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Landskonkurransen 2016 NFF

This year I entered with 4 photos as usual, and I received 3 Honorable Mentions/diplomas. In competition with 181 other Professional photographers inculding 716 other photos, I am fairly satisfied with receiving these, even if my competitive instinct always want victory!

Here are my entries for 2016

Kick-Ass Rescue Chick – Honorable Mention
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Victorious – Honorable mention
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Eyeliner – Honorable Mention
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Resurrection – no prize
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The story behind “Mercy”

Written in 2011, this is how a simple shot (and this was just a test shot really) can transform into a prize winning image!

Today I feel I created something special, not just because the three wonderful kids are my family. But because the moment I was finished, I was filled with a certain sentiment.
The photo made me feel something…and I thought I could share how I accomplished the finished result.
The light was set up by 4 lights:
– 1 on the white background
– 1 main light (deep octa)
– 2 softboxes as backlights from each side
This is straight from raw (1/160 f8)

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Step one was of course twisting the raw file, reducing saturation and adjusting temperature/exposure/fill light/recovery/blacks until I was happy with my vision.
After converting, croping was necessary to get rid of the elements that had nothing to do with the essentials of this photo. After all, this is all about their faces and expressions, as well as the great work by stylist Vidar Graven.
A little softing was applied, but not much as these are children. Too much would just look unnatural.
The fun part was experimenting with textures, and I used two different ones, which I have used several times before:
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I played around with these, adjusting tones, opactiy and applied gaussian blur to all, and ended up with one layer of the “old paper” set to soft light, and two layers of the “grunge” texture, also set to soft light.
When happy with the transitions, I flattened the image, and started working in a color software, adding several layers of “low key” toning, as well as lighting the center/darkening the surroundings. This is a test of patience, as you never get totally happy…but in the end I just had to save and see what happened.
And this is when I realized I had something here! Slowly working the edges, adding some contrast, and then removing some, I got to the final stage of color adjustment. This is where I finished, and got this:
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And finally, the awards

  • Bronze NFF Landskonkurranse 2013
  • Photography Masters Cup Nominee 2013 – Fashion
  • Silver NFF Laugskonkurranse 2012

Laugskonkurransen 2015

Great! I managed 317 points in the regional competition for preofessional photographers in Trøndelag/Norway!!
All 4 photos received prizes, 3 honorable mention (just below bronze score) and 1 bronze. Here are the photographs, with a little story of how they came to life:

Eyeliner
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This is Ingvild, a former collegue, who dared to test the cool waters this spring. The idea was to make her be totally still, with her eye very close to the surface. I am not a master of black and white, but this just had to be…

Kick-Ass Rescue Chick

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My sweet Isabella, originally modeling here for NTNU posing as “energy girl”; this is a spin-off as I liked her home made superhero costume (thus KickAss like the movie). The background is shot on the roof of St. Olavs hospital in Trondheim.

Victorious
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A marvelous wedding day just a month ago, featuring Therese & Alex. This setting was planned, as we brought loads of bottles with soap, passing them out to strangers in the streets of Trondheim. As always, Alex shows a lot of energy and emotion! Just loved the shot, which also had to be black and white.

Inflight
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This is actually from a few years ago, and something I have considered for competition many times. Earlier I have produced an image called “outflight”, so this is the reverse version, themewise. The model is styled by Silje Denstad, a local hairdresser.

Thanks a million for support and hopefully I will produce more for later competitions!!

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NTNU

Lately, I have been preoccupied finishing the work for NTNU. The assignment here was creating 5 images, each representing an area of focus for NTNU (Health, Sustainability, Energy and Ocean). The 5th image is a group shot of the superheroes togehter…The idea behind this, is children dressing up as superheros, with props they could have found themselves, not high tech inventions. For this matter, I brought in necessary assistance in Vidar Graven, friend and stylist, who master these issues better than me. With sewing skills and creativity, he found the necessary means to complete the outfits!
Well, the models are selected from various sources. “Energy Girl” is Isabella, my daughter age 6.”Sustainability Boy” is Odin, a boy I have worked with before during sessions for City Lade. “Ocean Boy” is the son of my former boss actually – I guess he had the most challenging job of the models, having to jump on a trampoline during terrible weather outside my home. “Health Girl(s)” are daughter of a friend´s friend. Her fit elderly lady climbing with her, is someone I found via Facebook friends. When I called her and described the mission, she just laughed and said yes immediately!! Sporty chick!
The process has been hard at times, but in the end I hope NTNU are pleased with this, and for my own part it has been a great learning experience. Also, a personal favorite of “KickAss Rescue Chick” came in the aftermath :-).

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2015 – NEW opportunities

My first funshoot in 2015! Stylist Mats Heitmann presented me with an idea late last year, and finally we were able to make it happen! Stian, the model, had his body painted, and all I had to do was contact a local nightclub to get access (Studio 26). Stian is working his way toward fitness competition this spring, and yeah, he is in shape already, but to create a more dramatic effect I had to replace the abs at this point. No doubt, he will look even better than this shortly!
And, having this arranged, I got in touch with Nicole Sunde from Trendmodels (www.trendmodels.no). She was able to get there for some spontaneous work as well.
Here are a few examples 🙂
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CITYLADE

My last few months have been rather quit as to producing new material. Well, I did do one cool job for Headspin advertising (City Lade). Lots of work, but good fun and great people as well as exposure. Here are a few images from this work.

I look forward to working with Headspin in the near future, as we have plans for Mother´s day and hopefully Valentine!!