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About me and my photography

 
 
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About me

My name is Andreas Larzon and i´m a enthusiastic amateur photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. My great passion are to explore the wonders of nature and the vibrance of the city. In photographic terms it means various types of landscape images depicting sea and land.

Born and raised in the northern part of Sweden, of course, my heart beats a bit extra for Sweden's northern highlands. Sweden, however, is a very elongated country and has a very varied nature so it is no problem to find beautifull places in all parts of the country.

Feel free to follow my journey on the various social media platforms and here on my website. Please also take a look at my images in the gallery section. 

 

Youtube: andreaslarzonphoto

Instagram: andreaslarzonphoto

Twitter: @alarzonphoto

 

My photography style

I'm a true believer in the power of great light illuminating a well thought out composition thats elevated to its full potential with an artistic hand of post processing. 

"It's at the moment of capture you create the headline of your story. But it's when you develop and post-process your image you start to fill in the words"

Because of that I tend to see my photography as a two stage process. 1) The capturing process and 2) the editing process. It will also mean that the photographs will be more or less of a true documentation of that moment in time.

There´s lots of photographers telling you that you need to create your own style in order to be successfull in photography. In some ways thats probably the case. But for me an image style is less important then what I felt in the moment of capturing the photo. With my photography I try to convey that perticular feeling and not force an image to look a certain way in order to fitt a perticular photographic style. So I dont seek to have a distinct style in my photos and to be perfectly honest I’m not shure I ever will. For me it’s more important to capture the essence off the image and then try to convey, through my editing, the feeling I had in that moment in time. Because I work by this two-step process the end result of the photo will often vary in style and amount of post processing.

With that said I use various common techniques for capturing the photos such as, focus stacking, AE bracketing, and panorama stitching etc. When I editing my images I also use various common techniques for creating my final image. That usually involves:

  • the development of the image (adjusting exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, vibrance etc)

  • luminosity masks to blend different exposures and perform adjustments

  • stacking multiple images to achieve full front to back sharpness

  • remove distractions from and image

  • dodging and burning

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My camera gear

 

My camera gear

Below is a list of some gear I use for my landscape photography. 

We as photographers often love to digg deep in the technical side of photography and compare gear while window-shopping and dreaming. In most cases we have all the gear we need to shoot amazing images so its more important to go out there and shoot. But once in a while its fun to go to the store and pick up a new peace of kit even though you maybe not needed it. The cameras and lenses we use are tools and they are designed to be used. We all have different preferences, experiences, and value the functionalities of camera gear differently. So it's up to you to decide what gear fits your needs and tickle your fancy. I have written a small article about if the gear matters for landscape photography and you can read that article here.   

Nikon camera equipment

In September 2018 Nikon launched the full frame Z series cameras with the Z7 and the Z6. They also created a whole new mount called the Z mount that according to Nikon should give Nikon the possibility to produce a range of high performance lenses. As always one need to take the marketing message from any particular company with a grain of salt. I like Nikon cameras but I have always thought that the dSLR camera, especially full frame, have been too bulky and heavy. That made me look at the Fuji cameras that I also use today. They were more light and nimble with great tactile feel.

I therefore found my selves using the Nikon D7200 less and less in favor for the X-T3. But when Nikon released the full frame Z6 I felt that Nikon now had a tool that could be a good marriage between my Fuji gear and Nikon gear. So I decided to invest in the “Z” system to go alongside with my Fuji line up.

  • Nikon Z6 (Replacement for my D7200) - Mirrorless camera from Nikon with a 24.5mp full frame sensor. Why did I switch to the “Z” system?

    1) EVF - I have grown accustomed to using a EVF and it's simply amazing. You can see your exsposure and its less guessing. You also dont need to cover the viewfinder when doing long exposures for eliminating potentional light leaks. You can review your image in the viewfinder on sunny days when its hard to see on the LCD screen. The latter gives you a better sence if the image you just captured works or not because it feels like you looking at a bigger screen.

    2) Sensor technology - Its a step up form the APS-C sensor to the FF sensor. This helps me to get slightly cleaner/sharper images if I would like to print large. For images online though this doesnt matter at all.

