Winter wonderland

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I’ve been neglecting this blog for a very long time. I started this blogpost A YEAR AGO and I forgot to post it. That’s how things have been… I had planned to post some other photos from a photo walk a week ago. But since I hadn’t posted the photos below, I’ll post them later.

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The croft pt. II

Last weekend I was back at Lierfoss. This time to visit a friend and just relax at the countryside. My sister and her family came too, which was nice. We spent most of sunday together, eating good food, playing and being outside making a snowman.

I had some time to get out my camera too this weekend. I went back to the croft. My parents are spending a lot of time there, cutting down unwanted trees and bushes. It takes a lot of time. Dad went there with my uncles tractor and I drove my mum there. Mum wanted me to help out, but I said I couldn’t. I had more important things to do, I needed to photograph.

The weather wasn’t as good as last time I was there photographing, it was a bit more foggy, but I still managed to capture some of the beauty of that place.

Enjoy!

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Wintery Lierfoss

Here are some more photos from my winter walk a few weeks ago. These photos are taken around Lierfoss, where I grew up. The sun was shining and the weather was gorgeous. I love winter days like that! I hope it will be more winter days like that in the near future.

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Winter scenes from a bus

The weather the day I left my friend in Elverum was absoutely wonderful. It was cold though, – 24 C when I got up at 08.30. Brrr. It was real sunny when I went on the bus. I knew beautiful landscapes would fly by as the bus set its destination towards Oslo. The beautiful scenery passing by, I couldn’t let that pass without photographing. Even though I was on a bus and it’s not always easy to photograph when you’re on the move. When I entered the bus, I tried to find a seat with a clean window. I also wanted to avoide the windows with stickers on it too.

The two hour long busride started great, with sun and blue skyes. It wasn’t one cloud in sight and it was oh so beautiful. As we came nearer Oslo, the clouds rolled in. You can see that on the very last photograph. It was all grey and almost foggy outside then.

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I have more winter photographes to show you all. Yesterday I was out photographing again. When the sun is up and the sky is blue, it’s hard to sit inside and watch the beautiful weather. You’ll see those photos later this week. I still need to post process them and it’s quite a lot to go through. I hope you won’t get tired of all my wintery shots. You’ll see something else, like in March or something, when the snow is gone ;)

 

 

A cold and sunny winter day

So as I told you in my previous post, I visited a friend last weekend. She texted me the day before I was coming telling me to bring some warm pants, so we could be outside. That was a very good idea, because it was cold outside. It is always much colder where she lives than in Oslo. It is also much more snow. Here most of the snow rained away two weeks ago. We did get some new snow, but it’s not that much. In Elverum, there were quite some snow as you will see on the photographes.

It was really sunny on saturday. It gave me the perfect light to work with while I was photographing outside.

Bjørg brought out her kicklsled (seen on the top photographes). You can read more about it here, if you want to know more about it. Seeing a kicksled brought back so many memories. I used to have one when I was a kid. You can walk pretty fast with it and downhill it goes very fast! I always had fun with the kicksled. There was no time for me to use the kicksled on saturday, I was too busy photographing.

I really hope there will be more days like the one I had on saturday.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything here. I have to say I haven’t been using my camera much lately. There has been other things that have been more important. I’ve made lot of handmade Christmas cards and gift tags. I think I’ve made 40 Christmas cards and maybe 30 gift tags. That has taken a lot of time. There has also gone by quite some time buying Christmas gifts.

I haven’t completely forgotten about my camera. A few photograph has been made with a wintery/Christmassy theme. So here is a selection of random shots.

I have planned to go on a photowalk next saturday, if the weather allowes it. I might take my camera out one of the next days, since I’m off work and have lots of free time.

Next year I’m planning to be back, stronger than ever. Hopefully I’ll update more often than I’ve done these past months. Until next time: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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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.

 

Phototrip: winter edition

I’m spending the sunday at Lierfoss and took the oportunety to go out and photograph. The sun was missing, the sky was one big cloud, but that didn’t stop me; everything is better than darkness.

