Friday, September 11, 2009

Bench of the week (24)

I have just joined a local photo club called Bekkalokket Fotoklubb - Bergen (a name, BTW, that is of very local origin). One of the very first nights were spent outside for a course in evening, outside-portrait photography - taught by professionals. A thing I need to know quite a bit about. We spent the time in an old part of Bergen called Nordnes. Of course I found a bench among the old houses - and a well one kept too. A white bench with a white background ought to be difficult, but I was helped by the fading evening light (I hate to use a flash if I can help it)

Since this was a course in outside-portrait photography - why not place a charming lady on the bench? And so I did - here is the lady, and she is adding quite a bit of value to the bench in the process.

PS For the technically minded - I had decided to use a prime lens (Sigma 70mm/2.8) that I mainly use for macro photography - and come what may. And it did, but it is amazing what can be achieved by the use of feet when you have no zoom. BTW, the ISO was 800 for both pictures. And I have her permission for posting the pictures.

My own interest in benches stems from the site published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays. This is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays (or any other day for that matter), they are of course welcome to do so. I have therefore not made a blog roll, but visits to my former posts (see archives in the sidebar), to the previous mentioned sites and to Gerald's site Ackworth Born, Gone West (he keeps a small tab of benches he finds on his way) might be profitable.

25 comments:

James said...

A photography club sounds like fun. I always enjoy your wonderful photography. I had no idea that benches could be so interesting.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Oh, it sounds exciting to join a club. I expect you will learn a LOT...and perhaps share some of it with us. ;-)

I have a bench shot again this week:
http://eastgwillimburywow.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-for-band-bench.html

PERBS said...

Oh! I love it! Beautiful bench without the generous lady but great photo with her. The bench "came alive" in the 2nd photo and that made it seem so much more welcoming! Have fun with your photo class. (I get some free classes next month but just for oeprating my new camera, not for the kind of photography you do.)

My bench is up early and it is posted "Friday's bench for Rune's challenge" or something like that. lol Gerald usually links the wrong one on his blog so I thought I ought to tell you which one I saved for Friday since I have a bench daily.

here I hope this link works. . .

Dimple said...

Both shots are lovely, the portrait of the bench and the portrait of the lady. They are different, which I'm sure was your intention.
And feet are very useful, as are knees, bottoms, and stomachs, depending on what you want to capture.
I have a bench up this week.

Lew said...

What more could a photographer want than a beautiful woman, a bench and soft light! Wonderful images, Rune! I have joined you this week with benches on Lew's Pics.

Tristan said...

It sound like a lovely evening.

Pam said...

Dimple's comment is interesting. I think I captured me a stomach. Without permission. I think had I asked for it, the cigarette may have been stubbed out on something other than the pavement. The risks we take for Benches on Friday.I think your delightful subject is much more affable and polite than mine, but then I hardly qualify in the politeness stakes with my sneaky camera ways! Beautiful work!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Du finner nå benker over alt Rune :) Veldig flotte bilder! Spennende å lære litt nytt, så en klubb er ikke dumt å hive seg med på, der kan man få med seg veldig mye kunnskap. Ha en fin helg :)

Dina said...

May you enjoy and learn a lot in the club, especially with company like this lady.

It makes me wish I had a nice man on the bench I just posted.

Ackworth born said...

a delightful bench and much better with the lady sat thereon.

Gallow said...

Excellent composition of the bench photo.

I just published my bench of the week.

http://sg-photo.blogspot.com/

Viola said...

HERE is my bench of the week!

Viola said...

En priviligert benk, der hadde det vært godt og sittet avslappet med en caffelatte! Hvitt på hvit bakgrunn, men det ble flott! Du har fått benken frem! Det er en lur idé dette med benkeblogg, for jeg er glad i benker, og nå tenker jeg "benk-benk" når jeg er ute med kamera ;)

Dina said...

Thanks for your comment, but Rune, don't even THINK about using tree to get a log! The bench is in a park/fancy garden. You can't just chop down a tree in Israel.
I wish we had as many trees as Norway. :)

GAWO said...

Så du har virkelig gjort det. Meldt deg inn i fotoklubben altså
Har de plass til flere tror du? Jeg har jo lurt på det lenge om jeg skulle henge meg med.

Den benken din likte jeg. Kunne plassert den her hos meg. Den hadde passet perfekt.

imac said...

Brill Bench and Lady my friend.Mrs Rune?

Also congrats for winning my Award for your Hanging Drops will email it to you.

Dagrun said...

Kjempefint RuneE. Og Bekkalokket fotoklubb må jo være erkeBergensk. Så gøy!

Flott dame og flott bilde. Hun ser avslappet og komfortabel ut.

Portrettkurs skulle jeg gjerne tatt. Jeg fikk opplæring en gang, men med profesjonell modell og det var faktisk ganske så ekkelt gitt at JEG virkelig ikke ante hva jeg drev med... synes liksom litt synd på hele modellen som måtte slite med meg.

Anne said...

Jøss, fotoklubb du..., kjennernesten jeg blir missunnelig og sjalu her jeg sitter på i bygdeNorge... :-(

Noen får dra nytte av din kunnskap, og jeg er der ikke..., emigrerer jeg ja!!! og nå er dt det samme for det bøtter ned med regn her om dagen også, så nesten Bergensfølelse.

Flott benk, flott dame, flott fotograf, kan man ønske seg mer.

Ha en superkjekk kveld Rune.

Pacey said...

Lovely white bench against a white wall...Mine is up, come and sit for a while.

Tunes Photo said...

Spennende med fotoklubb! Håper vi får vite litt om hva dere driver med... Bildet av damen på benken var knallbra. Og så stilig med hennes blå bukser og de blå pottene! Bra sett! :)

Wenche said...

Gratulerer med medlemskap i fotoklubb!! Benken var i allefall fin den. Modellen også:-)

Ha ei fin helg!

Barbara Martin said...

Both photos are excellent, and how nice to hear about your new club.

Ann said...

has the bench just been white washed? Your lady didn't mind you putting her photo on your blog?

amatørfotografen said...

Her var det ALTFOR lenge siden jeg har vært innom! Glemmer det litt når jeg ikke har deg under linkene mine. Ok for deg om jeg legger deg til der?

Masse flotte bilder, og veldig artig med Bench of the week :)

Fotoklubb hørtes fantastisk ut! Så moro å kunne dele erfaringer med hverandre. Det finnes sikkert en klubb her jeg bor også, men det spørs nok om jeg tør... det høres ganske skummelt ut fordi jeg egentlig vet altfor lite om hva jeg driver med. Jeg knipser i vei og håper at noe blir bra ;)

God helg! Skal stikke innom mye oftere heretter :)

Frank said...

The white against white is really tough. You captured it well and the girl does add a lot.

I lived for several years outside of New York City in a county called Bergen. Very nice place to live. (Florida has been home now for almost 20 years.)

I like your blog.