Long exposures in the night

Summer nights is Norway can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it. The sun sets late and rises early leaving the summer nights almost as bright as day. This is great can be great for photographers as you can continue to shoot with ease long into the night!

I took these photos on a cabin trip last weekend because I was curious to see how the Fujifilm X-T10 handled long exposures and I wanted to do a little test. I didn’t have any ND-filters so I decided to wait until the sun had set and the moon came up. So, when the others went to sleep, I went out and set up my camera.

I took these photos at about 1.30 in the morning. I used a tripod and up to 30 seconds long exposure time to capture the liquid motion of the sea. I also stepped down to f/16. Partly to get good depth of field and partly because it allowed me to use longer exposure times.

It was not a planned shoot, so the set up lacked remote and the tripod was a bit wobbly, but I got a few nice shots and I’m pleased to see that the X-T10 handles long exposures very well!

Den store kroppen

Earlier this week I was contacted by performance artist Sidsel Christensen. Last year I did a job photographing her performance called “Christine Schriber utenfor rammen”. This time she had another performance called “Den store kroppen” and wondered if I could take some photos.

Being a little short notice I didn’t get the time to scout the location before hand. It turned out it was a dark room lit only by a projection. Low light and harsh lighting was hardly the best conditions, but it’s all about making the best of it.

The performance, named “Den store kroppen” or “The Big Body”, was a performance art piece that brought the viewers on a journey from a cellular to a cosmic level.

This was also the first time I tried my new Fujifilm X-T10 with Fujifilm 23mm 1:1.4 lens for a job. It was actually a great kit for the job because the 23mm is very sharp at f/1.4 making it a great combo in low light. The X-T10 is also a lot smaller and discreet and more silent than the my Nikon D800. Unfortunately 23mm (or 35 full frame equivalent) was not the best focal length for this job. Most of my shots was either wider, like 24mm, or closer to 70mm.

Despite the low light challenge, it was a fun shoot and a good performance. Check out some of the images below!