Posted on August 22, 2021
This summer didn’t end up as I had hoped. Among several things I had hoped to get done was a lot of photography, but this didn’t happen. Instead I ended up doing a lot more house renovating stuff that I could have imagined. And now vacation is over. Anyway, yesterday I decided to try to take a few photos again and and the same time try to do an experiment.
I recently watched an online seminar which got me thinking about several things with respect to how I photograph things. Without going into details I have a huge problem in that I don’t take photos “intentionally”, instead I snap photos without thinking much, check to see if I can get a better photo by moving around, finding another angle, wait for better light, etc.
So yesterday I tried to kick myself in the behind by putting on a wide angle zoom (14-28mm) before going out into the forest. This is something I never do.
I can’t say that the result was especially good but they got me thinking so I consider it a success. Here are the photos with some comments why I don’t think they are that good.
This is perhaps the photo that I find most interesting, it was the light that caught my attention but at the same time I go “meh” when I look at it. It’s interesting to me, just for how it looks like in the forest, but it doesn’t really work as a photo.
A “standard” photography, it would have worked much better if the groups of trees to the left hadn’t been there … but I couldn’t move to the right without getting seriously wet. I like the clouds, the grass and the light but those trees “destroys” the photo. I would have liked to have the center of the photo more to the left so that a few of the trees to the right wasn’t in the frame.
Kind of interesting from a personal point of view but the photo is bad, the trees to the left shouldn’t be so prominent, and the fallen tree is placed completely wrong in the photo. My only excuse is that I couldn’t really move to some other place that would improve on these things.
I find these red plants quite interesting and beautiful, but the top photo isn’t that interesting. I tried different angles, framings, etc but I couldn’t make a good photo. The top one is the one I think shows the plants best, I think this photo would get a few likes if I posted it to Instagram but it doesn’t really work for me.
The second shows how it looks where these plants grow, on top of a small hill, and I think it’s fun to see the environment. But the plants should be more prominent.
I’m quite fond of tree stumps with some kind of mushrooms growing on them. Sometime I see one where the mushrooms make the whole thing looks like some futuristic city from StarWars/StarTrek. This one is quite boring, it’s just a recording of how it looked like when I walked past it.
As I wrote above, the photos above are not very interesting but I started to think about things, which I consider an improvement.
Posted on July 31, 2021
I’ve tried to do a 365 project1 a couple of times, but I’ve always failed after about 100-150 days. This means that I’ve started the project January 1st and stopped somewhere in March–May. And the last photos are usually taken late in the evening when I remember “Ohhh, I need to take a photo”, and then I abandon the whole thing.
Well, I got inspired to try again when I saw the site by Woody Campbell, he takes one photo each day, and apparently he plans to continue doing this for the rest of his life. My plan is not as ambitious, I just want to see if I can reach 200 photos and set a new personal record.
My rules are simple:
- The photo has been taken that day.
- It doesn’t have to be published that day, it’s OK to publish in batches.
- No need for fancy photos, it’s enough with photos from my daily life.
- It’s not OK to just publish a photo, there has to be some text in addition to the photos.
You can follow along by going to daily.mostrom.eu
- You take and publish one photo every day, and in my opinion the photo should actually be taken that day. ↩
Posted on June 28, 2021
While I’m still working, many have started to enjoy summer. For example by reading a book by the lake.
But my main impression from my walk yesterday evening was that I wasn’t very popular and that I should go home NOW
It’s not a car I would like to own, but I do think it looks good in some strange way.
Posted on June 19, 2021
Jag har inget som helst intresse av hästar och vill absolut inte ha en häst, men det hindrar mig inte att vara riktigt glad över att vi har hästar i byn. Det blir mycket trevligare när det finns en del hästar bland husen.
Posted on June 15, 2021
A quick walk through the village to stretch my legs (I do hate correcting exams)
Posted on June 10, 2021
I thought you would enjoy a good laugh. I try to take at least one walk each day, the last few week I’ve got up 4-5 and taken a nice walk before work. This is purely for exercise but I still have my camera with me. I usually carry my Lumix G9 (m43 system) with a 12-60 mm zoom (24-120 in full frame speak), sometimes a 35-100 (70-200) zoom, or once in a while a 75-300 (150-600) – I only have one lens with me, remember this is exercise.
