Urban vibes

In early August, I asked one of my dear friends living in Copenhagen if she could pose for a few shots with a urban vibe. We didn't plan much more than this. We met after work, before going out for dinner, and just started enjoying the full blast of the last hours of sun. This is the result.

I chose to try out the Efke KB 50 on my Bronica ETRS before the sun started to set. On my Canon A1, I had Ilford HP5 Plus 400, which would be the perfect comparison to have with the not-so-contrasty Efke KB 50. Then I ended with a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 on the Bronica to get those vibrant colours, and one of Fujifilm Superia 100. What do you think of the mix? I prefer less saturation in the colour shots, but I thought this would be a very good opportunity to get out of my comfort zone.

Now, all that is left is to thank my friend: Thank you, sista! Remember we have to do it again soon ;P

From Ærø with love

Back in October of 2017, my dear friend Camilla Jørvad opened up the bookings for her Bed & Breakfast Sigridsminde. I decided to book it for a long weekend for me, my husband and my daughter. We went there this May and we could not be happier with it. The quietness, the slow living lifestyle, the nature - all of which I deeply crave on a daily basis - were all there.

The Bed & Breakfast is truly inspiring and, with no doubt, the best room I have ever stayed in. I am all for minimal decoration without compromising comfort and style, and my friend Camilla nailed it. Look for yourself below and at the official Sigridsminde gallery.

Our three days there were full with some of nature’s most amazing colours and sights. #dandelionfuzz

Sigridsminde is at the Ærø island, 10 min walking from Ærøskøbing - a tiny town full of colour, hygge and slow living.

For this series, I used my Canon A1 and my Bronica ETRS, with efke KB 50, Kodak 200, FujiColor Superia 200, Lomography Earl Grey 100 and Ilford HP5 Plus 400. I also used a slide stock - Fujichrome Provia 100F on my Bronica - but that one came out empty [insert sad face here]. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did.

A photoshoot in my home town

In early June, I gathered a long-term friend (probably the only one I know since birth) and a recently-acquired one to go and practice what it means to do fine art photography. At least that is what I went for.

My old friend is not a model - so she was very uncomfortable at first -, but she was very nice to pose for us. The light was just perfect. It was overcast and the clouds in the horizon made it the perfect match for shooting at the beach of my home town.

On a Sunday afternoon, we drove there and walked down the beach until we found an area where the clouds were gorgeous and there was no one around.

We continued to the dunes for more of a rural look. I grabbed a few wild flowers (hopefully nothing dangerous) which added that extra down-to-earth look, in addition to helping her with her nervousness.

We ended the shoot amongst the trees, where she stood tall and beautiful.

This photoshoot was a very important one, because it was at the beach where I spent all the summers of my childhood and teenage years. That is why it was crucial for me to have a local posing for it and to have my three pillars present: the ocean, the mountains, and the trees, but more on that in another post.

However, I do recognise I still have a lot to learn. For instance, I used 6 different rolls of film for this photoshoot, which, let’s be honest, is not the ideal setup when you want to do this professionally. You can also see the difference in contrast, grain, colour saturation, etc in the pictures. The truth is I have a HUGE stash of rolls to go through, so I decided to try them out. Of course I only allowed myself to do this, because I knew this was a personal project. For a paid job, I would only use one or two types for colour and another one or two for black and white.

In this session, I used: Kodak Ektar 100 (ISO 100), Kodak Portra 160VC (ISO 160), Agfa Photo Vista Plus (ISO 200 + 1), FujiColor Superia (ISO 200), Agfa CT Precisa (ISO 100), and Ilford HP5 400 (ISO 400). The Agfa CT Precisa seems to be very old, though, but I decided to share the results anyway. After all, this is all part of my learning process.

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