Professional photo guide

A perfect help with your photos you can get when Otto von Münchow  offers to help with picture critique at I sent in one of my photos that I wanted some advice about, an got a valuable, constructive and friendly answer.
Leya says:

Hej! En fin möjlighet att få hjälp – tack på förhand! Jag önskar hjälp med hur man tar en sådan här bild. Det här är ett stenbrott i Blekinge, med underbart blått vatten och vackert formad “bassän”g. Jag kan inte förstå hur jag ska ta bilden för att bli nöjd. Hoppas på dina proffstips!
Ha en fin helg önskar

  • This is an interesting picture. I am intrigued by the pond. Is it man-made or is natural? And what secrets or enigmas does it hold deep down there under the surface? There is something intangible about that deep blue pond and its surface without any ripples. Of course, the blue colour is a reflection of the sky above, which only adds a dimension to the photo. The pond feels very deep, mostly because of the steep walls or rocks leading down into the pond. The palette of the photo is mostly blue and green, which creates a cool atmosphere. To me the photo is a little bit overexposed, which is particularly noticeable in the rocks. If you had darkened the photo a bit, it would have increased the feeling of mystery by making the blues of the pond go even darker. In addition, the rocks would have gotten a more correct gray tone. I like the way you have omitted most of the sky above the pond. It’s not important, most notably because without clouds it would have been quite boring. On the other hand, I am not so sure about the open space the positioning of the pond in the lower two thirds of the left side do for the composition. It feels not quite there and somewhat off balance. At the same time this open space emphasizes the mystery of the pond because it feels like it could drop down to unlimited depths. I wonder if some silhouetted branches sticking up from the lower left corner would have help the composition without destroying the mysterious feeling. Another thought: Since this picture is all about the mystery and the pulling of a deep pond – at least for me – I might have gone back and tried to shoot the same picture at dusk or during twilight. I think that would have enhanced that feeling of ambiguity.

    • Leya says:

      Very good advice – of course, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity too. There were (unfortunately) no branches to bring into the photo, but I will certainly follow your advice about everything else. I’m glad you describe the mystery of the blue, deep water, and ways to enhance that feeling, because I was rather entranced by it.
      Thank you for letting me in!

WP Challenge: Twinkle

No stars to be seen, no snow, no nothing…I live up north in the darkness, so the twinkling I must search for  – in my old vaults and chambers…This Christmas will be my number four, blogging, so here are some memorable twinklings from 2011-2013!

Travel Theme: Freedom

Freedom…a magical word. To those who live in countries with dictators, to those who live under dictators at home, to those who are chained to their jobs, to those who…

The word freedom I think belongs to those words that never will be worn out. Partly because there are so many ways of enterpreting its inner meaning.

When I think of freedom, in my life, I would say it means freedom of thought and freedom to live some days without any ”musts”. Those days are so precious…and without doubt, they are often connected to being alone, hiking and travelling. Travelling in a mindblowing book or travelling over geographic land and sea.

I will try to picture my Freedom, and I’m grateful to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack, for being allowed and able to. I looked through pictures I thought would give me that feeling, and my final choices were these:



Lastly, hard to admit it, but…

En ny utmaning för mig – och dig? A new Challenge for me – and you?

There is an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam documenting the history of photography in the last century.



”The 20th Century is the age of photography,” says Mattie Boom, curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. “More than painting or sculpture, it is the century’s most influential art form by far. When the first Kodak camera was launched in 1888, it sold around 5,000 units. By the 1960s, Kodak was selling 70 million Instamatic cameras. So photography in the 20th Century was huge. And today we are drowning in an ocean of images.”

Interesting? Read more following this link.

I thought this quote might be the intro to my message – I’m entering a challenge of producing 365 photos during 2015. WordPress helps many of us by delivering inspirational challenges every week – now I will try one organized in Sweden as well. (At least I will try – I’m not giving up the challenges I already do every week!)

So, in my header there is a list of themes I must follow (Temalista 365 foton)…starting in January. I’m looking forward to participating and hopefully you, my faithful readers outside Sweden, will enjoy these entries even if they come in Swedish! According to the rules i do not have to post every day – I can post several photos the same day and then none for some days…

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People always have crazy ideas, don’t they? What about this one …

I think I prefer the photography craze…even if I love reading. I wonder if the 21st century might be the second age of photography – today there truly is ”an ocean of images” and with more photographic devices constantly popping up, at least I don’t see an end to this – what do you think?

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