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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A taste of summer

The summer is here. No wait, the summer was here. Now it’s more or less gone – back to 15 degrees, half cloudy, windy and a few rain drops here and there. It was fun as long as it lasted.

The real good weather started last week, on wednesday I think (Hello, Altzheimer! You seem to arrive early…). It was sunny, not a cloud in sight and well over 25 degrees outside. It was perfect, almost too perfect. At some point maybe a bit too hot, if I’m allowed to say that. Some do say we shouldn’t complain on the heat when it finally arrives. I, on the other hand, is not one of them. I complain when it gets too hot, doesn’t matter if it’s been like that for a long time or if just a few days.

The sunny days was mostly spent outside; tanning, reading, barbequeing (eating oh so lovely cheese hotdogs. Oh the hotdogs!), planting and photographing. I’m very pleased that the great weather arrived with Whitsun, when I had one day off (the monday). I spent my days (away from friday) at my parents place at Lierfoss. Spending time there when the weather is great, is just so lovely. Soaking in the sun, walking barefoot in the grass and photographing with my awesome Canon camera is something you don’t want to miss.

The weather abruptly changed on monday. What a bummer! It was back to pants and a thin cardigan to keep warm. The wind came from north and was cold! So far the not so great weather has stayed. It doesn’t look promising, but I cross my fingers and hope the great weather will return some time soon. In the meantime, I can look at the photos I took last weekend and dream about hot summer days!

These photos are all from my parents place. You’ll see the grand apple tree with LOTS of flowers, my dad belowed cherrie-tree that was new last year and is blossoming this year, a painted wheel barrow, purple flowers, pretty lilacs that smells heavenly (too bad you can’t smell them!), dads collections of shovels (why have only one, when you can have four?), me playing with water while watering plants and a single bird on a wire.

Enjoy!

I took all these photos with my 50 mm lens. That combinded with my new camera, the Canon 7D… ah, it’s just amazing! The combonation is killer. I loved my old 450 D and I’ve used that a lot, but the new one, I love even more. I love it so much I gave it a name! It’s a she and her name is Sandy. When you go out of your comfort zone and not shoot on auto, you can do so much. I love the AV (apeture) mode. I know the camera and I, we’re gonna have much fun in the future!

Hello new camera!

A week ago I got my tax papers back. It was a nervouse moment when I checked my taxes online, would I get money back or not? I had a feeling I would get some back, but had no idea how much. To my big surprise I got a pretty nice chunk of money back. I had promised myself, that if I got enough money back on my taxes I would buy myself a new camera.

For a long time I’ve been drooling over the Canon 7D. It has been high on my wishlist among other things like travelling, photo printer/scanner, a Holga, lots of new scrapping stuff, a bunch of new clothes etc. I debated weather using my money on various of things or on that ONE item. Guess who won? Yep. You’ve guessed right, the Canon 7D! You should’ve seen me in the photo store on friday evening. I walked around in the shop, looking at various cameras and lenses, before I went and got a ‘queue ticket’ (or what it’s called…). Even though I really wanted the camera, it’s still a bit scary using that much amount of money at one time. So I kinda had to man up, before I bought it.

Now that I’ve had the camera for few days, I can’t say I regret it. It’s awesome. It got 18 megapixles, ISO up to 12800, filming in full HD, 19 AF points to mention a few things. I haven’t been able to go on a long photo trip with it yet, but I’ve managed to test it out.

On sunday, it was really sunny outside. I was back home for a day and a half and got the chance to go out to shoot some. It’s the very end of winter and in really early stage of spring. The snow is gone, but it’s not very green outside yet. Well, even though it wasn’t green outside, at least it was really sunny. The sky was blue and I got a few photos. Here they are, along with the photo on top.

 

This coming weekend, I hope to get out on a long photowalk. I need to test it out more, and soon! I’ve already planned where to go. Hopefully you will be able to see some more photographes taken with my new camera soon!

 

Where does the photos end up?

In 365 days there is a lot of time to take a lot of photographes and I take a lot. I usually bring my camera with me where ever I go, because I wouldn’t miss a big photo opportunety.

So what happens with my photos after I’ve taken them?

I  upload all my photos to my laptop. They are devided into dated folders. I go through all my photos and delete the worste. Some I don’t touch but some are good enough to be processed. After I’ve done my post processing, I move the photo into a new folder called ‘the real deal’.  Photos that turns up in that folder either get posted on my blog or uploaded to flickr. A few of my photographes get printed and hung up on my wall.

But what happenes with the photos after that?

Nothing!

After I’ve uploaded the best photos to my flickr account and put them on my blog, they kind of get forgotten. I never print photographes and put them in albums anymore. Recently I looked at my photo albums and I think the last photos are from 2002 or 2003. I know I have a quite a huge batch of photos that’s not in any album; they’re just collecting dust in a drawer. Putting photos in albums are such a boring job and that’s why the batch of photos now is collecting dust. That is also why I haven’t printed any photos to put in albums after 2003.

The fact that all my photos only can be found on my computer or somewhere on the www, is sad. It doesn’t do my photos justice. I’ve spent so many hours photographing and I don’t do anything with them. Of course they serve their purpose on flickr; people can see them and comment on them. I share my photos with the entire world so to speak. But after they’ve been posted, theyget forgotten in a way. The end up like one of many photos in a line.

Last week I came across the blog of a flickr-contact called Cindy. She blogged about making a yearbook; a book containg photos taken a spesfic year. What a brilliant idea.  Instantly I wanted to make one myself. I found her blog during a five  minute break I had at the officed and got so excited I couldn’t wait until I got home and could start on the book. It took a while before my mind could stop thinking about the book and focus on my job again.

Now I’ve started on making a book containing photos taken in 2011. I’m printing my book at blurb.com; they are good. There are a lot of photos to choose from, so only deciding what photos to pick is a huge task. Then there is the arrangement of the photos. In which order to put them. Not to make complete mess, I’ve decided to put them in categories like food, animals, Oslo in b&w, Oslo in color, bikes etc.

I’m having a lot of fun doing this. Photos I’ve already forgot, is popping up. It is fun looking at this years photos. I know it will be fun to stack it in my bookshelf too. Or maybe I should leave on my sofa table? Everyone visiting me will be able to see it then.

What are you doing with the photos you are taken? Are they hidden somewhere in a hard disk, hanging on a wall or have you done something else with them? I would love to know.

I found a tree

Yesterday I went home to Lierfoss, my hometown, to see Linda. I rode with my parents. Almost home, dad took a detour, to show me where our old neighbours and my parents’ friends are building a new house.  We slowly drove by the house and then head home.

A little further up that road I see this beautiful tree out in a field. My eyes are automatically  drawn to this beautiful tree and I instantly say out loud: that tree would be cool to photograph. I get lots of ideas up in my head.

We didn’t have time to stop so I could photograph it. It was not the right time of day either. It was too dark and not enough light to get a great picture, so we just drove on. But I know I have to go back to that tree and photograph it. When I came home I made a note on my cellphone, so I wouldn’t forget.  I am going home next weekend, since it’s Linda’s birthday, and then I’m going to take some pictures of the tree.

This is how my mind is built.

I see things and always think about how it would look as a photograph. And that is why I always carry my Canon with me. I hate it when I see something interesting / beautiful and want to capture it and don’t have my camera with me.

I got the camera with my today, but the weather isn’t good today. It’s grey and cloudy, so not any good natural light outside. I wish the sun could come out and play a bit more often. What is it waiting for?