Photo (and Poetry) Blog

Haiku Tuesday

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returning from a funeral

I saw this very moon

high above the moor


by Mukai Kyorai (1651-1704), translated by Sakuo Nakamura. Kyorai had first trained as a samurai, but he gave that up at 23 and dedicated himself to writing poetry.



Photo of the Month: January

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Day 31 of 365

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Day 31 of my "365 Days" project. Male blackbird.


You may want to have a look at my previous post about blackbirds. And here comes a bonus photo 😊.


Blackbird in Flight



Day 30 of 365

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Day 30 of my "365 Days" project. Frozen grass straw.


Today the temperature has dropped to minus 5 degrees Celsius (about 31 Fahrenheit) in Stockholm - the coldest day so far this winter. Which is very odd as usually January temperatures are three times lower. This cannot even be called winter. Yeah, it's a bit chilly and there are a few centimeters of snow, but nothing to take seriously.



Looking for Light

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Silhouette - Man and Pegasus by Carl Milles. This is my second entry for the fourth week challenge in the "52 Project", "Looking for Light".


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. Man and Pegasus was created in 1949 in USA  for Des Moines in Iowa.



Day 29 of 365

Light and Shadows


Day 29 of my "365 Days" project. Light and Shadows.


I shot this as part of my other photo challenge, the 52 Project. The theme of this fourth week is "Looking for Light". Unusual for me, I couldn't decide which photo to submit, so in the end decided to post two. This is the first one.


The second one is a silhouette photo from Millesgården.



Madrigal

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I inherited a dark wood where I seldom go. But a day will come when the dead and the living change places. The wood will be set in motion. We are not without hope. The most serious crimes will remain unsolved in spite of the efforts of many policemen. In the same way there is somewhere in our lives a great unsolved love. I inherited a dark wood, but today I'm walking in the other wood, the light one. All the living creatures that sing, wriggle, wag and crawl! It's spring and the air is very strong. I have graduated from the university of oblivion and am as empty-handed as the shirt on the washing-line.


By Tomas Tranströmer, from the volume For Living and Dead (1989)

Translation by Robin Fulton


Tomas Tranströmer is one of the most important Swedish poets, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2011. He is also one of my favorite authors, and for the last ten years I was hoping every autumn that the Swedish Academy would award him the Nobel Prize. For those of you who can read Swedish I have included this poem in original. 


 Jag ärvde en skog dit jag sällan går. Med det kommer en dag när de döda och levande byter plats. Då sätter sig skogen i rörelse. Vi är inte utan hopp. De svåraste brotten förblir ouppklarade trots insats av många poliser. På samma sätt finns någonstans i våra liv en stor ouppklarad kärlek. Jag ärvde en mörk skog men idag går jag i en annan skog, den ljusa. Allt levande som sjunger, slingrar, viftar och kryper! Det är vår och luften är mycket stark. Jag har examen från glömskans universitet och är lika tomhänt som skjortan på tvättstrecket.




MCP 2012 January: Resolution

2012 Resolution


So many books, so little time … my 2012 resolution is to read more books.


I've decided I needed even more photo challenges and signed up to MCP 2012 monthly challenge. This month the theme is Resolution. I'm very determined to read more books this year. Yes, this is possible, even if I understand you'd wonder. 






Day 28 of 365

God's Hand by Carl Milles


Day 28 of my "365 Days" project. The Hand of God (1953) by Carl Milles.


This statue is one of my absolute favorites in Millesgården. The Hand of God was completed in 1953, but Milles started working on the statue in 1949. Besides Millesgården, the statue can also be found in Tokyo, Melbourne and Beijing.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. 



Day 27 of 365

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Day 27 of my "365 Daysproject. Finally Friday.


It's been a long week with a lot of work. Thank God's Friday!



Day 26 of 365

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Day 26 of my "365 Daysproject. Happy Australia Day!


Australia Day on January 26th is the national day of Australia. The date commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788.


You have probably guessed from my photo galleries that I love Australia, that sun kissed country with the splendid, unique nature, the nice, easy going people and those absolutely gorgeous beaches. The time I have spent there was one of the happiest in my life, and I'm always looking forward to visit it again.


