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.
Crazy, I have bought a new lense😃This is one of my first pictures with it. I think I’m being satisfied. It seems great to portrait, but I will primarily use it for streetphotography.
Today we went for a walk on the "siksak" path. There is a path that go from the town to a viewpoint. The view from the top is amazing.
This day we had fun with silhouetts. I turn my camera NikonD7100 on effects "silhouetts", and guess what happen, it make silhouetts.
In the evening we went for a walk at the old road ( gamleveien)
and we made silhouetts again. The evening light was so beautiful and of course I had to take pictures.
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.