I usually take some photos of interesting trees, some landscape, etc. I rarely see any animals, perhaps a rabbit, a few birds, but that’s about it. Sometimes I scare a capercaillie (name translated by Google), or a moose but I usually don’t see them. I don’t mind since these walks are really good both for my body and for my mind, I don’t really need the photos.
Anyway, having seen the same trees almost daily for 1.5 year made me want to try something new. So, today I attached my 7-14 (14-28) lens to the camera, first time since the pandemic started, with the intention to see if I could get a new perspective of something.
Well, I started to walk and 45m into my walk I saw a raven, that happens, then I see four more sitting on two stones just 40-50 m in front of me. I’ve NEVER seen so many ravens so close up, I lift my camera and … remembered what lens I had. So let me show you my very nice picture of 4 ravens sitting on two stones very close to me, with a 5th circling above me. 🤣
I would have had wonderful portraits of these ravens if I had brought my 35-100 !!
Posted on May 26, 2021
I’ve said it before, and I say it again: spring is the ugliest part of the year. It’s usually muddy, dirty, and mostly completely uninteresting. May has to a large degree fulfilled my expectations, the weather has been cold, rainy and pretty much unpleasant.
But the last few days we have had a change in weather with more sun, a bit warmer and as a result, we are now shifting into late spring/early summer. Don’t worry, there is still some snow around …
and nature looks like it’s just woken up from winter slumber.
But there are clear indications that summer is coming, the trees are starting to get green.
There are some flowers around.
And it looks more and more like summer. I expect that in a few weeks nature has gotten its green summer clothes on and the boring gray has disappeared (together with most of the mud). Unfortunately, it’s also the time for the mosquitos to show up, but you can’t have it all.
Posted on May 18, 2021
PhotoSync is an app that let you transfer photos from your mobile device to some cloud service or to your computer, or from your computer to a mobile device. PhotoSync also allows you to use your mobile device for tethered shooting — works very well for me. I mostly use it for transferring photos from my iPad to my desktop … but why? Why don’t I use Apple Photos syncing capability? I agree, it seems like I’m complicating things, and perhaps I do, but there is a reason for the madness. Let me explain.
My setup and my problem
I use Lightroom Classic for managing all my photos, this is where all of my photos end up. I also use Lightroom “Cloud” for importing and editing photos from my camera when I use my iPad (this allows me to sit in the sofa and edit photos 😋). By syncing LR “Cloud” with LR Classic, I get all my camera photos into LR Classic.
I also take photos with my iPhone and these are saved to the camera roll. These photos should also end up in Lightroom Classic, and it’s here the complications start. The obvious solution would be to turn on “auto-import from camera roll” in LR “Cloud”, and sync the photos from there to LR Classic. True, and it would have worked well if it hadn’t been for that I use Apple Photos to keep a mobile “photo album”.
This means that I have photos that I’ve edited in LR Classic stored in Apple Photos. “So what’s the problem? Just add them to Apple Photos”. Well, if I export photos from LR Classic and add them to Apple Photos, LR “Cloud” sees them as new photos and import them, resulting to in duplicate images in my LR library. Trust me, it quickly becomes a mess.
“OK, but can’t you just have your ‘photo album’ in LR ‘Cloud’ instead? As long as you store previews, you can store unlimited number of photos?” Also true, but I really dislike how LR “Cloud” store/organise photos (I always mess up the library after a while) + I’ve had problems with LR “Cloud” sync, so I want to avoid using LR ‘Cloud’ in this way.
To summarise: I want to keep as few photos as possible in LR “Cloud”, and I want all my photos to end up in LR Classic. So, how do I get my iPhone photos into LR Classic? And no, I have no intention to do it manually by selecting new photos and export them from Photos to files and then import them into LR Classic.
