I always fall for fall

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It’ a bit strange that I’ve been so hooked on black and white photography l lately. I’m quite a color person, weather it comes to dressing myself (I own pants that are yellow, red, orange, blue, green, purple and black and I have 6 different colored Converse shoes) or interiour (my kitchen cabinets are RED, I have a yellow wall in the livingroom, a blue wall in my bedroom and the inside of my front door is bright green).

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Harvesting

050913- 291stWhen I was home a few weeks ago, I went to visit my uncle to see how the harvesting was going. My  dad was there, because he helps out a lot. Dad does most of the harvesting, because my uncle is old and not comfortable doing it. I brought my camera because I wanted to capture these moments. 80 years ahead some will maybe look at these photos and say ‘that’s how we did it back in the days’. I also took photos so I can compile a new calendar for my uncle when the new years arrive. The last years I’ve made him a calendar with photos from his farm or things/places nearby. He loves them and therefore I keep doing it. It’s a nice Christmas gift. Last year he got a whole book with photographs. I won’t be doing that this year –  a calendar will do.

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The Medieval Park

This weekend I wanted to go downtown and photograph. The plan was that my friend Ellen was going to come with me, but she had to cancle, so I ended up alone. Despite being alone, I had a good time with the camera and my lenses. I often use my trusted 50 mm lens, but yesterday I mostly used my zoom lens (18-125mm).

I visited the Medieval Park. It was something that was planned, but somehwere I ended up after some walking. It is a very, very long time since I’ve been there. It might be  nearly ten years ago! The park isn’t big and is located in a part of Oslo I don’t visit very often, so that’s two reasons for it being so long ago. The Medieval Park is the location of the Øya Festival, which is held every August. I’ve been to that festival once.

The park is a ten minutes walk from the Central Station. In the Medieval Park you will find the ruins of St. Clement’s Church, St. Mary’s Church and the former Royal Estate front open in the day. A water surface is located in the west of the Park. In this area, development is not allowed due to ruins and plenty of cultural remains in the underground.

Here are some of the photos from yesterday:

Autumn, a rainfull saturday

Yesterday I babysat my two nephews at my sisters house. My sister was working late and my brother in-law was having dinner with some colleagues. I decided to stay the night, since they would be home late and getting home from their house is a bit of a hassle late at night. My sister was going back to work today and I could ride with her back to Oslo. Very practical. Before we left my brother in-law, Geir, and one my nephews, Emil, went to get groceries. They was late because first Geir forgot his wallet and when they came back to the grocerystore to pay, he had trouble with both is creditcards.

We were a bit late so my sister couldn’t drive me all the way home. That was ok because I needed to stop by the grocerystore to get some dinner. She dropped me off near the grocerystore and I went in a bought a bag full of groceries. It was raining outside and I was carrying my big Addidas bag, the grocerybag and a purse. I also had my umbrella. It didn’t stop me from thinking I needed to pop out my camera and take a photo of this pedestrian crossing covered in leafs.

First I took a few photos of that, then I turned around and photographed something else. One thing lead to another and suddenly I had a mini photowalk. The rain was pouring down and my hands were tied, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so much fun and I saw things to photograph where ever I turned. I took a lot of photos, but didn’t walk very far. All the photos were taken on my way home, within 300 meter ish.

The photos was taken with my trusted 50 mm lense. This time all my photos taken with f/1.4. You get so much yummy bokeh when you shoot like that.

I love when something like this happen out of nowhere. If I hadn’t needed grocerie and we hadn’t been late, Hanne would’ve driven me all the way home and none of these photos would’ve been taken. I’m happy I didn’t give in because of the rain, but stayed outside photographing.




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.

Fall

I know the summer isn’t over yet and we might have a wonderful (sunny and warm) August. But still, I can’t ignore the fact that it is the 4th of August today and the fall is sneaking upon us, little by little each day.

I know many aren’t looking forward to days with rain and wind and a temp closer zero degree celcius each day. I am too one of those. Summer is lovely and so is winter with the cold weather and snow.  But the fall? I hate those gloomy days when it does nothing else than rain.

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But why be so neative?

Here is 8 reasons to look forward to fall:

  1. You can cuddle up under a blanket and see a movie (without feeling quilty and thinking you should be outside in the sun (like in the summerdays)).
  2. The colors! The fall is so beautiful to photograph.
  3. If you have kids, you can pick a bunch of leafs and make art out of it. Like glu them to a pice of white paper or place them under the white paper and draw ontop so you get the outline of the leaf on the paper.
  4. Pick berries in the forrest. If you life near a forrest that is.
  5. You can start on a indoor project without worrying about the outdoor project you should’ve been doing.
  6. Light lots of candles. When the fall comes it gets darker and the candle lights can be brought out again.
  7. Read a good book while listening to the rain / wind outside.
  8. Did I mentioned the colors?! The colors are worth mentoning twice!

I have a few things planned when the rainy/cold days sets in already. And that is:

  • paint my skirtings in my entire apartment white. They are now pinewood and I hate it. Absolutely hate pinewood. Ugh.
  • Sow myself some duvet cover and pillowcase. Not done it before, but I’m gonna try. Will be fun. Gonna borrow my sisters sowing machine.
  • Organize my picture folders. Go through all of them, delete what’s not supposed to be there and take a backup of everything.
  • Organize my wardrobe.
  • work out a neat way to store all my bags / purses. I guess I have something between 15 – 20 in total. Lost count. I girl can’t have enough purses, can she?
  • get that shoesehelf built. Gonna do it myself with some help from my dad.

I guess that’s all I got for now. Not bad with six things on the list. Now it’s important to remember this list! Don’t be surprised if december comes and I’ve only done 1/3 of it.

Oh… and of course, I’m gonna take a ton of great pictures (even if it rains)!

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