12 personal favorites of 2010.

shine a light


2010 is coming to an end.

i don't know what it's like for you, but for me some years just seem to fly by while others have a slower pace and somehow feels a lot easier to remember. this past year is one of those years that have passed so quickly i almost have a hard time recollecting it.

much has, in fact, happened. more than i want to remember at times.; severe illness amongst friends and family, a challenging economy having impact on many businesses including mine, divorces and breakups almost everywhere i look and sadly some friendships have been lost along the way - apparently.

on a much happier note, work has been pretty good, albeit stressful, i'm back at making my own music once again, as well as starting up a new band/project and of course - i've embraced photography to an even greater extent than before. last, but not least, new friendships have emerged and there's a lot happening pretty much across the board - 2011 seems to be heading in all sorts of directions - luckily, 'forward' seems to be the major unifier.

i've put together a series of images i haven't posted that in different ways sums up this past year. there's twelve of them - each representing it's own month and it's own little story. through them you'll get to know me a little better and share a little of the ride that has been 2010.

i wish you all a blessed new year filled with happiness, peace and all that is good. look out for to surface soon - a dedicated site to everything i do photographically. i'm accepting clients for 2011 and if you know somebody who's getting engaged, married or simply wants to document an event or even have a little digital story created about their life/business - tip them about me and you'll be rewarded with a discount on my services for yourself.

much love,

~ morgan | stereosaint ~



this image was taken on a trip to paris. i was walking by the river and came across these two cuddling up on a bench by the water. it's beautiful how love sometimes makes you phase out everything and everyone around you. i think we need that sometimes. this image was made with a Canon 5DMKII and a Canon 50mm 1.2L - love it. converted to B&W with the amazing Silver Efex Pro software.




being born in april, the spring has always had a special hold on me. the smell of it, the sounds of the birds returning, people pouring back onto the streets of my native oslo, norway...there's not many things that can compete with that. i made this image somewhere in london with a Canon 5DMKII and a Canon 50mm 1.2L - love it.



reach out

another thing that's beautiful about the spring is how kids love to get on anything with wheels and just roam the bounds of their territories - and sometimes even further. i was really lucky with this one...he reached out to me while jumping of his ride and i was lucky enough to lock focus on his hand and it turned out great with the different shapes and play of light. i made this image with a Canon 5DMKII and a Canon 24mm 1.4L MKII - love it. converted to B&W with the amazing Silver Efex Pro software.



high roller

i was at the airport right outside oslo a while back and saw this dude completely owning the ground he stood upon. here in norway people tend to run and hide every time they see someone sport a camera, so i discretely figured out how i wanted the shot, prefocused the distance using the markers on the lens of my camera (the big advantage of a rangefinder camera) and got the shot without anyone noticing. what i like about the image, is the balance created by the different elements of the image - the man and the column, the lady and the machines, the light and shadow. i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Leica Summilux-M 35mm ASPH MKII.



hotel california

my favorite place to stay if i'm in america, is the hard rock hotel. it's just got this great vibe and you totally get the feeling of the true essence of a real vacation. the service is top notch, the food is awesome (they have chefs available 24/7 and the restaurants - the kitchen, palm++ - are amazing) and the locations of their hotels are superb. late one evening i was headed back to my room and this deserted hallway reminded me of the song 'hotel california'. i love the geometry in the image as well as how the light plays with shadows while jimmy rests as cool as ever on the wall way ahead. i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Leica Summilux-M 50mm pre-asph (i miss that lens). converted to B&W with the amazing Silver Efex Pro software.




in the middle of manhattan there's a sculpture that simply depicts 'love' while looking awesome. needless to say it's photographed a lot. to me, the man seeking refuge from the sun in the shadow of love, adds an interesting element of interpretation to the sculpture, not to mention the word 'love' itself. i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Voigtländer 15mm Super Wide Heliar.




as i'm writing this we're in the middle of christmas and there's a lot of people struggling with loneliness, family intrigues and all sorts of stuff that usually remain in the private sphere. you all probably understand why i made this image and also why i really like it; this is the sort of thing happening when friends are hanging around. too few chairs? not an issue! i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Leica Summilux-M 50mm ASPH. converted to B&W with the amazing Silver Efex Pro software.




this image was made on my way home after work. i had noticed the tree on the right a few weeks earlier and had waited for the right light to stop and make a photograph. this particular day the light i wanted filled the sky and, luckily for me, a tractor had just passed giving the earth a wonderful texture. i love the sharp, crisp and detailed look of the earth in contrast to the creamy sky. i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Leica Summilux-M 24mm ASPH.



