Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 09

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).

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The Opera

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Today Was a Good Day

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.

I have an insanely large amount of photos from this trip and I’ll probably share more later. Check out WordPress’ post for more “good day photos”: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/today-was-a-good-day/

Now we’re heading out for what’ll hopefully be another good day and try to capture some new shots. Enjoy your Sunday!

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 08

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).

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You have probably forgotten about this, but throwing stones in the water is a lot of fun.

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A re-make of The Grinding Mills at Leine

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.

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Details from The Stave Church @ Folkemuseet

This is a follow-up post for one I wrote a month ago and an entry to Paula’s challenge. Read the story behind this stave church in the original post: The Stave Church @ Folkemuseet.

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B&W Architecture Guest Post 2:2

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.

Anyway. Here’s my gallery and please check out Paula’s post for the full article and check out the other entries.

I shot this photo last summer.

I shot this photo last summer and it was the photo that started it all.

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Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04

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.

Rules:

  • 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.

Check out the participants blogs:

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Feel free to use this widget in your blog if you like. Click on the image to see my previous posts.

I’m (still) in the process of moving to another apartment (I’ll be moving in the end of this month), so I might be slow when it comes to replying to comments and visiting posts.   

Find all the previous posts in this tag: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/the-changing-seasons/

Oslo reflections in a thin layer of ice

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The thin layer of ice won’t last long…

This is a little preview of what’s to come in my next «The Changing Seasons» Post. It’s also my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge this week. Check out the changing seasons challenge here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/the-changing-seasons/

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The Stave Church @ Folkemuseet

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.

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Oslo – A Village on Steroids

Oslo is a village on steroids and I’m looking forward to the rage roid…


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.

Check out other places in Jo’s Monday Walk: http://restlessjo.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/jos-monday-walk-whitby-in-winter/

B&W Architecture Challenge 1:2

I have a guest post at Pauala’s blog. It’s in two parts and the first part is out now. Head over to Paula’s blog, to check out the post and join the challenge! https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/01/04/guest-challenge-architecture-in-black-white/

Winter at The Folk Museum

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Winter scene from the Folk Museum at Bygdøy, Oslo.

During the weekend we visited the Folk Museum at Bygdøy, Oslo. They held a Yule market there and it was extremely crowded and horrible, but I did get some nice shots – this being one of them.

Pure & Untouched Ice = Bliss

For me a scenery like this is bliss: pure & untouched ice, nice weather and sharpened blades.

These photos are from an old post and another entry for #photo101. Soon the ice skating season is here again! To see the full gallery and video, visit the original post: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/ice-skating-night-skating/

 

Ancient Oppland

This is a short break from the portrait week that will continue after this post. These are photos of an old building that I saw somewhere in Oppland, Norway.

The “Ancient Oppland”-post was already scheduled because of Leanne Cole’s «Monochrome Madness!! Challenge», that she publishes on Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings.

Rosekyrkja – The Rose Church

The Rose Church in Stordal

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.

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The City Center of Ålesund – Gallery

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)

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Mosaic Panoramic View of Ålesund City Center

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.

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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.

This was my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue.

Mountain Silhouette

I shot this mountain silhouette photo in January/February 2014 when we were in Alta, Norway.

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If you missed my previous posts on Alta, you’ll find them here:

You can also find more silhouette photos in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/

Trollstigen & Trollveggen Part 2

Here’s a follow up from yesterdays post with another gallery from Trollstigen & Trollveggen.

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These photos are from Trollstigen (The Troll Ladder) & Trollveggen (The Troll Wall) in Norway.

Check out WordPress for more zigzag photos: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/zigzag/
Here’s part 2: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/trollstigen-trollveggen-part-2/

The Seafood Museum in Ålesund

Enjoy these photos from the aquarium, or the seafood museum like I call it, in Ålesund, Norway.

Atlanterhavsparken is the official name and it’s one of the largest saltwater-aquariums in northern Europe.

See more photos from the mysterious underwater world: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/the-underwater-world-weekly-photo-challenge-%E2%80%93-wonders/

Check out monochrome photos in this excellent post: http://leannecolephotography.com/2014/07/30/mm22-monochrome-madness-week-22/

Another Panoramic View of Ålesund

Panoramic view of Ålesund. Shot with Canon Ixus 130

Panoramic view of Ålesund. Shot with Canon Ixus 130

I loved this view and wanted to share another panoramic photo of Ålesund. This was shot earlier this summer with my Canon Ixus 130. If you missed my previous post, it’s here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/a-trip-to-alesund-norway/