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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In the hothouse

Our relatives run a tomato business, and yesterday we got invited to have a look in the hothouse. it is quite impressive to see the 10 meter high tomato plants in their huge and airy hothouse. Everything is taken meticulously care of to avoid plant diseases, and the tomatoes are in all sizes. The colors and shapes are intriguing, and the tomatoes smell wonderful. It's high season now, which is evident.

Our country is drabbed by the worst terror attacts seen in the world in many years, if ever. I don't really have words for how I feel these days, but my thoughts and sympathy go out to the victims and their families. Our entire country mourns this tragedy.



First attempts at macro photography


My new macro lens arrived this morning, and I couldn't resist to give it a quick try on the lavender and cosmo outside, putting grading papers aside for a moment. There is no doubt that it will take time to master the technique, but as a first attempt I am reasonably satisfied with these shots. The colors are a lot richer than I could achieve with my ordinary zoom lens. Very shallow depth-of-field makes it incredibly hard to focus properly, so total control of the aperture is in order here, and I'm looking forward to experiment further during my holidays. Of course this lens is useful for other things as well, like portraits. This is going to be fun!



The last Sunday in Spring

This is the busiest Spring I've had in years. Grading exams plus finishing quite a number of other work-related tasks makes hardly any room for make & take at all, but I managed to find time for a quick photo shoot today. I often like to play with different pairs of means, either matching or contrasting when processing the captures:

Rough wooden textures contrasting with smooth water while the colors match beautifully.

Soft yellow and blue-gray makes nice complementary contrasts. Here the close-up of the flower adds interest to the scenic capture.

I had another reason for taking out my camera on a swing today besides getting some air and a break from my chores: I wanted to test the lens that comes with many Canon cameras if you purchase a kit, the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS. I've really never used it that much because I immediately bought another all-round zoom lens for my beloved Canon EOS 450D. That might have been a bit stupid of me, because I actually think that the colors are a bit better with this lens, and the IS gives me a hand in getting sharper captures, I can tell. But on the other side this lens is somewhat short-coming and has to be tweaked a lot to get the most out of it. I you understand how to use aperture and shutter speed that is a lot easier, of course, and I think I'm slowly getting to grips with this.

If you like these pics, you can see more on my flickr page!


Easter Sunday


A short walk on Høvikodden gave us the air we needed today. We didn't visit the exhibition, though, it was too lovely to be outdoors, finally. Not much of a Spring yet, but there are signs if you look very closely. The weather was a lot better today than for several days, too. Rotten ice surrounded the beach instead of gentle waves, but just wait a few weeks! People were having picnics already.

Soon there will be a bustling life here. Boats coming in and going out, both sailboats and rowboats, when the temperature rises and the long Scandinavian bright Summer nights set in. Strange that this is only a few weeks away.

But there they were, at last. All of a sudden a bed of crocus revealed itself as we walked by. Lovely, lovely colors, and the final proof of Spring silently being here already, waiting to burst out in colors everywhere.


Good Friday


Eleven years ago, on Good Friday, my youngest daughter was born. She is one of the greatest gifts I've ever had, for sure! Today it is Good Friday too, and it is her birthday. One of the things she wished for her birthday was a chef's hat and an apron because she is an eager cupcake baker at the moment. Nice aprons and chef's hats are not very easy to get by around here, so I made her a set myself. It was great fun! I used a piece of sturdy denim-like fabric with blue chinese signs printed on that I bought at a thrift store a couple of years back, and for the hat I used some white cotton muslin I had in my stash. The result was a lot better than I had predicted, and I got to use something that otherwise would remain unused on my shelves. She was really pleased with it, too, and is as I write this making a new batch of cupcakes already, uhm!

Easter is for several reasons one of the best holidays of the year, in my opinion. I love the slow pace and the scent of Spring outside. I'm not really into lots of Easter decorations around the house. It is enough with a few branches decorated with painted eggs and a few fresh yellow flowers here and there. I've chosen tulips and lilies this year - maybe not very original, but I adore both.