Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen: Blog http://www.rockshot.dk/blog en-us (C) Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:01:00 GMT Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:01:00 GMT http://www.rockshot.dk/img/s/v-5/u669748846-o266338334-50.jpg Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen: Blog http://www.rockshot.dk/blog 96 120 Commemorating Liberation http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/7/commemorating-liberation Hjemmeværnskompagni Stevns Two months ago I photographed a division og the danish national guard - from the province where I grew up - during their 4th of May ceremony, where they celebrate the liberation from the nazi occupation at the end of the second world war and commemorate the people that lost their lives fighting the occupation.

This is my favorite shots from the day.

Click here to visit the full gallery with all 43 keepers.

I also have some shots on film, but haven't gotten the rolls developed yet.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 4 Maj danish national guard danmarks befrielse hjemmeværnet hjemmeværnskompagni stevns photo essay stevns http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/7/commemorating-liberation Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Chinon 35F-MA http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/5/chinon-35f-ma Chinon 35F-MA

In January I picked up this hideous blast from the past for 75DKK / 10EUR / $12 and for a while I wasn't really sure if I had made a good bargain or not. In hindsight I think it was an okay deal, it's not a fantastic camera but it's fun to shoot and it works. I had hoped for better sharpness from the lens, could be that my sample has a layer of something something on the front and rear elements but I haven't really taken the time to do a propper CLA of the camera. The viewfinder can be compared to looking thru a pair of yellow sunglasses covered in fingerprints, which I'm sure might just be gunk in the viewfinder, but I haven't really figured out how to take that bit apart either.

When I first got the camera I didn't know if it worked, so I loaded it with a roll of Ilford HP5 and took it for a walk with the guys from Platea and shot with it for most part of the day (the keepers from that roll can be seen below in chronological order). To my surprise both the light seals, shutter speeds and auto focus worked seemingly well. To my even bigger surprise the camera sounded like a Nazgul screaming at a fat hobbit when it advances the film, which gave a lot of laughs as street photography is normally a stealthy genre of photography. Not the case with this camera.

So if you come across this camera, in working condition and cheaper than what I payed for it, then I recommend you do a coin toss, because I won't tell you that it's a fantastic camera, it isn't. You are probably going to have some fun with it but, that's true for almost any analog camera in my opinion. When I think about it I actually payed much less for my Canonet QL25 and that old rangefinder outperforms the Chinon in every way, except for it lacking auto focus (sorry, Infrafocus) and has no built in flash. The Chinon also takes two AA batteries, whereas the QL25 takes a discontinued PX625 mercury oxide battery, but that's about as positive as I will get with the Chinon.

The Nazgul sound it pretty fun and it is a light weight and an easy to operate camera to bring with you. I'd surely bring this with me if I was going out for beers and fun, as it's not the biggest loss If I accidentally leave it on the counter of McDonalds in the wee hours of the morning. ;)

Marmorkirken

Jonas Rask + XPan

Cold Hands

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 135 film 35mm film analog analog photography bug eyed camera chinon chinon 35f-ma film camera film is not dead film photography ilford hp5 infrafocus point'n'shoot http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/5/chinon-35f-ma Tue, 01 May 2018 09:47:59 GMT
Eclipse in New York http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/1/eclipse-in-new-york Solar Eclipse 2017Staring at the SunTwo colleagues looking at the solar eclipse in New Jersey Back in August of last year, I was on a business trip in USA, the land of the brave and the heavily armed.

This post contains all my favorite images from the first couple of days in New Jersey and New York. While there I got to experience a solar eclipse (only 65% coverage though, so not total) and I got to celebrate my birthday by dining in SoHo followed by a couple of drinks in a sky bar with a view of both Midtown and Lower Manhattan. 

Not much else to say about New York and New Jersey as it was mostly work while there, not much time for street photography, so it was all about using the chances that presented itself. The solar eclipse was maybe the best photography moment in New York and the image of my colleagues looking up at the solar eclipse with special glasses is hands down my favorite from the entire trip.

Solar Eclipse 2017Shot with a telephoto lens thru a pair of solar eclipse glasses Step OnBoeing 787 wing

There is no doubt that it isn't the last time that I go to these parts of America. It's terrific people, terrific pizza (italien food in general), great scenery in Jersey, the office was close to a rail road so I got to see and hear the iconic fright train every couple of hours which was cool (locals think you're nuts that you think thats cool) and the weather was a heck of a lot better than in San Diego (weird, I know).

