We are very happy to introduce you this month to the work of Ulf Bodin. When we came across his clean and beautiful photo blog we were very impressed and after jumping a little bit from one category to the other, we were officially in love with his work. Ulf is 48 and lives in Uppsala, Sweden with his family. A former archaeologist, now works as a software developer making collections managements systems for museums. He gladly answered some questions for us about photography in general and about the featured image.
Photography is a hobby of mine. Occasionally I get published and I try to sell a few images through Getty Images. I began with photography in the late 1970s, first with Olympus and Leica film cameras and since 2004 digitally with Canon cameras. I have always been interested in pictures and photography, deeply inspired by the National Geographic styled travel and landscape images. Now I try to capture clean, colourful and beautiful pictures in my own style. I often use stitching to merge panoramas and I often work with selective focus and short depth of field. I think digital post-processing is great fun and I use it a lot to recreate modes and feelings from the captured moment, but I rarely alter the images by adding or removing objects.
The feature picture is just awesome: the colours, the composition, the depth given by the fence and of course the capture of the lightning coming down… We could talk about it for hours but I think we rather let Ulf tell the nice story behind the shot.
This image brings back nice memories from the great summer of 2010. Me and my family spent our holidays in the little village Everöd in the southern part of Sweden. It’s the 11th of July and we were watching the 2010 World Cup Football Final, Netherlands vs. Span (Go Spain!), on TV when I saw huge, dark grey-blue thunderstorm clouds building up and heard distant thunder. In the half time of the match, I grabbed my camera with a 24 mm wide angle (with a polarized filter) and tripod and quickly went out to get some lightning pictures. I ran to the village church yard, mounted the camera on my tripod , set the camera to ISO 50, manual exposure mode, 30 seconds exposure time and f/18. Then I shot. The thunderstorm came closer and closer. I captured about 35 photos and miraculously missed the thunderbolts in all but this image. I checked the photo, saw two lightning bolts, and grabbed my gear and hurried back. I arrived to our cottage seconds before the rain started and the thunderstorm came fiercely over us. I had missed the first 10 minutes of the second half of the match, but I got my photo with thunderbolts I think that both Andrés Iniesta and I scored that evening. What do you think?