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Train Ride

A couple of weeks ago I went for a train ride. Can’t remember when I was on such a trip last time…….it must have been more than 15 years ago.
The reason I took the train ride was to hand over my Fujifilm X-T2 that I had sold to a guy i Roskilde (a town some 200 km from where I live).
I could have just send him the camera….but I like that the buyer can see and try the camera (or lenses) before the deal is made. And I needed some time away from home after being unemployed for some time now.

Me….in Denmark 😉

Along with the X-T2 I was selling I also brought my X-T4 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2,8. I had booked the train ticket so that I had a couple of hours in Roskilde that I could use on photo.

You have to wear a facemask on all stations and in the trains.

The train ride from Kolding (where I live) to Roskilde takes about 2 hours and brings you over 2 large bridges (The old Lillebælt Bridge and The Storebælt Bridge ) before you drive in a tunnel under the rest of Storebælt.

Roskilde

Roskilde is an old town with an UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs but today it mostly known for the Roskilde Festival.

The harbour

The harbour…or marina…was in winter mode. Not much activity down there. But still things to photograph.

Johnny’s Bridge…..in winter mode 🙂
Will take some effort to get this motor running 😉

Time to get some lunch. Found this burger place and had myself a nice juicy burger and fries….and a large Coca Cola 😉

Wine, beer, food…….and a dentist 😉

Now it was time to get back home. 2 hours train ride wearing a facemask 🙂

The new DEFENDER

A couple of weeks ago I had to have service done on one of our cars. As we happen to have our service done by the car dealer of which our son-in-law is a co-owner, it is often possible to get a loan car a little out of the ordinary. This time I was lucky enough to borrow the new Land Rover Defender. Specifically a Defender 110 D240 “First edition”.

This car is the re-invention of the classic well known Defender. I know many people do not consider this Defender to be a “real” Defender. It is too refined, not rough enough it can not be repaired with a hammer and a roll of duct tape. Some go so far as to call it the “Land Rover Pretender”.
I will partly agree with these people. It is not the same as the old model …. but it is a great car anyway.
…. and yes, my dream car is one of the old Defenders, a 110 Crew cab which has been slightly rebuilt ….. I have a clear vision of the car in my head 😉

But this is not a car review!! This is a carlover with a camera on a small road trip in a fancy new car so not so much writing from now on….and more photos!!

A night out

I picked up the car in the afternoon and had planned to drive out to a highway bridge when it got dark. I know a great spot for car photography that I have used before https://www.instagram.com/p/BIEw9jeB6TO/

Unfortunately it started to rain just as I reached the bridge and after 15 minutes of waiting I gave up and turned the car home. On the way back I came past this gas station and it was obvious to take a few pictures there …. especially since the the X fits me with a X camera from Fujifilm 🙂
All photos are shot with a X-T2 + the 16-55mm f/2,8 and the 50-140mm f/2,8

The road trip

The next morning it was time to get out on the road ….. and on the beach. I had planned for the trip to go from the home address and out to Rømø on the west coast of Jutland.
Here is the opportunity to drive down to the beach itself which I thought could give some interesting photos of the car.
Unfortunately the weather was not the best …. pretty gray so at least there was no possibility to make any dramatic cloud pictures with the car.

I started by taking some photos at home in our courtyard to “warm up” for the day.

On the way to Rømø I passed a small forest where I could park the car. Took only a few single pictures as the possibilities to vary were limited. Instead, I tried to make a few different edits to the files when I got home.
You can get very different expressions in the individual photos depending on which editor you choose. However, I chose to go with the muted greenish toning of the images most of the time as I think it fit the car well.

On the beach

When I arrived at the beach I spent a few hours shooting photos at different angles of the car which can be seen below.

Urbex

Before returning home, I drove around the island a bit. I saw a couple of F16 fighters from the Danish Air Force who were on shooting training. But I also found an old disused factory where I got a couple of urbex photos of the car as the last ones.

