quite happy with it.
Rising the Barcode did cause somewhat of an upheaval. A lot of people felt that the city was built in by it. However, I like it. It gives Oslo character. Oslo is much younger than Stockholm and Copenhagen, and compared to the two bigger and older Scandinavian capitals, I think these buildings illustrates that in a positive way.
This was also shot on Ektar, but more recently. I was keen to try the reversed scheimpflug again, as I did on my hometown. I know this kind of tilting is somewhat overly used as of lately, but I wanted to see how the technique could accentuate the buildings. And I think it does. I like the view with the buildings, and then the hill and sky in the background. It makes Oslo look less like Oslo and more like a generic city.
I’m not sure how far away you can move away from the Barcode and still call it a photo of the Barcode. But this is actually one of my favorites. This is shot on Ektar as well, from the botanical garden. Clearly the garden is man made but it illustrates one of the best things about Oslo – its proximity to the outdoors. Copenhagen and Stockholm are truly great cities but there isn’t really anything around, but in Oslo you can take the subway and go downhill skiing in proper ski resorts (no, the silly slope in Stockholm doesn’t count). Here in Oslo you enjoy big city life while living next to nature.
This fourth one is shot on Portra 160 (view in Flickr). Normally I wouldn’t use Portra for this kind of a shoot but it was what I had left. For me Portra 160 is for people. Anyway, I like the shape of the water in this photo, but it was a mistake to apply reversed scheimpflug again. What I should have done is applied scheimpflug, but still with a wide aperture to make the leaves in the foreground sharp with the main subject – the buildings (rendering the rest out of focus). Kind of like this.
I will admit, after scanning the negative I am still struggling when adjusting it… white balance, colors, black point, clarity, sharpening and what not. I find this to be easier with photos shot digitally, especially when it comes to the white balance – which I find to be the most challenging part of post processing scanned negatives. What is to warm and what is to cold, and what is to warm and too cold for either print or screen. However, venturing into large format photography is something I’m really happy about. It keeps me present… in the moment. I think large format photography preserves the moment in photography’s “intended” way… sort of. What I mean is that the digital form of photography happening on facebook, Instagram and other digital platforms is a volatile form of photography… as volatile as chasing the moments themselves… its always about the next one (it doesn’t have to be like that but I think that’s how it has evolved). Large format photography is the opposite, it’s about staying in the moment, being present. This gives me a feeling of presence and of serenity nothing else can.