The Changing Seasons: January 2016

Welcome to this challenge that’s called «The Changing Seasons 2016». As most of you already know, there are two versions to choose from this year; the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016.

The bikes in Bjørvika

The bikes in Bjørvika

To join the challenge, you simply decide which one of the versions you’ll go for (it doesn’t have to be the same version each month), create a post in your blog and publish it sometime between the 20th and the end of each month.

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

This month, I decided to go for both versions, one of the reasons is that I thought it’s a good way to start this challenge in 2016, another reason is that until the evening of the 19th (that would be the last night before this post went live) I couldn’t come up with any good idea for a composite image. The days before that I felt that I had to shoot some photos like a back-up plan. Since I run this challenge, I can’t really just skip a month – especially not the first month of the year!
Luckily I did come up with an idea for V2 and you can view the result after this gallery of January 2016 photos:



P1030782As you can see, my entry for V2 is more artistic and for me, this image has several meanings/interpretations:

  • Because of the cold temperatures and high pressure, the air is really bad: dry, cold and extremely polluted. On some days asthmatics and old people cannot go outside. We’re not supposed to do any sports activities either on the coldest days because of all the pollution from the cars (especially diesel run vehicles).
  • We’re past winter solstice, so the days are getting longer and there’s more light, but it’s still a dark and cold month, meaning that most of us spend a lot of time inside. This can make you feel depressed. Also the lack of sunlight and sometimes vitamin D, can make you even more depressed. The next holiday isn’t until March/April (and that’s really depressing!).
  • January is usually deadly freezing where I live. For example it takes forever just to get dressed in the morning: since I ride my bicycle all year around, I need lots of layers of clothing.
  • Hey there blog-reader! Insert your own interpretation here.

Despite all this, January can also offer ice skating (depending on the amount of snow and the temperatures) and that is a fun way to stay fit!

If you want to read the introduction to this challenge, you can find it in this post:

Last year many people joined the challenge, but not all of them managed to finish – kind of like going to the gym in January: it’s always packed with people, but after the summer you have the gym to yourself. It doesn’t really matter if you can make it through the whole year or not, because it’s not a competition and you probably wont get a diploma. Please remember that the tagging ( #MonthlyPhotoChallenge, #TheChangingSeasons) is very handy if you run your blog on WordPress (Create a list and follow tags in the wordpress reader).

For those who decide to join in on the challenge this year, I’ll add links to their posts here (just like last year):

114 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons: January 2016

  1. The photos are absolutely stunning. The bikes are so surreal, and the skull is beautifully done – and profound. I’ll be joining you with my photos later!

      • You’re welcome, and it’s Miss/Ms. 🙂 BTW My desktop is (uncharacteristically) cluttered with images I’m saving/narrowing down for the The Changing Seasons. I’ll be posting soon(ish). I want to get a few more photos first. Pretty much all the photos I have now are in my yard. My only day off each week is Sunday, and it has stormed every Sunday this month. I’m going to have to sneak away from work to get more variety.

  2. Great start to 2016! I especially like the B&W photo of the three bikes. I can’t believe you actually ride your bike in this winter weather! We are supposed to get a BIG snow on Friday and I am starting to stress about it! I bought extra candles and batteries today. I’ll be getting a post (or two) up soon. Stay warm!

      • I wouldn’t know the first thing about snowmobiles! I do like to have extra batteries for my radio and flashlights if the power goes out! Keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t.

  3. Your V1 photos are fabulous. I love the cityscapes and the bicycles but your capture of the woman on the tram perfectly sums up how many of us feel about January. Maybe the binoculars would offer a fresh perspective on the Winter gloom – if they weren’t frozen shut! 😉
    Reader interpretation of your V2: A grown up, world-weary, realistically cynical version of “Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons!”
    My own entry to follow at the weekend.

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  8. Those bicycle photos are very sharp, and interesting sculptures (assuming that’s what they are…). Didn’t know Oslo had trams like we do here in Melbourne. Stay warm, C. Maybe bake some cookies to warm up the house or make yourself cups and cups of hot chocolate 😀

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  12. Marvellous Max – love this gallery and the skull piece is awesome. I’m keen to get some shots of trams here in Melbourne – your shot is stunning. I’m preparing a post for The Changing Seasons now, it might be a little strange…

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  15. I see that my computer issues are still plaguing me as my comments on your photos are nowhere to be found. Grrrr.

    Every photo you’ve ever posted with those bicycles always intrigues me. I don’t know why … there’s just something about them. This is the first time however I’ve noticed that they have different coloured lights.

    I’m looking forward to year 2 of this photo challenge. Thanks for hosting it.
    I’ve now posted for January …

    • No, they’re nowhere to be found. I checked the spam folder too, just in case, but nothing there.

      Yeah, the bikes are cool, especially with the lights reflecting in the snow. I was lucky to capture the shots before the snow melted. The ground in that area is heated, so the snow melts quickly there. It’s a total waste of energy.

      I’m looking forward to see your posts this year too Joanne.

      • I’ve been having some issues with stuff disappearing unexpectedly.
        I have this relatively new computer that is (in my humble opinion) a hunk of junk 😦

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      • Thanks, CG. Having mixed feelings about it right now because it is far outside my comfort zone. I appreciate your constructive criticism and hopefully by the end of the year I will not only be more comfortable with city photography but will have also gained a modicum of competency with it. Onward . . .

  17. I’m looking forward to joining in your V2 this year. Because of travel and also my area hardly changes from month to month I couldn’t commit to your challenge last year. But change is happening and I plan to be more stationary this year so the V2 I am looking forward to.
    One question, do you only want one photo to interpret our vision of our area? I went out yesterday and have a bunch of images to choose from.

    I love your bike images and I really admire you biking in those extreme weather conditions. I bike but only in fine weather and on totally flat terrain, which fortunately is most of the area around here…

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  20. That first photo is a stand alone beauty, Cardinal! Almost speechless in admiration. Sorry I’m not going to find time to join in. I will worship from afar 🙂

  21. My post V2 will come out this Saturday though I will be away, but I will open comments for this time. I love the artistic feel of your bikes and the genius idea of your V2. I used your post to vent out a bit; after all this has been a groundbreaking month for me. Talk soon, Max.

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  23. Your v2 is stunning! I love that. I used to ride my bike to work year round and when I did, I lived in the mountains (with snow and ice). There were some mornings it felt like the skin on the front of my legs was getting grated off – and that was underneath several insulating layers! Stay warm.

    • Those coldest days are the worst! It’s hard on the face and the fingers. Luckily it’s milder now: the snow has melted from the streets, so it’s not that slippery and the temperatures are comfortable. I’m not celebrating spring yet though! 😀

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    • Thanks Michelle. I was going to ask you if you’d participate this year, but then I looked up your blog and found your fantastic action entry! I don’t know why the pingback hasn’t showed up, but I added a link to your post now.

      • Hmmm. I am pingback challenged it seems. I wonder what I am doing wrong? Yes, I can’t miss your challenge! It is one of my favorites:) My bruises and welts are just starting to fade too. So this was an entry that had some staying power too!

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  33. The bikes and lighting really are stunning. Great captures and love the patterns of the bikes too.
    All photos are wonderful. Really like your tones.
    The skull in the snow is brilliant. It’s very creative!
    Asthma is a terrible thing. My son has it too. Good thing you are able to enjoy ice skating 😃
    Thanks for hosting again this year. Glad I can join in this time!!

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    • I’ve also posted some photos of the bikes on IG (and here in the blog earlier). They’re popular among photographers: the whole Barcode area is and there’s lots of interesting angles and views to picture there.

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