A summer night on a nearby beach, painted in MediBang Paint Pro. Trying out the watercolor brush a bit. MediBang is a pretty neat piece of software, very lightweight and responsive.
I think yesterday was our warmest day so far, a taste of what awaits us once summer starts for real. We are in one of those transitional periods where the weather can´t be trusted and you are always dressed wrong. But I still enjoy it, especially with all the flowers coming in.
We had a blue sky and lots of sunlight yesterday, which means the light was pretty harsh and a bit of a challenge. We don´t really get a whole lot of overcast days here during the summer, it´s tends to be either sunny or raining.
Once again it´s flowers and other plants, photographed, with the SMC Pentax-A 35-70mm f4. I will do something different at some point, I promise. Maybe. Flowers is the subject I started with back in the day.
When I got my new and shiny telezoom that I wrote about here, I also got a renewed interest in bird photography. Since this lens is lighter and more flexible than the 400mm beast I´ve used previously i end up bringing it along a lot more frequently.
The birds that live in this park have the advantage of being easy to find and quite comfortable around humans, since people feed them a lot. So it´s a great place for practice.
I ended up with a lot more noise in the pictures then I would have liked, wich is something to improve on next time. It was also a very sunny day with a clear bluer sky. So the light was a bit to harsh for my taste. There were lots of black shadows and bright white highlights. But at least I learned something.
I processed these in a few different ways, with some receiving noise reduction. But for the most part it´s just some colour correction and level adjustments. The bird with the red beak had some major problems with areas being either under or overexposed, so I experimented a lot with that one. It looks a lot better now than it did before, but i feel like there´s a limit to how much time I´m willing to spend on it. It´s a pretty bird though.
I´m finally done moving and have an internet connection again. Which means, time to show some photos from my vacation at the Swedish island Gotland during medieval week. I will start out with some of the more random snapshots I took during the week. This is because I find that those spontaneous photos often are a bit underrated. I do think that they have a purpose to serve, even if the’re not much more than photos straight from the camera that doesn’t fit in anywhere else.
It´s really been a long time since my last post. I just moved to a new town to study, and all the packing and preparing kept me very busy. But now I´m back, with a better internet connection.
This move was quite long, to a completely new part of the country. But it´s been an interesting experience. This little town is named Ronneby, for those who are interested. And it has one of the most beautiful parks in Sweden. So a lot of times been spent exploring. There will be a lot of photos, be prepared.
Most of the shots today are flowers, but I will post some photos of the park itself soon. The sun was a bit to bright today, but I can´t complain.
All of the pictures here were taken worth my “macro kit”, a 50mm and a 2x teleconverter. I like to be able to get really close while still being able to focus to infinity. It feels like I´m starting to get better at this stuff now, but there´s always more to learn.
I´m especially proud of the photo of the spider. Not a very good capture prehaps. But since a have a terrible phobia of spiders, getting close to it was a real accomplishment to me. Tough it left me horrified.
Today felt like a good day for part two in my mini-series about the abandoned and empty places I feel so drawn to. The first part is here.
This is a number of places, but they all seem to be connected to one another. My guess is that it was all built, or at least used, by the same people. The staircase you see in some of the pictures go from the house made of stone, up a hill to the tennis court and back down on the other side. Then you follow a path to the small wooden cabin.
There was a lot of work put into these things at some point. Stacking all that stone to make walls. And clearing out an area of the forest to make room for the tennis court. Nature is slowly reclaiming these thing now, but they still have plenty of years to go. The walls by the staircase have collapsed in places, but for the most part it´s in surprisingly good condition.
I have no idea about the age of these things. My father guessed it was from somewhere around 1920, but I think it might be a bit younger. Like the last place I showed you, this is on Gotland. The island where I spent my holiday. But this place is more hidden, I found it by accident myself. Some people still walk the trails around this place, but it´s not a big tourist attraction. I was walking the beach one day, when suddenly there were a gateway among the trees. You can see it in one of the pictures. Maybe the building within was used by people who went swimming in the Baltic sea.
The red cabin is in pretty good condition, though it seems to have been unused for years. There´s still some furniture inside, like a bed and a small stove. But I didn´t get a good picture of that. Like the other house, this one had intact doors. Though it was quite different from the others, it´s still built on a foundation fo rocks that looks quite similar. The chimney is also made from stacked stone.
If I really wanted to know more about this place, I suppose finding out wouldn´t be that hard. But I´m not sure I want to. I kind of like the idea of not knowing. It leaves some room for imagination,
Any thoughts on this place?
I have planned to do a post about butterflies for some time now, but there´s always been something else that I found more interesting. On the bright side, this long wait allowed me to get some more decent shots.
It´s funny how pictures I might have liked at the time will always look worse when reviewed later. The´re completly unchanged of course. I´m the one who is constantly changing. I like to think that I´m improving, and my older photos are proof of that. But I´m also getting more picky. Photos that I would think very highly of back in the day would never make it out of the camera alive today.
Some of these shots did come out pretty well, at least that´s my opinion today. My sneaking up on bugs skills have improved a bit. And a lot of butterflies can sit surprisingly still. As long as you don´t let a shadow fall over them, then they are very likely to fly of. Staying quiet helps to.
There was a fair deal of cropping in some places here, because I wanted to show of more of the detail in the butterflies. I was actually impressed by the sharpness even when cropping of a lot. Is this in part because of the bigger sensor of the dSLR compared to the compacts I´ve been using? I included a very close crop of one picture, just because I thought it might be of interest to someone. It´s not that bad really.
Although most pictures went through some cropping, the kit lens performs very well when it comes to close-ups as it is. At least that´s what I think. It´s very rare that I remove anything if the subject is a flower, for example.
Been a few days since my last post, I´ve been very busy for a while. I got accepted into the education I wanted, and now I will be moving a long way from home. So a lot of time have been spent looking for somewhere to live. But now that I finally seem to have found a place, let´s celebrate with some flower photography!
Most of these are from the botanical garden that I visited last week, a very good place for anyone who likes flowers and other plants.
I´m really enjoying my camera, and the best thing about it has to be the fact that it´s mine. Just being able to take photos every day gives a lot of opportunities to learn. And to capture things I missed before, including many beautiful flowers.
I´m pretty happy with the close up capabilities provided by my kit-lens. But I´m still thinking about getting something that can go closer. I do have a teleconverter that enables a 1:1 ratio for your photos. I sadly don´t have any lens that goes well with it though. I´m thinking about getting a 50mm of some kind, preferably an older one. It shouldn´t be to expensive, and probably a good lens for portraits to.