Asus PG279Q vs Samsung C27JG50 - a comparison from a user perspective

INTRO

Welcome to a most unformal review of the Samsung 27" LED C27JG50 versus the famous Asus 27" LED G-Sync Rog Swift PG279Q. A couple of weeks ago, Black Friday tempted me to swap out my old Eizo monitor for a new gaming focused monitor. I first found a relatively cheap 144Hz monitor, namely the Samsung C27JG50, which sports the usual 1440p resolution with a grey-to-grey response time of 4 ms on a VA panel. I have never owned a VA panel before, but I’ve been through a few TN and IPS monitors during my years around the sun, so I was eager to check it out. After just a day of using the Samsung C27JG50 monitor, another good price showed up, this time for the Asus PG279Q. Fancy that! I bought it too, with the plan of testing them out side by side, and returning the one that lost the battle. Very recently, I stumbled upon a most informative post on Reddit regarding monitors and different panel types. I recommend you read it!

Just to TL;DR at once: the Asus PG279Q is the better monitor, and for several reasons. But the Samsung C27JG50 is tempting because it is half the price, and arguably just as fast as the Asus PG279Q. Let me list up the things that I as a user and in no means an expert on this matter, consider during this comparison. The following bullet points don’t match up exactly with the sections in the rest of the article, but all points are contained.

  • How smooth and fast it feels to use the monitor. I won’t be talking much about millisecond comparisons in regards of respons time and input lag, just how it feels for me to use the monitor.

  • Adjustments; the possibilities and how the mechanisms and settings feel.

  • Build quality of the monitors.

  • Image quality.

Here are some photos of the two monitors.

UNPACKING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS

It’s a big box.

Let me start by saying that the boxes are very different in size. The Samsung C27JG50 has a slim, small, and anonymously looking box, where the Asus PG279Q has a big box with lots of colour, text, and other fancy specs. The size comes from the fact that the monitor and monitor stand come in two separate pieces with the Samsung, and the Asus is pre-mounted. The size has also to do with the fact that the Samsung monitor stand is tiny, and Asus’ is big. Both monitors have all pieces wrapped in plastic (which I find highly unnecessary, at least for cables), so no difference there. They both come with a separate power supply, aka. not built in, which has both advantages and disadvantages, though I would prefer to just stick a standard C13 power cable in there. Both come with a DisplayPort cable. Not that it means anything, but Asus won the unpacking battle.

Right out of the box, the Samsung C27JG50 has two screws to get the monitor stand mounted. The stand has absolutely no possibilities of adjustment, and is made of what feels like cheap plastic. When turning it on, the image quality was very dull/faded, but a couple of the built-in image presets made it quite better. The Asus PG279Q is pre-mounted, so you just pop it out of the box and put it on your desk.

Samsung’s joy stick for accessing settings is easy and intuitive to use.

ADJUSTMENTS AND SETTINGS

The Samsung C27JG50 has a small monitor stand which have absolutely no possibilities of adjustment. My monitor is currently placed on top of a thick book to be at a comfortable viewing height, and the stand itself feels like its made of cheap plastic.

The settings are accessed with a single joy stick at the mid bottom of the screen. To turn the monitor on, you simply press the stick, and to turn it off, you press the stick to access the menu, pull the stick towards you once, and press the stick again. It works well, and navigating the system settings is a smooth experience. The settings contains normal image presets, which Samsung has named FPS, RTS, RPG, and AOS, though I don’t see the direct connection between the settings and these genres. Maybe high contrast makes it easier to spot a target, what do I know. I’m looking for the settings that makes the best image quality.

There are possibilities for changing RGB colour, colour tone, and gamma, along with brightness, contrast, and sharpness. The monitor includes something called Samsung MAGIC Upscale, which is complete garbage, and Eye Saver Mode, which can be somewhat useful. The MAGIC Upscale makes the image look like a rookie photographer just discovered the sharpness and clarity sliders in Lightroom and went bananas. The Eye Saver Mode sets the brightness way down, and removes a lot of blue light. This is similar to what you get from f.lux. I personally don’t like settings that disturbs the colours, but if you like this functionality, the Eye Saver Mode is just fine, though I would prefer using f.lux because it is software controlled and can be set to activate automatically.

