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Fotograf i Trondheim in action

Å være fotograf i Trondheim i bryllup er en ære og fornøyelse!
Her er en liten behind-the-scenes video fra årets siste og vakre bryllupsfotografering i Trondheim!😁
Takk til sporty forlovere som stilte som videograf, pyrotekniker og assistent! Ikke bare bare når man skal leke med røykgranater 😁 Det viste seg å være utfordrende da det gnistret fra granaten…Det vi likevel var mest bekymret for var om røyken utløste varsling til brannvesenet!
Heldigvis gikk alt bra, slik at fotografen kunne kose seg med å gjøre jobben sin!
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Fotograf i Trondheim John Andre Aasen

NFF Landskonkurranse 2015

This year I reached nr 6 in the annual national championship for professional photographers in Norway (NFF)!
Entering with 4 photos, I had all 4 winning prizes (honorable mention). Only 8 photographers managed to get all 4 above 70 points (which is the minimum score for winning prizes) this year, and although I didn´t receive any medals I am happy with the result.
Here are my photos for 2015.

Jack Savoretti

I had the pleasure of visiting the Jack Savoretti concert in London March 4th, O2 Shepherd`s Bush arena. This had been somewhat a dream for quite some time, and I wanted to make something special of the event.
A few days before, I contacted the management, asking for the opportunity to do a portrait session. Unfortunately, there was no time during this tour, but I was granted photo pass (along with my wife – assistant for one day). Being in the photographers pit for the first three songs was amazing, and the show lived up to its expectations. Just amazing…

Now, the unexpected thing was being invited to the after party “upstairs” in the arena, along with the band(s), family and friends. Jack himself took his time to speak to us, and of course doing the mandatory “selfie” with us.
Thank you for your hospitality, warmth and again…tremendeous show! I look forward to visiting the next possible event, wherever!! But hopefully in Italy.

And, you will be very welcome in Norway!

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New gear – testing

Lately I visited New York, and came across Adorama in which I discovered Flashpoint 14″ Fluorescent Dimmable Ring Light .
This low-cost light source was something I found worth trying out, and found space in my hand luggage. Recently, I have put this to use, both outside and in the studio, and here are some examples.

flashpoint

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Fotograf i Trondheim

Landskonkurransen 2013 – happy nr 8!

Okay, so the result is official – I placed 8th!
For this competition, 163 photographers entered with a total of 673 photographs.  3 of mine reached 70 points or more, thus counting for the overall place, which in 2013 was 8! Included here were 2 honorable mention (70 p and 74 p, and 1 bronze (83 p).
For the first time the jury were viewing digital files, and I am sure this was challenging both for jury and photographers…when I discussed with myself (and a selected few) which photos to enter, several were rejected because of digital noise/faults, so following this I will pay even more attention to my files in editing.
Congratulations to the winner, Jens Edgar Haugen, who won for the 4th year in a row! Outstanding!
Finally, here are my photographs

winners

And, this one was rejected, getting 69 points (one point from honorable mention).

mistylove

miss pink

My daughter aged 4 did not mind being painted pink…I guess it was close to a dream! However, when all the paint was on, and myself ready to shoot, her patience was somewhat over …but these are some examples of what came to life.
(ps! she might loved being painted, but getting it off was not her favorite activity:-))

isabellapaint

 

John Andre Aasen // www.phokus.no

soul of photography

Having seen the movie “ONCE” (again – I have seen it a couple of times before), I am again inspired to do more of the “simple” photography that is probably more true to heart than trying to be more advanced…this might be hard to explain, but to give an analogy: I am a huge fan of the “Dark Knight” trilogy…even so, the movie “Once” captivates me in a much more personal way, grabbing hold of my soul. No effort is made trying to create an artistic light, and there is plenty of noise. Hand held of course, and from an amateurs’ viewpoint, it may look like the only act of planning when it came to the filming was the cutting of the film. And it cost virtually nothing to make!
In contrast, The Dark Knight has everything: Spectacular effects, superb light, HQ filming and so on…and, it cost quite a few times more to make. But does The Dark Knight really have a soulful presence?
What is my point?
The point is this, translated to photography: Yes, I admire Joel Grimes, Tim Tadder, Calvin Hollywood, Jens Haugen and other modern artistic photographers, blending their photography skills with post-production masterclass level. Lately, however, I am more mesmerized by the simple portraits; spotlessly aimed at finding the perfect moment, the one expression captured at the right time and can never again be reproduced.

Some examples are listed in this article….(with references to artists like Nicolas Guerin, Robert Doisneau, Steve McCurry and Irving Penn – and there are plenty of others to be inspired by of course)


Defining SOUL:

1. the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
2. the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come: arguing the immortality of the soul.
3. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person: He feared the soul of the deceased would haunt him.
4. the emotional part of human nature; the seat of the feelings or sentiments.
5. a human being; person.