17. júní. by Kristinn Agnarsson

Icelands national holiday is the 17th of June. Me and Guðný went for a walk.
I brought my Fuji and the Helios 44-2.
Many adore the Helios’ bokeh, and rightfully so, but what is bokeh without a stunning foreground?

Trillian by Kristinn Agnarsson

I had some really cool people come visit Iceland over the weekend to work on a secret project. Photographer Kyle Cassidy, his wife, actress Trillian and Joan Dark who is a guitar collector and coffee house owner.
Amazingly lovely good people whom I hope to see again soon.

Here is Trillian at Kleifarvatn. Shot with a Fuji X-T2 and a Nikon 105mm f/2.5. Kyle holding my never before used Godox AD200 flash to the side and then developed in Capture One.

Guðný by Kristinn Agnarsson

Me and Guðný drove off without a plan today and ended up on a beach on the south side of Iceland.
Oh, how I love this woman.

Fuji X-T2 with the Helios 44-2. 58mm f/2.

Hera by Kristinn Agnarsson

Me and Hera took a little walk in Öskjuhlíð recently. She needed a couple of photos to promote an upcoming gig. This is almost straight from camera.

X-T2 with the Cosmogon 58mm f/2 for the swirly bokeh.

Amanda Palmer @ Iðnó. by Kristinn Agnarsson

So, interesting couple of days. 

I won't go into detail to bore you, but Amanda Palmer came, saw and conquered Iceland.

Here are some pictures from her amazing ninja-gig at Iðnó.
She also did my podcast which will be out tomorrow or soon at least. 

Fuji X-T2 and various old lenses. 

The whole room singing along.

 A girl came up, read a poem and proposed to her boyfriend. He said yes. 

Amanda asking the crowd to take a vote on what the show should be.

City Life. by Kristinn Agnarsson

Once a while summer shows it's face around Reykjavik.
Everybody goes out.
Gets a coffee or a beer and tries to get some vitamine C at the same time. 

A couple of days ago I visited a local thrift store. I found two lenses. One Konica Hexanon 135mm f/3.5, and a Cosmogon 58mm f/2, which I later found out is just a rebranded version of the Helios 44-2 for the US market. I'd never seen one. 

I got these two lenses and a couple of watches (A Citizen and a Casio) for around 70 bucks. 

I shot this photo of an old man waiting for his coffee yesterday with the Cosmogon. For a lens I paid about 15 bucks for, it's pretty good. 

Click the picture for a bigger size. 

Fuji X-T2 and Cosmogon  58mm f/2  (Helios 44-2)

A great gig. by Kristinn Agnarsson

Last week I played the Harpa concert house with Bubbi Morthens. We did two whole albums, back to back and we will do it again next year. I was a big honour for me to be asked to play drums with this band of who's who of Icelandic talent, led by keyboardist Eyþór Gunnarsson of Mezzoforte fame. Here below is a picture of us after the gig. 

Photo by Spessi. 

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beards by Kristinn Agnarsson

I've decided to grow a beard. I have about 5 months until I have to shave again for work I think. 
I came across this magnificent beard at a birthday party last night. It belongs to Teitur Magnússon, a songwriter and singer for reggae band Ojba Rasta. 

Fuji X-T2 and a Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm f/2. 

Ellý... by Kristinn Agnarsson

So as I mentioned last time I'm currently playing drums in a musical based on the life and times of Ellý Vilhjálms. Find her on Spotify.
During intermission tonight I took some photos. 

All photos are Fuji X-T2 and Samyang 8mm or Minolta 55mm. 
 

Katrín Halldóra as Ellý, refreshing her makeup. 

Sigurður Guðmundsson, keyboardist and bandleader. 

In the bandroom during intermission. 

so... drums? by Kristinn Agnarsson

Recently I haven't posted a lot here on music. Fact is I haven't been drumming a lot since December. I needed to take a break. For both mental and health reasons. Exciting stuff. 
I've got tinnitus. It's a bitch. 

Anyways, I'm much better these days and I have just recently started playing drums in a musical here in Reykjavík called Ellý and is about one of Iceland's most beloved singers, Ellý Vilhjálms. She was one of the first professional female singers in Iceland and lived a very interesting life. 

I got the call a couple of weeks ago and did my first show a week ago. No rehearsal with the cast... I just prepared well and showed up. It went pretty well I think. 

I'll probably shoot some pictures at some point of the cast and crew and backstage life. 

So, to recap, I've not stopped making music, but I enjoy writing about photography more these days and I spend a lot of time reading about watches, my newest obsession. Hope my wallet survives that! :D

ahhh.. Minolta! by Kristinn Agnarsson

Minolta MC Rokkor 55mm f/1.7.
I love this lens on my Fuji X-T2. 

This is Albert. He is the oldest of my friend Ari's children. He has recently begun to take photos himself. He is also the bass player for Meistarar Dauðans, a great heavy rock trio. 

 

Helios 44-1 58mm f/2 - My newest obsession by Kristinn Agnarsson

I have to admit that a $40 old Russian lens was not the lens I figured would become my favorite to use on the Fuji X-T2. The Fuji lenses are awesome and I have a few. But these past weeks I've gotten into shooting fully manually, and yes that means no auto-focus either.
And this old Russian lens is pure fun. 

I use focus-peaking on the camera which makes it so easy to use manual focus. And the color and bokeh I'm getting from this lens is all kinds of awesome.
This picture of my friend Ingi sitting at his dinner table is lit from above with a single light that was hanging from the ceiling. I only did minimal processing work in Lightroom, WB-correction and a slight vignette and some contrast. That's it!

 

vintage + modern by Kristinn Agnarsson

I've been buying some old lenses on ebay recently. A couple of Russian Helios lenses and the Minolta MC Rokkor -PF 55mm f/1.7.

This is the first test shot with the Fuji X-T2 and the Minolta. Looking forward to shooting a lot with this lens. Jonas Rask has a nice article about it. 

 

My 1974 Kenwood amplifier. It still works beautifully.