This is the ongoing journal of my travels, photography, experience with people, places and equipment.
"Thank you for an excellent three days. It was good to meet you and Joy and of course Robin. I feel that I learned a lot and shall put it into practice! Whilst it was a shame about the weather what we learned was no matter what the weather there is Great light to be found and excellent photos to be taken. I look forward to meeting you again in London for coffee."
- R. L. (London)
The city named after Romulus
Rome, Italy, June 2-5, 2015
One of my favorite cities in the world is Rome. The people, the food, the light, the coffee, the history, culture and architecture. This visit was no exception and I look forard to hosting another Overgaard Workshop Rome in October.
Viewing the photos from the day in our Rome Workshop apartment by the Spanish Steps in Rome.
"My overall goal taking part in the Rome Workshop, was to focus much at the light, which I can transfer to future photo and television news stories that I produce. And I got it.
The hands on practice and advice from Thorsten benefits both experienced pro´s like my self, and amateurs who wants to step up a level. So with my tired feets walking around hot Rome, I now will go back and let the experiences and inspiration go into my photography works. You are newer to old, too experienced or (especially) too good to learn."
On our way from Rome to Berlin we stopped for the night to rest in a hotel on the hillside in Brennersee in Austria, close to the Italian border.
We arrived as the sun set and the mist came down from the mountains into the valley, there was this little church in the field outside the hotel. I wonder if the guy on the other side of the road decided to build a church for just one person? It's tiny but in the traditional style. Leica M 246 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
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Picking up the Leica Q at Meister Camera in Berlin.
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Classic style on bicycle. Aarhus, Denmark. Leica M 246 with Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4.
Election night in Denmark
Christiansborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 20, 2015
Surprisingly the election for parliament in Denmark was on a day where I was actually in Denmark. So as I have been doing the last few times, I was at the parliament building on election night doing stilles. This time with the Leica Q and the Leica M 240.
Joy is doing a tour in Germany, six concerts in six days, so I had time to do the election day, and then the Queen a few days later.
"Hello Thorsten. I want to thank you for your web site and all the photography tip that you share. I'm a big big Sony system fan (at the past i shot Nikon too) that always want to make a switch to Leica and i did the switch after reading your (very long and invested) Leica guide. So thank you very much. I never love photography like i am now."
Every year I photograph the life and the people in the private kindergarten Lillekilden in Copenhagen. It's the kindergartens "portrait book" and for history, atmosphere and promotion. It's always fun.
Leica Q (100 ISO, f/17, 1/1000)
To be, or not to be, that is the Q
Aarhus, Denmark, June 27, 2015
I finally finished my first user report on the Leica Q.
"Hi Thorsten, just read your article on 50 APO Summicron interview with Peter Karbe. I was astonished by the idea behind 50 APO Summicron. Thanks for this article it was a pure enlightenment for me! I think Leica should be putting more soul in their manuals and explaining the engineering behind each lens... this is so much more motivational."
- B. B. (USA)
Robin and I was hanging out on cafe today. Aarhus, Denmark. Leica M 246 with Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4.
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"Thorsten. I've followed your work and advice for quite some time and referenced your Leica M 240 articles when buying my own (first) Leica. Very useful to have your experiences".
- J. B. (UK)
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Above: Photo by Morten Albek: "Leica photographer Thorsten von Overgaard having a short break in the shadow of a fig tree in Rome, during the recent Leica photo workshop. : Leica M9 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4.
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish-American multiple award-winning photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops to photographers. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via email.
You can follow Thorsten Overgaard at his television channel magicoflight.tv.