Morten Nordstrøm

Morten Nordstrøm

Canon Nordic Photographer, Denmark

What type of photographer are you?

I'm a self-taught photographer, who have been working fulltime freelance since 2016. I mainly shoot stills, but also video. Both in my personal and professional work, I am most of all focused on capturing and telling stories that speaks. Often I find the strongest stories in people, so they are naturally a big part of my work - either as strangers passing by on the streets I'm photographing, or models posing for a certain project.

What are your favorite motives?

Real people that dare to express real emotions and citylife as it unfolds. In both cases, I'm chasing that slice of a moment where everything aligns in a single click.

Which products do you use today?

Bodies
For projects that are to be printed in large format, my Canon EOS 5Ds is my go to camera.
My main workhouse at the moment is my Canon EOS 1Dx Mark II, which I use on all kinds of projects, from video to stills. Truly an amazingly versatile camera.
For analogue stuff, I own a Canon AE-1, which was the official 35mm camera at the Olympic Games back in 1984.
And as I write this, I am waiting for my Canon EOS R to arrive. I have had the chance to test it along with the new lenses the past week, and I am certain that the R series is where I am going to be focusing in the future, simply because it does the job so well for me on so many levels.

Lenses:
I am the happy owner of a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, which is my most versatile and only zoom lens.
Other than that I mainly shoot on my Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. My lens choice of course depends on my subject, but in general I have a strong love for prime lenses.
And as I write this, I am waiting for the new Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM to arrive in Denmark. I've tested it and concluded that I need to have that in my kit bag. As I plan on switching to the new R system, I am planning on shifting out lenses from EF to R in general, both because of the extra control ring they have and because of the extra ordinary built system quality.

Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

As a photographer, there are so many special moments, big and small, which I will never forget. One of the most important ones for me personally, is a photo I took of my wife and son, the first morning we had together all three of us. She was sitting on a chair in our hospital room, holding him tight in her arms, with this special look in her eyes that only a loving and caring mother can have. I was standing in the opposite end of the room, watching them and the sun rising in the background. So i lifted my camera, took a single shot, and put it down again and joined them in this magical moment.

Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

It might sound too "easy", but shoot! As much as possible. Practice makes champion, and remember this isn't a sprint, but a marathon, might even without a finishing line.
Believe in yourself, even when no one else does. Do your own thing, follow your gut/heart/whatever compass you might have.
Enjoy the process. Every part of the journey has its own charm.