I <3 bikes

There is no news I’m quite obsessed with bikes. There is just something so beautiful about old bikes. When I was at the photo trip on saturday, I found some bikes to photograph. It never goes a photo trip without me shooting a bike.

The top photograph was taken outside a bike shop called ‘the rusty spoke’. The tiny bike is such a cute bike.

The blue bike on the three last photos is actual a bike I’ve photographed before (see it here). When I saw it, at the exact same spot as almost two years ago, I thought ‘hey, it’s still here. Let’s photograph it again’. I was happy when I saw it, because it’s a beautiful bike.

My collections of bikes is growing. Maybe I some time in the future needs to make myself a book with all these lovely bikes? It’s an idea worth thinking about.

Photo trip: the Garden City

The sign says trail.

Yesterday was so sunny. The air was warmer than it normally is this time a year. It was a perfecct day for a photo trip. My friend Ellen and I, we first went to a place outside the city center called Lambertseter. We’re got this inside joke about that place and I wanted to see how it was like up there. We took a few photos, but didn’t stay too long because it was a pretty boring place; not a place for the great photographes. The photo above is from Lambertseter.

A friend of mine asked me on twitter when I written I’d been out on a photo trip: phototrip for what? I replied it wasn’t for anything special. Told him I’d just walked around town taking pictures of all things interesting. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. I go out, with not much of a plan, and capture all things interesting / beautiful.

After leaving Lambertseter, we took the subway all the way to Ullevål. There we visited Ullevål Hageby; a residential area and garden city. It was intended for the working class, as an attempt to create healthy housing with more space, and with a small garden attached to each house. But when the apartments were sold, it was the middle class people who ended up buying the houses.  Today the area has among the highest prices in the city and is the biggest garden city in Norway. You can read a little bit more about the garden city here.

Ullevål Hageby reminds me of Monopoly. In the Norwegian edition of the game, Ullevål Hageby is the most expensive property to buy, alongside Rådhusplassen (the area outside the City Hall).

Here are some photographes from the garden city and areas close by:

This road is called Fairytail street. What an awesome name of a street. I wouldn’t mind living there.

I did take quite some photos of bikes yesterday too. You know, I never come home from a photo trip without at least one bike shot. Yesterday I came home with more than one, and I’m gonna show you them later.

 

 

I got a cute blog award

I received this utterly cute award from dear Jen.

Thank you Jen. That was very kind of you.

So this is how the award works:

1. Link back to the person who awarded you.
2. Answer the award questions.
3. Tell something about yourself that you haven’t told anyone on your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs as you think are worthy of this award.
5. Make sure to let those you gave this award to know that you awarded them.

The Award Questions

1. What is your go to makeup product?

I hardly wear make-up. I never wear it in my daily life, only when I’m going out partying / going to birthdays.

2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?

Fashion trend of 2011? I have no clue! I’m not into fashion and trends. I wear whatever feels comfy and what fits me. I’ve never cared about what’s in or out.

3. What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cake or cinnamon buns. It’s hard to decide because they’re both so friggen yummy! If I can have both I’m happy ;) Oh wait, I also love waffles. Mmmmm. Seems like I can’t choose….

4. Favourite color?

That varies. When I was younger it was blue. Now it’s def. green. I like most shades of green.

5. What is your middle name?

Elisabeth. Got it from my mum; her middle name is also Elisabeth. I never use my middle name though.

6. What was the last song that you listened to?

Not 100% sure which song, but it was def. one of Bruce Springsteen newest songs. It might have been this:

That so is such a beautiful song. One of the best songs from his new album, that is officially out on 6th of March. Someone is very excited!

7. Cats or dogs?

Cats! Cats! Cats! I’m def. a cat person. Myfirst cat was named Pelle. I had him for 12 years (minus 1,5 years when he was missing) and was the greateast cat ever lived! Now I have a cat living with my parents. He’s name is Samson and is a very, very cute and loving cat.

So… I’m going to tell something about myself I haven’t shared on this blog.

