ABOUT


pixelviking.com is the personal website of
Rico Bergholdt Hansen - Odense, Denmark
born October 20th, 1972.


Me trying to be creative - A selfie - Dec. 2006...

On this website, I post my photos and videos from Denmark and abroad and I blog about everything that interests me, such as:

#photography #videography #history #technology #travel #archaeology #music #arts #design #nature #architecture #mythology #folklore

Pixelviking.com was first used for my photoblog back in 2006 which was made with pixelpost - open-source PHP and MySQL.

However, I started with photography back in 1994 with a Canon EOS 1000F (35mm film camera) that I brought to the USA to document my year as an Au Pair.

I traveled quite a bit during that year and managed to visit/pass through 35 of the 50 states. This included an 8.500 km (3 week) road trip through the Rocky Mountains in October 1994 visiting National Parks and capitols in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. December/January 1995, I went on a (3 week) round trip of the US with Amtrak trains stopping in New York City (for New Years), Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The best part of that trip was the 48 hour ride from Chicago to Seattle aboard the 'Empire Builder' crossing the Great Plains and the northern part of the Rocky Mountains.

Since 2009, I've used Squarespace for this website. Squarespace is a template based web content management system that is easy to use and very customizable.

I'm a curious and nerdy person who enjoys exploring new territory - often with a camera in hand - hence the screen name [ PIXEL VIKING ].


Since photography and videography is such a big part of this website (and because I really enjoy tech stuff), I put together a list of some of the gear I use and have used. So, if you enjoy tech stuff too, feel free to read on.

HARDWARE

Camera:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (small mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with 5-axis in-body image stabilisation. The Micro Four Thirds system makes it easy to use old vintage manual focus lenses - in my case Canon FD lenses from the 1970's and 1980's)

Manual lenses: (built between 1971 - 1987)
Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 S.S.C.
Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C.
Canon FD 100mm f/2.8 S.S.C.
Canon FDn 24-35mm f/3.5 L
Canon FDn 35-105mm f/3.5
Canon FDn 85-300mm f/4.5
Canon FD 2x-A extender

Focal reducer / Speedbooster:
Zhongyi Lens Turbo II (Canon FD to Micro Four Thirds adapter with glass that compresses most of the light from the full-frame FD lenses onto the smaller m4/3 sensor giving me more light and a wider field of view)

Anamorphic lens:
Isco Ultra Star CinemaScope (anamorphic projector lens used in front of my Canon FD lenses to create an anamorphic film look. A 1920 x 1080 full HD recording is squeezed down to 1920 x 608 in post giving me a 3.16:1 aspect ratio. Original CinemaScope aspect ratio was only 2.55:1 since they used 35mm film which obviously has a different aspect ratio than a full HD sensor - 24mm x 36mm film vs. 16:9 sensor when recording video)

Motion control:
DitoGear OmniSlider (a motorized slider for motion control - mine is called DriveCam Slider which was the very first version/name they used)

Singh-Ray filters:
77mm Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio (variable neutral density filter with polarizer and warming filter)
77mm Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo Polarizer
77mm Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer
77mm Singh-Ray I-Ray filter (infrared filter)

SOFTWARE

Video editing:
Sony Vegas Pro (I've been using this software since version 8 in 2010 when I first started out with video on the Canon HG10)

Color Correction:
Magic Bullet Looks (filmic looks and general color correction / grading)

Photo editing / plug-ins:
DxO Optics Pro (RAW converter for editing RAW files from the camera)

Adobe Photoshop (for editing TIFF files created in DxO Optics Pro)

Google Nik Collection (a Photoshop plug-in)

Photomatix (HDR software to merge several differently exposed  images together into one image to achieve 'Higher Dynamic Range'. I started using this software in 2006)

LucisArt (One of my favourite plug-ins that is unfortunately no longer available - for creating very artistic looking images)

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with Canon FD lenses for that Retro look...

The 'Little White Racer' is my trusty exploration vehicle...


OLD PHOTO / VIDEO GEAR

The following is a list of items that have come and gone since 2006. I like to buy technical equipment just to try it out and learn about its functions. 

Canon EOS 30D (the DSLR camera I used during the photoblog days - 2006), Canon HG10 (my first camcorder - 2008),Letus35 Mini (35mm depth of field adapter for shallow DoF - this was before DSLRs could shoot video. It was mounted in front of the Canon HG10 with Canon EF lenses - 2008), Sony PMW-EX1R (professional video camcorder - 2010), Steadicam Merlin (the original steadicam version from Tiffen - 2008), Panasonic DMC-GH2 (Micro Four Thirds camera that was hacked to allow for very high bit rates in video mode - 2012), Røde SVM (stereo video microphone used with the Canon HG10 - 2009), IndieSLIDER Pro (a manual slider for motion control - 2009), Olympus OM-D E-M10 (the Mark 1 version used mainly with the fantastic Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm f/2.8-4 Four Thirds lens - 2014), Samyang lenses (manual lenses with Canon EF mount - 2011), Manfrotto (tripods, video heads and other accessories).