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On The Road with Thorsten Overgaard · The July 2014 Journal
 
   
 
   

On The Road with Thorsten Overgaard · July 2014

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By: Thorsten Overgaard

This is the ongoing journal of my travels, photography, experience with people, places and equipment.

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"I am only pages into the Lightroom Survival Kit course, I am VERY excited about it! There are many years of digital experience in the first 10 pages - years that I can bypass! Having a clear understanding of color space and color profile is fantastic."

 
  - R. M. (USA)  

 

The New Leica Store San Francisco

463 Bush Street, San Francisco, USA, July 1, 2014

I arrived one day too late to be there for the soft opening of the new Leica Store San Francisco on Monday, but got to see the store that is getting finished.

 

Leica Store San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
Leica Store San Francisco. Leica M 240
with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

The Leica Store SF has the potential to be one of the best Leica Stores around. The feel and the size will invite to become a place to hangout, to meet up and share photos and show off old film cameras. That's how the best Leica Stores work, such as LA, Tokyo and London.

Note that there is the Akiko's Restaurant Japanese restaurant just down the street that is a great place for lunch or dinner after having visited the Leica Store.

 

Shame on you, San Francisco

San Francisco, USA, July 1, 2014

San Francisco is to some degree like an open mental hospital where you can hardly hear what your think because so many crazy people yell at their own reflections in the windows, beg for money, yell across he street or simply lie around sleeping in the streets - if not sticking them self with a heroin needle in the leg whilst lying on the open street!

I am sure this will get me a few new unfriends, but someone has to say what is so obvious. No other city I have ever visited has so obvious a problem. Vancouver is close, but SF beats even Vancouver.

 

Insanity is not something that just happens, it is something that is created. The simplicity of it is that if you experience a traume in life, you are offered help. That is how you get tangled into the psychiatric machinery of drugs and electrochock theraphy. And that is how a traume after a traffic accident, a family members death, the loss of job or property turns into a real insanity and a lifelong detour on psychiatric drugs.

People are not naturally insane. They are made insane and it takes work to do it.

So when you see that much madness on the streets of San Francisco, it's the creation of hopelessness, not a natural state that come about by it self. Someone is making it. And the people of San Francisco is turning their attention elsewhere, mostly by avoiding going down those roads and by paying for the "mental health care" over taxes and insurances, hopeing someone in government and health care takes care of things.

And boy, do they take care! Shame on you San Francisco for not taking care of this and put the foot down on the government/healt system abuse of your fellow citizens.

 

     
 

"I just read your article on San Francisco and you are right. It is a sad place. Not unlike many other West Coast cities. Even more sad is the gentrification that is taking place there and elsewhere. Land developers and police working together to move the homeless around the city to intentionally run down neighborhoods in order to buy land cheap and redevelop it for future sales and profit when the homeless are moved once again. Sad stuff for sure."

 
  - J. D. (USA)  

 

     
 

"I have just read part of your blog about your recent trip to San Francisco and the problems that you witnessed there. This is certainly a different blog than your others.

I am very glad to see you raising this issue... and that it is time to stop being "blind" to it.
It is heartbreaking and very soul destroying to see people in so much pain, agony and suffering.
In many cases, the people here who use drugs are legitimately in pain, and can not access a doctor or the medical system.

So they turn to street drugs for their pain. However, they have no idea what they are buying.
And, you can see the results for yourself!!! Heroin is only one of the problems, unfortunately."

 
  - P. O. (Vancouver)  

 

     
 

"You are right. Here is a PDF report about the problem and how it is created, "The Role of Psychiatry in Homelessness"

 
  - A. P. (San Francisco)  

 

 

San Francisco

San Francisco, USA, July 2-5, 2014

 

San Francisco in the fog. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard
San Francisco in the fog.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.


My daughter Robin Isabella von Overgaard photographed by Ben Smukler
My daughter Robin Isabella von Overgaard photographed by Ben Smukler

 

Robin Isabella von Overgaard and Joy Villa acting as models, July 2014.
Robin Isabella von Overgaard and Joy Villa acting as my models, July 2014.

 

San Francisco.
San Francisco.


San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
San Francisco.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
San Francisco.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

 

Joy Villa performing at Mason Street Social Club in SF

San Francisco, USA, July 5, 2014

 

Joy Villa performed at 50 Mason Street Social Club in San Francisco
Joy Villa performed at 50 Mason Street Social Club in San Francisco.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

     
 

"I had an extraordinary time attending your workshop. You have a very natural way of teaching and the things I learned from you about photography, techniques and workflow are invaluable."

 
  - J. L. (Canada)  

 

 

A short trip to Los Angeles

Los Angeles, USA, July 6-8, 2014

We have a secret place in LA where we hang out, and we planned to do so. Sleep for long hours and do nothing. But as it is often the case with us, we ended up working a lot. Some of it you can read about in The Story Behind That Picture "The Hollywood Murder", my photo session with actor Terence Hines:

 

© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0. This photo is with available soft light from the windows covered with white curtails.
© 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0. This photo is with available soft light from the windows covered with white curtails.

 

We also got to play around with the Leica M 240 and Leica 90mm THambar f/2.2, my lens from 1938 that is a special lens to create "sunny images".
We also got to play around with the Leica M 240 and Leica 90mm THambar f/2.2, my lens from 1938 that is a special lens to create "sunny images".

 

GUCCI photo bag by Thorsten von Overgaard
A GUCCI camera bag in Los Angeles. Read more in the article Sexy Stuff for the Worlds Most Sexy Camera.


