2000 facebook likes and latest previews

Hey! So I'm a bit late to the party (the blog), but here's what sets I'm working on at the moment if you've missed out!

I have some shots featuring Shila F. Some cool pics taken both indoors and up at the rooftops as well. This is the first few of a whole bunch!





Oh, and my facebook page (https://facebook.com/CarlOscarPhotography) is closing in on the 2000 likes mark - totally insane! Many of the page's followers was aquired through the post I wrote about Google+ and mobile devices though. I still believe it's crazy nice with a growing base of visitors and readers. :) Just a few more now!



Third, I did a shoot together with cosplayer Josefin "Tennyo" Slorafoss. If you follow me anywhere else you should've seen these shots earlier. She's cosplaying Rachel Alucard from the BlazBlue games.







Last out, me and Brita went out to a field nearby Uppsala and shot some an evening during the summer. I uploaded one of

the pics on 500px and it was very well received by the community. Great fun!



Later today, Saturday, I'll be attending the POLE ART 2012 event at Göta Lejon in Stockholm as a photographer, taking lots and lots of photos. One word: excited!
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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01:25 the 25th of August, 2012

Went to SC2WCS Nordic Nationals, met Zhang Jingna

The latest weekend I attended a StarCraft II event at Annexet in Stockholm - the Nordic Nationals championship qualifier hosted by DreamHack. It was great meeting a lot of people and friends. Also got to play some Heart of the Swarm.

However, one of the crazy cool things is that, the really famous and amazing fashion photographer Zhang "zemotion" Jingna was in Sweden and also attended the event, watched some of the matches and - we got to meet her! Here's a snapshot taken by Yami B. of me, Zhang, Hampus, Emma and Brita.



It was all great fun and I'm so happy that I got to meet up with one of my idols. Earlier in my life I've met Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Christer Fuglesang, the first Swede that went to space. Shaking hands and meeting Zhang Jingna is equally as cool. :)

Looking forward to the next SC2-event in September in Globen, will be sweet. Here's some pics from the day.



















And last out, two tired gamers after the tournament, EG iNcontroL and Brita.

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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04:59 the 2nd of August, 2012

UppCon:12 - The last of an era

Now it's time. Tomorrow we're opening up the gates for the last UppCon event. We've been planning for over half a year and we've spent the last week finalizing all loose ends. I'm really looking forward to this event and I believe it'll be top-notch! Here's a group shot of all our awesome workers that I took earlier today.



More of my photos from the event will be uploaded continuously at konventsbilder.se during the weekend - starting tomorrow. Here's a few highlights showing how the latest week has progressed.









I really love all the great people! :D

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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01:11 the 15th of June, 2012

VOLT 2012

Yesterday I went to the VOLT festival in Uppsala Konsert & Kongress together and together with Brita and Nelle we listened to all kinds of different electronic music. I had really fun and it was nice to go around with the camera snapping a few photos.





There were some cute robots roaming around the area, built by David Wätte. Here's one of them asking you to take you with it in the escalator.



I uploaded an album with more pictures from VOLT at http://carloscar.se/photos/view/id/1763-volt_2012#/

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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16:18 the 10th of June, 2012

New business cards from MOO

About a week ago I ordered a bunch of new business cards from MOO. I wanted something up to date to give out when I'm shooting during the j-convention UppCon the 15th - 17th of June. I decided to create a few different versions of the cards to highlight that I shoot many different things, like Cosplay, Fashion, Alternative, Weddings, Events, etc. (and a few more funny ones too.) All in all I ended up with around 30 different sets of cards and I'm actually quite satisfied with the end result.







Tiny? Yes! They are MOO's "mini cards", and are half the size of a classic type business card, meant for graphics-people, creative artists and photographers.





Now I just have to get my thumbs out and start using some of the services that I've featured on the back of the cards. :)

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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20:47 the 3rd of June, 2012

Long exposure at the mill

A few days ago Brita and I went out the mill, nearby where we live, because Brita wanted to try out some long exposure photography by the water running through the area. Of course I also snapped a few pics and played a bit with the settings (while being overrun by mosquitos). I think some of the long exposure photos really look totally HDR'ed with how the colors pop up and the water looking quite unrealistic.



