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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Spring / summer polaroids

Here are some polaroids taken this spring / summer. The three first are from the Botanical Garden (inside and outside). The two next is from a bike trip I had back in May. The two last is from the street where I live. More polas to come soon.

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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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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?




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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011213- 356sWhen I was out shooting bikes almost two weeks ago, I also captured other subejcts. There is no red thread to connect these photos–just various of motifs/scenes I found interesting enough to capture with my camera.

I really hope I’ll be able to go out on a phototrip again soon. I’ve missed it so much, and it’s so much fun. Seeing something gorgeous and then capturing with my camera, is such a great feeling.

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Making sauerkraut

290913- 284sAt the lunchtable at the office earlier this year we talked about homemade things. Among things we talked about, making sauerkraut came up. I love making things from scratch and after that lunch, I knew I had to try making sauerkraut myself. I don’t eat it myself, but that doesn’t matter–I still love make it.

Making sauerkraut is very easy and somthing anyone with a kitchen can do. I searched for a recipe online and I found several. In the end I ended up with the one below.

To make sauerkraut, you’ll need the following:

  • 750 grams of  cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of caraway (you can add more of you like)
  • 2,5 dl of water
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar (7%) (you can add more if you like)
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar

How to make it:

  1. Finely cut 750 grams of cabbage into thin pieces.
  2. Pour the water in a casserole and let it boil. Turn down the heat.
  3. Fill the casserole with cabbage in layers with caraway and salt between the layers.
  4. Make it zimmer for 45 minutes. Stirr in the casserole every 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add the vinager and sugar.
  6. Let it zimmer some more so all the cabbage will be infused with the vinegar and sugar.

You can add more caraway and vinegar if you want–it depends on how tastefull you want the sauerkraut.

We eat sauerkraut on Christmas Eve. My plan is to make some home made sauerkraut for this Christmas. It’s always fun to have things made from scratch on the table, in stead of something fabricated.

I don’t do anything without documenting it with pictures. Here are a few I took while making the sauerkraut.

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