The settings allows for refresh rate adjustment of the monitor, though I don’t see the point in buying a 144Hz monitor and not use it in 144Hz mode. There are also settings for low input lag and response time, which I’ve activated, but I haven’t noticed any downsides to this. I feel like there must be some sort of compromise, why else choose away low input lag and response time?

The Asus PG279Q stand is in another league. It is sturdy built, and support adjustment in all directions. It even supports having the monitor in portrait mode instead of landscape. I think that this stand has it all, and is in a sense perfect.

The settings are accessed by a joy stick on the back, right side, and the navigation is equally smooth as the Samsung’s. The Asus PG279Q has a dedicated on/off button at the very bottom, which is fine. There is a dedicated button for displaying the current refresh rate of the screen, which I believe is implemented because it is possible to overclock the monitor from 144Hz to 165Hz. Not really a necessity since the refresh rate is displayed if you press the joy stick to access the menu. Another button brings forth a “GamePlus” menu which allows for a pretty useless FPS counter which shows the current refresh rate of the monitor (again). This does not change with the framerate of the game you’re playing, and is stationed at 144 if the screen is in 144Hz mode, and 165 if it is overclocked. I don’t see the reason why you would need to see this all the time as an overlay in the top right corner. The GamePlus menu also offers a timer which can be set to 30, 40, 50, 60, or 90 minutes and overlays in the top left corner. Lastly, it also offers a crosshair function which places a crosshair in the center of the screen. The last button is a “go back“ button which exits whatever setting you are in. It also removes any overlay enabled in the GamePlus menu if pressed twice.

The menu contains usual image presets which all looks more or less OK, but I think the Racing Mode looks most natural of them all. Cinema Mode is very blue, Scenery Mode lacks contrast, sRGB Mode is very dark (and the possibility of adjusting brightness in this mode is locked), to mention some. There is a Blue Light Filter with five different modes that (surprise!) filters away blue light. Similar to Samsungs Eye Saver Mode, but with several levels.

There are possibilities of adjusting RGB colour, brightness, contrast, colour temp (three different modes), but no gamma. The monitor supports Overdrive (OD), which is something that helps sharpen things in motion. I am usually very sceptical to any fancy function that is said to enhance the image quality or performance in any manner, but using ghosting test tools on testufo.com showed better performance with the OD set to Normal instead of OFF.

Lastly, the menu allows overclocking of the display to 150, 155, 160, and 165Hz. Very easy to apply, and after the monitor auto restarts go into display settings -> advanced display settings -> properties for display x, and change to 165Hz, since this switch isn’t automatic in Windows.

Side by side with duplicated image.

IMAGE QUALITY, RESPONSIVENESS, AND USE

Time to talk about the most important part, namely what is displayed and in which manner. Samsung C27JG50 supports up to 144Hz, while Asus PG279Q goes all the way to 165Hz if overclocked. I’ve been using the two monitors side by side with the image duplicated while gaming Overwatch and PUBG. I feel no difference between the responsiveness of the monitors, and I see no difference between 144Hz and 165Hz. Both monitors are silk smooth, and super responsive. The monitors perform equally in this manner. The leap from 60Hz to 144Hz is huge, but from 144Hz to 165Hz is not noticeable for me. Overwatch runs dead stable at 144/165 FPS, but PUBG rarely pushes over 110 FPS, so Overwatch is really the best test.

I’ve calibrated the monitors by eye, to make them as equal as possible. The white was pretty easy to match up with the two, but Asus PG279Q is simply better in all aspects. Samsung C27JG50 has a duller and more faded image than Asus, and this is probably where VA falls short in comparison to IPS. Asus PG279Q has more detail in the darkest and brightest areas, as well as more life-like colours. This is next to impossible to show by taking pictures of it, so you must take my word for it. It seems that the Samsung C27JG50 monitor is a bit better at viewing angles, but this only shows at the extremes, and not noticeable when I’m sitting in my chair in front of the monitors.

