Tag Archives: photos

Sønderborg in a Different Light

Sometimes photographs can make things you see every day look new and interesting. That’s how I felt when I came across Anne-Kathrin Pries‘ pictures where she paints with light in Sønderborg.


I asked Anne-Kathrin a couple of questions about these photos:

How did you get the idea for these light photos?

I get inspired by other photographers. I saw some night pictures where they used a torch to paint/lighten up the foreground, and I tried that and was hooked. On Flickr.com I found other people from around the world who take lightpainting pictures.

The light photos you take have a very magical feel to them. How do you create them?

I take these pictures in a completely dark environment, preferably where there are no city lights.
I take a longetime exposure (keeping the camera lense open for a long time) which can take up to 10 minutes if it is dark enough and I walk into the picture with a light source while my camera stands on the tripod and captures the movement of my light.
First I started to paint with common torches but you can use everything that lights up. I found some toys like a Star Wars sword, which is very useful. I got some good results with steel wool too. It burns very brightly and can illuminate a big area.

Do you get these photos in one take or do you spend whole nights running around with saber swords and sparklers?

The most exciting part is that you never know how the picture will look like in the end. It depends on how much light is around or if it’s full moon, then you won’t have so much time for painting and when it is really dark you can often sit for hours and wait until the camera has collected enough light. The hardest part is to focus when it is dark, you can’t really do it … sometimes I spend hours and afterwards I find out that my picture isn’t sharp :-/. Another thing is you can’t really see what you paint or where in the photo you place your light… but after some time you get a feeling for it.

Which is your favourite photo and why?

It is this one. I used a bicycle light for that and this was my second try in painting people. It is really difficult cause you need to turn off the light, after drawing one arm, to go back and draw the head, and so on. It can easily turn into a big squiggle. For this couple I just needed only one try and it was perfect … I didn’t think I would get this.

One last thing, what’s you favorite place in Sonderborg and why?

My favorite place is this one. I love the water and the beach, I take most of my pictures there:-)

See more photos by Anne-Kathrin on her website or her flickr account.

Ship Wrecked – What they find on the bottom

The coming weekend an interesting event is taking place in Sonderborg. Every second year somewhere in Denmark a local diving club organises a Wreck Exhibition and this year it’s hosted by the local Sønderborg Sportsdykker Klub.

Here you can see artifacts that people have brought up to the surface from wrecks. You will also get a chance to talk to the people who brought them up, hear their tales of finding the wrecks and their theories for why the ships sank.

As part of the exhibition there will be a photo competition for the best wreck photo. There is also a competition for the prettiest and funniest find.

The last couple of years Danish sports divers has been acquiring sonar equipment which has made it possible to locate wrecks that were considered lost. One of these “lost” wrecks is UC 30.

During World War I in April 1917 the German submarine UC 30 struck a mine and sank by the west coast of Jutland. Almost a decade later in 2011 an expedition found the wreck and underwater photographer Kim Meineche was there to document it. At the exhibition Kim Meineche will be there to talk about the expedition and show the pictures he took. Some of them he took with modern 3D technology.

The artifacts that will be on display are in private collections so this is a very unique chance of seeing these things. To get an idea of the items and atmosphere we got some pictures from Søren Hertz-Christensen, Sønderborg Sports Diving Club to show you what it was like two years ago:

[nggallery id=2]

The exhibition is open

  • Saturday March 3rd 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday March 4th 10am – 2:30pm

Entrance is 40DKK, free for children under 12