Flemming Bo Jensen http://flemmingbojensen.com Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:01:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 In Penanghttp://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/26/penang/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/26/penang/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:54:41 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6610 We spent the first three weeks of July on the island of Penang in Malaysia. Charlene and I may fly a fair bit, but these three weeks were really the first time in all of 2015 that we traveled somewhere not to go on a business trip to do lots of photography, promotion and website work. This was our time, we got to hang out, to shoot, write, chill, walk around and relax a bit and have some much needed time for ourselves. A little holiday.

We stayed in the world heritage protected Georgetown (the Cintra Heritage House gets my highest recommendation!). Walking around Georgetown is brilliant, the historical houses have been beautifully preserved and turned into great guest houses and cafes where we often ended up spending half a day sipping Tea or Penang White Coffee and writing or reading. The food is spectacular. It is a fascinating melting pot of many different cultures and people, and it is totally safe and you can walk everywhere. Penang gets it perfectly right, I highly recommend it.

I could not shoot a decent street photo to save my life but here is a random collection of images from Penang that I had a lot of fun making.

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Like in a lot of Asia, scooters are everywhere and it takes a bit of practice to walk safely amongst them. The temple is the oldest in Southeast Asia. I am the tallest person in the picture.

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More scooters. And street art. I rock at writing captions. Oh there are people too.

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Very impressive street art next to a cantonese temple. Painted by a really tall person. 16mm wide angle awesomeness.

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We found this little dark alley that was just a kaleidoskope of colours at night and I made my favourite picture in Penang. No I am not that tall. Shot with flip out lcd screen magic with arms raised over my head.

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Again, I am stalking Charlene at one of the jetties (the Lee jetty I think, really nicely done, outshines the others).

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At our favourite cafe, Ren i Tang, tea (yes I do occasionally swap coffee for tea!), books and Fujis. I sneak in a shot while Charlene reads.

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Heritage festival early July on Armenian Street (spot Charlene in the crowd)

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Be very careful! On the other hand, that is a bloody big mouse!

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“Your village called, they are missing their two idiots!”

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I really enjoyed shooting Penang at night. The darkness helps conceal my crap street photography skills!

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More great street art and I am using my superpowers and flip out lcd screen and shooting from the hip

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The food is amazing, truly special! Here, wonderful maggie goreng (fried maggie noodles with chicken)

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It did not rain much and mostly at night, shooting in the tropical rain is great though…if you are under cover.

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Do not be fooled! This is not some clever fusion of Danish and Indian briyani rice! We asked, the Danish is just a name, not because it was actually Danish. Disappointing! Ok, their briyani was actually really good.

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There is something so so so so wrong in this picture!

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Love Bike on Love Lane and old angry woman is pure awesome.

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Making  more award winning documentary art at night!

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Because …. cow

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Charlene down the backstreets and my second favourite Penang picture. 16mm wide angle awesomeness, even I could not screw up this picture!

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Can I play just one tune?http://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/19/can-i-play-just-one-tune/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/19/can-i-play-just-one-tune/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:30:08 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6606 Shaq with Pelle Peter on the mike performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

Shaq with Pelle Peter on the mike performs at Red Bull Studios live Gadekryds at Distortion in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 3rd, 2015

This is what it looks like, just finishing your set to a street of tens of thousands of people. I love photographing music, but every time I am on stage I secretly think “can I step forward and be the DJ for 2 minutes, just play one tune, just one tune? … please?”. I love this, love photographing it but I dream of standing at the decks on a street like this one day. I will keep shooting and keep dreaming!

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No guitars please: My thoughts on photo contractshttp://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/08/no-guitars-please-my-thoughts-on-photo-contracts/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/07/08/no-guitars-please-my-thoughts-on-photo-contracts/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:56:28 +0000 http://flemmingbojensen.com/?p=6594 MØ at Trailerpark Festival 2013. An image made possible by complete access and trust.

MØ at Trailerpark Festival 2013. An image made possible by complete access and trust.

There has been a lot of talk recently about photo contracts. Jason Sheldon called out Taylor Swift for her hypocrisy and photo contract. Then Washington City Paper refused to sign Foo Fighters photo contract. Norwegian photographer Jarle H. Moe wrote a great blog post about journalistic integrity as a concert photographer.

But the problem is several decades old and unfortunately only getting worse.  Now, imagine a band playing at a venue where the contract stated:

  • No guitars in your music please, we do not like them.
  • You can only play guitars for the first 15 minutes.
  • If you play guitar we have a right to confiscate them.
  • You can only perform facing the audience at a 45 degree angle, that is the only angle we allow.
  • The songs you play at our venue you can never play anywhere else, we have the rights to them.
  • Oh and we are recording your set and have the right to do whatever we want with the recording. For free. Thanks.

No band in the world would agree to this. Why do musicians expect photographers to agree to similar terms? The same musicians who would probably by outraged by anyone trying to force the same restrictions on them. If you do not want photographers at your show, that is your right. But if you allow photographers to document the performance, do not control how we choose to shoot. 

This has to stop. Musicians have to stop this censorship. We concert photographers have to stop signing these contracts. But it will probably become worse before it gets better.

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Down the backstreets of Penang, Malaysia.

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City of Nighthttp://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/06/28/city-of-night/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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.

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The little moments on the roadhttp://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/06/23/the-little-moments-on-the-road/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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

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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/2015/06/16/projections-and-reflections-what-it-was-like-to-shoot-the-rbma-scene-at-distortion-2015/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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/2015/06/10/red-bull-studios-live-gadekryds-at-distortion-2015/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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.

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

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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/2015/06/02/cowboys-horses-and-3-states-in-a-day/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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/2015/05/18/charlene-winfred-in-fuji-x-t10-promotional-movie/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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/2015/05/16/alo-wala-at-sonar-copenhagen/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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!

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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

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Time in Tie Sidinghttp://flemmingbojensen.com/2015/05/08/time-in-tie-siding/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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/2015/05/05/culture-box-fujinon-16mmf1-4-featured-in-the-guardian/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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/2015/04/27/av-av-av-at-sonar-copenhagen-and-they-live-ep-release/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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

AV AV AV at Sonar Copenhagen

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/2015/04/20/getting-our-kicks-on-route-66/ http://flemmingbojensen.com/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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