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Car wrecks in Morisset

We had a new experience some weeks back. Sydney – a city with a population of over five million people – is obviously having areas that are worth investigating.

 

Morisset, about two hours north of Sydney, is the place to spot wallabies. Wallabies are a smaller type of kangaroo, that becomes visible at time of dawn. On our way there me and Matias got a little lost, thanks to Google Maps (always easier to blame technology than our sense of location!). We ended up in an abandoned old mental hospital area. Locals use it for fun times of setting cars on fire, and heaps of car skeletons are left to it’s own destiny. Obviously, my camera popped up.

I shoot in RAW from this day. I’m a tad scared of the result because now I got more pixels to work with than JPEG. Each image is about 25 megabite. After some helpful tutorials online and from friends expertise I think I’m on the right path editing them so they look acceptable.

After the car wreck shoot we headed off to another nearby location and saw heaps of wallabies. Unfortunately my camera lacks some technicalities in low light/night photography because of high noise appearance when hitting over 800 ISO. The whole experience was epic though, exploring a new part of Sydney and get lost in a former mental hospital area surrounded by wallabies.

Praise life. And watch the pics from our journey in my portfolio

 

Best,

Lynn

New perspective

I had a thought of my blog content. My goal is that my readers find value in the blog, that the content makes you return for more. As hard as that is to achieve, I will definitely do my very best. I think that if I write about something that excites me, then it will excite my readers as well. So, I decided that I will write about my photography, my point of view of some of the challenges I will cross and also some “behind the scene” stories of some shots.

I have limited my photography to the weekends now, basically because I then have time to actually edit them during forthcoming week (at least that’s my plan). During the weekends me and Matias explore the grater good of Sydney. It can be through bush hikes, visiting some new suburb 2 hours away or joining some kind of festival that we find value in (mostly food festivals!). During these trips I take the camera with me and I always come home with images I can be proud of. Out of maybe 200 images, after editing and serious self criticism I might come down to 50 frames that I can use.

I need experience in this field. The best way of getting experience is to practice. In a Facebook group I recently announced my interest of shooting portraits, all donation based. Hiring a pro photographer costs a fortune. My idea is that anyone, no matter of economic background, should have a proper photo taken. Two people reached out to me, how amazing is that!?

I now have a casual job as an event photographer for an event company. My first shoot was last week, a 10 hour event for business women. I was there with another fellow and took photos of them at a so called “beauty booth”. The photos were send to a printer directly after the shoot. The interest was huge, the lines grew massively. My flash stoped working so we had to replace it with a light ring, but other then that – we did great me and Ollie. Looking forward to work more with there guys in the future.

I have joined a photography club in Bondi. We meet once a month and have friendly photo competitions, which means that you can submit in total 8 images. An experienced photographer judges the images by handing out different points called credits and merits. Merits give higher points than credits. The judge comments every image too, without knowing who the artist is. On my first competition night I received 1 merit and 4 credits out of 8 submitted photos, which I’m just thrilled to get.

Here are the photos I got points for:

Submission and skilled poet

Sooo, the final session of the photo course went over my expectations. Of course everyone was nervous as f*ck and some even said that their pics weren’t that good anyway, so the lowest expectations was set in beforehand. Everybody delivered though, and I must say that from only using Lightroom for two weeks I got a bit of a hang to it. The group had pizza and wine ( wine = very instant boost for the self confidence) before we had a seat and continuously watched everyones best shots, frame by frame.

I think my photographic skills has improved heaps. To be honest, I’m a little embarrassing to watch my pics from the community night in my portfolio. I had no idea what I was doing, and I popped the ISO up so high every single noise is noticeable. But hay, I gladly share my mistakes to you guys, I’m just happy to see my improvement over all. Entering this jungle of new knowledge is really empowering and I’m grateful for that change.

Speaking of change! My street photography trip to Melbourne went well. I actually submitted all my final top best pics from that trip. I will post some of my submission in my portfolio. I tried to limit myself for a focal length of 35 mm the entire trip. Somehow I found that limiting myself actually makes me more creative. I also had a silent promise that I would go up to street artists and let them tell me their story, how they ended up where they are now. Since I’ve never done that, I was brutally nervous. Heart. Beating. Fast. I feel so privileged in my position, and asking for their story makes me feel… guilty. I know I got nothing to be guilty of, we are all different with different outcomes in life.

