Flemming Bo Jensen http://flemmingbojensen.com Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 City of Nighthttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/28/city-of-night/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/28/city-of-night/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 03:28:15 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6585 FlemmingBoJensen-Singapore-MarinaBaySands-Charlene-Winfred

No matter how many times I come here, I am always floored by the view. Singapore CBD, from the top of Marina Bay Sands shopping mall. It is also one of the few places in Singapore where you can see far. At night there is more room to breathe here, to look at the sky and to still feel alive.

Fuji X-T1, 16mmF1.4 lens. Charlene is lit up by light from her phone.

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The little moments on the roadhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/23/the-little-moments-on-the-road/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/23/the-little-moments-on-the-road/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:27:36 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6569 Our USA 2014 Road trip continued…after Cowboys, Horses and 3 states in a day we spend a few days in the very nice Rapid City and shot some stoned presidents. We then criss crossed the entire state of South Dakota, ending up in Britton and Finding Carl Jensen – part of my family history. The return to Rapid City from Britton took us through the spectacular Badlands. We then headed for Yellowstone National Park via Cody, Wyoming.

Days and moments on the road. It is a fantastic experience to visit the big national parks. But the road is always full of surprises. The moments, the little random moments that happen, that create the magic on the road. The feeling of freedom and the wide open road is calling me again.

A landscape of dreams just outside of Cody.

A landscape of dreams just outside of Cody.

Pull over, we must shoot!

Pull over, we must shoot!

Charlene in the sun

Charlene in the sun

Two gypsies living a dream on the road

Two gypsies living a dream on the road

I have no words. This is just pure awesomeness

I have no words. This is just pure awesomeness

The fiery tunnel outside of Cody

The fiery tunnel outside of Cody

Head west

Heading west

Into the night and the unknown, the road is calling.

Into the night and the unknown, the road is calling.

Coming up in the next part of the tale…bisons and geysers.

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Projections and Reflections. What it was like to shoot the RBMA scene at Distortion 2015http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/16/projections-and-reflections-what-it-was-like-to-shoot-the-rbma-scene-at-distortion-2015/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/16/projections-and-reflections-what-it-was-like-to-shoot-the-rbma-scene-at-distortion-2015/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:34:12 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6534 Cashmere Cat performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Blocs & Walls, climbing center turned into a concert area and it worked amazingly well. 16mm lens.

Two days after shooting the Red Bull Studios live streetparty at Distortion, the 2-day final Distortion Ø (Danish for island) party kicked off. Charlene and I again worked for Red Bull, delivering images to Red Bull Music Academy who that had brought in some big international names for the final party.

The RBMA party took place over two days inside Blocs & Walls, a huge indoor climbing center in Copenhagen. The room worked extremely well. I have shot many events but this has to be one of my favourites. It was a pleasure to work this room, capturing the great artists, taking in the great sound and utilizing the fantastic visuals from Dark Matters to the fullest in every frame.

Courtesy performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

The superb Danish Techno Queen Courtesy looking for the next tune. 16mm lens

Courtesy performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Got it! A rare 56mm shot from the event

Courtesy performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Courtesy opened day one with a great set. 35mm lens.

Over the past years I have gotten into the habit of shooting these events with two Fuji X-cameras, usually the X-T1 and then something else, an X-pro1 or X-E2 (before that, it was an X-pro1 and an X100). It is nice to not have to change lenses, but I started to feel it just made my work more hectic. Having two cameras just meant I shot more, not better. Charlene and I worked this event together and between us we would have the shots we need, I did not need to run around frantically capturing every angle for every artist.

I brought only my Fuji X-T1, the trusty old beat up best lens ever – the 35mm f1.4, and the new 16mm f1.4. The first day I also brought the 56mm f1.2 but there was really no need for it at this event, so I left it at home the second night. Back to basics, one camera, two lenses.

I feel the images I made benefitted greatly from of course first and foremost covering the event together but also using just one camera. It is the first event in a long time where I could shoot slow (well halfway slow). If one of us is working on stage, the other will go in the crowd or somewhere else. So if I saw something I liked I had the luxury of spending time till all the elements, the light, the crowd and the artist was just right.

