The Patio

The backyard patio at 10 pm last night – which at 25 C was likely the warmest summer night in Malmö in many, many years. The condo’s garden is huge whereas our little oasis is enclosed and cozy. In the eight years we’ve lived on Sundspromenaden, 2018 is easily the summer when we ate most meals (95%) on the patio.

Though the heatwave has (thankfully) subsided, according to the most recent meteorological forecast I’ve seen, we will still get to enjoy another week or so of comfortably warm weather. Which means Charlotte and I can continue our ritualistic morning swim – even after our 20th wedding anniversary trip next week.

Shot this with a Zeiss 18mm lens mounted on the Sony A7III secured on a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod mounted with a Arcatech Nomad ballhead. Settings: 10s, f8, ISO 100


Under the Öresund Bridge

For the past few summers, Charlotte and I have ventured of the reservation (Västra Hamnen) and biked past the camping area Sibarp, under the Öresund Bridge and a few klicks beyond.

My agenda is clear and always the same; try to synchronize the visit with evening light so that I can get a few usable shots of the magnificent bridge. As this is a “no-fly-zone” I couldn’t use the drone for yesterday’s visit. Instead, we rode a bit further south and ended up in a rural pasture near Bunkeflo Strand. It was beautiful, but a bit too far. Heading back homewards, we stopped under the bridge and I finally got my fix of the bridge that connects Sweden with Denmark.

More bridge images here.


Worachak

Ah…Worachak, one of my favorite places to shoot in all of Asia. Never get tired of the diesel and brake oil fumes that hover over this Bangkok neighborhood. Not sure what’s going to happen to it when Chinatown once expands southward. Which I suppose is why I feel so inclined to shoot and film there. A sense of urgency.

View the current collection of images from the area here.


My Favorite Lighthouse

The goal with this photo was initially to get a dusk view of my favorite lighthouse from above. It’s located near Malmö’s old harbor and hasn’t been in commission since 1936 – but it’s still a great monument of the city’s shipbuilding past and a popular tourist attraction. A few years ago, during an open house weekend, I was actually allowed inside the and climbed to the very top. It recently got a spiffy new paint job and has never looked better.

Light-wise, I thought I was a little late. But in retrospect, I think the image worked out pretty good – even if the lighthouse isn’t getting all of the attention I had initially planned.


The Plunge

From last night’s cooling off plunge into the Öresund – just as the sun was setting. Shot with the Gopro Hero 6 action camera at 240 frames per second – in so-called “slo-mo” mode which, together with image stabilization, is one of the camera’s most impressive features.


How to take drone photos

I often get the question, isn’t hard to fly a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), let alone take drone photos that are commercially and artistically viable? Whether you like it or not, drone photography is here to stay. I’ve unmistakably embraced this enabling technology and saw the creative opportunities as soon as it appeared on my horizon.

My first drone shot was taken probably about 10 years ago when I hired a fella here in Malmö (whom had built his own drone) to fly roughly at the same height as Turning Torso. I’ve since taken several images – via drones – that have eventually been used as covers for my book series about Västra Hamnen and delivered countless photos and videos to clients.

The real trick to really good drone photos isn’t always to climb up as high as possible. That kind of shot is an instant give-away, if you ask me. You look at it and go, well, that’s obviously an aerial shot, big deal. I my opinion, the key to a really good drone capture is the sweet spot when it’s almost impossible to discern how a particular perspective was achieved. A uniuque view that’s somewhere in-between what could be shot from the ground but is just a little too high. In addition to the subject matter, the composition and color array, I also want the viewer to appreciate the angle – and in the case with the above image, some might even think it was taken from a treetop.


Vejbystrands Hamnen

Since we got here, I’ve  focused a good many hours on shooting for the forthcoming Vejbystrand book and today was no exception.

The afternoon light was just absolutely beautiful, possibly thanks to the cleaner atmosphere which I think came after last night’s well-needed rainfall. Aside from the aerial shots, I’m shooting mostly tight with either the 85mm or super wide with the 18mm. After last year’s hiatus, it feels genuinely good to be back in my favorite village.

One of the best things about Vejbystrand is that almost everyone here says hi when you meet along the meadow, by the beach or on the roads.  That may not be as unique as I think it is, but nonetheless a pleasantry in a typical small-town charming kind of way.


Vejbystrand

The heat is on – even here in Vejbystrand where I’m at right now to add images to my book project. I shot the above view from about 110 meters from where where we had drinks before dinner this evening with the always enjoyable Benestam/Pieplow family.

