Poetic Patagonia

Today I've been watching you tube videos on editing photos. Seeing how other photographers edit can sometimes help you see your own work in a fresh way and give you new ideas and insight in the editing process. You don't want to edit the photos too much and make them look very unnatural and exaggerated, but editing a little and finding your style can help to bring out a certain mood in your photos.

I learned a few new tricks, and played around a bit on some photos that I took some years ago, when I lived in Argentina. It's a good idea to go over old photos every now and then, since we our vision changes as we grow and learn, and we may notice photos that we didn't really think that much of when we first shot them. Here are some photos from the wild and beautiful El Calafate with it's glaciers, mountains gauchos (cowboys) and wildlife. Hopefully I'll be able to go back some day! :)

The fjords

In the end of June I was blessed to go on a road trip through some of the beautiful fjords of Norway. Here are some of the photos I took :)

 

Hardanger fjord, Odda.

Hardanger fjord, Odda.

Fruit trees in Hardanger.

Fruit trees in Hardanger.

Bordalsgjelet gorge in Voss.

Bordalsgjelet gorge in Voss.

One of the locals enjoying the grass near Voss.

One of the locals enjoying the grass near Voss.

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Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Sogn og Fjordane. One of the oldest stave churches dating back to 1125 AD.

Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Sogn og Fjordane. One of the oldest stave churches dating back to 1125 AD.

Detail from the entrance of the stave church.

Detail from the entrance of the stave church.

Inside the church.

Inside the church.

Wood carved interior.

Wood carved interior.

Hove Medieval church in Vik.

Hove Medieval church in Vik.

The entrance of the church.

The entrance of the church.

Ulvik, Sogn og Fjordane.

Ulvik, Sogn og Fjordane.

Gaularfjellet, Sogn og Fjordane.

Gaularfjellet, Sogn og Fjordane.

Lovatnet in Lodalen.

Lovatnet in Lodalen.

Lodalen, Sogn og Fjordane.

Lodalen, Sogn og Fjordane.

Lodalen, Sogn og Fjordane.

Lodalen, Sogn og Fjordane.

Oppstrynsvannet, Sogn og Fjordane.

Oppstrynsvannet, Sogn og Fjordane.

Oppstryn, Sogn og Fjordane

Oppstryn, Sogn og Fjordane

Crossing the mountains on the way to Geiranger.

Crossing the mountains on the way to Geiranger.

The road to Dalsnibba, Sogn og Fjordane.

The road to Dalsnibba, Sogn og Fjordane.

The view of Geiranger in the distance from Dalsnibba.

The view of Geiranger in the distance from Dalsnibba.

Flydalsjuvet, Geiranger.

Flydalsjuvet, Geiranger.

The view towards the Seven sisters waterfall and the Geiranger Fjord.

The view towards the Seven sisters waterfall and the Geiranger Fjord.

Ålesund and surrounding islands.

Ålesund and surrounding islands.

House in Ålesund.

House in Ålesund.

The Atlantic road, Møre og Romsdal.

The Atlantic road, Møre og Romsdal.

The Atlantic road.

The Atlantic road.

The Atlantic road.

The Atlantic road.

Petra in february

After not having blogged for a few years, I'm back again :) I'll try to post a bit more frequently again. These are some of the pictures I shot when I was in Petra, Jordan last february. I'm getting a craving for the tasty shawarmas I had across the street from the hotel just thinking about it!

 

Ethiopian entrepreneurs

At the moment I find myself in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. It's my first time in the country. Second time in Africa (last time I was in Uganda, 11 years ago). I must say that so far I have a very good impression of the Ethiopian people based on the people I've met and gotten to know here. They have been very friendly, helpful and including. Two days ago I was invited to show some of my photos and share about creativity and entrepreneurship with a group of girls at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development. It was a very inspiring time for me to meet the beautiful girls that my friend Tsion is mentoring, and get inspired by their enthusiasm and creative fellowship. 

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Easter-wedding

Here are some of the pictures of the happy couple, Susanne and Øyvind. They got married the weekend before Easter this year. Thank you for a great photo-session!






A little trip to Iveland.

Where the famous VOSS water is being bottled. This is where my friend and flat-mate Ingvild grew up  and where her family still live on a farm from the beginning of last century. I guess the cat turned out to be the star in the photos, as I've got a pretty weak spot for cats... :)

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The prisoner...

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Ingvild feeding the horses.

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I found this in Ingvild's mom's paper-workshop.

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Ingvild pretending to be best-buddies with the cat.

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He managed to sneak into quite a few photos this one...

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It was nice playing the piano again.

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Detail from an old cupboard.

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Wedding & Harry-tur

The last weekend in june I was in the beautiful wedding of my friends Anette and Lars-Ingar in Jeløya. I went with my friends from Notodden, Ingebeth and Matt, and the day after the wedding we decided to do what's called a "Harry-tur" (cross the swedish border to go shopping).

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 Poor Matt got to sit behind the pole...

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 The bubble-blowers...

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Check out how syncronized we are!

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 The lovely couple coming to the reception/wedding party.

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 Anette (the bride) is artistic in so many ways. I really liked these name-cards (or whatever they're called).

