White Christmas in Norway

Christmas holidays is here and it’s a perfect time to use the camera. The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “My 2012 in Pictures”. Some of these photos are grainy because I shot them handheld in low light, which means I had to crank up the ISO.

Check out these images/logos for the Weekly Photo Challenge 2013:

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https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/surprise-a-gift-for-the-blogging-community/

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/weekly-photo-challenge-my-2012-in-pictures/

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Surprise: a gift for the blogging community

The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is surprise. Last year I made some logo suggestions for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge. Well… New year, new logo, right? So, I made these new suggestions that are yours to use if you want to. They are Public Domain, which means that you can feel free to post them on your blog, alter them, print them in your local newspaper or whatever you feel like. As you can see I made different versions with both Canon & Nikon, plus one neutral for those of you that have other brands.

First here’s a gallery, then the photos are posted individually so it’s easier for you to donwload the one(s) you want.

Please follow the links to WordPress at the bottom of the post to learn how to add text and image widgets to your blog.

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How to add text and image widgets to your blog:

http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/

http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/image-widget/

And here’s the 2012 logo:
https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/weekly-photo-challenge-2012-logo/

Delicate Oslo

Delicate Oslo? Delicate is an adjective. If you look up the word at thesaurus.com, you’ll find that the definition of the word is: «dainty, weak»

Oslo Cityscape by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Oslo Cityscape by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

When I shot this photo the chimneys caught my attention. It looks a bit like they fill up the sky with whatever it is that they’re spewing out.

Synonyms for ‘delicate’ can be:  aerial, balmy, breakable, choice, delectable, delicious, delightful, elegant, ethereal, exquisite, faint, filmy, fine, fine-grained, finespun, flimsy, fracturable, fragile, frail, frangible, gauzy, gentle, gossamery, graceful, hairline, mild, muted, nice, pale, pastel, rare, recherché, select, shatterable, shattery, slight, soft, subdued, subtle, superior, tender.

So, which one of these synonyms suits Oslo? I guess an eclectic mix.

More delicate posts here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/photo-challenge-delicate/

Changing Seasons – The Nutcracker

We went to the Oslo Opera to see the Nutcracker the other day. To me the Nutcracker is a sign that the holiday season – the Mid Winters Blot (Mid-Winter Fest / Christmas) is about to begin.

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Normally when I’m around the Opera, it’s just to shoot some photos, but this was my second time being there to see a show. It is not allowed to take pictures during the show, so I had to hide the screen on the Canon Ixus compact camera while taking sneak photos without being able to aim. It’s fair to say that I ended up with a whole bunch of useless pictures, but this one was close to OK:

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The Nutcracker, is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta.
Here’s an older photo, shot a few weeks ago:

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Green Reflections in the Water

The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is green. Sara Rosso over at WordPress is always encouraging people to come up with new posts, which I think is great because after all it’s called a photo challenge (with emphasis on the word challenge). Where’s the challenge in posting a link to your old post like many bloggers tend to do?  

Anyway, this time I didn’t even look in my catalog for a “green” photo, but went out and took some new photos. I went looking for something green, or something that could be interpreted as green, and here are the results:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal 2

I just posted a photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge theme ‘renewal’ earlier tonight, but in the spirit of the challenge I went and ‘renewed myself’ by taking some fresh shots. I’ve taken multiple light trail shots of the train earlier, but this time I tried out a new, elevated angle.

What images does Renewal conjure for you? Get creative. Think beyond the usual images (a sunrise, a birth). – Cheri Lucas, WordPress

Here’s two of them, fresh out of the camera:

Light-trails from train photographing in low-light, with the cityscape of a rainy Oslo in the background.

Light-trails from train photographing in low-light, with the cityscape of a rainy Oslo in the background.

More light-trails.

More light-trails. (click the images for large versions)

Renewal in other blogs:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://foldedcranes.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://happyfulworld.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/renewal-build-new-bridges/
http://youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://thelifebus.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://tasagi.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/
http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/weekly-photo-challenge-renewal/