When I first got my hands on a DSLR back in 2010, I didn’t know what kind of photographer I wanted to be. I didn’t know if I was going to like shooting, or if photography was my thing. But I did have a hunch. And I immediately fell in love with having a camera help me see the world.
It’s something about seeing the world through a camera lense that makes it less messy and more understandable to me. Cleaning up the composition, controlling your borders, decluttering what you’re seeing, it all makes sense to me to see the world in that way.
But as I said, I didn’t know what I wanted to shoot, so I experimented. I had a theory that I would like shooting wildlife, as animals and wildlife are close to my heart. At the moment though I was living in Oslo, and true wildlife seemed far away. So to test if wildlife was my thing, I went to try and capture some of the amazing birdlife around Østensjøvann. If birds are your thing and you ever find yourself in Oslo, a trip to Østensjøvann is really a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
At that point my gear was really just an entry level camera, a kit-lense and a beanbag to rest my camera upon. So I wasn’t able to get great images up close on any of the more rare birds hiding around the lake. But these ducks caught my eye, and I thought “what the heck, I’m going to practice my skills here, and these ducks are my task today”.
I think the images turned out fine. I lay down in the mud and grass surrounding the lake and tried to get some decent and sharp enough shots. And I did enjoy myself and was fairly satisfied with the result. That being said, I’m leaving the wildlife and bird photography for those who have the time and patience to wait for the rarer specimen and the really good shots, and stick with my landscapes, adventures and fine arts.