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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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?


Lens flare - avoid it or not?

Lens flare, also know as sun spots, can ruin an otherwise perfect shot, or it can add further interest to it. Lens flare occurs mainly when you shoot straight into the light source, and it can be recognised as spots of light or even as a haze all over the photo. Lens flare is typically produced when non-image producing light enters the lens and subsequently hits the sensor or the film in the camera. But this doesn't have to be a problem. When placed well, lens flare can add an desired informal feel to the photo.

Many of the photos I took while shooting the sunrise this summer has lens flare. Traditionally this is not considered a good result, but in this example I kind of like it. There is a lot of empty space to the right in the capture, and the composition splits horizontally into blue and orange. The dark left lower corner is better balanced whit the prominent flares in the upper right corner, and I also like that the orange blends into the blue areas. One thing I regret, however, is that I didn't use a larger aperture. As you can see, the largest spot is not rounded but rather a polygon, it has eight sides due to the smaller aperture I used.

How to avoid lens flare? One of the best methods is to always use a lens hood. I didn't use mine in this case, and I regret that I didn't take the time to try both with and without one. It is also possible to compose the shot with flare in mind, and eliminate the light source or shoot at an angle. Lens flare is an interesting phenomenon to explore, and by controlling it, you have another tool in your box instead of a problem.

Do you have a picture with lens flare to share and discuss? Why don't you post a link, and I'll come visiting!

Tech stuff: Aperture: f/32, shutter speed 1/13, ISO 100, tripod


Sunrise at 5.09 am

A rare opportunity rose this morning as the weather has turned from blah to fantastic during the past couple of days. While visiting family in my hometown, I got up by 4.30 and drove to the outside of a large island nearby to watch and capture the sunrise. The colors were really beautiful, and the ambient light just before the sun showed itself was amazing. When turning my camera in the opposite direction, I had the best view ever to the two lighthouses that characterise our harbour basin:

 I used a tripod, of course, and a combination of my 17-70 and 70-200mm lenses. Both produced good results. 

Sunrise: ISO 100, 28mm, aperture f/22, shutter speed 1/15 sec.
Lighthouses: ISO 100, 81mm, aperture f/32, shutter speed 1/4 sec.

The experience was really worthwhile, and I will certainly try this gain. I now fully understand why some photographers regularly rise very early to shoot. The quality of the light was really something else! 

However, I did encounter one problem, or at least some would say that it is a "flaw" in landscape photography: I got a lot of lense flare in many of the otherwise technically good photos. What is a good solution to avoid this? Any hints and advice will certainly be appreciated! If there are accidental "flaws" in my photos, I want them to be there because I allow them to, not because I can't prevent them.