Lugging around my camera bag in this super-dry, super-hot climate – is taxing, to say the least. But with friends dropping by for lunch or dinner, there’s plenty of time for replenishing and cooling off under a tree or with a swim at the harbor.


Marstrand

Just started updatiing the Travel section here on the site. Eventually, my buddy Yigit will make the design changes to the Video section, too. Above’s the video from the enchanting island of Marstand that I produced for www.airlinestaffrates.com


Öresund Timelapse

Yesterday afternoon while the sun was beaming from a partially clouded sky, I sat for a while on the boardwalk just outside of our condo with a Gopro Hero 6 in timelapse mode (one photo every 10 seconds) placed on a big rock in front of me. I then looped the sequence in Final Cut Pro X with a short transition between each of the copied clips.


Morning Loop

To enjoy a bit of solitude here in Västra Hamnen right now, you have to get up supremely early. Which Charlotte and I did this unusually calm, windless morning. Admittedly, the morning would of been even nicer had I not brought the drone along. Then again, I wouldn’t of captured the above morning loop…


Summer Night in Malmö
From last night’s folk fest here in Västra Hamnen. I’m thoroughly pleased with all the visitors…but have to divulge that I am looking forward to when there is a little more space for a spontaneous afternoon nap along the boardwalk and less crowded evening swims.

Most of Sweden is currently enjoying a “heatwave” with temperatures in the neighborhood of 30ºC/86ºF. Of the 35 years or so that I’ve been living in Sweden, I can’t remember a summer this consistently sunny and warm. Amazing! Keep it comin’.


Titanic

Back in Malmö again after a few days working in Tylösand. I’ve been to several of Sweden’s most desireable beaches along the coastline and on Gotland. Heck, I’ve even seen a few of the most popular beaches around Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern. Bu the amount of visitors to Tylösand blew me away. It was nothing less than packed.

I captured the above aerial shot earlier today from about 30-40 meters above “Titanic”– a tremendously popular jump-off point among the youngins’. I’ve actually jumped from there once – during a stag party for friend, Erik Schneider, many years ago. Not exactly sure why it’s called Titanic. Perhaps the namesake is from the narrowest part of the triangular viewpoint.


Meanwhile, at Tylösand

Currently in Tylösand to produce a thing about this uniquely beautiful coastline. Surprisingly, I’ve actually never been here before.


A Milestone

At 30, I was honestly surprised that I was still around to celebrate that milestone. Not that I’d been doing too much crazy shit. No hardcore drugs (if you don’t count a one-off occasion in Forest Hills/Queens/New York back in 1986). There’s was, however, a lot of reckless partying. Way too much. Especially during my DJ and bartender years on the island of Gotland and in Riksgräsen. I was certainly burning the candle at both ends, trying hard to live life in the fast lane – as the Eagles song goes.

My 40th birthday was largely overshadowed by brother Tyko’s passing early that year. It would of been his 51st birthday yesterday. Hard to comprehend that it’s been 15 years since I spoke with him and heard his wonderfully contagious laugh.

After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast in bed served up by Charlotte and Elle, I started my 55th birthday diving head-first into the Öresund Strait, the narrow body of water that separates Sweden and Denmark. I’ve been doing that more or less every day and most evenings throughout this amazing summer. But today if felt extra fitting. There’s no looking back from here on out.


Model Mayhem

Here’s a contrasting image from a creative workshop I had with model Ploy Tyrell in the automotive neighborhood of Worachak near Chinatown in Bangkok.

Ploy’s a professional model I hired through Model Mayhem – a global network for photographers, models, makeup artists and a plethora of other folks working within visual arts.

Once you become a member and set your search criteria according to where you’re going to shoot in the world, the style you need for the male or female model to represent and a stylist or a makeup artist, you browse through a list of available freelancers until you find who you’re looking for and then get in touch with candidates to agree on dates and compensation. I’ve used Model Mayhem for about five years and so far, it’s been an invaluable source.


The Bike Shop

This is from the bike shop Västra Hamnens Cyklar here in Västra Hamnen that the family frequents from time to time. Insofar that it makes sense, I try hard to support local businesses. The small ones in particular.

No data to back this up, but Malmö might actually have the most bicycles per capita in Sweden. There are dozens of small to medium-size bicycle repair shops throughout the city.

Here’s an interesting coincidence.

As it turns out, Aidin, who runs our neighborhood bicycle store, is married to a women who’s sister is married to our friend Jeppe Appelin that runs the winery where I had my most recent photo exhibit – in Vejbystrand.