Bok Bok performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Bok Bok was brilliant. 16mm lens.

Bok Bok performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Bok Bok playing, the Dark Matters projection show is mapped perfectly into the boundaries of the climbing wall creating a “cave” behind the artist

There were some great performances during the two nights, some from acts I knew like Courtesy and Kenton Slash Demon. Bok Bok and Bambounou played great sets, Bambounou was a true pleasure to photograph as well. But I the one who surprised me the most was Magnus August Høiberg from Norway, better known as Cashmere Cat. His hour of beats, bass and melodies and remixes chopped up in DMC style was outstanding and had the crowd going balistic.

Cashmere Cat performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Cashmere Cat, the preferred beat smith of artists like Kanye West, was outstanding and really blew everyone away. 35mm lens

Cashmere Cat performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 5th, 2015

Cashmere Cat burning down the place. 35mm lens.

Bambounou performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 6th, 2015

Bambounou was both a pleasure to listen to, watch and photograph. 35mm lens.

Bambounou performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 6th, 2015

Bambounou in heavenly light. 35mm lens.

Bambounou performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 6th, 2015

Bambounou preparing to steer the Dark Matters spaceship into the void. 16mm lens.

Siriusmodeselektor performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 6th, 2015

German super group Siriusmodeselektor was the main act of the entire festival and brought enough gear to launch a space shuttle. 16mm lens.

Siriusmodeselektor performs at Red Bull Music Academy stage at Distortion festival in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 6th, 2015

Siriusmodeselektor was worshipped by the crowd. 16mm lens.

I feel really fortunate to be part of events like this and a part of the team. I have attended events like this for decades as a guest and in some ways it has always been a dream of mine to play a part. Music photography turned out to be the obvious answer, but it took me a while to get there – read about my journey into music photography. I always get to these events early, primarily to check out the venue and the stage, say hi to the crew and get in the right frame of mind before the event begins. I also really like to listen to the sound checks. But to be honest, I also love to just wander around and appreciate that I am part of this. The dream came true.

This was a fantastic event to work, and one of my favourite events to date. I walked around the room at times wanting to pinch myself to make sure it is not a dream. Here, a week later, being in Singapore which is a world apart, I am still replaying parts of this event in my head to try and saviour it. I look forward to the next one.


Finally, I want to end with a picture of hard working people who normally work in the shadows. On the left is the Dark Matters crew, controlling the lasers and projectors. At the mixer is Mikael Flensborg making audio magic. I stood next to him often shooting pictures, and always stayed a bit longer, just to cherish the sound. 

Mikael Flensborg at the mixer performing audio magic, behind him Dark Matters doing visual wizardry.

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Red Bull Studios live #gadekryds at Distortion 2015http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/10/red-bull-studios-live-gadekryds-at-distortion-2015/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/10/red-bull-studios-live-gadekryds-at-distortion-2015/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:48:18 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6513 Distortion is the annual massive street and club party in Copenhagen, Denmark – a week of dance music and chaos. Once again, Charlene and I had the pleasure of working for Red Bull, and this year they decided to take over an entire street and break every kind of attendance records. It was a wild and awesome event to be part of. We covered the event together, so I navigated the stage (I like me a good stage!) while Charlene expertly navigated the pit.

The event featured big Danish names such as Medina and Suspekt, plus a whole host of awesome acts and DJs such as Benal, Lord Siva, Emil Stabil, Marvellous Mosell, Shaq and Mendoza. Suspekt ended the night by basically blowing up the entire street, managing only 13 short but very intense minutes before the Police decided to close down to ensure safety of people. Everyone on the street were taking really good care of each other, we just ran out of street!

A truly mad evening with fantastic performances from all the artists.

All images shot with Fuji X-T1, and 16mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses.
Click for Charlene’s awesome Distortion pictures with the X-T10.

Shaq performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

DJ Shaq in one of my favourite images from the day.

Mendoza performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Mendoza performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Emil Stabil performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Emil Stabil and the entire Blegdamsvej street going nuts. Love the Danish flag that sneaked into the picture.

Marvelous Mosell performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Marvelous Mosell and his Carlton dance brought down the house, I mean street.

