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…

Photo trip pt. 3: strangers on the roof of the opera

If you’re following my photo stream on flickr, you know I’m not the one to post photographs of people. If I do, it’s either of my nephew Emil or once in a while of myself. Why is it like that? It’s not one only one reason for that. Fist I don’t have that many friends who willingly put themselves in front of the camera. Another reason is that I’m a bit shy. I have trouble asking people to step up and get in front of the camera so I can take a photo or ten of them.

Lots of photographers go even further; they photograph strangers. On flickr you can even find people doing projects like ‘100 strangers’ — where you photograph 100 strangers. If taking photos of friends and family wasn’t uncomfortable enough, how uncomfortable wouldn’t it be to photograph 100 different strangers?

I admire admire the one that can take photographs of totally strangers. I wish I could find some well hidden guts, walk with my head high and not fear anything. But that guts is well hidden. I’m way too shy. Thinking about walking up to a person and ask ‘hi, can I take a photograph of you?’ is a scary thought. Even photograph someone from a distance is making me uncomfortable.

So what do I think will happen if I do photograph strangers?

I have an idea in my mind that if I photograph someone from the distance they will notice and then walk up to me and ask what I’m doing. Maybe ask me to delete the photo… Anything can happen. Most likely nothing will happen, but my mind trust that so it seems.

I walk up to someone and ask I can take their photograph, they will either say yes or no. It’s as simple as that. But I’m not very good with small talk and I would have to talk to them. And I would most likely have to take more than one photo, because the settings on my camera isn’t right and then it will take time. The person will get impatient and everything will become very awkward.

So why am I ranting about my photographing person skills?

Last saturday when I went on my photowalk, I visited the opera. I didn’t go inside, but on top of the roof. And there were lots of people there. I wanted to photograph from the roof, but it was impossible to do so without catching some people in my lens. So I had to deal with fear.

I managed to leave the roof alive; no one attacked me. I don’t think they even noticed me and my camera. It was quite a distance between me and the people I photographed.

Below you can see the result.

1) A couple in love. And a seagull watching them. I was actually nervous when I took that photo. Afraid they would see me and question what I was doing.

2) Show and tell. A man pointing on something and probably tells a story too.

I see this as a start — a start to get out there and photograph people I don’t know. I know I have missed a lot of potentially great photographs by not stop and photograph but walk on instead. Why should I allow myself to do that anymore? There is no good reason.

What are your take on photographing strangers?

the awesome bug

For a long time I’ve wanted a machine that can out different shapes. I knew that would open a lot of new door for me when it comes to making cards. On thursday I went to my favourit scrapping store Bikuben; I had finally decided to buy such a  machine. After a little help from my colleague Sigrund, I decided to buy a Cuttlebug. It was a small investment, since the machine alone costed 890 NOK and you need extra stuff and dies that costs a lot. But I knew it would pay off; in form of more fancy cards and a happy me.

In addition to the machine itself, I bought two packages of dies. The packages came with 12 and 16d dies. Both shapes of the dies is very pretty. I saw lots of cool shapes and it was hard to choose what to buy. I now know what will be on my future wishlists (like for Christmas) for the next years. *wink*

The machine is magical. There isn’t really much more to say about it.

Now that the machine is in the house, I’ve regained some inspiration to make new cards. That was really needed! I have lots of cards to make; three birthday cards (two birthday cards for friends of mine and one order for a friend), a fathers day card and 22 Christmas cards! Eeek.

So far I’ve made these cards:

What do you think?

Here a set with blue cards. The cards says Merry Christmas.

And here is a set with cards in green and red tones.

And to end it, a cute mouse. I like the other shape better than the one you get here.

I must say that the Cuttlebug is just awesome! Why didn’t I buy it earlier?!

Photo trip: bikes

Earlier this week I read a blog post from Jasmine and it made me want to explore Oslo this weekend; bring my trusted camera, some lenses and shoot whatever I found interesting. Last weekend I visted my friend Bjørg in Elverum; two hours outside Oslo. On my way home that sunday, when I came back to Oslo, I spotted a area from the bus that I wanted to explore.

So today I got up early to go downtown with my camera. The fog was quite thick when I saw outside the livingroom window. It was grey and rain in the air. But that didn’t stop me. I knew it would be grey outside, so that was no surprise. The fog was a plus, since I haven’t had many opportuneties to photograph when it’s foggy outside.

Hours later, with tired feet and back, I had 280 photos with me back home. My three main subjects was the central train station, the opera house and bikes. I got too many photos to post them all in one go, so I will devide them into two posts. This post will be dedicated to bikes.

An old and lonely bike. A bit rusty, but that doesn’t make it any less pretty.

Another bike seat from Prima Norsk. I’ve photographed many of them.

An old bike. Love the blue color and the orange/read coat thingy.

I saw this bike close to the opera house. I only managed to take two (bad) photos of it before the owner came. She smiled at me and asked if I wanted to take a photo of it. I smiled back, politely said no and put down my camera. I shyed out. Of course I wanted to capture this pretty bike. The woman told me the bike is from the 1930’s. I complemented it; said it was pretty and walked away.

