I’m flying high – DJI Phantom 4

After a long time indecisive whether I should invest in a quadcopter or not, i finally made the decision.
The well renowned DJI Phantom has a good reputation as en easy flown quadcopter. And with all the latest additions to the Phantom 4, I was sold. ActiveTrack, TapFly and the new Obstacle Sensing System is just a few of the new additions,  compared to the previous Phantom 3 professional.

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Being a first time quadcopter pilot, i was in doubt on how i should approach  the learning curve for these machines.  I really didn’t want to crash a 1600$ quadcopter on the first takeoff 😦

But after a long time searching and asking experienced people, i skipped the long road going with smaller and cheaper quadcopters before buying what i really wanted, the Phantom 4.

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My main target when taking a decision was an easy and safe operated drone, with great video capability, and decent photo quality. And i must say, so far, the targets have been met with a great margin. The 4K video is just astonishing, and with some practicing in video editing software, i hope i can do the video quality justice some time in the future. The photo quality is fine, but can in no way be compared to my 36 Mpix full frame DSLR. But shooting RAW, it can take some nice shots. The advantage is that it can take shots from angles i newer could imagine before 🙂

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The new Obstacle Sensing System has 2 new sensors in the forward direction, in addition to the 4 sensors underneath the quadcopter. There are 2 downwards and 2 forward facing camera sensors. In addition there are 2 downward facing ultrasonic sensors. The 2 new sensors will try to prevent a collision when flying forwards. In addition the Phantom has GPS and GLONASS making for some extremely precise hovering. When releasing the sticks in P (position) mode, the quadcopter stays extremely still, even in some wind. But remember that there is no sensors when going sideways, backwards or if flying under something!
The Phantom also has a RTH (Return To Home) function by a press of a button. The Phantom records the spot where taking off and will return to this spot. RTH will also automatically be initiated if the remote controller and quadcopter looses contact. The Home point can also be set manually under flight. This is great if you are on a not so stationary landing spot, as in a boat 🙂 The Phantom is a real joy to fly, and it’s very fast if you enter the Sport mode (72 km/h).

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The Phantom 4 has an improved battery capacity, and can fly up to 28 minutes (5,350 mAh, 15.2v). This of course depends on the use. But the DJI Go app has a great overview of the battery, even in flight. Battery capacity, total and individual cell voltage and battery temperature are easily accessible in the app.

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The propellers have a quick release function, making the time to prepare the drone for flight very short!

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The DJI camera is equipped with a 1/2.3″ sensor, and a fixed f2,8 lens. The lens has good optical corrections, making sure your horizon in not curved like a ball. That was one of my selling point for the Phantom 4 compared to earlier model’s. But as it’s a fixed aperture lens, remember to get ND filters to achieve proper exposure. Remember that your shutter speed should ideally be double the frame rate!

The following video recording modes are available:

UHD:     4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p

                3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p

                2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p

FHD:    1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p

 HD:      1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p

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The camera gimbal ensures that your shots are as stable as it gets. Its amazing what a small gizmo like this can achieve in steadying your shots.

The new ActiveTrack function, lets you select an object on the screen (aka your phone or tablet) and it will, actively follow your object. You can go up, down, or fly around the subject even when its moving, and the camera always has the object in the center of the camera. This ensures more smooth movements than you probably could achieve yourself.

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Ok, so now to some video examples of what you can expect regarding video quality. Bare in mind that I’m a novice both to filming, flying and editing! 🙂

First of, here’s are a short video of my first test flight. Nothing amazing in relation to content, but gives you an idea of the video quality. The video have been color graded, so the colors are not as from camera. The video have been edited in Final Cut Pro X. Please select 4K from the YouTube adjustments after starting the video

Here is a quick & dirty test with handholding the Phantom. Shot in 120 fps. Please select 1080 quality!

Short video from my first test going up to 110 meters (The law regulates maximum flight hight to 120 meter). You can easily set the maximum flight hight in the DJI Go app. Remember to select 4K !!

