Happy Holidays!

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Yet another year is coming to and end, we have just passed winter solstice and the darkest day in the year – and apparently the darkest in a very, very long. Next time the day will be as dark as this is supposedly in more than 4 billion years. That’s good to know… Anyway, it’s been another very interesting year of blogging. I have got to know new bloggers, kept the relationship with many of my old acquaintances while others have left the blogosphere. That’s the way it goes. I nevertheless appreciate the contact with all of you. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Don’t forget to captured the holiday with your cameras! Now I look forward to having a few days of holiday only to be spent with my family.

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Merry Christmas

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The year is coming to a close – and Christmas is right around the corner. I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who has either followed my blog, read, commented and/or liked some of my posts. It’s been great to getting to know so many of you, it’s been fun to exchange thoughts and ideas through our various conversations – and I hope we can keep in touch the same way in the new year about to arrive.

As some of you who follow my blog may know I have just returned from a photo assignment in Nigeria, which was very interesting, but also very challenging. I and my colleague Øystein really appreciate all the feedback so many of you gave us through the posts we made from Nigeria. Unfortunately we weren’t able to return all the comments and all the interest you showed while we were underway. Time simply didn’t add up for doing more than just our work. I really apologize for this, but I want you to know that every comment and every thought has been read by us and inspired us to do even better work.

For me it’s now time for a couple of weeks of holiday. I will head for the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico and just enjoy life and my love one. During these couple of weeks I will log off from cyber space. When January comes I will be back with new posts and start returning to you who have commented or shown interests in blog and revisit your blogs.

Until then, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May peace be with you.

Fantastic Response

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The response to my quest for finding the best photo blogs has been no less than fantastic. So far close to 170 suggestions have been posted on the Best Photo Blogs-page – and I hope still more to come. I thank every one of you who have submitted links to your favourite blogs so far. I have checked quite a few of them and find some of them to be really good and interesting. It’s going to be exciting to examine all the suggestions more thoroughly over the next couple of weeks. After deadline by the end of the year I will try to group the blogs according to relevant categories and then announce the next stage – the competition for selecting the best blogs in each category.

There is still time for more suggestions, though. So just go to the page Best Photo Blogs and add more links if your favourite blog or blogs is/are not on it yet. And there is absolutely no reason not to include your own blog if you think it deserves to be in the competition. The site will be open for suggestions up to and including January 31th.

On a different note I will also take this opportunity to thank everybody for the comments and «likes» you have posted under my various posts over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I have not been able to respond to everyone yet – it’s just been too busy around here lately so I am behind with paying my duties. But I will slowly by slowly catch up with you all.

100

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As I am writing these words I may celebrate a minor jubilee. This is my 100th post. I know; in the blog sphere it’s not a lot. For instance I have a blogger friend who recently passed his 1000th post. Certainly in that perspective I am just a small fry in the big pond. Nevertheless I feel like it’s justifiable to call for a tiny bit of celebration. But instead of making this post into a celebration about myself, I’d rather honour all those fantastic bloggers out there, who’s been an inspiration for me on the ride so long.

I have a special idea, but I need some help of all of you, my blogger friends. I would like to gather all the great photo blogs that we collectively have come across. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a site with links to the best blogs about photography, a place to find all those blogs alive and kicking out there? So please, help me collect those blogs.

In order to make it work I want to call for a small competition. It will run over two stages. The first stage is collecting as many great photo blogs as you know about (by sending me the links). The second stage will be the actually competition where I will ask all of you to vote for the best blogs. Everyone who submits a link to a blog will receive a screen saver from me as a small token of appreciation, and in addition the ones who has suggested what will end up as being voted as the best blogs will receive a print from me, picked from any of my photographs on this blog or on my web site, signed and numbered.

Have you come across a great blog about photography? Please tell me. There are no limitations as to theme or content as long as it is about photography. It can be a blog with beautiful photographs, it can be about technique, it can be a photographer’s personal journey, it can be about post-processing or a very limited theme, for instance featuring Instagram or Hipstamatic photos.

Will you help me with this? Please go to my page called Best Photo Blogs, which will be accessible as a tab above. Go in there and leave a link or links to photo blog(s) you appreciate. More info how it’s gonna work, is posted there. Thank you for helping me.