Later, after I’d spent some time on the roof of the oprea house and bought a bus/tram ticket for a friend of mine who’s visiting me in a week, I spotted the bike again. It leaned against a lightning pole outside a pizza restaurant. Man I was happy; I think I let out a little scream when I saw it…

I took quite a few photos of it; both standing straight up and crouching. A lot of people stared at me, but for once I didn’t care. I’d gotten a second chance with this bike and I couldn’t let it  pass.

Another blue bike; presented by its spokes and seat.

Last, but not least a straddel not in its best shape. But the not-perfect is nice too. At least with some yummy gloomy November bokeh in the background.

Stay tuned for part two.

Fly me to the moon!

On sunday I visited my sister and her family. Emil smiled brightly when he saw me. I brought chocolate muffins (which lacked eggs, because I forgot to add them) and I’m pretty sure his smile got even wider when he found out. When I opened the box with the muffins inside, he instantly wanted one. Sadly, he had to eat some real food first (two slices of bread). It’s a hard world, isn’t it?

After we’d eaten both lunch and muffins, I took Emil for a playtime by the swing and play area. Of course I brought my camera. The sun was shining and we had a great time. He climbed, took the slide, played with the swing and made rodes in the sand with his foot.

While being on the swing, he said the he was going all the way up to the moon. I found that very cute!

The hat is maybe a bit too big as you can see. He can hardly see anything here. But that doesn’t stop him from being happy.

Playing in the sand here, making roads with his shoes and pretending the big button I gave him being a car. Aaah, kids can be creative and they have a great imagination.

Down by the harbour

Saturday morning I woke up 8 o’clock in the morning. When I finally dragged myself out of bed 08.30 and looked out the livingroom window, I saw it was foggy outside. The fog was thick as cotton and I could not see the fjord. Instantly I wanted to hurry outside and take photos of the fog. For a really long time now I’ve wanted to capture fog on camera and this was a golden opportunety.

Unfortunately the fog moved faster than I did. When I had showered, get dressed, eaten, checked out a few things online and was out the door, the fog had lifted. I could only see a tiny bit of fog down by the harbour. By the time I got down there, it might be gone as well. But I decided to go down anyway. Even if I missed the fog, I might be able to take photos of other beautiful things.

I’m so pleased I didn’t give and went home. Spending time by the harbour was fun and interesting and I really enjoyed walking alongside the fjord. Click on the mosaic to see the photos more up close.

Here you can see Aker Brygge (top left) and the boat Crown of Scandinavia (top right) which goes to Copenhagen. On the bottm left the sign says ‘boats to the islands’ and the bottom right shows a photo of myself with chairs and reflections of the fjord.

The more industrial side of the harbour. The light was gorgeous at this hour. I was taking these photos around 11.30.

Look at the blue water; isn’t it just beautiful. The hues of blue. Ah, it’s just candy for your eyes.

Walking alongside the harbour I saw quite some tourist. I heard several forrign languages; I guess it was people on vacation in Norway. I also saw people sitting on the dock fishing.

One thing I love is to be on a big boat (like the ones that goes between Oslo and Copenhagen for instance) and stand on the front deck and look at the open sea. I especially love when the boat is so far out, far from the shoreland and all you see is the open sea. That view is breathtaking.  The bottom photo to the right reminds me of such view. That photo is really taken close the harbour.

I didn’t get any photos of fog, that I have to wait for, but instead I got some lovely shots of the harbour/fjord. It shows that even though you don’t get what you want the most, the thing you get can be quite good too.

Oh how I love the colors of fall

The weather report said, no wait it was the newspapers who put it up BIG that we would experience a case of ‘indian summer’ this weekend. On the front page of several tabloids you could see a big sun and them promising 20 to 25 degrees celsius. I know, from earlier experience, that weather reports not always are reliable, so I didn’t count on any ‘indian summer’. After all it’s the 2nd of October today.

I thougth I should finally bring out my camera again and get some of those lovely fall colors in pixels. Even thought the hot weather might not occure, I thought it would be a bit sunny at least. 15 degrees and sun would be fine by me. I decided to home to the contryside, because fall is easier to document in the countryside than in the city.

What happened? Yesterday it was the foggiest day in a long time. When I woke up and went on my balcony I could not see the fjord. I hardly saw anything. The fog left around noon, but the cloudy weather stayed. And it hasn’t left yet (sunday evening).

At first, I was annoyed by the weather and the lack of sun. I wanted to catch the fall colors in shining light, not in a gloomy, rainy weather. But as the hours went by today, my urge to pick up my camera and photograph outpowered the gloomy weather. It stopped raining after a while and I decided to go explore the outside.

Who needs sunlight? You can get great photos in gloomy weather as well. After I came home, uploaded over 200 photos to the computer and started to look at them, I was pleased. All the yummy colors hit me in the face with a BAM. But it’s not only the colors that appeal to me, it’s also the shape of all the leaves and their veins. Isn’t maple leaves just gorgeous? And when you see a leaf looking just like a heart, you just have to smile, don’t you? At least I do.

Here is a collection of what I managed to photograph today. I’m very happy with the result. The explotion of colors and shapes makes me happy. I but the photos in mosaic, to makes things eaiser for me. You can click on the mosaic’s to see the photos bigger, thus more details.

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