Robin met Anna in LA, a friend from Denmark who moved to LA. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
Robin met Anna in LA, a friend from Denmark who moved to LA.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

Robin hanging out in LA. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
Robin hanging out in LA.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

We stumbled over this amazing Victorian style runway dress at Marc by Marc Jacobs (by Marc Jacobs & Sons for Marc). Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
We stumbled over this amazing Victorian style runway dress at Marc by Marc Jacobs (by Marc Jacobs & Sons for Marc).
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

 

Winner announced in the I SHOT IT competition

San Francisco, USA, July 9, 2014

 


The result of the Prestigious I shot it Black & White Photo Competition #2/2014 has been announced. The first price is a Leica M Monochrom and $10,000 cash award. See this and the Mark of Excellence awards here. Judged by Thorsten von Overgaard and Birgit Krippner. You can already now enter to participate in the #3/2014 competition to win a Leica M Monochrom and cash award. Enjoy!

 

     
 

"Thank you very much for your info. I managed to get my Leica set at the downtown Leica Frankfurt store. But would love to visit the Wetzlar store someday just to see the production line. It's been my dream to own a Leica for years and I am so so very ecstatic to be able to achieve it today. Am very excited to get started!"

 
  - A. K. (Singapore)  

 

 

Joy Villa releases her new CD

Florida, USA, July 10, 2014

Joy recorded her new CD in London some months back and she has already released a few music videos up to the actual album release. Read more here, see the video and order the album:

 


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Writing holiday in Florida

Clearwater, USA, July 9, 2014

We arrived in Florida to hang out here with writing stuff and hang out with my kids for the next five weeks before we have some concerts and events in LA. Then we have another two weeks where we will have to decide where to hang out.

 


Hanging out in Clearwater with my sons wedding and writing holiday. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

My son got married!

Florida, USA, July 11., 2014

My son Oliver got married today in Florida. The lucky bride is Brittany who is from LA and is half Irish, half Italian.

Oliver and his 14 minutes older sister Caroline have been living in Clearwater since September 2012, and it was quite a surprise for Caroline that her 14 minutes younger twin brother would get married before her!

 

My son Oliver with his new wife, Brittany. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
My son Oliver with his new wife, Brittany. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

My youngest daughter Robin Isabella sneaking in on a photo. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
My youngest daughter Robin Isabella sneaking in on a photo. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

My oldest daughter Caroline. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
My oldest daughter Caroline. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

     
 

"Your work has deeply encouraged me to progress in my photographic journey after having been burned out working in the wedding photography field for many years. You have encouraged me to tap in once again to my creative side and my photography is much better in part due to your influence. Keep up the good work!"

 
  - S. R. (Saint Luis, USA)  

 

 

How to set Photoshop CC2014 to 100% preview

July 17, 2014

Since I upgraded to Photoshop CC 2014 I have been bothered by Photoshop showing 100% previews that was much smaller than what the images actually looked in browswer.

After having looked in the Photoshop Preferences again and again for a way to set this to actual preview, I finally found out that the way to do it is to go to the Application folder on the Macbook Pro Retina and take info (press command + i) and then check the box Open in Low Resolution.

That solves the issue.

The thinking behind that 100% preview is much smaller in PS than in real applications is that one pixel on the screen (a Retina screen in particular) is not the same as in a web browser. A retina screen has 220 'points' per inch whereas a traditional screen had/has 100 'points per inch. Hence PS shows the actual pixels - which is 220 points now vs. 100 before, making your 100% image roughly 40% the sieze of what it is in actual use in a web browser. It is not very applicable when you edit images and want to see how they will look in a web brower, hence I had to find a way to change it. And I did!

 

How to set Photoshop CC2014 to 100% preview
Photoshop CC 2014 tip: The way to get your 100% preview back to 100% so Photoshop and web browser 100% previews look the same on your Retina screen is to go to the Application folder on the Macbook Pro Retina and take info (press command + i) and then check the box Open in Low Resolution.

 

Meeting Dick Zimmerman

Clearwater, USA, July 20, 2014

I met with Dick Zimmermann who have had a great career as a photographer in New York, Los Angeles and London photographing a lot of fashion and celebrities, the Michael Jackson album cover for Thriller" probably being the most iconic with a place as the no 7 album on the Rolling Stones top 100.

Zimmerman originally went into photography to become better painter, and one day he put down the camera and returned to painting, which is what he does now.

We had a long talk and a cigaret on the balcony with a view to the water whilst we fondled the Hasselblad that he used for the Thriller album some of my Leica's and the Thambar lens that I though might be just him. Read more in my upcoming The Story Behind That Picture.

 

Dick Zimmerman
Dick Zimmermann. Read more in my upcoming The Story Behind That Picture. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

 

The Singer

Florida, USA, July 25, 2014

We have met a few times and we're sort of warming up to a photo shoot that I am sure I will get back to. Here's a photo of Stacy Francis from her performance today.

 

Stacy Francis doing Purple Rain that used to be available on iTunes. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.
Stacy Francis doing Purple Rain that used to be available on iTunes. © 2014 Thorsten Overgaard.
Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0.

 

 

Florida, July 26, 2014

One has to take into planning that it takes 10-15 minutes for the camera and lenses to adjust when they go from air condition to outside in Florida.


 

Joy Villa signs with Music Library

Los Angeles, USA, July 31, 2014

Joy signed with Music Library which means her music will be used for television shows. Read the press release.

Princess Joy Villa
Photo by Photo Angelo.

 

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Above: Joy Villa in Bangladesh in June. We visited the local football field before we left and gathered a crowd that followed us all the way to out car. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 



 


 

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Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

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