outofocus wedding photos in scandinavian woods

Back in 2017 the missus and I headed out in the wilderness, exploring like we do when we have a chance. We just pick a random, promising-looking area on google maps and we head out.

Usually, she is the one who has to blow me out from my chair, usually from the front of a computer or ipad screen but after we're out I'm the one who is restless to push things, go and explore just 'till the next corner, the next valley. I'm all in, always. We have some stories about that but that is for another post.

We were somewhere around 60.390888, 5.560830. We had no kids back then. We thought we had no time. We were tired. LOL!

Anyways. So there we are stomping our feet, enjoying the "no signal" message on our phones and everything that brings along with it, fresh air, no people, beautiful views and that is when she comes up with this idea that maybe we should shoot some pre-wedding-ish photos in this area.

We both agreed that this area was really purrty' but I had some concerns about what that entails from a logistics point of view.

Carrying gear, clothes & hangers, extra pairs of shoes and all that jazz. There were also a bunch of mosquito-infested hotspots on our way back that also raised some concern. In me. She was determined.

These are a bunch of selected images from that session. Had to come to the stone-cold conclusion that I might have to drop the "more images coming soon line". I've spat in my own mouth so many times with that. Then again, "soon" is such a relative term. I'm sure some of you smile while reading this. From some of you, I have to beg for forgiveness. Again. I promise to deliver what I'm due. The only question is when.

I have not forgotten about any of you and believe me, I carry those promises as burdens on my back every day and the bag got really heavy. There I go bitching again for my own shortcomings...

Images will be a mix of Sony A7 (first gen.) and Pentax 6x7 (film camera, heavy as fuck) with a grain of iPhoneography for the gear fetishists out there. Lenses are Leica M mount on the Sony via an adapter and the 105mm status quo lens on the Pentax. Freelensing that medium format monster is not easy.

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Needless to say, we went back a couple of times. Last time with all the gear and clothes we looked like a bunch of Sherpas in the Himalayas.

We've met a couple of folks along the hike to our selected locations. A curious elderly couple had the guts to ask us what the fuck we were planning on doing, politely obviously.

I don't blame them, we've probably looked out of place.

We have this tendency to stick out in most scenarios in life. I'm pretty sure we were the first ones who shot their wedding photos in that area.

I mean these were hike trails. Backpacks, boots, shorts, sandwiches. These woods never saw a wedding dress. Ever.

Feel a weird sensation of fulfillment even when I think of it.

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Remote control apps come in handy in times like these.

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Yes. We've shot our own photos if it wasn't obvious at this point. The range is pretty good on those remote app solutions. There is no autofocus tho' if you shoot M lens. The trade-off is worth it.

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This joint is called out of focus for a reason :)

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Might as well have some fun while we're at it. Don't know how to act like a model. It is not often I stand before the camera.

I was thinking about it really hard as you can see. I guess you have to take on a serious face. You can't go wrong with that.

Excuse the lack of makeup and wrinkles on me' clothes. When we left home everything was ironed. Seems like it was a waste of time. I'm sure Kinga disagrees. :)

If it was up to her she'd probably have brought that with us as well. Not sure where we would have plugged it in tho'.

Maybe I was doing something wrong because her dress doesn't look as "tired" as mine now that I look more closely.

At this point, we were about 2 hours-ish' into the hike. I look like I'm having an internal debate about why I agreed to this. We've only just begun but if you didn't know that, it could seem like I know what I'm doing.

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Headed into them elvish woods.

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Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting elves! :D


Oh, boy! Elv twacks!

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Gotcha, :) gonna marry this one! Or like Gyuri bacsi would say, "összekötjük életünk vonalát". "Blokkolnám, teccik nekem ez a no'e". :))

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Virgin lands. Aside from the small bridge and some benches built mostly from branches here and there, everything was just pure raw nature in all its glory.

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I like this fénykép a lot. Fény-kép is such a nice hungarian word. Fény meaning light and kép meaning picture.

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Another "act like a model" moment. Good thing we decided to do this ourselves. It was intimate. No pressure or anxiousness. Aside from the "act like a model". :)

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We say pretty wild shit just to get a reaction. Can't remember what she said but it was amusing. Not that it matters. She got pretty proficient at manual focusing. I'm proud of her.

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I like color. I couldn't live with a monochrome camera.

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Hot stuff. Imperfections are approachable, explorable and sexy. Human. Now that she is a mom I guess I can call her a MILF. :P

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My jokes are dumb.

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The Scandinavian wilderness has it's own specific vibe to it. Much more different compared to what we're used to. Beautifull nonetheless.

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This was only a tiny snippet of all the shots. Had to process them. She was blackmailing me.

The ultimatum was, she'd only change her name on facebook if I'll publish a post about the shoot.

I guess the saying, if it ain't on facebook, it didn't happen, is real. :)

Funny how this whole experience, trip, or any trip would be very shallow if there was nobody to share it with (share as in with a friend or a partner not as in share on social media).

Everything happens for a reason.

I got lucky.

This was on our way back to the parking lot.

So many trails and valleys left to explore even just in this "neighborhood".

Did I mention "we" decided to shoot at several locations?

Looking back, I'm glad she is stubborn and persuaded me.

I'm like those old cars from the nineteen hundreds that had to be cranked, but once I get started it is hard to stop.

She has to put in an effort so I lift my ass and has to beg me to go home when we're out there.

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Our next spot can be found here: 60.452555, 4.915717.

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This is my -I wonder if the remote is working- face and -I hope the wind doesn't blow over the tripod face- melded into one.

A nice haircut was long overdue.

It was pretty cold and windy that day. That spot usually is. Feels like the edge of the world. Edge of the map. :) There's even some markings in the rocks. I swear.

There is something very hostile and threatning about these lands compared to what we are used to in the Carpathian mountains.

Living here is an adventure for sure. I think it is safe to say we're both thankfull that we can experience something different.

The wider the spectrum the better. Always.

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Time to wrap it up. Love you honey bunny! :*

Thanks for tuning in folks. Hope you enjoyed the shots. If all is well this post should look proper on both desktop and cellphone browsers. Until next time.


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