I really love the city where everything is close by, like the grocery store, cinema, cafe’s, restaurants, little nifty shops, malls etc. But being born in the countryside, means that there are a part of me who really likes grass, dirt, flowers, forest and barns.

Yesterday afternoon I went home to Lierfoss where I grew up to have dinner with my parents. The weather was supposed to be sunny and quite warm, so I decided to stay for the night and spend my sunday there. Oh, what a lovely sunday it became. I went to a flea market with my friend Linda and her friend Ragnahild. I  found myself some old retro coffee cups (pics  will come later) I bought very cheap. Then Linda and I went to the garden center. I didn’t buy any flowers, but I got two plastic flower boxes that I needed badly. When I came home I visited Linda’s parents and her brother. They live close by. The reason for my visit was to get a recipe on cinnamon buns from Linda’s mother. I remember she used to make lovely cinnamon buns and I’ve been wanting to make that for weeks now, so I paid them a visit to get it.

In between all that and spending some time in the sun at the terrace, I walked around with my camera. And this is what I discovered around our own property and nearby areas.

Wheel barrows and a lot of logs. This means that my parents won’t have a cold house next winter either. The wood bricks are stacked up to dry before they are moved inside a shed.

An axe. And again, a lot of logs. They were neatly placed on top of each other by my parents, my sister and brother-in-law. And I believe my nephew were helping out as well.

Trees, fields, my feet in new, but now dirty shoes and soil.

Shoes are off. Feet are now touching sand for the first time this year. Above some water from a small river close by where I live.

My shadow. I’m holding a bouquet of anemones. To the right you can see the anemones I picked by the riverside. It was a lot of anemones there. Sadly it was some nettle there too, which I didn’t see until I had burned my feet. Later I burned my finger, thinking I grabbed an anemone. In stead it was part of a nettle. Ouch!

Wide angle love

Last weekend I went to a photo fair. I saw a lot of great photographes. I hadn’t really planned to buy anything; just look. But when you see all the equipment you instantly get in a shopping mood. And since I had got a raise a few days earlier, I felt I could spend some money. First I thought about buying a photo-printer. Canon had a huge stand and they had lots of printers. I decided which one to buy and went to FotoVideo to pay for it. While standing in line I looked in the fair-magazine. They had wide angle lenses on sale! 10% off.

A colleague of mine talked to me about lenses last week, when we were out drinking beer, and he suggested that a wide angle should be my next lens. When it was my turn I quickly changed my mind, pointed at the Sigma 10-20 mm lens F4,0-5,6 and said I want that. He went to find it, but came back with no lens. They were sold out at the moment. A new shipment would arrive 1,5 hrs later. I hadn’t time to wait that long. Luckily I could buy it online for the same price until Sunday night. So that’s what I did. Later that evening I went online and bought it. On monday I  picked it up! YAY!

I have only tested it a few times. The sun/light is absent when I come home from work, so it’s not easy to use it. I tested it one morning on my way to work and I’ve tested it by shooting my living-room. Tonight I took out my tripod, put on my jacket and hat, went out on the balcony and tested it for some night shots of Oslo. I had an idea of taking photos in focus and out of focus.

This is what I ended up with:

To bokeh or not to bokeh? I say a little bit of both!

Part one of the diptych.

Part two of the diptych.

So this is my view from the balcony. It’s pretty in daylight, but also pretty when it’s dark outside too.

A bit darker. Lots of bokeh-love!

I have plans to use this lens a lot more in the coming weeks. This weekend I’m visiting a friend in a city two hours away. Probably won’t be able to use it so much when I’m there, but on my way home on sunday I’ll try to take some  photos from the bus. Next weekend I might spend a day in my hometown Lierfoss and if so, I’ll definitely will take it with me on a walk. And the first weekend in Februar I might go on a photowalk with my friend Ellen. So hopefully there will be lots of new photos up on flickr or my blog where my wide angle lens is used.

I think the next thing on my wishlist is a tele-lens. Like a 200 or 300 mm lense. Or wait… what’s really next on my wishlist is a Polaroid camera. But they’re not easy to find. I could by one online (ebay etc), but I’m a bit skeptic; there is a chance you’ll get ripped off. But I guess, if the seller got good reviews the chances are slim.

Well, before all these new camera/lens wishes, I think I’ll end up buying a photoprinter. I really need one of those. But I have no idea what I want. Should it include a scanner? Does it have to be 5 seperate ink-cartrigde? I’ve heard that’s the best. I should go talk to someone who’s a pro.

Right now, I’m going to go talk to my bed! No wait… I have to talk to Flickr first… What else is new?

Summer diptych

This is photo number 7. A week has passed and I’m enjoying this summer project very much! It’s a lot of fun.

Today I wasn’t very inspired. I didn’t really have any ideas and didn’t know where to go to find inspiration either. Looking at my flowery skirt, I thought why not take a photo of this pretty skirt? Instantly my brain started to work/spinn and I found out I needed to do a diptych. I took on some old stone bracelets, fetched my camera and went out on the balcony. After I few shots I realised needed grass under my feet. I put on some shoes, fetched my keys and went outside.

After I’d taken a lot of shots, I picked some flowers. I bought two tiny green vases on IKEA a while ago. I wanted to fill one of them with flowers. I would love to show you a photo of them, but I will have to wait. I got an idea for tomorrows shot which includes the vase and the flowers. Another diptych.

When I had processed the photos and made the diptych I see Shanon tweet this: WordsToShootBy is new today! “Body” was the theme: WordsToShootBy Great contributions. I shot my legs in the car.

The concept is to make a triptych and I did a diptych, but we both had a body theme. Funny coincidence. I bet I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love the concept WordsToShootBy is all about!

I would love to be a part of something like that, but for now I just have to make my own diptyches and admire what they do. It’s not so bad either!

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