I do NOT take assignments with quadcopter, shooting nor video or stills. The regulations are strict in Norway as it comes to flying a quadcopter for commercial use.

As of now this is strictly a hobby project, and I will se how it evolves before I decide to apply for a RO 1 approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.

But my conclusion regarding the Phantom 4, is that it is both a fantastic flying camera, and a great flying machine. Even for a novice like me. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or share your own experiences in the comments!

Cheers, and fly high! (But seriously, don’t drink and fly) 🙂

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A motorsport photographers dream, shooting at the green hell, NÜRBURGRING (VLN #10)

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Being a car enthusiast and motorsport photographer, what better combo could you ask for than the legendary Nürburgring. The unusually steep hills, multiple s-curves and the scenery make this track a dream to shoot. I love including the track, curves and curbs in my shots, trying to capture some pleasing compositions. Adding a big diversity of cars, including some of the rarest and fastest car out there doesn’t hurt the shooting experience either 🙂

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I was invited by the Møller Bil Motorsport team as their guest. A part of this team’s purpose is to give people a close up and personal racing experience at one of, if not the greatest track on earth. Well as close as you can get without racing yourself. Møller bil, and the other sponsors bring guests, and there’s a handful of dedicated guides showing you around the track, pit area and the team camp. Møller bil is a big car dealership located in Norway, but also has dealers in Sweden and in the Baltic states. A big bonus, that’s normally not a part of the guiding, was that we got to drive around the track between the qualification and the race. Not in a race car though, but either way, it’s cool to see the track in real life in a slow pace, including most of the GP track. The track is so much steeper than the impression you get from playing games and watching videos from the ring.

This shot is from the training on Friday, and the Møller Bil Motorsports TT  in the s-turns in Brünnchen.

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VLN is short for Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring, and translates into something like “Association of Nürburgring Endurance Cup Organizers”. Møller Bil Motorsport races in the SP3T class. This is a special class with turbocharged engines up to 2.0 liter (over 1620cc up to 2000 cc). Møllers TT has a four-cylinder engine, with an output off approximately 350hp/450 Nm. The car is built by Raeder Motorsport, and they also have the technical responsibility for the car between races. At the races there are 3 permanent staff mechanics from Møller Bil dealers in Norway, consisting of Ted Trønnes, Anders Lindstad and Stian Skårsmoen. At every race there are also 4 guest mechanics from the Møller Bil dealers. John Skjalg Lund is also a part of the pit crew, and Leif Erik Vik is the technical chef.

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There were only 4 cars starting in the SP3T class in this race. The TT below, car #303 from the LMS Engineering team, is the one car that gave the Møller team the toughest competition in this race. The 2 other vehicles did not complete the race unfortunately (#335 Seat Leon Cup Racer & #332 Audi TTS)

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The LMS Engineering teams TT runs, in opposition to all the other cars in the SP3T class, on a 5-cylinder engine. They stripped a 2,5L straight 5 cyl. engine from an Audi, made a custom crankshaft and got the displacement under 2L (82.5 mm bore x 74.5 mm stroke). The engine was then not within the “close-to-production engine” according to the regulations, and they had to mount a 38mm restrictor, and limit the charge pressure to 1,4 bar. But is running a 5 cylinder engine against 4 cylinders fair? The LMS TT states they have close to 400 hp according to their sales add, and the 4 cylinder vehicles are limited to a lower figure than this. Well, I’m not to judge in this matter, as my knowledge is to limited, but the SP3T class have shrunk drastically in the numbers of cars attending after the LMS team entered with this car…… And that’s a pity!
But either way, the Møller Bil team gave them a real fight, an all in all it didn’t end so bad 😉

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Here is the Lexus RC F GT3 from Farnbacher Racing, racing in the SPX prototype class. It’s based on the Lexus RC F sports coupe but is wider, lower and weighs just 1250kg. They’ve tucked a 5 liter V8 engine in there, boosting 540 hp. Looks pretty awesome if you ask me!

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The Wippermann area yelled for some great shots with the autumn colors and this s-curve.

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Love the livery and colors on this 911 going thru the bend at Hohe Acht.

