La vita è bella

This past Monday morning I met up with Athena Nesti, Isabella Larsson and Li Johansson at Karlaplan in Stockholm for a ballet photoshoot. There is a beautiful big fountain in the centre of the circular pond that we were planning to use as a background. The sun was only lighting the top part of the water stream, but as the sun moved its rays reached further and further down and after half an hour or so it was illuminating the entire pillar of water.

Athena Nesti. I brought the Nikon 200mm f/2 which I had bought earlier this year, and only used twice because of its weight. This meant that I was standing far away, outside shouting distance, and we had to resort to sign language and couriers, but the images were worth the extra trouble.
Athena Nesti. Shooting with a telephoto lens slows things down, you set up the framing, and then all you need to worry about is the timing.
Isabella Larsson
Li Johansson
Li Johansson

Next we moved down into the pool, which allowed us to fill the entire background with the fountain and create a more immersed picture.

Athena Nesti

Unfortunately as we were in the middle of photographing the fountain suddenly stopped, turns out they had scheduled a pool cleaning and the workers were draining the pool and it would not be up and running again for the next few days. So we decided to take the subway and head out to Långholmen for a few photos there.

Athena Nesti
Athena Nesti
Isabella Larsson

The 200mm lens is also a great portrait lens, so we decided to also do some posed and candid portraits.

Isabella, Athena and Li. At two meters focusing distance the depth of field on this lens is one centimeter. At 3.35 meters like here (got the focusing distance from the EXIF in the NEF file), the depth of field is 3 cm (according to the online depth of field calculator). I probably should have reduced the aperture here a bit to make sure everyone was in focus, but look at the bokeh!
Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil.
Li Johansson backlit by the sun, and with a reflector on the right hand side.
Li and Athena
Athena Nesti with the Stockholms stadshus and Kaknästornet in the same photo.

We then decided to play around with a bit of video recording. Here are a few snaps I took during the filming under Västerbron.

Athena Nesti
Athena Nesti
Athena Nesti
Isabella Larsson
Li, Athena and Isabella

The one minute video we put together:

Many thanks to Athena, Isabella and Li for a fun morning photoshoot!

Instagram: Athena, Isabella, Li and Johannes

— Johannes

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