Sprinkled with Awards

Once again a handful of nominations and awards have been sprinkled over me over the last couple of months. I can’t really believe that it just continues. It’s a great honour to have my blog acknowledged this way. It shows that you guys out there do read the posts and do enjoy them, which of course is what we all hope for and which makes the blogging so rewarding – excuse the pun. But even more so, being nominated gives the nominee – in this case me – the chance to bring attention to a whole bunch of other bloggers who make wonderful blogs and deserve the blog sphere’s attention. This is really what blogging is about for me. The interaction between blogger friends all over the world; to have discussions on your own blog, to read interesting post on so many other excellent blogs and to bring awareness to each other’s blogs across the sub-clicks that always emerges around each blogger. This way we can all get out of our own little blogger community and expand into the bigger sphere. So please if you don’t already know the nominees I am about to point to, do look them up, they really deserve your awareness. They are all very inspirational and good reads. As are the blogs that nominated me this round. Please look them, too.

So let me start from the beginning:
First out was bitsnbooks who nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.
The rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award (and for most of the other awards with some variations) are:
First, acknowledge and thank the giver, link it back, and put the award on your page.
Next, list 7 things about yourself (see below).
Last, pass the award to 7 bloggers who inspire you
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I nominate the following blogs for the Beautiful Blogger Award:
Happy Jax
Starla’s Chat
M.C. Olmo’s Blog
Cornwall – A Photographic Journey
Allen Capoferri
Postcards from Colorado
Ingaphotography

Then Lens and Pens by Sally nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. In addition Recovery Through My Lens nominated med for the same award (she was actually the last one to nominate me for anything, doing so just today). The rules for this award are the same as for the previous one. Since I already have been nominated for this award in the past, I will just put it up here as a thank you to the ones who nominated me. The fact that I don’t nominate new blogs according to the rules doesn’t mean I appreciate the nomination any less. It’s just a way for me to get through all the requirements of all the awards in this round.

I Think So has nominated me for the Inspiring Blog Award. Again the rules are the same as above.

I nominate the following blogs for the Inspiring Blog:
Marina Kanavaki
lynneotterphotographer.wordpress.com
Belgradestreets
Tracie Louise Photography
Lens and Pens by Sally
Truel’s Blog
three/six/five

Strassenfotojournal has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Lens and Pens by Sally also nominated me for this one (so two by her – amazing! In addition I have had her blog on my list for awards, so as you may have noticed I gave one back to her…). In addition Cruise Stories nominated me for the One Lovely Blog. The rules fall largely with the ones above, except the nominee is supposed to nominate 15 other bloggers – or 8. The numbers varied from one blog to another and to make it possible for me to get through the whole list, I will limit myself to 8.

Here are my nominated blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award:
M. Sargent Photography
Pictures with Words
A Photographer’s Blog ~ Darren Stone
Kaboom
Alicia Scott Photographer
Memorabillion
artblablablablog
Six Glasses of Water

Ingset’s Blog nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. The rules are the same as for the One Lovely Blog Award. Again since this is a award I have been nominated for in the past, I will only say thank you so much Ingset.



Finally travelingenglishteacher nominated me for the Sunshine Award. The rules for this award is a little different that the previous ones. The nominee is supposed to answer 10 questions about his- or herself and then nominate 10 other blogs. Again, thank you very much travelingenglishteacher, but as with some other awards I will not pass it on to new blogs for the same reasons as before.


Let me fulfil the other requirement and list 7 things about myself:
• I have attended an open brain surgery. Great fun!
• Besides being a photojournalist and having a degree in biology I have also taken a course in craniosacral therapy.
• I like rotten fish – what we in Norwegian call rakørret (and forgive me if I have told this one before. I can’t remember)
• I like detective novels
• I like carrying heavy backpacks – according to my love one
• I like to play with silly cats
• I like ice-cream, and my favourite brand has always been Häagen-Dasz. Except I recently found out that the company has been cheating me for three years now. In 2009 they decreased their pint of ice-cream from regular 16 ounces to 14. So I have stopped buying Häagen-Dasz.

