Annerledes påske og fotoaktiviteter

Det nærmer seg Skjærtorsdag og påskedagene i store skritt og for mange blir denne påsken ganske så annerledes. Ingen fysiske kontakter til storfamilien og store familiefester, ingen reise på hytta eller fjernere strøk. Det er mange ting som er krevende i disse Corona uker og da er det lett å ikke se alt det positive, det som er som før og ikke bryr seg om en virus. Naturen våkner til livet igjen etter vinteren og det er så mye å se og å utforske med eller uten kamera og med alle våre sanser. Ja, å reise vekk, oppdage og oppleve nye plasser, andre kulturer og andre planter og dyr, det er så spennende! Men nei, nå er jeg nødt til å oppdage nye kroker og stier her i Volda området, eller til og med inne i huset. Det kan jo være interessant å se kjente stier og plasser i et annet lys, på en annen dagstid- eller på nattestid. Det er jo tross alt mye i mitt nærområde som jeg ikke har utforsket i detalj enda. Mindre reiser betyr jo mer tid hjemme. Det er ikke alltid lett å fylle tida med noe annet enn å se på nyhetene. For meg fører dette lett til for mange tanker og en slags passivitet. Men tida som ellers er så kostbart kan vi jo fylle med å gjøre noe vi ellers ikke har nok tid til. Om det er å rydde garasjen eller om det er mer fotografering eller noe helt annet må hver avgjøre med seg selv. Kanskje begge deler? Kanskje du som leser innlegget har lyst å utvikle din fotografering litt? Det er dessverre ingen workshop som jeg eller andre kan tilby akkurat nå, men det finnes mange muligheter likevel, lese bøker, magasin og artikler, eller se på interessante videoer på nettet.

Nå har jeg laget et tilbud, en slags virtuell workshop, en én til én digital workshop. Det vil fungere slik at en sender inn noen bilder på e-post, eventuelt med noen spørsmål, og vil få en skriftlig eller muntlig (video-chat) tilbakemelding og tips til veien videre. Fokuset vil være spesielt rettet mot det å se, på bildeuttrykket og komposisjon. Se mer informasjon under “workshop” fana eller her: http://antjefoto.no/workshopoversikt/virtuell-workshop-bildevurdering/

Om du er interessert ta kontakt på SMS 45851487 eller e-post antje.meier@hivolda.no

Nå ønsker jeg dere alle en riktig god påskefeiring! Ta vare på deg og dine!

Mentoring with Nature Photograph Terje Hellesø

The best way to increase my photography skills is to join another photograph, for a workshop, a course or a private mentoring. Recently I spent two days together with naturephotographer Terje Hellesø in Mullsö/Sweden. His mentoring really helped me to increase my skills in learning to see and photograph in a deeper, more complex way. It was not meant to increase my technical skills, but rather to learn more about to express my own thoughts through my pictures.

Three pictures I will show here are from photographing in a really chaotical wildwood. Terje uses the term of phase space (fasrum) to explain how he is working to see relations, perspectives and spaces in this environment. When standing in this forest I needed time, time to just be in this environment with all my senses, time to see. After a while a picture appeared in my mind and then I could start to compose the photograph. The technique of multi exposure, camera movement and different filters can help to create the picture I have in my mind.

Click on the pictures for bigger images.

Flowing and splashing water is another subject we were working with. Sunlight can be really a challenge, as it always comes with strong shaddows. However, shadows can be included as a component of the composition, as a symbol or metaphor. All three pictures here are from Ryfoss at different times of the day.

When seeing in this way the way to abstract photographs is short. All of sudden the composition with light, shadows and forms tells something, without revealing the photograhed object.

Have you ever tried to make a selfie without yourself in the picture, Terje asked me? I have to admit that I have not really thought about that before. What does that mean? I have to ruminate a bit and then I will try. Have you done that? If not, why not give it a try? It would be exciting to hear from your experiences. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment field, or write an e-mail. Especially in these times we need to interact with others, to share, to uplift each other and to continue learning new things.

