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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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?



Girl with curls

One of the genres I've been reluctant to try in photography is portraiture. It is difficult, it feels intimidating, and I' haven't been any good at it when I've tried. I would never dare to ask a stranger to pose for me, and even family is hard. However, I'm attending a workshop in creative post-processing these days, and as a warm-up we took some portraits to get material for the post-processing. The instructors had lots of humour, they posed willingly and made me relax a little. It was fun! I learned to observe light more closely, and I got a few tips about good locations, too.

So - what I did today was to bring my daughter outside to practice my new skills. And it was great fun! She's a very good model, not only beautiful, but also relaxed, takes directions very well, and and she's even patient when I fiddle about with my camera. All those buttons! We actually managed to make about 12 portraits of her among the 60 captures taken which we both liked, and I'm now working my way through the post-processing. The first few are finished, and my favorite so far is the one shown here. It can also be seen in my people gallery.

This is not the end of my portrait making, for sure. First of all, I want to make portraits of my two other daughters as well, of course. We haven't had any portraits of them taken since they were little girls a long time ago, and I want to have some fresh ones for our walls. This is a very rewarding project, and I'm very happy that I got some help to get started. Maybe I'll even ask a stranger some day? Tomorrow I'm going back to learn more about post-processing, and I'm really looking forward to that.

Now I wonder: What do you think is the most difficult genre in photography, and why? Please share - it doesn't matter whether it is in English or in Norwegian - a conversation on this topic would be very interesting.


Gallery updates | abstract b&w

What is an abstraction, really? There are blurred lines between abstractions and more realistic details of objects, or simplified landscapes and more naturalistic ones. In this gallery I collect images that somehow fits the bill, either by being a result of camera manipulations, simplified lines or a study of details.


Square thinking

"Square thinking" is usually not considered to be very creative, but there are exceptions. Sometimes being square is just right. I have been fascinated by the square format for some time, and I think this would be a fun project to work with more systematically in the next few months. This morning I needed to cheer myself up a bit, as being loaded with work and chores lately made me moody. "All work and no play", right? A little inspiration came from a free e-book by Andrew Gibson, too.

I brought my camera and tripod outside and immersed myself in the flowers on my patio. No need to go far when you possess a macro lens! What I was after was refractions in droplets, abstractions and details, maybe even some lens flare, and I got it all. I didn't have very much time to spare, and photography felt like hard work today. I'm not really very pleased with these images, but it was a new beginning after the short hiatus forced upon me by working a lot lately. A couple of images have been added to the Abstract gallery in my portfolio.

Via Andre Gibson's ebook I found Andy Brown, who's work is very inspirational. I had an unusually strong emotional response to his images, partly because they made me feel jealous of the opportunity he apparently has to photograph exactly the kind of seascapes that I love the most, but live very far away from. He has captured these so incredibly beautiful, and I love his strong compositions and his graphic style in general. I feel humble to expose any images of mine in the same blog post that includes his, but I hope he will forgive me if he ever sees them.

What do you think of the square format? Any good examples of your own? Why don't you leave a link and a comment?