FOG

At the moment here in Denmark we have some foggy mornings…..but since I’m not a morning person I don’t have many of those kind of photos.

But I was inspired by my good friend Anders Keis Hansen who did some great photos from Aalborg Harbour last week (see his cover picture on FB)
So…..this morning I went down to “my” harbour Kolby KÃ¥s near our summerhouse on the island Samsø.
The fog was rather dense….but not so much that I couldn’t get element of the picture that wasn’t all clear.

On the way to the harbour I made a quick stop at Kolby Mølle to see if I could find a good angle to shoot a foggy picture of it. Since the mill stands alone on a small hill there wasn’t that many options….so only one photo!

ISO 200, 25mm, 1/400 sec and f/2,8

With me I had my old reliable Fujifilm X-T2 and the allround 16-55 f/2,8 Fujinon lens.
After 20 minutes i had the photos i felt i could get out of the morning…much faster than writing this blog post 🙂

On my way back to the summerhouse I went by Vesborg Lighthouse to get a picture I had in mind. A picture with an old tree by the road with the lighthouse in the background
With this photo I ended my foggy morning 🙂

35 mm of Samsø

One of the first lenses that Fujifilm made around 8 years ago was the 35mm f/1,4. It has a rather slow autofocus but what it lacks in that area it certainly win back in character.
It has become one of the most iconic Fujifilm lenses…if not the most iconic! Since the introduction in January 2012 photographers around the world have spoken about this special lens and a couple of month ago Fujifilm made a made a tribute video

One of the photographers in the video is the danish Fujifilm ambassador Charlene Winfred. I think that you should visit her web page and check out her photos….they are just great. https://charlenewinfred.com/

I also just love this lens. I use it a lot for my architecture and landscape photography and I think it’s partly because of the character and the focal length. 35mm on a APS-C sensor give you just around 50mm on a FF witch is more or less the equivalent of what we as humans see. The images are razor sharp, even when the aperture is fully open. The dynamic range and contrasts are absolutely stunning.

Samsø

In the headline I wrote “35mm of Samsø” witch is a reference to the Danish Island of Samsø where we have our summerhouse. This summer, I gave myself the creative obstructions that I only wanted to photograph with the 35mm the 2 weeks we were on the Island.
If you never been on Samsø…..I highly recommend that you visit it. It is very cosy, relaxed and you will find many good restaurants, beaches, flea markets and of course….photo opportunities.

Our summerhouse.
Our summerhouse.

Enough of all the writing….lets see some photos. I will try to divide them up in to themes to create some sort of red line……but all in all this is just a bunch of shots from my holliday 🙂

Black and white

The “score bike”
“Pedestrian street, probably the world’s smallest”

Long exposure

Those that know me and follow my work will know that b/w long exposure photos are a kind of photos that I do a lot of.
And of course I also did some of that during the holiday.

“My tree” on the moor. I have sooo many pictures of that tree

Houses

In some of the small villages such as Nordby you will find a big variety of doors…in all colours and shapes….some even with there own hashtag 🙂

#yellowdoor

Landscapes

Although Samsø is a fairly small Island you will find a great variety of landscapes from moors to oak forests and sandy beaches.

Urbex

A thing that you will have problems doing on Samsø with a camera is Urbex. There are not many abandoned buildings….but if you are lucky you can find some old farmhouses to explore.

Up the hill!

Those of you that know a bit about Denmark know that this country is a bit flat. But none the less we have a hill (not even the highest) that we call “Sky Mountain”
So Denmark is not the place that you would expect to have a motorsport Hill Climb event.

But we have…oh yes!!

At the only place in Denmark where there are hairpin turns, Munkebjerg, near the town of Vejle i Jutland. Every year on the first sunday of August a lot of classic cars join the Munkebjerg Hill Climb.
It’s a 1800 meters asphalt track with 60 meters increase from the start at the water to the finish at Munkebjerg Hotel.