Read more about the Australia Day here, and Australia in general here. And no, I'm not getting paid to advertise Australia :-). I just love it and miss it. If you haven't been there and are wondering where to travel next, don't hesitate -make it Australia! 


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Day 25 of 365

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Day 25 of my "365 Daysproject.  Trees.


I love this picture as it reminds me about Japanese wooden prints. Not that I'm comparing it to the Japanese masters :-).


The Great Wave off Kanagawa


The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai  (1760-1849) is probably one of the most famous Japanese wooden prints. This print is the first one in the series "36 Views of Mount Fuji".



Haiku Tuesday

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"Yes! Yes" I cried,

but someone still knocked

on the snow-mantled gate


by Kyorai (1651-1704)



Day 24 of 365

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Day 24 of my "365 Daysproject.  White orchid.


My white Phalaenopsis orchid is blooming. This is quite an achievement for me as I struggled for years keeping them alive. A friend told me a few years ago that I shouldn't hover over them and just water them when I remember. Which I started doing and this is the result!


I keep them in a west window and water them once a week - I submerse them in water for a few minutes. They get some fertilizer every second week or so. You can also give them a weak weekly dose (the so called "weakly weekly"). It seems they don't need more than that!


Read more about Phalaenopsis orchids here.


Day 23 of 365

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Day 23 of my "365 Daysproject.  


Finally some snow! I hope it won't melt again, even though, given the mild temeperatures (above the freezing point most of the time), it's likely to. The snow ploughs are out, diligently working on the very few centimeters of snow. 


I went for a walk in the neighboorhood, enjoying the whirling snow, the deserted streets and the silence interrupted only by the birds that still think it's spring. Oh, yes, and by the snow ploughs!



Little Song

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I have been silent since morning

About what my dream sang to me.

For the red rose and the moonbeam

And for me - a single destiny.

The snows creep down the mountain slope,

And I am whiter than snow,

But sweetly the banks

Of the murky, overflowing river break off.

The cool rustling of spruce groves

Is more restful than waking thoughts.


by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer. Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966) is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century Russian poets.



Day 22 of 365

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Day 22 of my "365 Days" project. Millesgården.


Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. 

For more info about Millesgården, click here.



Day 21 of 365

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Day 21 of my "365 Days" project. Blackbird.


There are a lot of rowan trees in our neighborhood  and they are very popular with blackbirds in the winter, they love their red berries. This blackbird is a female, only the males are actually black.


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Male blackbird. This one guarded "his" tree and chased away other birds, not only other blackbirds, but also larger ones such as magpies.



Day 20 of 365

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Day 20 of my "365 Days" project. Winter woods.


I snapped this during my daily (woods) walk. We're fortunate to have nature literally around the corner. I feel not so fortunate though when deers plough through the garden at night and eat all flowers. Oddily enough, they don't like peonies that are my favorites. 


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I simply love peonies. Here a Dr. Alexander Fleming in full bloom. Only five months until this beauty is back!



Flower Portraits on YouTube



I've created a slide show featuring my flower portraits accompanied by the celestial music of Bach, "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude, BWV 147". Enjoy!


Day 19 of 365

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Day 19 of my "365 Days" project. Sun in the woods.


The sun showed up for a few minutes only, and I hurried out with my camera. I managed to take a few photos and the sun was gone again. Sometimes the only thing you need is luck, being in the right place at the right moment.



Day 18 of 365

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Day 18 of my "365 Days" project. Dripping bushes.


Trees and bushes are dripping with melting snow, creating miniature worlds and lovely reflections. And soaking the photographer I should add. Well, risks of the trade.


No signs of the woodpecker. Considering I had brought the tele lens with me, I'm not surprised. The surest way not to get the photo you're planning on is to have the appropriate lens with you.



Day 17 of 365

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Day 17 of my "365 Days" project. 


No luck this time either, the snow has almost melted away again. I was able to take a few pictures before it completely disappeared. It doesn't feel like winter at all, it's very warm for this time of the year and still no snow. The birds are singing and if you close your eyes, you can imagine it's spring.


The old woodpecker taunted me again. I walked away with dignity (I only had my nifty-fifty with me today so no chance I could get any bird, and even less when it comes to that old scoundrel).



Haiku Tuesday

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the first dream of the year - 

I kept it a secret

and smiled to myself


by Sho-u



Day 16 of 365

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Day 16 of my "365 Days" project. A walk in the neighborhood.


Today it has snowed for the first time this season. Sure, it had snowed a couple of times before, but it melted right away. This seems to be more serious. I went for a long walk, just enjoying the crisp air and the dance of the snowflakes.



Day 15 of 365

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Day 15 of my "365 Days" project. A walk in  the woods. 


The Road Not Taken


The roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden back.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


By Robert Frost (1874-1963). Read more about him on The Poetry Foundation.


Day 14 of 365

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Day 14 of my "365 Days" project.  So many books, so little time…


Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.

Joyce Carol Oates


When I was ten years old, I had three library cards. At twenty I had seven cards -the college library, the university library, Institut Français, British Council…

Now on the other hand, I only have one, at our local public library. But I can order any book from any library in Sweden and it will be delivered and I can pick it up at my local library.  To say nothing about internet orders and ebooks. Paradise found for bookworms!


I cannot image a life without books. I guess I have about 2.500 "physical" books and around 1.000 ebooks. Do I read them all? Yes. In most cases. Sometimes a book is simply beyond any hope. Let me be blunt - sometimes a book is simply bad and I no longer finish it. I used to do that, if nothing else because I was thinking about the poor writer who had worked on bringing it to the world and hoped it would find readers. But I no longer want to spend my reading time reading a bad book so I simply put it aside, and start on a new one.


I read about two, three books a week. Sounds impossible? It depends. I always have a book with me when I go out (and camera, of course, all essentials in other words). I used to have a long commute and that provided hours of lecture. I read in the airport when waiting to go onboard, I read on the plane, I read on the bus and I read on trains. I don't watch TV. You get the point.


For all bookworms out there who ❤ books - you have to see this ... 



… and of course watch the "Joy of Books" 90 seconds video! Enjoy!



Day 13 of 365

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Day 13 of my "365 Days" project. 


Have a nice Friday evening and a wonderful week-end!


Day 12 of 365

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Day 12 of my "365 Days" project. Water pool in the woods.


I have to admit that today's shot took five minutes. It was raining cats and dogs, combined with a chilly wind - I didn't feel like walking anywhere. The cat gave me a skeptical look as I was leaving and stayed indoors. Felines are smart.

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I just went a few meters in the woods behind our backyard and found this water pool. Took several shots, had a quick look and decided I had enough for a decent post today. "Tomorrow is another day" as Scarlett O'Hara put it.


Winners of the Wallpaper Contest!

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The winners of the Wallpaper Contest and recipients of the free HD image are:

1) D.D. "Gold Drop" 

2) Stelian "Grass"

3) Mark "Pink Gerbera"


Congratulations to the winners! If you didn't win this time, don't be sad! There'll be plenty of other contests in the future. Thank you to all contest participants!


Day 11 of 365

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Day 11 of my "365 Daysproject. Introducing Mr. Ducky.


Meet Mr. Ducky - well traveled, opinionated, bon vivant and superstar wannabe. He wasn't supposed to show up in this "serious" blog about photography and literature. He had instead an own "Mr. Ducky's Adventures" set on Flickr, and he's pretty popular there.


But of course he can't keep away from the spot light and pestered me to let him guest star in this blog every now and then. And he's so cute when he swears that he'll behave on flights in the future (don't even start asking why!) and that he won't taunt the cat anymore (ha!) that I reluctantly agreed. I'm likely to pay for it sooner or later but I couldn't refuse. He's very sweet when he really wants.


Now he just learned I'm going to South Africa and of course such a well known traveller as himself really has to come along. If we're lucky, the Lufthansa crew on the Johannesburg flight isn't aware of the "Iceland Air incident", during Mr. Ducky's first transatlantic flight to Seattle!


Stay tunned for further adventures! Things simply just happen when Mr. Ducky is around.


Haiku Tuesday Wednesday

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no escaping it

I must step on fallen leaves

to take this path


by Suzuki Masajo. Translated by Lee Gurga and Emiko Miyashita. Suzuki Masajo (1906-2003) was a well-known and much loved haiku poet. To read more about Masajo, click here.


And yes, I know it's Wednesday and not Tuesday; I simpy forgot about it yesterday!


