Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05

For my monthly photo challenge «The Changing Seasons» this month, I experimented with the shooting technique. These shots were taken after having 5 or 6 beers with a friend. After the beers I got on my bicycle to ride home and decided to take photos on the way, so around half of these were actually shot while riding my bike with one hand on the bars and the DSLR in the other hand (almost a kind of extreme sport). I was pretty much shooting on random. The results of ‘shooting & riding’ was (of course) plenty of blurry, totally useless, shots that I deleted, but some of them turned out OK.


What’s «The Changing Seasons»?
The rules of this monthly photo challenge are simple and the idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously – to capture the changing seasons throughout the year. I started this challenge in January with photos that I shot in December, so in this gallery I present the photos that I took in April.

  • Find a location near your home. Each month take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog (I’ll post mine on the 7th, but you can choose your own publishing date).
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons (this makes it very easy for others to follow the challenge using the WordPress reader if your blog is running in the WordPress platform).
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

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136 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 05

    • Here’s the secret behind the technique:
      High ISO, f-stop 4, continuous shooting, manual focus set to some random spot in the far distance, one hand on the steering wheel, the other hand on the camera with a finger on the trigger.
      Pedal, steer and shoot away into the night.

  1. Not bad considering you were riding and shooting at the same time. A good job the police in that car didn’t spot you though 😉 Nice to see the snow has all gone at last.

    • The snow has gone and I sure don’t miss it!
      It’s very good that the police didn’t spot me, because you’re not allowed to ride a bicycle after drinking alcohol – you can actually lose your driver license (your driver license for car).
      Only half of the shots were shot while riding (it’s easy to spot which ones).

      • Haha, yes, indeed that would have been disastrous! And I did think you must have an extremely steady (for someone with several beers inside them) hand to take those clear night shots – no blurry lights there. Hope you are doing OK Cardinal, I know you are going through a tough time, but from personal experience I also know that it does get better, eventually :-/

        • Just for the record: for the clear shots I stopped the bike and rested the camera on something (mostly concrete curbs). My hands are steady, but I must admit that they’re not steady enough to hand-shoot long exposures 🙂

  2. Hello Cardinal! Long time no talk. Amazing photos as always. I especially love the selfie. I try to stay on my bike with two hands and (almost) two feet on the ground. Haha Yours is true talent!

  3. Yikes! Shooting and riding full of beer…..sounds like a most extreme sport! Your balance is clearly very good 😀

  4. Nice gallery, Cardinal. As I bike and shoot as well here in Amsterdam, I’m not surprised with your shots. However…and that’s a big however, I do it without having had a beer and not night photography…so my dear pro shooter, you’re definitely excellent at this. Even though you aid that some were blurred, even that one of the won and the dog are stunning.

    • I had to delete a lot of photos! The success rate was approximately 10% (If I remember correctly I came home with around 220 shots and ended up publishing 23 of them- the rest was deleted).
      A typical example of what’s called ‘spray and pray’.

        • I’ve read that too somewhere (probably in some online article on photography or in aphoto forum), but I wonder where they came up with that number?
          It seems like just a random number that someone once came up with. I guess that the success rate depends on thing like: if the photographer has gone through photography school, if he/she’s self taught, how hard he/she’s been studying the craft and of course things such as passion and/or talent.

          • I think it was a blogpost from a photographer. He also used this to say that practice makes one better and not necessarily talent.
            He said that at Cartier Bresson time, the number would be 10k.
            But what’s in the number…
            What you said is a mix of key ingredients to make a good photographer. I would add sensitive eyes to the list. Having all of the rest and not being able to see beyond the obvious and express the ideas behind the image, may just produce a technically perfect photo.
            Says the amateur here…

          • I’m an amateur too, but we’re still entitled to an opinion even if we don’t make our living as photographers or never attended photography school to learn the rules and how to operate our cameras.
            There’s a lot of technically perfect, but boring photos out there.

          • But if there are levels 1-10 amateurs, you’re number 1. Of course 1 being the best.
            Yes, we are entitled to it. And we have much more freedom to speak as we are not paid by any camera manufacturer. I’m sometimes appalled with the recommendations and reviews I read, only to see that the person is sponsored.
            Tons of technically perfect and heavily post processed photos, which look like crap to me.


  5. Bike and shoot… with my small point and shoot camera… maybe… but DSLR… uuuu….. that is really extreme sport. given 5-6 beers :-). Nice gallery. My absolute favorite is you on the bike. I don’t know, something about lines and reflections really cought my eye.

    • I can assure you that I’ll never do it with my new DLSR again. My small point & shoot isn’t good enough (it would just be constantly struggling with the focus), so if I’l ever try to re-create something like this, it’ll have to be with my old DSLR that I don’t really care about.

  6. Cool ride! Considering the extra challenges you describe – no, delete that: These pictures are great. I really like the light and the colours here. I especially gasped at the sight of the half pipes (if that is what you call them in English).

    • …and I do wonder about the size of “one beer” in this case. There used to be times when I would not really get drunk until I had eight or even ten beers, but those were 0.2 l a glass (in Cologne that’s the normal size). So when when somebody in Munich told me that she “lost it” after three beers, I really wondered how little this little woman could stand. But I was soon to be corrected. For them, “one beer” is one litre by default. Cheers!

    • Thanks Tobias! That’s a skate bowl in the photo, a half pipe (also called a skate ramp) is a half pipe with an extension in between the curved areas. This skate bowl was built by some local people in the neighborhood: it used to be just a vacant lot filled with garbage and a typical hang-out place for junkies.
      One beer in this case means 0,5 liters – so a bit tougher than Cologne, but not as bold as in Münich.