Marvelous Mosell performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Marvelous Mosell and DJ Tue Track were outstanding.

Shaq performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

One of the few times I ventured into the massive crowd.

Medina in action

Medina in action

Medina performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Medina and her dancers put on a show that filled the street to max capacity

Suspekt performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Suspekt only got to perform for 13 minutes, short but intense.

Suspekt performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Suspekt in a sea of flares.

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Cowboys, Horses and 3 states in a dayhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/02/cowboys-horses-and-3-states-in-a-day/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/06/02/cowboys-horses-and-3-states-in-a-day/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:04:38 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6501 Flemming-Bo-Jensen-chadron-rodeo-3697

In April 2013 on the second US road trip, Charlene and I happened to find ourselves at a High School Rodeo in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Charlene was filming for the Beyond movie while I shot some stills (that ended up in the I want to be a cowboy story on KAGE Collective) and we met Jesse Rogers and his mother Jenny. We quickly became friends.

Fast forward to late 2014 and we are on our third Mad and Magic US road trip. We were near Casper, Wyoming where Jesse was attending college. We were planning to visit, but he was going to a college rodeo in Chadron, Nebraska for the weekend. Well, we had a car and we like rodeos – so we decided to head for Nebraska.

We began that day in Wyoming. Met Jesse and spent the day and evening in Nebraska, and finally ended up in a motel in Rapid City, South Dakota late at night. Add cowboys, cowgirls, horses, bulls, heat, dust and rodeo action and it was one long and spectacular Friday in the mid west.

Sometimes it is the smallest memories that linger. The rodeo was a great experience, but one of my favourite memories was standing in line for a Subway sandwich in Chadron. The guys in front of me were all rodeo cowboys. Wearing hats and boots with spurs and jingled with every step. I still want to be a cowboy.

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Charlene Winfred in Fuji X-T10 promotional moviehttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/18/charlene-winfred-in-fuji-x-t10-promotional-movie/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/18/charlene-winfred-in-fuji-x-t10-promotional-movie/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:07:12 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6485 Still frame from the movie. Charlene and the X-T10 - for days and days I got to film her, not something she enjoys, I had a blast!

Still frame from the movie. Charlene and the X-T10 – for days and days I got to film her, not something she enjoys, I had a blast!

For the past three weeks in Perth, we have been working on something very special. Charlene got an assignment from Fuji Japan to use the upcoming Fujifilm X-T10 camera for street photography, to shoot promotional stills with it and make a promotional movie. For the past three weeks we have been flat out making all of this happen. Also, I filmed most of the movie, so for the past three weeks I had the great pleasure of pointing her X-T1 video rig at her and she could not say no!

This is all Charlene’s project. She pitched and got the project. She worked hard many days shooting the excellent photos. She also directed and edited the movie. She did an absolutely amazing job (ok, I am slightly biased as she is complete magic to me and the sun in my life, but watch the movie and see the stills and hopefully you will agree). I loved filming this movie and doing the audio. I am really proud of her, and of the result we achieved. Enough words, watch the movie!

Movie credits

More about the making of this movie to come in a future blog post.

Product still from the movie - how we made this will be revealed in upcoming behind-the-scenes

Product still from the movie – how we made this will be revealed in upcoming behind-the-scenes

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ALO WALA at Sonar Copenhagenhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/16/alo-wala-at-sonar-copenhagen/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/16/alo-wala-at-sonar-copenhagen/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 09:11:35 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6468 ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015

ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015 – Shivani reaches for the sky

I have blogged about my friends from Copia Doble Systema many times in the past two and a half years, but Sonar Copenhagen was my first chance to catch their latest band ALO WALA live. ALO WALA plays self-described interplanetary bass, and will make you want to dance till the hips (and subwoofers) give out! ALO WALA is a new band, but quite experienced in tearing the roof off at all their live performances. The room was packed to capacity with a crowd that definitely loved their local heroes and vibrated to the beats.

I had to vibrate slightly less as I was covering the event for Red Bull Music Academy, so I ran around the room on stage, off stage, front of stage, back of the room for 45 minutes and snapped away while grinning like a madman, enjoying the performances of my friends. It is a wonderful but also peculiar way to experience a concert, two cameras in hand, but I love it. I am not sure I quite did the performance justice, but got a few shots I really like.