More about San Diego in another blogpost.

ManhattenNew YorkDriving down the A9 George Washington Bridge

SoHo by Night

The DriverThe chauffeur picking us op at the airport.

The Freedom Tower

DrycleanerPicking up dry-cleaning somewhere in New Jersey

Parkinglot

Sky BarAn epic view for a birthday drink

Hotel Room ViewNot the most exiting view in the world, but kinda cool that the Empire State building was visible

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) america business travel candid eclipse eclipse 2017 empire state building freedom tower new jersey new york solar eclipse street photography travel us usa http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2018/1/eclipse-in-new-york Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:29:09 GMT
Reykjavik http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/11/reykjavik Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference CentreProcessed with VSCO with lv03 preset I wish I was better at blogging about my travels, but it isn't always on the top of my priority list. 

In March of this year I was in Reykjavik - capitol of Iceland - and since I only had a couple of days with a couple of meeting in Reykjavik I didn't really have time to venture outside the city. Pictures from Iceland are usually dominated by the islands majestic landscape as it is really a landscape photographers paradise, but Reykjavik is also worthy of a visit if you have a weekend to kill and a lot of flight-points to burn.

View from Reykjavik harbourProcessed with VSCO with kk1 preset Being a big guy with a decent size red beard, both tourists and local people thought that I was from Iceland, which was quite funny. The Iceland people are a great people, very friendly and very nordic with their sweaters, beards and beer.

Iceland is a country with a booming tourist industry ever since the volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, which results in some really shabby accommodations at some way to high prices because we booked only four weeks prior to the trip. Fair warning, the hot water out of the tap smells a little of rotten eggs because of the volcanic, didn't bother me but my colleague wasn't too fond about it.

If you fancy a beer while in Reykjavik, steer clear of all the regular mass produced brands and try one of the super beers from one of islands many microbreweries. I ended up in Sæta Svínið Gastropub twice and can only recommend it, for both beer and food. You will surely come across horse meat on the menu at some of the restaurants, it tastes a little like beef but sweeter, but personally I prefer beef.

If it matters, all images where shot with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 combined with a 35mm and 18mm lens and followingly processed with the VSCO camera app during the 4 hour flight home to Copenhagen.

Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference CentreProcessed with VSCO with b5 preset

Reykjavik skaterProcessed with VSCO with f1 preset

Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference CentreProcessed with VSCO with p4 preset Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre Reykjavik harbourProcessed with VSCO with s6 preset

At a Reykjavik bar.Processed with VSCO with p5 preset

Harpa, Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa, Reykjavik Concert HallProcessed with VSCO with g2 preset Hallgrímskirkja in ReykjavikProcessed with VSCO with b3 preset

Harpa, Reykjavik Concert HallProcessed with VSCO with f3 preset

Reykjavik CoffeeshopProcessed with VSCO with g2 preset Reykjavik MuralProcessed with VSCO with b4 preset Reykjavik HarborProcessed with VSCO with m6 preset

Reykjavik HarborProcessed with VSCO with m6 preset

Old Boat in ReykjavikProcessed with VSCO with b6 preset

Reykjavik Industrial HarborProcessed with VSCO with s3 preset Processed with VSCO with acg preset

Keflavik International AirportProcessed with VSCO with tk preset

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) architecture fujifilm x-pro2 fujinon xf 18mm f/2 fujinon xf 35mm f/1.4 harpa iceland island olafur eliasson portrait reykjavik http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/11/reykjavik Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:52:42 GMT
Expired Film - Mimosa Pan Chroma http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/11/shooting-expired-film-2 Starting out shooting with a medium format camera and 120 film, I started out testing my skills with a couple of expired rolls of film.

As with the previous expired roll I wrote about here on the sight, the "Revue Pan 21", I found it in box on the floor at "One Of Many Cameras" here in Copenhagen.

The images below where shot with a roll of "Mimosa Pan Chroma", an ASA40 black and white film that expired in 1965 but must have been stored in a freezer or fridge because the results are remarkably better than the "Revue Pan 21" which expired in 1990.

As with the "Revue Pan 21" there is a very contrasty film noir look to it, not as trashy but with personality and with an interesting effect in the highlights. Personally I like the look of this film and I was fortunate enough to have another roll in storage, and it will be interesting to see if comes out similarly or totally different.

