The tragedy of life

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“The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live.”
Norman Cousins

Some wise words before going to bed. Love this quote!
**Good night**

/Malin

I’ve got a confession to make

I was sitting on the bus, looking out the window. The weather has been alternating today to say the least, but at this moment it was sunny. I started looking out and I saw this amaaazing shape and I wanted to get off and I wanted to yell to the bus driver that he had to stop. But of course I didn’t. Instead I kept looking out and look at it for as long as I could. My mind started to wander. Could I go home, get my camera and go back before it was gone? Or should I just settle with some Iphone pics?

Oh my god oh my god. It is crowing. Becoming even BETTER. I WANT IT! Now! Let me out.

I was thinking so hard. And my eyes was looking so intense out the window it almost gave me a headache.

Want to get off.
Want to get off.

Almost cant breathe.

Then I started laughing, and thinking about peoples addictions. Alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping. I don’t belong in those words but after today I think it is time for me to admit:

Dear Readers.
My name is Malin and I am a cloudoholic.

In the mud

When I was in the Acores I went on a trip with Solresor to Ceramica Vieira – a ceramic factory with some beautiful surroundings.

I found it interesting to see how making ceramics work, and for my friend who I was traveling with it was actually one of her absolutely favourite places (it was one of mine aswell, but then again, pretty much all places was my favourites). The women working with the clay was impressive and the seats did not look comfortable at all.

The most interesting thing for me was that they paint the ceramics in something that is pink, and after being baked in I think 1000 degrees for several hours it comes out blue! That is why there is so much blue ceramics out there. I was kind of mindblown by this fact but I suppose I am not that hard to impress, ha!

Looking at all the process and finally ending up at the store I expected everything to be expensive, but it was not at all. Really nice bowls for 13 euros made me wonder how they could even survive on this. Impressive and well worth a visit!

/Malin

Watching the Cove just before bedtime

I have not seen the Cove until last night, simply because it is about animals being mistreated and me and animal abuse do not add up … at all. So when I all of a sudden starting watching the Cove before sleep it was nothing but error…

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

How can people do this? I do not understand. And even more, I can not understand how this can still be ongoing. Shouldn’t there be some kind of universal law that could stop this?

Taiji is where a lot of dolphin trainers go to find there new “friends”, and those who do not get chosen is being slaughtered. And the ones who survive often gets stressed to death since cages are for bad people and not for wild animals. It the movie they say that the smile of a dolphin is their own worst enemy, because they look happy even though they are not and this makes it easy for people to treat them badly since it doesn’t really show.

Richard O’Barry started being with dolphins very early since he was the dolphin trainer of the world wide famous Flipper. Before Flipper, dolphins in caged environments were very rare, but the movies made the market explode since everyone wanted to see and hang out with dolphins after watching Flipper. A zillion billion dollar industry like Sea World grew and grew and eventhough they look happy, dolphins are not made to live in such small areas. Dolphins can swim 40 km in just one day in the wild. How can they be doing well in a pool that is 50-100 meters?

Richard O’Barry went from being a dolphin trainer to an activist after a dolphin died in his arms. He told in the film that whales and dolphins have the very uncommon “quality” of being able to choose if or if not to breathe. So when dolphins just have had enough, they can stop breathing just like that. One of the dolphins that was playing Flipper just one day came up in his arms and stopped breathing.

Animals are for being seen in the wild and no where else. And this is why eventhough I love animals, I almost never go to the zoo (of any kind).

Malmö street art

Today I saw this masterpiece on the wall of a building that I pass by a lot. Someone has been busy the past few days, that is for sure! These pics are just from my Iphone but I want to get some photos with my Nikon aswell so I can see all the details in the painting. From these pics I can see that it says Amor on his fingers and that something is growing (?) on his sholder and that he has a birds nest on his head (a little bit prettier then when a bird pooped me in the face last week that’s for sure).

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Photo District News portrait competition

Photography competition

Photo Disctrict News is having a competition out right now: Portrait Photography Contest.

The judges are:

Natalie Matutschovsky
Photo Editor
TIME

Annie Chia
Photo Editor
Fast Company

Chris Dixon
Design Director
Vanity Fair

Dalia Nassimi
Deputy Picture Editor
Wired UK

Christina Whalen
Art Director
Grey Group

(Don’t know any of them, sorry!)

These categories are available:

CATEGORIES

  • Animal Portraits
  • Celebrities
  • Babies/Children
  • Commercial/Editorial/Assignment
  • Personal Work

I really haven’t photographed that many portraits but it for sure is an area that I would like to work more on. For this specific competition I probably wont join though, unless I find some great animal portraits in the archive.