I have photographed and followed ALO WALA since they basically formed in august 2013 when we all spent time in the Red Bull Studios Copenhagen, and I was quite impressed by how far they have come. I cannot wait to see them blow up worldwide over the next years, spreading the love of interplanetary bass, and I hope to be there to photograph many more ALO WALA events.

Listen to their Cityboy EP and the new Vibrate to Win EP, and if they play anywhere near you (they are touring all of Europe this summer, check out the dates) do not miss them! ALO WALA really needs to be experienced live – Vibrate those hips to Win!

Shivani

Shivani in the spotlight of VJ MAD ES amazing visuals.

ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015

ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015

ALO WALA and a million stars

ALO WALA and a million stars

Eeek, bright lights!

Eeek, bright lights!

Singer Shivani and drummer Alexander Valentino Clerici

Singer Shivani and drummer Alexander Valentino Clerici

Antics on stage during the cityboy tune!

A mutual friend, Steve Lova and his antics on stage during the cityboy tune!

Singer Shivani and Copyflex

Singer Shivani and Copyflex

ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015

ALO WALA performs in the SonarDome by RBMA at Sonar Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 13th, 2015

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Time in Tie Sidinghttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/08/time-in-tie-siding/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/08/time-in-tie-siding/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 14:36:09 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6421 FlemmingBoJensen-blog-tiesiding-3599

There are far more desolate places in USA but I still experienced true wide open and desolate space in Tie Siding, Wyoming. It is but a tiny community south of Laramie in Wyoming. Blink and you will easily miss it as you drive by. But it turns out we had a connection to it. On our way to search for my family history in Britton, South Dakota my friend Daniel Milnor told me we would be passing through some of his childhood stomping grounds. He grew up around here, and you can read a few of his tales here.

After a day of driving, we found our cheap motel in Laramie and quickly headed down the road to find Tie Siding in the afternoon sun. I am not sure what the population is now but you can probably count it on a couple of hands – or three or four. We head out on the dirt road that leads out to where The Milnor farm used to be. We never did find the actual farm, actually I do not know if it is even there any more, nor where we really looking for it. We were just looking for some space.

There is a magic in these spaces for me and I always end up seeking them out. Some days I feel that time is rushing past so fast I need to hang on for dear life. Every moment I want to try and freeze slips through my fingers (is this how it feels to get older?). There is a feeling in a wide open space, of time slowing down to a near halt. These are places that time has left alone. There is room and time to breathe. I am not nostalgic for older days. This time, right now, is the best time I have ever been alive. But I do seem to be a bit short on time and wide open spaces at present.

When we landed in LA with 90 days of road tripping ahead of us I thought this is the most wonderful thing in the world – and it was. It was the best 3 months ever. But time does not care. I fight a futile battle with my camera to freeze it but the 90 days, the wide open space, and the USA 2014 road trip eventually ended, naturally. Damn you, time. You won again.

I am not giving up the fight though. The open road, the wide space, softly calls me, always. And I am armed with a camera, I can freeze moments and emotions.

Next stop on our road trip – horses and a college rodeo!

Bonus – mores horses! On the way back to the highway Charlene spots some gorgeous horses (she is rather fond of horses) and slams on the brakes. The horse turns out to be very interested in the Fuji gear, clearly a horse that knows quality photographic gear. 

Tie Siding, Wyoming. It is desolate and flat out here.

Tie Siding, Wyoming. It is desolate and flat out here.

We enjoyed a beautiful quiet afternoon at Tie Siding, but this tells the story of fierce storms.

We enjoyed a beautiful quiet afternoon at Tie Siding, but this tells the story of fierce storms.

The store is still in business.

The store is still in business.

Road to infinity, I can never get enough of these images.

Road to infinity, I can never get enough of these images.

