Am I back?

I’m often thinking about how to once more get back to - it’s not as easy as you might think. It’s been several years now and both you and me we’ve grown quite a bit in body and soul. I for example had the trip of my life with my son that some of you follow closely thru my Facebook page.. and don’t get me started with photography! It’s an area of my life that I truly neglected and that i miss more than.. anything? I’ve used my Sigmas only when forced and my iPhones the rest of the time. Why you might ask, I do too. But mobile photography has more to offer than you might think and also gives a feeling of satisfaction when you easy as that take a shot and develop it directly “on the run” and share instantly with the world.

I still have a dream of an X3F developer for iPad, It shouldn’t be that hard to create a img0001mini.x3f that has enough info to get a speedy development done.. a bit of Swift and Metal and we should be on our way! But that’s for another post..

In February 2013 my life changed dramatically with the early birth of my son who was born with the rare and somewhat difficult chromosome disorder named Trisomy 9 mosaic. In the first year we almost went to hospital as often as we went home and I’m actually right now writing this from hospital with William waiting for surgery. He’s a true gift and I wouldn’t change him for the world..

But my love affair with you guys and my other child – my site, has never left my mind and every once in a while I’ve been wondering what’s missing and the answer is simple. This! There always was this thinking ahead – what to write, what do do, what would you say – reactions and statistics.. New ideas that I felt that I JUST HAD TO SHARE and that activated all those little cells up there! But now, who do I share too? “One” friend? A coworker? Someone at a busstop? Life isn’t meant to be like this. :)

I also noticed thanks to some observant users that someone added some mean code to comments and therefore users of Windows got a virus / trojan warning every time they entered my site. Today, I’m happy to inform that my site is clean as a babys butt! At least should be according to Nortons online / website check tool.

So, since William was born I’ve been using Facebook instead of and I think it should be the other way around. So I’m trying to convince myself that it’s ok for a while to post more from life and when ready – about photography too. But for those of you that want the “old” Sigma nut head, I’m still here and I’m still amazed with how great those shots look. (especially on the new iMac 5k)..

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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23 Responses to Am I back?

  1. Ted Johnson says:

    Welcome back!!

  2. Bharat says:

    Welcome back Carl, we never communicated back then, but I read your blog with great enthusiasm – I missed you!
    William is beautiful.

  3. Manuel DF says:

    Welcome back Carl!

    Regards, Manuel

  4. Wolfgang Grafen says:

    Great news! Best wishes to William and Linn :)

  5. Jon says:

    You’ve been missed by a lot of people Carl, and replaced by no one. It’s great to hear from you, and I hope everything goes well at home.

    • So I reclaim my space! haha.. And yeah.. things are moving forward and my boy, who does take lots of time, will have water removed from within his head in the coming days and that will most likely be very positiv for his development.

  6. Kendall says:

    Nice to see you are back… totally agree with the concept of an iPad raw processor, been thinking about that myself.

    • The power of metal and 64bit is something to behold and should work nicely together with a mini x3f file format.

      My thinking is that the software itself could extract the needed data from existing raw-files – like every second pixel and work from there. Smaller, faster and save the settings made in some xml-file that saves to the cloud. So when back on the “real” computer – the new Sigma Photo Pro finds those clouded settings and applies it to the big raw and you continue from where you left off.

      Of course every image should get a truly unique name (invisible, part of raw) so that it instantly knows if a file been edited before.

      So much to talk about. :)

  7. Ah.. Such nice feeling to see some comments after all these year.. :D Thanks!! Like having a rusty old car, start it up and find that it actually works – even if it looks like.. :)

  8. Jaladhi says:

    So good to hear from you, Carl! I’m glad I never removed your RSS feed. Would love to see what have to share even if they are iPhone photos. I decided to move to m43rds after the birth of my son. I just didn’t have the patience to process Foveon files :-) Looking forward to seeing more stuff from you!

    • Thanks Jaladhi! There are so many great cameras out there – so much fun! I think that most of my initial shots now will be William things taken with iPhone. Like seen on my Facebook.

      Thanks for saving my RSS. :D

  9. Matt says:

    Welcome back Carl. Good to hear from you again.

  10. Ryan says:

    Welcome back Carl! So good to hear from you again. We all have other responsibilities, sometimes the priorities go up and down. Family first, I agree! :)

  11. Johan says:

    Welcome back!

    For on-the-run editing, the in-camera RAW converter in the Quattro models is at least a start, it even outputs really good low-res JPEGs (but no TIFF). Just ordered myself a Toshiba wi-fi SD card to see if that is more comfortable than pulling out a card reader for the phone…

  12. Joe Wilcox says:

    Yes, please, come back. I still subscribe via RSS, even though your feed has been quiet and I often wondered where you went. I’m so glad to see you post, but I didn’t know about your son or family situation because of not following your Facebook.

    I purchased Sigma cameras because of your influence, but in your absence use Fuji now. The new Sigma compact’s design intimidates me, I must say.

    Some encouragement, if I may. Few weeks back, I realized that most of my oldest posts — the majority I had forgotten about — were saved as a text export from TypePad. So I started restoring them, as originally written, with updated links and art, and the 2004-06 dates and timestamps. I blogged often a decade ago, and there is content meaningful to me, my family, and to the public. The process got me to rethinking my social media presence.

    MySpace was the big social network, now it’s nothing. Many social sites or dot-coms linked to then are gone now, with spammers or malware spreaders in their place. The Internet changes, and who knows where or what Facebook will be in five years.

    So I decided to pull back from social media and make my blog the hub for my online writing, like in the past. It’s a process just a few weeks old. Much of my interaction, including comments, still takes place in the social sphere. But the content always starts from my blog, which I control and what defines my online identity.

    The photos of your son as he grows, the stories you tell about him, are in your control and preserved on your site. I know from looking back 10 years at what I posted about my daughter (now 20). Facebook is a great place to socialize around content, particularly with close friends and family, but I suggest starting from, which also establishes your brand identity.

    Your family situation is unique. Sharing about your son can inspire others. Sharing about photography inspires others. When you look back later on what you shared, you will inspire yourself too.

    I wrote about you in 2009 on my personal site:

    Among my favorite follows is Carl Rytterfalk, who tells great stories using a camera. I tell stories with words. Others do better with photos or movies. Carl might not define himself as storyteller, but he is one through the people photographed.

    Storytellers are a rare breed. In 2014, the Internet floods with content, the majority repetitive and useless. But good stories endear us and define us and give meaning to what the World Wide Web promised to be 20 years ago. We missed you, and clearly from this post you have some amazing stories to tell.

    • I’ve been busy these days and missed these last comments. I’m so grateful to find people like you still out there. :D The only thing for certain is that time isn’t something I have too much of and posts might not show up as often as I’d like but I’ll NEED to do it. :)

      Thanks for taking your time and type all of that. Makes my evening complete here at a pretty dark hospital – feeling quite lonely. haha.

  13. Dieter says:

    Good to have you back.
    Missed your point of view.
    Bless your family

  14. Xabier Granja says:

    Welcome back! After I switched to Sigma from Canon, in the past 2 years I switched to Nikon and finally Sony… and I’m still on Sony for now! One has to try all systems to truly know what one likes… but even so, I kept missing your blog and posts about X3F! I’m excited you’ll gradually try to get back to posting and meanwhile, good luck with that surgery and best wishes to the whole family!

  15. Christoph says:

    It is great to see you back!

  16. diamondring says:

    Welcome back!
    Best wishes to William and Linn.

  17. miR156 says:

    Welcome back!

    Best wishes to your family!

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