Portrait of a dear friend

Every morning my dog, Ella, and I go for a morning walk. One of our regular stops is at the end of the wooden pier, just south of Kalmar castle. Click on picture for a large version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Shot with Nikon D500 with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR @f/4. Developed in Capture One

Grimskär

Grimskär was an important part of the Swedish defense during the 17th Century and effectivly stopped the Danish fleet operating in the waters near Kalmar castle. During the 19th Century the fort was abandoned by the military but during WW II a top secret mine-station, controlling a line of anti-ship mines in the waters outside the city of Kalmar, was built under the old fort. The ferries between Kalmar and Öland passed over the line daily, the crews unaware of the mines. Not until 1988, when the mine-station was closed, the secret of it’s existence was revealed.
I pass Grimskär daily on my morning walk and usually take a picture or two of the old fort. Click on picture for a larger version.
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Shot with Fujifilm X-T1 with Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5 @f/8. Developed in Capture One

Saga

The old cinema has closed for the Summer – but will be opened again in the Autumn. Saga is the oldest cinema still in use in Sweden and was opened in 1906. It is a small, wooden, building with room for just a small audience. Watching a film at Saga is more like visiting a private home than going to a traditional theater. Dispite it’s age and small size, the equipment is fairly modern with digital projectors and ok sound quality.
Saga is a common name for cinemas in Sweden along with names like Palladium, Röda Kvarn (Red Mill) – a translation of Moulin Rouge – Centrum and Rio. Click on picture for a larger version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Shot with Fujifilm X-T1 with Carl Zeiss ZM C Biogon 35mm f/2.8 @2.8 Developed in Capture One

Summer is not over

Summer is not over. There are fewer boats at sea, the air is clearer, more crisp and contrasts are stronger but the sun still warms a frozen soul. Click on picture for a large version.
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Nikon D500 with AF Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 G @200mm (300mm eq). Developed in Capture One

Portrait of a Zombie

We met at Stockholm Zombiewalk last year. Not a word was spoken. She just stopped in front of me and looked into my camera showing that it was ok to take a portrait. Click on picture for a large version.
Next Saturday, September 8, 2018, the zombies will one again fill the streets of Stockholm for a few hours. Visit if you can. More zombies here
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Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G. Developed in Capture One

Portrait of a Painter

We met at a garden exhibition. I asked him if he had painted the pictures in the background. He said “yes” and I told him that I liked the paintings and his noir-style. He told me that he had lived a complicated life, but that he had always made paintings. Only two weeks ago he had met another painter who had inspired him to develop a new style. During the past two weeks he had worked intensively and could now present a range of paintings in his new style. Click on picture for a large version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Nikon D500 with AF Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 G. Developed in Capture One

Speed

Isn’t she fabulous? Determination, speed, hard working and so elegant. In a bike race speed is cruicial. I believe that the photographer has to make the speed visible in the image. A frozen picture of the cyclist is easy to achieve but not good enough. Keeping on trying… More pictures here. Click on picture for a large version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Nikon D810 and D500 with AF Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G and AF Nikkor 24-120 f/4. Developed in Capture One

Kalmar GP

Fotograferar ett cykellopp för första gången. Kul, men svårt om bilden både ska vara snygg och innehålla lite dynamik.
Shooting a bike race for the first time. Fun but difficult to capture the drama. Click on picture for a large version.
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Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6 G. Developed in Capture One

Dance

Often, when you as a photographer raise your camera, the picture already exists in your imagination. You know what you are trying to express. Your task is to make the camera and lens, you tools, work in the desired direction creating the picture that, in some way, already exists. Click on picture for a larger version.
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Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 G. Developed in Capture One

Rapid 3

Someting completely different. The Ra 987, Rapid 3, built in 1961, 10 minutes after leaving Kalmar Central Station at 17:47 on April 28th 2018. The Ra-type was ordered by Statens Järnvägar, Sweden, in 1952. The design is clearly inspired by the GM EMD F an E types intended to show the high speed capability of the Ra.
Today the engine is owned by Nässjö Järnvägsmuseum. Click on picture for a larger version.
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Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 G – @500 mm and ISO 800. Developed in Capture One

JAS 39C Gripen

JAS 39C Gripen at the F 7 Wing in Såtenäs, Sweden. Click on picture for a larger version. I have published this portrait of the Gripen before but this version was edited in Capture One wich, in my opinion, generates a highly improved image.
My intention was to show the maneuverability of the aircraft rather than create a detailed portrait. I have other more detailed portraits of the JAS 39C Gripen.
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Nikon D800 with AF Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G with TC14E.

Cajsa – March 2018

Cajsa. Winter seems to be almost over and we are working in studio testing lighting and dresses for an upcoming project this summer. Main flash – Godox AD600 with a beauty dish – up right and a second flash – SB910 – behind Cajsa for separation. Both radio controlled in TTL-mode from camera. Click on picture for a larger version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 G.

Åsa and Ella

Åsa and Ella (the dog). Click on picture for a larger version.
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Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 85 mm f/1.4 G.
The setting is in a long corridor in the basement lit by fluoroscent tubes. White balance set to incandescent and the exposure manually set to EV -0.7. A speedlight – SB 910 – with a cto-gel pointing into the white wall to the left and in front of Åsa and Ella (the dog) in order to get a large reflecting area. Flash radio controlled from the camera.
The RAW-file was developed in Capture One with some minor adjustments. Mainly the white balance. I also added a rather strong vignetting to emphasize the main subject.

Departure

Departure. Gently leaving the platfom, the train slowly accelerates following its path through the switches until it reaches the main line leaving the ligts of the city behind. Click on picture for a larger version.
©Tom Gagner Photography.

Nikon D810 with AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 G.