The whole area around the mill is actually one of the most beautiful forest-places for photography I know. Both Brita and Hampus have earlier taken quite a few great portraits out there.



Generally though I've been quite off on photography for a longer period now, but around a week ago, I had a boost to make lots of fun stuff. Soon it's UppCon and taking photos there is so rewarding and amazing. I even ordered a bunch of business cards to hand out at the event, and I'll write about these a bit later. Soon I'm back! :D

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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16:44 the 2nd of June, 2012

Actually doing stuff!

This week I'm running a little experiment on myself. I have to upload an album (or post a blog post) each day during the week. Lately I haven't put much time into developing old photos and the pile of work just keeps growing, so this is a way to help myself to actually get stuff done!

Monday I posted the Kuroshitsuji cosplay photos featuring Stephanie and Josefin. On Tuesday evening I uploaded a black and white album from Dreamhack in November. Tomorrow the plan is to upload some martial arts photos taken together with Mattias Brandt, Emil Trägårdh and Eric Pütter in Nässjö. Here's a few previews already!







Originally I thought about posting some really old event photos today but I couldn't pinpoint where I've stored them so instead I'll post this entry, explaining my work this week so far. So now what to choose for Friday, Saturday and Sunday then, so much to choose from!
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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23:51 the 1st of February, 2012

Stockholm photography fair

Yesterday we went to Stockholm Photography Fair (Fotomässan). We walked around there for about two hours, looking at their photo exhibition, some cool camera gear and a few public photo sessions and lighting setups.





I also got the chance to hold and try out Canon's coming new camera Canon EOS-1D X. Quite an awesome piece that will be released in April 2012 and will probably cost somewhere around 55 000 SEK in Sweden, it's somewhat of a follower from my current camera, EOS 1D mark III and it felt really really nice. A man can dream, right? Brita captured a photo of me holding the camera. :)



After the fair we went to some friends and watched some games of StarCraft from MLG, before we went out to party at Monday Bar Black. Here's a pic of beauty Brita while waiting for the commuter. <3

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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18:43 the 20th of November, 2011

85mm test shoot with Brita

In my last entry I wrote about the new camera lens that I got. Shortly thereafter Brita and I went out to Berthåga, nearby where we live, and took the lens for a test run. She's wearing a second-hand dress and jacket that we got really cheap. Second-hand could be such a great place for modeling outfits, so much cool (and many more weird) stuff!



These photos are all shot with f1.6 and ISO 50, and the only things adjusted are some colors, vignette (actually the lens did most of the vignette job though) and post-resize-sharpening.







Last one at the fence is my favourite, and Brita's too I believe. :)



I have a bunch of more photos to finalize, pics of Steph and Jözz, Ophelia, some more from an other shoot with Brita and some cosplay sets. Currently no photo jobs which actually is a good thing right now, makes me able to have some more motivation and extra spare time to actually clean up the backlog. :)
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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22:06 the 24th of October, 2011

Ophelia Overdose - Photo shoot

Last week I had the pleasure to shoot together with multi-talented German model Ophelia Overdose (@miss_overdose), while she was visiting Stockholm and Sweden - she's not only an awesome model but also a costume designer, make up artist, hair stylist, etc. Here's a few previews from our session.



I was quite nervous before she arrived at Emil's place (thanks for letting us be there btw!), but I'm really glad I got to meet her; she was very sweet, helpful and GREAT to work with.

We shot two different outfits. First a set with her own designs, in an area that were a bit steam-punk-ish / post-apocalyptic. From this set I have a whole bunch of photos that I really love. It was below a bridge that I go past twice every day, commuting.





Afterwards, Ophelia changed into a army style latex dress from the fashion brand "Westward Bound" and we went down to Gamla Stan and "Riksdagens hus" for the second set of the day.





More photos will be up when I'm done sorting and picking out my favourites. There's so many of them! However, I wished that I would've had more time to plan a cooler setting for the shoots - next time! All in all, it was a great experience and it was so much fun to meet a model that I've followed, both on deviantArt and Facebook, for quite some time.
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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19:43 the 18th of August, 2011

A whole month of updates

Hi,

So I've slacked off a bit on the blogging. Mostly since I've had quite a lot to do during the last month and when there's been a few moments over, I've pretty much spent them by resting. So this will be some kind of catch-up-post just to post some photos of what's happened the latest month.