A final few words: I would sincerely thank all the bloggers who have nominated me for various awards. I feel honoured and it is indeed a great inspiration to keep going. Thank you bitsnbooks, Lens and Pens by Sally, Recovery Through My Lens, I Think So, Strassenfotojournal, Cruise Stories, Ingset’s Blog and travelingenglishteacher.

One Year Anniversary


Today is my one year anniversary of this blog. It’s been a great journey not the least because of all you out willing to give of yourself through comments, encouragement and inspiration. At times I have not always been able to return the generosity, but I try as best as I can to make our interaction a mutual experience. Thank you everybody. I hope we can keep the contact and interaction through another year.

This time I celebrate my anniversary with a bunch of different pictures. Details is the common denominator for the series.




Glitter and Finery

Over the last month or so I have been awarded numeral times by many of my blogger-friends. It’s quite an inspiration to feel so appreciated. At the same time the tokens of appreciation arouse a feeling of both humbleness and thankfulness. Because I think it’s a combination of interaction and sharing that makes our blogs become what they are. No blog exists in a vacuum (except maybe right when you start up and before people notice the blog’s existence), but is spurred forward by the whole blog community. We comment each other and we inspire each other and we help each other so that each of us is able to bring out the best of ourselves and the visions or ideas we bring into the blogging sphere. So these awards I have been nominated for are just as much a result of all your work and support.

Now to the individual awards: photographybyjoylene has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you very much. She has an excellent blog herself, so please look it up.

The award has some guidelines to be followed.
1. Include the logo in a post on your blog.
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
3. Nominate 10-12 marvelous bloggers.
4. Let your nominees knows about their award by linking them to the Sunshine Award in their comments sections.
5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

The answers to the 10 questions are:
Favorite Colour: I don’t really have a favourite colour. It’s more colour combinations. Like blue and yellow at the moment.
Favorite Animal: Bear
Favorite Number: √-1
Favorite Drink: Laphroaig, Habana Club and milk
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook. I don’t have a Twitter account.
Your Passion: Family and friends, photography, travel, music, literature, training, sunshine.
Giving or Receiving Gifts: Both.
Favorite Day: Today
Favorite Flower: Tulip
Favorite Pattern: Don’t have

And my nominees are:
marijato skovic
Zen and Genki
The Voice From The North
Slightly Me
Photographica
the lazy photographer
katie’s camera blog
Empire of Lights
Fine art photography by Kala
gamaraca

Niasunset has nominated me with a beautiful award. I am deeply honoured by this special award. Thank you Nia. I have presented her blog before, but if you aren’t reading already, do look it up. To the award – and as Nia says on her blog: The Angelika Award is for those who have touched my humble life, like a book, like a teacher, like a master. To read more about the background of the award, please have a look at Angelika Award.

My nominated angels are:
island traveler
Elenacaravela’s Blog
Fabulous 50’s
Silkpurseproductions’s Blog
Being Arindam
Wondering Rose

From mylunchanddinner I have been nominated with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thank you very much. She has a interesting blog about various themes, but most of all about food, I think it’s right to say. Also An Evil Nymph’s Blog nominated me for this award. She is a very young blogger with a lot on her heart. Check it up! According to the rules of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, the nominee needs to unveil seven interesting things about him- or herself and pass the award on to seven fellow bloggers.

Seven things about myself:
It’s been at least five years since last time I danced. I need to do something about that…
My favourite reading at the moment is The Magus by John Fowles.
I am not sure which team is my favourite to win the UEFA Championship, Chelsea or Bayern München.
I love sunshine (but I like the rain as a contrast to be able to appreciate the sun even more).
My life is split between living in Bergen (one of the rainiest cities in Norway) and Seattle (one of the rainiest cities in the States).
I think politics are very important, but I have lost trust in most politicians.
For me greed is one of the worst and most unacceptable personal qualities.

My nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:
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Martina Egli
ManoliRizoFotografia
Totally Like me…
In Other Words and Pictures
NYLON DAZE
Zeebra Designs & Destinations

Autumn Sunshine nominated me for the Commenter Award. Thank you! This award is a little different than others. We are to nominate the first six people that comment the most on our blog and then choose another one, the seventh, as to our liking (it could be someone that commented the last, a new blogger, or someone whom we really enjoy their comments). We also have to say why we have chosen him/her.

