Nordic Grandmaster in Photography/bronze

About me

I am a 1963 model Grandfather, with 2 great grown up children (84/88 models) and a wonderful wife. We live in Kristiansand, at the south part of Norway. I am originally from Svolvær in Lofoten, but have lived in Kristiansand for the past 35 years. Butterbay is the English version of my surname Smørvik (Smoervik in English alphabet)

The family site is located at: http://home.broadpark.no/~psmorvik/index.htm

I became a Grandpa in 2009/2011 for Christer and Tone. Some really lovely children, who spread a lot of good feelings around me and my wife. As photographic objects, they are a gift:-).

Specially Tone I have used a lot as a model, and she, and me, really enjoy it. We have got som great results in several competitions, like Norwegian and Nordic Championship.


Early photographic years

I started with photography in 1977 with the legendary Pentax MX. For 25 years, this was my only camera. In 2002 i bought the MZ/ZX 7, who i used until 2008. Then i got my first DSLR, the Pentax K200D. It opened a new world, with a lot more opportunities. I became more active and took a lot more photos. In 2012 my wife gave me the Pentax K-30 for Christmas (she must have seen my wish list …) To Christmas 2014, I was lucky again, and got the K-3, who I still use.


My photography

My photographic philosophy is Creativity tru Simplicity. I admire many sorts of photographers and photos, but my favorites are Fine Art, Portraits and Streets.


Portraiture/Fine Art

About portraiture. You can often read a lot from peoples faces. The older faces can tell a story about the life they have bee living and the visdom they have. The young ones have often expectations and wonderings in their faces. That’s one of the reasons why i like to shoot portraits. I am also experimenting with different expressions in photography. Sometimes i try to tell/make a story out of my pictures.



I like to shoot on the streets, because it changes all the time. Always new people, things and situations. Often i do this in black/white, because i think the photos got a stronger expression.
When you are out on the streets, you can see all kind of persons, and it reflects our society. I have respect for the individuals, and do not want to take photos who set´s the objects in a bad light. All sorts of people deserve our respect, even those who hav felt of the ordinary life.


Down South Project

I also have an ongoing project, called «The Down South Project» with my friend Øystein Lie. We let our ideas and thoughts float, and making absurd and surreal pictures.



In 2020 Im proud to get the title NSMiF/b (Nordic Grandmaster of Photography/bronze)


Photography Thoughts 

This quote from Elliot Erwitt says a lot about how to do photographing, and i bring this words with me all the time.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

I try to not let this hobby become too serious, so it don’t  destroy the fun and quality time with the camera.



(this is not the most important…but still, here it is.)

The K-3 is my primary camera, with a selection of lenses from Pentax and Sigma. One of the nice things about Pentax, is that i can still use my lenses from the older cameras, thanks to the K-mount.  I use The K-3 on all sorts of photography, also on the streets. So as you see, I’m an old Pentaxian:-)

In the last years,  I also use the Fujifilm X-T3, paired with the XF 18-135 or the Fujifilm X-E3 paired with the XC 15-45. This is also my newest equipment, and it has impressed me with its picture quality. The JPEG´s are great and the film simulation modes is nice. 3 versions in one click:-)

As a pocket camera i use the Fuji XQ1 and my iPhone SE2. I mostly use this for happenings with my family.


For editing, I use iMac 21, MacBook Pro and iPad Air 2, compared with Aperture and Photos software. As plugins, NikCollection and Snapseed are my favorites.



PentaxForums.com, the friendliest photography forum on the web.
Founded in early September, 2006, PentaxForums.com also offers free photo space for all its members in the User Photo Gallery, as well as other valuable resources, such as the Lens Review Database and Pentax Camera Database that delve deeper into the world of Pentax equipment.




The club was founded August 2001 . We have about 6o members from Mandal to Kristiansand. The members are all from amateurs to international photographers.



Streetphotgraphy Magazine


Proud to make the CD Cover for Norwegian writer Kjartan Fløgstad´s new album


Liverpool FC


I am also a passionate Liverpool FC supporter and have been that for the past 45-50 years. The LFC philosophy  and the consideration for the supporters, players, staff and people of Liverpool, is quite unique.



«If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.»

Che Guevara


Thank´s for visiting my site and hope you enjoyed it:-)

Pål M. Smørvik


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