If you are able to get out, go and take a walk with your camera. Take care and be safe!

Bildene velberget hjem og klart for salg

Jeg er så takknemlig for at jeg i fjor kunne stille ut bildene mine på biblioteket i Ålesund og i Son rammebutikk og galleri! (Se bildene fra utstilling i Son nedenfor)

Nå er det mulig å få ett eller flere av utstillingsbildene på veggen din til kraftig redusert pris. Eller kjenner du noen som fortjener en gave? Tilbudet gjelder ut februar. Se bildene, beskrivelser og priser her (trykk på lenka).

Forrige helg kjørte jeg til Oslo for å ta imot bildene fra Vigdis fra galleriet i Son. Mens jeg kunne nyte blå himmel på Østlandet herjet uværet på Sunnmøre. Hjemreisen var ikke lett å planlegge. Ville Strynefjellet være åpen? Hva med Hemsedalsfjellet og Filefjellet? Eller skulle jeg satse på den sikre, men mye lengre veien over Åndalsnes?

Avgjørelsen var utfordrende. Strynefjellet var stengt. Yr meldte oppholdsvær, men kraftig vind på Filefjellet. Men etter kl. 12 skulle det også her starte med massivt nedbør. Det er jo et stykke å kjøre fra Oslo til Filefjellet. Så jeg måtte starte grytidlig for å rekke å komme meg over fjellet. På vei oppover Valdres ble skyene i vest mørkere og mørkere og vinden økte. Men jeg rakk! Og jeg rakk også et besøk hos bakar Jon i Byrkjelo.

Nå er altså bildene kommet velberget hjem og er klart for salg. Ta kontakt ved interesse: antje.meier@volda.frisurf.no, mobil 45851487

Happy New Year

A new year for me is like writing on a big blank paper. New pictures to take, new ideas, new energy, new good experiences with my family and friends. Sometimes I see my life as a big whole, like this beautiful Christmal bulb which I have got from my parents many years ago. At other times life is like a fragment, it’s easy to miss the orientation, patience and balance. Sometimes life is so much in movement that nothing seems clear, I miss the focus, but at the same time love the movement.

I am not sure how it is for you to start a new year. However, I would like to give my best wishes to you. May the New Year bring everything you are dreaming about, and a bit more!

I have taken these six pictures today, one for every day of the new year, each telling the story that you want to hear.

Enjoy!

To – Two – Zwei

Det er tittelen til neste års kalender.

Nå kan en jo lure på hvorfor dette tema. “To” har vokst seg større og større over en lengre tidsperiode. Det startet, eller bedre sagt, jeg ble  oppmerksom på temaet da jeg tok følgende bilde på en kajakkferie på Åland i 2018. To personer, antageligvis et par, på båtferie. De virket lykkelige og tilfreds med dagen, med sin lille gamle båt, solskinn på sine ikke så unge og ikke så slanke kropper. To redningsringer på naustveggen gjentar temaet “to”. Tanken kommer at det er noe som kan redde de hvis noe skulle gå galt.

Etter å hatt dette bilde i tankene fikk jeg øye på flere “to” motiver. Når jeg først så etter det, dukket det opp overalt. Slik er det vel når vi konsentrerer oppmerksomheten på noe bestemt. Så mange variasjoner av samme tema, så mange tanker om alt som har med “to” å gjøre.

Nå har jeg plukket ut tolv “to”-bilder til den nye kalenderen. Se bildene her: http://antjefoto.no/calendar-2018/

Kanskje du har lyst på å glede deg over “to” variasjonene selv eller trenger en liten julegave?

Kalenderen kan bestilles hos Antje på mail antje.meier@volda.frisurf.no, mobil 45851487 eller fb/messanger.

 

 

Participation at the “2nd Chania International Photo festival”

I am happy to tell you that one of my Iceland pictures was chosen for the International Photo festival at Chania (Crete) last week. It would have been amazing to travel to Chania to visit the exhibition and study all the 300 chosen photographs. However, I could not manage to be there. Nevertheless, I can show you some pictures taken by the organizing people from the Blank Wall Gallery. They told by mail that thousands of people visited the festival daily.

Will some of them be inspired to travel to Iceland, after seeing my picture? Nobody knows. What I know is that I am looking forward to travel to Iceland again. It’s such an amazing country and many places to photograph and things to do are waiting for me.

 

Showcasing my pictures in Ålesund

I am happy to have gotten the possibility to showcase some of my pictures at the library in Ålesund. You can have a look at the pictures for two more weeks. Here I only can show small versions. Have a look at the printed versions at the library. Feel free to rate and comment the pictures and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to know about price/shipping options.

 

Celebrate the Photo Month 2019

The Photo Month was created to remind us of the means of communication with photography.

Photography has given us the opportunity to capture a moment and to keep it forever. Photography has a great meaning in communication, both with generations who lived before us, with people living now and with future generations. To digg in old photos brings back former experiences and feelings, both happiness and sorrow. Making pictures is about giving our ideas, thoughts and feelings a visual expression, about documenting and making meaning.

Let’s celebrate the pictures of our memory!

Anyone has his or her own important pictures that reminds you about an event, a person, a dog or maybe a holiday. A little picture of our beloved dog who died many years ago is still hanging in my sleepingroom and reminds me of a good time we had together. Other pictures give me back some good experiences from my travelling. For example these pictures from my trip to Iceland last autumn.

 

 

Let’s celebrate the new pictures as well!

Both, the recent pictures and the ones not taken yet. These pictures are from yesterdays little kayak trip in my area. They do not document where I was kayaking, but I love to play with reflections and colours and they remind me of the fun and good feelings I had when taking them.

 

Get your camera, make new memories, pictures for your own, for your wall or maybe a photobook or exhibition. And pictures you would like to share. Pictures which will be a memory later. Consider to learn more, to take a course or learn with a book or video.

I would like to share some easy tips with you:

1.   Carry your camera (or mobile camera) with you every day. There are potential photo motives all around us. You never know what you will see. I don’t give you the advice to hold your camera in your hands while driving the car, but be prepared. All of sudden there might appear a fox, a deer or something other of interest. Maybe a special formation of clouds and light will catch your eyes. Those moments are very short and there is no time to search for your camera in your bag and make the settings.

2.     Explore your camera. Use settings you never used before. Doing mistakes will help you to proceed and become a better photographer.

3.     Visit galleries, museums, photo festivals. To look at art (not only photography) and learn about artists life can give a lot of new inspiration. Movies about artists are a great source or inspiration too.

4.     Learn something new every day, month and year. Read about photography, both books and online. Look at videos at internett, attend a workshop, join a photo club. To connect with others and discuss your questions and ideas will give you new ideas and increase your skills.

Have fun and celebrate the month of photography.

When one door closes …

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. (Alexander Graham Bell)

After having broken my left wrist, it took some frustrating time before I saw new options for photographing with my canon 5D. The doctor does not allow me to hold more than a coffe cup with my left hand for six long weeks. My camera is too heavy. So I have to use it with my right hand only. Not easy while used to change the settings all the time. To photograph in full automatic mode is no option for me. Today I used my lightest lens, the 50 mm. I wanted to do some photography with wide aperture using manual focus. But no, it only was pain to move the focus ring. What now?

Ok, no focus then. I did the settings, aperture automatic with f 1.4, ISO 100, distanse 80cm, that’s all. Now I only had to find my motives and make a composition.

Easy and challenging at the same time!

See some of the pictures:

Northern Light in another way

The activity of the Northern Light is quite variable. Sometimes it is dancing bright and fast over the whole sky. However, often it’s activity is rather low and it seems like a  “slow dancer”. In those nights, I am thinking different as a photographer. Instead of a wide angle lens I am using a slight tele lens. I don’t wish to cover the whole sky, but only some parts with interesting Northern Light activity. Living at a place with rather low and seldom Northern Light, I learned to notice it, even if it is hiding back clouds. To explore the night sky with fully attention is a good and satisfying experience!

Enjoy my picture collection and write a comment if you like!