Five things I long for

Summer has just began in Umeå. I’m sitting infront of my laptop and looking true my photo archive and rediscover some of the moments when I stod there with my camera and I pressed the shutter.

And I came up with a list of five things I really long for.

  • Running in the mountains.
  • Sitting by the fire with good friends.
  • Photographing birds.
  • Thunder and lightning.
  • Taking a swim after a hot and sunny day.

Running in the mountains

Putting on my running shoes and vest fulled with water and a couple of bars. The weather doesn’t really matter.

Sitting by the fire with good friends.

The experience gets better if you do something you love with others. Right?

Photographing birds

I miss dragging my long and heavy telephoto lens and tripod out to watch and photograph birds.

Thunder and lightning.

Some are afraid of the lightning and the rumble from the sky. I can understand that! I have great respect for the force but I’m as much fascinated by it!

Taking a swim after a hot and sunny day.

Is there a better way to end a warm summer day?

Tell me, what do you long for?


Inspiration on Instagram

Instagram is my favorite social platform. If I look at the stats on my Iphone what app I’m use the most, it’s Instagram. I’m a visual person and I love to look at images. I find ides and inspiration scrolling true the people I follow.

A couple of years ago when Google Reader still was around, I follow lot’s of blogs. Mostly photographers but also painters and other visual artists. But Google Reader was discontinued in 2013 and I could find a good service for RSS feed. I bookmarked some of my favorite blogs but it became a mess!

With Instagram it’s easier to follow and get inspiration! 🙂 Below is some of my favorite photos from photographers that I follow.

Who do you follow and were, with social platform?
Please leave a comment below with your favorite platform and photographer.


Here’s six photographers that I follow on Instagram:

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In a swedish Foresttale 🌲

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By the way, if you find my feed on Instagram interesting, feel free to follow me. I have two accounts, one for my photography and one for my private but open life.

Links to my accounts:

https://www.instagram.com/fotograf_carljohan_radstrom

https://www.instagram.com/cjradstrom


Long time no seen

It’s been a couple of month since I touched my camera, at least my DSLR. Inspiration has been very low lately. I haven’t touched my camera 📷 this year. Just a few snapshots here and there with my iPhone
Some time has also pasted since I posted here in my blog.

But I’m starting to feel the drive to pick up the camera again! 😁 Here’s a photo from one of my favorite places, Tännforsen, Åre.


Pros and cons with the winter

Every season has its beauty! Spring that brings a fresh start and colors. The warmth that summer gives i lovely. And then autumn with beautiful colors and finally winter that brings some light in the dark with the snow.

But that’s the best things with the season! The negative is allergy, to hot, to cold, too much snow or rain, or the lack of rain and so on…

We have some snow on the ground in Umeå and the temperature has dropped below -10C for a couple of days. But it takes time for my body to get used to the cold. But I love the beautiful light the snow and the short daylight gives.

Which season is your favorite?

The panorama above is photographed in Åsele.


Hey, it’s Friday again!

Hey, it’s Friday again! Time flies away and it feels like yesterday was Monday…

As you might have seen, I’ve started to write more about my everyday life. Previous I had an another blog were I wrote about training, food, wine and my everyday life. But it became too much to handle two sites if I want some continuity. So I decided to shut down one site and write more on cjr.se.

I don’t have a complete highschool diploma and this autumn I started studied again. It has been fun so far, but it difficult when it’s over 20 years since I was a student! Today I’m studying english and preparing for the final assignments on the class. And that one of the reasons I’ve started to write in english on this website. I know I need to practice! 🙂

The photo above is photographed with the new GoPro Hero 7 Black and edited in Lightroom.

But it’s Friday and the last time I looked outside a window it was snowing. I’m looking forward to a weekend with my family, Christmas Fair and maybe some training :). 


Photographing birds

I don’t do it as much as I want these days, but I love it! I’m talking about photographing birds. 🙂
It takes time and planning to get good photos. You’ll need to know were the birds when the light is the best. You could wander around and depend on luck. But my experience is that good planning and scouting is the key to good images!

You also need a long lens so you don’t disturb the birds. But a long lens also helps to get a cleaner shoot. It helps to have a fast camera with a fast and precise autofocus as well.

I have the gear but I don’t have the time now. But I have an archive full of photos to look at! And I have updated my portfolio with a couple of new photos!

I hope you having a wonderful day! 🙂


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