Summer is Up

Padletur i kveldslys på Lake Union

Padletur i kveldslys på Lake Union

Padletur i kveldslys på Lake Union

Padletur i kveldslys på Lake Union

Padletur i kveldslys på Lake Union

After a couple of rounds with some deep discussions about the nature of photography and what is photography, it’s time for a little more leisurely post, I think. More photos and less words. But before that I want to thank all you who participated in the discussion and by that added more conscious substance to the knowledge of photography. Maybe the understanding of photography isn’t necessarily any clearer or more sharply defined but through a discussion like this we all learn more and broaden our awareness. Even if there are differences in points of view. We certainly don’t all agree with each other, but that is just another forte of the discussion. As long as we keep our minds open and are willing to listen to different arguments, we will further expand our perspective – even if we still don’t agree at the end of the day.

Enough of that. Summer is closing down on us on the Northern Hemisphere. As a matter of fact we have just passed solstice, which for me really initiates the summer, even though solstice in terms of Earth’s orbit around the sun represents midsummer and not the beginning. But days are gonna get warmer and sun is going to spread its light through long days and evenings for the next couple of months, even if those days are already starting to shortening by now. Summer means holiday for many of us, and over a couple of posts the coming weeks I plan to post tips and ideas for both equipment to bring along wherever you may go as well how to capture the essence of those holidays. Stay in tune.

Until then I have posted some images taken last week while kayaking in the waters around Seattle. The trip marked the opening of the kayak season for me – and I hope to be exploring waters and lakes all over in the next couple of months. For those of you who are interested in the technical side of things, the photos were taken with a camera in underwater housing and then processed with the Instagram app.

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About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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81 Responses to Summer is Up

  1. disperser says:

    Interesting processing.

    Do you keep the camera in a watertight container when not using it? Or is this an all weather Point-And-Shoot?

  2. sheketechad says:

    The colors in the sky in that last shot are just alive! Great shot. Enjoy your summer.

  3. Suzanne says:

    These are great – so summery and so joyful – I love the way you have processed them.

  4. Gunta says:

    Looks like fun. I agree with the previous comment, the sky in that last shot is quite amazing!

  5. Angeline M says:

    Great photos, and I like your idea of lightening up for summer. Enjoy!

  6. suej says:

    These shout ‘Summer!’ Otto… 🙂

  7. David Hall says:

    A vibrant start to the summer Otto, let’s hope that it stays that way 🙂

  8. Kari Anne says:

    Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a great summer with many thanks for all your great posts. Loved the photographs 🙂

  9. RuneE says:

    You seem to be enjoying yourself with photos nearly beneath the waterline – have a nice summer!

  10. Great light, composition and point-of-view. But the best, for me, is the stateliness of the square format…

  11. Terri Gold says:

    Summertime beginning… Here the summer solstice bring s the mermaid parade in Coney Island- celebrating the sun the surf mermaids and mermen and joy and creativity !! Look forward to following your summer adventures !!

  12. There is a captivating quality about these images. Maybe it’s the post processing coupled with your composition and the light: qualities that make engaging images. The last one is so dramatic that I missed the kayaker the first perusal of the image.

  13. Mary says:

    I love summer, the colors, the sunshine, the whole package. Looking forward to tips and tricks too.

  14. Bill says:

    The first and last shots bracket the set nicely.

  15. i do miss those long days of summer! the colors are magical, a perfect finale for a fun outing! z

  16. Leya says:

    I wish you a great holiday and we’ll for certain stay tuned…!

  17. Gertie says:

    Underbara bilder som andas sommar, ledighet, frihet…kort sagt att bara vara:)
    Hoppas att du tar dig lite ledigt efter alla kurser och workshops…det är du väl värd!
    Mina kameror vilar sig i form för tillfället…ägnar mig år trädgårdsröjning i mitt/vårt norra hem, där det växer så det knakar under dygnets 24 ljusa timmar:)
    Att vara och att tänka lite till…att se ljuset…
    Önskar dig en skön sommar vart du än är!

    • Takk for hyggelig tilbakemelding. Har fortsatt ikke sommerferie, men nyter å kunne padle litt og ta noen turer i fjellet i helgene. Reiser imidlertid til Paris senere i sommer – bare på ferie (men kan nok ikke la være å ta noen bilder,,,). Jeg ønsker deg en herlig sommer, Gertie.

  18. Lisa Gordon says:

    It looks like the beginning of a beautiful summer for you, Otto!

  19. Patrizia M. says:

    Sono fantastiche queste foto caro Otto!!! Seguirò con grande interesse i suggerimenti che darai con i prossimi post. Ciao, Patrizia

  20. My Heartsong says:

    Neat photos, love the name “easy rider” even if it looks a little claustrophobic amongst all those big boats.

  21. YellowCable says:

    Great shots of these. I like the strong colors and contrast. I was wondering when I first looked at the pictures how low the camera was. It was from the water level according to your indication. That was cool!

  22. Chillbrook says:

    Enjoy the summer Otto. Interesting images given the processing.. The discussion about photography was enjoyable. We always learn from such things as you say.

  23. Great angles on these shots and now I understand since it’s a waterproof camera. Love the instagram app too.

  24. Dina says:

    God Sommer til dere alle! 🙂

  25. WOW – the photos are AWESOME! The colors . . . WOW! And what fun combining two great activities – photography and kayaking! Sure, we are heading for the end of summer . . . but then there is FALL!

  26. M says:

    Hej Otto, underbat livfulla bilder, njuter av att ta del av de läckra kompositionerna, kontasterna, ljuset, färgerna och speglingarna och inte minst samspelet er emellan.
    Önskar er en fin fortsättning på sommaren.
    Här har sommarvärmen tagit en paus men mina kameror går varma.
    M

  27. Andrew says:

    What a colourful and exciting series, Otto. Enjoy your kayaking, and please bring back more images from it for us!

  28. joshi daniel says:

    the low perspective makes it look even better 🙂

  29. soonie2 says:

    I love your perspective in all of these, makes me feel like I’m right there! Happy summer to you and I look forward to learning some tips and tricks!

  30. Anita Otrebski says:

    For noen herlige bilder – det er sommer! : )
    Har aldri padlet kajakk, men i sommer har jeg lovet å prøve det ; ) Skal feriere langs nordlandskysten, skal visstnok være fint å padle der.
    Ønsker deg gode sommerdager, Otto! : )

  31. So much sensory information in these images that I feel like I am there. Terrific!

  32. twoscamps says:

    No better place to be in summer! Kayaking! These photos are beautiful. If you end up in Montana with your kayak I would be happy to offer you some suggestions. For many years we have kayaked on the rivers in W Montana….

  33. Itz says:

    Wow this pictures are amazing, I really like your style and perspective, I’m just starting my blog, would you give me any advice? This is it! http://eltzblahblah.wordpress.com

  34. themofman says:

    I think Vladimir Brezina might get a kick out of seeing this post:

    http://windagainstcurrent.com/author/windagainstcurrent/

  35. Dalo 2013 says:

    So soothing and enjoyable…summer in Seattle brings out the best, and getting out on the water is perfect. Terrific shots, make me wish I was there now. Cheers!

  36. Beautiful shots, Otto! Interesting angles and perspective.

  37. Wonderful pictures! I like the colours of sky ( Without Google Translate) 😉

  38. The high contrast certainly adds to the feeling of it being a hot summer day. It also made me feel that you were in a much more exotic place than Seattle.

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