Using the testing tools for ghosting at testufo.com/ghosting, the Asus PG279Q performs much better. There is significant ghosting artifacts on the Samsung C27JG50, and it is almost not present on the Asus. This is while setting Asus OD to Normal. When OFF, there are visible ghosing artifacts, and when in Extreme, there are visible overdrive artifacts. The Samsung monitor has no settings for this.

The pictures below shows the ghosting of the two monitors. Look for the black trail behind the UFOs. Don’t care about the unfocused/duplicated UFOs, as this comes from the shutter speed of the camera, not the monitors. When viewed IRL, the image on both is smooth.

OTHER

Both monitors have one DisplayPort input, a headphone output. The Samsung C27JG50 has two HDMI inputs, while Asus PG279Q has one. The Asus also has a USB 3 hub, with a type B connector and two type A inputs.

One other factor that is important to me, is how these monitors behave in a multi-monitor setup. My battlestation normally has 5 monitors hooked up to it, and anyone using multiple monitors with Windows knows how much Windows likes to fuck up everything. Especially in combination with using full screen apps, and if some of the monitors are in a different orientation like portrait mode, or even better; flipped portrait mode. When disconnecting a monitor, all open apps are moved to another monitor, folders and shortcuts on the desktop are shifted around and to another monitor, portrait mode is switched to landscape, and so on. My point here is that when the Samsung monitor is turned off with the normal power button, it behaves like it is disconnected from the computer, and all hell breaks loose. The Asus monitor on the other hand does not do this, and Windows stays happy. This may have a name that I am not aware of, but I am well aware of the effect.

Asus PG279Q is a bit quicker to display the image when turning it on. This may be because of the “disconnect effect“ I described in the section above.

Until now, I have not mentioned that the Samsung C27JG50 has a curved display. At 27”, I think that it is unnecessary and mostly a gimmick.

CONCLUSION

So what is the best about the two monitors, and why is Asus PG279Q the winner? If you read the article, it should be clear as to why, but here is a summary.

Key points (good and bad) to the Asus 27" LED G-Sync Rog Swift PG279Q:

  • Great adjustment of the monitor stand in all directions.

  • The monitor stand is also sturdy built and feels solid.

  • The image quality is good. Very good actually, when comparing it to my Eizo SX2762W.

  • The monitor is very quick and responsive, with little ghosting.

  • It is expensive compared to other 27” 144Hz displays on the market.

  • The monitor behaves as still connected to the computer when turned off. Good for multi-monitor setups.

Key points (good and bad) to the Samsung 27" LED C27JG50:

  • The monitor is very quick and responsive. I would say equal to the Asus PG279Q.

  • The monitor is relatively cheap, so you get good bang for the bucks.

  • The image quality is OK, but not particularily good.

  • The monitor stand has absolutely no adjustments. I have to place it on top of a book to have it at correct height.

  • The monitor has some noticeable ghosting, at least compared to the Asus PG279Q.

  • The monitor behaves as disconnected when turned off. Fucks with multi-monitor setups.

TL;DR: Asus 27" LED G-Sync Rog Swift PG279Q wins the battle, but the Samsung 27" LED C27JG50 is a cheaper and equally responsive and fast monitor, so I very much recommend it if it is in your price range.

Additional images:

AST2210 - observational astronomy: review

ABSTRACT

AST2210 is overall an enjoyable subject. It poses some new challenges (as it should) that is hard to overcome, and most of the responsibility is solely on the student him- or herself. The major challenge is writing a proper report structured the Astrophysical Journal-way (which is a big part of this subject) which there are three of. There are no scheduled group sessions, so the students needs to request this every week if this is to happen. There are different lecturers almost every week, and they come in based on their field of expertise. There is a field trip to La Palma (which I unfortunately could not attend) offering hands-on experience on some ground based telescopes. There is much about different observational methods, considering wavelengths, satellites, instruments and more, and a bit of actual analysis of real world data (COBE, CMB). The focus in the lectures is more on the theoretical side considering observational methods, and the instruments supporting them, than the practical side of actually utilizing data, while the reports are heavily rooted in structure and layout, as well as using data for calculations.

