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. 

Happy new year! by Kristinn Agnarsson

I was gonna get some awesome pictures of the unreal fireworks display you can see from my balcony but as soon as I started to take pictures the battery in my camera gave up. It took me a while to find the extra battery so the show was mostly over by the time I was ready to shoot. Here is one picture at least with a couple of explosions going on.

Next year I’ll be ready. :-) 

 

When it’s snowing outside... by Kristinn Agnarsson

Today the weather is not so nice so we stay inside.. everybody doing their thing. Things are mostly very relaxed, which is not strange since we have been eating like horses for the last 3 days.  

My dad found a game on his tablet called Word Snack. He has spent hours on this today. Totally engrossed and focused. 

 
Shot with the Fuji X-T2 and the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95. Converted to B&W with VSCO.

 

Looks like he’s planning a battle, but no it’s just a Word Snack game. 

the last of Baggalútur.. for now. by Kristinn Agnarsson

Happy Holidays!

The last of 18 shows with Baggalútur was on December 22nd. I am now in Seyðisfjörður. The most beautiful fjord in all of Iceland. I am not lying. 

Here are some more pictures I took during the last day of shows with the lovely people of Baggalútur. I want to thank each and everyone in the band and the technical crew who were outstanding as usual. 

Fuji X-T2 and various lenses. 

You can click on a photo to see a larger version. 

 

Rehearsing backing vocals backstage for a couple of surprise songs for the very last gig. 

Resting my foot on the bassdrum in between songs. 

Helgi Svavar in traditional Icelandic christmaswear. Not. 

Steini and Ingi during the last gig. 

Snæfinnur Snjókarl giving Friðrik Dór his guitar. 

Backstage during the break. 

Sammi Dj-ing backstage. 

Finnur drinking really strong coffee I think. 

Gummi in his white suit. 

Getting ready for second half. 

Kiddi going on stage. 

The brass section right behind my kit during a song so I had to snap a picture. 

Ingi and Kristbjörn during the last gig. Kristbjörn getting his drink on early. 

Even while singing the lead vocals on a song he has to to pose and drink. A true master. 

Stefán Hilmarson, one of the surprise guests singing a song. 

Don't worry, he is taking lessons and will soon know how to hold the bass. 

Eyþór Gunnarsson. I have no words. 

Spessi, who came to photograph us. Only fair I would shoot one of him after the show. 

More photos of Baggalútur by Kristinn Agnarsson

So, now we only have 2 gigs left for next friday, completing 18 gigs in december. It's not been very easy I must admit due to my hearing problems, but it's gotten easier as we went along. Perhaps my tinnitus is starting to subside a little or maybe I'm just getting more used to it. At least it hasn't gotten worse. And that's something to build on. 

I have been taking some snapshots with my trusty X-T2 and different lenses. Here are some more photos of the festivities. I even grabbed the camera with me on stage for the last show this weekend to take some photos during breaks in songs or in between songs. 


You can click the photo for a larger version. 

 

Kiddi onstage with Baggalútur last weekend. He is the "maðurinn á bakvið tjöldin" as they say.

Keyboardist Eyþór Gunnarsson playing the bongos with a disco hat. As one does. 

Saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson backstage having some chicken.

Guitarist Guðmundur Pétursson giving me the finger, I think. 

Bryndís Jakobsdóttir, the newest member of Baggalútur, chatting with photographer Spessi.

Ingi during a short break in the show. 

Óskar, Kjartan & Sammi. The brass trio of doom. Helgi trying to run out of shot. 

Siggi gives me the eyebrows during a song. 

And finally me, Photo by Kiddi during the last song of the show. 

Backstage with Baggalútur. by Kristinn Agnarsson

Just a couple of pictures from the last weekend with Baggalútur during our crazy christmas show marathon. 18 shows in december!
Still playing around with color and widescreen crops.  

Fuji X-T2.
Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
Fuji 56mm f/1.2
Samyang 8mm f/2.8

You can click on any photo for a bigger version. 

 

Start of rehearsals. Dísa, the newest member of Baggalútur setting up her keyboard and mic. 

Gummi laughing at something Helgi said. Not an unusual occurrence.

Gummi P wondering why the hell I just can't leave him the hell alone. :D

During a break in rehearsals.

My setup for the concerts. 

Keyboard master Eyþór in his mothership. 

Getting ready for the first gig of the day. 

Kjartan checking the microphone on his trumpet. 

Jón Valur and Kristbjörn looking at something interesting backstage. 

Guðmundur getting into his red suit. 

Dísa and Ingi doing last minutes checks to see if they are stage ready. 

Kjartan making sure his trumpet works. It always works. Very well.