Fall Shooting

Being a photographer from South Lake Tahoe I have always had a special place in my heart for Emerald Bay. It is photo making gold for photographers and it is a place that many would be proud to call home.

With fall here the conditions for shooting landscapes are getting better and better. Cleaner air quality, nice temperatures, and yes fall colors. Shooting landscapes have been put on the back burner in the the last few months, so in an attempt to dust off the cobwebs I thought that I would go shoot an entire morning at Emerald Bay. What an incredible morning it was! Tahoe, you don't disappoint.

Here's what I got in chronological order.

First Week With The Canon 5Dsr

Canon has added to its EOS 5D range with the launch of two 50MP cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R. Both cameras offer high resolution full frame shooting, primarily aimed at stills photographers. The only difference between the models is that the 'S' has an optical low-pass filter, while the 'S R' has a self-cancelling filter (AKA the R produces a sharper image.)

The two cameras will exist alongside the EOD 5D Mark III, acting as dedicated high resolution cameras primarily intended for studio, landscape, and wedding shoots, rather than the all-round capability offered by the existing model. The Mark III still trumps the S and S R in terms of maximum ISO, and continuous shooting speed, which for me is the only real downside of the 5Dsr. I enjoy shooting astro-photography and the 5Dsr has the same ISO range of the 5D Mark ii. There is no such thing as the perfect camera for every occasion and with the amazing amounts of detail that the 5Dsr captures, I couldn't be happier.

Here are the images from the first week of owning it. Luckily, I managed to get it just before a visit to San Francisco and Sweden.

Tahoe Love

Since being back in Tahoe, I have been assisting in our family ski rental business Rock House Ski & Board and haven't had much time to photograph. However, I have accepted a position in Wyoming this summer as the Brush Creek Ranch 2016 season photographer. The news of having received the job inspired a several week long shooting spree. Here are the best out of the bunch. Stay tuned for lots more.

Some Things Never Change

As some of you know, I am back in Tahoe now. Tahoe is one place that no mater how long you leave for, it never seems to change. Its still as beautiful as ever. This is the first photo I've had any time to take since I've been back. It shows off Tahoe's two most recognizable mountains, Mt. Tallac and Pyramid Peak. You can see how windy it was, blowing powder over the cornices.

3 Days in Kiruna

Our Christmas present from the Palmqvist family was a trip to Kiruna, in northern Sweden. During our visit which was three days, the amount of actual sunlight was only approximately thirty minutes. It started to get light on the horizon around 8:00-9:00am and visibly light until about 2:00pm but the sun never quite made it fully over the horizon. The month of January is dark 24 hours a day.

We also were lucky enough to visit the Ice Hotel. The original Ice Hotel was founded in 1989. It’s an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow. They usually have around 65 rooms divided into deluxe suits, art suites, ice rooms, snow rooms and group rooms. The IceHotel is rather pricey to stay at but if you can afford it, do it.

The best experience of the entire trip for me was dog sledding. About 12 dogs pulling a sled through the dark, cold, Swedish woods was pretty magical. We even got a chance driving the sled.

Swedens Colors

The flag of Sweden is a gold cross that extends to the edges of a blue flag. The blue represents truth, loyalty, and justice, and the yellow symbolizes generosity. The Swedish cross is said to have come from Eric the Holy, who was king of Sweden. He said that he saw the gold cross in the sky. The cross is a symbol of Christianity, used to express the religious history of the nation and its early leaders.

I have found that the gold and blue represent Sweden perfectly. Since I've been here all I've seen (when its not grey) is bright golden sunlight and blue sky's and that's just fall and winter. I can definitely see how once you have almost 24 hours of sunlight how these colors would be even more present. This time of year the sun remains very low on the horizon, this makes the light very warm in color temperature for the entire time the sun is up. The sunlight may be limited this time of year but at least it makes up for it by being gorgeous and golden for the time that it is out. It's a photographers dream light, colorful and dramatic.

Christmas In Stockholm

Living in Sweden this year has been one new experience after another. For example, this is the first Christmas that I've ever spent away from my family. The Palmqvist family has been unbelievably kind making me feel like a part of the family, which is the best gift they could have given to me. I miss my family quite a lot on a normal basis but now especially during Christmas. So thank you again Palmqvist family.

Here are a few photos I've been capturing during my time here in Stockholm.

Copenhagen Christmas Market

My lack of posts lately has been for a good reason. I have begun working here in Sweden at the International School of Helsingborg (ISH). It's an excellent place for me to have found work given that everything is taught in English. Substitute work mostly, as well as after school activities, which they call Fritids. Having very little experience with children, its been a HUGE learning curve. It is nearly 100% different than all other jobs that I've ever had. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... lets just say I now have a better respect for teachers and wish I could apologize to and thank all of my previous teachers. So if any of my teachers follow my blog, Thank you and I'm sorry for any excessive trouble I may have caused.