MY RATING: 3/5

Fysikkbygningen. The Physical Library is newly renovated and turned into a study area called Entropia. It sports facilitated areas of different sizes to suit every physics students needs. The AST2210 lectures are held in Kristian Birkelands auditorium as of 2018.

Fysikkbygningen. The Physical Library is newly renovated and turned into a study area called Entropia. It sports facilitated areas of different sizes to suit every physics students needs. The AST2210 lectures are held in Kristian Birkelands auditorium as of 2018.

INTRODUCTION

Hello there! Short introduction: I am a student at the University of Oslo (UiO). Currently in my third year doing a bachelor in astronomy (FAM, now renamed FA). I want to do a review of the course, inspired by Astro-Maria who has done the same for several courses while doing her bachelor and masters degree at UiO.

AST2210 is probably the subject that most students in FA feel is the first real astronomy subject because it introduces us to, among other things, ground based telescopes and calculations with real observational data, as well as lectures with scientists working with current experiments. AST2000 did come one year earlier, and it was a great course, but it was an introductory course covering a broad spectrum of astronomy related business, and AST2210 does feel a bit more specialized.

THE REPORTS

The course is built up of three major reports and a final exam. Per 2018 there is no mid-term exam, which will contribute to giving students their first fall break in a long time. The reports contributes approximately 30% of the final grade, and the exam 70%. The reports have been fairly pleasant. They are not so much aimed at the content of the report as they are aimed at teaching us how to write a scientific report, “Astrophysical Journal”-style, which is much needed. The not-so pleasant part of this is that this was our first encounter in strict report typing, and without any prior training we were getting evaluations which contributed to the final grade. During the entire semester, this felt very pressing and demanded 12-14 hour days a couple of weeks. On top of this we got a lot of mixed messages from the professor and from the support teachers on how to construct the reports among other things, which I will get back to soon. FA students needs some more coursing in report writing in addition to this, preferably before. And before you protest on this and refer to the reports that happens in AST2000: those reports were a lot less formal, and the evaluation didn’t care very much about the layout, in my opinion. I have made available some of my reports from AST2000 and my reports from AST2210, if you want to take a look at the structual differences or anything else.

The two first reports were about diffraction and CCD. Diffraction is a known subject for most physics students at this point, especially for those who studied FYS2130 - Waves and oscillations, so the content of the report was fairly simple to put together. We were handed a LaTeX template which fixes all the layout. Overall it works pretty well, but we had some problems getting referencing to work properly. The CCD and the specifics about it is new ground for most students at this point, but the task was not too hard to learn and write about. The third report on the other hand, was entirely other business. The task is to analyze the four year CMB data from COBE. The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) was a satellite dedicated to astronomy and the study of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), which operated from 1989 to 1993. While the report was highly educational, it felt all the time like we were writing about something way above our heads, both literally and figuratively. When writing a report in the Astrophysical journal-style (and probably many other styles) the objective parts like data, method, and results arent too difficult to get on paper. The method did pose with some complications because you have to understand what you’re writing, but since you don’t have to deduct equations and explain everything, the method is mostly about listing up equations and models that were used and what they mean. The conclusion and discussion on the other hand was a serious challenge. A good report needs to use the resulting data and conclude with something, and preferably link the data together with other experiments, reports and other relevant material. This is a challenge considering that this is our first meeting with cosmology and real experiments and we have to write conclusions and discussions about the data.

Worth noting is that the analysis we did on the CMB is pretty much the same analysis that Gorski et al. did in 1994, in cooperation with, among others, George F. Smoot who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2006 for his work on COBE (with John C. Mather). We are encouraged to write a report similar to what top scientists in the field writes, which is to say it mildly, challenging and a bit frightening. We are of course not expected to be at the same level as these guys, but that is where we’re aiming when put up to a task like this.

