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Look for the Light – Spring and Photography and Energy

Cecilia, Spring 2012

Early springtime is hitting Sweden as of now; it’s still a bit chilly but if you find the right spots, you can still take of your coat and sit for a while in the sunshine and enjoy the moment. This means that suddenly there’s actual daylight! Beautiful, sunny daylight! That means more hours per day of possible photography.

I really love to photograph people. I can not stress that enough. But I am always terrified of missing the moment, not being able enough, and loosing the shots. So, I’m in desperate need of practice, so that I start feel comfortable with it, you know, to get rid of the nerves.

So this weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to take a few shots of my friend Cecilia, an opportunity for which I am very grateful (Most people I know, while not very shy at all, do not want to have their picture taken).

Just being out in the sunshine was great, a big burst of energy, but also, it was a lot of fun just walking around finding new spot to shoot in, and I really got a lot of time to mess about with the settings on my SLR.

Below are two of my absolute favourite shots. I feel rather proud of them, and this is the reason: I have known Cecilia for ten years. She is a beautiful girl. And I feel that I have a caught a moment when she is feeling happy and beautiful herself. And that’s my favourite part of photographing people.

Cecilia, Spring 2012

Cecilia, Spring 2012

This post is cross posted at jenandtricks.com

Stockholm Central Station

Last Monday I made myself a promise to bring my camera with me one day, take it outside the apartment and actually take some photos. It”s hard sometimes to find the motivation during the darkest winter months, when you work through all the daylight hours. There is always the couch and the X-box and the cat and the warm blankets waiting at home after all. Well, I did what I said I’d do, and decided to spend an hour at the Central Station in Stockholm after work. It’s a beautiful building, and 200 000 people pass through it every day, so I thought that I would get at least one photo.

These were all taken with my Canon 400d with the 50mm 1,8 lens… and no tripod *sigh*. This is a part of the ceiling in the main waiting hall, which I took mainly because I love it so much:

0,8 sec at f/8,0 ISO 200

People were running about being stressed, so I decided to disregard the poor lighting and try to get some ghostly effects with a long shutter speed. The funny thing is that a lot of the people ceased to exist entirely. In all of the photos below there a lot more people there, but they are barely visible. It was like some of the people were fading away, forgotten. It felt oddly suitable.

1,0 sec at f/8,0 ISO 200

1,0 sec at f/8,0 ISO 200

10 sec at f/14 ISO 200