I have two thin steel bars in my back. They are each 30 cm long. When I was young my back was crocked. I had a form of scoliosis. My back was shaped like an S. Originally I was going to wear a back brace (looks a bit like a corset) for a year to straighten me up, but after trying the back brace they found out it wouldn’t work. So in stead I had a back surgery. I was 13 at the time. They cut open my back and placed two steel bars in my back in addition to a bone that they took from my hip. So I got a 30 cm scar on my back and a small one on my hip.

And now to the award part. I’m supposed to award as many people as I think deserve it. For that, I think we need a drumroll. *insert drumroll sound here*

I award the following blogs/persons:

  • Karin Elizabeth: her blog is a great inspiration and her photos are always so lovely.
  • Jasmine / The Daily Frolic: Jasmine lets me, by reading her blog, tag along on some great adventures. These adventures are documented by awesome photos.

An invitation from Getty Images

I must say that my heart skipped a bit when I logged into Flickr yesterday and saw that I had gotten an email from Flickr HQ. It was an invitation from Getty Images. Sure, they do send out such invitation to several person, so it’s not that special, but to me it means a lot.

On many occations, I have been thinking of stock photography and if I should participate in such a thing. My thinking has always ended with a no. I think I deep, deep down have thought that I’m going to do something on my own with the photograhes I got; either publish them in a book, open a gallery and sell them or sell them online myself. Even deeper down, I think I’ve known that it’s not very likely that that’s going to happen, but still I’ve said no to the stock photography option.

Some time last year, I think it was last summer I thought about stock photography again. I found this group on flickr hosted by Getty Images. A few times a year you could post your best photos into the group and then would Getty Images look at them; and if they liked what they saw, they would most likely give you an invite to join Getty.  The group was, at that time, closed for submitting photos, and has been that ever since. In the discussion forum in the group, people said that you could get an invite from Getty despite the group being closed for submittions; Getty do browse Flickr for photos. I didn’t really think that would happen. There is a lot of photographers out there.

But hey, it did happen. I got an invite! *happy dance* Last night I did set up an account over at Getty Images. I did it without thinking. I think I was so excited that I left all thoughts about stock photography behind and just went for it.

So what has changed from then to know? I’ve come to the conclution that I most likely never will open a gallery or publish a book with my photos. I’ve also come to the conclution that stock photography doesn’t rule out other options; you can do both. I can have my shop open at Society6 and still do stock photography. I just have to keep track of what I post where, so there isn’t any conflict with my photos.

Above you can see which photos Getty wants. You can also view them at this set over at Flickr. I’ve decided to include 10 of them.

Getty Images contains  a lot of photographes; it might be millions for all I know. The likelyhood for me to sell anything over there is slim, but it’s not impossible. After all I will have 10 photographes there; maybe more later.

The reason for joining Getty is not to be rich and famous. Part of me does it for fun and part of me do it because I believe in my own photographes and I think they deserve a chance to be used/bought.

I must say so far 2012 has been good photographing-wise; I’ve opened an online shop and now I’m enrolled with Getty Images!

Two next things waiting to happend; a phototrip on saturday and a photo-fair the 2nd of March – 4th of March. Oh and maybe a new camera…

My shop is open!

I have always, ever since I started photograhing with a DSLR, wanted to sell my photos. It’s been in the back of my head, but I’ve never really acted on it. Once I created an account on Etsy, but after I’d created it, nothing happened.

A few weeks ago, a flickr friend, joined Society6.com, a place where you can sell your art. For two weeks I’ve been playing with the idea of doing the same. Yesterday I investigated the site, to see what it was like / how it works. To my satisfaction, it works just the way I want it. I upload photos I want to sell. The quality of the photo (size etc) decides in which resolutions the photos can be sold. I pick the price I want the photo to be sold for. The great thing, is that I’m not the one who prints and sends the photo, Society6 does. They charge what it costs to print it, pluss a little handeling fee. So I have to take that into concideration when I set the price.

So I decided to try it myself. It took me a minute or so to set up the shop; a bit longer to make and upload a header.

I’ve gone through my photos taken the last years, trying to decide what I want to sell. I not only have to think of what I want to sell / what I think is a great photograph, but also what potensial buyers want. I knew right away that I wanted some food shots. In addition to some food shots, I’ve also added a few other shots. There is a limit on how many photos I can upload each day it seems, so I haven’t been able to add much. It will come, in time.

