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2014 är till ända, låt oss se vad 2015 har i sitt sköte.

Jag har jobbat på Teknikens Värld sedan 2006, att tiden går fort är väl inget nytt för någon. Det känns ändå som att det var väldigt länge sedan jag var en nyutexaminerad bildjournalist från Nordens Fotoskola, som för övrigt är en grym skola. Jag hade tur och blev draftad av en mycket rutinerad fotograf i branschen, det hela skedde under en resa till Sydafrika av alla ställen där vi träffades genom en gemensam vän. Jag vill minnas att det var en och annan öl inblandad. Men direktörn, som han senare började kalla sig, tog mig ändå under sina vingar och gav mig handfast vägledning och lånade ut dyr utrustning med mera, och det var bara början. Men framför allt så gav han mig ett enormt stort spelrum där jag fick agera under parollen frihet under eget ansvar. Tack för allt direktör Marcus Engström!

Man kan väl ändå säga att jag var en riktig gröngöling innan jag började min karriär som fotograf, jag hade varken körkort eller någon ”värstingkamerautrustning” att tala om, och det här med att fotografera bilar/motorsport var inget jag hade pysslat med tidigare. Jag var inte ens speciellt intresserad av bilar ska tilläggas, men jag kastade mig rakt in i hetluften kan man säga.

Sen dess har jag minst sagt fått se världen ur nya perspektiv. Jag och mina kameror har rest över halva världen och jag har fått se många saker som jag förmodligen aldrig skulle ha fått göra i annat fall. Kameran gör att man, åtminstone i min genre, får tillträde till saker som kanske inte är tillgängliga för andra. Jag har under åtta år jobbat med både Canon och Nikon och jag är ingen egentlig märkesförespråkare utan vill mest jobba med de verktyg som gör det enklare för mig i min yrkesroll.

Ibland händer det att jag ser mina gamla bilder och det är rätt kul att se utvecklingen. Jag är en sån som till och med tycker att bilder från förra året kan kännas gamla. Det är ett sundhetstecken i mina ögon, känslan att man är på väg framåt och att det fortfarande finns utrymme att utvecklas.

I år har jag fotograferat säkert 100 bilar, 100 människor samt massor av produkter av alla möjliga olika slag. Jag har rest många mil bakom och bredvid ratten kors och tvärs genom Europa på en del galna och andra lite mindre galna upptåg. Att vara fotograf på en redaktion innebär inte bara att knäppa kort, förutom att då och då hämta en kopp java till chefen, ofta får man också bidra med korrekturläsning när man är stationerad på redaktionen. Hur många sidor jag har korrläst i år i någon av alla våra publikationer har jag inte en susning om, men det är många. Det kanske kan tyckas vara tråkigt, men det är oerhört bra för ens eget språkbruk, förutom att man får chansen att skruva till en och annan bildtext ibland. Att förnedra skribenten ingår i jobbet. 😉

Nu tänkte jag övergå till att visa lite bilder från året, det här är som ni säkert förstår endast en del av allt material som jag har producerat, och det är inte heller allt som är publicerat. Lite av godbitarna så att säga.

 

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Gott nytt gott folk, vi ses på andra sidan!

/Patrik

The Ingrid Bergman Ferrari.

Before this shoot I had never heard about this car nor had i seen a picture of it. So it was a delightful opportunity to have it infront of my lens because it is a unique car in every possible way. This is the Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Speciale. There was only one made, ever.

There was never a number two or three, there is just this one and it is in better shape than ever. It was designed by Pinin Farina in the mid fifties, and the whole purpose with it’s existence was to end up in the hands of world famous swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. But, and this may sound a bit strange, she never collected it. Shame on such a beautiful car, i guess they would have made a beautiful couple.

How often do you come across something like this? Well, most of us dont, at least not very often. I guess there is a few of you out there that has seen this one on different car festivities, but very few has actually driven it. Perhaps because it is sort of priceless, the value of this beauty is expected to be in the range of 100 000 000 SEK. That is a lot of zeros. Yes, it´s better to not think about it so much. Anyhow, I photographed this beauty for Classic Cars Magazine and Klassiska Bilar back home.