    3) Weight - Ill get a full frame body with less weight than my previous APS-C body. The lenses in the Nikkor Z f4 S series are also designed to be small, light and high performing. This is great for landscape photography.

  • Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30 f4 S - Wide angle zoom for Nikon full frame Z mount. A zoom equivavlent to the popular Nikon F mount 16-35 f4. This zoom takes 82mm filters and is fairly small and light. This zoom range is the backbone of my landscape photography. The lens has really good sharpness and I find that I work much less with adding extra sharpness to my pictures than before. This is simply a superb lens that delivers.

  • Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70 f4 S - Normal zoom for Nikon full frame Z mount. Its small and light and have great image quality. It's a versatile lens thats small, light and acceptable sharp. Perfect companion for hiking.

  • Sigma 24-105 f4 art - Full frame F mount normal zoom with exceptional image quality. It´s a bit heavy when hiking but it offers some extra reach if needed. Its a shame that its not a Z mount lens.

  • Telezoom WANTED - Im very interrested in the focal range of 70-400mm. There are many rumors for what the telezoom lenses would be in the Z line. One rumor is about a Nikon NIKKOR Z 70-200 f4 S lens and another is for a NIKKOR Z 100-300 f4s. Both would be super interresting to have a look at when any of those is released. I bought a 55-200 lens for my Fuji kit and its awesome for getting that extra reach.

  • Neewer® Shutter Release Control YP-880/DC2 - Shutter release cable for the Nikon Z6 etc.

Fuji camera equipment

In 2017 I bought my first Fuji camera, a Fuji X-T1. I really liked the tactile nature of the camera and how easy it was to use. But it never really could replace my D7200 as a main camera. Now there´s a new chapter in my Fuji experience. I have upgraded to the Fuji X-T3.

  • Fuji X-T3 (Replacement for my Fuji X-T1) - Why did I upgrade? Essentially it boils down to 3 things:

    1) Sensor technology and Image Quality (IQ) - Higher resolution, better ISO performance and new and improved sensor technologies made it worth the upgrade. The X-T1 never did give me the full comfort that I could use it as the main camera and always come home with the image quality I wanted.

    2) Camera functions - Focus bracketing, exposure bracketing, 15 min (T mode), touch focus, re positioned shutter release jack and better leveling features make landscape photography easier to do and it feels like a more complete camera.

    3) Video capabilities - I'm hoping to get more into video and this camera gives that in spades while still be a highly competent stills camera.

  • Fujinon 10-24 f4 - A great and sharp lens. Not cheap but it performs among the best of them. A must for landscape photography.

  • Fujinon 18-55 f2.8-4.0 - Considered to be one of the best kit lenses you can get with its high build quality and low aperture range. This lens is not your average kit lens.

  • Fujinon 55-200 f3.5-4.8 - Great price/performance value. Its light so its ideal for hiking and travel when you want that extra reach. Fuji´s 50-140 f2.8 is probably an overall better lens but its heavier and much more expensive.

  • JJC Shutter Release Cable RR-100 - A cheap remote control that I bought on Amazon. It is simple button that can be locked wich is all I need. I do not need a timer function on the cable release because there is a great built-in solution in the camera. It does not need a battery which is good becaus it gives me one less thing to worry about when im out taking pictures.

 
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My Acessories

 

Filters and filter holders

I have a mixed feeling about filter systems. I never use graduated filters because I rather bracket my images and blend in post. However, as many landscape photographers I invested in a 100mm filter holder kit combined with three ND filters and it works just fine for my needs. But the thing is that these kind of filter systems are kinda bulky if you want to pack small and light. So I´m thinking of testing out to use round filters instead for my ND´s.

There are some things to be aware of when considering a square or a round filter system. A round filter system tends to be more tedious to put on and of the lens because you mostly screw the filters on the lens. There are also risks that the filter gets stuck and you have a hard time getting it of the lens. That has happened to me a few times with my CPL filter. You also dont want to buy a filter set for all different filterthread sizes because of the expense and that means you most likley are going to use step up rings to your biggest filterthread size. The resulting added thicknes can then create problems with vignetting if you use wide angle lenses.

