Autumn is here already, but I still have late summer photos to show you for «The Changing Seasons». All the photos in this gallery were shot in August.
August means the end of summer and back to work, so it hasn’t been nearly as great as July was, but I met up with fellow blogger Joanne Sisco and I’ve had a few Couchsurfers visiting, attended a couple of events, plus I went for a trip to Italy (of course I’ll post photos from this later and I still have more photos to share from my trip to Sandhornøya in the North of Norway).
For this week’s WordPress’ photo challenge, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to “select and share a series of photographs. You can piece together what you consider an ideal day, recount a memorable day, tell a (visual) story, or show us some of your favorite things.”
Here are some photos from my trip to Sandhornøya in North of Norway this summer.
Sandy beaches & snow-covered mountains.
Large sandy beaches up in the North of Norway.
A small cabin, a waterfall and cod fishing.
My son’s first time on a boat.
“Bogøy”, the local ferry.
We came across this rusty, old snake…
I believe that this is called a mooring cleat…
Look what I found dad!
I’ve heard that intellectuals wear glasses..
The big ship looks small compared to the mountains.
Time for another post in my series «The Changing Seasons». All the photos in this gallery were shot in July.
July has been a fantastic month! Three weeks of vacation and plenty of things to do: I’ve had a lot of Couchsurfers staying with me, from different places such as: Israel, Poland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Whenever I have Couchsurfers visiting, I try my best to show them the city and to socialize. This has also been a great opportunity to take plenty of photos: photographically speaking, July has been an extremely productive month – considering the number of photos taken (creatively speaking, perhaps not so much since most of the photos are just quick snaps). I’ve also taken my son on trips to both Dovre and to the North of the country (more posts will come from Sandhornøya shortly, I’ve already posted two). If you want to see mountain photos from Dovre, you should check out my Musk Ox Safari posts. (You’ll find links to all these posts in the end of this one).
You have probably forgotten about this, but throwing stones in the water is a lot of fun.
Back in 2011 I wrote a post called «The Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, Valdres». A few weeks ago I had a Couchsurfer visiting me from Poland and since she’s very interested in old architecture and Viking stuff, I decided to re-process these old photos and post them again.
In the beginning of January I had a guest post in Paula’s blog on B&W architecture photography. Head over to Paula to read the full post (links to the original post and the follow-up post is in the end of this post).
The idea of my guest post was similar to my “Changing Seasons Challenge”, but it was all about B&W Architecture. Shooting the same place, to see if you could come up with something new: new angles, lines, curves, etc. It can be a good practice to try to reproduce shots – you’ll probably notice that it’s difficult to get the same shot twice, even if you try.
Like Charles Bukowski put it: ‘The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills‘ and it’s time for the fourth post in this blogging event that I’ve named «The Changing Seasons». This photo project will run throughout the year and everyone with a blog and a camera is welcome to join (you can still join even if you’ve missed out on the first posts).
The rules are simple and the idea behind it is to get you to shoot often and continuously, to build up your portfolio, get some photographic experience and have fun. This way you’ll 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 March.
These photos were all shot in Oslo on different days during March and with different cameras (my DSLR and my pocket camera). The photos that look like spring has arrived, were shot about a week before the ones with snow.
A frozen pond at St. Hanshaugen.
A panoramic photo of Oslo from Ekebergåsen (Ekeberg Hill).
A train passing through an industrial area.
Nordenga bru (Nordenga bridge).
Bjørvika and the Opera seen from Ekebergåsen (Ekeberg Hill).
Train tracks through Gamlebyen (The Old City).
Billiards at a local pub.
Skateboarding outside Oslo City Hall.
Skateboarding outside Oslo City Hall. Kick flip over a garbage bin.
Havnelageret (also known as Oslo Havnelager) is a commercial building located at Langkaia 1 in Oslo, Norway. The house acts partly as a headquarters for the newspaper Dagbladet, but also houses Norwegian Defence Estates Agency as tenants. The Norwegian Intelligence Service has its Source Archive there. (Wikipedia)
A panoramic shot of Bjørvika (shot in portrait position).
There’s still a lot of construction going on in the area around the Opera.
Tyres, tires, tyres and tires.
A thin layer of ice covers the water, creating nice reflections.
The Oslo Opera House is situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord. Here there’s a thin layer of ice on the fjord.
The Opera House (you can find a lot of photos of the opera in this blog).
Karl Johans Gate (Karl johan Street) – the main street of Oslo. Named after the Swedish king Charles XIV John of Sweden.
Sagene Church in the background (search the blog for a better photo of Sagene Church).
B&W winter street photo.
Another great way of transportation in the snow.
Most Norwegians wear black winter coats.
A great way of transportation in the snow.
Winter always tries to have a comeback. This was hopefully the last comeback this season.
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.
This is the stave church at Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Folk Museum) at Bygdøy, Oslo. The folk museum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history, featuring the world’s oldest open air museum and large indoor collections.
Oslo is a village on steroids and I’m looking forward to the rage roid…
The Barcode Area and Nordenga Bru (Nordenga Bridge).
The Opera House, the Royal Palace, The City Hall (Brown building in the upper left). Holmenkollen (the ski jump) in the upper right corner.
Except for the panorama, all of these are shot from Ekebergåsen – a place where you have a nice view over the city. From here you can see Holmenkollen, The Barcode Area, the Opera House, the harbour, the city center and most of what Oslo has to offer.
The Rose Church is an octagonal wooden church dating from 1789 C.E. It is famous for its wall paintings which cover the whole church’s interior. The paintings depict scenes from the Bible and stylized floral decoration in typical Norwegian style.
Enjoy my last post from Ålesund – a photo gallery with random photos.
«Ålesund is a town and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.» (Wikipedia)
Night photo: shot around 3 am on a summer night in Ålesund.
As I was post-processing my photos from our trip to Ålesund, I wanted to experiment and made this mosaic panoramic view of Ålesund City Center. I combined 10 different photos that were shot with different settings at different times – some day shots, some night shots. They were all shot from the same balcony, but the camera wasn’t in a fixed position.
Ålesund Mosaics (click to see large version)
If one wants a perfect result on a mosaic like this, it takes some planning before shooting: the camera should be on a tripod, you should use a number of fixed positions (for example 3 steps to get a panorama), the ISO should be the same on all shots and also the focal length. Since I didn’t plan this at all, but just wanted to experiment and have fun with the photos that I had available, I can reveal to you that if you’re looking for perfection in this mosaic, you’ll find a lot of errors like parts that are skewed, repeating tiles, weird geometry etc, etc. These are the settings for the different shots:
5,0 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 24mm
1/30 sec at f/16, ISO 200 / 24mm
1/25 sec at f/16, ISO200 / 47mm
1/40 sec at f16, ISO200 /24mm
30,0 sec at f/11, ISO100 / 24mm
1/10 sec at f/11, ISO100 / 45mm
0,4 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 99mm
1/6 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 80mm
1/13 sec at f/14, ISO400 / 24mm
0,3 sec at f/22, ISO100 / 24mm
Here’s a gallery with some other Ålesund photos: Panoramic, HDR and Panoramic HDR.
Fake HDR, using two files.
Panoramic shot of city streets.
HDR and panoramic.
This was my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue.