Mångalen

Är det fler än jag som är fascinerad av månen?

En månbelyst natt har något trollskt över sig. Det finns ju många myter om månen som har med skräck att göra. Varulvar som kommer fram vid fullmåne och häxor som avbildas som siluetter mot månen när de flyger iväg över himlen på sina kvastar.

Men jag finner tröst i den och tycker den är otroligt vacker i alla sina skeden. Från den första tunna skäran på himlen när den kommer tills den är full och lyser på oss som en lykta i himlen tills den försvinner som om den lägger sig till ro. Det är något djupt trösterikt för mig att se denna himlakropp som reflekterar solljuset till oss även när solen lämnat vår horisont och lyser upp en annan del av jorden.  Det är som att måne och sol tillsammans vill påminna oss om att ljuset alltid finns någonstans även när det är som mörkast. Som en stråle av hopp.

Även när månen reflekterar ljus av den uppåtgående eller nedgående solen mot en fortfarande blå himmel är den vacker. Det är som ett skiftbyte mellan sol och måne. De lämnar över till varandra. ”Natten var bra. Ta över nu Sol med ditt morgonljus”. ”Dagen har gått alldeles utmärkt. Fortsätt nu att reflektera mitt ljus under natten, Måne!”.

Dess dragningskraft märks ju även i tidvattnet. Tänk att månen påverkar vattnet på jorden när jorden rör sig närmare eller längre ifrån månen i sin bana. Är det inte häftigt??

Allt naturen och universum hittar på fascinerar mig och får mig att bli hänförd. Tänk att lilla jag, en liten fis i rymden, ändå får vara en del av allt detta mäktiga. Utan det, fanns ju inte jag! Eller du.

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English summary

Am I the only one fascinated by the moon?

Many superstitions about the moon has to do with fear. Werewolves showing up in full moon, witches depicted as a silhouette against the full moon when she takes off across the sky on her broom.

For me it is the opposite. I find comfort in the moon and its beauty. To see this body in space that reflects the sunlight down to us at night, as if the sun and the moon work together to always remind us that the light is always there, even in the darkest of nights. Like a beam of hope.

When the moon reflects the light of the rising and setting sun when the sky is still light it is like they change shifts. ”The night was alright, now you can take over Sun with your morning light!”. ”The day has been great, get on your duty Moon!”.

The moon’s power also shows itself in the lunar pull of the tide. Imagine that the moon affects our waters when our Earth moves closer or further away from the moon in its orbit. Isn’t it just fascinating???

Everything nature and universe do overwhelmes and enthralls me. To think that little me, a mere little nothing in the whole endless universe, still gets to be a part of it all. I wouldn’t be here without it. Neither would you!

Annonser

Lycka över nytt objektiv!

”New camera lens happiness!” English summary below

Jag är så glad!

Äntligen gjorde jag slag i saken och satsade på ett nytt lite bättre objektiv och ett bättre stativ som orkar bära kameran ordentligt. De kom igår och idag åkte jag på nytt till Lidingöbron efter jobbet för att se om lite av den där magin jag upplevde häromveckan kunde återskapas.

Det kunde den inte – inte som den dagen. Den magin kommer jag nog få jaga i evighet. Men lite mer magi än sist i alla fall. Och jag är så lycklig över mitt nya objektiv. En helt annan skärpa.

Jag frös som en tok. Jag var verkligen inte klädd för tillfället. Mina handskar hade jag glömt hemma så händerna kändes som djupfrysta. Låren var helt bortdomnade av kylan eftersom jag inte hade några långkallingar under byxorna som skydd. Men vem bryr sig? Jag hade så kul!

Nu vill jag ut och fota mera med mitt nya objektiv!

Vad tycker ni?

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Hotell Foresta Lidingö från Ropsten
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Finlandsfärjan anländer Frihamnen! Bodal och Larsberg kastar sina ljuspelare i vattnet på Lidingö till vänster.
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Frihamnen från Lidingö

English:

New camera lens happiness

I finally decided to actually go for it. To get a new better lens for my camera and a new better tripod.

They arrived yesterday and today on my way home from work I went by Ropsten and Lidingöbron again to try to find that magic again I experienced the other week.

The magic was of course not there today either but at least it was a bit more interesting than last time. And I am so happy with the new lens. What a difference in sharpness!

I was not dressed for the occasion. It was freezing cold. I forgot my gloves at home so my hands felt like deep frozen. My thighs went numb since I had no tights under my pants to protect them from the cold. But who cares? I was having fun!

I can’t wait to get out with my new lens now to take more photos!

What do you think of the photos?

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”Out in the Cold”  Summary in English after the photos.

Det har varit en mild vinter minst sagt.

Men i början av januari hade vi några riktigt fina dagar som bjöd på det bästa vintern har att ge. Jag gick ut. Dryga fem kilometers promenad senare kom jag hem, blöt med kalla fötter, men lycklig!

Promenaden var som en dröm.

En perfekt magisk vinterdag. Då kylan biter i kinderna, precis så där lagom så att de blir röda av kylan, men inte gör ont. Solen skiner krispigt blekgul lågt på himlen och kastar långa skuggor, himlen lyser vinterblå mellan lätta moln. Snötäcket bäddar in landskapet och reflekterar solen i bländande vitt. Pyttesmå snöflingor fyller luften med glittrande stjärnstoft när de fångas upp av solens strålar.

En vintersaga. På riktigt. Det var nästan så att jag fick nypa mig i armen för att inse att det var verklighet.

Känslan av att ha varit med om något riktigt speciellt och magiskt satt i flera dagar efteråt. Lätt i själen. Förundrad och lycklig.

Tänk att en promenad en perfekt vinterdag kan åstadkomma detta.

Har du haft någon vinter hos dig i år? Vad tycker du är det bästa med vintern?

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Kottla, Lidingö
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Långängen, Lidingö

Out in the cold

We have had a really mild winter.

But one day in early January, I went for a walk in a magical winter landscape. One of those fairy tale winter days where everything was just perfect.

The cold air was crisp and clear, just cold enough to make my cheeks turn red, but not hurt. Tiny tiny snowflakes sprinkled the air in fairy stardust sparkles as they were hit by the pale yellow winter sun. The snow cover blinded me as it reflected the sun.

It was such a fairy tale. Magical.

I had to pinch myself to realise it was all real. The magical feeling stayed with me for days afterwards. My soul so light. Astounded and happy.

Imagine that a winter walk on a perfect winter’s day can do that to you.

Have you had any winter so far this year where you are? What is the best thing about winter to you?

Bucket list of dreams

Do you have dreams? Of course you do. Who doesn’t? Some dream big, some dream small, but we all have dreams to some extent. It makes us human and it’s beautiful.

I have noticed a theme in my dreams, they all have to do with freedom, creativity and nature somehow.

I have a bucket list of dreams. Some of them I will realise, and some I won’t be able to realise. I am after all soon 45 years old and many of these dreams are often easier fulfilled when you are about twenty years younger. By that I don’t mean that age should stop you from following your dreams. It’s just the fact that youth makes things easier.

But these unfulfilled dreams will give me something to fantasise about. Something to feed my daydreams! And big dreams can be made smaller and manageable, so you still get the experience in some way.

My bucket list of big and small dreams:

  • Make a living through writing or photographing (would love a combo!) in any form. I think though the writing part is where I have the better chance to succeed with this dream in terms of skills.
  • To live in a house in the archipelago or near nature and water.
  • To have my own cat/s/
  • Travel the world – my top places to see at least once are Iceland, Australia, Canada and Alaska. All very nature-based wishes.
  • To spend a longer period of time in another country and culture. For work or a very long holiday. I think you learn a lot about life, the world, and yourself, by doing that.
  • Be more creative – learn a lot of crafts just for fun. Things like silver forging, ceramics, knitting, develop my photography and writing Etc.
  • Write a book
  • To have my own photo and writing studio.
  • To stay in good health. Everything starts with a good health. I will do everything I possibly can to keep a good health as long as possible. And I hope luck helps me stay away from illness I can’t influence.
  • Surround myself with my wonderful friends and family as much as I can. They mean the world to me.

I of course have many more dreams and things I want to do. But this is a start…

Would you like to share some of your dreams in the comments? I sure would love to read them.

My archipelago dream. (Mobile photos from boat trip to Möja 2011).

 

 

Photo project: painting with light

 

For this week of Jen’s and my photo project I was inspired by some of Jen’s previous themes: windows, glass and light and how one object can turn into something completely different depending on how you play with light, sharpness etc.

I have always been fascinating by the sunlight through my bathroom window. It’s something I notice everytime I take a shower! The window glass has a ”wiggly” structure to it so that it lets in light but you can’t look through it. A very convenient structure for a bathroom window. 😉 So when the sunlight hits the window it creates some really cool effects. And when I got really close with the camera I got different colour and light effect  depending on how I angled the camera.  This first set of two illustrates that. All I did here was to turn up the saturation a bit.

I also noticed as I played around with depth of field and angles that the window texture could give impressions of being something else. In these two I got a feeling of ripply water catching the last rays of the setting sun.

For the last two I used my biggest aperture, 1.4, and close to maximum shallow depth of field to really get the bokeh going, and got these effects. I get the feeling of smoke and fire or a coppery surface.

I find it really cool how a sunlit structured bathroom window can make me think of smoke and fire, copper and sunlit water.

What do you think? What do you see?

Don’t miss Jen’s photos! I don’t know when they will be up so be sure to check her blog out so that you don’t miss them.

Photo project: Painting with light

Soap bubbles part two! 🙂 This week’s photo project photos of Jen’s and my project. Don’t forget to check her photos out. I am not sure when she will put them up, but bookmark her blog and enjoy her creativity in generell while waiting for the photos :).

I had so much fun with the soap bubble last week that I continued to play with them this week. This time I used my ledlit hearts wall decoration as bokeh and backlight to the soapbubbles and took the photos with underexposed flash to freeze motion in the dark light. I did ok. It was still slight long exposure of parts of a second so I got some interesting effects (I think…) from that too.

I will start with my least favourite photo.I like the bokeh effect and the trails of light from the slightly long exposure. I *think* the flash sets of directly as I take the photo and freezes the bubbles and then the shutter is open a microsecond longer which creates the those light trails from ”sinking” bubbles.

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These final two photos I am really pleased with myself. I find it hard to choose which one I like more. I like the bokeh lights and ”simplicity” of the first one. I like the many reflexes and light trails of the second one.

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Here it is, the ledlit hearts wall decoration that I love. 🙂 I bought it for christmas but I think it works all year around!

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Photo project – painting with light

Ok. So I might have bended the theme a bit this week. But one could say it is at least playing with light and colours. I was devoting myself to try out soap bubbles and water effects. I covered a cutting board in a colourful gift wrapping paper and put it in the sink as a background for the tap water and bubbles. I took hundreds of photos hoping some of them would be good! I didn’t succeed too well with the water photos, I don’t have enough zoom on my camera to get really close to the drops. But I managed to catch some nice bubble photos, I think. And the photos looks good together like a ”theme”.
 

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Jen will put up her photos tomorrow! Don’t forget to check hers out.

Photo project painting with light – water

Time for this week’s photos in Jen’s and my photo poject painting with light. This time I wanted to play with light and water. I have noticed when I shower that the light from the window creates a nice stripe effect on the water from the shower so I decided to play with that. These photos are the result of backlit shower water and variation of shutterspeed, and depth of field, for creating the stripes of water contrasting the square pattern of the background tiles, and having fun in Photoshop to create the colour effects.

These pojects to me is about playing around and having fun and learning by doing and experimenting. For artistic quality I recommend Jen’s photos 😉

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Teaser

Today I had the most amazing photo walk in my Elfvik paradise. Even though I only took a couple of photos. The sun sparkles in the water inspried me to film instead of taking photos. This film will be up tomorrow. I am teasing a bit! 😉 Building up suspension. Building up expectations. So you are now at the edge of your seats and expect a masterpiece no less. Right?? 😉

But in all honesty it is just a bunch of clips of ”moving photos” so to speak. I like the addition movement gives to a scene that a still photograph can’t convey. I also like how the film media allows you to edit and add music to the scenes. An extra dimension.

I took some lazy snapshots with the mobile phone when I just wanted a quick photo to document the walk. Taking out the camera and prepare it would take too long, too much trouble, for just plain snapshots.

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A popular day at Elfvik! I am sitting in the car waiting for someone to leave. I was lucky. I only waited 5 minutes.

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Sun-sparkling water. The most beautiful sight I know.

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Elfviks gård. A farm, with an antique shop, café and horses. And hens on the loose, walking around.

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Blue sky, blue water, yellow grass waiting to be painted in green.

When you walk along the water around Elfvik (and other places in Lidingö) you realise that the Island really is like the first step into the archipelago. Because of the bridge and closeness to central Stockholm one tend to forget that. I feel privileged to live here in my humble little studio apartment. A roof over my head, food on the table, healthy family and friends and beautifiul surroundings. That’s all I need. ❤

I finish with some camera shots, teasing the video that will come up tomorrow.

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Jag bryter av fredagens blogg med att redovisa veckans fotoprojekt i samarbete med Jen idag istället för igår. Därför kommer jag nu att byta språk till engelska.. 3 …2 … 1

Here we go.

I hope my English speaking readers (not that many but still 😉 ), find this entry even though it is not posted on a Tuesday or Thursday. It is time to show this week’s entry in Jen’s and my photo project painting with light.

First, a warning. 🙂 This week was all experimental. I just wanted to try to light an object in different colours using bulb mode on the camera. That way I tried to first light the object with say a red light from behind, then I turned off the torch and put on a different colour, say blue, and lit the object  on the front with blue. Then turned off the torch again to light the object from another angle with another colour.   I used coloured fabric t-shirts and tops in front of my torch to get the colours. I wanted to see what kind of effects one could get by doing that.

So I used my white dala horse as a subject. And when I lit it with the different colours it kind of looked like it was standing on a disco dancefloor. So that is what it is – a disco dala!

When I realised it looked like he was owning the disco floor spotlight I put three of the photos together in a little disco video for fun. So take this entry of the project with a sense of humour. Not to be taken very seriously. 😉

100% playful and not meant to be good or deep or anything more than meets the eye – a photo and a little nonsensical video of a white dala horse lit with a torch and different coloured fabrics.

Why? Just because.

And don’t forget to check out Jen’s photos that will most likely make more sense than mine! 😉

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