The Norwegian wilderness

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I went on a mountain trip with my good friend Bjørg this weekend. I took the friday off and went to Bjørg on thursday evening. She had to work that day, but had a home-office. Right after her husband came home at 16.15, we left for Trysil. Trysil is a municipality east in Norway, that borders to Sweden. It’s over two and a half hour drive north-east from Oslo. We borrowed a lovely cabin , which was lovely. It had everything we needed; comfy beds, a kitchen and livingroom in one and a bathroom with a shower and a sauna. There was also free internet and a tv there, but neither of that worked while we were there. We were a bit annoyed at first, but it didn’t take long before we forgot about it. We had music on my phone (Spotify) with portable speakers and board games, so we had all we needed.

Both days we cooked some awesome dishes. First evening with had a beef with creamy potatoes and mushrooms and the second day we had a lovely stew with rice and white bread. The stew contained beef, vegetables and mushrooms and was so, so good. Since we were away for a weekend, we allowed us to indulged in lovely food. Our ‘desert’ was chips and chocolate.

The weather wasn’t great. Saturday morning started with heavy raining, but that didn’t stop us–we were determined to go out in the wilderness. We had been recommended a place to start our walk, but after a little forth and back, we ended up going someplace else. I’m not sorry about that, because we ended up some place lovely. It rained a little bit when we got out of the car, but we were lucky–it didn’t rain for too long.

With us on the trip, we had lovely food (bread with eggs, cheese and ham), chocolate, biscuits and water to drink. I also brought my camera with me. To my BIG disappointment, I had almost no battery left. I charged it before I left home on thursday and I only used it a little bit before saturday. I think I might have forgotten to turn it off and must have caused the battery to be almost dead. So I only got a few photos with my Canon, the rest of my photos was made with my phone. This proofs I need an extra battery for my camera I can bring, so this won’t happen again.

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Norwegians are quite reserved. You hardly see people who doesn’t know each other, talk to each other. If you sit on the subway and some stranger starts talking to you, lots of people will wonder why on earth they are talking to you. When people get out in the wilderness (forrest, mountains etc), they totally change personality. People always greets other people they meet along the way and they even engage in conversations. This weekend, I’ve never greeted that many strangers in such a short timespan before.

I wonder why it is like this. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I can’t say I’ve come to any conclution.

Whatever the reason is, I enjoy greeting people when I’m out in the wilderness. It puts me in a good mood. We’re sort of one big happy family.

I hope to go on trip like this sometime soon.

 

5 AM day two

After being out at 5 AM yesterday photographing and seeing that lovely morning light in my photos, I wanted to do it again–but this time, walking a little bit to photograph other things. So I set the alarm for 04.35. Five minutes before the alarm went off, I woke up all by myself. My head was not with me, still sleeping. When I peeked through the curtains and didn’t see any sun, I instantly thought it was cloudy and I didn’t want to photograph if there wasn’t any beautiful light outside.  So I rolled over and fell back to sleep.

Almost half an hour later I woke up again, now seeing sunrays through the curtains. I jumped out of bed, peeked out of the window and saw a beautiful morning on its way. Quickly I got dressed, fetched my camera and headwd out. This time I left my parents property and walked towards the sun. Because it’s monday, the traffic was heavier than yesterday. Not everyone has vacation. Some still have to work. There was many that stared at me this morning–almost everyone who passed me in a car,  I guess they’ve never seen someone out this early to photograph before. Heh!

I spend about an hour photographing and then I feel it’s time to get home. I’m still not fully awake and I could need some more sleep. Back home I undress and crawl under the duvet, thinking it had been a lovely morning and well worth the early rise.

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5 AM

My three-week vacation started on friday. After spending yesterday at a pool with my sister and her family and having dinner at their place, I went home to my parents place. They are on holiday (in Nice, France) and I needed to take care of Samson (our cat) for a few days. My uncle did it until I came home. I woke up twice last night. First at 04.00 because Samson was sitting outside my bedroom door screaming–he wanted to get out. After letting him out, I went back to bed and fell asleep instantly. Almost an hour later I woke up again. I have a mild form of restless legs syndrome. It is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Mostly it occurs in my legs, but sometimes my arms is affected. That happened yesterday. To make it go away, I need to focus my brain on other things than the restless arms. Doing things with your arms helps.