I met this poet, writing a poem in any topic of your choice in 5 minutes. Angelina had a manual typewriter in front of her and a sadness to her that I really wanted to capture in a portrait. So I did what a normal Scandinavian would do: I circled around her for a while to increase my courage, and then I went for it. She was such a sweetheart, and made me a fantastic poem from only my brief story of how I got to Australia. Topic she got was “change”:

The whimsical tides
mirror our lives, yet the years
lack the depth
of the ocean – she knows this
she seizes the chance
to dance; dizzy and gracious
to a tune of her choosing,
embracing the freedom of being strange
The treasure in newness,
a blank slate here
in this chessboard city,
she pauses for beauty
and poetry.

 

From vivid to saffron

Hi everyone!

Since I last wrote you I ‘ve had some stuff to do. I’m really excited for my interest in photography, and I’m doing some work for friends that need some good shots for some reason. I feel so happy when I get to contribute and help someone else that need my skills in any way. Probably explaining why I was drawn to nursing in a way.

Last week I did a shoot for my friends family owned saffron company Supersia. I was filled with gratitude that they asked me, since I have never shot industrial before. It turned out great though, and you can view some of the pics in my portfolio. We will meet for a new shoot soon, and I’m going to be posing with the products… Fun times!

Vivid festival is in Sydney, a light installation festival over the entire city (and suburbs). A photographers dream to be honest. I get to use my tripod to catch things with slow shutter speed which is all new to me. If you follow me on Instagram, I upload some of my work there. I’m also doing some fun modelling with some fellow friends of photography.

I’m new to Instagram, but I have friends that know the drill and how to work the hashtags. The thing with hashtags is that other people can find your photos better, like a label to describe your photo. I got so darn happy when Instagramers Sydney  did a repost (my first!) of my shot the other week. That is a huge compliment and acknowledgement I did not expect. Now I just want to continue with photography and see how far I can reach. #selfgrowth

My short course in photography is soon coming to its end. Eight weeks passed like the speed of light. I have learned to master my camera in manual and I’m eager to learn more from different workshops in the future. The coming two weeks all students (about 30 people) have one mission: to edit their 30 best pics during these eight weeks and send them in for a Top 30 competition. The pics will be evaluated by the teachers of the company and the Top 30 best pics will be revealed on final course night. I recently bought a new computer and Lightroom to do my editing properly. So now I’m going to watch immense amounts of tutorials on Youtube about Lightroom editing.

 

Keep your fingers crossed!

My first photo shoot

I really love taking pictures of people doing creative stuff. So I was thinking to myself “How can I do that easiest way possible?”

To start with, I sneak around, being the smooth/creepy paparazzi. Trying to get that moment of calmness people express when they do something “arty”.

I am aware of how incredible weird  and hazy that sounds. But there’s something special in the eyes of people doing something they love; watching art, playing an instrument, acting etc.

So, how do I get that type of opportunities without being a weird paparazzi?
Of course! I go to a theater, and offer free manpower. The Giant Dwarf was keen on the idea to receive free images from a fairly good “just for fun”-photographer with a fairly good digital camera. I emailed three, got one respond. The thoughts of the other two companies are, to this day, written in the stars. I do this because it’s a good way to get to know my camera and to improve in my photo skills.

The result of my shoot you can see under the title “Portfolio”.

Enjoy!

/Sammanfattning på svenska tillägnat Mamma, Pappa, suegra och Mona (efter förfrågan)

Jag har fofograferat gratis för en teaterförening här i Sydney, jätteroligt! Jag fick äta en paj som tack för hjälpen. Det är framförallt bra träning för mig, plus att om de är nöjda med bilderna så kan jag kanske få fler jobb där sen eller nån annanstans. Roligt var det i alla fall.

Kika under fliken “Portfolio” för att se resultatet.

Gott mos!