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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:

Honeymoon is over

Yep. The day has come – I’m bored of having all the time in the world. I’ve had fun though, certainly time well spent, can’t complain about that. It took me 6 months to come to this point, but now I’m ready to go back to some kind of payed work. My mind has been tossed between assistant to a photographer or hospitality. Two service minded jobs, indeed. That’s what suits my personality best. In a reasonable period of time, I will preferably do both while here in Australia. But for a start, I will go for waitressing at some cafe.

Starting job searching I went online just to see the demand. Each and every ad had a minimum of 200 views, so I’m surely not the only one applying. Sending some resumes off, I got no replies in return. Can’t just sit at home doing this, I quickly realise. So I head out. I have to go out of my bubble, and meet my future employer face to face. Charm them with my…. Ah, you get it. I can do this. I. Can. Do. This.

Here in Australia hospitality employers want to see how you work before they hire you. You know, try the car before you buy it. It’s called a “trial”, mostly a 1-2 hour session where you come and show them what you got. By law they have to pay you. But they don’t, usually. Cuz, if you don’t agree to that, someone else will. Telling them that they break the law will not make any difference.

First day of walking around handing out resumes, I got two trials same week. For one employer I worked 1 h for free, and the other one payed me for 3 out of 5 hours. I did well on both of them because it turns out working in hospitality versus hospitals are very similar when it comes to service and making a customer happy. They where both interested in hiring me. I want to work part time or Monday to Friday, so I still have time to cultivate my passion with photography and maybe doing some extra work with MCTV. The problem is that they want me to work weekends. I’ve had my share with working weekends as a nurse, and I don’t want to go back to those shifts. Maybe once in a while, but not every weekend. It’s not worth it considering Matias is free on weekends, and I value our quality time so high. Cross your fingers for me!

These two weeks I started dancing improvisation contact dance. For you who arn’t familiar with this form of dance, here’s an example.

My friend Laura from the coffee shop took me to this community two weeks ago, and now I’m hooked. Improvisation is something that I really like in general, but in dancing it is so different from any other dance I know. It’s about trust. Trusting yourself, and then others. Starting of with easy massaging each other followed by more basic contact dancing with just hands and arms. Practicing the subtle art of listening how the other person/s touch responds to yours and the opposite – without saying a word. If you think it sounds hippie (yes it is) but the people you meet doing this are just pure loving creatures you actually can trust. Suddenly the dance might bring you to the floor hugging each other, laying on top of one another… And if you’re not comfortable you can leave the dance for a moment or just sit and watch.

One of the volunteers invited the class into his shared house for a dinner this weekend. Matias had work to do, so I made the decision to simply go there solo. Pretty brave considering I only met them once. I brought a shared plate and had a wonderful time. Everybody contributed to dinner, and then we did contact dancing the rest of the night.

Have you ever experienced a tingling feeling in your entire body that just makes you so relaxed you can just go to sleep on the spot? That’s the feeling I get from contact dancing. The oxytocin levels are sky high from all the touching I get from other people. It’s intoxicating, but in a good way. Contributing to a volunteer community is also making me feel so good. New positive situations I open myself up to will take me to loving and caring people, and making me grow personally. It’s all about the positive energy that we all deserve to have around us.

After all. We are all the same.

Take care.

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!