While being up, I saw the sun rise–it was beautiful. So I decided to take some photos of the sunrise, now that I was up and couldn’t sleep. I was too tired to get dressed, and I had planned to go to bed again, so I just put on my late grandfathers bathrobe and went out. It was so lovely outside–quiet and quite warm even though it was only 5 AM in the morning.

Samson was already outside and he joined me for a short while, before he disappeared somewhere.

Getting up really early to photograph is something I think I will repeat, not just when I can’t sleep. The light is beautiful in the early, early morning–especially when the sun is rising.

I hope you’ll enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed photogprahing.

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These photos are taken with my brand new 35mm lense. I bought it a month ago, because I was hired to photograph a friends wedding. Initially I bought a new standard zoom lense (18-250mm) since the one I owned had some issues and was very unstable. When buying that I overheard a convo at the photostore about this new 35mm lense from Sigma–it was supposed to be very good. After a few days and a lot of reading online about the lense and other similar lenses, I went and bought that too. So in less than I week, I had almost spend my entire tax-refund. I paid 10.300 for both lenses. Eeek! I better put them to use, to justify such big purchases in such short time.

If anyone thinks about buying this 35mm lense, but aren’t quite sure, I got two words for you: DO IT!

Summer polas

I have some more polas to share. These are taken at Lierfoss, where I grew up.

The three last polas are of my newphews. We, my sister and her familiy and I, were at Lierfoss one sunday barbequeing and having a lovely day. It was sunny and very warm. Emil, the oldest newphew, showed me how to ride a bike and more important; how to use the brakes on the bike–he had just learned how to do it. Great memories.

The cat is Samson and he belongs to the family. He lives with my parents, but I call him mine too–even though I don’t live at home. Samson is the sweetest. Photographing him is not the easiest thing to do. If I catch him sitting somewhere and Isit down on my knees to photograph him, he comes towards me imidiately. I don’t know how long I worked to get one decent photo, but it was all worth it.

I have one pack of film left in the fridge. I’m planning to bring that to the Netherlands next week, when I’m visiting my friend Chantal for a week. When that pack of film is used, my whole fridge will be covered in polas. I might need to find a better place to display them.

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I’m alive–new polas

I am alive. I just haven’t been around here in a long time. Life happened and for a long time I couldn’t find any inspiration for photographing. Now I’m slowly trying to get back into the game. A few weeks ago I bought four new packs with polaroid film from the Impossible Project. One pack is already used and I’ve now scanned the photos to post them here.

Oh I love the looks of the polas. Today it has been very sunny and a good day to photograph. I did use my digital camera as well. I would have to show you those photos another time. I have yet to look at them and process the ones I like.

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More polas–winterstyle

Yesterday I bought myself a multifunctional printer from Epson–it’s the Epson XP-750. I needed one so I can scan my polas. Last night I set it up, and it worked just fine. I’m happy that I finally got one, I’ve been thinking about buying one for years.

I scanned the polas I’ve taken, but not shared with you. It ain’t many. Today was a bit disappointing, because I thought I had two frames left, but I had miscalculated–there were no frames left and I don’t have another set of polas. Sigh. I have to buy some more soon! Photographing with my pola cam is quite addictive.

Well, I thought I’d share the few polas I scanned yesterday. Hope you like them.

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2014 New Years (photography) resolutions

120113- 018sLast night I had plans to work on my photobook with photos from 2013. I never got around to do much more than open the programme I use to make the book–I got distracted with other things. When I was ready to go to bed, I promised myself to work on it today. Even though I didn’t get anything done with my book last night, it made me think about what I want to do in 2014 photography-wise. Laying in bed, in complete darkness–with only the light from my cellphone, I started to write down things I want to accomplish this year. The list got longer than I thought it would.

I’m now going to share with you what my resolutions are. Resolutions are not easy to follow up, but if I have them written down, it’s at least a bit easier to keep track of what I want to do.

  • Start and finish a photo project:

I have yet to figure out what kind of project that will be. I know I don’t want to do a long project, like a 365-days project, but more like for instance ‘photograph each day in May’ or something.

  • Shoot more with my analogue cameras.

