Sorry, but yeah that's me...

Sorry, but yeah that's me...

I was born on the west coast of Skåne (Scania) the very south of Sweden in 1970 (I know, I’m getting old). I took up photography just a little in the early 90's when I bought my first SLR-cameras (Minolta Dynax 3000i and then Minolta Dynax 7000i), but didn't find it being that much fun since I thought using film was such a pain in the ass. But my interest took up a lot of speed when I bought a compact digital camera around 2001 and my first DSLR (Canon EOS 300D) in 2003.

I love shooting landscapes and seascapes and I at least used to consider it basically being my main thing, but in the last few years I've really become interested in street photography and been doing that a lot and been putting landscape photography, not behind me, but to the side since I haven’t been inspired of doing that for quite a while now. 

Instead I’ve started to collaborate with a friend and awesome model which made me able to get into portrait/model photography. That is something that I’ve wanted to do more for quite a long time and now I nearly consider that being my main thing. And I’ve been reaching across the borders of Sweden, and I’ve been shooting with models in Denmark and the U.K. as well. Though I’m not a huge fan of conventional portraits and of the actual model industry and the way nearly all portraits are today, retouched beyond infinity. I want people to look like people, not plastic dolls. And I like shooting on location. I like the surrounding to be a part of the shot, whether it's just some diffused cityscape or a forest, still that's what I prefer. 

 

And I’m looking for more models to collaborate and shoot with. Serious people. If interested, look me up on either PurplePort.com (as engdahlphotography) or ModelMayhem.com (#3901499) or the easiest, just drop me a line through my contact sheet here. 

My photography activity has been going up and down quite a bit through the years, with periods of not lifting the camera for a couple of months to doing it very regularly. It depends so much on weather, mood, inspiration and work load (on my regular job with "on call duty"). But as not being a full time pro that has to make a living from photography, I can afford to do photography just when it's fun, when I'm inspired to do it, and not when I have to. These days with portrait/model photography, I feel like I'm inspired all the time and I'd love to shoot more than I do.

So, more about me.
In 2012 I quit my job, left Sweden and moved to Australia (my now ex-girlfriend is Australian). After about a year I went back to Sweden and my old job (which was great). It was not a holiday trip, so I didn't get or could afford to travel and see and shoot as much as I would have wanted to. Australia is a great country in some ways, in others not so much, but I do miss parts of it. The photography I did was mostly around Brisbane, Queensland, which was where I lived. I did a little down in Victoria, where I also stayed for a while. I have posted most of these shots in my blog section.

The other hobby I have is music. I'm very passionate about it and my prefered type of music is extreme metal such as orthodox black/black/death/blackened death/funeral doom. Though I have to admit that I've got a soft spot for some Americana like Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle for example, and good old stuff like The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

I'm also a musician, with guitar as my main instrument. I have a home studio and I'm working on material and recording it on and off when I'm inspired.

Since I'm interested in photography, gear comes naturally (more or less) and since it's fairly popular to list your gear on your website, here is some that I use.

Bags/Straps

  • F-stop Mountain Series Loka (w/ Medium Pro ICU)
  • F-stop Millar Series Brooklyn Sling
  • F-stop Mountain Series Guru (w/ Small Shallow ICU)
  • Wotancraft Scout                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • Crumpler Mild Enthusiast (Large)
  • Peak Design Slide Lite Black
  • Peak Design Cuff
  • Lee Filters Seven5 System Pouch
  • Lowepro S&F Filter Pouch 100 for my Lee Filters

Cameras

  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X100T
  • Canon IXUS 220HS
  • iPhone 6 (for Instagram you know...)

Lenses

  • Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R
  • Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR
  • Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (on its way)
  • Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R
  • Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR
  • Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • Fujinon XF 1.4x TC WR
  • Lensbaby Composer Pro
  • Lensbaby Sweet 35 optics
  • Lensbaby Edge 80 optics
  • Lensbaby Zoneplate/Pinhole
  • Lensbaby Single Glass Optic
  • Lensbaby Plastic Optic
  • Lensbaby 1.0
  • Helios 44m 58mm f/2
  • Adapter Canon EF - Fujifilm X-mount (Lensbaby on Fujifilm)
  • Adapter M42 - Fujifilm X-mount (Helios on Fujifilm)

Data-storage

  • SanDisk SD-cards
  • G-Technology harddrives
  • WD My Passport Wireless 1TB 
     

Lights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Yongnuo YN568EX II 
  • Sigma EF-500 DG SUPER 
  • Hähnel Combi TF Remote Control & Flash Trigger
  • Rotolight NEO x2
  • Chimera Softbox for NEO
  • Rotolight Barn Doors for NEO
  • Rotolight Light Stands
  • Cactus Wireless Flash RF60
  • Cactus Wireless Flash Tranceiver V6 x2
  • Rogue Flashbender XL Pro
  • Rogue Grid
  • Different reflectors

Support

  • 3 Legged Thing Equinox Winston Carbon Fiber Tripod System w/ AirHed 360 w/ Switch Clamp
  • 3 Legged Thing Evolution 2 Brian Carbon Fiber Tripod System w/ AirHed 1 Blue
  • 3 Legged Thing  Evo3 Punks Rick Carbon Fiber Tripod System w/ AirHed Mohawk
  • Joby GorillaPod Focus w/ Ballhead X
  • Fujifilm VPB-XT2
  • Fujifilm MHG-XT Hand Grip for Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm VG-XT1 (while shooting portraits)
  • Really Right Stuff BXT2 L Bracket for Fujifilm X-T2 w/ Battery Grip

Filters

  • Lee Filters Little Stopper (Seven5 series)
  • Lee Filters Big Stopper (Seven5 series)
  • Lee Filters Super Stopper (Seven5 series)
  • Lee Filters ProGlass ND (Seven5 series)
  • Lee Filters Circular Polarizer (Seven5 series)
  • Lee Filters Resin graduated ND-filters (Seven5 series) 
  • Lee Filters Big Stopper (100mm series)
  • Lee Filters ProGlass ND (100mm series)
  • Lee Filters Resin graduated ND-filters (100mm series)
  • Hoya Pro ND1000 58mm (for Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R)


Post-production

  • Apple iMac 27" 5k Retina
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13" Retina
  • Wacom Intuos Pro Small
  • Adobe Lightroom CC 2015
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Topaz Labs Adjust 5
  • Topaz Labs B&W Effects2
  • Topaz Labs Detail3
  • Topaz Labs DeNoise5
  • Topaz Labs Lens Effects
  • Topaz Labs ReMask3
  • Topaz Labs Simplify4
  • Topaz Labs photoFXlab
  • HDRsoft Photomatix Pro 5.0
  • Portrait Professional Studio v15
  • VSCO Film 01
  • VSCO Film 03
  • VSCO Film 05
  • VSCO Film 06
  • Lens Distortions Legacy

 

Thanks for stopping by

And that obvious "I-am-a-serious-photographer-so-I-have-a-camera-to-my-face" selfie.

And that obvious "I-am-a-serious-photographer-so-I-have-a-camera-to-my-face" selfie.