"Uh let me sniff that famous Charlene Winfred edition Fujinon XF35mm lens"

“Uh let me sniff that famous Charlene Winfred edition Fujinon XF35mm lens”

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Culture Box, Fujinon 16mmF1.4 + featured in The Guardianhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/05/culture-box-fujinon-16mmf1-4-featured-in-the-guardian/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/05/05/culture-box-fujinon-16mmf1-4-featured-in-the-guardian/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 11:18:40 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6432 FlemmingBoJensen-blog-culturebox-4195

In my previous blog post about the new and wonderful wide angle lens, the Fujinon 16mmF1.4, I featured a few images from the nightclub Culture Box in Copenhagen. They were all unedited jpegs straight out of camera. In this post I am presenting a larger selection of my images with the 16mm from Culture Box, this time they are all post-processed in Lightroom. I have not done much to the images but even though the unedited jpegs are fantastic, the images still benefit from some clarity and a bit of work with levels and rescuing shadows in such a super dark environment.

The Guardian reports on Copenhagen nightlife

I also had the pleasure of having a few of these images featured in The Guardian, that did a nice report on Copenhagen nightlife. Thanks to Courtesy for asking me to be part of this article.

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Culture Box with the Fujinon 16mm F1.4 lens

The Fujinon 16mm F1.4 lens is ideally suited for my music photography. It is especially suited to shoot at Culture Box, a very dark nightclub. Culture Box recently won best nightclub in Denmark for the 6th year in a row at Danish DeeJay Awards and deservedly so, they do a wonderful job and it is a great club. It is also a good and fun challenge for a photographer and the gear – there is only a low level of red light available, so I really need the Fuji low light capability and the F1.4 aperture to capture what little light there is. For me, the Fujifilm X-system is perfect for music photography and with the 16mm lens my music speed-shooter bag of tricks is pretty much complete with a 16mmF1.4, 35mmF1.4 and a 56mmF1.4 (not forgetting the amazing 23mm F1.4 but I don’t use it as much as I either go wider with the 16mm or closer with the 35mm).

The following images are all captured with my Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon 16mmF1.4 lens at apertures between F1.4-F2.0, iso5000-iso6400. Many thanks again to Culture Box, Fujifilm Nordic and Japan divisions.

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AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen and They Live EP releasehttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/27/av-av-av-at-sonar-copenhagen-and-they-live-ep-release/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/27/av-av-av-at-sonar-copenhagen-and-they-live-ep-release/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:33:26 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6400 AV AV AV – directly translated from Danish it means “ouch ouch ouch” but can also be used when something is totally kick-ass amazing. Which this supergroup is. Formed from 3 Danish heavyweight DJs and Producers, Dixone (Unkwon), Eloq and DJ EDDEH, this is not just your average colaboration. Sometimes the whole is greater than the parts and magic happens. During road tripping in the USA in 2014, we played All Good on repeat and could not believe how good it was. Today, the first AV AV AV EP named ‘They Live’ has finally been released! To celebrate this fantastic EP, I am showcasing my AV AV AV pictures from their wonderful concert at Sonar Copenhagen in March 2013. Go buy the EP now, it is truly special.

All images shot with Fujifilm X-T1 and X-E2 cameras, 14mmF2.8 and 35mmF1.4 lenses.

Dixone, DJ EDDEH and Eloq from AV AV AV goofing around before the show

Dixone, DJ EDDEH and Eloq from AV AV AV goofing around before the show

AV AV AV sound check at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV sound check at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen – kick off

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen – DJ EDDEH in control

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AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen – blowing the roof of the place

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen – All Good was the epic climax

 

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Getting our kicks on Route 66http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/20/getting-our-kicks-on-route-66/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/20/getting-our-kicks-on-route-66/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:06:03 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6380 FlemmingBoJensen-blog-usa-mmr2014-3411

Williams, Arizona and some old-skool Route 66 awesomeness.

MMR 2014 continued: We got out of Los Angeles as fast as we could. We headed North East, destination Britton, South Dakota in search of my family history. Our first stop was the classic ole’ Route 66 town of Williams, Arizona. Apart from the truly horrible food we ended up buying due to being tired, jetlagged, on a tight budget and everything closing really early on a Sunday, this was a very fun trip back in time.

