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.
This post is cross posted at jenandtricks.com
It’s his favourite spot in the house…
These last couple of days Pioneer Woman has brought up the subject of sepia tinting your photos. I didn’t just get inspired by the various cool edits of her photo, but also the subject itself. However, as my brain was mulling over whether I like sepia tones in photos or not, or when, and how, I got distracted by the kitty picture and started thinking about my own kitty cat.
Because he is already sort of grayscale….
And if you turn the photo into black & white, he is still, well, a grayscale kitty:
So I thought I’d try and make him sepia. Just to see if it suited him. Seem like he pulls cute off in any tint and colour. I think I prefer him Original SOOC kitty though.
Sixxten is all settled in an enjoying his (our) new home. He has clearly stated that it is his domain. Not in the club? Tough! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but he has a cat phobia. For real. Dogs are sort of okay, as long as they don’t mess about. Other cats? Noes. Not welcome. There are no other cats in Sixxten Land but Sixxten.
Of course, it’s not really likely that another cat would sneak in through the main entrance, push the button for the lift, go up a couple of floors, ring our door bell and let itself in. Sixxten does not understand this. I have tried to explain it to him. Honestly. But the boy doesn’t believe me.
And he does not believe that the cat in the floor length mirror is actually himself. During daytime he’s mostly confused by this mirror and a bit weary. At night… he hisses and growls at it. Very. Loudly.
It’s not very restful to get woken up by an angry cat every night. Silly little cat person.
Except for my books, crafting supplies and some odds and sods that will stay in storage for another week or so, we’re pretty much moved in. Yay! We were in pretty bad shape after a couple of days of Logistics Extraordinaire, whole body aching and general tired-brain-confusion, plus getting the sniffles. But we did it.
I was worried that the cat would be freaked out from all the change lately. And the first day he was; he followed us around everywhere, not being used to not seeing us all the time (new place is a bit bigger than he is used to). But as soon as we got the couch set up, he was fine. I think he’s settled in much faster than we have. Comfy Couch Cat.
In the midst of all the moving trauma (Boxes everywhere! Too few boxes! Bank loans!) I took the time to do a quick photo challenge for this weeks theme for the Swedish Flickr group Fotosöndag (Photo Sunday). This week the theme was “Samlad”, which could be translated as “Collected”. It took me a couple of days to come up with an idea. All I could think about was that all my earthly belongings were collected in a storage unit down the free way. And I wasn’t very inspired by the thought of photographing an entire mountain of brown boxes. But then I started thinking about how people collect things they think are beautiful, like different specimens of colourful butterflies and such, and I wanted to recreate that somehow.
This was the end result, that I posted on Flickr:
Collected: Best Friend
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This is what you need to take this picture:
- Best friend who doesn’t mind to try and help with your rather fuzzy and crazy visions
- Also best friend is very crafty and can make pretty antennae from pretty paper
- Understanding boyfriend who doesn’t mind getting kicked out of his work space because it happens to have a glass door
- Leafy overgrown flower bed outside your door where you can steal some greens
- Frilly white kiddy umbrella from the toy store to tape on your floor lamp in futile attempt to create some sort of diffused lighting
- Also, every type of movable light source you can find in your entire home
It really wasn’t an easy shoot for a happy amateur like me. The rain was pouring outside, there was little natural light, getting any sort of focus through the glass was hard, and so on. But we had a lot of fun, and that’s the best thing about all this! I have so many funny shots of Sara, she makes the best facial expressions! Here is a another shot I really like:
Other themes for Photo Sunday:
I finally had a chance to take some photographs this week, other than during our vacation I don’t feel like I’ve had time to pick up my camera for months now. The Swedish Flickr group Fotosöndag (Photo Sunday) had set a new great new theme for this week, “Hopp”, which can be translated to either “Hope” or “Jump”. I got a rather clear vision on what shot I wanted, but I’m utter crap at describing to others what it is I want to accomplish. Luckily, my friend Sara is very patient and went through her whole wardrobe and did tests jumps for me while I searched for the right aesthetics in colour and fabric. And then she went on jumping when I took a bunch of shots. On the warmest day we’ve had in Stockholm so far this year. Where would we be without friends?
So this is the final shot, after some editing. I wanted it to have a similar vibe to my Horror shot from February, a sort of follow up if you will. My life is certainly filled with more hope than horror these days!
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This is my third entry for Photo Sunday since February, so, I have a slow pace to say the least! I guess it all comes down to time in the end. Hey, have we had time as a theme yet? Oh, probably… Anyway, here are links to the previous two themes I did:
Also I would like to share a couple of other shots from that day I really loved.
There is a great Swedish group on Flickr called “Fotosöndag” (Photo Sunday) that presents a theme every week, and then on Sundays you post it and tag it and you get to see how cleverly everybody interpreted it. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. Some shots are pretty straight forward, some are way out there, and it doesn’t matter what camera you have or if you’re a pro or an enthusiast, everybody is welcome.
This week the theme was “Contact”, and I had some fun ideas, but I felt I’d rather get it done with something uncomplicated than stress out and try some crazy stunt. So, in all simplicity, this is my version of Contact:
And of course, you can also see it on my tiny Flickr account. I created a set just for Photo Sundays, hopefully it’ll grow!
Spring means sunshine. Sunshine means crazy happy cat behaviour. Chase the beam, dude, chase the beam!
I’ve been quiet for a while, but that does not mean nothing’s up. It’s exactly the opposite! Sadly, most of the things that are up are day job related, so I can’t talk much about it here. Not that it’s that interesting anyway, to be honest. But I’ve haven’t had much time for anything else.
I’ve started so many posts lately and realized they’ve all been about the weather, the winter or how tired I am. I even bored myself, writing them, so I just didn’t post anything. Maybe it’s not so strange that those subjects are on my mind so much; it’s been a long winter and everyone seems to be on their last stretch, conserving the last ounces of energy before spring.
But we’ve come to a point when sunrise doesn’t happen AFTER I go to work and sunset before I leave. It’s March! March IS a spring month, even if it doesn’t know it.
Spring means more natural light, which is good for any aspiring photograph, and I am itching to dig in to some of the portrait ideas I have planned. Some of my friends have already been courteous enough to agree to let me use them as guinea pigs (thanks guys!). Generally I just want to get out and practice, and I’m thinking I should just make a list and focus on one thing a time (like: use only this specific lens one day, or try reflecting light for a couple of shots, or panning and motion, etc). Some day down the road I hope I will actually have more confidence, and specifically more control, when I take photos.