Bergen is a town on the Eastern southwestern fjords of Norway with an incredible view and colors to boot. An old wharf town with plenty of fish to share, there’s more than it’s fair share of adorable houses stacked in tight up the hill and onto the mountain. We had plenty of fun going to bakeries, walking the famous little fall colored shops on the wharf, and going up the tram to see the entire town from above. It’s hard not to take pictures of every house on every street while you’re there. I mean seriously.
‘There are a lot of good people around’ ^ I agree Bergen. I agree.
Oslo is a cool city. It’s not a necessarily big city, but it’s really cool to walk around and explore. We went to the capital, the Opera House, and so much more. But our favorite part (which may seem so immature) was the famous statue park – we really got our kicks and giggles out of that. Like, big time. But Oslo is a fun place to be, so how can you not enjoy every second of it?
The fjords of Norway are famous for their beauty and Tønsberg shows it. Near the town where we stayed (Horten, also on the fjords), Tønsberg is the oldest town in Norway. We explored it and the old viking tower, main wharf walk, church, quaint town, and incredible views. Being the beginning of fall, the leaves were changing colors, giving the cute little houses and incredible green rock the most beautiful aura. But truly my favorite part (and my favorite part of Norway in general) was the “End of the World”. We drove to an island that is part of Tønsberg and decided to drive the whole thing (it’s small, only miles in length) and when we got to the end, there was a sign that said something in Norwegian about this national park which translated to the End of the World. So we ventured down and saw the most incredible outlook of rocks and water. It was an ominous sight – the eye could see for as long and wide as possible. We walked out on the little archipelago of rocks and the sight was heavenly. The clouds were rolling in dark and ominous on the left and the sun was shining on the right, giving a warm yellow cast. I felt like I was in a whole new world and couldn’t have been happier with it. I love traveling Norway and it’s fjords.
Every time I come back to New York City I remember why I love it so much. It is it’s own world over there with so much to see and such a widespread of unique and awesome places and spaces. From Brooklyn to the Upper East Side to the Chelsea Market, we pretty much saw all of the spots that we were craving to see. Here are just a few snaps of my favorite spots.
If there is one word to describe Peru, it’s color. And as I’ve already shown, Peru is not short on beautiful color and hand crafted fabrics. We were able to shadow families in the village and this old lady was probably one of the most fascinating parts of the trip. She invited me over to see how she dyes her yarn. All made and dyed from completely natural found parts of the earth, it is an incredible process. She passionately spoke to me about the process, showing me each part of the process, making sure I really soaked it up. I didn’t understand a lick of it (the entire thing was in Quechua, their native language of Amaru), but her passion and gestures was captivating in and of itself. I hope this gives you just a small glimpse of how indigenous and incredible this country and village are – I am still in awe of it. I find myself constantly looking at the pictures over and over and thinking to myself ‘Did I really go there??’.
And cute babies are always a plus, right? This is Tim (part of the Academy Mortgage group) holding the cutest baby of one of the yarn dying women from the area.
This is probably one of my favorite pictures from Venice when I went a few years ago. I’m dying to go back to Italy – maybe there will be something in the works soon 😉
A portfolio is one’s best work. And sometimes, it can be hard to decide exactly which photographs you think are your own personal best! I’ve been trying to narrow down which pictures are my own best and also my favorites that I would want to put in my portfolio. I think I’ve narrowed it down to the best photographs that really showcase my style and skill.
This past weekend I spent my days in Salt Lake and Park City, Utah soaking up as much beauty and inspiration as I could. Lately I’ve been noticing shapes and how the capture the attention with their simplicity and movement. I’ve also been noticing textures and the way they shape our perceptions of an object. The more I look for these two things, the more I’ve been noticing them all around and Park City and Salt Lake City was full of beautiful lines. I decided that I would start photographing the lines around me, as well as the textures and colors in beautiful Utah and create fine art photographs that reflect what I’ve been seeing.
Seeing a framed large print photo can be a stunning experience – but seeing a framed large print photo that you have taken is even better. I think there is something powerful about seeing a photo large and in person instead of a small photo electronically on a computer or phone screen like we are so commonly used to in our society today. I was able to print a fine art photo for my class in a large 16×24 of a photo that I took while we were on a photo excursion in Victor, Idaho. It was a beautiful sunrise that was a wonderful experience in the brisk cool air of the beginning of fall and I tried to capture the warm feelings of the colorful season. My framed fine art will be hanging with the work from other incredibly talented students of BYU-Idaho this coming week in the Spori gallery – take a look if you have a chance!
Light painting takes innovation and quick thinking mixed with a good knowledge of your camera and settings to create a scene that is dreamy and beautiful. I learned a lot about balancing my ISO, shutter speed, and aperture by experimenting with different combinations for my pictures. I love the way light painting lets you explore a new side of night photography. It lets you see night in a whole new light and that is something worth trying for any photographer!
Fine Art Photo Op Stop – or FAPOS, as it is so commonly abbreviated in this class. On our excursion in Victor, Idaho we had plenty of opportunities to stop for fabulous photos of fine art. I also had the opportunity to spend a morning traveling to Moody Creek, Idaho with Whitney Majors to capture more fine art photos. I usually prefer to shoot portraits and still life photos because I have the ability to manipulate the subjects of the photos that I am taking. When I set out to take landscape photos, I always feel like I have a harder time being creative and capturing exactly what I see before me. This experience helped me to push myself creatively and learn how to capture landscapes as beautifully as I saw them.
I gained a greater appreciation for bracketing photos so that I could gain a greater range of color and exposure that I can see before me. I also learned about the patience it takes to set up and execute a great landscape – it isn’t as easy as it looks! I also learned a lot more about using the right settings – like a small F/22 to get a great sun burst and sun flare of the sunrise or a bit of a slower shutter speed to capture the color of a slow colorful sunrise. I think that the more we push ourselves as creatives and photographers, the more that we learn to appreciate all forms and areas of photography and better master the other crafts that we usually pursue.