The Changing Seasons: January 2020

What kind of a winter is this? There’s no snow and it’s very mild. Unfortunately there’s no proper ice for ice skating either.

New Years Eve 2019-2020. Oslo.

 

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Hedalen Stave Church – Revisit

This summer a tattoo artist friend of mine from New Zealand came for a visit. She spent a week here and since Oslo is a small city it only takes a few days to see everything this city has to offer, so we decided to go hiking in Jotunheimen for couple of days. On the way there we made a stop at Hedalen Stave Church. 

Hedalen Stave Church


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WARNING: Stay away from Olympus!

Back in 2015 I was excited to get my new camera: Olympus OMD Em5II. The decade prior to that I used different Canon cameras and before that again, when I started photographing, I used an old Nikon film camera. If it’s one thing I regret when it comes to photography it’s my decision to change systems from Canon to Olympus.

You should be glad that Olympus has pro service (?), because you’ll definitely be going to need service if you get an Olympus.

You can safely say that my initial enthusiasm for Olympus has died. In the beginning I was happy to make the transition from Canon to Olympus. Well, perhaps died is not the correct word to use: I guess it’s more correct to say that Olympus succesfully killed my enthusiasm.

In these past 4 years since making the change, my Olympus camera has been to service 3 times. Can you guess how many times my Canon cameras needed service during the decade+ I used them? That’s right: not once.

  • The first time my Olympus needed service was in June/July 2017: The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The second time my Olympus needed service was in July 2018: Same shit happened again. The on/off button stopped working. The camera didn’t shut off, but kept draining the batteries until they were completely dead.
  • The third time my Olympus needed service was in May 2019: I opened the screen on the back of the camera and it fell off.

Yesterday when I went and got my camera back from service, the Olympus factory (the shop has to ship the camera from Oslo to an Olympus factory in Germany or something, so the process of getting the camera fixed takes several weeks) also sent me a pamphlet together with the camera. The pamphlet contained information on how to properly use the screen on the back of the camera.
I told the guys at Scandinavian Photo here in Oslo: perhaps someone from Canon or Nikon should send Olympus some information on how to make quality cameras?

Other problems with Olympus:
– Make sure to carry enough batteries, because they don’t last long.
– Save your favorite settings, because they’ll be reset to factory settings every time you have to deliver your camera for repair.

My initial enthusiasm for Olympus:
https://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/new-toys/

 

Group Photo Exhibitions

Jerusalem by night. Shot in February 2019.
(not one of the photos that I’ll exhibit).

Here’s a short news update from my part of the world:

«As a selected photographer you are hereby invited to participate to showcase your portfolio at Henie Onstad Art Center 11-12. May and at the group exhibition at Nordic Light Festival 1-5. May.»

«Som utvalgt fotograf er du herved invitert til å delta ved portfoliovisningen på Henie Onstad Kunstsenter 11-12. mai og på gruppeutstillingen på Nordic Light Festival 1-5. mai.»

I will exhibit a handful of portraits and I’m looking forward to it.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter: http://hok.no/
Nordic Light Festival: https://www.nordiclightfestival.no/
CYAN: http://cyanstudio.no/blog/2019/3/23/juryering-cyan-folio-2019

 

Wat Arun Ratchawaram Ratchaworamawihan

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Thai: วัดอรุณราชวราราม ราชวรมหาวิหาร) or Wat Arun (Thai pronunciation: [wát ʔarun], “Temple of Dawn”) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

 

This is the last Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress, so I figured that I’d post a large photo gallery as my final post. Thanks to the team at WordPress for hosting this challenge for many years. Respect.

Enjoy the photo gallery:

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Thailand Tattoo Expo 2018 – part 2

Liquid ink turned into solid art – that’s an accurate description of what happened at Thailand Tattoo Expo 2018. I’ve already posted some photos in part 1. Now enjoy part 2.

Kea Tattoo Thai, hannya (般若), hannya mask.

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Thailand Tattoo Expo 2018 – part 1

Some photos from Thailand Tattoo Expo 2018

Serjiu Arnautu

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Reclining Buddha Temple | Wat Pho | HDR

If you take the river boat up Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, you’ll find the Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Pho / Wat Chetuphon).

At the Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Pho).

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The Changing Seasons: September 2017

September is here and brought autumn with her. This is the third consecutive year that I cover September in this challenge and after this (as you probably already know) there’s only 3 months left of the year.

Oslo Opera, Bjørvika.

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Portraits of Mara Eastern

After the kid went to bed last night I had nothing to do, so I made these portraits of Mara Eastern – loosely based on her Instagram uploads.

Just a quick photoshop job to make time pass while I was waiting to be tired enough to go to sleep. If you don’t know Mara, this is her according to her own words:
“I’m a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.” – https://maraeastern.com/

Waiting for Whatever

These photos are from a series I’ve named «The Punk Years». I’m not sure what we were waiting for, back when we were teens, but I guess it was for something to happen. Anything. Hopefully something cool and exciting.

At the docks… from «The Punk Years».

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In Memory of Gunhild 1978 – 2017

I shot these with my first digital camera back in the summer of 1999. They’re all I have left now. These and a handful of faded memories.

In Memory of Gunhild 1978 – 2017

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The Changing Seasons: August 2017

August – late summer/early autumn. The days are shorter, it’s getting darker and colder, but despite of some warm and sunny days: the summer is getting cornered.

Såpeboble

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Byens Helter

Jeg vil gjerne rette en stor takk til byens helter som måtte rykke ut til en nabo’s tørrkokte kjele idag. Det ble mye røyk, men ingen brann eller personskader – delvis takket være heltemodig innsats fra snarrådige naboer.

Vakker kvinne i uniform

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