One Word Photo Challenge: Turquoise

One Word Photo Challenge: Turquoise– 

Please click the link above to read more about the challenge.

Turquoise is an awesome color, I have a photo that I love, one of my favorites. The water is all turquoise in this small lake in the Alps. The lake is called “Annecy Lake” and are situated beside the old town with the same name. An idyllic place, with breathtaking beauty. This photo gives me calm and makes me feel good. This is definitely a place I would like to visit again.

You can read more about my trip to Annecy by clicking this link.

Here is my entry:

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Lake Annecy

 

A new day begins and brings new opportunities

A new day begins

Time for me to build on another post, a post about celebrating a new day (read it here). The video clip below is made from my photos in very different seasons, all beautiful…

New day –brings promises

New day –brings hope

New day –brings curiosity and expectation 

I slowly wake up and realize I have been given a new day. I have to enjoy and hold that feeling for a while. Gather some strength to face the new day and to rise up from bed.

I rise and wonder what this new day has prepared for me, another unwritten page in my book of life, I can hardly wait…

new day begins
Good morning

New day –give me a smile!

New day –give me something joyful!

New day –give me something beautiful!

I chose to have all that when the new day begins. I promise myself to smile, to do something joyful and to see all the beauty in the world. How about you?

 

A great way to celebrate a new day

Celebrate a new day

The new day has just began. I leave home in an early hour, hardly awake. A song begins to sing all by itself in my head; “I give you the morning, I give you the day”… A beautiful song about love that makes my thoughts wake up. Is this a way to celebrate the new day; by driving almost sleeping on a bumpy road? When I could lie down beside someone dear and have some more hours sleep? Anyway, that is not the case right now and I better keep on driving to get this day over and done with.

I still can’t let go of the song and it keeps singing in my head. And the morning is actually a beautiful morning. The sun has just risen and the surrounding nature shows all the pure and fresh beauty that only can be seen in an early spring morning. There is a place just beside the road, it’s a small shore, well hidden from the crowd. In summertime you just get a glimpse of it between all the trees. In springtime it is more easy to spot.

 – Well it’s now or never…

I have been driving this road for 15 years and I have never got out of my car to enjoy the fantastic sea view. I park my car just above the small shore and walk down. It feels really relieving to walk in the sand. The early sun salute me good morning and the light is amazing. Some small islands can be spotted through the light haze.

I decide to sit down for a while, there on the shore. The minutes pass, but I don’t care. Work will still be there… Small movement in the water. Sun reflecting from the sky. The scene is filled with hope, calmness and beauty. Now this is a great way to start a new day!

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Celebrating the new day

 

The wanderer -just walk on

The wanderer

I’m a wanderer, not by the meaning that I travel a lot, but I walk a lot. I’m a person who loves photography and it’s hard to take photos just in the backyard. That is one reason for me to walk around a lot. To see things, to enjoy views and to take pictures. Sitting in a car do not give the same feeling of the surroundings. Walking get everything closer to me.

I have been a wanderer most of my life, as a kid I loved to walk, mainly in the forest and by the sea. As an adult I still find peace walking with nature close to me.

I think we all are wanderers from time to time, now I mean in another way. I think of all the times in live when we feel that it’s time to move on, time to see new things or time to heal. It might be a new job, a break up from a relationship or maybe time to get another place to live. We usually “know” when it’s time to walk away and continue the wandering of life in some other way or place.

I think that walking a lot gives me comfort and also calm me down in times of change, it is a great way to “walk on” with life, it gives time for reflection and to heal the soul. This makes me a wanderer in to ways at the same time;)

Last weekend I was out walking in our archipelago and I promised you some more photos from that trip. There is some sea view photos and also some from the surrounding nature. I hope you enjoy these photos from a wanderer.

 

Let’s get inspired –by me!

I sometimes find it difficult to get inspired. Inspiration hardly just “pop up”. Often I need some sort of sparkle first. It might be the smallest hint, a word, a photo or some assignment. Today I have an assignment, still this was hard… Day 9 in blogging 101, zero to hero.

Time to get inspired –by me!

How on earth am I supposed to do that? How to get inspired by my “about” page? I have chosen to start from the beginning of this blog.

get inspiredThere are thousands of possibilities when starting a new blog. And it is easy to grab a bit too much and publish very small pieces of everything. I like some structure and I also like to tighten things up. I could have chosen to write a blog about parenting, photography and maybe cooking, all together. But I did not. I usually have a hard time choosing what photos to publish, I like to stick to my idea about showing the beauty of my country. Some exceptions are made, mainly by photos from my travels.