Saturday we traveled to Copenhagen, which is just over an hour away from Helsingborg. There are several Christmas Markets in Copenhagen, this one is in Tivoli Gardens and is a wonderful Christmas tradition amongst the locals, as well as visitors like us. There is tons of food and hot drinks including a Scandinavian tradition called Glögg. It is essentially hot spiced wine and has a different flavor each year. The word is pronounced just like the English word glug which is used to describe the sound of liquid pouring from a bottle so I think it is quite fitting. As an American it took a try before understanding it and it is not half bad. The Tivoli Gardens are usually just an amusement park but is transformed into a winter wonderland from November 15th to the 31st of December. We arrived just at sun set to witness the transformation from natural light, to the numerous Christmas lights they have throughout the entire park. I am very happy to have gotten to experience this Christmas tradition.

I will have many more blog posts coming up within the next few weeks. M and I are leaving for Stockholm to spent Christmas with her family on the 23rd, so stay tuned for more.

First Snow In Sweden

The first snow has come, finally it feels like winter. Saturday night we returned to Helsingborg after an evening in Malmo to find at least 3 inches on everything and more falling fast. By the time we made it back to the apartment it was around 11:00pm but we still got dressed to go out on a night walk. It took until Monday for it to be sunny. Luckily it was a perfect day that morning. Its a beautiful city, especially covered in snow.

The Battle of Lund

Scandinavia's largest Thai boxing gala was held on Saturday evening in the AF castle's Great Hall. With several matches and fighters, the mood and pulse was high - both in and outside the ring.
It was named "The Battle of Lund". For it was the first time AF castle's Great Hall was selected as the site for the battle.
The nerves in the air, with both European, Swedish and Norwegian fighters who were to participate in the evening's prestigious matches.
Gala ceremonies began with a minute of silence for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris.
Then it was not long before the entrance music began, then the two opponents each went into the ritual forms. An absolute blast to photograph! I hope to shoot more sporting events like thisin the future.

Back On The Bike

The fork on my bike finally snapped! Its been about two weeks without it here in Sweden, which as you may or may not know is my only form of transportation and one of my outlets for fun. I've owned the bike since 2009, which is pretty amazing that it made it this long considering that its been all around Nashville, Tahoe, Montana, all of the way across the United States and now to Sweden. I got it fixed after having to borrow a hack saw from the local bike shop in the area. It was such a nice day, so I went on a four hour bike ride/photo excursion.

Weekend In London

M and I spent our weekend in London. She was kind enough to plan this entire trip as another part of my birthday present since I had never been. We really lucked out with the weather. Given the time of year we figured that there was a good chance of it being rainy the entire time but every evening ended up clearing. The entire trip was wonderful. We had almost no plans, we had a few things on the list of things to see but the rest of the time we spent wondering. We ended up stumbling onto some really interesting things, including a huge war memorial parade and some fireworks. Also thank you to M's parents for getting us tickets to the London Eye.

Helsingborg Horse Week

Last Sunday we went to the Mårtenssons Grand Prix, which is just one of the many classes of events at the Helsingborg horse week. This is the first horse week festival that Helsingborg has ever held and it was a huge success. It was also the first horse competition that I have ever been to and it turned out to be much more fun than I had expected. The lighting was pretty bright but anytime you're photographing sports it's nice to have as much light as possible to get a faster shutter speed. The winner of the Grand Prix was Tom Krog with his horse Zacramento and the prize was the car in the photo below.

Light Festival at Sofiero Castle

On our Halloween night we didn't get dressed up in costumes, we did however get bundled up to spend several hours walking around in the cold. The Sofiero Castle put on an impressive light show this year for the Halloween weekend. Even before we arrived we knew it was going to be very crowded because the bus ride there was completely full. The entire event made for a challenge to shoot. There were hundreds of people on narrow walkways not understanding why you are just standing directly in the middle of the path, bright colorful trees against an extremely dark surrounding and wind blurring the trees in long exposures. I'm still happy with most of the results and so happy that I got to see it in person. Thank you M for the idea! Its was one of my birthday gifts from her. London is the second gift, which we leave this Friday. I will make a blog post for that trip as well.


I recently made it out to Kullaberg with some new friends of mine. Kullaberg is a nature reserve situated on a peninsula of land protruding into the Kattegat in Höganäs Municipality near the town of Mölle in southwest Sweden. The site in the province of Skåne is an area of considerable biodiversity supporting a number of rare species and has been designated as an Important Bird Area in Sweden as well as a Special Protection Area. The terrain is dominated by steep cliffs rising from the sea and rocky outcrops on the ridge above, the highest elevation being Mount Håkull at 188 meters. Ridgetop vegetation includes a mixed hardwood broadleaf forest consisting of birch, beech, oak and pine trees with an understory of hawthorn, juniper, wild honeysuckle and blackthorn. Among the notable rare plants are spring vetchling, Lathyrus sphaericus.                     From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Needless to say Kullaberg is an ideal location for some amazing photos.

Weekend in Malmö

M and I spent the weekend in Malmö. We were there to pick up her brothers dog to watch it for a few days. It rained almost the entire time we were there, so I ended up shooting mostly indoor photos. The Malmö Triangeln train station is a great looking building, with glass exterior. I spent approximately thirty minutes shooing photos there before security approached me to see what I was up to and to tell me that tripods aren't allowed on the premises. I was able to capture several photos before that though.