Summary: The three reports are mostly evaluated on the layout and structure, and account for 30% of the final grade. The reports rise in difficulty, and the final one (as of 2018, COBE) is challenging. You will spend about 80% of your AST2210-time on the reports if you want top grades on them. Spend time on: method, conclusion, and discussion, writing short and consise, being strict on separating information in the different categories. Don’t spend time on: long deductions of equations and explaining your programming.


LECTURERS AND TEACHERS

Next point are the lecturers and the subject coordinators. During the semester we had a few different lecturers as a part of how the course is structured. The main professor is a very likable and down to earth guy, especially considering his line of work. He is helpful and answers every question in great detail, though that can be a bit too much sometimes. But I like his style. He does overexplain sometimes, but if you ponder over his answer for a while, and return to him after a day or two with a rephrased question, you get a new detailed answer which you’ll understand much more of. At the start of the semester, we learned that there are no scheduled group sessions, and no use of Piazza which is widely used in MATNAT and IFI at UiO. We pushed on, and had an AST2210 Piazza created. The answers are frequent and detailed.

We had different lecturers for different parts of the curriculum. I think that was a good initiative, as the lecturers were experts in the subject they were lecturing, and it is always refreshing to have some swapping of lecturers in case it gets a bit boring or tedious. They were of varying quality performance wise, but they were all fairly good! One big miss is that we had a big lecture about the CCD after we had written and handed in the report on the CCD. This should obviously have been before/during writing of the report. Another time, one of the lecturers showed up 30-45 minutes late to the interferometry lecture. I think that we have to expect that one lecture gets a bit messed up during the semester, but this in combination with other factors has made me feel that this course is a bit uncoordinated. This was mostly resolved by us learning and realizing that we cannot depend on this course in the same way we have depended on earlier courses, which is not good considering that we used half a semester on it.

The subject coordinators, or support teachers, were two PhD students, one in solar physics and the other in cosmology (I may be mistaken because I havent specifically asked them of what their fields are). While they were helpful, especially in report writing, I felt that they were a bit uncoordinated with the professor and we got a lot of mixed messages in the beginning of the semester. For example on how to structure the report, and some mathematics, but we gave them quick feedback on this and I havent experienced this later on. I know that some of my co-students have been a bit held back on asking for help and feedback because it has come back as aggressive. While this is somewhat unfortunate, I think that this is mostly about us as students being able to handle and work with different kinds of people, and we should manage that. We should not be forced to like it if we dont, but we can learn from it. Partially due to this, at least me and some of my co-students prioritize going to the professor when we have questions, because we get better answers.

Summary: We’ve had several different lecturers based on their field of work, and they have all been fairly good. Though some of the lectures have been confusing and come in the wrong ordering. The professor is very skilled, both in relaying the information and in the subjects themselves, and gives very detailed explanations. The support teachers are helpful considering writing reports, and somewhat to the subjects themselves, but they were uncoordinated with the professor in the beginning of the semester.

PROGRAMMING

The second report (CCD) introduced us to a new programming language; Interactive Data Language, or IDL for short. Using IDL was entirely optional and using Python instead was no problem for those who chose it. I chose to use IDL because it sounded like a cool challenge, and since I am quite fond of programming and only ever used Python (and a bit MATLAB but I don’t think that counts), I wanted to try it out. It was not a big problem, and overall a fun challenge. I don’t regret it, but if you don’t wanna spend your time on debugging code in a new language, then it’s not for you. If you want to have a look at the code for lab 2, go ahead. IDL has to be used on an UiO computer, preferably through SSH. This is easy to do, but it is a bit messy if you want to edit your code locally on your computer (eg. with Atom or VS Code). To edit it locally is wery much preferable unless you are comfortable using emacs, vim or nano in the command line. My solution was to edit the file locally on my computer, and push it to the UiO computer using Secure Copy (scp) every time I wanted to run it. Using iTerm, I had one terminal session locally on my computer with scp, and another terminal session in SSH to the UiO computer with IDL open. Two more key presses per run compared to Python, but it worked well. IDL is a widely used language in solar physics, and considering its high level nature, it is very easy to use if you have prior knowledge with programming.

