My name is Jann H. Engstad, and I have worked as a guide in Lofoten for the past 50 years.
At the age of 11 I got my first camera from my sister; it was a Kodak all-plastic camera for 110 film rolls. The price of film and development meant that not many photos were taken, but the interest was created.
When I was 17, I was able to buy a (east-German) LTL and a 50mm lens and a 110mm. I attended Lofoten Folkehøgskole www.lofotenfolkehogskole.no that winter and learned a lot about developing black and white film. I began to enjoy myself behind the camera and my interest in photography more than taking pictures awoke.
Later I worked in a wood warehouse and as a temporary worker at “Posten” (the post office) and was able to afford to buy my first Olympus OM-1 with a 50mm and a couple of lenses. And I had a lot of fun on my trips. 6-7 smaller cameras were broken on mountain trips and climbing trips so I found the size of my OM-2 was perfect and stayed with me until digitization took over. Olympus was very slow to jump on that train, so I bought my first Canon EOS5 in 1994.
Now I have an EOS R and an EOS R6 as well as a Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, a Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM and a Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM. And should I win in LOTTO, I will buy a Canon RF 600mm f/4L IS USM with a Canon RF Extender 2.0x
Through my work as a guide, there have been many Nordlys photos over the past 25 years and it has been a pleasure to watch the development of both camera, lenses and image processing. For image processing I use Adobe LightRoom Classic 95% of the time and for some tasks I use PhotoShop, but in no way do I have PH “in my fingers” like LightRoom.
Some photographers’ statements that have made me think when I use my camera:
“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”
-David Alan Harvey
“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”
– Trente Parke
The prosses of learning:
I have been on several trips and courses with the photographer Trym Ivar Bergsmo www.bergsmo.no. His ability to bring out light and colours in the landscape will always be an inspiration for me to work further.
Via Facebook and Instagram, I have felt challenged many times, both by professional photographers and people who see something in the landscape that I find beautiful. Good examples in addition to Trym Ivar Bergsmo are the photographers Guy Tal, Joe Cornish and Hans Strand. On Instagram, “sandart_lofoten” by Anja Lizell Olsen is in a class of her own.
In the last couple of years ICM camerawork have been interesting. But, like any other technique; it takes time to handle. I do, however, like the outcome of this technique.