A great kit would then be magnetic attached slimmer ND and CPL filters that you can stack without getting heavy vignetting. Even better would be if the ND and CPL was combined in one filter where you could get a CPL range from zero to full. Breakthrough photography have such a filter and it looks promising. The only thing is that it lacks a magnetic lens attachment option and arent that slim. So I dont think the "perfect" filter system exists yet so untill that happens, if ever, we will have to put up with a bit of fiddeling around when shooting landscapes.

  • Formatt Hitech Firecreast 100mm holder kit - Not long ago i bought this holder for the clever CPL attachment. To be honest I was a little dissapointed on that product because of a kinda poor built lens attachment solution. The sliding mechanism that you use to attach the holder to the filter lens ring are not that comforting and it feels like the holder can easily fall off.

  • Formatt Hitech firecrest ND and firecrest CPL filters - Great filters but expensive. I use the 100x100mm 3, 6 and 10 stop ND filters. The CPL filter have 82mm thread and attaches before the filter holder. I dont use gradual filters and I prefer to bracket my sceene instead when needed. I believe that using good editing techniques for combining bracketed shots is for the most part better then using a ND grad filter.

  • SIOTI 100mm filter holder - This is a great piece of kit. Its cheap, its well built and hold all the filters I need. To improve the ability to withstand light leaks i attached a filter gasket to the holder.

  • SIOTI 100mm Square Z series 82mm Adapter rings - I only buy the 82mm rings and use step up rings in order to adapt for lenses with smaller filter threads. In that way i only need one 82 mm CPL filter.

  • Lee Lens Caps - Maybe not essential but they are great and fit perfectly to the SIOTI 82mm adapter rings. In that way i dont need to detach the rings in order to attach a lens cap. Unfortunately, these do not fit the Formatt Hitech holder rings.

Tripods and tripod accessories

  • Genesis C5 with BH-40 ballhead - A great carbon fibre tripod that have quite a reach. It has a leg diameter of 32 mm with a max height of 193 cm. With a max load capacity of 30 kilo it will hold a big dSLR. I'm perfectly happy with this tripod. If I switch to a mirrorless system then the smaller Genesis C3 version would suit just fine.

  • SIRUI T-005 with C10 ballhead - This traveler tripod is small and super compact. Maybe a bit to small for what i want to do. Quality vise there are no issues.

  • Neewer Tripod Leveling Base - Neewer makes perfectly ok gear and this is no exeption. If you want a leveling base to put under your ballhead this is a great solution. Its well built in metal and will add about 380 grams to your tripod weight when attached.

  • Neewer Nodal Quick-Release Plate - I currently use the 140 mm version.

  • Andoer PFL-XT1R Quick Release L Plate - This is a must for us landscape photographer. Its mutch more easy to use when shifting from portrait to landscape mode then using the ball head method.

Bags

The Deuter bags I use are very good and have carrying systems that are comfortable for longer hikes. The main bag that i use (40 litre ACT trail) have an front opening wich makes it easy to acces your gear. Inside the bag I use a ICU (internal camera unit) wich protects and help me to organise my gear.

Deuter have another interresting bags that could work very good for photography and thats the Freerider PRO series and RISE series. The bags is made for winter sports and that makes them ideal for attaching tripods. They also have a big rear opening so you easliy can acces your gear. The rear access are probably a bit better for us landscape photographers because then we dont have to put our bag with the carrying straps on the ground when grabbing the camera. Im hoping, when possible, to test those bags out to see if any of them is suitable for my purposes.

  • Deuter 70+15 Air Contact Pro - A great hiking bag for when you want to do wild camping and bring all your gear with you such as tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking gear etc. It has a front loading compartment that is good for access and I can fit the Koolerton camera insert in the sleeping bag compartment.

  • Deuter 40 litres Lightweight Act Trail - Currently my main bag for all kinds of photography and travel. Because its not a dedicated photo bag i can use it as a normal rucksack when traveling while adjusting the amount of gear i carry.

  • Koolertron DSLR Camera Insert - I use this insert in my Deuter bag. Good quality and can be carried separately if you for instance would like to have it as a carry on bag on a plain.

  • Lowepro FLIPSIDE TREK BP 450 AW - Well built dedicated photo bag that holds both your camera gear and a day worth of other accessories.