Here are a few pictures from that day. No cars were harmed during this shoot. :) And no, there was no rigs used during this shoot. You dont put a suction cup on a car worth more than you would probably earn during a whole lifetime, period.

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If you want to see another beautiful Icon, the Ferrari 250 SWB, look no further. I photographed these two the same day.

Take a look: http://www.patriklindgren.se/2014/01/03/how-about-an-icon-the-ferrari-250-swb/

For those of you that are interested, i photographed both these Ferraris with my Nikon D800´s together with some of these lenses, Nikon 16-35F4, Nikon 24-70F2,8 Nikon 85F1,4 and Nikon 70-200F2,8 with a variety of shutterspeeds and f-stops. All were done on a secured and closed test track. Car to car shots was done from another vehicle, obviously, and i usually go for a shutter speed in the range of 1/10th to 1/15th of a second depending on the tarmac we are on. If it´s smooth as a babys butt, i´ll go for even longer shutter speeds like 1/8th or 1/6th of a second. And here is a little free tip for you, VR is awesome for car to car shots, it works like a charm. It results in a lot more sharper pictures than without. My 16-35F4 has been my workhorse for a long time now, and it is the best combo so far for car to car shots. To me rigs are just a timeconsuming mess, i dont have time to either set it up nor take it out in postproduction. That is why i do it my way, i have developed a workflow for many years that is best for me. Try and find a workflow/balance that works for you, dont just copy another photographers style.

A lot of people stare themselves blind in the chase for the next cool tool, it seems like it´s almost like an addiction to some people. Here is another free tip for you, learn the tools that you currently own and learn them well. Start from the beginning and learn how to do it proper, it will take time, but it is worth it in the long run. And dont give me any excuses, you are all using digital cameras and yes there will be a lot of shitty pictures in the beginning. Use the delete button, and use it a lot. Learn from your mistakes and adjust on the fly, soon it will stick with you. This is not rocketscience, it´s still just a button that you are pushing. You just need to push it at the right moment.

I have said it before and i´ll say it again: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome!

There are no shortcuts or secret ways of doing this and i dont have any special buttons on my cameras. It is just hard work, and if you are up to it, you will learn it to someday.

A wise man once said: – Stay off the Internet and all the forums and all that. You wont learn anything there! Well, you might think that you are actually learning something, but it is only in theory. Second of all, how can you be sure that it is the right way or the best way for you? Get out in the field and do it instead. Otherwise you will just be one of many in a long line that is capable to talk the talk but not able to walk the walk.

It is all up to you.

Until next time!

/Patrik

What’s it like to photograph things in extreme conditions?

Once again we hit the road and drove north with three 4×4 contenders. We had the new Dacia Duster with us and we put it to the Test against two contenders. One being the Skoda Yeti and the other one being the new Citroën C4 Aircross which is brand new on the swedish market. The two contenders is almost double the price compared to the cheaper Dacia. So the question was if the Dacia was up for it? The answer to that and many more questions can be found in the latest issue of Teknikens Värld, number 5, which is out in stores now.

And here are some pictures from Jämtland, Sweden which is incredible beautiful. And we were very lucky with the weather, a crispy blue sky and around -25 degrees celsius. And no, mosquitoes was never an issue. 😉

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People ask me sometimes what it´s like to work in these conditions and how my gear hold up and so on. And all i can say is that it´s not really a problem, it could be if you are not prepared for it, but i have been doing this for quite some time now, eight years and counting to be exact. Sometime soon i will put up a little film here where you will see how i do this, just a little teaser of what it´s like.

Anyway, as i said, if you are prepared for the task at hand you will fix it. But for everyone else who are wondering, here are a few things to have in mind if you are about to do a shoot in extreme cold.

– Layers. You need to dress yourself with layer on top of layer, the more the merrier. Use at least three layers underneath your outerwear. You need wool and fleece or other materials that breathes and transport moisture away from your body to the outer layers. Do not use cotton closest to your skin, if it gets wet it will stay wet. That´s a bad thing. If you get to warm you will start to sweat and then you will start to freeze when that hot sweat starts to cool down.