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The spectators at the Nürburburgring is really som hardcore fans, partying hard at the numerous camps around the track. Here’s some blokes who cut the roof of a Volvo, and stuck a hot tub in there. With a cold beer, and a view of the Brünnchen area, it sounds quite all right in my book.

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Manthey Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Otto Klohs, and Sven Müller, Here seen in full pace exiting the Caracciola-Karussell.

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The 10’th VLN race, the last race for the season, was delayed for 2 hours because of fog. The qualifying was supposing to start at 08.30, but was also held off for several hours because of massive fog at the higher sections of the rack. At the end of the race, the fog again got thicker and thicker, leading to several cars off the track and the race was eventually red flagged. The below picture is from the highest point at the track, Hohe Acht.

Here is #92 Team Mantheys Porsche 911 GT3 Cup emerging from the fog (Drivers: Dieter Schmidtmann, Christoph Breuer and Andreas Ziegler)

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Here’s a panning shot of #102, a Porsche 911 GT3 997 Cup in Brünnchen.

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The drivers of the Møller Bil Motorsports team is Håkon Schjærin (Race chef), Atle Gulbrandsen and Kenneth Østvold. They are all experienced race rivers from Norway. Håkon Schjærin has been racing the Nürburgring since the mid 90’s, so he’s no rookie at this track. Atle has been attending the VLN since 2005, and have loads of racing experience from Norway and in the States. His voice is also familiar to most of you from Norway, as he is a TV commentator for Viasat. Kenneth Østvold is well known as one of Norway’s best go-cart drivers, and has been a part of the team since 2011.

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Here’s Møllers TT hammering around the Karussell.

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Møller bil made a very late pit stop when the end of the race was closing in. There was estimated 3 laps left, and they drove out of the pit just when the team LMS TT was passing. They made a bold tire choice, and is was exiting to watch the monitor of the 2 cars flying around the track. The race was, like mentioned earlier, red flagged, but it would have been fun to se how it would end if the race had been driven to its end.

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James Glickenhaus, a former movie director from New York, is making some awesome limited edition sports cars. Here is one of the 2 Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 racing in the VLN series. SCG 003 is available as both a racing car (SCG 003C) and a street legal version (SCG 003S) if you have some deep pockets 😉 The racing version has a Honda 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and the road legal a twin-turbocharged V12.

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Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003 ready to pass a couple of BMW’s

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Here the second Scuderia on the track.

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Here is one of my favorite shots from this weekend.  Frikadelli Racing Teams Porsche, with drivers Kräling, Frank and Christopher Brück flying on 2 wheels over the top at Eschbach. This also made it instantly as a backdrop on the front page of my website 😉

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If you have access, be sure to take a look at the race camp behind the pit area. There’s millions of dollars in awesome trailers, tires and racing stuff. And you are sure to see some extraordinary rare vehicles, like I did with this Gemballa Avalanche. If you had an interest in Porsches in the 80 and 90, you maybe remember some crazy Gemballa Porsche builds back then?

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in Brünnchen.

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After the race was flagged red, there was a tense atmosphere in the team tent, as to what the final result would be.  But after a long wait, the final result was 1. Place to the Møller Bil Motorsports team. This gave the Møller team a total of two first places and 2 second places in this season. They only attend at 6 of the 10 races every season, so that’s not a bad total, considering they also had one gearbox breakdown.

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A big thank you for a great weekend to the Møller Bil Motorsport team! Nürburgring definitely needs a revisit soon!

The rule is that you can’t sticker-bomb something without having a good reason, so finally I can officially pimp my lens hood with a Nürburgring sticker!

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Here’s some bonus images for you all!

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If you are interested in all the results, please look here at the VLN official pages.

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Gatebil main event 2015

September came early this year!  Well, things got crazy busy, and the blog post from the Gatebil main event just had to wait a bit longer  😦

The main Gatebil event was held July 10-12 , and unfortunately it crashed with other big events around the globe. This resulted in many of the big names like Fredric Aasbø, Mad Mike whiddett and vaughn gittin jr not attending this time. But hey, isn’t it cool to let all the other awesome drifters get their names out there ? With approximately 40.00 visitors this still wasn’t some small event. I spent the whole sunday trying to catch some of the Gatebil spirit. I hope I succeeded in giving you a small bit of this madness 😉

Here is David Skogsby covering Rudskogen in smoke!

