I had a fantastic new years eve this year at a small party and dinner with friends that was very 'koselig.' Koselig is similar to the Dutch gezellig but not exactly the same. When it came time for the new year to happen...Read More
Spring has finally started to take a hold on Oslo and it's great. All the parks are full of people enjoying themselves, BBQing, and there are flowers everywhere so it's a treat to walk around town. I thought this would be a great opportunity to finally go and see the botanical gardens.
I went with my brother Daire and took the time to shoot some portraits. There are a couple I like but I especially like this one. The 'spy-glass' effect is actually created in camera by just using what I had with me. I bought a second hand Canon 24-85 f3.5-4.5 that is not manufactured anymore and it did not come with a lens hood. I find this annoying, not because the hood helps keep out lens fair etc but mainly for two practical reasons. The first is that if my camera is hanging at my side I would much rater have my hood bump into things than my lens. Secondly when grabbing my camera there is a much lower chance that I touch the front of the lens if I have a hood. That means that I can grab my camera faster because I don't have to worry about the orientation it is hanging at and can blindly go for it.
Seeing as the front element of the new lens has a similar size to another lens I had I tried the hood for that one and it fit! The only remaining issue is that the hood was built for a 70-200 and at 24mm you see mostly lens hood. In this case I really like the effect it creates and you can see the light distortion around the edges of the hood. I think that this would be really hard to do in post production so I'm happy I don't have to try :P
If you have other things that would create great effects in camera then leave a comment below and I'll try them :)
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Welcome to my new webpage :) I'm super happy to share it with you and to share my new logo with you! You may have noticed that my most recent photos have been coming out with a new logo!
So where does the concept come from? In my native language of Dutch the phrase 'met de baard,' translated to 'with the beard' sounds quite a lot like my last name Mac an Bhaird. Naturally this became apparent when I started wearing a beard at school etc. A few different groups of friends came up with this independantly so it stuck. When I moved to Oslo in 2013 I took my beard with me and I started organizing a blues dance festival. The ever majestic moose epitomizes Norway for me so it naturally became our symbol. Moose Blues was born. Check out MooseBlues.no!
My co-organizers were two very lovely and talented women which meant that there was only one beard between the three of us. This quickly cemented me as being The BeardMoose and it has stuck ever since.
Now a great concept is great but that's about as far as it will get you. You can develop that idea yourself or if your artistic talents lie elsewhere then it's best to enlist a little help from your friends. In this case I turned to one of my Moose friends: Francesca. She has done a great job on other logos we worked on in the past so it was a natural choice. Suffice to say she did a great job and you can see the results here on my site and as a watermark in all of my photos!
Here is a photo that I took of Francesca back in the fall of 2014.
As this is my first blog post please let me know in the comments what you would most like to hear about! I will be posting about all the events I went to with my pictures and videos but what else would you like to read about? Would you like to know how I took specific pictures? Would you like to know what gear I shoot with? Would you like to know about my travels? Would you like to have some features on my friends?
Takk for nå!