      • whaaaaat??? so you mean you went shooting after 6×0,5l of beer? I thought it’s 0,2 or 0,3l. you poor camera had extreme luck to survive. naughty, naughty…. 😉

  7. What an amazing skill you have, Cardinal. You multi-task very well after a few beers – either you knew your drinking limits or those were really weak 5-6 beers. I read the comments above, and you mentioned high ISO. These shots turned out very well, not too grainy. Doesn’t look like there was anyone around to laugh at you and think you were a madman.

    Oh, and great selfie too. That was probably the most random shot out of the whole set 😀

    • I can’t take credit for stopping drinking when we did. My friend had to go home on the ferry, so that’s why we stopped. I probably would have kept going for a few more.

      • Yes, kept going for a few more, peddle with camera in hand, hit a speed bump in the road and fall forwards…or maybe not. Maybe you really are good at this extreme sport 😀

  8. The beer company needs to be notified that someones owes the company royalty for clicking some awesome pictures after consuming beer…….errr beers !! 😉 😛

  9. A very miscellaneous gallery. I don’t remember you shooting a port in your earlier changing seasons. Is it still the same neighbourhood. You should drink and ride more often – these are memorable 😀

    • Yes, it’s still the same neighborhood. My secret is that I chose “downtown Oslo” as my neighborhood – that way I knew that I could keep on producing shots. Luckily I didn’t choose the neighborhood that I’ve just moved from! There’s no way that I would go back there each month to snap photos now! 😀 Hehe.

  10. Now I understand better your comment early in the Changing Seasons project to have fun with different times of day. I didn’t realize you were emphasizing the “fun” part rather than the time of day 😀

    I know you said your success rate was only about 10%, but the result of your 10% is pretty impressive!

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  14. Well then, glad you didn’t biff it while playing around 😉 Fun technique, but not for the faint of heart! Love the shots, BTW, and am not sure I would love them so much if I didn’t have these visions in my head of you riding around the city half drunk with a camera in one hand trying your damnedest to capture the beauty of (what appears to be) a chilly night and not flip over your handle bars. Well done, Sir 🙂

    • Yes, please join. The more the merrier! If you re-visit this post in a week or two, you’ll see that the link list has grown and you can follow the seasonal changes around Australia, Europe and North-America (unfortunately there’s no participants from South Ameria, Asia and Antarctica yet).

      My gallery contains photos that I shot in April (because I started the challenge on the 7th of January and had photos from December), but I know that many of the participants follow the month and will post photos from May in their post #5 (which actually makes more sense).

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    • Once I was so wasted that I was zooming in and out on the floor when we were at this cultural happening with dancers in Cape Town. Well that’s what the others told me/how they perceived it.
      We’d been to wine tasting prior to that.- All the others spat out the wine after tasting it and enjoyed a glass or two during the lunch afterwards. I drank everything that I could get my hands on that day. So, when the evening came and we had dinner and there was this cultural blah, blah with the dancers, I was already so drunk that I couldn’t understand how to operate my own camera.
      I think that what they saw as me zooming in and out on the floor, was probably just me trying to fix some settings and check the camera. I believe it was later that same night that I was kicked out from a whore house for being too drunk and making a scene (but it might have been on two separate nights).

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  18. I don’t think I’d want to cycle and photograph at the same time – I’d probably end up in a heap! You captured some great shots,though. 🙂

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  29. I am impressed at your skill: riding and shooting pics. Go you! I would have crashed into something for sure. But maybe I can test this tomorrow on my ride. Wait. I am going on a trail ride. This can only end in disaster, lol. Anyway, great job and thank you for hosting this challenge. It is fun and inspiring to me and making me get out of my little comfort zone and try new things. It is even making me be somewhat less antisocial. Here is my late contribution for this month (with some tripod use like we discussed):

    • Great diversity in your gallery. I’m looking forward to see more of the night shots.
      Less antisocial is good, I’m glad that I can indirectly contribute with things that I hadn’t even thought of when starting this challenge.

      • I have a number of the multicolor fountain shots coming. I supposed they are all pretty similar but with different variations of lights and height of water. It was quite addicting playing with the camera then. Yeah, I tend to go out by myself a lot and keep to myself when I do. However, this month, people were approaching while I was shooting. So I am working on that social interaction with strangers thing, lol. And yes, that is totally your doing since I was shooting your challenge.

        • That’s cool. I’m planning to do some more street portraits this summer, which will force me to interact with people. I also got my external flash today, so as soon as I’ve learned how to fully operate it I’ll experiment with that too.

          • Let me know how that goes. I would love to do more street photography but I am a bit hesitant to approach people. And….flash….I definitely need to work on that. I can do the very basics.

          • That’s awesome that she remembered the blog! You know, I’m a journalist for the Army Reserve. So if I just put on my “journalist hat” for my blog, maybe I won’t be such a chicken. (And get some cards printed, lol.)

        • Putting “the journalist hat” on is a very good idea. I’ve worked for a short time as a freelance journalist, so I guess that I’m subconsciously doing that too.

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  31. Great photographs for this month CG — and I see no more of that white stuff on the ground. Amazing really, despite the beers AND while riding your bicycle! By the way, all the best with your new place, and your own transition (no T.V. can be a good thing 🙂 ).

    Still here in the Monterey Bay, and I’m bending your challenge rules by extending my range…I just had to photograph these old military barracks before they were torn down

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    • It showed up today, just minutes before you wrote your comment. That’s why it’s always good to leave a comment with the link. Thanks for the entry Debbie!

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