To find your top 6, go to your Dashboard, then to Site Stats (on the bottom, right corner). If you do not see this, click on the Screen Options in the top, right corner, and be sure that “Comments” is checked. If you are good about responding to every comment, then you will be the first one in the list. It is the next six commenters on the list that you will nominate and pass this award to. The seventh, as I said, could be anyone. For me it was the seventh on my commentator list, one that has been among the top on and off..

My top commentators are (and some of them have been awarded already here today):
island traveler
Niasunset
Wondering Rose
Zeebra Designs & Destinations
Three Well Being
Elenacaravela’s Blog
Being Arindam

In addition to these awards, I have been nominated to a few other awards. Since I have already been nominated for these, I will bypass the rules and tasks that goes along with the awards, but I will still to thank the bloggers who nominated me, and direct the rest of you to their blogs. High Needs nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award, and so did The Dainty Damsel. Finally An Evil Nymph’s Blog has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award in addition to the aforementioned Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

The last award is a very special one. It’s for all you who has been patient enough to read this far. BASED ON A TRUE STORY/Currie Rose made me aware of this one when she posted it on her blog. It’s called the The Wobbly Fish Award. This award is for all of you who are having a wobbly, who are feeling wobbly, who like wobbly things, or who simply fancy a wobbly award on your blog. You are also very much entitled to this award if you are a Piscean person – their symbol being the fish. Jude from The Writer in the Woods created this award.

Rules are simple:
1. Don’t send it on to other bloggers – because they can all award it to themselves.
2. Send a kind wobbly fish thought to someone you know who could do with it.
3. Smile whenever you look at your wobbly fish!
4. Download the image if you would like the award for your blog.

Flowers to a Blogger Companion


A couple of weeks ago the very creative and inspiring blogger Nia honoured me with a Genuine Blogger Award. For those of you who don’t know Nia and her blog Photographyofnia, I can only warmly recommend visiting it. It’s a cornucopia of creativity and personal reflections through her strong vision and stimulating words. She always has a kind word for her fellow bloggers and hands out flowers and encouragement both left and right. She is simply an amazing blogger. A colourful and warm human being with a blog full of wisdom and beautiful creations of arts of various natures. I thought she deserved to have a bouquet of flowers herself. Thus today’s picture following this post dedicated to her.

As an important part of any blog awards I want to pass on the Genuine Blogger Award to Linda Hensley Illustration & Design. This is a beautiful and very stylish blog made by an artist who works with multiple expressions. Linda’s posts are always thoughtful and exhilarating to read. If you haven’t visited her blog yet, I recommend to do so, too.

I have to add that shortly after the Genuine Blogger Award by Nia, she honoured me with an ABC Award too. Then last week first A Frank Angel nominated me for three awards and then An Evil Nymph’s Blog did the same. I am honoured to be mentioned. And more so I want you to check them out as well; they have some great blogs with interesting views of life and blogging.

Happy Holidays


Christmas is soon approaching and with that a time of sharing, love and appreciation. For most people it’s a time of gathering and reconnecting, a time for the family, a time when we put aside old conflicts and show compassion and care for each other instead. Christmas is also celebration and good food, presents, the glow in the eyes of children, singing, excitement, relaxation, good company and prayer and spirituality.

At the same time Christmas is one of the toughest times for those who have no family, for those who live on the fringes of the regular society, for those who cannot afford presents to their children, for those who live in despair, for those who starve – for all those for which Christmas is a reminder of all what they don’t have. We who have may use Christmas to somehow show compassion and love for those who don’t have. That would really be within the notion of what Christmas is supposed to be. I would like to challenge you all – and myself included – to do at least one good dead, and it doesn’t have to be big, that will make one or more of those for which Christmas is a hard time, feel somewhat part of the celebration, feel somewhat part of the sharing that Christmas is suppose to be.

On a personal level I will use the opportunity to thank everybody of you, who have followed this blog and given feedback and tremendous support, who have given so much of yourselves through my blog. You have truly inspired me to keep posting and make me feel what I am doing is appreciated and more than just scribbles for myself.

Finally, in a seasons of gifts and presents, I have been given a beautiful present by the blogger Being Arindam. He has awarded me with The Rudolph Award. I sincerely want to thank him for the nomination. I will get back to it in more details in a later post.

For now: Merry Christmas to all of you.