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This “famous” BMW 2002, previously owned by the finish Smokehunter guys, has changed owner. It is now driven by Geir Rosmo. With this new livery, i think it still is one of Gatebil’s coolest looking rides!

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Old school Martini racing Escort.

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Leif Frykas has built one hell of a ride based on a Ford Anglia. But seriously, there isn’t much Anglia left, besides the cool and very characteristic look of the Anglia. Leif built this monster him self, and the suspension, brakes, drive line etc doesn’t resemble much of a stock Anglia 🙂 This car runs and corners like a freaking monster.

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This turbo charged Volvo B230 engine is bored up to 2500 ccm, and is one of the things making this car run like a rocket.

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Tor-Anders Ringnes entering warp speed!

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Pettersen Autoimport brought along this beautiful GT2, that made for some great shots.

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Dennis Häggblom in one of Europe’s only drifting Honda S2000.

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I’m not a Nissan guy by heart, but this Nismo 350Z Super GT, driven by Oskar Sandberg  (Owner: Radni Molhampours) in the Gatebil extreme competition, is something special. Although being really underpowered compared to it’s compettitors in the Extreme class, it really showed that power is not everything in racing!

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Well, back to what Gatebil is mainly about… High speeds, and ridiculous amounts of smoke! This RWD Fiesta is driven by Per Gustav Bråthen (Built by PSW enginering)

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The Danish Drift Team Overboost was back again this year with their turbocharged v8 Miata.

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Escort MkII, classic.

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Bekkevoll racing… Diesel power!

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Bil Baldwin was here this year also. He handles the checker flag like no one else, and was also in the “Breisladd” (Drifting) jury. He is as popular, if not more, than the drifters them self 🙂

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Of the total 80 competitors in the “Breisladden” competition, David Skogsby took home the 2’nd place.(Hans Hartvikøy 3’d)

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Robin Alsaker ticked all the boxes, and took 1’st place, making him the World champion in the Breisladd competition.

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Time to say goodby, and thanks for stopping by. I’m leaving you with 2 more shots. One of David Skogsby, and one from the Team Overboost camp! Cheers 😉

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The Carburetors @ John Dee 16.05.2015

Yet again I had the pleasure of shooting The Carburetors the night before the Norwegian national day! This time with the Norwegian Revolver Avenue and the German V8Wankers as support. Revolver Avenue really surprised me, playing some great songs with real confidence for such a “young” band (First EP released in 2011). Unfortunately for the support bands, the lighting was not in their favor for getting great shots. The best light is usually “saved” for the main band. The band members have no, or very little front light, and a bucket load of back lighting. So I decided to enjoy the music (And a cold beer), leaving me only with this one keeper of Nils Alex Rama Engeness from Revolver Avenue.
PS: All the pictures are clickable so you can see them in a higher resolution! (recommended)

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Usually I’m packed with photo equipment (Almost to the point of needing a Sherpa and pack donkeys). But this time I traveled light, only with a mirrorless camera (Fujifilm XT-1) and the new Fujinon 16-55 2.8 lens. And i must say I’m highly impressed with this combo. I didn’t know what to expect from this camera in these low light and fast-moving situation. But hey, this little camera really performs. Both the high ISO capabilities, and the focusing was really great. The focus off course is not on par with my Nikon D800, but it was more than sufficient. For those with photo interest, I placed the Exif data under all the shots, so you can see the shooting data. Everything was shot in full manual mode.

Next up was the V8Wankers. Their a band originating from Offenbach in Germany, and was formed back in 2000. The 15 years of experience as a band really shows, and like The Carburetors, they’re also a bunch of real crowd pleaser’s. I highly recommend to see them live if you get the opportunity. Remember to check out their new album “Harden the Fuck up’!!