I have had a photo session together with Stephanie S. and her girlfriend Josefin "Jözz" S. They were cosplaying Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian from Black Butler / Kuroshitsuji. Here's three photos from the set as a preview - the rest will end up in a separate album.





UppCon:11 passed. I worked in the photo team together with Gustav "TukTuk" K., Annie "Jinxiz" B., Joacim "Roboman" S. and Bernhard "zwc" H. - In total I think I shot over 6000 photos / 120 GB. The (not as many) developed pics are up at konventsbilder.se.



In connection to the UppCon:11 convention, the Swedish championship in Cosplay were also held. I linked the promo-photos we produced in an earlier post. The pics could be seen on around one third of the city-buses here in Uppsala during a two-week-period. Quite nice. :)



Around two weeks after UppCon we went away to DreamHack, a computer festival in Jönköping. I worked in the Creative-team, arranging competitions in graphics, photography, music and animations - computer art - demoscene stuff. We had a really small team this event but everyone in it was so freaking great. It was quite a good event and we've got pretty much everything set up until next time. (so it'll be even better!)



I didn't really have any time to plan something special for the DH photo competition so I submitted an old photo of Brita for the photo competition and placed fifth (photo below). Brita on the other hand, won the whole thing with her entry "DreamHacks bubblare"! Grats!



More over, we've moved to a new appartment (in the same building - and same floor, though). Boxes still haven't unpacked themselves but it's going in the right direction. Soon enough we can actually invite people over!

Oh yes, almost forgot, some of my photos of Jenni "pixelninja" K. were recently featured in the third issue of the cosplay-magazine Cosplay Gen. (Sorry about the bad iphone-photo of the magazine, all my camera lenses are currently in Iceland with my girlfriend.)



And that's it! Now when I have this blog post away from my todo-list, I can focus on new stuff. Didn't mean to be TLDR, hope it's not!
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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20:29 the 3rd of July, 2011

Editing! Inspiration!

This is an evening full of inspiration - and I'm using it to edit some more of my photos of Verena; maybe I can even finish off the whole album so I'm ready to publish it tomorrow? I won't promise anything but it's going great right now, this is the flow that I need!

While Brita is full of coffee (she's usually sleeping this time of the day) and also in photoshop-mode, I'll give you one more preview of the set. A bit more "highressed" than usual even!

Behold!

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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22:37 the 18th of May, 2011

Swedish Championship in Cosplay [Cosplay SM]

About a week ago we shot a campaign for the Swedish championship (SM) in Cosplay, so we invited a bunch of cool cosplayers that we know. Modeling in the banner is Josefin, Verena, Karl, Gustav and Linn. The event "Cosplay SM" will be held during Sunday at UppCon in June.

For the promo-shots we hired a photo-studio in central Stockholm. I shot the actual photos and with the incredible Tobias Ahlin editing the pics I believe the result is pretty nice. The second photo will be shown on buses in Uppsala and in local newspapers.







Check out the site. http://cosplaysm.se/. And please take a look at the promo video Robert Levelind put together at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7_Jc6jauY8
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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21:24 the 24th of April, 2011

Photo Competition - demo dreamland

My photo of Brita got accepted to the photo competition and was just shown on the big screen at Revision. In total there were around 30 entries, some really good, some were bad - so quite a variation. Here's my contribution, it's called "demo dreamland".



I'm totally excited that it was approved and shown. Now just hope that other people here like it and will vote for it. I like it, do you? :) Cheers!

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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17:47 the 23rd of April, 2011

Going to Revision Easter Party!

In a few hours we're heading to the demo party (computer-art, programming, music, graphics, etc.) Revision, the successor after Breakpoint. This year the party is located in Saarbrücken in Germany. To be honest I have no idea where Saarbrücken is geographically but I believe we'll manage to arrive there sooner or later.