– Boots. You need really warm shoes, or boots with a good pair of socks in them. Not some supermarket socks but a pair of real skisocks made by wool or something similar. Better yet, use a thin linersock with a thicker sock on top it. You will be glad you did, trust me!

– Outerwear. You need outerwear that is up for this. Preferably with some sort of ventilation outlets to let warm moist find it´s way out.

– Gloves. You need warm gloves, but not to bulky because you wont be able to operate your camera then. Use a thin linerglove underneath. You wont regret that, especially when you need to change memory cards and stuff. When it´s really cold it wont take long until you start to freeze if you expose your hands even for just a minute, trust me.

– A warm hat. If you are gonna be out for longer periods of time a facemask or a balaclava is a very good investment.

– Your gear. I take for granted that you have this section under control! You need to have fully loaded batteries, all of them. Keep them in your bag or in a ”warmer” place. Batteries drain a lot faster when it is really cold. Your cameras will be incredible cold after awhile and as soon as you bring them in someplace warm they will start to condensate and you will get a lovely haze all over everything that is made of glass. Dont go in and out a lot with your camera, it´s better to put your gear in your camera bag before you go into a warm place because it will keep it sort of cool for you. And the transition from -25 to say +20 degrees will be slower and you wont have the same kind of problem with condensation. If you get snow or ice or whatever on your lens dont try to blow it away with your breath, what will happen then? Wipe it away with a cloth instead.

– Get warm. Try to go into a warm place now and then, it will make you a happier photographer. Working to long so that you might get freeze damages is not a good thing, it is not worth it. Look for white spots in areas that are exposed to this extreme cold, like your face for instance, if you get a white spot you need to warm it up with your hand or something else a.s.a.p. That white spot is the first step to a freeze damage to your skin, avoid that in every possible way.

– Dont be stupid! This one is the most important one and it aimed to most of you that have not been in conditions like this. It´s not a game. No one will thank you for staying out to long and ending up with numb limbs. And if you are not careful enough, it will happen. People have actually died of extreme cold conditions. There is not that many photographs that are worth it, right? Keep your head cool, if you know what i mean. Keep your cellphone warm, it can be your only help, and it wont do you no good if it turns itself off because of the cold even though it was fully loaded before you went out. And last but not least, dont ever work alone in conditions like this, never!

Good luck and dont freeze your a** of, for real!

Until next time!

/Patrik

A teaser of something really unique!

This right here is a car that few of you have ever laid your eyes on. There is just this one, there is no number two or number three. It was designed by Pininfarina and built in 1955 . And this is a pretty sight, trust me. :)

There will be more from this one, soon.

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/Patrik

Here is our new Wintershot, the Russian!

Yeah i know it sounds kind of weird, but that’s what you get if you translate a word straight from swedish to english. :)

The thing is that Teknikens Värld, which i have been working for since seven years now, buy an old car every summer and winter and then they simply call it summershot and wintershot. Dont ask, it’s an old tradition. :)

Then we do different reportages with them, the kind of storys that you usually dont read about in Teknikens Värld. It has always been something that our readers appreciate. We bought this car a while ago up in the north of Sweden. Jonas Borglund, our expert of used cars, was the man behind the deal. Jonas, being an expert in used cars, have made a few deals over the years that he has.. well, not been so proud of. We have to wait and see if this one is destined for failure or greatness. :)

I have driven this ”thing” since it’s arrival at our garage and it’s a joy to drive it, sort of. Oh well, driving it makes you start thinking, mostly because there is no sound system in it. That is if you ignore all the other ”sounds” that it produces.
So, i came up with this idea that we should do something fun with it. I presented it to the chiefs and they swallowed the bait, looking back at it now i realize that it was probably because they were glad that someone else was gonna get their hands dirty. :)

So here is the result, take a look in the latest issue of Teknikens Värld. Yours truly took the pictures and wrote it as well.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures, and a note that i did the whole thing all by my lonesome thanks to a new little gadget that i just bought. It is a huge help for both photographers and filmmakers. I will come back to that in a later post.

But for now, enjoy!

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/Patrik