Autumn Leaves

“Autumn leaves” is perhaps the jazz standard, composed by Joseph Kosma with lyrics by the French poet Jacques Prévert. Both audience and musicians seems to never tire of that song. And I guess those of us who live in a parts of the world where we are fortunate enough to experience the changing seasons never tire of the colourful autumn leaves.

Autumn leaves (1/90s @ f/4, 50mm, ISO 200)

Mirror Image

Autumn has finally started to make it’s mark. Leaves are changing colour, and the sky takes on a different shade of blue than just a month ago. It is tempting to turn all the controls all the way up to 11 in an attempt to convey the mood, at the risk, of course, of overcooking it completely and turning it into tasteless kitsch.

Mirror image, autumn mood (1/360s @ f/5.6, 50mm, ISO 200)

Coastal Landscape

This long exposure is done with a technique where you average a series of frames with a more “normal” exposure to emulate a longer exposure. The final image is created with an average of your frames, and the image here from a series of frames over a 30 second period, each individual exposure at 1/20s. The resulting image here is from about 60 individual frames. Very convenient when it is done “in camera”.

Coastal Landscape (30s frame average, 60 frames 1/20s @ f/11, 35mm Equivalent, ISO 64)

Anywhere

If you like to travel and take photos, like I do, you may have heard comments like “You drove half way across the country to take a picture of that? You could have taken an image like that anywhere!” Good point, but guess what, the location for this image is just as much anywhere as, well, anywhere else.

Anywhere (0,1s @ f/5, 35mm equivalent, ISO 50, cropped to 40%)

Stress Reaction

Botanists say that there are more wild flowers this summer than usual. The main reason for this is the dry, hot summer we had in large parts of Norway last year. The drought last summer caused a stress reaction for many plants and trees, causing them to produce more seeds. Apparently it is a survival mechanism. Since we have had a more "normal" summer in terms of temperature and precipitation this year, the results is an abundance of wild flowers.

Stress reaction (1/180s @ f 4, 50mm, ISO 200)

At an Alarming Rate

This particular make and model of wheel loader will, according to the manufacturers website, load up to 10 metric tons in one go. The sand and the gravel you see behind it were created by the glaciers and rivers eroding the bedrock over thousands of years. We have become very efficient when it comes to exploiting the earths resources, and all over the world we are depleting these resources at an alarming rate.

Wheel loader (1/20s @ f/11, 35mm equivalent, cropped, ISO 50)

Then and Now

Glaciers all over the world are melting. Some will even be gone in a decade or two. In some part of the world it will be far more critical than here in Norway. Across the globe glaciers are the source of much needed freshwater supplies, such as for example in the Himalayas and on the Indian subcontinent where meltwater runs into rivers.

The two images below are from Nigardsbreen. The first image is taken in June 2013. This year, six years later, I went back to Nigardsbreen to see what had happened to the glacier. I was stunned to see how much it had shrunk. I may not have found the exact camera location, but it is quite close. (The focal length of the first image is 28mm, and for the second image the focal length is 35mm.)

Nigardsbreen 2013 (1/320s @ f/11, 28mm equivalent, ISO 50)

Nigardsbreen 2019 (1/125s @ f/11, 35mm equivalent, ISO50)