I don’t see much point to publish many photos of things that billions of people have on their blogs (for example the Eiffel tower). Of course every photo is unique and you might see some Eiffel tower here soon, but my ambition is to keep to my “niche”.

When traveling, I love to take photos of ordinary things like tiny streets, a sign or some flower pots. In Sweden I live close to our east coast and the archipelago, that have become a recurrent theme. I love to get comfortable and calm by watching photos, I need to feel something to like a photo. My purpose is to convey these feelings to those who watch my photos.

Edit photos?

There is nothing wrong with edited or manipulated photos, but I like natural photos. It’s a challenge in getting them “correct” from the start. I always aim for non-edited photos as much as possible. I prefer not to apply any filters or mix much with colors. Only some black and whites will appear on my blog from time to time. I love black and white photos and can not really be without them. Of course I have to crop my photos sometimes, it is not always possible to see the outcome trough the lens.

I have some plans for later to start experimenting with more abstract photos, without manipulation, I have done some already and like it a lot, but this is still held by the future…

That is me and my blog; natural photos of views, landscape and nature, mainly in Sweden but also from other destinations in Europe. -Tweet this-

It seems like I finally managed to get inspired, how about you?

 

Blogging 101; write to your dream reader

My participation in “blog university” (zero to hero) have reached day  number 6. Today my task is to write for my “dream reader”. This is a hard challenge, of course I have always tried to post things for my readers… This task really made me think, all day actually, now the clock soon passes midnight and I am finally on my way to write this post:)

I must say that my “dream reader” are a person that will tell me what he or she thinks about my photos and posts. This might be a bit tricky of course, most people comment if they like and leave if they don’t. I would like some more feed back from time to time. Finally I come up with an idea how to encourage my readers to leave that input. I think I have to do some more work on the concept, maybe find some plugin for voting.

To try my concept I have linked up 10 of my Instagram photos to this post. I would like you to tell me which of them you like the most and which you will put last on your list. Please also tell me, shortly, why you feel this way, that will hopefully give me some input about things to improve in my photos.

I have tagged the photos with numbers below each photo to make it easier to mention the ones you prefer/don’t prefer.

#water #venezia #venice #vaporetto #sunny #summer #sky #blue #shadows #nikon #nofilter #italy

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#1


#2

#Lido #venezia #boat #houses #water #italy #nofilters #nikon #tree #blue #reflection

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#3

#evening #sunny #sun #summer #magic #poppies #flower #sky #shadows #iphone #nofilter

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#4

#grass #straw #sunny #sky #sea #water #bench #bridge #sunset #iphone #nofilter

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#5

#flower #sky #blue #sunny #white #tree #morning #iphone #nofilter #magnolia

A photo posted by mwap38 (@kerlund) on


#6


#7

#dahlia #pink #flower #garden #gardening #summer #green #nikon #nofilter #igsweden

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#8


#9

#sunset #sky #sunny #colored #straw #silouette #summer #evening #nikon #d60

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#10

 

Blogging 101; A Penny for Your Thoughts

Third day of Blogging 101

The assignment for the day is to write the post I wanted to write when I began blogging or as I see it; write a post about why I created this blog.

Why do I blog?

I have for many years been passionate about photography. It have been some photos during the years. Many photos with my kids, my garden and so on. I actually got in to the blogging world when I saw an announced challenge. The challenge was about to take 365 photos on different themes, one each day of the year (2013). That was my first blogging experience. The blog was about the challenge and my goal was to improve my creativity and photo technique. The blog was written in Swedish.

After almost 11 months of publishing photos every day I created this blog, “kerlundphoto”. The main purpose for  this was that I actually wanted to have a blog written in english. I wanted to reach more people and also create more communication opportunities. Another purpose was that I wanted to continue my improvement in photography and still have the pressure to   photograph as often as possible. Blogging put’s that pressure on me and demands me to be creative and to improve all the time. I have to improve to give my followers something they haven’t seen before.

Still I am strict with what I chose to publish. I am not a “human-photographer”. This might be a next step for me, but for now I stick to my idea of places, nature and gardening. My thought from the start was based on the fantastic views  Sweden offer and to share these. I have not been strict there, because the world offers more beautiful places and I am happy to be able to share some of them as well.

The photos below are based on my idea about this blog; photos from Sweden.

 

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