Day 10 of 365

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Day 10 of my "365 Daysproject. Dry flower.


Beauty can be found even in the most common of places, we only need eyes to see it. I found this dry flower during my walk today; the whole plant was dead, and only a few flowers were still clinging to the stem. 


Do you take a break sometimes and just look at the world? I mean, really observe? Do this simple exercise. 


1) Find a tranquil spot in a park or a garden; in the woods you walk your dog, or by your preferred tree.

2) Sit down and make yourself comfortable. Switch off your mobile phone and any other device that can distract you!

3) Sit still for five minutes and simply observe everything around you. What plants and trees are there? Any flowers? Can you identify any of them? Do you see the various textures, the bark on the different tress? The light filtering through the branches? Do you hear any birds? 

4) Close your eyes for a minute and just BE! It's much harder than you think.

5) Go back to whatever you have to go back to, feeling invigorated and at peace with the world!



The Garden

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The whole ice-covered garden

Sparkles and cracks.

Having left me, he is mournful,

But there’s no way back.


And the sun is a pale, wan face -

Only a round window;

Mysteriously, I know whose double

Pressed against it long ago.


Here a foreboding of trouble

Forever destroys my peace,

Yesterday’s footprints are still visible

Through the thin ice.


The wan, dead face bows

Over the mute sleep of the fields,

And the sharp cry

Of the cranes left behind dies away.


by Anna Akhmatova, translated by Judith Hemschemeyer. Anna Akhmatova (1889 - 1966) is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth-century Russian poets.



Day 9 of 365

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Day 9 of my "365 Daysproject. Frozen leaf.


I try to go for a walk every day; the advantages of a home office I reckon. Today has been the first time this winter when the temperature dropped to several degrees below zero (-6°C, or 21°F). 

So far it's been an extremely mild winter, warm and with no snow. It's so hard to believe it's January. Even the birds are confused; many of the birds that usually migrate during winter time are still here, and you can hear bird twitter as in spring when the sun comes out. My roses bloomed until this morning, the cold had finally killed them during the night. Normally they would give up in October, but this season they made it until January!


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This is how it looked out in January last year; one meter of snow and temperatures around -15°C (5°F).  Which is normal.


Day 8 of 365

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Day 8 of my "365 Daysproject. Sea treasures.


I have turned my home office into a safari style room and work life is so much better! I do the same work, but in an incredibly more pleasant place - our surroudings do affect us in subtle ways.  

I also like to think of it as my "ready room" - if you've known me for more than five minutes, you'd know I love books, gardens and Star Treck. I always liked Captain Picard saying "In my ready room. Now!" when he needed to handle issues. And this is how I think of it too - I need to solve something, I go to my ready room with a cup of Earl Grey tea (but with a hint of bergamot oil, Picard takes it "Earl Gray. Hot."). My husband thinks it's a shared room, but I know better. It is my ready room!


The Old Age of Nostalgia

The Old Age of Nostalgy


Those hours given over to basking in the glow of an imagined future, of being carried away in streams of promise by a love or a passion so strong that one felt altered forever and convinced that the smallest particle of the surrounding world was charged with a purpose of impossible grandeur; ah, yes, and one would look up into the trees and be thrilled by the wind-loosened river of pale gold foliage cascading down and by the high melodious singing of countless birds; those moments, so many and so long ago, still come back, but briefly, like fireflies in the perfumed heat of a summer night.


by Mark Strand.  Mark Strand is recognized as one of the premier contemporary American poets as well as accomplished editor, translator and prose writer.


Win a HD Wallpaper!


You have now the chance to win one of the three beautiful HD wallpapers shown below!


How to Enter the Contest

1) Enter the name of your preferred image e.g."Pink Gerbera" in the Comments box at the bottom of this page.

2) You have until Wednesday January 11th at midnight (all time zones :-) to enter your comment.

3) On Thursday January 12th I will announce the lucky three winners.


Don't be sad if you don't win this time, there'll be more contests! Good luck!


Pink Gerbera

Pink Gerbera


Grass

Grass


Oil Drops

Gold Drops


NB: All photographs are made using the technique showed in The Photography School article.



