Beautiful Christmas lights at Liseberg!

As I'm having a long weekend with no studies and work, I'm taking the free time to be as productive as I can. My studies takes a lot of my time and energy which I wish I could use into my creative content. So, during the time off I have from the studies, I'm editing as many photos as I can, creating content and planing for next year's projects
 
In this blog post I will share my photographs from the annual visit to "Jul på Liseberg" (or in english: Christmas at Liseberg). This year I went to the christmas market with my friend Lina. She's also a photographer, so other than just hanging out we were also there to take photos. 
Last year, I was too cold and tired to be able to take my time to photograph the things I wanted. This time, I was determined to get as much footage as I wanted and didn't mind the cold at all. 
I absolutely love the beautiful lights that are there. I tried to capture the cosy feeling in Liseberg but it was too many people around that walked in frame and my wideangle lens didn't managed to made the picture as sharp as I wanted it to be. I think I need to buy me a better wideangle lens since the ones I have doesn't fulfil the purpose that it needs to. 
One of my favorite spots is the Medieval market. Love seeing the different handcrafts and clothng that the people are wearing. While looking back on my pictures from last year,  I realized that I had almost no people in my photos. Since I've become more confident and took the opportonity to ask if I was allowed to take pictures of them. They were more than happy to pose for me, and I'm happy how the picture turned out!
 
 
 
Love this guy's enthusiasm!
We walked passed this booth and I loved the lights in it so I had to take photo of it. ^_^
Bulb, is a function in my DSLR camera that makes the shutterspeed slow. I haven't used that function much before so I decided to try it out. When using Bulb you should use a tripod, since I don't have one I had to make sure to get the camera stablized. 
 
It's not the best photo but I think it turned out cool anyway! I will definitley try Bulb more in the future and maybe buy a tripod to make it easier for me to capture the pictures they way I want.
That was it for this time. Hope you are having a great holiday and that you will have a great start of this upcoming year! - Until next time, take care!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Belated Merry Christmas everyone!
Hope all of you had a lovely christmas regardless if you spent it alone, at work or with your loved ones! 
 
We have this tradition in our family during Christmas Eves which starts in the morning with opening one gift each. During the morning we get together to eat breakfast. My mum tend to also insist to take family portraits in front of the christmas tree.  
My family and I spent our christmas at home with some relatives. Nothing big, just a small gathering which I personally prefer than a huge party. 
One of the best things about Christmas is to get together with people you cherish, eat good food and have some laughters. 
Since my siblings and I are old enough to not believe in Santa anymore, we didn't got a visit from him. 
I didn't took that many photos during the evening because I felt that I just wanted to enjoy the moment and not think too much about getting photos. It's funny though now when I look back on my photos from last year, I can tell a huge different from my photos this year. Despite the fact that many of my objects in this year's photos are similar to last year's, there's many technical stuff that I've learned that makes the photos better. 
 
If you are curious to see the differences I'm talking about you can compare the photos in this blog post with the ones HERE.
I hope you are well and that you are having a great holiday! If I won't publish anything before New Year's Eve, I will wish you a Happy New Year and that you will have a great year ahead of you! 
 
P.S. Stay tuned this weekend for more updates. 
Until next time, take care!
 

~ Colours in the fall ~

 
Go out to take a stroll is something I don't do often enough. It's nice to being able to go out for a walk for a while to get away from everything and to just reflect about things that happens in life. 
 
When I do find the time to take a walk I often take my camera with me. Photographing the nature and things around it, isn't something I do on a regulary basis. Since the concert and event season is over for this year, I have been trying to capture more photographs of nature. 
Capture the beautiful things that exist in the nature can some times be a challenge since you have to keep an eye out and have an open mind to see what there is to capture. My strenght in photography has always been capturing people, but now I want to try to something else.
 
I had visited my friend a while back and knew they got visits by different kinds of birds in their garden since there is food for them to have. I decided to challenge myself to photograph the small creatures. I'm not sure for how long I was sitting still to not make a sound that would get them frightened. Consider it was one of the first times I photographed birds like this, I'm quite satisfied with my pictures.
 
Despite a lot of waiting for the right moment and struggiling to sit still, I had a lot of fun photographing the birds! It was just funny how people that walked passed me gave this confused look when they saw me squatting in the garden with a camera in my hand. xD
The are not a lot of fun objects to shoot in the area since there are a lot of constructure work a bit everywhere. To work passed it, I tried to just look for pretty colours and play around with the light. 
 
I will definitley try to go out more often in the future even if it's just for a little while. I think it's good for us to be out in the nature to see what's actually out there, both physically and mentally. It's just sad to see how much we are destroying the earth. Enviromental change is happening right now and if we are not careful, things are going to get real bad. We should start to appreciate it more and to take care of it better!
 

I AM A PERFECTIONIST

 
You might wonder: "Where is Lizel? Why hasn't she been updating her blog?" - There is no simply answer to those questions because the reasons are many. What I can say is, I am a perfectionist. 
 
Being a perfectionist affects me as a person and how I work. I never do anything halfway. If I'm going to work, study or work on my photography I put all my energy and focus to do it properly. It can be a postitive thing since it lets me do my work thorough and I can be productive. One of the negative things about it is that I find it difficult to finish a task such as create a blog post because in the back of my mind I know there's always something that I can improve. Which leads me to keep finding things I want to remake or rewrite that later on gets the content delayed or never gets published. I try to get better at it and not overthink everything all the time. Babysteps. 
 
So if you were wondering that's one of the reason why the update is so bad here.
One thing that I have to tell you is that even if I might haven't been posting here at all lately, I have been working on my photography. For example, I have been doing investments in equipment, planning content and learning more tricks at photographing and editing. 
 
This summer I got employed at my new work. One of the areas that my colleague and I are in charge of is the photography in the company's marketing. The work that we do gives me the opportunity to improve my product and portrait photography. We are in charge of different areas in our department and it has taught me plenty of new things that I never thought I would learn. 
Since I have got a bit sidetracked and been trying to learn new things at my job, I haven't been able to put more of my energy into my content on my blog and social medias. 
- Things change and you have to work the best you can with the situation you are in.
Before 2017, I have content that I'm planning to create and project to take part in which I really hope will happen. If things turns out the way I want there will even be more press work involved. My main goal with my photography next year is to not be as stressed out over my work and just create content that makes me happy. 
 
I appreciate that some of you keep checking my blog out and my social medias despite that I'm so bad at updating them. I can't promise anything regarding of how often I will be publishing new photos but I hope you will stick around to follow my journey and to watch my content.
 
Please leave a comment to let me know what kind of blog post you want to see more of and give the post a like to let me know you are still around. 
 
More blog posts will be published this upcoming weeks so make sure to keep an eye out
Until next time, take care! 
 
/Lizel