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!

A walk alongside the Akerselva

One thing I really love about the city I live in, Oslo, is that you can be in the city and feel like you’re not in the city, but someplace else. Yesterday, me and my friend Ellen, took a walk along the river running through the city. It’s a 8.2 km long river, sort of dividing Oslo into east and west. The river, Akerselva, is “Oslos green lung”, with parks and trails. When you walk along the river, you can see lots of old industrial buildings. The buildings are today mainly used as offices.

The river is running through the city and you can walk alongside it for most parts. A part of the river, close to the fjord is running through a pipe; it done that way to make place for roads/cars. It’s a lovely walk. There are quite a few waterfalls in the river, I have photograhped one. You can also find a small hut, with grass growing on the roof. I took a peek inside and saw a few old millstones.

The next photo trip, I think we’ll take a trip around Maridalsvannet. It’s the lake where the river Akersevla starts. It’s not a very big lake, but the biggest in Oslo.

To photograph is…

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Minds Eye

I found this quote and I wanted to share it. It is beautiful said and very accurate – just how I feel about photography. There is not much more to say really, becauce that quote says it all.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a great French photographer. He’s taken a lot of great photographs. He was a Magnum founder and a master in photo journalism. To see some of his photographs, go here.

Food project (ABC)

In my last post, I talked about maybe begin on a new food project (photography wise). After some thinking, I decided to go for it. I need a project to let out my creativity and  photographing food is both fun and challenging.

This food project is going to be the same as I’ve done before; shooting food on A, then B, and C etc. It is difficult to photograph food, as least I think so. An additional challenge this time, is that I don’t want to photograph the same things I did last time. After doing some reasearch, checking out this Food Alphabet among other sites, I realised that I might photograph some of the same things, but if I do, at least it’s going to be done a different way. So far I’ve made list of possible things to photograph. Things might change as I proceed, but it’s a draft.

My plan is to finish this project way sooner than I did with my last. I remember abandoning the project for weeks at a time, maybe even moths.

I will post one photo on my flickr account that will be the official photo, but here on the blog I will post more photos (outtakes).

For a start, I photographed both letter A and B.

A is for apple and almonds. I saw a photo somewhere online in my search for things to photograph and it contained both apples and almonds. I immediately thought I had to try make my own version of it.

This is a set of nice food-teeth; a green apple and almonds.On the photo below, what you see classical before/after photo. The photo to the right show how your teeth/mouth will look like after years of soda, sugar, cigarettes and bad teeth-hygine. Take care of your teeth, folks!

To peel the skin of the almonds, I put them in boiling water and let them stay there for a little while.

For the letter B, I chose Brussel sprout. They are so tiny and cute. I don’t like Brussel sprout, but I sort of wish I did. They look very delish.

I am looking forward to the next letter. What’s next? You just have to wait and see.

Are you hungry?

At the beginning of this year, I wanted to take more photo photographps. I wanted to improve my skills. I haven’t been photographing food as much I want to, but I do have taken some shots now and then. Maybe I should do another food ABC project? Not a bad idea, actually. I’ll think about it.

In the meantime, here are a few food related photographes:

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