A bit of history

Hillclimb has a long history behind it. In the childhood of cars, this was the way the factories could show what their vehicles were capable of, and a tradition of international hill racing was already developing around the First World War. During the twenties and thirties, international championships arose, and the big factories built cars specifically for Hillclimb, where the big stars of the time could shine.At that time, the audience went in large crowds to the famous hills, and Hillclimb had status in line with the Grand Prix, then Formula 1. After World War II, Hillclimb has shrunk to a small side discipline in motorsport, so it is quite appropriate that in Denmark it is historical motorsport that has taken up hill climb.

Raceday

My day at the Hill Climb started at 0730 in the secretariat of the paddock where I got my yellow west that allowed me to walk outside the barrieres on the track. Or as one of the officials said : “With the west you are now allowed to be run over by the racecars….but please don’t! It’s one hell of a job with all the paperwork that follows” 🙂
Due to Covid-19 the photograpers was not allowed to take pictures in the paddock during the day because the max amount of people in the paddock was limited to 100. So I only got pictures from the track it self.
With the west on I walked down the track to I almost reached the no. 3 spot on the map. Here I would start the days shoot of the cars passing under the railway bridge. the race started 0915 with the warm up round and then there would follow 3 heats.

All photos in this post is shot with my old but fine working Fujifilm X-T2 and 2 lenses. The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2,8 for shots of cars drivning to or from me (almost all shot on f/2,8) and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2,8 for the pan shots.
I shot almost 1000 photos so I will only show some of the 120 pictures i ended up with. I have tried different edit from station to station so the photos not all look the same.
Hope that you will take a look at them all….at the end there are some special ones 🙂

After the first cars had passed me I walked across the track and found me a high place to shoot the next couple of cars.

The hairpin turn

The 3. stop of the day was at the hairpin turn at point no. 4 on the map. I stood at the inside of the turn up high so I could get some great pan shots of the cars.

Lunch break

It was time for my lunch break…..and something to drink. It was starting to get pretty hot although there was some shadow under the trees.
I went up to a spot between no. 5 and 6. on the map and enjoyed a quick lunch. There I met up with another Fujifilm user Jesper Gregers Bruun. Jesper loves speed…he drives a Ducati motorbike…and Fujifilm.
He didn’t have a photo west….but we could stand at that place together.

Jesper shooting with X-T3 and the 50-140mm

I had noticed that just down the track there was a very dark shadow from the trees and very bright sunshine. So if you exposed after the sunny spot and took the picture when the cars hit the the sun…..the background would turn almost black. I think that gave some interesting pictures.

Last station

The last station that I shot from was just up near no. 6 on the map. Here I again tried some pan shot and what you could call a autumn edit….with some brown colours.
This was not the easiest station to shoot from. For safety reasons I had to stand in the wood and shoot from a distance.

End of the day

This was the end of the day and if you are interested in who won the race…..you can find the results here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1skju2zvsabf1dy/AABVcjiV7dAPAfPta7ZwqusHa/2020-08-09%20-%20Munkebjerg%20Hillclimb?dl=0&preview=Endelig+resultat+-+Generelt.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

The most interesting cars…..for me….was not the quickest but those that gave the best photos. And those were the oldest ones.
So I tried to make some B/W edits to see if that would work on old cars. I think it did….but have a look for yourself 🙂

Sharp, or…..?

This short post brings me back exactly 4 years…back to 2016 and Smukfest. Smukfest….or Skanderborg Festivalen as its also known is a music festival in Denmark. It’s taking place in a beech forest in the middle of Jutland in the start of august. But not this year because of Covid-19 so we all just have the memories from the past years.