They usually also host a photo competition which I'll try to attend. A few days ago I got the idea to shoot Brita with the white wig with lots and lots of demos. I did something similar a couple of years back where we stapled printed screenshots on a dress - with this photo I placed 2nd at Breakpoint. Let's cross fingers that the photo gets accepted, would be awesomely fun, and if it is, I'll post the final photo here on Saturday. I'm reaaaaaaally really satisfied with the result, I think it looks really cool. But until Saturday, here's a tiny behind the scenes shot from when I was preparing the scene.

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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01:00 the 22nd of April, 2011

Productivity and another preview

I've felt totally productive the whole day today. Finished off three new albums (!!); uploaded the photos from Trysil, the revised cosplay pics from Confusion and I've completed the set of Helena. I'll upload those photos tomorrow.

So, since I've worked off some of my photo backlog I now only have the photos of Verena (preview in the last post) and some new photos of Brita left to do (look at the bottom of this post), before I can take on some more challenges. :D

I wrote that I ordered a white wig earlier and yesterday it came to use! I shot together with Brita at home, first some casual nice looking photos and then we spaced out with a red background and white/blonde hair - I'm quite eager to get to work on these photos. :D And here's a preview straight from my Lightroom.



More off I skipped the www in carloscar.se (so it's just http://carloscar.se/ now), and I added some facebook comments to all the albums, could be a nice addition in case someone wants to write something productive. Peace~!
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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00:45 the 4th of April, 2011

Sneak peak from the shoot today

Shalom.

Today I shot together with Verena on an ice-queen-themed set, she's the winter fading away. Here's two preview photos until I can get to selecting, sorting and editing the rest of them.



Verena did an awesome job and we also had assistance of Stephanie and Josefin (thanks!) with make up fixing and pose-help. All in all, a great photo day and I'm sure I'll shoot with Verena again.

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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23:09 the 20th of March, 2011

Going strong

Recently I upped a few shots from my shoot with Júlía that I'm quite satisfied with, if you haven't seen them yet, go look at http://www.carloscar.se/photos/view/id/1750-julia___sweet#/.



Tomorrow I'm off to shoot together with Verena in Stockholm, the plan is to do something on the winter/cold-theme maybe with a spring/warm twist. We'll see how it goes, but I'm certain we'll manage to produce something nice.

By the way, I've also ordered a white wig (!!) that should arrive in the coming week that we'll try to make something cool with. Maybe it just sucks, maybe it's awesome kiva! ('kiva' is the new cool word in town.)

Development status. Next up I have to complete the studio photos from Confusion and thereafter the set with Helena. I'm also going to put up some pics from the skiing trip to Trysil where Brita, her mom and I were last week - nothing fancy but it's always nice with great views of nature.



More off, I've made some changes to the thumbnails on the site. Hopefully it'll work better and you should notice quite a difference in load times. Oh, and I've switched the facebook comments instead. So now it's easier to comment (and like!) a blog post. Go do it, try it out. :)
Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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00:35 the 20th of March, 2011

Portraits of the latest week

Last weekend some local friends and I went down to an anime convention called Confusion, in Gothenburg. It was their first event and was probably quite successful. I worked together with some nice people in the photography team and you can see some of my photos at http://www.carloscar.se/confusion. It was all fun and I met some really cool people that I'll try to hook up some photo-time with later on.

While I was visiting, a friend that I've met through DreamHack, Annie B. (http://anniebeckman.blogg.se/) offered some space in her appartment where I could sleep (thanks!). We also managed to produce a small set of photos with a couple of small LED-lights. Here's a preview.





During the event I also managed to plan a shoot with another one of those DreamHack Crews, this time it was with the cool Julia G. so I met up with her at the museum where the event were held, borrowed the studio some and I think we used almost 900 frames. Shitloads to go through that I haven't had time for yet but here's at least two photos from the shoot.



Just two days after the event I got some fever and felt totally crappy for many days, still coughing. I've pretty much slept through the latest days but I'm finally up and running again. So today the sun was shining and I met up with Helena K. (guess what, DreamHack Crew again) and we went to Lappis where I used to live and shot with a few different sets of clothes. This is what it looked like.



I'll put up three new albums for all these sets hopefully during the coming week or shortly after that. It's nice to have some more people to take photos of, I'm all excited. :D Tomorrow it's time for some work work, nice to be back again. :)

Carl Oscar Aaro
Carl Oscar Aaro
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23:24 the 6th of February, 2011