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F 1.7 | 1/80 | ISO 1600

Techno Wizard

Mood is something that I am always looking for when I take portraits. This was taken around 5:30 in the morning heading home from a friend’s home and there is something really special about the quiet of that time of day. The only light comes from street lamps, so the unnatural feel is really quite nice.

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F 5.6 | 1/1000 | ISO 400

Fort Pitt Tunnel

I had always heard about this tunnel entrance to Pittsburgh; so much that the experience of driving through it had almost become mythical. To experience the moment when you drive through the tunnel and then come up onto this really cool city feels like you are being launched out into this new world, a city that has a lot of character and really great people. I had to get an image of it and it just so happened that you go right by it on the way to the funicular incline.

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F 3.2 | 1/100 | ISO 400

Framtiðin

The smiles of the future generation are enough to solve the problems of any man's life. Maudlin or not, that's the reality of my life. I am never as happy as I am when my wife and daughter are hanging out with me and getting into new adventures together. The truest form of happiness is enjoying someone's company. The real antonym of lonliness is happiness. 

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F 5 | 1/800 | ISO 400

The Conformist

Flashy car in front of a flashy house in Iceland. I find it hard not to want to burn it all down knowing that so much of the world would be in a better place if people didn't spend [their] money on such frivolity. But then, Porsche has been developing some of the most important technology for the advancement of road safety and their electric vehicle program is massively important to the future and getting rid of our oil dependency. What do you do? Sit back and take in the beauty, right? We are all rich in our own ways and the reality is that stressing out about what it all could be is not going to solve any problems for me. Still, a match, some gasoline, and poof, this man's fortune would be greater. After all, the owner of these wealth obscenities also runs the biggest insurance company in Iceland. 

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F 10 | 1/320 | ISO 400

Helix

Taken in October last year, this photo is from a building in Reykjavik called Perlan. The building is made of five water tanks that have been linked by glass walls and have a restaurant and café at the top. It's a fun and gimmicky place to go, a bit like a less cool Griffith Observatory. This is one of my favorite compositions of random items to make something that looks like something else. It always reminds me of DNA.

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F 10 | 1/1000 | ISO 400

The Pool

I took four shots of this stranger all from different angles trying to see what would be the most dynamic. The one you see here is taken without me looking through the viewfinder, hanging the camera from my neck strap. The hardest problem with this technique is making sure that the angle is straight. In this photograph you can notice that it is slightly askew from right to left. This is easy enough to fix in post, but little imperfections like that are also what make photos more dynamic in my opinion.

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F 4.5 | 1/800 | ISO 400

Prikið

Sometimes the absence of a subject is the subject. If you know this spot, and most of my friends do, it has a lot of meaning to all of us in our lives. The rare moment when there is no one inside is as much a tribute to this place as I can imagine. The details on the table, knowing it is moved from that spot every night to make room for the dance floor and worn over corners of the wood furnishings -- the place wears its history with pride. 

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F 5.6 | 1/400 | ISO 100

High as a Kite

This is another one of my attempts at a minimal photograph. I was out with Margrét enjoying the rare blue skies and flying our kite. Inspired by the fact that there wasn't a cloud in the sky and how the string was waning as it rose up to hold the kite on earth, I held the string to the lens so that it would lead directly from the edge of the photograph up to the kite. The way it sags was just a lucky factor in how the kite was flying above. I am a big fan of the way the blue is darker in the top right corner than it is in the bottom left corner, creating a cobalt gradient. 

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F 5.6 | 1/125 | ISO 100

Sailors

This was taken on the walk home from work at about 19:30 last week as the sun was in a really nice and low spot in the sky creating all sorts of great long shadows as I walked. I took about four shots of some really boring subjects before this one. Finally I got to within a good distance of this group of sailors walking towards the west side of town and tried to snap it so that the leading lines on the right were in good proportion to the sailors on the left of the frame. I didn't want to get too close before taking it because I wanted those shadows to play into the photograph.

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F11 | 1/1000 | ISO1600

Rainbow Road

The skaters of Reykjavík have all been wearing this same uniform lately. That hat style may as well signify a gang they are in. But one thing is for sure, they are all way too good at skating for a bunch of kids that live in a city where rain is the norm. To avoid him looking as I shot this I faked shooting the road (basically pretending to be a tourist) to get the candid of this guy as he was ripping towards me at a good clip. I kind of got lucky that I still had my ISO so high from my shoot yesterday so it bumped my shutter and F-stop up and I got a crisp image.  

 

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Photographic Autobiography: An Explanation

I recently ditched my iPhone in favor of a Nokia 3310. With this comes the freedom to get away from some social media that was feeling more like an advertising platform than a sharing platform as of late. Bye bye Instagram.  But the question remains: how do I, as a photographer, continue to share some choice photos that might not be representative of my professional work? 

The answer, it seems, is to return to something that I was actively pursuing from 2006-2017 over at kingoden.blogspot.com.  So, in that spirit, but updated a little for the times I live in now, I give you this space.

The photographs here are going to be an attempt to go a little more in depth than an average Instagram post. I want to talk a bit about my process, what the photo represents, and why I took it the way I did. Hopefully, the results will be satisfying to you and I, alike. 

Self Portrait, 2018

Self Portrait, 2018