The last project incorporated quite a lot of programming in Python. It was important to implement good vectorization of the code to keep the computational time down. With full vectorization, the likelihood estimation in the COBE project took about 10 minutes with a 40x40 grid, and a full 22 hours pushing it to a 500x500 grid. 500x500 was not necessary, but why the hell not. Using a single loop in the main calculation at 500x500 would probably push the calculation time to several days.

CURRICULUM, MATERIAL, AND EXAM PRACTICE

The curriculum is made available to us in the form of slides from the lectures, Kahoot quizes from the lectures and a compendium from the era of earlier professors. We are promised that the exam will start out with a set of short-answer questions (like the exams from the previous two years) that are taken directly form the Kahoot quizes. This makes the goal of practicing for this part of the exam pretty straight-forward.

For me, the compendium is more or less unused. Some parts of the curriculum is not presented in a good way, which have resulted in me not using it. Since I havent used it much, I wont make any conclusions from my experiences.

Since the compendium does not cover all parts of the curriculum, and since we need some things explained twice and in a different manner, we have often been redirected to Wikipedia, forums, and other various sources online. While this can be fitting, it can also be a cheap and bad way to teach. A few times when we physically showed up to ask a few questions, we were asked if we had tried to Google it first. There are a couple of problems with this. Most of us were more or less born with a keyboard under our hands, and Googling is the first thing we ever do before asking anybody. Secondly, when we do show up physically, not using Piazza (or mail god forbid), we are there to speak with a person because there is something we don’t understand. Teaching is about helping others get a better understanding, in a friendly manner. Sometimes direct human interaction is necessary. Another problem about reading about this online, is that, considering that we are beginners at whatever subject we’re stuck at, articles online are very often much too general for our skill level. When working with tasks at the university, we get questions that often are very specific and require specific explanations. Many times, after learning the correct answer, finding the solution on Google seems like the easiest process in the world. But bear in mind that this is after aquiring the correct answer. It is much easier to look for something when you already know where it is (that goes on my tombstone).

Lastly, practicing for the other part of the exam is an ok task, but the material is scarce. We only have three exams to work on, and one of these does not come with a solution. These exam sets are done in a few days, and after that there are no more directly exam relevant tasks to do.

Summary: The compendium is not particularily good, and there are few exam sets to work with. It is sometimes very hard to find good and relevant teaching material for many subjects, so go and ask the professor a lot. Do this from the very beginning so you don’t lag behind. This course should have a book or a rewritten compendium, as well as more directly exam relevant problems to work on.

CONCLUSION/DISCUSSION

So here comes the hard part. Concluding with something. I think AST2210 is overall enjoyable with a lot of hard work on the reports. Maybe I’m just overdoing it, but I know that several of my co-students agree. Spending 80% of the time on writing reports that account for 30% of the grade isn’t very good for what is coming considering the exam. The way this course is carried out, there should be no final exam, only reports (or home exams, call them what you want). 30% of the grade is already from reports, so I don’t see a big challenge with expanding this. 80% of the work in this couse was writing a proper report, and the grade should reflect on that.

The subject wast fragmented considering mixed messages from the professor and from the support teachers, but this leveled out. Starting out, the subject didn’t have a Piazza group, and hand-ins were all via mail. We pushed through to get a Piazza going, but the hand-ins are still via mail, not Devilry or Canvas as the rest of the university is using. I see absolutely no reason why this subject should hold back on the communications standards that most of the other subjects at MATNAT uses.

The final exam was just fine. Practicing the Kahoot questions helped a lot, and not much unexpected showed up. Mostly central parts of the curriculum were present on the exam, and it felt fair.

FEEDBACK

Please leave a comment here, or contact me at jonkd at uio dot no if you have an opinion about where I’m wrong, right, or unnecessarily condescending/mean. I only intend to give constructive feedback and some material for upcoming AST2210 students to read.