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I’ve waited in anticipation for a while to hear some of the new songs from The Carburetors. Well, the audience didn’t go empty-handed home. Check out the concert playlist!

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I’m so looking forward to the release of the new album (And maybe a spot in the photo pit at the release concert????)
The new songs I’ve heard so far sounds awesome!

Eddie Guz & Stian Krogh

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Kai Kidd is always a crowd pleaser!

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The master of drums, Chris Nitro!

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That’s all for now, and thanks for the backstage whiskey and after-party!
(Almost felt like a rockstar myself when i woke up the next morning 😉 )

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The Carburetors @ John Dee 19.12.2014

Ain’t no better way to get in the proper Christmas mood than some Fast forward Rock’n roll.
December 19, The Carburetors performed their annual ”Christmas show” at John Dee.
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Starting off with the curtains pulled together with Jussi Bjørling singing “o helga natt” (O Holy Night), sets the mood before they start their well known intro with V8’s roaring, making your eardrums allmost burst!

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Packed with a 24-70 and a 200mm prime lens, I was there to shoot the show. But this time it was quite a challenge. There were a lot of people ready for getting in the Christmas mood, and the place was packed almost full. Of course great for the guys on stage, but a pain in the ass for me. John Dee being a fairly small venue, there aren’t any dedicated photo pits. Getting any clear view without arms and heads in the frame is challenging. In some shots it ads to the mood, but not in every shot.

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But despite the crowd, I feel I got a fair amount of decent shots. Especially when the lighting tech people were on my side, spreading some awesome light! (Thanks!)

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Kai Kidd had some great lights on him in several occasions, making him one of my favorite objects this evening. Of course his expressions and presence on stage makes him very photogenic. He always goes that extra mile pleasing the audience.

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Eddie Guz is of course also a real crowd pleaser. His voice is a big part of The Carburetors distinctive sound.

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You definitely need to know the “Rock on” sign when you’re at a Carburetors concert!

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The limited access I had too moving freely around, made it hard getting any shots of Chris Nitro. But here is on of the few I managed to get.

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Never a real Carburetors concert without Kai smashing his guitar!

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Next time I’m shooting a concert, I really need a venue with a decent photo pit 🙂

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My last picture, and actually also my favorite picture from this show. Love the dim light and the atmosphere.

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Rome, shot with the Fujifilm X-T1

The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” have a much stronger meaning after visiting in August 2014. The sight of the city, the buildings and the incredible decorations and carvings are just outstanding. No wonder why this city is on top of many people’s travel list.

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Before i bought the Fujifilm X-T1, I always brought my heavy DSLR with a bunch of lenses when traveling. But for this trip i choose to bring only my Fujifilm X-T1 with 3 prime lenses. The Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R, Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R and the Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R. These lenses have a full frame equivalent focal length of 21, 35 and 85 mm.

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I was still in doubt how I would cope without any zoom lens. My D800 with the 24-70 2.8 have been my workhorse combo on trips before (E.G New York) But aside from a couple of occasions changing back and forth betwheen lenses, my 23mm f.1,4 was the most used lens. The 35mm equivalent focal length is so versatile. In the following, I’ll try to give some tips and experiences from my trip. I have also attached the shooting data (Exif) to all the shots. All shots have been edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. If you haven’t read my mini-review of the X-T1 yet, you can check it out here: https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/.

Remember that you can click on the pictures to watch them in higher resolution!

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The city of Rome has so many sights what are worth seeing. But don’t forget to step inside if you see a random church on the street. Like this church on Via Del Corso. The outside looks fairly modest from the outside, but inside it’s size and decorations is breathtaking.

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We stayed at the Trevi Collection Hotel (Via Gregoriana 56), and I can highly recommend it. Located one block away from the Spanish steps, you have a great starting point seeing the city. Even great for a short pit stop at the Hotel during the day. As I stayed in August it was pretty hot. If you can come another time of the year, I recommend it. If there is no wind, 30C° and above is hot when you are not at the beach. The locals also have holydays in August, so be aware that some of the smaller local shops is closed.

