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!

Out in the forrest, in the middle of Oslo

On sunday we had a real summer day. The first one in weeks. This summer has rained away and yesterdays sun and warm weather was more than welcome. I knew it wouldn’t last long, it would probably be over today, and it was. So I thought I’d make the most of it. It is already the 20th of August and the summer is almost over. Where has it been, really? Not here at least.

I’ve been wanting to visit Maridalen for a long time now. It’s been on my to do-list for a very long time, but I’ve never had the chance to do so. Either the weather has sucked, like it has most of the summer, or other things  has gotten in the way. Last night when I was editing the photos from the trip, I realised it was 3 months, on the day, since I talked about it for the first time. When I think about it, it’s a real shame it’s only three months since I first thought about going there. I’ve been living in this city for about ten years and I’ve never been in Maridalen. I know for sure, it’s not gonna go ten years until I visit it again. When the fall sets in, I’m def. going back to soak in all the beautiful colors the fall brings.

So me and a friend took tram number 12 to the end-station, Kjelsås. From there we walked for a short while to get to one end of Maridalen. The lake, Maridalsvannet, is the lake that provides the citisen of Oslo with water. So there was a few restrictions we saw printed on a board: 1) no bathing in the water 2) stay at least 50 meters away from the water 3) no fishing. We were walking on the north side of the lake and it was impossible to get close the water anyway, we were divided from the lake by train tracks. The tracks run alongside the lake. I’ve never taken the train that way, but I’m quite sure it’s a lovely route, looking at the lake while driving by. Seeing the train tracks made me think of the old movie Stand By Me (with River Pheonix, Kiefer Sutherland etc). A great 80’s movie, if you ask me.

We had brought lunch, so after walking for quite some time, we found a spot where we could sit down and snack. I have to say that buns / bread tastes so much better out in the woods after a long walk. At home a bun with cheese taste OK, but after a long walk out in the forrest, it tastes great! I’d brought a bottle with water, but since it was so hot I drank most of it before we sat down. I needed more water, so I filled it up with some fresh water from a stream. Not much beats fresh water from a stream.

I might have mentioned this before, but Oslo contains mostly forrest. The middel of Oslo is located in the forrest and almost only the part close to the fjord is buildings, houses etc. This is one thing I love so much about this city. Within 20 from my apartment, I can be out in the forrest. I could pack a backpack, bring my tent and go camping for the weekend.

As everytime I’m out on a trip like this, I bring my camera. When I came home I had over 200 new photos. It took some time to sort them out and find the good ones, but I’ve finished and here is quite a few photos from yesterday. It was hard to pick the best, so I ended up with 30!

Doesn’t the forrest look inviting?


A day at the beach

Two weeks ago, I came home from a weeks vacation in the Netherlands, visiting my friend Chantie. With me, in my bag, I had a memory card filled with over 700 photos. Yes, you read it right, over 700 photos.

On my seven days vacation, we did various of things like going to the zoo, visit a petting farm, visit the beach, bikeing, shopping, eating delisious lunches at cosy cafes/restaurants, watch movies, play Rummy etc. I brought my camera where ever I got and that is the reason for my 700 photos.

The vacation started off real good with 27 degrees celcius, sunny and not a cloud on the sky. We could only do one thing, go to the beach. So we packed our bags, found our bikes (I borrowed Chantie’s mums bike!) and set off to this little place by the North Sea called Egmond aan Zee. It was about a 10 km. bike trip to get there and it went faster than I had imagined. The Netherlands is flat, so that’s one reason for the bike trip to go so fast.

We stayed at the beach for a long time. It was nice to relax and soak in the sun. I even dared to take a swim in the North Sea. It was a bit cold as soon as I got into the water, but once my body got used to the temp, it was pure fun to be out in the water. Since it was so hot, it was quite refreshing to take a swim. The water wasn’t as salty as I thought it would be. I prefere to swim in fresh water, so I was very pleased it wasn’t as salty as expected.

I brought my camera to the beach and I’m so happy I did. When we arrived, had locked our bikes and headed towards the beach I got the feeling I was heading to a beach I’ve only seen in tv-series / movies. I felt like being on a American beach. It felt good! I popped out my camera imideately and snapped away.

Here are some of the photos from my day at the beach.

After being at the beach for a while, we had to get something to eat. Egmond aan Zee is a fish-town, so we had to eat fish. I ate fish and chips for the first time in my life! I’m not very fan of chips, at least not the thin chips you’ll get at the fastfood chains like McDonalds or Burger King. The chips at this tiny restaurant, however, was thinker and yummier. I ate a  lof of them. The fish, don’t remember what kind, was delish. I woudn’t be surprised if it was fished today, that’s how fresh it tasted.

The bike ride home took a bit longer than the bike ride to the sea. That’s because we took a different route home, so we could see other parts of Holland. I also had big pain in the ass because I’d biked so long, but I’m not gonna talk about that!

All in all, a lovely day that I will cheris for a long time, since we’ve had such a crappy summer in Norway weather wise this year.

Next on the Netherlands-menu, I think is either bikes or animals from the zoo. Stay tuned to find out.

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.


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!

The book and the sun arrived!

Last friday I got an email from blurb.com that the book had been shipped. I archived the email and didn’t think anymore about it. When I opened my mailbox today, what do I see? To my big surprise, the book!!


The book has arrived. I could not wait to get inside my apartment so I could have a look at it. I tore up the package and smiled widely when I saw the cover.


I was a bit worried there would be typos in the book. I did spellcheck it twice, but sometimes you just turn blind. Maybe I should’ve let a friend look over it? Of course I saw some typos. I’ve spotted a few. The worst one that was I’ve said she’s born in ’78! Doh! It’s ’79! That’a bit annoying, but what can I do?

Apart from the few typos, the book is great. I love it. I hope Linda will love it too. I’m so eager to give it to her, I could go home tomorrow and deliver it. But I have to wait. Her birthday isn’t until next week (wednesday).

The book is not the only thing that arrived today. So did the sun! Horray for that! I went out on a stroll after work, taking some pictures. It was nice to finally be able to catch some sun / light in my photos again. It seems like such a long time since I’ve been able to do that!


This is one of the shots I took. The colors are a bit unusual for me, but that’s one thing that I like with this shot. This will be found at flickr, but not today. I’m too tired to upload it. And I’ve already uploaded one  picture today.

I’m planning to create a new set on lukcytown.no. Well, it’s two actually when I come think of it.

  1. A black and white set. I got inspired by a flickr-buddy named Alice. The takes only black and white pictures. I find pictures in black and white beautiful. If you have a dull colored picture, you can easily make it better by turning it into black and white. I’m not going to call this set black and white, because that’s so ordinary and boring and far from what I am ;) I’m gonna call it ‘not color’.
  2. A set with the cards I’ve created. I always show you here what cards I’ve made. I think it’s time to put them on my webiste.

It will take some time to organize this.  The boring part is to downsize them to the right size; one set with 600 x 400 pixels and one set with thumbnails that are 75 x 75 pixels. Maybe I’ll start the process tomorrow. We’ll see how the day turns out.