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New on 500px : Where the Trolls Live by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

A huge thanks to Bipphy Kath, Sherry Bell and Nagesh Mahadev for valuable input during the processing. A blend of two exposures. Approx 5 hours of PP work.

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New on 500px : Diving II by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

So here I am, dripping wet and foaming from anger and self-pity. In that moment a piece of glass dipped several times in resin has become the most important possession I own. Three minutes earlier I had clumsily dropped my Big Stopper with its holder into the lake. I wouldn’t call my attempt to jump after it heroic – it was more an act of a temporarily raving mad man. While cursing my life and everything else I could come up with the colors in the sky grew in intensity and I fired off this five frame shot. Nothing heroic about that either. Unconscious to anything save my big loss I barely heard my camera obediently performing its programmed task. As told elsewhere I dived for my Big Stopper the next day. That was perhaps heroic because the water was freezing cold…No, that was also an act of a mad man. I almost fainted twice when I came up from the water….madness indeed. During the next fifteen minutes while still temporarily insane I fired of three series of this scene that was unfolding before my eyes with colors that defy description. The last of the series is already posted. I called it “Diving”. The second series I shot is just something in between “Diving” and this one. I see no point in processing it. Nothing heroic about the titles – they are just testimonies of a man temporarily losing his mind…..for a piece of glass.

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New on 500px : Bleak by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

I had this 5 framed series from the beginning of March I wanted to do something with. To make a long story short it ended up like this.

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New on 500px : Øyangen May 17th by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

Captured on our National day. I had wrapped up ready to leave when the colors suddenly emerged and changed the scene. One of my few images that has grown in my estimation while maturing on the hard drive.

The final touches were made while listening to Becoming the Archtype’s classic work from 2008, Dichotomy (metal core).

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New on 500px : A Question about Foregrounds by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

I will never win a prize for creative foregrounds, and if this image doesn’t receive any likes I will seriously contemplate ordering “A Comprehensive Introduction to Foregrounds” 😉 Hopefully the colors which I am not responsible for will compensate for this.

The Lee Little Stopper (6 stops) made it possible to shoot a LE these last minutes of colors when the light was pretty low.

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New on 500px : Illusions by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

It is the same scene, but, yet, it is not the same scene….nothing is as it appears to be…..

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New on 500px : 2 DSA by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

Torture is likely the only means by which I might disclose how many hours I have spent on this image. And the reason why it has taken approx ten hours is that in order to learn how to do a thing correctly we often first have to do it the wrong way – which quite often ends up with: “Not this way, but that way”. Whereas it suffices for the large majority of you to fail only once this thick-sculled fly-agaric-eating savage of a Viking has a eh different approach.

I am often inclined to liken photography with math. You have to fail a couple of times before you find the right path. Not few of my students give up when they fail not understanding that failing is a vital part of this process we denote learning. And I have these past six months been strongly reminded about that learning hurts. For me it is far more convenient to walk the well-trodden paths than to enter unexplored territory. But, if we are to expand our tent we have to take those steps into the wild. Learning Photoshop has been just as challenging as when I studied math 10 years ago. However, learning Ps has been ten times as rewarding and it truly has expanded my creative span.

Numerous times I have said to myself: “Phew! Now I am done with this image!” But, every week there have been things to improve. My latest edit was on Wednesday – adjusting a couple of the reflections and blurring some 2 pixel wide lines I felt were too sharp, and etc etc ad infinitum.

I notice that many both here and on Facebook call their images fine art landscape photography. I would never dare to use such fine words about my images. I am more inclined to call them Viking non-art landscape something-that-resembles photography.

This is the second LE from that evening when I ran like crazy because the sky unexpectedly exploded over my head in one of the most astonishing sunsets I have ever witnessed. The third LE is still enjoying a life of unsullied innocence on my hard drive. But, I have some evil plans for it.

2 DSA refers to one my math classes. An amazing bunch of 15 students, and each time I enter that classroom it feels like coming “home”.

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New on 500px : From a Different Angle by OleHenrikSkjelstad by OleHenrikSkjelstad

A huge thanks to my friend Lin Zee for being honest enough to point out that my ground was marred with color casts in the first version I uploaded. They were a result of sloppy masking on my part. Anyway, this image was taken 15 mins before I clumsily dropped my Big Stopper into the lake. Using this image as a point of reference: I usually set up my tripod to the middle far left. I dived for the BS the day after and found it.
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