After Williams, AZ we stopped by the very grand Grand Canyon and then we continued straight north east through Arizona into Colorado. I can still replay all the beautiful moments in my head of driving through the american west. The Navajo land of Arizona in the setting sun. Crossing majestic mountains in Colorado. Finding Blue Bell ice-cream in a small gas station. And finally arriving in Salida, Colorado which proved a nice place to rest for a few days (in the funkiest of western style motels) before our final run towards South Dakota. A run which involved 3 states in one day and a college rodeo. Stay tuned!

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Tired and jetlagged we ended up eating truly horrendous food from Dairy Queen. It said Open and everything else we could afford was closed.

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A very funky motel room in Salida, Colorado

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Classic road to nowhere in Colorado

 

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Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 lens – the wide angle wonderhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/16/fujinon-xf16mm-f1-4-lens-the-wide-angle-wonder/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/16/fujinon-xf16mm-f1-4-lens-the-wide-angle-wonder/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:00:13 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6325 Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/200 at F1.6, iso3200

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/200 at F1.6, iso3200

For the past 3 weeks I have had a prototype of the Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 lens on loan from Fujifilm to test, review and shoot sample images.

I use wide angle a lot in my work and I have been looking forward to the XF16mmF1.4 for a long time. I am a sucker for the wide shot and often in my music photography I need to create a dramatic look. Wide angle lenses and I were made to join forces in our quest for the epic. Fuji already produce some really nice wide angle lenses, but this one promised an aperture of F1.4 and I need speed in my nightclub photography.

I am not a technical reviewer, I do not go into all the technical specs of the lens nor do I shoot test patterns or studio shots. Actually I am not a reviewer at all, this is me working with the lens in real situations and my impressions after 3 weeks of use. Some of the images will be grainy due to io6400 as I used the lens in the dark environments I normally shoot in, not in perfect studio conditions. I have not specifically gone for shooting at F1.4 all the time (actually a few times I wanted to but accidentally moved the aperture ring to F1.6) but most of the images are all in the F1.4-F2.0 range – a range no other wide angle Fuji lens can do. On many of the images I have chosen to post the same in camera jpegs as I have delivered to Fuji – I continue to be amazed at how good the in camera jpegs are. Please, note that this is a prototype lens, not a finished product.

Music photography

I work as a commercial music photographer shooter, and I have used the Fujinon 14mm F2.8 lens very often when working music events and it is absolutely a great lens. But it is only aperture F2.8 and sometimes it is so pitch black in these clubs that I need F1.4 to capture what tiny bit of light there is. So the 16mm F1.4 promised to be the perfect music wide angle lens and obviously the first thing I had to do was test the 16mm in a nightclub.

Culture Box, one of the very best clubs in Copenhagen, very kindly allowed me access to shoot with the 16mm lens on a Saturday night in late March. The main room in Culture Box is appropriately called Black Box – it is close to a dark hole in the universe, bathed only in the slightest of red light. No problem at all because the 16mm lens really lives in this pitch black environment. Set the aperture somewhere between F1.4 and F2.0 and iso at iso3200-6400 and I have nightvision! The 16mm feels and operates is very much like the 14mm but the difference between F1.4 and F2.8 literally is night and day at times. The red light is difficult to capture but the dynamic range of the Fuji X-T1 and the fast 16mm lens makes it possible, the red shadows may be somewhat grainy (I happen to like grain) but the entire dynamic range of the reds are captured with no clipped highlights.

After using this lens at two club nights, there is no doubt for me. This is the perfect wide angle for music photography! It is super fast at F1.4, the pictures are extremely sharp and detailed and I highly recommended it. It will be a permanent lens in my bag whenever I go to work to capture beats in the dark.

The following is a selection of my work from Culture Box. I have chosen to leave the images as unprocessed straight out of the camera jpegs, the same images I delivered as samples to Fuji. It really is quite astonishing how good jpegs the X cameras deliver. Bear in mind this is a prototype lens, not a finished product.