As so many times before I got looks when I was out photographing. People in cars looked strangly at me. One guy stared really hard. I bet he was wondering what the heck I was doing, standing at the sidewalk looking up, aiming some tree tops with my camera. At first I sighed, then I smiled and continued. I am well aware of that I might look weird some times when I photograph; I can stand on my knees , I can bend to one side, I can look up with my camera, I can point the camera on my shoes, I can the camera at a glass wall – shooting the relection of me… A lot of people don’t get what I’m doing and therefore they stare at me wondering what I’m doing. I know they are thinking that and more than often I feel like staring back asking them if they need any help, asking if they’ve never seen a camera before… anything to make them uncomfortable/embarrased. I never do it though, at least not talk to them. I sigh quietly  and ocationally stare back.

Anyway… this post wasn’t going to be a rant about people not understanding why I photograph or how I do it. It was supposed to be a post about the love for snow, winter, trees and forrest, because I love all those things. There is something pretty about snow coated trees or entire landscapes covered in snow.

Here’s some shot from today:

No, it’s not a snowstorm; it’s just the work of a snow blower.

Everyday life: neighbourhood walking

I had to go to get some groceries today. When it’s sunday, most stores are closed. But Bunnpris is open seven days a week, so I went there. It takes me a few minutes to get there. I decided to bring my camera.  The weather wasn’t the best (cloudy, no sun what so ever), but I wouldn’t let that stop me.

On the backside of the building where I live.

Taken through a window.

Snowy road. There is, sadly, not enough money to get rid of the snow. I guess we have to wait until it melts away…

It’s car standing there; not only covered by the blue sheet, but a lot of snow too.

Do you fancy a pita filled with kebab? Only 39 NOK.

Snowy stairs.

Today’s news, waiting to be read. The situation in Libya is on the front.

Somone is selling their apartment.

Bike seat covered in snow. It’s close to impossible to ride a bike these days. Still, I see some people pushing the bike through the snow. When I see such people my thoughts swings between impressed and amazed.

Tree brances. A maze.

Snowy ground filled with stones to prevent us from falling.

Local kiosk / grocerystore. They have the essencial stuff, but are very expensive. They are open on sunday’s and that’s good. Also nice to have if you’re missing that one thing and don’t wanna go all the way to the regular grocerystore. Sinsen Dagligvare has saved me more than once.

Tire tracks in the snow. All white and yummy.

Not snow, but paper. Makes a nice pattern.

Royal mail. The old logo for the Norwegian Postal service. It’s pretty. The cracks in the horn, makes this interesting.

Next saturday Ellen and I, we’re going on a photo trip. So I will have a new blog post up next weekend devoted to our explorations. In the meantime, I might devote a blog post to my scrapping. Wait and see!

 

 

 

On the move

Last weekend when I visited my friend Bjørg, I took the bus. And I brought my wide angle lens so I could try it out that weekend. I didn’t get much chance to test it while I was there, but I had good use of it on my way home.

It’s a two-hour drive home. I sat in the back of the bus, using seats on both sides of the aisle. There were few people on the bus, so it was no problem.

It’s not easy to take pictures from a moving bus; everything passes so fast. In a split second the motif can be gone. Still, I got a few photos I would like to share here. The nature is beautiful and these photos represent a piece of Norway during winter sunday in the middle of Januar.

Look at the white trees and that sky! Isn’t it pretty?

More pretty sky. It looks like cotton candy.

Winter lanscape.

Follow the lines.

Snowy curvy roads.

Trees on a line.
A chruch.

I hope for sunny weather this weekend. Im going home to Lierfoss saturday evening, because I’m meeting a friend on saturday. And I’m going to go out shooting. I have two missions; 1) take some photos that I can give my aunt for her 70th birthday 2) take tree photos I can put together and send in to the open call for entries over at words to shoot by. The word is place and my plan is to shoot something from the place I grew up. I have 1/3 of an idea, alas one photo figured out. If I’m lucky, I’ll be picked.

Stay tuned for more winter shots!

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