All the below black and white images are the result of the Mimosa PanChroma being shot on a Yashica MAT-124 twin lens refleks camera. The developed negatives where scanned on a Canon CanoScan 9000F II and has had little to none post processing done to them.  

Expired film - Mimosa PanChroma

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 120 film black and white photography expired film film is not dead film noir medium format mimosa panchroma one of many cameras oomc shooting film yashica mat-124 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/11/shooting-expired-film-2 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:42:03 GMT
M/S Vestkysten http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/6/ms-vestkysten Thanks to my profession I was fortunate enough to get a tour of the 70 year old danish costal vessel M/S Vestkysten, at Simrishamn Shipyard in Sweeden.

It was built in 1945 for the danish ministry of fisheries and spent most part of its life as an inspection vessel. Before it was towed to Simrishamn in Sweeden it had been used as a house boat, anchored in the waters behind Christians Havn in Copenhagen. 

The yard had already begun plucking away the old machinery in the belly of the vessel, with the first major step being the removal of the large 8 cylinder diesel engine from the 1980's (originally it had been fitted with a 6 cylinder diesel).

Upcycling is everywhere, even when it comes to costal vessels, and the future for this particular vessel looks very bright as it is going to be turned into a luxury yacht / diving vessel. Personally I couldn't think of a cooler retirement plan for an old workhorse like the M/S Vestkysten.

Enjoy the images. :)

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) M/S vestkysten NB113 Simrishamn nakskov værft http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/6/ms-vestkysten Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:15:00 GMT
Expired Film - Revue Pan 21 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/5/shooting-expired-film So, beeing a newbee at shooting with film I started out testing my skills with a couple of expired rolls of film that I got for really really cheap at "One Of Many Cameras" here in Copenhagen.

So, can a roll of film become too expired?

The answer is YES, if you don't store it properly. The storage conditions will surely effect the film more than it's age, so if you keep it in a fridge it should be good.

The film shot here was a "Revue Pan 21", an ASA100 black and white film that expired in August of 1990. Storage conditions are unknown, but when I got it I found it in box on the floor in the store along with a handfull of other expired 35mm and 120 film.

There is a trashed film noir look to it that I like, probably caused by the emulsion sticking to the backing paper in camera or during the development, but it would have been nice if the images behind were more visible.

Expired film - Revue Pan 21

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 120 film Expired Film OOMC Revue Pan 21 black and white photography film is not dead film noir medium format one of many cameras shooting film yashica mat-124 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/5/shooting-expired-film Wed, 24 May 2017 07:22:55 GMT
Vancouver http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/4/vancouver Law CourtsShot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed in with VSCO app, with M5 preset

Last year in April, I went on a businesstrip to Vancouver in Canada. I went there to visiting shipyards and shipowners in the Vancouver area, but ended up growing really fond of the city in just a couple of days. I have been wanting to write a little about my trip and experience for the past year, but for some reason it's ended up taking exactly a year and it's not really what I set out to write. I was hoping for something profound about street photography in Vancouver, but it's become more of a short summarization of my trip and my thoughts.

Being a street photographer at heart I usually prefer to take public transportation as much as possible when I travel, it's kind of hard to do street photography in a cab on the highway, so the sky train from the airport to down town Vancouver was an obvious choice. According to a very nice lady that I talked to during the 23 min commute, It was built for the 2010 olympics, for transporting all the tourists to and from the airport and around town, and the residents of Vancouver have become fond of it since.

Vancouver Sky TrainProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset

I stayed at pretty nice hotel down town, hotel "Le Soleil", close to the city center and close to the harbour. If it was on my own dime, I would have chosen something a little more sparse because I hardly spend any time in hotel rooms, except for when I am sleeping (and charging batteries) or getting ready to go out.

Although it was a business related trip I was fortunate enough to have most part of a day to myself, getting time to walk around town and see the sights. I was hoping to find a dinner or café down town for breakfast, but I hadn't given much thought to it being a week day so I ended up having a granola bar and a coffee at a Starbucks just outside the entranceway to Granville Island.

