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
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.
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.
There are so many pictures out there, in the world, at Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, in photo clubs, everywhere. Maybe you wonder how to express your voice. You look at a picture someone else have taken and found it amazing. What did this photographer do? You ask yourself “Why are not my pictures in the same mood?” You want to go out and do the same, have the same feeling as the photographs gave you, but you are not the photographer that took the picture you liked. You are yourself. You shoot the shot you do. You have to do your own pictures, not try to do the same as another photographer do. You can admire another photographer, of course, but you can´t copy her images. Because she looks at the environment different from you. You have to find your own way to do a picture. You have to find your voice.
The picture of the day from my photowalk in Oslo. I choose to keep the colors because I like the repeated colors in the photo.
Workers in Oslo Bjørvika.
Yesterday I was as usual on my lunch out to “hit the street”. It was a grey day in July. It was blowing and it was a little bit cold. I wanted more street portraits, but my luck seemed to be gone. I thought that I could take portraits of young women beggars, so I tried to do. First I met a girl and gave her 10kr, asked her if I could get a picture of her, but she refused. She asked me for 10kr. more, I gave her one 10 kr., and I thought I could take the picture. Then she said “No, no”, 50kr. I said “No I haven´t 50kr.” Then she said “No picture” raised her hands in front of her face, turned around and walked. I felt fooled. I tried another woman beggar, but the same happened. I really felt fooled. Well I get a portrait shot of two happy girls singing songs. The rest of my pictures I took from my hip. I went candid as the photographic language say.