Sunday, 30 May 2010

Venice... again

I've used a split toning gradient map preset for the post processing.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Italy Within the Frame 2010

Images by David duChemin
Italy has "grabbed" my heart after a recent workshop. One of our workshop leaders, David duChemin, created a slideshow of his images from the trip, and you can either see it from this LINK or better from his blog post HERE.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Straight off the Production Line

Went out for a walk with the camera after work today. I was fascinated by this revolving door at the central station in Oslo. There is something about doors and tunnels, where people can't really escape!

Study the legs of the guy in the last image. Can you see something odd? You probably have to click on the image to enlarge it to see what it is.

Soooo much of photography for me is about finding an interesting location and then waiting to see what happens. Well it isn't given that somethin WILL happen but it is fun to wait and see!

I was waiting for a couple that would match the couple in the blue ad but my patience ran out so I may have to go back. Soon. Before the ad is replaced :-)

PS! If you'd care to win a copy of my recent book, head over to Jeffrey Chapman's blog and sign up for the random draw. The link is HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

When in Rome...

I won't claim to have "done as the Romans" but we had some fun at the Colosseum!

There was not enough light to see a reflection of Trond but we solved it by using the flash light function on his cell phone. That is how only his eye can be lit and the rest of his face left dark.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Reflection in broken glass

I chase reflections. Everywhere. All the time. This one is a bit tricky to decifer so I am adding a photo of the window I used. The sun was coming in from the right and I shot from the left.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Gondoliers in Venice

Not having been to Venice since I was twelve, I wasn't sure what to expect. I've read stories that the only people left in town were the tourists, and that it was incrediby expensive.

I wondered how the people who actually worked there would react to us taking pictures.
The clue is to ask, of course. Some will say yes and some will say no.

I wish I'd hired a gondolier for an evening trip like Marco Ryan and David duChemin did. You can see David's blogpost from Venice HERE, and Marco's post HERE.

It felt like a contrast to Portofino where we were perceived as paparazzi's and people expected us to be there and expected to be photographed. It just confirmed that they were important.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Yay! My Blurb book "Folk" is out!

Finally! I hope you like it and if so, that you will recommend it to your friends. David duChemin, author of the Amazon bestseller "Within the Frame" has been generous enough to write the foreword.

"There is simply so much to see in Eli's work, and all of it tells a story rooted in the human drama, small vignettes that represent something immediately recognizable - a glance, a gesture, the suggestion of relationships. The fact that she leaves enough of the story untold and invites us to explore the photographs on our own terms, makes her an even more engaging storyteller."

Sunday, 9 May 2010

More on Motion Blur

My new friend Jeffrey Chapman pointed out that in a picture with motion he would actually like to see some motion.
My first instinck here was to try panning but instead I tried to stand completely still and instead freeze the background. I think the shutter speed was 1/30 second. Or at least -ish :-)

Friday, 7 May 2010

Rainy Venice

Roaming around Venice with Jeffrey Chapman and David DuChemin after discussing "motion" makes you look at the city with fresh eyes. Water also allows opportunities for my favourite subject, reflections.

I usually shoot in RAW + small jpg's and often set the picture style to Monochrome on dull days. When Jeffrey saw this shot in black and white on my screen he commented that the image probably would have been deleted from his screen if it had been displayed in colour. And I guess I agree. But now I think it hightlights the mood of that day.

I never get tired of learning.

Thursday, 6 May 2010


I was fascinated by how the colour of the reflection balanced the boat. Usually you would want space in front of a moving boat but I bended the rule because of the visual mass top right, created by the yellow colour.