Time for the last of three one-a-day postings to close out 2018, where I write about some of the pictures of September and October (November and December will be commented on in the new year). These two fall months are often quite pretty in this part of the world with all the changing colors in nature, so photographic opportunities are definitely out there (assuming you don’t shoot mostly black and white film as I do now of course! ;-)Read More
There are few weeks when I've not taken a single picture with my trusty Canon DSLR, but this has been one of those. The weather has simply been...well...November is a good way to describe it. And Swedish November at that...which means seriously crappy light for photography! Also, it's NaNoWriMo now, that month of the year when writing takes center stage for me, which means I don't mind leaving the big camera in the backpack for a bit!Read More
There’s been very little new photography for me in the last week or so for a few reasons, one being I’ve been busy with photo club stuff (our big international exhibition was shown last weekend and I was the whirling dervish of tech for that, which gave me very little time for photography). I pretty much only had time to snap the panorama photo shown above.
Also my best photo buddy, a.k.a. my dad, is temporarily incapacitated with a bad knee which makes it impossible for him to tag along on photo walks and expeditions. That has put a serious damper on my urges to go out shooting for a bit. Hopefully some time with a physiotherapist will help that though, so that he can come with me again on our little adventures.
I have snapped a few shots here and there though with my soon-to-be-replaced HTC One M7 and played around with them in Snapseed 2.0 when I’ve not bothered to take my big DSLR with me. (I know...there are times that I do that sort of thing...leave home with no camera except for the one in the cell phone...that’s probably a major no-no for a photography inclined person…). My cellphone camera isn't very good in low light, but given the right conditions it can take a half decent snapshot...which then can be improved with some post-processing.
The far left image is from Malmö Central Station. The middle picture is from the the island called Öland in the Baltic Sea and a local amusement park there. The far right image is taken in Staffanstorp, Sweden.
I am currently on vacation in Austin, Texas and as my beloved host and I made our way home from brunch at IHOP (gotta get some of those pancakes when I am here!) she suggested we go to the Aquarium, and I thought that was a great idea. I hadn't exactly planned for a day of photography, so my DSLR was still in my backpack. My HTC One cell phone was what I'd have to use for photography that day. I was fine with that though, this vacation is NOT a photo vacation as much as it is a time of seeing loved ones.
Still I couldn't help myself snapping away a few as we walked through the displays and tanks with various fish, octopuses, sea urchins and a few creepies and crawlies. It actually felt good not to have that big camera with me...guess I am slowly turning into a "normal" person? Pity the thought!
My point to this post though, is that it is okay to use whatever camera you can have with you; it doesn't have to be a big full-frame DSLR, it can sometimes be a cell phone...or a point and shoot. It's even possible to do without photography entirely and experience it "live", as my beloved host so eloquently puts it. That could be my New Year's resolution for 2015, to experience things more and not necessarily shoot photos of everything.
It's been a few weeks with no posting on this blog. I've not exactly been off the planet, but haven't had anything interesting to post either. It's been a very non-photographic few weeks for me. That actually felt nice after the onslaught that was August with all the exhibition and photo club events.
I've only taken the DSLR out a few times in the last three weeks and to be perfectly honest I've not really taken any pictures I'm happy with during those outings. That's perfectly fine though, I didn't feel my heart was in it, so the pictures weren't that exciting. It felt more like "I should bring my camera now that I'm stepping outside", rather than, "Oh I want to take photos! I should go outside!".
Still, a few cell phone snaps were taken here and there, so that's what I'm sharing here. This is an image I took a few days ago near my home on an old defunct railroad.
I have also "abused" the photo in Snapseed to make it look like an old photo that's been through the ravages of time (sort of anyway). I tend to do at least some treatment to all my images (whether it's in Lightroom for my DSLR photos or Snapseed for cell phone snapshots, although this one has been put through more steps than I usually take!