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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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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Harvesting

050913- 291stWhen I was home a few weeks ago, I went to visit my uncle to see how the harvesting was going. My  dad was there, because he helps out a lot. Dad does most of the harvesting, because my uncle is old and not comfortable doing it. I brought my camera because I wanted to capture these moments. 80 years ahead some will maybe look at these photos and say ‘that’s how we did it back in the days’. I also took photos so I can compile a new calendar for my uncle when the new years arrive. The last years I’ve made him a calendar with photos from his farm or things/places nearby. He loves them and therefore I keep doing it. It’s a nice Christmas gift. Last year he got a whole book with photographs. I won’t be doing that this year –  a calendar will do.

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Bits and bobs from my uncles farm

030813- 313sA while ago I visted my uncles farm. He’s 76 years old, but I sometimes see him as less than 70. Too me he’s always been a ‘young’ man. It’s strange to think that’s he’s slowly getting 80. He is holding up quite well, working a lot in my opinion. Things are not as it used to be though and he needs help on his farm.  So when I visited his farm a month ago or so, I was there to help him out (my parents too) with a patch of overgrown grass. We worked a lot. In addition to work I took some photos around the farm. I always bring my camera, where every I go. You never know when something great turns up that you need to photograph.

Here are a few photos from that day. Enjoy.

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A berry good time in the forrest

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Last weekend when I was at Lierfoss, I went to the forrest to pick berries with my parents. We try to do that every year. Normally we walk through the forrest close to our home.  It starts only a few  hundred meters from the house. This year we wanted to try some place else. We decided to try my uncles forrest, which is located a 5 minute drive away from us.

This year we wanted to pick blueberries. When we had parked the car and started walking we saw some bushes with wild raspberries. We also spotted some on our way into the forrest.  So we decided to pick some raspberries on our way back.

Little did we know that we would find cloudberries in that forrest as well. That made us all happy, esp. dad. He loves cloudberries.

I had to bring my camera on this forrest trip. I love being in the forrest and photographing it. What I didn’t like was all the bites I got from ants and mosqitos. An ant bit me in my foot and it hurt so, so bad. I don’t think I’ve been bitten by an ant where it has hurt as bad as that did. Yesterday morning I counted all my bites and I found 12! They itch, some more than others. I have three on my right hand that is very annoying.

Oh well, enough about the bites and back to the photos. Here they are:

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Fun times at my uncles farm

120712- 042sLast thursday I went home to my parents place. I’m in the middle of vacation / was the end of my sick-leave, so I had time to go home. My nephews were gonna be there for a few days as well and I had planned to visit some friends.

My two nephews love tractors and since my dad had a few jobs to do at my uncles farm, we decided to bring them so they could ride the tractor with him. I had to bring my camera of course to take some pictures of the two having fun. It’s these little moments that I cheris and have to document. It will be something they can look back on when they’re grown old.

Yesterday evening, when I started to edit these  photos, I decided to sit out on my balcony. Since I live in an apartment and had been away all day, it was so warm inside it was warmer inside than outside. I almost melted away! Phew! 22.30 I had to go inside because some nasty, huge flying bugs visits my balcony when twilight comes.

When I looked through my photos I instantly knew these had to be monochrome photos. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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The croft pt. II

Last weekend I was back at Lierfoss. This time to visit a friend and just relax at the countryside. My sister and her family came too, which was nice. We spent most of sunday together, eating good food, playing and being outside making a snowman.

I had some time to get out my camera too this weekend. I went back to the croft. My parents are spending a lot of time there, cutting down unwanted trees and bushes. It takes a lot of time. Dad went there with my uncles tractor and I drove my mum there. Mum wanted me to help out, but I said I couldn’t. I had more important things to do, I needed to photograph.

The weather wasn’t as good as last time I was there photographing, it was a bit more foggy, but I still managed to capture some of the beauty of that place.

Enjoy!

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Wintery Lierfoss

Here are some more photos from my winter walk a few weeks ago. These photos are taken around Lierfoss, where I grew up. The sun was shining and the weather was gorgeous. I love winter days like that! I hope it will be more winter days like that in the near future.

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