Photo project: painting with light


For this week of Jen’s and my photo project I was inspired by some of Jen’s previous themes: windows, glass and light and how one object can turn into something completely different depending on how you play with light, sharpness etc.

I have always been fascinating by the sunlight through my bathroom window. It’s something I notice everytime I take a shower! The window glass has a ”wiggly” structure to it so that it lets in light but you can’t look through it. A very convenient structure for a bathroom window. 😉 So when the sunlight hits the window it creates some really cool effects. And when I got really close with the camera I got different colour and light effect  depending on how I angled the camera.  This first set of two illustrates that. All I did here was to turn up the saturation a bit.

I also noticed as I played around with depth of field and angles that the window texture could give impressions of being something else. In these two I got a feeling of ripply water catching the last rays of the setting sun.

For the last two I used my biggest aperture, 1.4, and close to maximum shallow depth of field to really get the bokeh going, and got these effects. I get the feeling of smoke and fire or a coppery surface.

I find it really cool how a sunlit structured bathroom window can make me think of smoke and fire, copper and sunlit water.

What do you think? What do you see?

Don’t miss Jen’s photos! I don’t know when they will be up so be sure to check her blog out so that you don’t miss them.

Photo project: Painting with light

Soap bubbles part two! 🙂 This week’s photo project photos of Jen’s and my project. Don’t forget to check her photos out. I am not sure when she will put them up, but bookmark her blog and enjoy her creativity in generell while waiting for the photos :).

I had so much fun with the soap bubble last week that I continued to play with them this week. This time I used my ledlit hearts wall decoration as bokeh and backlight to the soapbubbles and took the photos with underexposed flash to freeze motion in the dark light. I did ok. It was still slight long exposure of parts of a second so I got some interesting effects (I think…) from that too.

I will start with my least favourite photo.I like the bokeh effect and the trails of light from the slightly long exposure. I *think* the flash sets of directly as I take the photo and freezes the bubbles and then the shutter is open a microsecond longer which creates the those light trails from ”sinking” bubbles.


These final two photos I am really pleased with myself. I find it hard to choose which one I like more. I like the bokeh lights and ”simplicity” of the first one. I like the many reflexes and light trails of the second one.



Here it is, the ledlit hearts wall decoration that I love. 🙂 I bought it for christmas but I think it works all year around!


Photo project – painting with light

Ok. So I might have bended the theme a bit this week. But one could say it is at least playing with light and colours. I was devoting myself to try out soap bubbles and water effects. I covered a cutting board in a colourful gift wrapping paper and put it in the sink as a background for the tap water and bubbles. I took hundreds of photos hoping some of them would be good! I didn’t succeed too well with the water photos, I don’t have enough zoom on my camera to get really close to the drops. But I managed to catch some nice bubble photos, I think. And the photos looks good together like a ”theme”.

_MG_6945Running tap water catching the colours of the background

_MG_7015My favourite photo this week.

_MG_7055Single bubble (cropped)

_MG_7060Single bubble.

Jen will put up her photos tomorrow! Don’t forget to check hers out.

Photo project: painting with light

FINALLY I get to upload my photos for this week in Jen’s and my photo Project. I didn’t quite get the results I had hoped. I was aiming for some low key lighting of my tulips but failed that – the result came out like just flat light doing nothing for the Beautiful tulips. Luckily tulips are pretty in themselves even in my bad lighting so I put the least failed photo up here.

After I failed the tulips I started experimenting with the torch and writing instead. It is getting better but oh my god it’s difficult. To know what you actually write into thin air and then also writing it reversed so that it becomes right in camera. Gee – I have like no idea where my letters go and how I shape them – the letters A, E and H…. come on! This takes a LOT of practice before I can make anything of it really. But you can at least see what it says, right??




I can’t wait to see what Jen came up with today. Her idea sounded really cool. Have a look!

Photo project: painting with light 2

Time for week 2 of Jen’s and my new photo project painting with light. A very playful theme. For this week I wanted to play with colours, but I don’t have any other light source than my torch. In order to be able to get different colours I used those transparent plastic files you have in an office for example to put papers in. I used a blue one, a red one and a green one. I cut a little piece out of each and held them in front of my torch. It worked.

I wanted to try to create patterns and also to play with reflecting backlight. I am especially thrilled the backlight experiment worked so well – just as I imagined! I just wish I had had a nicer reflecting background for that than my closet door but oh well… it is the only possible place to do it in my apartment. It opens up new ideas though so that’s the plus side.

So what do you think?



Don’t forget to check out Jen’s photos! 🙂 She has had a busy and stressful week after her partner broke his arm badly,  but still managed to put up a couple of photos that makes me think of dancing moonlight!