Photoshoot with Jesper and the Lomochrome X-PRO SLIDE

Hi folks.

I was out on a photoshoot with my friend Jesper Hasnaoui the other day to snap some pictures for his new single, "Anine". It was a nice day, and a good opportunity for testing out something new; an analog photoshoot! I am fairly accustom to analog photography, but this was a step further. Very fun, and the results turned out pretty good. Both Jesper and I are happy with the results.

I have used X-PRO many times before. It gives a vintage look with popping colours, and has a good dynamic range. It is easy to get the right exposure and really nice results. Everything looks like its from the 80's! Fabulous!

The photos are taken with the Canon AE-1 and a Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm f/2.8-3.5. Fantastic camera and good optics! Except the last three. Those are taken with my 5D3 and 85mm f/1.2.

The gallery below distorts some of the photos, so click here to see them 4 reals.

 

Theres a lot more I want to say about the X-PRO, and other films as well, so stay tuned for in depth reviews of the different films I have at display.

Jesper Hasnaoui on Facebook.

Watermark, logo and a brand new year!

Heyoo! 2016 is the year I'm investing heavily in film & photography. I'm hoping this will go somewhere, because photography really is the only thing that have made me happy the last few... years? Something bla bla.

So, a photographer really needs a logo and a watermark. This is a subject I've given quite a lot of thought, because I really hate seeing a good photo get ruined by a hideous watermark. *insert name* photography in Comic Sans... jesus christ no. This is, of course, the extreme example, but Comic Sans is hideous, and *insert name* photography is really not original in any way. I'm sticking with A Glimpse of Reality. Some people may like it, some may laugh of it, but that doesn't matter. I like it, and I find it to be describing my goals and achievements very well.

So let's see what we got here.

how bout that

I got help from a good and experienced friend, so thanks to Herman for helping me out. I appreciate it. I'd put up a link to his portfolio, but I don't think he has one yet. 

Here is the watermark in action. I helped my good friends in Solvind and Violent Colours last saturday with their gig at Amatøren. Check it out:

Bokeh!

After a month long wait, my new lens finally arrived. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 II USM! I've dreamt of this lens for quite some time, and I must say that I am really happy that it has become a part of the family. The lens is sharp. Oh, it is so sharp at f/1.2! And did I mention f/1.2? (!!!)

And look at that bokeh. It is so pretty I wanna kiss it. I did kiss the screen a couple of times actually. Don't tell anyone.

I've been using it for a couple of days now, and I cannot imagine a life without it. With this, I now have a 15mm, 35mm, 85mm and a 70-200mm. Just a macro and a tilt shift lens, and the collection is complete.

*More pictures pleeeease!!*

ok ok say it dont spray it


Hey, you! Take my hand and come with me.

Some days truely are meant to be spent outside. Smell, feel, see and hear. I really love autumn. It brings so many things worth exploring. The refreshing cool wind makes it easier to think and to be. Nature puts on her finest colours in the dance of the seasons, preparing everyone and everything for the tides ahead. 

Experiences are best shared with others. Do you agree? Most of the time I think so. Photography is a great solution to this. Even though you didn't come with me, we are sharing this right now.

But do remember to be there yourself. With a camera, or with others, it is easy to forget. Time runs away if we forget to keep an eye on it.

sometimes thats all right

Lets walk this path. Where may it lead?

It really fascinates me how we live among the trees. I don't think much of it when I'm on the ground, but they are there.

Trees are among the oldest living organisms on earth. Forests have endured even the rise and fall of mountain chains, over hundreds of millions of years.

It really is beautiful.

Things tend to work themselves out. I'm not saying you shold be lazy, but don't worry too much. Nothing good comes from that.

Just find a path and walk it. Maybe something happens? Maybe it doesnt. Maybe things didn't work out, and the day comes to an end. Its all right. I will think of you if you think of me. Experiences are best shared with others. A shared thought, a kiss, a dream.