Most of the video was shot using prime Zeiss lenses (18mm/35mm/85mm) on the Sony A7III. The only exception is the under-the-bike footage which I shot handheld with my iPhone 7+.


The Öresund Bridge

This is by far my favorite sea-level image of the Öresund Bridge. I shot it a couple years ago during a local excursion with Charlotte during one of those wonderfully warm summer evenings. An humongously enlarged version of this photo can be seen at our local supermarket, ICA MAXI.

During my pre-marriage stag party here in Malmö 20 years ago, a group of friends had arranged for me to sail across the Öresund with two blond sailing instructors to what was then the half-way point of the unfinished bridge.

Here are the architects and engineers for the 7845 meter long Öresund Bridge which was completed in July of 2000 after four years of construction.


Rosengårds Fastigheter

One of my clients, Rosengårds Fastigheter, just recently launched their sparkling new website. I started working with the relatively new company late last fall and we started filming four one minute portraits as soon as the snow (finally) melted away in April. Each video shines a some light on a key area within the company – through the lens of the individual responsible for it.

I’d been to Rosengård a few times before this project, primarily to capture stills of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s childhood apartment, the soccer pitch, Zlatan Court and the surrounding neighborhood. These photos are now on permanent display in the Zlatan Suite at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.

Clearly, this project provided me with a much deeper understanding of Rosengård and of how inspiringly eclectic the area is and, of course, insight into some of the socio-economic challenges that lay ahead for the area and the stakeholders that live, work and operate there.

I recently listened to an episode of the excellent podcast Hidden Brain which presented research within ecology and sociology. According to scientists findings, “The Edge Effect” is when eco systems and cultures blend and cross-pollinate, providing a ton of new evolutionary opportunities. No big surprise, perhaps and I saw some of this taking place in real-time whilst filming in Rosengård and it made my heart smile. I still think this is worth keeping in mind today when so much of society is polarized, fragmented and focused on bearing  tribalisms on our sleeves instead of building relationships based on shared commonalities.

In addition to the four aforementioned videos  I’ve also taken most of the company’s press photos and documented each of Rosengårds Fastigheter’s 35 residential buildings.


Marstrand Morning

Last night, I set the alarm for 6:00 a.m. to be able to capture some footage and stills of Marstrand in the early morning light.

The remote control isn’t working right now due to the charging port malfunctioning. I may have forced the micro usb cable in the wrong way.

So I’m controlling the Mavic via the DJI Go app. The on-screen controls are flimsy and somewhat unpredictable – but after a few test runs, navigating the drone actually works just fine and dandy – as long as I only fly it vertically.


Marstrand by Night

My view this evening at about 11:00 p.m. from across the narrow channel that seperates Marstrand from where our hotel is located.


Marstrand Safari

Our talented daughter Elle shot this earlier today during a well-needed coffee break at Bergs Konditori – a legendary café on the island of Marstrand where we’re working for a few days.

I’m here to shoot a destination video about Marstrand, and so, today, in early hours of the a.m., we walked back and forth along the popular harbor drag and spent a few hours exploring the ocean facing side of Marstrand – to capture the best views before the harsh, midday sun arrived.

It’s high season, but still not excruciatingly crowded. In my late teens and early twenties, I spent some time here – either sailing or partying. Sometimes both. But it’s been at least 15 years since my last visit. Fortunately, like the coffee at Bergs, Marstrand hasn’t changed much. It’s still good where it counts.


Västra Hamnen

Here’s a collection of mostly aerial (drone) footage from Västra Hamnen that I’ve shot over the last couple of months. We really live in a remarkable neighborhood – especialy when the weather is as spectacular as it has been since April.


FIFA WORLD CUP

From yesterday’s broadcast of the FIFA WORLD CUP quarter final match between Sweden and England at Folkets Park here in Malmö. Not exactly sure how many were there, but somewhere above 10k would be about right. Sad for the loss, glad for the camaraderie atsmosphere at the event.


Copenhagen Poker Run

We had a bunch of “cigarette boats” visit our small little harbor earlier today. Unbeknownst to me, it’s an annual event. I took out the drone for a spin to capture a few of the above sequences. The popular 1980s pastel hued detective show, Miami Vice, obviously came to mind as these monsters eventually pulled out of the harbor and headed slowly out to the Öresund strait.

The equivalent on land must certainly be a dragster, no? On the one hand, it’s hard not to appreciate the sleek aesthetics of either the land or seagoing gas/diesel guzzling vehicle.