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Unfortunately the fountain by the Spanish steps (Above) was under restoration. This picture is taken from the Spanish steps, looking down Via Condotti. The Via Condotti is where the high end (Read expensive) shops are located.

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Here is a shot from Via Condotti, looking up to the Spanish Steps.

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Other streets where shopping is in the focus is, Via Frattina, Via del Corso, Via Nazionale and on the other side of Tiber River (The big river running thru Rome, Called Tevere in Italian) is Via Cola di Rienzo. This street runs all the way up to the Vatican state.

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At the Vatican, i skipped entering Saint Peter Church. The lines was running all the way from the front door and in a half circle around the St. Peter’s Square. You can off course pay up and go with a guided tour, and then you can enter without waiting in the long line.

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But I went to the Vatican museum instead. I had online tickets bought ahead of going to Rome. And I’m glad i did. The line was ”miles long”. But with an online ticket, you have your own line, and I was inside in no more than 2 minutes 🙂

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The Vatican museum consists of to many things to list. But it contains an immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church. There are 54 galleries, and you also go thru the Sistine Chapel when taking the recommended route. The Sistine Chapel has its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. I have no photos from it unfortunately, because it’s the only place where it’s not allowed to take photos. Remember to cover your knees and shoulders, or you won’t be allowed in the Sistine Chapel.

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You also get a great view of the city from the Vatican Museum

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The most photographed object in the Vatican museum has to be the Spiral stairs (Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932)

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Here is a more unusual view from the bottom and up.

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One of the most known places in Rome has to be the Colosseum.

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Built in 70–80 B.C, it’s quite astonishing that there is still something left of this monster amphitheatre. It is estimated that it could hold as many as 50-80.000 people. The genius layout of sectors, levels and stairs meant that the Colosseum could be emptied with people in a couple of minutes. The construction is so effective that it is still used today with little change (see for instance football stadiums is structured in the same way as the Colusseum)

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Eating in Rome is of course high on the list. But to distinguish the real good Italian restaurants from the tourist traps can be difficult (Use Tripadviser). One advice, especially good on pizza/lunch is Osteria della Vite (Via della Vite 96-97).

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Another place I recommend is Sofie Ristorante (Via di Capo Le Case 51). It’s not only traditional Italian food served there. But stil highly recommended.

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Restaurant Antonio al Pantheon had good recommendations in Trivadviser, but I was honestly a bit disappointed.

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And don’t leave Rome without eating Gelato! (Italian style icecream)

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The Italians are also known for good beer J (Personaly I liked the piazza navona draft the best)

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One of the things I was most looking forward seing was the Trevi fountain. But unfortunately it was under renovation. (I think its under restauration for 18 months)

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Here is the Roman temple Phanteon, buildt in 126 B.C. Thinking of the manpower it had to take building this over 2000 years ago. Yet again the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” come to my mind.

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Here is the backside, showing the enormous dome.

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Piazza Navona is not a long walk from Phateon.

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Drinking fountains is found all over Rome, and yes you can drink it! (Saves you some Euro’s from the local guy trying to sell water on every corner)

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The Altar of the Fatherland or Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II is an impresive building.

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Measuring 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories on top are included, the height is 81 m (266 ft). You must see it to gasp the enormous size of this building.

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If you have never been to Italy before, you will be surprised how many variants of “police” they have. Polizia di Stato, Guardia di Finanza, Arma dei Carabinieri, Polizia Penitenziaria, Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Interforces, Provincial Police and Municipal Police (Probably there is even more ?)

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My last advice would be to only take official taxis. They are white, with a TAXI” sign on the roof and the Rome crest on the doors. Don’t say yes to any “special taxi offers” at the airport!

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My conclusion after using the XT-1 on holiday would be that my back and shoulder feels less sour. The handling of the camera is a joy as you probably read in my mini-review of the camera. The picture quality is in my opinion top notch.

