Photography - A tale of HDR

This blog will mostly be about training for a triathlon, but I'll be taking a lot of pictures during all the training sessions. So I figured I should introduce myself as a photographer as well.

It all started when I moved away from the west coast of Norway to Tromsø at the age of 18. My father kindly let me borrow his digital camera from Nikon. The camera wasn't that great, but it was kinda good at the time, at least considering it wasn't a DSLR. I quickly became very interested in photography, joined flickr and mainly started taking HDR-photos.
HDR (high dynamic range) is something new in the TV industry, but HDR-photography has been around for many years. It's when you combine multiple exposures into one shot to get a more evenly lit frame. The problem with HDR-photography is that many who take them have a tendency to overdo the effects, adding too much saturation or "HDR-effect" on it. This has made HDR-photography go down a more artistic path rather than the realistic one it originally was purposed to be.

One of my first ever HDRs of Tromsø. Taken with my dad's old Nikon.

Dad's old Nikon was absolutely rubbish at HDR-photography, so I bought a camera for myself; a used Nikon D70 I imported from the US. The new camera had bracketing, which helped a lot. Now I didn't have to change the exposure manually every time I went out shooting. So I shot a lot of HDRs.

HDR taken with my old D70. One of the only okey pictures I took back then.

Most of the pictures from the D70 are just as fake and artistic as HDR-photography has become now, and it wasn't until i got the D200 some years later that I got better at it. The pictures were still a bit artistic, but at least I was getting better at handling the curse of HDR-photography.

Midnight sun over Tromsø, taken with the Nikon D200.

The HDR interest faded after a while and I embraced other types of photography. I have been a wedding photographer, learned the brenizer method, worked a lot in photoshop and been totally obsessed with 180 degrees panoramas. Even though I have taken lots of pictures, photography has mainly been my creative outlet when bored, and not something I do all the time. I would like to change that, and that's why I'm bringing a camera to every training session. Either my trusty old Nikon D200, my iPhone 6 or my GoPro Sessions.

A standard panorama taken on a ski trip back in 2012. Nikon D200

On this site I will probably use some old shots mixed in with the new ones. I will not stick to one style, as I like to expand my horizon and try to use the best techniques for every situation. It's important to me that I can share the experiences I have in a way that inspires you.