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


Entries in tripod (3)


Abstract Autumn

Click on the photo to view largeAutumn never stops fascinating me with its colors and shapes. The trees turn golden and red, then eventually the leaves fall down to earth and create a colorful blanket on the ground. However, there are millions of depictions of pretty autumn trees out there, and somehow the idea of these trees is more interesting to me than only recording what I see. The shimmering light through the foliage makes me think about Monet and impressionism, and I wanted to try to capture something similar. I used my tripod and slow shutter speed. I then moved my tripod vertically while the exposure was made. 

What do you think? Did I manage to make a successful impressionistic photo, or should I rather have tried something else?

Aperture f/22, shutter speed 0.6s, ISO 100. Can also be seen large in my Abstract gallery


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


Pergola in a droplet

Catching reflections is one of my many interests in photography. When I explored the droplets on my flowers yesterday, I couldn't tell if there were any good reflections, or refractions, as they actually are, in them or not because they were too small. But of course there were some, after all it is all about looking after closely enough. The image is cropped quite heavily to add emphasis to the droplet. What you see in it is the pergola at the back of our garden. I used a tripod and a macro lens, and the picture is post-processed in Aperture and Dfine.

More close-ups in the gallery