I got the idea for this post due to a memory I got from the 2016 festival on my Instagram account yesterday.

www.instagram.com/kaarebak

I had never attended the festival before….and…I had at that time never photographed a concert. I was approached by the then head of the photo team Per Bille who asked if I could be interested in joining the 2016 photo team.
I still remember my answer: “Naaaaaa, I’m not a concert photographer. I need a controlled environment where I can get everything sharp”.
His reply was: “I seen your photos and they are great…and I could use you on the team”
It ended with me taking the challenge and today I’m glad I did….because it changed the way I looked at my own photographic work.

Before the festival and in particular one concert I had been almost obsessed with sharpness in my photos. If a photo wasn’t 110% sharp I would delete it.
No sharpness…no good!!
But I must say that the festival changed that….and as I mentioned earlier there was this one concert. When I edited the pictures from the concert with the Danish rock band Turboweekend with the lead singer Silas Bjerregaard I was blow away. My pictures was not sharp (almost not) but there was something else…..there was so much energy, feelings and atmosphere.
The pictures that you can see below I regard as some of my best ever and I have 4 of them printed and framed on the wall in my study.

So after that concert….when I look at my photos I’m not only looking for sharpness…..I’m also looking energy, feelings and atmosphere.

The roadtrip

I sometimes like to take one or more days out of the calendar and go on a road trip around Denmark. Get my brain cleaned out and have full focus on photography. Such a day I took some time ago when my girlfriend was out of the house.
I had set the alarm clock to 0430 …. just half an hour before sunrise. I wanted a trip up the west coast of Jutland. There was no need to get up earlier as there were no obvious sunrise spots on the route.
The route was laid out a bit overall with a few fixed stops along the way and end station at Vigsø Battery (an old bunker complex from World War II.)


Along the way my photo partner Anders Keis (see his great photo blog here) would join and follow along the last part of the day. He shot mostly with analog cameras during the day.


In my photo bag I had my old Fujifilm X-T2 and some lenses but I also had a GFX100 and some G-lenses including the GF 30mm f3,5 witch hadn’t been released at that time (read my review of the 30mm here).

First stop was planned to be Lyngvig Lighthouse but I ended up with quite a few stops before the Lighthouse. When I was driving on the highway i noticed a very interesting light from the sun rising. It was not bright yellow as one could expect….it was more purple. I took the first exit and stopped the car and took a look around. I had some windmills on one side and some trees on the other….but both tings was a bit away from the road. So I took the GFX 100 and the GF 100-200mm f5,6 and stood just outside the car facing west on the first shot and east on the second.

Ringkøbing Fjord

Next stop was just south of the town of Hvide Sande. I saw a sign leading down to a small harbour and decided to have a look. It was a very small harbour with some leisure boats and small fishing vessels.

The photos show some of the small boats at Ringkøbing Fjord and are all done with the GF 30mm f3,5 lens.

Haurvig Church

Hvide Sande

Hvide Sande was not a planned stop but as I passed through the town I noticed some large nets on the “inside”….in Ringkøbing Fjord. Perfect for some long exposure shots. The town are placed on the long stretch of land that separate the Fjord form the North Sea so You can see water on both sides.

First 3 photos taken with GFX100 and the 30mm f3,5 and the last with my X-T2 and the 16-55 f2,8.

On the other side the fishing boats were going out into the North Sea.

Lyngvig Lighthouse

Now I got to Lyngvig and the Lighthouse. A nice area with low rolling sand hills with lyme grass. The Lighthouse was closed due to the corona virus so I only got shots from the outside. But the clouds was not good for long exposure so only snapshots 🙂

Lyngvig Lighthouse is the last in a series of built lighthouses along Jutland’s west coast and in 1906 it throws its characteristic, sweeping light cone over the dune landscape for the first time. The lighthouse rises well in the flat dune landscape, and with its flame height of 53 meters can be seen far away.

Bovbjerg Lighthouse

The next stop was again one of those stop that wasn’t planned. A road sign lead the way to Bovbjerg Lighthouse.

