Inspiration Corner — Ludwig Sörmlind
Today we have with us Ludwig Sörmlind, who is based in Sweden and is an HDR photography expert. It’s a great pleasure to have him today, and learn from him about his experiences and vast knowledge.
How and when did you start photography?
I have always loved the concept of freezing time and I started thinking about how cameras work while taking my first shots with a foldable pocket camera running on 110-film when I got my first camera from my dad somewhere around 1980–1990.
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Any interesting photography related anecdote that you want to share with our readers?
I have many! Since I am a huge fan of HDR and I really enjoy late night photography most of the time my shots take quite some time so set up and execute. I live in a rather small town in the south of Sweden and both the police and concerned citizens have stopped by asking what I am doing while I am casually walking around my tripod while taking my bracketed shots which sometimes could take several minutes per exposure.
You seem to do a lot of nature photography, which is fantastic. What kind of challenges do you face while doing such photography?
I love all photography and I am very impressed with everyone who dare to venture into the street photo genre. I usually find myself in the nature and therefore most of my shots portraits the nature. The biggest challenge is that you will never know what you will face when you arrive at your chosen location. Weather conditions, clouds, winds can all make a scene completely different from one day to the next.
What advice would you like to give to the upcoming photographers?
Don’t worry too much what people think about you and your photographs. In the end it doesn’t matter and some people will always complain so do what you love and do it however you want.
How did you like the Siftr experience?
I haven’t gotten around to fully explore the Siftr experience but from what I have seen I am deeply impressed. Thank you for creating such an interesting service.
Anything else you want to share with our readers?
I still remember the first time I stumbled upon an HDR-photo and my brain came to a screeching halt. Since then I have tried to copy other photographers to find out how they make their photos look the way they look and then adapting the workflow to make the pictures look the way I like them to look. Not necessarily to portrait reality 100% but rather to make an interesting picture or just to create something that wasn’t there to begin with. I try to be very open with how I take my photos and how I edit them to everyone who wants to know.
Thank you Ludwig, for giving us time. We wish you all the very best.
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