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/140 at F1.6, iso4000 - in camera JPEG

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/140 at F1.6, iso4000 – in camera JPEG

DJ Jean Von Baden at Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/200 at F2.0, iso5000 - in camera JPEG

DJ Jean Von Baden at Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/200 at F2.0, iso5000 – in camera JPEG

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/70 at F2.2, iso4000 - in camera JPEG

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/70 at F2.2, iso4000 – in camera JPEG

DJ Jean Von Baden at Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/210 at F2.8, iso6400 - in camera JPEG

DJ Jean Von Baden at Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/210 at F2.8, iso6400 – in camera JPEG

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/80 at F2.0, iso6400 - in camera JPEG

Culture Box, Copenhagen, Denmark. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 1/80 at F2.0, iso6400 – in camera JPEG

Astro photography

I am no expert at all in astro photography. But the 16mm F1.4 really is ideally suited for this so I wanted to do something special that included shooting a night sky. After returning to Perth, Australia, Charlene and I rented a car and headed for the excellent Nambung National Park. This place is rather alien looking and a great place to test the lens at astro photography. That is, if it would stop raining! Argh! Darn weather! It never rains in Perth right? Well it has been raining and raining. Every day I looked up at the sky and cursed the weather gods. Finally one Sunday, deadline running out, Charlene and I took a chance, headed north and were really lucky with about 3 hours of no rain and only some clouds.

Charlene was testing her new Fuji video rig, and she discovered just how good her new Cineroid video light also served as a light source for our night shots. All of these pictures are basically lazy me sitting behind the tripod on my ass (a behind the scenes post is forthcoming!) and Charlene coming up with a lot of cool shots. I particularly love the first one where Charlene is holding a star in her hand!

These pictures are all unprocessed in camera jpegs, I want to show you the sample images straight out of camera. Again, bear in mind, this is a prototype lens.

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 5sec at F4.0, iso400 - in camera JPEG

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 5sec at F4.0, iso400 – in camera JPEG

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 30sec at F1.8, iso250 - in camera JPEG

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 30sec at F1.8, iso250 – in camera JPEG

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 20sec at F1.4, iso400 - in camera JPEG

Charlene at Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 20sec at F1.4, iso400 – in camera JPEG

Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 20sec at F1.4, iso500 - in camera JPEG

Nambung National Park, Australia. Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 16mm lens, 20sec at F1.4, iso500 – in camera JPEG

Macro

I know very little about macro photography, but I was just goofing around with the lens and discovered that I can focus on objects only 5cm away! Actually, the minimum focus distance of the lens is 15cm but since the lens itself is about 8cm long and the lenght of flange back is 2cm then you can focus on your Boba Fett keyring standing only 5cm from the lens. The bokeh is really rather nice on this lens too and it is quite amazing how much out of focus you can get the background on a 16mm lens.

"He is no good to me dead". Best image I have ever shot, period! 16mm lens, F2.8

“He is no good to me dead”.  Boba Fett on my Macbook. Best image I have ever shot, period! 16mm lens, F2.8

Charlene and the infamous lens 35mm hood! 16mm lens, F1.8

Charlene and the infamous lens 35mm hood! 16mm lens, F1.8

I have no idea how I got this in focus! 16mm lens at F2.8

I have no idea how I got this in focus! And wow my sensor is dirty. 16mm lens at F2.8

Some other pictures

A small selection of random images I made during the 3 weeks where I have carried and used the 16mm lens every day, shooting over 800 images.

Copenhagen at night. 16mm lens, 17 sec at F11.0

Copenhagen at night. It was freeeeeezing cold making this shot.  16mm lens, 17 sec at F11.0 – in camera JPEG

Charlene with her awesome video rig at Nambung National Park, Australia

Charlene with her awesome video rig at Nambung National Park, Australia. 16mm lens, F4.0

Charlene at Greens cafe, Leederville, Australia.

Charlene at Greens cafe, Leederville, Australia. 16mm lens, F1.8

Australia is the land of upside-down!

