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.
Norway is a country with much wilderness. If you want to experience this you can buy a flight to Alta, rent a car and drive further north. We drove to Hammerfest, The northernmost city in Norway. The landscape is so huge. It is mountains and widen, fjord and seas. And it's raindeer. We saw a lot of raindeer, eating grass along the way. Here is some pictures from today.
Raindeer along the road.
From Oslo to Alta.
Sunset over Hammerfest. Panoramapicture, me sitting left in the picture. The photographer is Silje Schiørn.
Birds are fascinating. They are busy all the time trying to find food. It is meditative to watch them fly and hear them signing. With a 300mm lense and a tripod, we can come very near also the small ones. When the light conditions also are great, like it was this morning, the portraits can be really beautiful.
Today I relaxed when I walked. I didn´t know what pictures I would shot, and what kind of pictures I would have when I got home. Maybe it helps to not think and just be relaxed, because today I got three portraits, and it was just smiling faces. Nobody got angry with me and asked what I was doing.
I think it is smart to have automatic settings on my camera when I do streetphotography. So today, I used the “P”. Then the shutter and f-stop do the work, and I do not need to think about it. Here is the result of the days photowalk:
I have wondered if I shell have this blog in English or Norwegian language, but now I have decided to go for English language. It is two reasons, one I have to exercise in the English language and second I can reach more people.
Today I went out in the lunch. I have went out in the lunch every day the last week, for I also have to exercise in streetphotography. It is exciting that I never know what will happen. Today I thought nothing happened, no good pictures, but the last shot…. Oh, I felt surprised. I was to lock my camera when this man suddenly was in front of me. It went so fast, the one moment, but I made it. I have not cropped it, but I have changed it to black and white.