• I Love Jerusalem Sign
    Thoughts and Impressions

    Jerusalem by Night – A Late Evening Photo Walk

    I finally got a chance to take a trip to Jerusalem during evening. My wife pushed me to do so, I didn’t want to leave her with all the mess at home, but most things were done, and the kids were halfway in bed, so she insisted – much appreciated. She understands my weird urges. I arrived at the Old City around half past eight PM. While there were a lot of people at the Damascus gate, it was after shops had begun to close. This left the Old City feeling rather abandoned, shops only partly being opened at the most busy streets. The rest was turned into a confusing…

  • Fujifilm logo - Value from Innovation

    Fujifilm gives punches with new Mirrorless releases

    Just as Sony attempted to get the attention of all photographers and videographers, and being on everybody’s lips for some time, Fujifilm came out with some interesting new releases, and contrary to the Sony release I have to admit that I’m a bit more excited for these ones, especially considering that I’m a Fuji-shooter myself. Anyway, while Sony only made one release, Fujifilm had five releases, two cameras and three lenses: FUJIFILM GFX100S – A medium format cameraFUJIFILM X-E4 – An entry level APS-C cameraFUJINON GF80mmF1.7 R WR – A GFX mount lens for their medium format camerasFUJINON XF27mmF2.8 R WR – An APS-C lens for their X-Mount camerasFUJINON XF70-300mmF4-5.6…

  • Sony Alpha A1 seen from the front

    Sony Alpha 1 Released to battle Canon’s lead in impressive mirrorless camera specs

    So Sony has a new camera out. Sony declares that: “The most technologically advanced, innovative camera that Sony has ever released, the Alpha 1 combines high-resolution and high-speed performance at a level that has never been accomplished in the world of digital cameras. With a brand new 50.1-megapixel full-frame stacked Exmor RS™ image sensor, up to 120 AF/AE calculations per second, 8K 30p 10-bit 4:2:0 video and much more, the Alpha 1 will allow creators to capture what they’ve never been able to before.“ Sony Announces The Alpha 1 Sounds pretty amazing. I’m not going to get the camera, not really the target group for a camera of this caliber.…

  • Gallery

    Gray Tone Squares

    Sometimes I try to be a little “artsy”, just stepping out of my usual confines of trying to document life. I want to be able to just throw myself into a full creative mode, without any other thinking than what’s inside the frame. However, I have learned – about myself – that if there isn’t some direction in what I’m doing, it will be too random and loose any meaning to me. Therefore I’ve settled on a specific format, the square one, as well as keeping it all in black and white – or rather in gray tones. Hence the name “Gray Tone Squares”.

  • Instructions

    Working Creatively with the Three Exposure Controls: ISO

    Shot with ISO 3200 I will start this part a little different from the two previous parts, with a disclaimer and a little history. The disclaimer is in regards to the technical aspect of ISO, which I won’t delve into, since this is a basic introduction to ISO, and how to use it creatively as part of your photography, not an attempt on a technical explanation of how ISO works. A little history. ISO is referring to the “film speed standard”, and is a combination of two older standards known as ASA and DIN. This was a standard for the measurement of the sensitivity of film used in the analog…

  • Instructions

    Working Creatively with the Three Exposure Controls: Aperture

    The aperture is found in the lens, and helps control two aspects, a) how much light enters through the lens to the sensor (or the film for analog cameras), as well as the depht of the area in focus. The aperture is the actual hole, which size is controlled by the aperture blades. The size of the aperture is defined in what is known as “f-stops”, with the lower the f-stop number defining the wider or more open the aperture is, whereas the higher the f-stop number is, the smaller the aperture is. For example, f/4 is more wide open than f/8. The range of f-stops is typically found in…

  • Instructions

    Working Creatively with the Three Exposure Controls: Shutter Speed

    The shutter speed control regulates how fast the shutter curtain will open and close. For most lower end cameras the shutter speed can be regulated in full stops of light from 1/4000 of a second to 15 seconds or even 30 seconds. However, higher end cameras have as fast as 1/8000 of a second, and mirrorless typically can go as fast as 1/32000 of a second with the electronic shutter feature. The technical details of this are not so important here, what we should understand is that the shutter speed regulates two things: how much or little light we allow into the sensor, and how much motion we allow into…

  • Instructions

    Working Creatively with the Three Exposure Controls – Introduction

    I have been asked about how to get better at taking photos, or rather, how to handle the camera better. I love that question, because it allows people to improve the way they are thinking with their camera, instead of just taking snapshots of random moments. I always try to explain to people how to use the three exposure controls as the basis for their improvement and better familiarity with their camera. The shutter speed, the aperture, and the ISO. These three controls help the photographer to make the right exposure, so the subject on the photo becomes clear and bright enough to see. Each of them can be adjusted…

  • Gear Talk

    Mirrorless or DSLR?

    So, I switched from Canon to Fujifilm, now using Fujifilm’s X-T3 for my photography. This is a decision which can call for strong reactions, both positive and negative, depending on which brand-fanboy sees it. And it is a big decision, which has a lot of consequences. After all, while people are often trying to make analogies to cars, when explaining cameras, there’s more to this switch, than merely changing from Toyota to Kia. However, with all that in mind, I think the biggest issue of my switch is more connected to my switch from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera. For those of you, who don’t know what DSLR and…