The tree project favourites

Last week Jen and I started a new photo project – painting with light. My photos for this week will be up at 3 pm CET. But before I leave our previous project of trees behind I’d like to sum it up with my personal favourite photos from those 8 weeks. It was a fun theme to try and portray trees from different aspects. As you know, this blog is about my creative journey. It is not about perfection. It is about experimenting and learning and trying. But I think these photos I will present as my favourites out of the theme are the ones that were a level over experimentation. The better ones. What do you think? Follow the header links to see all of the photos in respective theme. A link to the other project weeks will be found at the end.

Tree project 2 – texture


I am very pleased with this one. I think it might be my favourite out of the whole bunch…

The tree project 4 – black and white



I love black and white photography. Not to convert a photo to black and white to make it look more interesting, but to actually think black and white when you take the photo. I like both of these photos, but mostly the second one.

The tree Project 6 – bokeh


This is actually an experimental photo – but it’s one of my favourites anyway because it was such a fun theme. We created our own bokeh. Really cool!

The tree Project 8 – thoughtfulness


Here our object was to convey thoughtfulness. This photo represented ”solitude and peace” which is a big part of being lost in thoughts for me. I just like the softness of the photo. The highkey colour scale, the morning mist over the frozen lake removing everything else but the trees and the little mini island – making the bare branches stand out. It is peaceful to me.

For the rest of the tree project themes, check out these:

The tree project 1The tree project 3The tree project 5The tree project 7

And don’t forget to check out Jen’s tree project photos!

Photo project: painting with light

It’s time for a new theme, a new photo project, for Jen and I. Jen came up with the first one, trees, and she also came up with this second one – painting with light. It is a very creative theme that can be interpreted in many exciting ways. There is a ”discipline” of sorts within photography when it comes to painting with light where you use long exposures and create shapes or effects using a light source. There are some pretty cool stuff out there.

Here is a tutorial on how to make foreground subjects appear. Really cool!

You can also use your lightsource as a ”brush” and make cool effects. Here is a tutorial of showing that.

Plus of course you have your own imagination! This is a really cool theme – thanks Jen 🙂

My first experiments here playing around at home with a torch. Bulb mode on camera and aperture 32 to make it as dark as possible. These images are experimental more than anything else – first attempts. It will be fun to experiment with this and learn more!

behind the light
Behind the light


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Check out Jen’s photos on her blog. I am so excited to see what she comes up with. She is the artist of us two, or rather she is the artist period :), so she will create magic with this theme I think!

The tree project 6 – bokeh

The theme this week, creating our own bokeh pattern, was a really fun and challenging one for me. To actually create something with my hands is not something I am used to. I am clumsy with no fine motorics abilities whatsoever. You will have to use your imagination to interpret my little pattern as a leaf. 😉

But I love the effect. It is definitely something worth experimenting with more. Practice is needed.

What do you think? Can you see the leaves? 😉 The leaf bokeh is created by window lights from block houses and traffic across the street. I am standing on the opposite side of a big street and the railway, shooting through trees. My idea for this project was to use an urban environment and give it a nature-twist. Because that’s me. A born city girl – but a nature girl at heart.


This first one I think is my favourite…


I was waiting patiently for the community train to pass so I could get this photo. The train is the blue in the middle, at slow shutterspeed.

I used a 50 mm lens, lowest aperture 1.4, to get maximum blur.

I can’t wait to see what Jen came up with. I think she was also planning on creating a leaf pattern – I bet hers looks amazing and actually looks like leaves! Because when it comes to drawing, working with hand, and fine motorics skills she is my complete opposite.  Check her out.

A tree project

I am excited.

My dear friend Jen is an amazing artist with great creative talent. Everything she touches becomes beautiful art. She is a great supporter in my creative journey. She is helping my mind to be more creative in my thinking and gives me valuable feedback on my photos and creative efforts.

She is also interested in exploring photography. She is my twin soul when it comes to how we feel about nature and beauty (and so many other things too!).

We have decided to start a photo project together. The subject is trees. From different aspects. We alternate to choose a theme per week.

So we will both learn from each other and together through this project. I, for now, know more about the camera functions and Photoshop, even though my knowledge is very basic. Jen just recently got her first digital SLR camera and wants to learn to use it. She brings her creative mind and talent to the project. For Jen to get the hang of operating the camera and master Photoshop will be an easier task than for me to develop that creative and artistic ”seeing” and understanding that she has. I know I never fully will, but if I only manage to develop 10% of her creative talent I am happy :). That creative understanding is way more important than just knowing basic operations on a camera for great creations and photos.

So I have a lot more to learn, and also to gain, on this project! Thanks Jen, can’t wait to see where this project will lead us.

You can follow my project results and progress in this blog. Hopefully Jen will put up her photos on her blog too. You don’t want to miss out on them – believe me. I suggest you have a look at her blog anyway!

The first theme choice for the tree project, for this week, was mine and is technical.

Shallow depth of field.

Stay tuned! 🙂