Ozora Festival 2015

Ozora Festival! What an experience! Woh...!

Some light painting at the main stage.

I must say, this festival surprised me in many ways. It really was a rough journey, but definitely exciting. No regrets! Well, of course there are some regrets. Something that should have been done, and other things that shouldn't. But who am I to complain. There were a lot of golden opportunities for photography, and I did my best to combine heavy camera equipment with a trippy festival experience.

The camera bag: A lot of analog equipment. Pentax ME Super w/40mm f/2.8. Canon AE-1 w/Vivitar 28-90mm f/2.8. Mamiya RZ67 w/180mm f/4.5 and a Moskva-1. The analog film is yet to be developed, so that will be posted later.

The digital setup: Canon 5D3, Canon 35mm f/1.4 USM, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM II and Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8.

Oh boy

I was really ill for a few days, so I didn't get to take as many pictures as I wanted, but it is no use in complaining about that.


My first shot at Lomochrome Turquoise.

I am really excited to finally have tried out Lomography's Lomochrome Turquoise. I tested it at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, and the results are beyond what I hoped for. It is well over half a year since I was recommended to try out Lomochrome Purple and Turquoise, and I started right at the purple one. I feel that I tested Purple a bit unfair. With Turquoise having the advantage of bright summer days, Purple only had the dark winter nights and somewhat light days to be tested. There is not too much sun in the winter time here in Norway.

 

There were perfect conditions to test the Lomochrome Turquoise. I shot at ISO 100; a Pentax ME-Super with a 40mm f/2.8. I do love the Pentax, and it did not disappoint me in any way. I got a bit unlucky when I was unwinding. The film snapped in two when I tried to unwind it. I had to spool it toghether by hand, and put it in an empty film cannister. Luckily (yes, luckily) I let a good bit of light inside the makeshift darkroom made up of everyones dark clothes, and I got some awesome effects on the film! Though half the film did get ruined...

oh. my. god. it is so vintage I'm gonna die

I really am glad I tested out the Turquoise. Good thing I bought a bunch of them when I was at the Lomo store in Berlin. For some reason, it is much easier to get a hold on Purple where I live. Maybe the Turquoise one is so popular it gets sold out, or maybe its the opposite; not popular enough, so they won't import as much of it.

My first take on 120 film and the Mamiya RZ67

Oh joy! I just got back from Aker Foto with my newly developed 120 film. I am sooo excited for the results. The negatives are enormous! At 9600 DPI the image files are about 1,6GB. Only problem is that my scanner software does not allow images with resolutions greater than 30 000 x 21 000 pixels, so I will have to settle with 6400 DPI. About 650-700MB and 17 500 x 13 700 ish. I will probably survive.

The Mamiya RZ67 is great. I am borrowing the camera from my friend and colleague, Stefan. It took me a few hours with PDFs and YouTube videos to get to know what all the buttons do. I was aching to try the camera, but I needed something to photograph, and then the 17th of May showed up. Perfect!

And oooooh my! The results! The resolution! THE DETAILS!! AAABLABLA. I am already in love with 120. Expecting to see more of that in the future!

Photoblog? Yeah, why not. Lets start with the 17th of May.

Welcome to the first entry! Here, I'm gonna talk about my makeup, perfumes, miniskirts. And boys of course! #justboythings

Fuck that.

Today is the 17th of May, the Norwegian Constitution Day. Or "søttendemaj" as we say it in Norwegian. This is the day when everyone dresses up in their finest clothing and drink loads of alcohol from early in the morning and aaaall the way to the end.

In other words the perfect day to try out the Mamiya RZ67 for the first time! Yessssir. I've been aching to put this camera to the test. I should definitely have brought more film. The normal 120 film holds about 10 exposures. Thats not much. I started with the Lomography Color 100 ISO. I will get the film developed as soon as possible, so for now you will have to live with the pictures from my 5DmkIII.

Take a good look at these guys. You won't find better people on this side of the moon. So to speak.

These are the winners of the "17. GØY" photo contest.