Lise Karlsnes at Offshore Strategikonferansen 2014

Lise Karlsnes on stage at Offshore Strategikonferansen 2014 in Stavanger

Nikon D800, Sigma 70-200mm 1:2.8,
@ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 1600
Offshore Strategikonferansen 2014

Earlier this week I spent three days as a photographer on an annual, national conference for the oil and gas industry. I also did photography for this event last year. It’s a fun event to photograph because it attracts attention and some high-profile people. This year I also sold a couple of my photos to newspapers.

Most of my photos were of presentations and mingling, however on the second day there was a concert with Lise Karlsnes, a Norwegian singer famous from the band Briskeby. She had a great show on stage, and caused for some shots that were a bit more spectacular than suits and Powerpoint.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm 1

We had a real winter storm a couple of weeks ago. After work I grabbed my gear and drove out to check out the waves. I’ve never really tried to photograph waves before so I’d thought it would be fun to try something new. That being said, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.

This time of year, days are short here in Norway. It was already starting to get dark when I got there, so it wouldn’t be long before it was too dark to shoot. When I came there I found a good spot overlooking the shore with a lighthouse in the distance and tried to capture a couple of waves. The waves were fantastic! And the whole experience was fun!

However, I was not happy with the result. When I reviewed the images later that day I did not like them at all! They either had too much motion blur or too little. The composition and exposure were off and so on. Now, a couple of weeks later, some of the pictures have grown on me. Still not satisfied with them, but they have their qualities.

I will definitely go back to that spot some other time, preferably during daytime, and play around some more. I’ll be better prepared and dressed accordingly and I’ll try to get some shots I’m actually happy with!