Leaf Aptus-II 5
“For my type of photography I’ve found that the Leaf Aptus-II 5 digital back, with its huge pixels, is the perfect match for a technical camera. The 22MP back gives me plenty of detail when producing art prints on canvas up to 100x70cm. Technically they look stunning with great tonality and color fidelity.”Dan Lindberg
Dan Lindberg is a commercial architectural and landscape photographer based in the south of Spain. He uses his 22MP Leaf Aptus-II 5 to capture stunning natural vistas and to showcase impressive and unique architectural designs. His clients include Nordica Invest, Wasa Realty, Andalucia Development, Almodova, Colores Girasol, Elements Living, Touch Communications, Qvesarum, Linhai Scandinavia, Epok, Geromar, Nordic Funds, MCG, Synoco, Blue Sky Homes, Diana Morales, Scapa and others.
Dan uses his Leaf Aptus-II 5 on an Alpa technical camera that allows the tilt and shift movements he needs. “For my type of photography, I’ve found that the Leaf Aptus-II 5 digital back, with its huge pixels, is the perfect match for a technical camera. The 22MP back gives me plenty of detail when producing art prints on canvas up to 100 x 70cm. Technically, they look stunning, with great tonality and color fidelity.
“Thoughtful, deliberate and slow photography is what I stand for. I value technical perfection and rarely rush or shoot by chance. Being able to motivate, explain procedures and describe images is an important factor when talking to a client on an assignment or an enthusiast at a workshop. Being in control produces the best images in my view. My Leaf Aptus-II 5 digital back gives me consistent results, hassle free operation and peace of mind when shooting on location. With my Leaf Aptus-II 5, I am in full control over both the technical and the creative side of image production.”
Initially, Dan began his career shooting film on a Hasselblad system with a Linhof SuperTechnica 4x5 on the side; he then progressed to a Fuji GX 680 III, while shooting the national parks in Spain. “With this background, medium format was the obvious choice. I studied all the offerings of digital backs for a good three months and in the end I concluded that all things considered, the Leaf digital backs provided the best solution for my needs.”
Dan is truly a minimalist, both in regards to his compositions and when it comes to equipment. When leading photography workshops, Dan focuses on teaching how to see light and compose images rather than talking about technicalities. “I reason that as soon as an enthusiast grasps the fundamentals, it is time to concentrate on finding interesting light and framing creatively. I am also minimalistic when it comes to equipment – I’m a three-lens-guy with no backups of any kind. Some would say stupid, but the fact is that I have had no technical interruptions in 20 years of professional shooting.”
In the image above, Dan captures the deadly, eerie silence that remains after a devastating storm has passed. “It was still windy in the distance, but where I was standing it was dead quiet and the tree absolutely still. I made a two-stop underexposure from what the meter said and exposed at 1/60 with the lens wide open at f5.6, ISO 100 and had a lens rise of 7mm. In post, I tweaked white balance to slightly colder than it should.”
“Creative precision are the two words that have described my approach to photography for many years. The less exposures I do in a session, the more keepers I get. I push myself to think, evaluate, compose, reconsider, measure and finally make the setup before pressing the button. That’s when I am at my best.”