Reader Photos: Fredrik Froman
Digital Photographer reader Fredrik Froman is an Aerospace Engineer from Sweden, working in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also a photographer, and is currently part of a show called Eclectography at art venue/coffee shop Heaven’s Roast in Loveland, Ohio, where some of his best photos of nighttime in Cincinnati are on view. Check it out if you are in the area. More of his work can be seen on his Flickr page here.
Below is a beautiful selection of Fredrik’s recent work from a trip back to Sweden this winter, as well as some of his thoughts on how he shoots and why he was so inspired to photograph “above the Arctic Circle”. Enjoy Fredrik’s shots after the jump, and be sure to send me your thoughts on why you should be the next photographer highlighted in the DP Blog’s Reader Photos section, along with a link to your work, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In Fredrik’s words…
In Sweden there is an amazing opportunity for us photographers. It is something the Swedes call “The Right of Public access”. This is unique and gives a photographer, and everyone else of course, the right to visit somebody else’s land. As long as you obey some simple rules you are allowed to walk, bike or ski on any land that is not cultivated. This means that you can pack your camera and your camping gear, drive to the end of a road, start walking up any path or climb any mountain and camp there without the risk of anyone calling you a trespasser. You have the right to swim in the freezing lakes, put up your tent, make fires and, take those amazing winter photos nearly anywhere that you’ve always wanted.
I use the same gear as I always use when I do winter shooting. On sunny days, especially if the sky is very bright or has those nice white clouds, I use a polarizer but other than that it’s pretty straight forward. Meter the midtones, make sure the camera doesn’t underexpose the scene, and keep an eye on your histogram so you keep detail in the highlights. In daylight I always shoot at the lowest ISO possible since there is usually enough light, and I want a sharp image. A grey card is helpful to get the correct white balance, especially if you do some low light shooting or shoot backlit objects. If you don’t want to use that you can always shoot in RAW format and later do some minor corrections during post processing to the white balance.
All of the photos from my last trip to Sweden were taken on a Nikon D80 with either my “walk around lens”, AF-S DX VR Zoom- NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, or my wide angle Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX AF 11-16mm f/2.8. For my night shooting, such as the photo I took of the little cozy house in Oxberg, I used a steady tripod and a long exposure. Oxberg is a very small village from long before the 16th century. It is filled with small cottages and farm houses and has a population of about 150 people. When you are walking around in one of those villages out in the woods without light pollution you can take the most amazing photos of the starry sky and the Milky Way. It can, however, be difficult to take night photos for these same reasons. Due to the lack of any surrounding light, it is extremely dark if you don’t have a full moon. When I took the photo of the house, for instance, I had to flash almost the whole scene with a bright flashlight to be able to get something looking like an exposure. I hope my photos can inspire more people to go out and shoot even at cold weather. If you do, you will not be disappointed!
For more information about Sweden, winter photography or Fredrik’s work contact Fredrik Froman at Fredrik.Froman@Live.SE.