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 ...flowers in the window.

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  Home-made beer.

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 Deep concentration as the cake is being cut...

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 Beautiful farewell to the newly weds. 

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 Harry-trip to Sweeden the next day. Driver, Matt showing how it's done.

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 On the way to Sweeden.

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 Ingebeth ready for some shopping on the border.

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 "Imagine being here now." On the way home, waiting for the ferry in Moss.

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 Some passed the waiting-time eating swedish candy in a relaxed position.

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 Gone with the wind, on the deck.

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 Te lovely Hochstetlers.

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 The Oslofjord at around 9 pm.

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 What a beautiful flag.

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 From a birds-perspective.

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 Wearing my golden shoes.

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 View from the cafeteria on board.

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The end.

Christmas in Once, Buenos Aires

 The past december I got to join my friend Ruben in giving Christmas presents to kids that spend most of their days at and around the trainstation in Once, Buenos Aires.
 Ruben and his happy helpers with the giftbags and the gifts we'd bought inside.
 We met this girl outside the trainstation.



 Ruben with a mother and kids inside the station.

 Many of the kids' parents have problems with drugs or alcohol, and como to the station with their kids most days. Many of them live in slum areas about 1 hour trainride from Once.






 My friend Migdalis making faces with one of the girls.


Øksendal & Haughom, easter 2011

 Boilig yellow Easter-eggs by the river.
 My brother



 View from the stonefence that separates my family's place from the neighbours
 View of the Øksendal-lake
 The beach
 View of Øksendal from the beach, with the lake in the middle and surrounded by mountains.
 The entrance to my folks house here (where my grandpa used to live)
Spring is arriving...
 Hvitveis
 The river/waterfall that runs from the Øksendal-lake to Sirdalsvannet (the Sirdal-lake/fjord).

 A barn in Haughom
 My dad
 Posing for my dad in front of a tree
 An old, abandoned house in Haughom

 Haughom by the Sirdal-lake/fjord.
 My lovely parents

The coo-coo clock that belonged to my grandpa.

Clown class in Buenos Aires

When I was in Argentina last november I got to sit in on my friend's clown class. Here's a little photo essay from that class:

 My friend, Migdalis putting on her red nose, getting ready for class.

 This day all the students had to present "their clown" for class in preparation for a performance.

 The teacher giving feedback after each clown's presentation.

Waiting to present and listening to the constructive feedback from the teacher.

 A doubbe-presentation; one clown with a small guitar and one with a big guitar.
In the end some of the spectators got a little bit tired from taking it all in (maybe some didn't get their siesta...).

What I do when I should be finnishing writing my exam...

 Put out pictures from easter on my blog... these are from beautiful Flekkerøya outside of Kristiansand.
My former house-mates and friends that came to visitme for a few days.
 Selfportrait in front of an old building of some sort...
 Looks like it's been a while since anyone lived here...
 The door in the mountain... Maybe a shelter or some kind of torture-room from the 2nd worldwar...
 From our exploring-trip along the island.
 Eilen doing a jack-ass stunt for beginners...

 Elisabeth and Eilen posing for the photographer (my lens also works as a mirror :) ).
 Blue shoes....
 Don't know what this building was used for.
 Lovely Elisabeth.
 Another shot from inside the abandoned house.
 Cherry-blossom photos...
 Lovely cherry-blossom tree in downtown Kristiansand.
 From our little photo-session...
 Strandpromenaden... Kristiansand
 Seagull-gate...
Full-moon over the Otra-river.

Machu Picchu

 We arrived at the top after trekking up the steap hills since 04.15 in the morning.
 Machu Picchu in the morning-mist.
 A silly tourist.

 Crazy jumpers.
 I apologize in advance if anyone has an overload of Lama-pictures...







 TheRuins of Machu Picchu (Old Mountain).
 The city was designed in the shape of a Condor.
 Machu Picchu with a misty Waina Picchu (Young mountain) in the back.
 More lamas!!!




Cusco

We met this lady with her alpakka on the way from Puno to Cusco.
 Look at that!! I'd like to have one of those in my garden if I had one...!
 The lovely Martine on the way to some Inka-ruins.
 Girl with alpakka in Cusco.
 -Take my picture with the alpakka! :)
 The night we got locked out of the place we stayed at in Cusco because of a bad copy of the key.
 Blue doors in Cusco.

 One of the narrow streets in Cusco.
 I had to sneak in a beedle-picture...
 Pancake-breakfast at Jack's...(more like whipped cream with pancakes...)
 My simple pankakes with maple-syrup
 Yummy breakfast and a morning-face.
 The cat of the house where we stayed... very cuddly...
 Plaza de Armas, Cusco.
 Another church at the plaza.
 Rainy skies at plaza de Armas.
 The clown-beedle.

My Pirate-friend returning from the market with two bags full of movies and sitcoms...
 Inca ruins by the Sacred valley.
 Moi.
 Ellen
 -Can you see the Inka-face in the mountain?
 Scenary on the trainride from Ollaytantambo to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu.
 Yummy snack and coffee on the train (we had seets at the very front of this panoram-train... :) ).
Entering the jungle.