Photo of the Week - November 1, 2011

Arctic Sunrise

First of all I would like to apologize for our low activity here in recent weeks, but both of us were quite busy. So hopefully we will be able to contribute to our blog more frequently from now on.

This week I would like to share with you my favorite photograph from my “Norway” portfolio, which I had finally completed this past weekend. It took me eight months to scan, post process and most importantly to select the final photographs. I took ten rolls of film during my trip up there and I did scan more than 50 frames, from which only 12 photographs made it to the final portfolio. I believe that all of you can imagine how difficult it was for me to exclude majority of pictures from my first top 50, which of course was full of great photographs:) I was going through all the files day by day and slowly deleting file after file. This process was very slow, but at the end quite efficient and quite educative. In some cases I was not so sure about my decision to delete particular photograph, so could not help myself and few weeks later I gave it a second chance, and processed the scanned file again, but from a scratch in entirely different way, and I was quite happy that in some cases those pictures made it back to my final portfolio. So important thing I have learned during those eight months is to be patient and try different ways of interpretation of photograph you like, before making any decision to delete or to keep it. In those particular cases there was still something about subject matter, light or composition what actually made me to give them a second chance. The last decision about this portfolio I made just recently, was to use only photographs taken on film, despite the fact that I quite like couple of pictures taken with my digital camera, but I feel this is the right time for me to have my first pure analog portfolio ready for presentation. After this experience I actually see the slow process of traditional film photography as a great advantage and it did help me to think more carefully about my photographs and to be more open to different interpretations and hopefully at the end to become a better photographer.

  Title: Arctic Sunrise, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f/2, Filtr: Lee ND Grad 0.3, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 4”, f 13, ISO: 100

Title: Arctic Sunrise, Camera: Contax 645, Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f/2, Filtr: Lee ND Grad 0.3, Film: Kodak T-Max, Exposure: 4”, f 13, ISO: 100

I hope you enjoy this week’s photograph and I will try to write more about our trip to Lofoten in some of my next posts.