Why do I shoot streetphoto

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.


Don’t stress, relax and automatic settings

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:IMG_2843IMG_2839IMG_2841

To find your style

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.

It wasn´t my lucky day

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.


Start with streetportraits

Today I took my first street portrait, it was exciting and I felt nervous. I saw a man, a beggar, coming near me with a cup and wanted money. I thought; now I have the opportunity to make a portrait. I gave him 10kr, and asked if I could get a picture of him. He said “No, no, more money”, I gave him the one money I had in my pocket and it was 20kr. Then he smiled, yelled at his wife, and I got my pictures of two lucky beggars that smiled to me. He looked very happy. 30kr. Is a great deal for a picture or two. I thought it was too much, but I smiled to him and his wife and said, “Thank you very much”. My heart was hammering in my breast, but I thought that I had gone one-step further.


After this meeting, I went into a kiosk and changed 100kr, into 10kr coins. After a while, I met another beggar, he was sitting on the sidewalk. I gave him 10kr, and asked if I could get some pictures of him. He said one more, I gave him 10kr more, and he stand up smiled to me and I got three pictures before he cut me off, but he cut me off on a polite manner took my hand and said “Thank you”, and I said “Thank you, very much”. I thought I had been very lucky today. And now I can move on with my street portraits.


Hooked on streetphotography

I have really get hooked on streetphotography, it’s so exciting to go outside, be an observer, and shoot with my camera when something happens in front of my eyes.

Last day I was walking out in my lunchtime and went to Grønland a province in Oslo. It is a place with people from the whole world. It is people from different cultures and religions living together. I am not brave to get close to people, so I need to exercise to get close up photos. Well, here is some pictures from my lunch walk.


When I should walk home after my work I went out the door, and it is a bus stop nearby. Then I hadn´t thought of taking photos, but there the situation was. A dog was sitting on a post at the bus stop. I grip my IPhone and get this shot. It was really cool. Therefor the lesson is, always have your camera ready.



Lillomarka hvit og vakker

Tok meg litt fri i går fra alle juleforberedelser og dro til skogs sammen med hunden. Vi gikk på beina, men kunne gått på ski, for det var preparert herlige skispor. Kamera og stativ var også med, og vi tok den vanlige runden, noen steder var det så mye snø at det rakk meg til over knærne. Det er umulig å få øye på all denne snøen nede i byen, det er akkurat som om snøen får en annen konsistens når den legger seg i skogen. Det var bare herlig i går, et sted la jeg meg ned på ryggen i snøen og så rett opp i et hvitt vakkert bjerketre, med en svak blålig tone av himmelen over. Alt var så stille og så godt, bare skogen, meg, hunden og kamera. Det var så deilig. Her er noen bilder fra denne lille turen.