Seal in the sunlight water

Tired little cat

Dog begging for some food waiting for the magic word

Cute pet in the light

Kajsa hiding in the closet

Cat paws on a book page making a statement

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Mila black and white

Kajsa the cat in the tree

When all of a sudden …

Yesterday I was lying in bed looking through the pictures from Friday and after castle, trees and sunset this picture just turned up without a warning! Oh my I was laughing so hard when I saw it – and still am.

 

infront of the canon at Kronborg castle

Will get back with some more “serious” photos later from this great weekend.

 

“I don’t think I’m made of the right stuff to be a poitician. I think I’m made to be a loose cannon.”
Penn Jillette

/Malin

Who is Ansel Adams?

I’ve seen this name turn up so many times with some awesome photography quotes so now I decided to actually look up this Ansel Adams guy. He was born in San Francisco 1902 and is most famous for his photos of national parks.

Ansel Adams national parks

Ansel Adams national parks

Ansel Adams national parks

 

He is also a writer and has written several books about photography.

Photography

  • Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, 1927.
  • Rose and Driftwood, 1932.
  • Clearing Winter Storm, 1940.
  • Moon Rise over Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941.
  • Ice on Ellery Lake, Sierra Nevada, 1941.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox at Canyon de Chelly
  • Aspens, New Mexico, 1958.

Photography books

  • America’s Wilderness, 1997.
  • California, 1997.
  • Yosemite, 1995.
  • The National Park Photographs, 1995.
  • Photographs of the Southwest, 1994.
  • Ansel Adams: In Color, 1993.
  • Our National Parks, 1992.
  • Ansel Adams: Classic Images, 1986.

Technical books

  • The Camera, 1995.
  • The Negative, 1995.
  • The Print, 1995.
  • Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs

Ansel AdamsI really want to check some of them out!

Ansel Adams did not like the school system and quit school early. He educated himself to become a pianist but when he was 14 he got a camera and that was that. He is one of the founders of Group f/64, the zone system and just seems to be a very interesting person that I want to read more about. Se below for some of his awesome famous quotes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.
Ansel Adams 

The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
Ansel Adams

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
Ansel Adams

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.
Ansel Adams

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
Ansel Adams
I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!
Ansel Adams 

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
Ansel Adams
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
Ansel Adams 

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams 

It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.
Ansel Adams

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.
Ansel Adams

 
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
Ansel Adams

Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
Ansel Adams

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Ansel Adams 

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
Ansel Adams

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
Ansel Adams 

Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.
Ansel Adams

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams 

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Ansel Adams

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
Ansel Adams

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
Ansel Adams

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.
Ansel Adams 

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams 

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography, as a powerful medium…offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – Ansel Adam

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

– See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/11531/22-quotes-by-photographer-ansel-adams/#sthash.PFjwzzKi.dpuf

 

 

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography, as a powerful medium…offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – Ansel Adam

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

– See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/11531/22-quotes-by-photographer-ansel-adams/#sthash.PFjwzzKi.dpu

“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” – Ansel Adams

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

“There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” – Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – Ansel Adams

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” – Ansel Adams

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography, as a powerful medium…offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

“There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams

“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.” – Ansel Adams

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams

“Notebook. No photographer should be without one.” – Ansel Adams

“…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.” – Ansel Adams

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” – Ansel Adams

“A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.” – Ansel Adam

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.  When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

– See more at: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/11531/22-quotes-by-photographer-ansel-adams/#sthash.PFjwzzKi.dpuf

First try with my new lens

I am currently out trying my new lens for the first time. So interesting! I was going to try shooting long exposure aswell but since I got out so late that will be another day. Now I am going back home to prepare for tomorrows adventure!

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When trying to fit in

Yesterday I went to the post office and got the package with my new lens. I have not had time to even unpack it yet since yesterday night was “Midsummer lunch”. My roomie have a friend visiting and she wanted to have something Swedish so sill, potatoes, eggs and schnaps was on the table. I almost didn’t buy the schnaps since I really DO NOT like Skåne Aquavit but since the only two pictures I have from the evening are one with the empty bottle followed by a full glass of wine I would say it was a really nice evening!

 

Today Morris has been sleeping in this box pretty much all day. She looooves boxes and is so cute when trying to squeeze herself into this one since it is a little bit to small. Cute!

I  really want to try my new lens and if I have time and the weather will be somewhat ok I probably will later on tonight.

So long!

/Malin