the kiss

i was given the honor of photographing this lovely couple last summer on their big day and this is one of those images that, while not the best or most perfect image of the day, 'just happened'. gotta love it! i made this image using a Canon 7D and a Canon 10-22mm lens. didn't love that lens. :-/



ticket to ride

if you follow my blog, you know that i love 'times square' on manhattan. this is an image i made late one evening while watching everything going on. i wanted to capture how the whole place was alive - everything is moving...the displays, screens, people, cars...except for the ground beneath our feet. i focused on the the crossing in front of me, had the lens wide open at f/1.4 and waited for the right moment. this is how it turned out. i hope you like it! i made this image with a Leica M9 and a Leica Summilux-M 50mm pre-asph (i miss that lens).




of glass and steel

the final image is one i made in paris this spring. i was going to visit the louvre for the first time and wasn't quite sure what to expect. if you haven't been there i'd recommend spending about two days there. its way too much for just one day and i have to say i envy the people of the city who's able to go there anytime they want to. so much to see and so much inspiration there. i made this image with a Canon 5DMKII and a Canon 24mm 1.4L MKII - love it.

the sound of silence


quick fix

...or maybe not.

first, let me apologize for my silence. it's been a while and i know. i'm painfully aware of it. i've got good reasons, though, if you'd care to hear me go on and on about the immense amounts of work that has been the last month or two...or four...or six. the story of my life - work. but hey - i'm not complaining. ;) i'm explaining, all right?

this post. i'm making it for a reason. i'm not on a rant. the holidays are coming up. they're breathing down my neck like lucid electricity. i have no idea where that example came from, but that's what you get for writing a blog post at this hour.

i'm excited. why? i've been recording tonight. that's why. not original material, however, but a cover song. a beautiful cover song. and if - i'm saying if - you've been a good boy or a good girl or maybe even if you haven't been very good at might have a little treat coming your way. for free. while we're still in 2010. thats right. reason to get excited, yes?

so - let's hope the stars align and inspiration strikes like sledgehammer. i will feed the rhythm. keep your fingers crossed and make sure you come back soon.



iphone 4 vs iphone 3gs.


i took the plunge. i purchased the iphone 4.

the phone was released in norway on july 30th and a couple of minutes after midnight i'd placed my order for the 32gb version with my provider. a couple of days later the phone was in my hands and one of the first things that really struck me about the phone is how apple manages to release a product which looks really elegant and beautifully designed - until they release the next version of said product.

the iphone 4, esthetically, destroys it's predecessors: slimmer, taller and with superior materials.

before the release here in norway i'd read quite a lot about the phone. the hysteria concerning reception, issues with the display and so on and so forth. i also checked it out during my recent visit to the states in a couple of apple stores (i was hunting for an ipad - i don't usually spend my vacations hanging out in apple stores...believe it or not).

my main concern about purchasing the iphone 4 was: is the upgrade worth it? i was already a happy owner of a 32gb 3gs and would the improvements be enough to justify the cost?

i'll cut straight to the chase and answer that question right away. it depends on how you use your phone! :-D

to me, the single most important reason to upgrade was the improved camera - and it is indeed improved. check out the shot below - straight out of the camera. check out the latest cover of macworld magazine(read about it here): it's a shot of the iphone 4 done with an iphone 4, using apps for treatment. on top of that you can shoot movies in 720p hd and edit them in-phone using imovie for the iphone 4.


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pretty cool.

then, there's the display. it's awesome. of course there's nothing called a retina display. oh - but now there is. seriously, though. if you plan on watching a movie, reading an ebook or showing off some photographs: it excels. because of the resolution, the display actually seems to be bigger than it is, at least to my eyes...probably because of the increased 'depth'.

one thing that bothers me, though, is the new yellow-ish tint to the display as opposed to the slightly pink-ish tint of the 3gs. the display on the 3gs seemed more bright, and actually more white, than the retina display on the iphone 4. the retina display does, however, give you a greater feeling of 'warmth' if that is your thing.


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something i hadn't picked up on, was the improved sound quality of the iphone 4. it's a  h u g e  difference. i can't stress that enough. especially during phone calls you can now turn the volume down and still hear everything clearly. the noise canceling works!

last, but not least: reception. what can i say? the way i hold the phone during a conversation when i'm placing the iphone to my ear, the infamous antenna issue are a non-issue. if i use the hands-free set and hold the iphone in front of me, sure, i lose a bar or two. when i have the bumper on - no loss. also, the bumper makes the phone a lot more comfortable to hold.

i have to mention this, though: i actually have a 1 bar stronger reception on the iphone 4 than on the 3gs everywhere i've tested the two against each other.

a little recap of the strong and not so strong things about the iphone 4:


  • + better camera
  • + better display
  • + better sound
  • + better reception
  • + better battery
  • + the design...


  • - yellow-ish tint to the display
  • - a bit uncomfortable to hold without a cover providing a 'grip'
  • - unfortunate placement of the antenna, although not the major issue it's said to be
  • - expensive


i feel very fortunate to have been able to do the upgrade as the iphone 4 has a lot going for it. it's pretty exciting to see where apple is going to take this product.

i hope you enjoyed my little 'review'. please leave a comment in norwegian or english and let me know what you think!