PhotoSync to the rescue
While PhotoSync is a mobile app, it has a companion app that can be installed on your computer. This app allows you to copy photos to/from your mobile device. An important feature of LR Classic is that it can watch a folder and auto-import images that are saved there. You see where I’m going?
PhotoSync also have the ability to keep track of what photos have been added to the camera roll since the last time it sent photos somewhere.
So, here is my solution for getting all my photos into LR Classic:
- I import photos from my cameras into LR ‘Cloud’, or into LR Classic directly. The LR ‘Cloud’ photos syncs to LR Classic. Done.
- iPhone photos are saved in the camera roll. Once in a while I launch PhotoSync on my iPad (I only do this on my iPad), tell it to send all new photos to the desktop where they are saved into a specific folder — which happen to be the watch folder of LR Classic. So, all photos I send to my desktop are auto-imported into LR Classic. Done. This is done using 4-6 taps depending on how you count.
That is how I use PhotoSync to get all my photos into LR Classic without confusing myself too much.
I have some additional requirements that I haven’t mentioned in order to keep this post for becoming even more complicated than it is. I also have tried several other methods for getting the photos into Classic, but I omitted them also, for the same reason (Tip: if you want to use auto-import in LR ‘Cloud’, you should only do it on one device, and you should only export photos from LR ‘Cloud’ to the camera roll on that device). And I also do some processing of the transmitted photos before they are added to LR Classics watch folder.
Posted on May 18, 2021
Last Friday I went on a quick round trip to Åmsele, about 200 km, before lunch. Since I was a bit limited when it came to time I didn’t really get the chance to take any photos. But on the way back home I did a quick stop just south of Åmsele to take these two photos.
I consider them to be “sketch photos”, i.e. they are not good – the weather was not very interesting and I think this will look much better at another time of the year. So these photos is just a way of remembering that I should try to take some photos here at another time of the year.
Posted on May 10, 2021
Det är nu snart ett år sedan Agnes och Tove flyttade in, de är systrar även om det är svårt att tro. Vi är ganska säker på att det är två hanar inblandade.
I vilket fall så är de två personligheter, Tove är nyfiken, lägger nosen i blöt så fort hon kan och har hamnat i diverse problem med grannkatterna. Agnes är tycker om att bli kelad med, gillar att äta och är lite lättskrämd. Eller i alla fall så är det vad vi trodde.
Under vintern så ha de mest legat och sovit, de har visserligen varit ute och inte haft något emot snön eller kylan – speciellt inte Agnes. Men nu är vår och lite mer av deras personligheter har kommit fram, dvs Agnes personlighet. Tove är som förut, nyfiken och pratsam. Men Agnes … hon är tydligen jägarinnan i familjen.
Under de senaste 14 dagarna har hon kommit in med 17 möss och en ödla. Jag har lite blandade känslor om det hela, jag är lite stolt över att hon är duktig på att jaga och det är lite sött när hon kommer in med dem och visar upp bytet. Jag vet att katter tar bytet till en plats där de känner sig trygga men ibland ser det ut som Agnes sitter och väntar på beröm.
Det jag är liiiite mer negativ till är när hon plockar in dem på morgonkvisten och sedan väcker mig för att jag ska inspektera musen … kl 4 på morgonen. Jag har inte sovit ordentligt den sista veckan eftersom det bärs in möss på nätterna.
Kort sagt, jag har blandade känslor om Agnes och hennes äventyr.
Posted on May 3, 2021
Another standard day, nothing special to report. However, since we now have sunshine in the morning, sunrise was 4:09 today, it’s pretty nice to take an early walk. I was too lazy to walk more than a couple of km today, but I could see that the lonely helmet had found a few friends.
And it looks like we are going to get summer this year also.
Otherwise it has been a day of meetings.
Posted on May 2, 2021
I spent most of my day working on some “home improvements”, hopefully I’ll be able to finish that before summer starts. Time will tell.
Of course I had to take a short walk to stretch my legs, and found a lonely helmet.
A hungry street lamp
And a dog with opinions of me