Rain Photography

Rain Photography

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I’m siiiiiiinging in the rain. Siiiinging in the rain. What a gloooorious feeling, I’m hap……oh….never mind.

Well, this article is not about 50s musicals, nor singing. It’s about photographing in the rain, and how I made the image at the top.

Photographing in the rain is a topic that has many a photographer deathly afraid.

-What if I ruin my gear?

…or even worse…

-What if I get WET?!?!

Yes, there is a serious chance of both, but read on and I’ll provide some tips on what to think about when photographing in the rain and how I made the image at the top of this article.


Why take pictures in the rain?

Yes, why go through all the trouble that comes with dragging yourself and your gear out in harsh weather?… Read the rest

Insect Macro Photography – Ants

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Photographing red wood ants with a macro lens and ring flash

As I have mentioned before, I find macro photography very fascinating.

Especially on the ground in nature. Among the small flowers, dead leaves, dirt and insects.

Discovering an entirely new world every time I move that macro lens in close is very rewarding in many ways.

The nature experience in itself of course is great, but it also allows for some unique shots.

These are photos that not that many others would bother to take, as it involves some crawling around getting dirty (or being crawled upon, as was the case in this situation)

How did I plan for this type of insect macro photography?

Depending on the insect, it might be a good idea not to have a too tight plan, as some of these creepy-crawlers are quite unpredictable and will force you to make changes on the fly.… Read the rest

Camera Bubble Level – How To Keep The Horizon Straight

How to use a camera bubble level and set that horizon straight.

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I bet you have seen photos with slanted horizon lines.

They don’t look very professional do they?

If it’s a picture of a lake or some other type of still water it looks like the water is about to run out of the photo.

It’s a thing that’s easy to overlook when you are so focused on your main subject that what happens in the background is kind of left out of the process.

I have done this often myself and there are remedies to correct this kind of thing in editing software like Adobe Lightroom.

Still, fixing trouble at the time of shooting is usually the preferred way as long as it’s possible.

Well, this problem is possible to correct.… Read the rest

Focus stacking – Extending Depth of Field

Focus stacking – Increasing Depth of Field

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As a photographer, have you ever come across situations where the depth of field (front-to-back sharpness) in a photo is not nearly as deep as you want it to be?

I have, and I still do all the time.

Sometimes you just have to compromise, and accept the fact that this is all your combination of lens and camera body can do at a certain aperture.

How much depth of field that you’ll be able to achieve in the first place depends on a few different things like camera sensor size, lens focal length and aperture.

Other times you can, with some preparation and planning, get as much depth of field (DOF) as you like with the help of a technique known as focus stacking.… Read the rest

Photographing Noctilucent Clouds

Noctilucent clouds over the town Gjøvik and lake Mjøsa

Photographing Noctilucent Clouds


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 You never know when or where a good photo op will occur.

That’s why I make a point of always bringing my camera whenever possible.

This time was l no exception.

I don’t remember exactly why, but I went for a drive around midnight august 5h 2013.

As I was passing a vantage point overlooking my hometown and the lake nearby, the sky caught my attention.

This kind of light was something that I had never seen before.

Not knowing at the time what this phenomenon was, I was just fascinated by this light, and the way it looked.

I later found out that it must have been something called noctilucent clouds (night-lit or night-shining clouds).

These are clouds high up in the earth’s atmosphere and they are only visible under certain conditions, which make them a rare sight.… Read the rest