The Photography School: How to create your own artistic wallpaper

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With all the eDevices out there there's no short supply of wallpapers to suit all tastes. However, you may want to have an unique wallpaper, that's yours and yours only and that isn't a picture of your wife/husband/kid(s), pet(s) or latest vacation spot. There's of course nothing wrong with that, but in most cases they would clutter your desktop with their many details. Let's see how you can transform a "normal" shot into a piece of art to show off. Look closely at the image above ...


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… and now look at the original image. The first one works better as a wallpaper,  doesn't it? The pattern is still recognizible but, without all the details shown very sharp, it works better as a background.


How To Create An Artistic Wallpaper


1) Look up any subject (object, landscape, nature, etc.) that doesn't have too many patterns or colours. Tastes are different so simply used something you like!

2) Compose your image carefully. This is something you will look at very often so take your time!

3) Switch to manual focus (on most lenses, there's a AF/AM button on the lens, AF = auto focus, AM = manual focus) and keep un-focusing the image until it becomes blurred in an interesting way. More important: do you like it or not? Keep trying and shoot several shots with various blur factors. 

4) Upload your newly shot images to your computer and select the best image. 

5) Now you have your very own personal wallpaper!



Day 7 of 365

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Day 7 of my "365 Daysproject. Drops macro.


Today's shot is a macro of a few oil drops in a glass of a water. To give it some colour I placed a green paper napkin under the glass. The shot was taken with a  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens in my living room, with the available light from an eastern window and a Canon Speedlite 430EX flash bouncing at 45° into a white board.


Photo Tip 1: always use a tripod or any other appropriate object for stabilization such as a rail, the windowsill or a brick, when shooting macro.

Photo Tip 2:  click here to see examples of macro photography.


Day 6 of 365

Lidingö Shipyard Reflection


Day 6 of my "365 Daysproject. Lidingö shipyard.


The red building of the Lidingö shipyard reflected on the frozen waters of Lilla Värtan. A normal winter, the whole Lilla Värtan would be frozen solid and one could skate or cross-country ski, but so far the winter has been extremely mild in Stockholm and there's only a very thin ice crust as you can see in the photo. And no snow so far, this is very unusual, we would get snow as early as October.


Photography School: Rain Drops on a Window


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As promised yesterday, here's how you shoot the rain drops photos I used here and here. And in the today's lesson :-).


1) The usual camera settings would apply, depending on the conditions: available light, moving objects, etc., and on the effects you're planning e.g. a nicely blurred background from a large aperture (f 1.4). A very small aperture is not recommended as the background would be too visible and spoil the effect. You want a blurred background but that's still recognizable, how blurred it's up to you. 

2) I shot these photos from a moving car and they are OK, but it's obviosuly better if you can find a window with an interesting background. Even if the background is out of focus, it still matters so cluttered backgrounds would work here as poorly as any cluttered ones where they aren't blurred. Take the time to find a suitable background as it's an important component of your photo.

3) Place the camera very close to the window and make sure there aren't any reflections. This is not easy with windows so try changing the camera position until you find one with no reflections.

4) Focus on the rain drops and not on anything in the background. Set manual focus and lock as the lens will tend to focus on the larger objects and not on the small rain drops. This is not easy so keep trying!

5) Shoot! As always, you need to take several photos and experiment with various settings until you're happy with the end result. In my experience these shots work best in black & white, or with a desaturated colour scale.


Good luck!


Enchanted Garden on YouTube

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I have just created a slide show called "Enchanted Garden", featuring photographs taken by me in my garden and accompanied by Brian Crains' wonderful musik. Watch "Enchanted Garden" on YouTube. Enjoy! 


Day 5 of 365

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Day 5 of my "365 Daysproject. Christmas tree.


Christmas is now over, and we have put away all Christmas decorations. I LOVE Christmas and I'm always looking forward to packing up all decorations in December and coming up with a new decoration style. Putting them away in January though it's a different story, it's a boring job that has to be done as quick as possible. Every year, same story - but it's done now!


Nothing else

Rain


Friends of the small hours of the night: 

Stub of a pencil, small notebook, 

Reading lamp on the table, 

Making me welcome in your circle of light.


I care little the house is dark and cold 

With you sharing my absorption 

In this book in which now and then a sentence 

Is worth repeating again in a whisper.


