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FEP Award 2015

A little unexpected, but truly amazing, I received a message I was a finalist in the FEP 2015 competition, portrait category!! A little later, I discovered one of my entries made it to an “Excellence Award”. This means a score of 90-100, and equals “gold”.
I entered with 3 photos, and “human wrecking ball” made it to the top!
This is an annual European competition «Photographer of the Year Awards» by FEP (Federation of European Photographer). The awards represents over 50000 professional photograpers in Europe. This year, the ceremony took place late Sunday (March 1sst) in Teatro Verdi i Trieste, Italia. I could not be there, but representatives from Norway received the award in my place.
More on this in Adressa.

Attached to this post, are the awards and the winning photograph.
Here is the FEP page, with my other entries as well!

wet dancer

Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting another dancer. Ann recently graduated a professional dancer, and this was kind of a promotion shoot for her, providing something a little different.
Again, I visited a nearby (as in close to my studio) location and we made our way through assorted vegatation to find decent spots. Also, we found a small creek, and discovered there was mud underneath. Knee-high in water, I found myself sinking and had to work fast.
Anyway, here are some of the photos made yesterday, and there is more to come.
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The Player

Several years ago I came across a photo that inspired me to create “the player”, a photo by the image-genious Dave Hill.
My main problem was finding a chess board that matched the idea, and I was fortunate to find one in a fashion shop, Carma. They had no problem lending me this one for the weekend. Well aware of its’ value ($1500), I transported the board CAREFULLY.
Another issue was finding the model, as the original model called in sick 2 hours before shooting…I originally wanted a blonde model, but I guess the dark Joana worked perfectly. Thanks to Mats Heitmann, she looked as “fierce” as she should be for this job.
Here is my chosen exposure, with the development settings.

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The background (chess patterned) was already made in photoshop. I also shot a few pictures of the king, with the idea to get this in the end result.

sjakkbrikke

Of course, the editing process was time consuming and difficult, and the end result was not perfect. But at least I got it done:-). Sometimes, following up on ides is a satisfaction in itself!

player

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comeback kid

Shutterblock has been more or less inactive during 2013…but this will hopefully change in 2014! This week, a client cancelled his appointment, allowing me to play for 30 minutes. The result was a couple of self-portraits. Although composited rather quickly, I found them presentable enough for my website. Of course, this is a mix of my two passions, boxing and photography, passions I will further pursue in 2014!

Youth

During the last month I have had the pleasure of doing some confirmation photography. My aim is to make these a little informal, and create photos with a more lasting effect; a portrait telling the world who they are/were at the time rather than during the specific session. Hopefully the girls/boys themselves are proud to see their portrait on a relatives’ wall somewhere…