Slovakia is a country in the central Europe. The capital is Bratislava, a growing town with about 450 000 residents. We lived at hotel Devin which was located near the old town and near to the river Donau. I think the location was excellent for walks into the old town and for walks along Donau. But it´s also a lot of traffic near the hotel. We had a room into the backyard and then it was quiet from the traffic.
The choir were singing in a restaurant on Friday afternoon. Saturday afternoon the choir attended a catholic mess in the central old town. It was amazing. Sunday we traveled to Cifer a little place in the countryside were the choir and a local choir were singing in the church. Amazing. After singing we was in a hall we got wine, food and friendship with the Slovakian people. We felt very welcome. They gave us a lot of wine and finger-food. After the session in Cifer, we traveled on with bus to Madra, where we eat dinner. The choir were singing a lot of songs and the atmosphere was very festive.
Under is some pictures from Bratislava. Donau is the river that flows through Brattislava. We went up in the UFO-tower 95 m.o.h it was a fantastic view. It costed 7 Euro to go into it, but it was worth it. So if you are in Bratislava take a trip into the tower. It´s amazing.
I was just a companion in this choir, my better half sings in the choir. I´m so happy to be able to be a companion on happening like this.
I liked Slovakia, maybe we come back to see more of this country.
For some day I have used my new Nikkor 35mm. I like it very much. It is very different to use this lens instead of my 18-200mm zoom. I think the 35mm give me more the possibility to get portraits, and I have to be brave, because I have to go close up if I want to capture someone´s face. I have to think about how much of a situation I will get into the lens. How close have I to go? I think the lens is very good to portraits. Here is some portraits I have taken the last days.
Mother and child
The man and the birds
What are you doing with your pictures? Is your camera or phone the only disk where you save all your pictures? How do you organize your pictures? If you don´t organize your picture how can you find the best picture of uncle Tom from 2017 in five years? As a photographer, you also need to know about cloud services, hard disks, software and hardware, WIFI, and how to handle all this IT- stuff. I have written some words about how I handle all this stuff.
The cloud services I use for backing up my pictures
Some days ago my old PC crashed, it was damaged by an accident, but it had also been a little bit slow the last year. Like many others I use to install a lot of programs, pictures, music and a lot of other things. That´s not necessary today. This year I also bought a new iPhone, and the iPhone is a small PC. I use a wireless WIFI connection from my DSLR and transmit the pictures to my iPhone. I learned how I could save pictures to iCloud and I have used it every day, automatically all pictures I take I save in iCloud and in “min sky” at Telenor.
Backing up to an external disk
But, if something happens? What if the internet should stop working some day? Or Apple not want to have a Cloud Service. Therefor I also want my pictures saved on the old way, on an extern disk.
And I want to use Lightroom, because I can then organize my pictures like I want. With LR I can rename the files to better name than those from the camera. And I can put on keywords, to simplify finding the right picture I want. I can also flag and rate the pictures. It is a very useful tool when I later want to find the pictures. LR and pictures on an extern disk give me the full control. I can also make collections for example “summer 2017” and put all pictures from the summer 2017 into that collection. Smart.
My point writing this is; don´t let your pictures be in the cloud or on your phone, download the picture, use for example Light Room organizing the pictures, and you can make what you want for example a book about the summer. It´s fun to be your own IT boss. It is educational. So take a deep breath and jump into it.
Today I went out for a photo-walk in my lunch. It was crazy, but it was like coming from one world to another world in a minute. Today it was Ed (Id), one of the muslims holy feast. I didn´t know that when I went out, but it was so many beautiful people out there in colorful clothes. I went to Grønland, the place in Oslo where it is most muslims, and the street was full of happy people. Self I am a Christian, but I got very fascinate of this people, and I asked some if I could take portraits. The man with the two kids, knocked me on the shoulder and asked if I could take a portrait of them. Of course I did. And the ladies and the children I asked.
It´s really a challenge for me, go out there to another culture in my own town that I not are used to. I think everyone should do this, start talking with people who not necessery is like you. I think of the prayer to Fritz Perls the grounder of Gestalt:
I do my thing and you do your thing
I am not in this world to
live up to your expectations,
and you are not in this world to
live up to mine.
You are you
and I am I
and if by chance we find each other,
I think this prayer is meant to live in peace for all people.
Yesterday I was on a streetphotography course in Oslo.
The exercise was asking people if I could take a portrait photo. To ask people has something with our comfort-zone to do. I had butterfly in my stomach, but I had done this before and was prepared to do it again. I think this is about how much I dear to challenge myself. I have to ask myself why I am doing this. Why do I want to take pictures of strangers? I want to challenge myself, and I am feeling well when I have taken a picture I am pleased with. Maybe I have the same feeling walking out in the street with the camera than somebody have jumping in parachute. It is exciting and I think that I am documenting how people react and live today. I try to catch the atmosphere in the environment where I am. When I walk in the streets with my camera, try to catch something to capture, I feel free and living. I use all the senses, I am aware what I am feeling, and I react to capture the picture on reflection. That’s awesome.
It´s the light that make the atmosphere. The beautiful atmosphere and the sad atmosphere. My emotions, feelings, mood also affects the picture. If I had been very sad today, the beautiful flower and sun may not had come to me, but today I was happy and all beautiful landscapes seemed coming to me. I just had to stop, grip my camera and shoot. I think our emotions affect our pictures. I think we shell photograph in the mood we are. It will always come something to you.
Go out one day you feel a little bit sad and take your camera with you, may you will be surprised. May you also got so focused that you forget what it was doing you sad. Maybe you come back home happy and inspired and just want to sit down and look at your pictures.
Photographing will have a deeper meaning for your soul and heart. It´s a nice way to start knowing your own emotions, thoughts and feelings. You can capture your happiness or your sadness without word, just in a picture. The picture is your own story.
Yes, really, today I did this very difficult thing. Do you know what it is? It is to ask people if I could take their portraits. Oh, I feel so stupid, and the devil sits on my shoulder saying “dont do it, are you stupid? go around asking people for a portrait, no normal person does that”. And the other voice says to me “do it, you make it, it isn’t stupid, it is good for you, you make documentation of the real life, the life the way you see it, the life the way it is through your eyes. It is a good thing to do. And you are not the only one, and you improve your photography to a new level. That’s great, go ahead!” And today I listened to the “do it” voice and I met four positive people and two babies. I was so happy.