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Batman Returns

The title has nothing to do with this post. I just need to give it a title and a clue that I’m returning to write this blog again.

I have a flashback memory that I set up a goal for writing and keeping myself going with this blog. When I reached the goal, it was like I had arrived my destination. I guess that was (part of) a reason I discontinued with this blog.

When I scrolled through old posts, I missed what I did in the past. This includes photography. Before my daughter was born, I thought I was going to shoot lots of baby photos. Fact was I did it occasionally far from documenting her 1st year with my professional camera.

Now, I have a second chance, the second child dues on 17 June. I’m looking for a new digital camera that is more practical to carry around. I also try to build new motivation to get back on photography as a hobby, finding something else to do outside office hours.

So writing this blog is one, doing photography is another one and combine them as I used to do.

I also plan to write about what is going on in my day, books I read, topics I am interesting in. Just to summarize my thought and hopefully improve my thinking process and communication skill by writing.

Okay, it’s enough about my return. Now, start writing real stuff.

Welcome back!



A Golden Year

I’m going to be a mother. With excellent welfare programs in Sweden, I am staying home the whole year. Until the baby is born I am home to collect energy for giving birth, prepare myself mentally on laboring (a birth plan has been written), read what I think it’s necessary when the baby comes home, fix the apartment as much as I can. I, also, have time left to think about my future plan and hope I will find time to execute it. I try to teach myself to draw and hope I can draw my baby. Photography is what I planned long time ago (it will be lots of baby photography) but drawing (sketching) is something really special that I wish I could.

I’m excited to meet the baby, myself and how our life will change. How will I develop as a mother? Will I be able to give unconditional love? Will I be able to raise my child as he/she want to be and not as how I want him/her to be? How will I balance time for the baby and career? Will I be able to find all answers to my questions in time?

It’s all so exciting!

First time flying

My first time (2012-10-06) as a passenger in a small airplane was not so impressive. It was windy and the plane was shaking, plus my stomach was almost empty, so I got sick shortly after we’d taken off.

Sitting on the back also worsen the situation. So, I could forgot about shooting some aerial photos. The only photos I got in my camera were only when we’re on the ground.

I shot only two before taking off and then few more with an iphone. When we were in the air I tried to film. That’s the best I could do because I just pressed the button, looked at the monitor from time to time, then let it recorded.

Orchid week 5

I didn’t shoot on week 4 because we’re away for the midsummer and it is not much different between last week and this week. The yellow seems to be healthier, all its flowers almost come at once or bloom in a short period unlike the violet. Two buds of the violet have been dry already so it’ll be two flowers short.

Also, the flowers on the yellow are well-aligned, it has a nice orientation of the flowers but less oriented on the violet. It could be that I didn’t attach the spikes with a stick from the beginning and just let them grew.

A story from Swedish midsummer (part 3)

While we were sitting in the park, close to where we sat I spotted him.

It was not easy to capture him in the frame. Firstly, he was totally ignore me and it didn’t matter how much I tried to communicate with him (I didn’t really communicate with him, not like talking, alright!). After a while, he might sympathise to my determination and therefore he looked back, stared at me, and tried to say “what’s wrong with you, just let me enjoy the midsummer, OK?” I told him that not until I got a good shot of him. So, here it is.

Part 3: Observing

A story from Swedish midsummer (part 2)

This is my favorite part of the celebration when everyone gets together to sing and dance around a maypole. In Mariefred they improvise the dance a little bit by going around and through the crowd. This was a moment when I had a chance to take photos with their happy faces.

Part 2: Celebrating

A story from Swedish midsummer

I have to skip the orchid shooting this weekend because I am busy with processing photos from a Swedish midsummer weekend.

Four years ago I had the best Swedish midsummer when I went to observe and experience midsummer in Sigtuna but that record was broken last Friday. This weekend AMJ, JJ and I went away to Mariefred to enjoy midsummer. We booked rooms at Gripsholmsviken and planned to spend midsummer time around Gripsholms slott and the rest, which are incredibly good, just happened.

The hotel had a midsummer buffet at 19 o’clock which was fully booked fortunately we met a very pleasant personal at the hotel who offered a help to us. We didn’t know yet if we would have a table or not.

After we had settled with the rooms, I started to take pictures around the hotel. All of the pictures in this set were shot by using an HDR technique, which I will post them in an upcoming post.

Around 2 p.m. we went to occupy a small area in the park and waited for the celebration to start. Sitting in the park among the crowd was not in the plan but if you’re there, believe me you don’t want to miss it.

I like it every time I’m there. It’s the way Swedes do it, it’s absolutely simple. A simple event that brings people with different generations in family and friends, together. Songs and dances are simple, they are like those that we did in school when we were 5 years old but here is parents dance with children or grandparents with grandchildren. Then, everyone from different families and places dances together and you can feel love and joy around.

Moreover, it’s only environmental friendly materials are used. People might make their own flower crowns and those flowers and leaves are easy to find in Swedish nature. A dance pole which gathers people together is made of wood and decorated with leaves and flowers.

The celebration lasted for an hour or two, then people gradually collected stuff they brought with them. Once everyone had left the place, it was clean as if there was no party there.

When we went back to the hotel, we was informed that there was a table reserved for us. So, we didn’t need to worry about food. This year we seemed to have too much alcohol which is also a vital part of the Swedish midsummer that I have heard.

Part 1: Gathering and waiting