The newly announced update to the XT-1, that fixes some  of my previously pointed out issues is also coming true. Did you read my blog Fujifilm? 🙂

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Some related blog posts to the Fuji X-T1 and 14, 23 and 56 mm fujinon lenses you can see here:

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/international-workers-day-in-oslo-shot-with-the-fujinon-56mm-f1-2/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/tourist-in-my-hometown-oslo/

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Gatebil main event 2014

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Gatebil’s main event. The saga continues at it’s twentyfirst year, an event that has become on of the hotest international car festivals  on this side of the galaxy. Few other places has so many stars, crazy builds, and late night partying. This motor fest continues to attract major international stars of all varieties. This year, one of the coolest surprises (For me) was this chap.

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And no, he ain’t a big shot driver. It’s Bil Baldwin, also known as the bearded man of drifting. He was constantly around spreading joy, and bringing a smile on everyone’s face J. And when performing his checkered flag waving, he does it like no one else. Bil had taken the long trip from the vest coast, where he normally attends at the Long Beach Formula DRIFT events etc.

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Big names like Vaughn Gittin Jr.and our own Fredrik Aasbø attended this year also, obviously bringing more spectators. Porsche legend Magnus Walker also went across the pond, to see what all the fuzz was about. If you don’t know Magnus, you should start out by watching this video http://vimeo.com/44410797. And when speaking of Porsche’s, this is one personal favorite from this event.

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This vehicle is built by Swedish Elite Projects. It’s a 1,100kg, Porsche 918 inspired build, based on a Cayman, fitted with a 996 Turbo engine. Looks awesome if you ask me!

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Another guy who had a fair bit of traveling was Andy Grady from Scotland. His Subaru looks splendid 🙂

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As you can see from the first picture in this post, Rudskogen raceway finally got the bridge to the inner track ready. This means the spectators can come across on the “island” in the center of the track. This is a 110% improvement, as you now can see a much bigger potion of the track. Thumps up on that one. Looks like the spectators had a great time in the sun!

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But unfortunately this year’s main event wasn’t all sunshine. On the last day, Sunday, there was a big crash. I won’t comment any further on this case, but you can read about it on the official Gatebil webpage. Our thoughts go to the friends and families of those injured. Let us pray that everything turns out well. After the big crash the rest of the event was called off. This means that Taavi Toomara took First place in the Gatebil World Powerslide Championship 2014 (Based on the qualifying results).

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Did I mention that his BMW 2002 looks even better this year than last?

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One thing I didn’t expect when turning around after hearing a big V8 roaring behind me, wasn’t this Mazda Miata. Fitted with a turbocharged V8, the Danish ”Drift team Overboost” was showing some proper skills whipping around the track in this small ”hairdressers” monster.

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And Gatebil isn’t really Gatebil without Fredrik Sørlie. He was showing some amazing driving skills doing backward entries in to the sharp left turn after the main straight, doing 100 mph. That’s some great skills right there, in a ”stock 2JZ” Cressida.

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The pit area is packed with incredible builds. Turbocharged BMW V8 in a Volvo Amazon anyone?

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And classics like this M3.

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The Speedhunters team was busy replacing the straight six 2JZ engine in this Lancia Delta (”LaSupra”)

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Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Movie bird Norway made some awesome video captures this weekend. And they didn’t let Vaughn Gittin Jr. Get away without some great slow motion on “tape”!

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When speaking about builds out of the ordinary. We have to bring up this Toyota Starlet.

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The build isn’t finished yet. But when placing one turbo engine in front, and then one in the rear of this little car, you are bound to get in trouble. That is if you’re not up to the task of handling this little monster. The driver of this car obviously didn’t have any problems handling it, as he was 4 wheel power sliding around every corner!

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Vidar Jødahl high speed drifting ”Angsten”

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What’s not to like in the body lines of this old Z model Datsun

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Drivers are constantly encouraged by the fans to run the wall. And quite a few bumpers and rear wings have gone to waste in that process.

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Fail Crew from Russia are becoming regular guests at the main Gatebil event.

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Tor-Andres Ringnes was having some engine trouble this weekend, but when everything was working good, he was rocking big time!

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Now if, just going to leave you with the rest of the shots to enjoy!

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