Illuminated Landscapes and Architecture.

Sit still for a few moments. Perhaps for about a minute or two………. 

That’s how I make this images. Focus and then I open the shutter for as long as its needed. Inspired by music or the people I meet up with. I just love to do this kind of work. 

When the darkness comes the quietness follows with it and the lights from windows, streetlights, or from the sun behind the horizon that gives the special glow. It gives me an inner peace even when I do it in the middle of the town while there is heavy traffic passing by.

The best way to do this kind of photography is to get a steady tripod and use a wireless trigger or the inbuilt timer on your camera. Set the ISO as low as possible. I prefer 100 or even lower. The magic comes when you set the apperture between  11 - 16. And let your camera do the work for you.

Enjoy the seconds or the minutes it takes to capture the frame.

Clicking the images will show you the full size.

PAN.

I remember taking this photo in 2012 in the western part of Norway. I had no tripod as I was walking so I placed my camera on my camera-bag and setting the shutter-speed to 0,8 sec. just to make the water milky. As I was framing it I thought about Pan, the Greek shepherd and forest-god; in Roman mythology linked to Faunus or Silvanus. His legs, beards and horns resemble a goat's heels, and he eagerly pursues young nymphs, but also shows interest in young shepherds, as he has become an emblem of homosexuality.

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He plays on a flute, like the shepherds, according to the instrument pan flute. His function as a loose natural god with satyrs in his followings gives him similarities to Dionysus (Bacchus). He can be seen as the incarnation of the pagan, and in Christianity he was linked to the devil, cf. his horn. A story at Plutarch that "the great Pan is dead" was also used in Christian anti-ethnic propaganda.

The myth of his flute, syrinx, is a classic story of transformation: he coveted the nymph Syrinx, who flees and turns into reed; the tubes produce a beautiful sound; he cuts them off and now has his flute.

The fear of nature and of nature in one's own, deserted places, the darkness of the forest, but first and foremost the "groundless" anxiety can be called "panic" or "panic fright", named after Pan. The nature-bound and the dangerous in the figure are played in J.P. Jacobsen's loving poem "An Arabesk" from approx. 1870: “Have you got lost in obscure forests? / Do you know Pan? ”. In Knut Hamsun's novel Pan, 1894, a love story is played out in the jumping northern summer; in one scene the main character imagines that Pan is sitting in a tree and looking at him and laughing: "and the whole tree shook off his silent laughter as he saw that all my thoughts ran away with me."

A completely different mood - of feast and deep movement - is over a statement by Johannes Sløk: "When I stood in Delphi, I almost thought I could see Pan between the trees."

The literary figure Peter Pan, which exists both as plays, novels, films and cartoons, is about a boy who wants to remain a child - and a "Peter Pan Syndrome" is a psychological concept for men's anxiety to become adults, mature and responsible.

LONG EXPOSURES.

I remember my first attempt on taking a long exposure frame back in 1979. I mounted a 10 F/stop-filter on my 50 mm. Nikkor and took a shot at two minutes. When I came back from my trip I developed it down in the basement at my mother’s house.  It is easier to day as we have digital cameras, but the technique with the filters are still the same. So the next weeks I will experiment on long exposures and try to find some great objects to capture. 

ON BORROWED TIME

On borrowed time is a series of images captured at the island Lesvos. 

From the Olive Press-Museum in Papados.

 

And much further behind the waves on the island with bays of olive groves 

It seemed for a moment that I saw him who gave his blood for me to incarnate

Once more ascending the Saints rough road

Once more

Once more

Placing his fingers on the water of Yera

And so the five villages ignite

Papados Plakados Palaiopikos 

Skopelos and Mesagros

Authority and inheritance of my kin.

 

Odysseas Elytis- 1959 

From the Olive Press-Museum in Papados.

I’m not so much here in this area of the island but I found the intro interesting and this area is a beautiful spot. You can find the images from the project here. 

CHALLENGE.

FUJINON XF 27MM. F/2,8 Clear, high fidelity descriptive performance in a compact, lightweight form make this lens a perfect partner for FUJIFILM X-Series. With a focal length of 41mm, about the same angle of view of the human eye, this lens is not only a superb snapshot choice, but also performs well in a variety of scenes from portraits and landscapes to architectural shots. High-speed, high-precision. AF is driven by a built-in high-torque DC coreless motor to capture fleeting moments in sharp focus. On my trip to Lesvos I will only use this lens.

This lens is the closest I have tried out that compares to the 45 mm. F/2,8 Nikkor I had attached on my Nikon F2 back in 1973 as a very young boy taking my first steps to learn photography. I look forward to this challenge and feel comfortable about it, and the best part is the weight of my gear: 5 kg. and that includes the tripod.

And it fits in too my pocket.