Eigerøy fyr (lighthouse)
Early morning at the lighthouse with the calm of the north sea before nature springs to life.
Studio Toffa Photography was started in 2010 as a banner for my photographic output. The focus of Studio Toffa Photography is to provide both fine art and stock photographs of the norwegian landscape and nature. I aim for to provide good quality images that is both suited for the livingroom as the office. I'm confident that there is an image here for everyone's taste in regards to landscape and nature.My base is Jæren in Rogaland, an district with a diverse and varied landscape that range from lowland plains and agricultural fields to rugged mountains and stormy coastal landscapes as well as small towns and lighthouses to urban cities. So many of my pictures will showcase these landscapes and subjects.
As we have enough postcards in newstands, shops and tourist attractions in this country, I try to show known places and subjects in a different light. I want people to rediscover the places they know, and take a new look at them. Maybe be inspire by them to seek out these places that they've not seen since their childhood.
As a nativ norwegian, I've always felt a connection with the old norwegian fairytales, norse mythology, history and the old folklore of trolls and the spirit of the rivers, lakes, and the forest, and also the magic of the nature and the landscapes of Norway. I'm also very fond of Norwegian national romantic artist like Theodor Kittelsen, Hans Gude, Thomas Fearnley, J.C. Dahl, August Cappelen, and Lars Hertervig. All painter with the landscape as their main subject. This love for my native land have inspired and influenced my choice of subjects in my images as well. I try in my photographs to capture some of the mood and magic that the folklore and the norwegian fairytales contains, in a language that is close to national romantic painters. After all, it's a strong part of the norse national soul.I'm also a conservationist by heart, so I also aim with my pictures to enwoke people's love for the wonders in our nature around us. To make people see that we need to take this into account when we progress. That it's not just to push the wheel of progress blindfolded in front of us. We all have a responsability to the forthcoming generations to also let them enjoy and experience the wonder that is the norwegian landscape, free from electrical cabels, recreation home developements, four-lane highways and tunnels. We need the diversity of wildlife and plantlife, as well as both the wild landscape as the cultured landscape. Yes, we're a small country, but the nature is our biggest asset, so we need to guard it for the comming generations. It would be a shame if future generation only can see a majestic waterfall in the paintings and pictures of the past.
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The Official Studio Toffa
My tools of choice:
Camera: Nikon D800 with Nikon D200 as a back-up.
Lenes: Tamron SP-range zooms and Nikon AF-D primes.
Tripod: Feisol CT-3401 with a Giottos MH-5001 3-way head
Filters: Kenko U/V and Polarizers, Formatt Hitech ND and ND-grad soft edge, and Lee ND-grad hard edge.
Bags: F-Stop Loka (main bag), Lowepro (mainly FlipSide 400 AW and Vertex 300 AW (and some times DryZone Rover))
Current Residence: Stavanger, Rogaland; Norway
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Medium
Favourite genre of music: Rock, blues, gothic americana and much more...
Favourite photographer: Joe Cornish, Moose Peterson, Art Wolfe, David Bailey, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Morten Korgvold, Neal Preston, Anton Corbjin, Ansel Adams, ++
Favourite style of art: Black and white landscape photography
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: WinAmp what else?
Shell of choice: Modern
Wallpaper of choice: A landscape photo of Obrestad and Nærheim by yours truely
Skin of choice: My own skin. I'm not like Ed Gein.
Favourite cartoon character: Many but I have a softspot for dexter's lab and Grim's adventures with Billy and Mandy, and also Phineas and Ferb.
Personal Quote: Live life to the max! And I'll get my shots in the end.