Granville Island is worth a visit if you're in Vancouver, a little island filled with specialty shops, a food market, workshops, galleries and of course a marina. I was there on a week day during springtime and I can only imagine the horde of people that would descend upon the island on a Saturday during the summer holidays. All in all a must visit. I can recommend checking out the little store that only has office supplies. I spent 40 min just looking at pens, notebooks and cards, which probably says something about me (positive I hope).

Vancouver SkylineVancouver seen from Granville Island Another place that deserved a visit if you find yourself in Vancouver is the harbour, which features some interesting buildings and historical landmarks (marked with plaks with historical trivia). If you move along the harbour east you might as well swing by "Gastown" which is the old historical part of Vancouver, this is also a part of town where you can find some great restaurants.

If I have to mention a "negative" thing about Vancouver it would be the large number of homeless people in the city. If you walk along Granvill Street, towards Granvill Island, before 9 in the morning, you will see a lot of homeless people sleeping in the sides along the shops, especially in the entertainment district. From my canadian sources (my neighbor actually) the eastern part of Canada advise the homeless people to travle southwest to avoid the hard and cold winters in the east and north, they even pay for their buss fair to the Vancouver area. It's a pretty nuts policy, but makes sense if you see it from the perspective of the homeless - Go to Vancouver or freeze to death. It would however make more sense to take care of the homeless where they are, instead of exporting them to Vancouver, but I guess no country/government is perfect.

Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6112Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6112 I genuinely wish my stay in Vancouver had lasted for a week or more, so I would have had time to see all of Vancouver, photograph and enjoy it. You know the impression or feeling when you get to a place and you think "I wouldn't mind living here", that is the impression that Vancouver left me with.

Below are my best shots from Vancouver, in no particular order.

Vancouver Harbor The LotShot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with B6 preset TelevisionShot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with B6 preset Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Dumbster StridebyShot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with C2 preset Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6099Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6099 Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with G2 preset Wet VancouverShot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with B4 preset Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with A6 preset Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with B1 preset Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with G2 preset Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6104Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6104 Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6257Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6257 Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6162Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6162 Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with B4 preset Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with F3 preset Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6245Zensize-PKR-20160413-GR5B6245 Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 Processed with VSCO app, with ACG preset Luminous Drapes Zensize-PKR-20160414-GR5B6322Zensize-PKR-20160414-GR5B6322 Processed with VSCO with lv03 preset Processed with VSCO with b6 preset

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) BC British Columbia Canada Canon Fujifilm Grandville Island Vancouver canon eos 5d III fujifilm x-pro1 fujinon XF 18mm f/2 law courts street street photography strideby travel travel photography x-pro1 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/4/vancouver Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:45:28 GMT
Yashica Mat-124 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/4/yashica-mat-124 I recently got this beauty from my grandmother, a 1968 Yashica Mat-124. 

It belonged to my grandfathers brother, who had bought it from an American while working in Greenland for a period in the 1970's.

As if the camera wasn't exciting in itself, it turnes out there was a roll of exposed 120 Fujicolor sitting in it. I doubt that anyone in my family has shot this camera in the past three decades, so I am looking very much forward to getting it developed and see whats on it, if anything.

I regards to shooting this Twin Lens Reflex the next step is to clean the mirror and lenses on it, load it with a roll of 120 (maybe a new 1.4V battery for the meter) and it's ready to go.

The biggest challenge might be remembering to exposure manually, since I'm all to accustomed to shooting with a digital camera with a multitude of built in assistance. It will be a learning experience - the metering/exposure process and also restricting myself to only the 12 frames on a roll of 120 film - and I hope that it will gradually render me a better photographer.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) TLR Twin Lens Reflex Vintage GAS Vintage camera Yashica Mat-124 back to the future family secrets film camera found a roll of film mat-124 old film yashica http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/4/yashica-mat-124 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:46:05 GMT
New Eyepiece for my X-Pro1 http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/3/new-eyepiece-for-my-x-pro1 New Eyepiece for X-Pro1

My X-Pro1 is finally whole again, thanks to a little help from another Japanese camera manufacturer.

From day one my X-Pro1 was missing the rubber eyepiece for the viewfinder, I bought it used from a fellow Platea member who lost it while at a photography workshop in Rumania. It was impossible to get a new eyepiece from Fujifilm Nordic, because they would have to order several hundreds, so I did a quick fix with a piece of rubber profile that I trimmed and glued into - an O-ring of sorts - so it fit snugly in the threaded hole of the viewfinder. It wasn't really the best solution for protecting my glasses and although it did provided a bit of a rubber lip my glasses have ultimately payed the price over the past year and are now in dire need of replacement.