Australia is the land of upside-down! 16mm lens F1.8

Summary of my impression of the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 lens

  • Image quality. We have come to expect great things from Fuji lenses and this lens delivers. It is extremely sharp and detailed. Even at F1.4 details are very finely rendered. Colours are as you can see in the Culture Box shots very vivid and has detail. It is a lens totally on par with the best of the Fuji primes, the image quality is everything I would expect and hope from a Fuji lens. There is not too much wide angle distortion either.
  • Build quality is also as we have come to expect from a Fujinon lens, extremely high. It is build very much like the 14mm and the 23mm.
  • The lens features the clutch focus ring which works well enough. I must admit to not quite being a fan of the clutch though and I never quite figured out why some lenses (35mm, 56mm, 16-55mm etc) have one type of focus ring and others have the clutch.
  • The autofocus is generally fast and very reliable.
  • Size. Well we all want every lens to be the size of the 18mm right. I know I do. But, have to respect the laws of physics. I want F1.4 at 16mm at super image quality from this lens so that requires a certain amount of light to get through and a certain amount of glass. It is about the size of the 56mm lens and I never felt the 16mm was too big or heavy when working with it.
  • This is the perfect wide angle lens for shooting music photography, and will be a permanent lens in my bag. I also feel it is great for astro photography, any kind of night time wide angle work like street or documentary photography at night.

Thanks

Thank you very much to Fujifilm Japan, Fujifilm Nordic, Culture Box in Copenhagen – and the most magic of all, Charlene Winfred.

Finally, a picture of yours truly and the 16mm wideangle wonder. Picture by Charlene Winfred.

Me and the 16mm. Picture by Charlene Winfred.

Me and the 16mm. Picture by Charlene Winfred.

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903 years of time travelinghttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/10/903-years-of-time-traveling/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/10/903-years-of-time-traveling/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:58:41 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6308 I am still a youngster even if I just had my 903rd birthday as a time traveling jedi. This time we celebrated in Perth, Australia, a slightly less epic setting than then 902 and 901 birthdays. But the setting is not important, all that matters is spending the day with the love of my life and I had some magic birthday days orchestrated by Charlene. The days also included Charlene and I giving a 2 hour Fujifilm X-series Showcase talk at Camera Electronic in Perth. As usual we shot a lot of silly pictures of each other, and here are a few of mine and a lot of Charlene’s wonderful black and white shots of this time traveling hipster on his birthday.

Birthday boy pretending to be cool...and young

Birthday boy pretending to be cool…and young…shallow DOF hides the wrinkles

Birthday boy waiting for the train...pretending to be cool...and young

Birthday boy waiting for the train…pretending to be cool…and young

Trying to focus with old eyes

Trying to focus with old eyes…but good hair at least

Cake! Wonderful birthday cake!

Cake! Wonderful birthday cake!

Birthday boy laughing as the awesome Moon cafe uses old LP covers as menus, making him feel right at home.

Birthday boy laughing as the awesome Moon cafe uses old LP covers as menus, making him feel right at home.

Birthday boy pretending to be cool...and young

Birthday boy pretending to be cool…and young

Birthday boy and his podium

Birthday boy and his podium (try not to fall off, a new hip is expensive)

And a few of my images:

Charlene, Wanted Dead or Alive, making magic with her brand new Fuijfilm X-T1

Charlene, Wanted Dead or Alive, making magic with her brand new Fuijfilm X-T1

Pure. Magic. Awesomeness. Love.

Pure. Magic. Awesomeness. Love.

Finally, the poster for our Gypsy Magic show – might be coming to a town near you soon!

The flyer for our Gypsy Magic Fujifilm showcase show!

The flyer for our Gypsy Magic Fujifilm showcase show!

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Egyptian Lover at Sonar Copenhagenhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/05/egyptian-lover-at-sonar-copenhagen/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/04/05/egyptian-lover-at-sonar-copenhagen/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:01:35 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6298 Egyptian Lover - performance

“Eight … oh … motherf#cking … eight!”. Egyptian Lover is a legend and his performance at Sonar Copenhagen on the Red Bull Music Academy Stage was nothing short of old-skool brilliance. The room was pumping and jumping and dancing. “8 0 motherf#cking 8!”.

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Courtesy at Sonar Copenhagenhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/03/24/courtesy-at-sonar-copenhagen/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/blog/2015/03/24/courtesy-at-sonar-copenhagen/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:55:36 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6286 FlemmingBoJensen-RedBull-Sonar-Courtesy-3087

She came, she played, she conquered. Copenhagen-based Courtesy brought her “deep sea techno” to a packed RBMA stage at Sonar Copenhagen and proceeded to blow the roof of the place.

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