I don’t have any illutions about making big money on this shop; it’s mostly for fun. But I can’t help but feeling a little joyful about this shop; no matter how small and one in a million it is.

If you want to visit my shop, go here.

Emil and the 50 mm lense

On saturday I had my nephew Emil over for a sleepover. Since he moved out of time, I don’t get to pick him up from kindergarten and make him dinner , like I used to. For a while I did that almost once a week. I thought it was time for some aunt-and-Emil time again.

Always when I have Emil over for a visit, I bring out my camera. He doesn’t seem to mind having me around taking photos of him. This time I wanted to use the 50 mm  lens to its fullest and photographed mostly at F/1.4 and F/1.6. I haven’t done that in a while. It was very fun shooting with that aperture. All that yummy light that comes into the photo. It was two sunny days as well, so that also helped.

Here are quite a few of the photos from the 24 hrs I spent with Emil.

On sunday we went sledding, quite early. We walked to the valley and arrived around 09.30. It was sunny and we had a lot of fun. I sat in the back of the sled and Emil sat in the front. A lot of snow swirled around Emil when we were going downhill. He had to borrow my scarf to prevent getting too much snow in his face. On our second last ride we rode so fast that his face was all covered in snow when we stopped. We had some tears, but it didn’t take long before he was all smiling again, ready for his next ride.

Having fun with Lego. That’s my fave thing to play with Emil. I love building houses, garages, cars and what not. Emil was very concentrated when we play with the lego. At one point, when I was photographing him, he said to me: ‘I’m not smiling now aunt, because I’m playing’. Which meant that he was so concentrated he couldn’t smile even if I wanted to take a photo of him. That was fine by me, I don’t always need a smile to make a good photograph.

From one of our meals. We ate bread with cheese and drank lots of milk.

We’re watching the Lion King; one of his obsessions of late. Emil actually asked me ‘Auntie, can’t you take a photo of me watching the Lion King?’ How could I say no to that?

We did have a paint session. Oh how I love the second last photo, if I may say that. Emil’s expression is great and the way he looks at the table … aah.

 

Birthdaycake for the win

Yesterday was my sisters birthday. A few weeks ago I texted her, telling she needed to throw a party because I had planned to bake her a cake. For a while now, I’ve been craving cake. But I can’t make a cake just for me, that’s not right. Even if I made one and treated my friends with some pieces, it would be a lot of cake on me, because the chocolate cake I bake isn’t small; it’s big.

Hanne invted me for her birthday and did what I had promised; I made chocolate cake. I couldn’t, of course, resist take some photographes while baking. Here are some photos from the baking:

To the left you can see my new, awesome sifter – all retro-looking. As you can see of the top photo, the cake contains a lot of butter (300 grams, and that is only the bottom, no icing including). I’m pretty sure that one thing that make the cake so friggen yummy.

I made the cake look like the letter H, since my sister’s name is Hanne. But I also did it because then I could keep some cake for myself. Clever, ay? I’m eating cake as we speak.

If the cake looks yummy and you want to try bake it, here is the recipi:

Chocolate cake in a roasting tin.

4 eggs
4 cups of sugar
2 cups of milk
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
5 1/3 cups of flour
300 gram butter (melted)
4 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Stir eggs and sugar “white”
2. Pour in the melted butter.
3. Mix the dry stuff in a bowl.
4. Pour in the dry stuff and the milk in turns.
5. Put the batter in a roasting tin.
6. Bake the cake in the oven at 180 degrees celcius in about 45 minutes.

Icing:

6.6 decilitre of icing sugar
130 gram butter (NOT melted, but should be out of the fridge to get soft, easier to work with then)
4 teaspoons of vanilla sugar
7-8 tablespoons of warm coffee
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

1. Mix the dry stuff.
2. Cut the butter in pieces and toss it in.
3. Put the warm coffee.
4. Stir until there’s no pieces of butter left and the icing is smooth.
5. Put it on top of the cake

On top of the icing you can decorate it with for instance smarties.

Enjoy!


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