Do not worry. Im not gonna go all sentimental on what a gift children is – as I am sure people who have kids are aware of that, and people that don’t are fed up of that kind of talk. However, my son just turned two, and shortly before his birthday I shot the above photo with my 8×10″ view camera on a 210mm lens and bellows fully stretched.
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.
This picture of my then one-year-old boy was among the first sheets I shot. It is not that easy using an 8×10″ large format camera to take a picture of a kid, and it requires a bit of preparing. I sat up the tripod and camera first, getting the light and background that I wanted. My wife then held him over her shoulder in front of the camera so I could focus. I made sure she knew how she was standing and how he was resting over her shoulder. I also made a mark where she was standing so she could stand at the exact same spot. When I had the composition I wanted, I loaded the camera with film. I then measured the light and that’s when it started to get tricky.
This is a picture of my hometown Kristiansund. It is located on three small Islands on the northwestern coast of Norway, with the city center located at the harbor basin. This is also shot with a large format camera, using color film this time. And again I’m applying camera movements to accentuate what I find to be characteristic for this city. But also because I wanted to shoot wide open and try the tilt effect for what it’s worth. I found this motive to be a perfect place to try that effect to the fullest.
I shot this photo in the woods at my wife’s cabin. I knew I wanted to play around with the depth of field as I like the shape and texture of the worm fern. Therefore, in addition to my family and me I wanted those to be in focus. Anything else, I thought, could be out of focus.