So three weeks ago I finally got around to looking for one online and ended up ordering a replacement eyepiece from an Ebay store in Japan. Before ordering I did a little research and I can verify that the replacement eyepiece for a Nikon FM3A/FM2/FA/FE2 fits perfectly on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera body and looks ace.

I installed the new eyepiece with a bit of middle strength Loctite to prevent it from unscrewing and coming off, like the original eyepiece.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) FA FE2 FM2 FM3A FM3A/FM2/FA/FE2 Fujifilm Nikon X-pro1 eyepiece missing eyepiece replacement http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/3/new-eyepiece-for-my-x-pro1 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:43:15 GMT
Sunglasses http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/2/sunglasses

Mid of January I was out driving along the coast, wanting to do a quick seascape. The weather was foggy and the water fairly calm, perfect for what I wanted to do photographically.

Having recently read a blog post by Paul Sanders about his minimalistic long exposure seascapes, I was very inspired to try out something similar if I could find something interesting to photograph. I passed this kind of boat lift, out in the water, parked the car and got down to the waters edge.

As soon as I had gotten my tripod and camera set up, I realized that my filterholder and filters where lying comfortably at home on the couch where I had put them as to not forget them as I packed my camera bag. Being without filters, I tried come combinations with the largest possible apperture, lowest ISO etc., but without really getting an exposure long enough to give that smooth water that I was hoping and looking for.

In desperation I walked back to my car and got several pair of sunglasses, in the hopes that one of them could work as a kind of ND filter. The outcome was surprising, in a positive way, because it worked - but with a noticeable color cast. 

The sunglasses must have somehow toyed with the cameras auto white balance. Sure I should have metered a WB manually, or used the cloudy WB, but I'm a run-n-gun kinda photographer so that detail eluded me as I was more busy trying to get a long enough shutter speed. 

With a little post processing it became kind of alright, in its own special kind of way.

Sunglasse as ND filer = Noticeable color castTried using a pair of sunglasses as an ND filter in the lack of an actual filter, which resulted in a noticeable colorcast. Some may like it.   Corrected sunglass imageWith a little correction, it became alright in its own special kind of way.

If the pink color is to much it's always possible to convert it to black and white, which I was actually thinking of doing.

  Sunglass shot in b&w

Using the sunglasses also resulted in some fun artistic variations, as here (below) where the glasses where about to fall off and caused me to knock the camera mid exposure. I like the eery feel that the motion blur has added, so much so that I might try to deliberately create it the next time I'm out photographing.

My intention with this post isn't to inspire anyone to do seascapes with sunglasses, simply an encouragement to not give up when you are missing that "vital" piece of gear. There is probably an image to be had if you allow yourself to be a little creative and improvise. 

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) LE improvise long exposure minimalistic nd filter seascape sunglasses think fast http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2017/2/sunglasses Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:55:00 GMT
Bikstok Røgsystem http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2016/2/bikstok-r-gsystem-tapperiet-20-02-2016 Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemLive at Tapperiet in Køge.

Saturday I attended a concert with danish dancehall trio Bikstok Røgsystem in my old turf Køge, at the little venue Tapperiet.

I didn't expect to be able to bring my camera, so I just had my street photography setup with me (Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 R) which isn't the most ideal setup for concert photography. In Denmark it's usually not allowed to bring a camera to concerts, but being a small venue and a down to earth act I guess they didn't feel the need to enforce that kind of restrictions on the audience. Today everyone has a smartphone with a camera anyway, and who in their right mind would bring their camera to a concert and then following night out on the town (me, I can't leave home without it). 

Seeing as I only had the wide 18mm lens with me (28mm equivalent), I decided to shoot images that included the audience and captured mood and energy of the concert. I didn't geek out fully with my camera, first and foremost I was there to enjoy the concert and it was a blast.!

Here is what I got out of it.

Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemTapperiet Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemPharfar and Eaggerman Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemPharfar and Bukkiblæs Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemJoining the crowd Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemEaggerman Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemPharfar and Bukkiblæs Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemBukkiblæs and Pharfar Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemPharfar Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemSecond time in the crowd Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBikstok RøgsystemSecond time in the crowd Shot with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon 18mm f/2 RBubbles HiFiWarmup and Chilldown to the concert

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 18mm Bikstok Røgsysten Danmark Denmark Fujifilm Fujinon Køge Tapperiet X-pro1 concert dancehall fujifilm x-pro1 koncert live nightlife http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2016/2/bikstok-r-gsystem-tapperiet-20-02-2016 Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:03:22 GMT
Shoot more - Tweet less http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2016/1/shoot-more-tweet-less Social Media Back in 2010 I joined Flickr, can’t remember why, but it’s been my main photography oriented social media platform ever since. As I recall, it was the only platform that seemed to cater to photography interested people like myself at the time. Thru the years I’ve also tried 500px and Google+, but I never grew too fond of them, so my level of engagement slowly died out.

A lot has happened in my personal life over the past three years, I became a father to twins, got a new job, moved to a new apartment (twice), so my general involvement on social medias has been less than impressive. So now that I find myself having energy and time for my personal interests, I discover that the number of media sites available to photographers have multiplied significantly.

Now you have:
Flickr
500px
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Tumblr
Pinterest
YourShot (National Geographic)
Stocksy
VSCO community
Ello
EyeEm
...and many many more that I can't remember or know about...

When I discover a new platform, my first thought is always "I've better create an account and use this" but why on earth would I get involved in yet another social media platform. It seems that the amount of aspiring photographers is very high, it must be in order to support so many platforms. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the dreamers are represented on nearly all of them, which leaves me to wonder how they find time for photography. If you have a dream of one day making it as a photographer, the best way to spend your precious time would be photographing and improving your skill-set, not maintain 15+ social media accounts. Try to do both and you will either give up or end up stressing yourself.

If you look up to people like Chase Jarvis or Joe McNally, who are both present on many social media platforms, then bear in mind that they made it before cameras were digital, at a time when it took 50 minutes to download a song with Napster using a 28kbit dial up modem (remember those). Both McNally and Jarvis were self made photographers long before they got involved with social media, even long before social media as we know it today existed. I bet that they have someone on their staff who handles their Twitter-, Facebook-, Instagram-  and Google+ accounts because they are more wrapped up in shooting, elsewhere.

Taking pictures beats drowning in an ocean of social media.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 500px Social media advice facebook flickr instagram internet lesson media social twitter http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2016/1/shoot-more-tweet-less Mon, 04 Jan 2016 21:34:20 GMT
City Run Copenhagen http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2015/6/in City Run Copenhagen

I did a photo shoot with the masterminds behind a new jogging event here in Copenhagen, City Run Copenhagen, that will be more focused on the experience and the scenic tour of the rout, rather than the performance and time of the individual jogger.

The evens has gotten coverage by some of the largest danish news agencies, and along with that also some of the photos we had taken, in particular one.

Click the photo to see all images from the shoot.

 

Politiken:
Politiken: City Run Copenhagen

Metroxpress:
Metroxpress: City Run Copenhagen

AOK:
AOK: City Run Copenhagen

Løberen:
Løberen: City Run Copenhagen


 

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) coverage jogging runner running salomon http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2015/6/in Tue, 02 Jun 2015 21:16:58 GMT
Pop Photo Magazine - Photo of the Day http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2015/1/pop-photo-magazine Horse HeadshotPhoto of the day, 2014.12.31
It was the last day of 2014, Pop Photo Magazine picks one of my photos as the "photo of the day" on their website.

Happy new year, may your 2015 be very photogenic.!

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) happy new year horse photo of the day pop photo pop photo magazine popphoto.com what an honor http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2015/1/pop-photo-magazine Fri, 02 Jan 2015 00:01:47 GMT
Canon EOS 5D, Mirrorless http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/12/canon-eos-5d-mirrorless Canon EOS 5D, Mirrorless

About nine weeks ago I was out photographing the Copenhagen Cantate Choir and mid concert one of my two Canon EOS 5D's locked up and the viewfinder went black. As I took off the lens it became apparent that the mirror had come off the shutter and gotten stuck, luckily it hadn't damaged the sensor or the rear element of the lens.

