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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The long dark winter days are at an end once again as we rapidly approach March, and a few days off have provided new opportunities to play with my camera - it's been far too long. My primary goal today was to capture the spirit of my girls, their expressions should be natural, not posed, and I tried to be quick about my work so they would feel at ease. The girls are siblings, meaning they are similar in some ways, but absolutely not very much alike after all. We went for a walk along one of our favourite beaches, chatting and laughing and having a good time together. 

I'm at the present fascinated by the faded look of vintage photography, so I've played with several filters in Color efex Pro 4 after the initial editing in Aperture. My aim was to capture the soft light provided by the pale grey winter skies above us. Speaking of which: The sky is not burned out originally, but I liked the look. I also added a white frame to finish the images. 

The expressions of the girls in these portraits speak volumes of who they are - to me, anyway! 

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Fading fall

Yesterday's Sunday afternoon walk revealed that fall is coming to an end, slowly but steadily. The red and yellow colors are still present, but less so than only a couple of weeks ago, and a lot of the foliage has fallen down by now. The air is crisper by the day, and frost is around the corner!

I took this photo of my daughter in front of some trees surrounding a lake, and then  I enhanced the feeling I got from looking at it in Color Efex by adding a couple of filters: Classical Soft Focus and Film Efex Nostalgic. The way she looks, her hair and clothes are rather timeless, I think, and it I felt that this kind of processing was appropriate to enhance this. Finally I added a frame, too.

What do you think? 


More portraits

Girl in pedestrian underpass

One thing often leads to another, which means that today my youngest daughter and I had a fun photo shoot, too, with me making portraits of her. She is a very good model just like her older sister, and she waited patiently for me to cope with everything as best as I could. We tried the underpass trick that I learned during the workshop, and it worked very well this time, too. The light falls in from both sides when the object is placed in a tunnel an it is very flattering. I tried to capture her as a girl on her way into adolescence but still very young and sweet with the little girl remaining playful in the blink of her eye. This is how I see her these days.

We also tried the same location that I used the other day at the light church walls and made a few black and white portraits which also turned out well. More images from this shoot can be seen in my people gallery.


Photography workshop in Oslo

Stian Schioldborg

A little blogging in Norwegian as well today for a change:

Jeg har nettopp deltatt på en workshop i kreativ bildebehandling med Eivind Røhne og Stian Schioldborg. Det var en morsom og lærerik oppplevelse! Masse tips, godt humør, inspirasjon og motivasjon ble med hjem etterpå. De er to flinke karer som kan sine ting og de kan også formidle det. Som et ledd i kurset tok jeg portrettbilder av dem begge to og "fremkalte" dem digitalt. Moro!

Eivind RøhneI've attended a creative workshop in photography and post-processing this weekend, and it was great fun! The photographers Eivind Røhne and Stian Schioldborg are talented and skilled, light hearted and have lots of humour. That is a good combination for a teacher for sure. I made portraits of them both and frankly I think the result is  quite satisfactory! Click on the images for a larger view. They can also be seen in my people gallery.




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.

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