Landscape & Wildlife

Phase One’s Lau Nørgaard goes to Mongolia

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

Our very own Lau Nørgaard, Vice President of R&D here at Phase One takes over our Instagram. Through images taken on the mountains and plains of Mongolia, Lau will share his passion for the technology and hard work that goes into creating our cameras, firmware, and lenses.

On a hilltop in Mongolia

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

“I was on a hilltop in Mongolia at sunrise trying to capture the delicate colors of the grassland in the early morning light. It was quite windy and shooting with the Blue Ring 240mm lens was a challenge.

The smallest vibrations with the exposure times required in the low light would result in un-sharp images. And of course, with dawn or dusk pictures, time is of the essence for the perfect shot. However, using the new electronic shutter feature on the IQ3 100MP and vibration delay meant that I got critically sharp shots even on relatively long exposure times with the wind roaring around me.”

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

“Dawn on a hilltop in Mongolia, testing out the new Blue Ring 150mm lens for real for the first time just before we launched it in September. It’s a fantastic lens for this type of landscape! When I was packing my backpack at 5:00 am, I had the Blue Ring 150mm in my hand, really considering the bulk of it! I knew it would be a steep and fast-paced hike to get to the hilltop before sunrise.

Hiking up the hill, of course, I noticed the weight of the lens. But when I took it out of my bag, put it on the camera on top of the hill to use it with the IQ3 100MP, I had already forgotten.
Back in the camp, looking at the files in Capture One, the weight of the lens was a distant memory. It’s a fantastic lens! It’s not the lightest, but when you see the results, you’ll completely forget and just be mesmerized.”

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

“Joe Cornish sneakily shot this image of me with the XF IQ3 100MP deep in thought at our last PODAS in Mongolia. As I mentioned in the previous post, the perfect image is not always found in the perfect place!

The resulting image was beautiful! The lake was completely calm perfectly mirroring the beautiful cloud formations. Such a beautiful and pristine image. However, the reality of the location itself was quite different! Standing on the shore of a salt lake in Mongolia the stench was overpowering.

I am standing in deep smelly mud, teaming with flies, up to the middle of my boots at times. It was impossible to get all the muck off before getting back into the old 4×4 to continue the journey.”

Phase One's Vice President of R&D Lau Nørgaard

See more from Lau on our Instagram profile. 

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