Oslo is my hometown

These photos from Oslo are left-overs from yesterday’s large gallery – a part of my monthly photo challenge: “The Changing Seasons” and my first post for WordPress’ Photo101: «Home».

If you want to know more about «The Changing Seasons», check out my first post here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/monthly-photo-challenge-the-changing-seasons-01/

Or, click the image below to see all my previous posts in this challenge.



Photo101 Wrap-up

The Photo101 month is over. I’ve already posted a gallery with some of my favorite shots on the second weekend of photo101. Now it’s the last weekend, so here’s another gallery (I made sure not to choose the same ones as last time).

Train Landscapes

A train gallery for the weekly photo challenge this week.

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The Story of The Mad Hatter Continues

The gallery that you see here is parts of a digital drawing that I’ve been working on for quite some time.

I was hoping working hard (hoping for something won’t get you anywhere) to finish it in time for the last day of #photo101, but last night I realized that I’m still far away from the finish line. After intensive work during the last few weeks, I’ve managed to complete the three main parts of the image and the only thing that remains now is to create the background. The idea is to make a large print once everything is done, so it’s extremely important to pay attention to the details – and as you can see from the small previews in this post, there’s plenty of tiny brush strokes and details.
I have some ideas about which elements I want in the background and how I want it to look like, but it’s just plans/ideas. First I’ll have to try out a few quick sketches and see how they work. After having spent so much time on the main parts of the image, I don’t want to rush through the end just to be able to publish. I still consider it a triumph to have come this far.

If you missed the first post on this project, you can see another preview here: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/the-metaphysical-rabbit-hole/

star effects | double

A few weeks ago a fellow blogger asked me how you get the star effects on artificial light in night photos. That person thought it was a stupid question, but I disagree. I think it’s a good question and I think that it’s good to ask about stuff. Without asking questions, there would be no new knowledge.

In my two example shots, you can clearly see the star effect appearing when shooting at a small aperture (I shot at f/22).

Compare the two shot at 25,0 sec at f/22, ISO 100 and 2,0 sec at f/4,5, ISO 100.

The theme for #photo101 today is Double.

If you really want to get nerdy and dirty, here’s further reading on the star effect for you:

Barcode Nightscape

On the edge of the Oslo Fjord you’ll find the Barcode area. I went there on Monday night to eat at one of the new restaurants and to take some new photos of the area.

In these two shots I’ve played with different looks: one outrageous, almost HDR looking photo. The other a bit more toned down, but still sparkling. Personally I prefer the slightly toned down version, but I know that a lot of people like pictures that are highly saturated. Especially when it comes to night photography.



The theme for #photo101 today is Edge.

If you want to find out more about the Barcode area, you ‘ll find info on Wikipedia about the style and the controversies:

Some are enthusiastic about the fresh architecture, the “champagne apartments,” and the unmatched opportunity to reshape the urban landscape and relieve pressure on a rapidly growing city without diminishing existing green space. However, there has been widespread criticism of the heights and designs of the Barcode buildings, both from architects and from citizens of Oslo. The Barcode has been described as a barrier between the fjord and the rest of the city that will destroy Oslo’s character as an open, low-rise city with a lot of green space and cast a permanent shadow on adjacent neighborhoods for the benefit of a rich few. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcode_Project_%28Oslo%29)