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


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Spring has sprung!

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Finally, finally - Spring has sprung! The Anemone Hepatica is here again, and Spring Equinox as well. Winter is finally over. Today I brought my bike and my macro lens down to the fjord  and captured hepaticas. Apparently to other people's amusement, because I received a number of comments! I'm of course delighted to be able to spread some joy!

Details: Macro 100mm, f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/500. Modified in Apreture 3 and Nik plugins: Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2.0 and Color Efex 4.0


Project | Pond study, take two

I went back to the pond today to see if I could get any better captures than I already had. The aim was to capture the light, the mood, the colors of the place. I feel that today's best shot was this minimalist rendition of two straws bending towards the surface. It is late fall here, and the colors are fading quickly, most of the leaves are gone already. The pond feels empty and abandoned, waiting for frost to arrive. These straws are in their final stage, and yet they are bending over beautifully, creating mirror reflections in the wet surface.

I haven't done much post processing on this one, but I gave the colors and the contrast a little boost, and I darkened the edges a bit, too. 

I've entered this picture in a challenge on the blog Wonderland. It is called Earth Wonders. Pop over to check out her interesting themes, changing every wednesday!

EARTH WONDERS by anaeugenio


Three droplets

Another rainy night left my garden flowers moisted again. I went outside looking for more droplets, and I found quite a few. I like the idea that there are small worlds within eachother, and I wonder if this is what the ants see when they crawl around in the flowers? I met one of them, too:

To get a clear focus in all three droplets at the same time wasn't very easy, and I took a few captures before I was satisfied. The images are cropped and edited in Aperture and Dfine.


Pergola in a droplet

Catching reflections is one of my many interests in photography. When I explored the droplets on my flowers yesterday, I couldn't tell if there were any good reflections, or refractions, as they actually are, in them or not because they were too small. But of course there were some, after all it is all about looking after closely enough. The image is cropped quite heavily to add emphasis to the droplet. What you see in it is the pergola at the back of our garden. I used a tripod and a macro lens, and the picture is post-processed in Aperture and Dfine.

More close-ups in the gallery


A new take on macros

The day broke with heavy showers and clouds. After a few hours the rain stopped, so I brought my tripod and camera outside. The flowers I planted yesterday were drenched in water, and they looked marvellous. I also met a tiny little fly who shared my interest in this particular lavender.