I have only read about this issue, with this 5D model, on Canon's homepage, and have never come across an actual case or testimonial from a photographer. If you should happen to stumble upon this post, maybe your during a background check of the 5D prior to a purchase, I can assure that Canon covers this particular issue via an extended warranty.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) 5D Canon Canon eos 5D eos extended warranty fault issue mirror less mirrorless problem production error http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/12/canon-eos-5d-mirrorless Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:11:38 GMT
Christians Love My Work http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/10/christians-love-my-work Thanks to creative commons my images are appearing more and more frequently on blogs and web publications from around the world, funny enough a small majority of those blogs and pages using my images are about faith and christianity. 

Here are some recent examples of my images being used, click the dates above the image to go to the article, the last one was used on two different sites.

 

July 08, 2014 - "Coaching to Courage: Emma's story" - A story about how "Faithwalking 101" helped Emma gain the courage to stand up for herself and allow herself to be vulnerable.

 

September 26, 2014 - "Comparing myself to the world" - A blogpost by a young man, about how he deleted all of his social media accounts in order to get back in touch with god.

 

March 11, 2014 - "Learning to fully trust in god" - An article about giving god all the credit, all the blame, and letting go of responsibility.

 

September 14, 2014 - "The gift of failing" - A small piece about leaning from making mistakes.

 

June 02, 2014 - "Culture Change: Recognize the Value of Commitment" - A very long article about how the church needs to man up in order to fill their seats and regain members. 

 

September 30, 2014 - "Had sex, dumped Jesus: The spiritual perils of immorality" - An article about what the modern christian should think about before having sex outside wedlock.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) being seen by the world believers christianity creative commons faith fun published usage http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/10/christians-love-my-work Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:18:32 GMT
21,400 views in 24 hours http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/9/21700-views-in-24-hours

Yesterday I posted this photo on Flickr, and now 24 hours later it has gotten 21,400 views and 315 faves, becoming my most viewed photo ever on Flickr. Needless to say it made the Explore list on Flickr, in the top 5 even, making this my best ranking photo on the Explore list as well.

No pressure... No pressure at all... ;)

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) Flickr explore feeling the pressure sunset views http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/9/21700-views-in-24-hours Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:12:43 GMT
Best CF Card Reader, hands down! http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/9/best-cf-card-reader-hands-down DeLock FW1394b

DeLock, where have you been all my life... well, just the past nine months.

When I was bitten by the full frame bug nine months ago, and switched to Canon EOS 5D mark 1's, I was faced with a couple of drawbacks that I had to work around. One of those drawbacks being using a card reader, for the CF cards I now use, instead of just using the built in SD card reader in my MacBook Pro.

SanDisk CF cards Sandberg card reader

So about a half a year ago I bought a Sandberg multi-card reader (image above), after reading some positive buyer reviews on Amazon, but now six months later it died on me while I was preparing for a shoot the next day, making sure that the CF cards where empty before formatting them in camera. I'm glad it didn't die in the middle of unloading images from an important shoot or anything, because most issues with quality memory cards are caused because they where corrupted by a cheap or bad card reader.

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) DeLock Firewire GAS best CF card reader card reader http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/9/best-cf-card-reader-hands-down Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:10:39 GMT
Meet the Couple http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/8/meet-the-couple
Helle and Alex, pre wedding shot.
I had a wedding shoot last month and I thought I'd share why it is such a good idea to meet with the couple in advance.

The shot above is of the couple, Helle and Alex, taken when I met with them a couple of weeks prior to their wedding.
 
I always like to meet with the couple before the wedding day, for several reasons:
  1. No Awkwardness! On the day they know you, and you know them. Let's face it, when you meet with a couple for the first time the first hour is a bit awkward and by meeting with them beforehand you don't get that period of uncomfortable silence and small talk about the weather on the actual wedding day. This is also important for you as the photographer, because it takes off a bit of the nerve on the day allowing you to keep focus and gives you the confidence to direct the couple during the shoot.
  2. Expectations! To find out what the couple expects from you and from the shoot, what style they like etc.
  3. Location! To find some great locations, so you don't have to waste time scouting on the day.
  4. Schedule! To find out what their schedule for the day is and how much time you have, and also make them understand that the time-window sets the limits for how elaborate photos you can do or how many locations you have time for. 
  5. Test Shots! To take test shots of the locations, so you can pre-think each setup and possible compositions.

Below is some of my favorite final shots from the wedding day.

 

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pkr@rockshot.dk (Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen) advice couple tips wedding wedding photography http://www.rockshot.dk/blog/2014/8/meet-the-couple Sat, 02 Aug 2014 18:50:33 GMT