Bovbjerg Lighthouse was built in 1877 as one of the first lighthouses on the west coast. The lighthouse was to guide shipping at a time when there were an awful lot of shipwrecks. It is painted red to avoid confusion with the church towers in the nearby villages. The lighthouse stands on a cliff 41 meters above sea level. The tower itself is 26 meters high. The flame height is 62 m, and the light from the current 300 W halogen lamp through the original Fresnel lens can be seen in clear weather 16 nautical miles from the shore.
There are also some bunkers from WW2.

Oddesund

Now I got to the destination where Anders would join me. He had a small problem with his GPS so I took a 15 minute rest in the car before he came to the right spot. This place have a quit funny name. If you translate it directly from Danish to English it’s name is: Pigs Toe Cape 🙂
A piece of land formed as a pigs toe.

Here you can photograph the small lighthouse and the old iron bridge. I have been here a few times before and done some good long exposure shots here. Unfortunately the clouds wasn’t very good so I only got silky water 🙂

Architecture

On our way out to the west coast again we stopped at the small town of Hurup to get something to drink and eat…..and to do som architecture photos. In Hurup you find the biggest window factory in Denmark with around 100.000 m2 under roof.

Lodbjerg Lighthouse

The last stop before Vigsø Battery was yet another Lighthouse. This one is called Lodbjerg Lighthouse. It is located alone in the middle of a large heath and plantation area. The lighthouse was built in 1883 and lit for the first time on November 28, 1884. The lighthouse is 35 meters high and the light has a height of 48 meters above sea level.

Vigsø Battery

The last planned stop for the day was Vigsø Battery. It was time to do som long exposure shot of the concrete bunkers in the water and end it all of with a sunset.

When you do landscape photography things do not always goes as planned. And this day was no different.
The sunset never happened…or yes it did but the clouds played us and the sun disappeared down behind some massive clouds so we never got the many colours we where hoping for.

….But the long exposure turned out great!!
I use LEE filters when I do long exposure and I mostly use the 15 stop ND filter (called SuperStopper) so that I can got the 2-4 minutes exposure that i prefere.

This one has a bit of colour from the sun going down.

The last one of the day from Vigsø turned into something from a sci-fi movie or from Mars. I just love how the edit of this photo blends the sand and the water into something surreal.

It was getting late, The sunset was not going to happen so we decided to call it the day and head home. Anders had a 1 hour drive back to his place and a I had 3 hours if i drove directly with no stops.
But when I got to Vilsund Bridge I had to stop to take the last picture of the day.
I ended up home a 0115 o’clock almost 23 hours after I started the trip. A great day with at great photo buddy….and some ok photos 🙂

Humans by the sea

In Esbjerg a town at the west coast of Denmark they have a very big sculpture called “Humans by the sea“.

The sculpture depicts four white men in a row looking out over the sea, and is very reminiscent of Easter Island monoliths. The figure protrudes 9 meters into the air and can be seen from the sea side at a distance of up to 10 kilometers. The white men who looks out over the sea symbolize the encounter between human and nature.

The site is always full of people and as the sculptures are heavily photographed so it is difficult to get pictures in a new way with no tourists on.

I visited the site a couple of weeks ago when I was by my girlfriends new workplace. I had taken the Fujifilm GFX100 with me and the 45mm lens and used an hour in the area….and this was the result.

I think the angles and the way the pictures are edited give a “good vibe”. I admit that the sculptures are more white in the real world….but when I do my photography I always have those words in mind:

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place……. it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

― Elliott Erwitt

The old 911

A few years ago I was out shooting pictures of this beautiful Porsche 911 together with its owner Jasper Vølver. He had just bought it…and he was in love 🙂

Todady I flee over a few of the pictures that I had not edited previously and tried to give them an edit that suited the car’s year of manufacture.

Jasper have decided to put his car op for sale….and if I had the money I would buy it on the spot….but I don’t. But if you could see yourself driving this great car give Jasper a call.