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The digital camera has made a photographer of many people who may have thought they never had the talent to shoot beautiful images. It's usually easy to use, light to carry, and you can take as many photos as you like. The addition of Photoshop has also almost certainly revolutionized photography, giving photographers and artists alike the chance to make the fine adjustments that provide the difference between a good photograph and a great one.

I know, for my part, using a camera is primarily meant to document: things the children are doing, happenings and events like birthdays and holidays, moments I want to capture. But I've never felt that I was a great photographer; even with the magic of digital cameras and the fine-tuning available via Photoshop, my photos are, at best, decent.

But nothing really compares to the photographs taken by someone who has the EYE for it. The unconscious ability to frame a scene, capture a movement or expression, pare away extraneous details; FOCUS. There are lots of people that I read daily who take wonderful photographs and who, thankfully, share them with the world via their websites. Photo sites can cause me to lose hours of my life, drunk on the beauty of the frozen instant, on shape or form or color or expression that, captured, is no longer fleeting, but severed from time and displayed for my pleasure.

My brother has the eye and sometimes shares his work, and so does my husband. This past weekend Anders took the kids to Skåne's Djurpark, an outdoor zoo about 20 minutes north in Höör that houses and highlights animals from the Nordic region. He took only some 20 photos, mostly of the animals, with a few shots of the kids, but something about them captured me anew. These animals, unlike the ones in the great shots that ozswede posts on behalf of her husband, aren't in the wild, but there is something magical about them, nonetheless. Maybe it's just the winter light, but the vitality of them still grabs and leaves me breathless.

Take a look: (click on the Previous link under each picture to move through the photos, or choose the Browse link at the top to see all the thumbnails)

*title from a quote by Sam Abell
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music: The Arrogants—The Moments Gone


those are great! he's definitely got the eye for it! :)

As do you! You do the grab-and-hold pretty darn well yourself, ma'am. :)

haha..thanks...i like that...the 'grab-and-hold'

Wow, those are amazing!

I think so, too!

You're right, he does take great pictures.
Capters things well.
A nice camera takes good pictures, but it needs talent to get that extra,
and your husband has it.
Tell him I said so. :)

I will, thank you :)


Tell Anders that I always enjoy his photos. This was a needed reminder to check his link regularly. My favoites are the windmills, and of course! the kids! Love, Lizardmom

He doesn't post very often, sadly, even though he takes a lot of great photos. I'll pass along your compliment, maybe that will motivate him to post more! :D


Someone once said to me that she wasnt sure if I took beautiful pictures, or just that I visited Beautiful places and took pictures.
Thanks for the confirmation, it feels good to hear positve comments on my Photos!
Anders has some great shots! The magic of zoom lenses and Zoos. Really like the Seal.


Re: Photography

I love those photos of the huskies you made!!

They're lovely!

I think so, too :)

They are fantastic shots. I am especially fond of the snoozing deer - it looks like Lambi. Or should that be Bambi....

I agree with Jessica and Anna-Lena - Anders has an eye for photography. It's not enough to be presented with a scene. One has to have the ability to pick the essentials from that scene and frame it in a composition which conveys to those looking at the photograph something of what the photographer feels. It really is a talent and an art.

I believe L-G has that ability, though he's dispute that. He doesn't always take a picture of "the b ig picture" in front of him, but some little detail that has caught his eye or something that will describe his mood.

And what do you mean "not in the wild". It doesn't get wilder than Oxelösund, especially at closing time on a Saturday night :)

I meant that the animals that Anders took photos of weren't in the wild, since they were in the zoo...they're pretty much a captive subject when it comes to photography...yours definitely are in the wild AND the photographer has to have even more patience and luck to get the shots!

Anders his photos are stunning!! Thanks for linking me to his site! Gonne bookmark it for sure!

He doesn't update often enough, but it's always worth the wait :) He's got an RSS feed, too.

beautiful photos, Anders!!

of course, I was really hoping there would be a donkey-- irrational, sure, but true nevertheless-- beauty photos!!


Re: beautiful photos, Anders!!

The donkeys must not have been out...don't they hibernate? :P

Wow! Those are great - so crisp. Better than my own vision I think!

haha! I agree! Totally better than MINE! :D

Wow, those ARE lovely photos! I ride a wave of jealousy from time-to-time that I'm not a fabulous photographer like 98% of the bloggers I read (and it really makes me cringe to notice that all my pictures of Natalie as a newborn are dark and/or blurry), but I don't really have the time to devote to learning about Photoshop or shutter speeds, and I would honestly prefer a few new pairs of boots to a fancy camera. So I've decided to be okay letting others take the amazing pictures. For now, at least. :)

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