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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I've got myself a new camera body this weekend. It is a Canon EOS 60D, and I love it already. I'm so incredibly lucky to be able to play with such magnificent tools.


The photos are from today's commute to & from work.


Bending perspectives

Commuting to work was a lot more fun today than usual as I brought along my camera with the Lensbaby Muse mounted on. If you don't know what a Lensbaby Muse is, make sure to have a look at their website. It is great fun to play with and unlike any other camera lens I've tried. I spent a few minutes after work experimenting with this lens, but it is not easy to predict the effects you can get from this creative Muse! After more than 70 captures I eventually ended up with a few interesting shots. The Muse has been in my possession for a while already, but a recent purchase of the book Lensbaby: Bendng your perspective by Corey Hilz re-ignited my enthusiasm! This is such a fun toy, and I hope to be able to play a lot with it to be able to use it properly.

Some of these pictures are available in my flickr-stream as well, and I highly recommend any interested viewers to look at them there in a larger format.


December 22

December 22

Today a former student of mine came to visit me at work! It was such a pleasure to see him again. He is a very special young man with a lot of good things coming for him, talented in so many ways as he is. We had a long talk about many things, among them how life had been after school for him and different possible paths forward. I'm so priviledged to have an occupation that brings me unexpected pleasures in the shape of a young man that finds time to have a long chat with his old teacher.

I also took the opportunity to try my new addition to the Hipstamatic app, the Salvador Dali lens. You could tell that something seemed a bit surreal here, no?


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!



My new baby!


I've got a new baby - a Lensbaby, that is! Recently I bought some used camera gear including a Lensbaby muse lens, a very fun lens with a sharp "sweet point" that you can move around in the viewer as you like by manipulating the lens with your fingers while the rest of the image remains unfocused. The lens has interchangeable aperture rings, but there is no electronic contact between the camera house and the lens. The lens must be squeezed to focus.

I'm spending my days in front of the computer right now, marking exams, but I managed to find a wee free hour yesterday to play a little with my new toy. It was fun, but rather difficult and unpredictable to use. I think I took about 50 photos, but only 5 were of any interest. More practice needed, of course. The picture above had a makeover in Photoshop Elements too. I only added a narrow frame and a altered the colors a little. If you are interested, there are a few more photos from yesterday on my flickr page.