Without you, there’d be only my pale face 

Reflected in the black windowpane, 

And the bare trees and deep snow 

Waiting for me out there in the dark.


by Charles Simic (b. 1938)


Charles Simic is widely recognized as one of the most visceral and unique poets writing today. Simic’s work has won numerous awards, among them the 1990 Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and, simultaneously, the Wallace Stevens Award and appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate. He taught English and creative writing for over thirty years at the University of New Hampshire.

Source: The Poetry Foundation 


The Photo School: Tomorrow we are going to look at how you can take this kind of pictures.



Day 4 of 365

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Day 4 of my "365 Daysproject. Rainy day. Music by Brian Crain.


I didn't think I'd find something for today's photograph. Usually, if you put a camera in my hands, I'd go around, taking photographs until the light fades - hunting for THE photograph. But not today. A new storm swept over Sweden this night with gale and incessant rain in its' wake. NOT my cup of tea.  I didn't really feel for anything, not even photos. I just wanted to stay inside, curled up in a cosy armchair by the fireplace, with a good book, a cup of tea and a cat on my knees.

But out I went (well, had to, the fridge was empty after the last weeks holidays) and I took this photo from the car. And no, I wasn't driving. Which brings me to the first photo tip …


Photo Tip: OK, if you are serious about photography, you probably know that. But it cannot be said often enough - do NOT leave the house without the camera! Never. Even if it's only to go to the store around the corner to buy some milk. Or a newspaper. You never know what's going to happen, and when it happens, you can capture it! If you have a big system camera only, invest in a good compact camera such as the Canon PowerShot S95 or the PowerShot S100. Or at least a mobile phone with a good enough camera.



Haiku Tuesday


Green Abstract II


longing for the grass

at the bottom of the pool

those fireflies


Yosa Buson (1716-1783) was one of the greatest Japanese poet from the Edo period, along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa.

Translation by David Cobb


Day 3 of 365


Enchanted Forest


Day 3 of my "365 Days" project. Sunlit path in the woods.


When I set out today for the daily photo I didn't have any expectations. Hopes yes, always, but expectations? Nope. The day was cold and damp, and dark, heavy clouds hang very low over Lidingö. But a photographer has to do what a photographer has to do, and out I went with my camera.


And what do you know? In fifteen minutes everyhting changed! The sun came out, the world was smiling again and in the woods the birds were tweeting.

For the younger readers: birds were tweeting before Twitter ever existed. You don't believe it? Check out this video!


Music Tip: ABBA. Yeah, I know it's really not a tip anymore. However I wanted to promote one of their less known songs - "The Day Before You Came". I love it and it's a shame it never became a hit. Watch the official video here.



What do you think about it? Did you like it?


Day 2 of 365

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Day 2 of my "365 Days" project. The woods behind our house. 


We often see animals here, squirrels, hares, foxes and deers, even though you need to be out there at a different time and be willing to spend some time well hidden to get a good shot. There's also an old woodpecker that I've tried to get a shot of for some time now. I can hear it, and sometimes even get a good look, but as soon as press the shutter, it's gone! Very frustrating. Once it gets warmer, I swear I'll track it down and sit there for as long as it takes to get my shot!


Read more about Lidingö outdoor life here.

Best of 2011 Photography Year

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The blogosphere explodes with "Best Of"-lists this time of the year, and I'm no exception. Click here to DPS' most popular collections of  2011.

Day 1 of 365

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First day of my new project "365 Days"! I feel very energetic and looking forward to this challenge. Let's see how it'll feel after a few hundred days :-).

Today we went to Millesgården and the photo is a macro of a stone covered by frost.

Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. Millesgården, that he designed and was his home, is now a museum with Milles' antique collection, sculpture garden, and art gallery. We have an annual card and go there very often, both to enjoy the beautiful garden and to take photos, thus it's very likely you'll see lots of Millesgården photos during this project.

For more info about Millesgården, click here.


Happy New Year - Welcome 2012!


New Year 2012

  

I hope you had a wonderful New Year night!  We have been lucky and could watch the fireworks, very often it's cloudy and one can only hear but not see them. I love interior design and home decoration, and this year I have used a gold and burgundy thema for the table setting.  Have a fabulous 2012!

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