A very important announcement! plus some other random stuff.

September 18th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

To begin with, i’ve finally managed to get an online print store going. Its in the beginning stages, will add more photos very soon, but here is the location, bookmark it and stay tuned if you’re interested in buying prints at some point.

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I’m offering them in limited edition, signed and numbered.  The number of prints available varies, the most will be 25 (of each size), the more expensive will only be offered in an edition of 10 copies.   And once they’ve sold out that’s it, they’re done. If anyone has a request for a certain image that isn’t currently on offer, please get in touch and let me know.

I’ve been taking a bit of a break from photography in the last month, decided to do some pencil drawings for a change, its a shame to have the ability to do this and never use it.. These are almost complete.. not sure if this is going to be a series of more, or just the two.. but im absurdly pleased with them, either way.

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My flickr photostream has now reached over 4 million views, which is of course, a really nerdy thing to be writing about, but then, i’ve never denied being a nerd.. im even including a nerdy screenshot, for good measure:

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One more thing..

This last saturday, a small independent tv producer team came from London to shoot footage for a short documentary style tv-show about photography, they chose me and one other guy off flickr for their pilot show.. Spent nine hours with them (and the icelandic cameraman), taking them to places i often shoot at, and giving an in-depth interview at my school (documented in the really bad photo included below). If all goes as planned this will be shown on british television, which is rather cool. Very fun experience in any case. interview.jpg

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exciting things afoot…

August 22nd, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

i dunno if anyone other than me will find this interesting, but i thought id mention it..

In case anyone who reads my blog, or follows my work, happens to be in Copenhagen on october the 6th, i’d like to point out that i have been invited to be the keynote speaker at a photography convention held there.. 50th anniversary convention of the danish amateur photographer organization, no less (i have no idea what its actually called in english, that was just my rough translation of it)

Anyway, i’ll be discussing how i ended up being a photographer, flickr’s part in my rather swift change from amateur to professional, and various other photography related stuff that people may or may not find interesting. In any case, im sure it will be amusing to see how absolutely nervous im probably going to be;)

i’ll write more about this after its over.
here’s a link to where this is advertised on their site (its in Danish, sorry)

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new lens appreciation

June 25th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

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The reason my younger son (pictured above with his best friend) is smiling like that, is that i finally got around to buying myself a 50mm lens for the 5D today.

No, that’s a lie actually. He couldnt care less about my lenses, he’s just a happy kid in general. However, i myself am extremely pleased with my newest aquisition. I’d been flirting with the idea of getting the canon 50mm f/1.2, but after reading several reviews and comparisons on it and the 50mm f/1.4, i opted for the smaller, far less expensive and more compact 1.4. Its purported to be an excellent lens for the relatively low price, and i can verify, after shooting a handful of test shots today, that it is indeed a beautiful lens. Incredibly shallow depth of field at the widest aperture, with lovely smooth blurring. Also, its so lightweight and portable, compared to the 100mm f/2 i’ve been using for portraits. I’ll be shooting two weddings this summer, which is one of the reasons i decided to buy this lens, but aside from that its just a great fun portrait lens i can safely recommend.

below is a crop from another shot, shows pretty well the bokeh at f 1.4 (no additional blurring in photoshop)

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you can even photograph cats with it:

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what more could one possibly need in a lens?

(‘kay, enough with the sarcasm. )

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Kate Havnevik

June 20th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

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I had an unexpectedly cool evening yesterday. I was offered, at the last moment, a free ticket and backstage pass to a concert with french band Air (i hadnt planned on going, though Moon Safari is one of my favorite albums.. haven’t really followed their more recent music) because the warm up act, norwegian singer Kate Havnevik (shown above) needed a photographer to document her performance. I agreed, tho i’d never heard of her before, and had only an hour or so to get ready, and have never taken a concert photo in my life:)

Im glad i did, as the woman in question turned out to be not only hugely talented , but extremely likeable and friendly as well. In addition to photographing the show, i managed to squeeze in an impromptu and slightly silly photoshoot in a shower stall after she’d finished.

I was a bit nervous about my gear (or lack thereof), seeing as the only lens i have in my small arsenal that can in any way be called “telephoto” is my small 100mm f/2 portrait lens, and surrounded by press photographers armed with canon 1D mach II cameras (or whatever those things are called) with ridiculously huge telephoto lenses , i felt a bit intimidated. However, this lens proved itself to be more than up to the task at hand, and the 2.0 aperture came in very handy, the constantly changing light was a nightmare to deal with and even at iso 1600 the highest shutter speed i could manage was 25. Challenging to say the least. But fun.
Im rather pleased with the outcome, considering..

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And, after Air had finished playing, Kate snuck me up to their dressing room and i got this last one. All in all, not a bad evening:)

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official apology from Flickr founder

May 17th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

See here

im posting this because i feel its important to make clear what my general feelings are toward flickr, in light of recent incidents.

I, personally , am not going to leave flickr. My account runs out in 5 days and im going to renew. The flickr community is a very special thing, and im not going to let a bad move on the part of the people who run flickr , cause me to abandon it. Flickr has had a very positive impact on my life and my carreer as a photographer, and im quite attatched to it.
I don’t feel flickr should be held accountable for the fact that someone downloaded my photos from there for commercial use. I have been aware since day one that this is a risk of displaying your work online, and although i believed i had covered my ass by uploading my photos at 72dpi, 1200×800 pixels, this clearly IS large enough to use for making large prints. Presumably with the help of software that can convert small jpg’s into large tiff files.
Something i was not aware of before.
In light of what has happened, i have decided to limit the dimensions of my uploads to a maximum of 800 pixels across, instead of 1200.

however, just because i was aware of the RISK, does not mean i was ready to accept the fact that someone had indeed been selling prints of my work for thousands of dollars. That is a whole different matter entirely.
Just walking around in an urban area at night may put you in risk of being mugged or raped. People are aware of this risk. That doesn’t mean its their fault if they are indeed mugged or raped, and if the person who commits such a crime is known and openly admits to having done it, would anyone in their right mind tell the victim “see, they’re sorry, just move on and forget about it”

Obviously, copyright infringement is NOT in the same category as causing someone serious bodily harm, but as a comparison i think it gets my point across fairly well.
If people are allowed to just get away with this sortof thing time and time again (and it happens ALL the time, without the artists knowledge) its only going to become a larger problem, and little by little artists will have a hell of a time living off their work, because people will feel its ok to just rip them off.

So , in short, when i posted my account of what the company Only-dreemin had gotten away with, my intent was NOT to place any blame with flickr itself. My point was simply to warn others, and quite simply to VENT. I was extremely upset. I regret that people became overzealous in their eagerness to support me, i never wanted anyone to send threats of bodily harm to only-dreemin. When i said “angry letters”, i meant just that. I felt they deserved them. So im not going to apologize for that part.

It seems clear from Stewarts apology, that this whole fiasco has had quite an impact, which hopefully will spark changes that will benefit all flickr users in the future.

Similarly, the broad discussions on various forums, sparked by my original post, will hopefully help to make people more aware of artists rights, when posting their material on the net.
the widespread assumption that once its on the web, its public property, needs to be disspelled.
I own the copyright to all material i post on flickr.
This means that it can not be used legally for any purpose without my consent.
its really THAT simple.

Thank you to everyone that’s shown me support in the last 3 days.
i greatly appreciate it.

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