I want to use my digital cameras a lot this year. For Christmas I got a Holga and a Polaroid. Those I would love to use often. I also own a Ricoh (seen in the photo above). There is film in it, and I started taking photos with it a few years ago, but I never finsihed. So today I took a few photos and I plan to get the roll developed some time next week. I have no idea what’s on the roll, so it will be fun to have it developed. I have no idea if the photos are in focus either, because it has a  manual focus and I’m not so good with that–yet.

  • Shoot more black & white

Black & white photography is awesome, and I would like to imporve my photography skills in that area.

  • Update my shop at Society6.com more often.

I have a shop at Society6, but I rarely update it, so nothing is really happening over there. I need to be more active and promote it better. So far I’ve sold one photo, which isn’t all that great I have to say.

  • Blog more often.

I want to blog more regularly. Blog once a week would be awesome. In order to do so, I need to be more creative and use my camera more often. As I’ve sitten down trying to figure out what photos from 2013 I’m gonna put up in my book, I’ve seen that I haven’t taken as many photos as 2012. Well, maybe I’ve taken the close to the same amount, but I’ve at least used it fewer times. Less food photography and less photos from around Oslo. It has been more travelling photos though (London, Poland, Holland and Sweden)

  • Enter one or more photo contests

I would love the enter some photo contests. Not for anything else than fun and to get some of my photosgraphs out there, to the public.

  • Photograph things inspired by words.

This is now my original idea. It’s has been done before, for instance in the blog ‘words to shoot by’. I love the idea and I want to try it myself. I think I’m going to ask a friend to come up with some words I can use–that would be even more fun for me.

  • Start a photo collaboration with another photographer.

I haven’t really thought this through, but I was thinking about finding, say like 10 words each, and then we’re both gonna photograph something that you assosiate with that word. Then we present the photos side by side on a blog. It can also be something totally different also.

Is there anyone out there who thinks they want to colab with me, contact me.

I love Polas

050114- 182I was very lucky to get a Polaroid One Step Flash camera for Christmas. It has been on my wishlist for a few years, but I didn’t think I would get one. The camera is bought from the Impossible Project.

I have never used a Polaroid camera before, so I was very excited to test it. There is something magical about the whole thing. You click and then the sweetest sound comes from the camera–whirrrr! Seconds later the photo is out, and you quickly hide it in a book or some other dark place.  What do you do next? You wait. Oh the wait. You want so badly to see the result instantly, but you can’t–it takes between 30-45 minutes for the photo to develop.  45 minutes later you peek at the photo and hopefully squeal a bit because you’re satisfied with the photo. It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, because this is a pola, it’s old fashioned  and a few flaws has its charm.

This camera is really simple. You can adjust the exposure and that’s about it. You turn it on, adjust the exposure and click!

With my camera came two package of film. Each package contains 8 frames (the first package I’ve opened actually contained 10 frames!). The film is quite expensive. That makes you think really hard about what you want to shoot–it has to be something really special. You don’t want to waste frames on dull things.

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I took two test-shots at home. Without really knowing what to shot–it was dark outside and I desperately wanted to test it, so I shot a book about Springsteen I’m reading at the  moment and a photo of Springsteen from an old calendar.

Today I went out to try find something more interesting to shoot. The weather was lovely right when I stood up, but when I was ready to go the clouds had rolled in from the fjord and it didn’t take long before it started to drizzle–it wasn’t snow (that would’ve been awesome), but rain. Thankfully it didn’t rain too much and got a few lovely shots by the fjord. I love water and the open sea, so I had to shoot by the fjord.

I don’t have a scanner yet, so I had to photograph my polas to show them here. My next purchase has to be a scanner! The colors of the photos are pretty close to the actual polas.

Oh, I just love the polaroid I got. It’s friggen awesome. I had to call my mum twice to tell her how happy I was about the camera dad and she gave me. I’m not sure what to do with the polas yet, but I think I will display some of them on my fridge.

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So what do you think? Do you love polas as much as I do? What do you think of my first atempts of handling the camera?

 

 

Travelling

221213- 004sI went home to my parents house today–to do some christmas preparations, like baking and going out to find a Christmas tree. On my way home I took some photos. There wasn’t much time to photograph, so I only got to photograph the train stations I visited. I’m not complaining, because photographing train stations are fun.

Enjoy one of the last posts of 2013.

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