Chris Arnade Photography

•Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This guy is doing an interresting project called Faces of Addiction where he’s following, photographing and talking to addicts and prostitutes at Hunt’s Point a very poor district of The Bronx, New York City. It’s interresting and kinda sad.

On Tumblr, most of the story is told

http://arnade.tumblr.com/

On Flickr, most of the photos are shown

http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/

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Copenhagen

•Monday, 20 May, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Went to one of my favourite cities, Copenhagen, with a friend a few days ago. These are a couple of shots, there are more on my website.

One of our targets was Grundtvigs Kirke to take some more shots of it. But my friend got kicked out by a very unfriendly janitor over an hour before closing time. The christians are always so nice and friendly….

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They came from Stagsden!

•Friday, 22 February, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Tripods. Tripods are great. Tripods are great if you need to be extra steady, use a longer shutterspeed or make 100% steady exposures to merge into HDR.  They’re also great to slow you down a bit and maybe make you think a bit extra before pressing the shutter release. They are also a pain in the ass to drag along if you bring them in-case-of needing them while walking in the city for example if they are a bit too big and heavy, which they unfortunately often are.

But big and heavy usually means sturdy when you’re on the beach with the wind being unmerciful. Me myself have a big and sturdy tripod, a Manfrotto 055 NAT3 with a Manfrotto 468 RC4 ball head which has served me very well for the last 8 years. The only thing that is wrong with it is that it’s too big and heavy to just bring along in case it’s needed. What I want is a small, compact but yet reasonably sturdy tripod and I’ve looked around a bit but hadn’t found it until I heard of 3 Legged Thing. These UK made tripods does not only seem cool, they seem very very good. So I’ve got my sight on a Brian (they’re all named after rock stars) carbon fiber tripod and will get one as soon as I can afford it.

Bags again

•Sunday, 17 February, 2013 • Leave a Comment

A camera bag is one of the hardest thing to buy, I think. First off, there are so many of them, second, most of them are ugly, third they’re very expensive and fourth and most important, they never seem to fit the amount and/or sort of gear that you want to take with you.

If you them add that most of them are never that comfortable as they promise to be and also, it’s nearly impossible to find a place to actually have a look at them all. And of course, no store can have them all since they’ll take up a lot of space and of course money for them.

Still it’s a pain in the ass to find one. And I want a new backpack. During my time living in Brisbane, Australia, I went to a local Crumpler store and had a look. I wanted a shoulder/messenger bag for walking around in the urban surroundings of this large city and I found one that is excellent.

The Mild Enthusiast (L) is the one, not too bulky, not too small, but pretty mych perfect for just a DSLR with batterygrip with something like a Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L and a Canon EF 80-200 f/2,8 L, some extra other small things like memory cards, lens clothes, my iPod Touch, and a slip pocket for my iPad.

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Photos from Crumpler’s website

But even if this is great, walking around with it the whole day fucks up at least my neck, when all weight is on one shoulder. And also, I want something to take with me out into the nature. As I’ve posted before, I’ve got a Lowepro Nature Trekker II AW which is a great backpack in many ways, especially if you want to bring all your photographic equipment with you. I don’t want to bring every lens with me, instead I want to bring maybe 2 or 3 and some other stuff like food and/or clothes and stuff like that or if I use it in a city, so I can store something there if I buy something during the day.

Most backpacks don’t offer that. If they’re the type that have a camera compartment, that seems always to be too small or there’s hardly any extra space for something else than the camera equipment.

But I had heard of f-stop backpacks and now I’ve checked them out and they’re seem to be what I’ve been looking for. They’re based on a modular system where you buy a backpack shell of the size that you want, then an ICU (Internal Camera Unit, I think) also in what size that you want and cusmoize it in that way. The bigger the backpack, the bigger ICU’s it can take, and/or number of them. And in the way you customize the bag, it can be pretty perfect I think. They also seem to be of top notch quality. Just gonna see if I can sell my other backpack and get the money I need to put in between (I’ve just moved back to Sweden and that’s not cheap and moneyt is always tight).

These backpacks though seems to be very reasonably priced for what you’re actually getting, so we’ll see, hopefully I can get one in not that far of a future.

Still alive!

•Saturday, 16 February, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Sorry for my abscence, well, that is if anyone is reading here.

I’ve been living in Australia for 11 months, but now I’m back in Sweden again. Australia was pretty good, maybe not as good in the long run as I would have wanted it to be, but I still might go back and live there in a few years again, but in another city and state.

My fiancé is still living there since she’s studying, but if our plans holds she’ll be joining me here again when she’s finished.

Hopefully I can rediscover photography here in Sweden/Scandinavia/Europe meanwhile and be blogging a little bit about the stuff that interrests me, photography and metal (listening to, playing, writing and recording it).

I’ll be back. Soon…

 

 

New bags

•Sunday, 29 April, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Lowepro has just released news about an upcoming light backpack, the Flipside Sport AW.

This one looks promising for when going out for a long day of shooting and don’t want the actual backpack to wear you out. The downside is that there doesn’t seem to be room for anything like clothes or food. But could still be usefeul for my own upcoming urban photo journeys.

I’ve also looked at the pretty new Lowepro Pro Messenger 200 AW and this will probably be my choice.

My trustworthy Lowepro Nature Trekker II AW is an awesome backpack, but it’s huge and heavy and not that suitable for walking around in the city, but for adventures in nature it’s awesome.

Check in

•Sunday, 29 April, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Still alive and have left Sweden for “down under”.

Haven’t been many postings here for a while and probably still won’t be that many for a while either since I’m going to move to my final destination in the city of Brisbane, Queensland and before I’m up and running with everything, it’ll take a while. I have been doing some photography here in Australia though, but the photos have all been posted at my website enghellphoto.com, so check that out if you like.