I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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EARTH WONDERS by anaeugenio



Project | Pond study, January

January came and went, but no pond study posts appeared on my blog. I had a few visits at the pond, though, but the light was bland and I didn't seem to make much worth showing. However, it's time for a new visit any day now, and the January post is long overdue. So, here is the result of my efforts in January:

The gallery section of my pond photography is becoming more and more interesting now, and I hope the collection will become quite satisfactory in the end. 




The long dark winter days are at an end once again as we rapidly approach March, and a few days off have provided new opportunities to play with my camera - it's been far too long. My primary goal today was to capture the spirit of my girls, their expressions should be natural, not posed, and I tried to be quick about my work so they would feel at ease. The girls are siblings, meaning they are similar in some ways, but absolutely not very much alike after all. We went for a walk along one of our favourite beaches, chatting and laughing and having a good time together. 

I'm at the present fascinated by the faded look of vintage photography, so I've played with several filters in Color efex Pro 4 after the initial editing in Aperture. My aim was to capture the soft light provided by the pale grey winter skies above us. Speaking of which: The sky is not burned out originally, but I liked the look. I also added a white frame to finish the images. 

The expressions of the girls in these portraits speak volumes of who they are - to me, anyway! 

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Travelling in 2012

I always hope for new adventures, and most likely I will experience quite a few the coming year, too. In March I am going to Lisbon for a few days on business. A lot of work must be done while I'm there, but I hope for a few hours to take pictures, too. Lisbon is a wonderful place - I was there in 2009 and have always wanted to go back. If everything goes my way in June, I'll be heading for San Diego to visit a huge edu-conference. San Diego is for sure an exciting place, who knows what I'll see there- and we might even manage to get a day or two in Mexico as well?!

Best of all, though, my holiday will also this year be spent in France, in Languedoc-Rousillon, at my beloved La Fauvelle of course, and in Collioure, the most picturesque little fisherman's village one can imagine. We've rented a small house there, only a few meters from the beach, shops and cafes. It will be lovely for sure. By the way: Did you notice that the La Fauvelle site has many of my photos on it? I'm very proud!

Besides, I will be travelling in Norway to visit my family of course. I haven't been up north for three years now, and I really hope for an opportunity this year. 

All the images you can see here are taken in the region of Languedoc-Rousillon during our trips in 2010 and 2011. I recommend a view in the gallery to do them more justice. Click on the first one to enter the lightbox.


Project | Pond study, December

This winter has been very mild and with almost no snow and ice so far. We had a few centimeters of snow a few weeks ago, but this Christmas has been really windy and with temperatures above zero degrees. The result is rotten ice with melting water on top. The wet, icy surface on the pond is very reflective as a result.

My fascination for the grass islets is still strong, and I liked the islet with this tree on it, particularly with the ski tracks leading onto it. It looks like the tree has a route to escape the islet. I think, however, that the photo in itself isn't all that interesting. After the initial success it has proved to be very difficult to make fresh photograps of the pond, maybe because the subject isn't interesting enough? I'm not sure what to do to improve my pond study.

ISO 200, aperture f/5.6, shutter speed 1/400, focal length 200mm.


Project | Pond study, November

What happened to November? It never was enough time to make a proper photo shoot for my pond study. I finally managed to squeeze in half an hour of shooting in the first week of December between looking after a sick daughter, marking papers and my general business, but I never got around to blog about it then. My pond study suffered from this, of course, but I have to make use of what I've got to prevent the project from being a failure altogether, so here is my November production t last. My December photo shoot is almost finished, more about that later.

It was a beautiful day, I remember, the first snow had finally arrived (a lot later than last year). It seems to be sunny at all times at my pond. Of course it isn't, but when I have time and desire to go up there, the sun is more often present than not.

The main image of November is really nothing very special, but at least I like how the sun bursts out from behind the trunk, and I think I captured the mood of the day. I used the 28mm, aperture f/5.6, shutter speed 1/400 and ISO 100. I didn't manage to make more than three of four acceptable images this time.

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