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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Entries in 50mm (8)


Night and Day

Last night Middle Sister participated in the annual student concert at her music school. She performed "Night and Day" by Cole Porter with the school band, and took us all by surprise with her dark, soft voice and mature performance. No need to tell I'm very, very proud of her.

I had a great time trying to catch both her and her fellow students on camera, and experimented with various settings of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. In fact, I highly recommend stage lightning as playground for practising how to master tricky lightning. I used my 50 mm.

I made a b/w version of this image, too. Which version is best?


Fall Break

During our Fall break we visited Trondheim and had a good time there with friends. While walking in the idyllic Lade area I saw this young couple from a distance and waited until they were in between the tall trees. The image is cropped rather heavily, and I've used a preset, a bi-color filter in Color Efex 4 and I also added a frame. I only had my 50mm with me, so no chance for zooming in!


Fading fall

Yesterday's Sunday afternoon walk revealed that fall is coming to an end, slowly but steadily. The red and yellow colors are still present, but less so than only a couple of weeks ago, and a lot of the foliage has fallen down by now. The air is crisper by the day, and frost is around the corner!

I took this photo of my daughter in front of some trees surrounding a lake, and then  I enhanced the feeling I got from looking at it in Color Efex by adding a couple of filters: Classical Soft Focus and Film Efex Nostalgic. The way she looks, her hair and clothes are rather timeless, I think, and it I felt that this kind of processing was appropriate to enhance this. Finally I added a frame, too.

What do you think? 


More portraits

Girl in pedestrian underpass

One thing often leads to another, which means that today my youngest daughter and I had a fun photo shoot, too, with me making portraits of her. She is a very good model just like her older sister, and she waited patiently for me to cope with everything as best as I could. We tried the underpass trick that I learned during the workshop, and it worked very well this time, too. The light falls in from both sides when the object is placed in a tunnel an it is very flattering. I tried to capture her as a girl on her way into adolescence but still very young and sweet with the little girl remaining playful in the blink of her eye. This is how I see her these days.

We also tried the same location that I used the other day at the light church walls and made a few black and white portraits which also turned out well. More images from this shoot can be seen in my people gallery.


Abstract Autumn

Click on the photo to view largeAutumn never stops fascinating me with its colors and shapes. The trees turn golden and red, then eventually the leaves fall down to earth and create a colorful blanket on the ground. However, there are millions of depictions of pretty autumn trees out there, and somehow the idea of these trees is more interesting to me than only recording what I see. The shimmering light through the foliage makes me think about Monet and impressionism, and I wanted to try to capture something similar. I used my tripod and slow shutter speed. I then moved my tripod vertically while the exposure was made. 

What do you think? Did I manage to make a successful impressionistic photo, or should I rather have tried something else?

Aperture f/22, shutter speed 0.6s, ISO 100. Can also be seen large in my Abstract gallery