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 macro (4)


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?


Observation | What do you see?

What do you see? I often realize that I don't observe closely enough when I photograph. I tend to discover details in my pictures when I process them that I didn't see to begin with. Of course it is difficult to find every tiny little detail in a macro, but on the other side I think one should aim for this. Look at the Nasturtium here: What do you see? Is there a snake in paradise?

There is something there, and it adds a certain surprise to the photo. I like that in a way, but I wish I had planned for it, not the other way around. Then I could have tried to capture a cleaner shot of the mischievous maggot.

The answer is, of course, to slow down even more while working in the field. Take the time to observe properly, never just aim and shoot. Experiment, delete the errors and try again. My hard drive fills up soon enough, and I more and more feel the need for fewer but better photos. Time, patience and the ability to observe really closely are even more valuable tools than the camera itself.

Further and more thorough thoughts on this subject is written by David DuChemin in his blog post "Don't Stop" (Pixelated Image).

Nasturtium: focal length 100mm (macro), manual focus, shutter speed 0.3 seconds, aperture f/11, ISO 100, tripod


Three droplets

Another rainy night left my garden flowers moisted again. I went outside looking for more droplets, and I found quite a few. I like the idea that there are small worlds within eachother, and I wonder if this is what the ants see when they crawl around in the flowers? I met one of them, too:

To get a clear focus in all three droplets at the same time wasn't very easy, and I took a few captures before I was satisfied. The images are cropped and edited in Aperture and Dfine.


A new take on macros

The day broke with heavy showers and clouds. After a few hours the rain stopped, so I brought my tripod and camera outside. The flowers I planted yesterday were drenched in water, and they looked marvellous. I also met a tiny little fly who shared my interest in this particular lavender.