07 January, 2012
New year and besides meeting friends and having a nice dinner, there's the chance to photo fireworks which can't be missed! The big fireworks were supposed to be downtown but we had no plans of going there, instead we went outside to a small hill and waited to see what would be launched nearby.
I felt a bit rusty and in the start I looked in one direction and something nice went off behind my back - but then I got on a roll and got several shots I'm happy with.
Technical stuff: shooting raw, manual mode, f/5, bulb mode, iso 100, tripod, remote trigger.
Software: digikam for raw conversion and lens correction, gimp for rotating and cropping.
31 December, 2011One image every week for the entire year. Almost to end but posting the images got off schedule a few times and very much the last weeks due to moving and holidays.
If we fill up an entire row with boxes will they disappear just like in tetris? Please?
Last morning living room view in the old apartment. I like the new apartment even better.
And to make things really feel like home, we got a real x-mas tree. No phony plastic one..
Week 50: Lucia celebration.
Lots of candles in x-mas time.
And finally, last image for this year, a very clever toilet door design. I like the creativity with one door for the child and one for the grown up - and after all, my "rules" for the weekly images were creativity and only use cellphone so I think this sums it up quite nicely.
17 December, 2011
Saturday again and time again to move furniture and boxes - this time it's luckily not our stuff, but time to help a friend (who helped us recently) to move. No time for rest!
Knew about the theme the whole day and had time to think and I knew exactly which pictures I'd like to use, but my main concern was their quality.. taken several years ago with a 3MP camera that was made 2003. Settings? I think ISO and image size where roughly all that could be adjusted. Anyway, the images are from a trip though Europe and this particular destination is Plitvice lakes in Croatia. Saw pictures of it on the web and decided that I'd want to go there some time and I did 4 years later.
It consists of several lakes that are interconnected and lots of waterfalls, beautiful place and the sound from the water is magical. Go there during the summer and visit the park early in the day before all the tourists gets there.
The place is a national park and there are many different paths where one can walk around.
10 December, 2011
Spent the last weekend moving and we're still busy with unpacking things, but it's nice to be able to take a break and come up with something for the photo triplet.
The theme is "three" and there is also a competition this week. We're supposed to pick a favorite among Solresors different destinations. I find that a bit strange, how can I do that when I haven't been to those places except Dubai a very long time before they started building like crazy - but was only on the ground long enough for the plane to refuel and head on.
So if I should pick something, I guess it would be Dubai and see what is has turned into.
For the triplet, I stayed with the travel idea and want to visualize it with images from three different continents:
First, pyramids at Giza, Egypt, then Chocolate Hills on Bohol in the Philippines. Finally, where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge crosses Iceland.
Update: forgot to write it when I made the post, but the three different places has another thing in common, they are all listed on UNESCOs world heritage list.
26 November, 2011
Saturdays, I usually like them a lot, but today it felt more like only two more days 'til I get back to work and can relax. It's nice to wake up without the alarm clock buzzing, but then live tetris: packing stuff into boxes, and then arranging the boxes so the flat still feels like a home. Several hours later, it feels quite good, if we manage to accomplish the same thing tomorrow we'll be ready for next weekend when we'll get help to move all the stuff to the new bigger apartment,
After a long day, it's nice to turn off the lamps and light some candles instead, sit down together and have some evening fika. The whisky cake we made a week ago was considered ready and tasted just as good as last year! It's a tradition we have to make this cake and have it ready around the first of Advent.
Was thinking of having more "before and after" feeling in the last two images but couldn't risk loosing my share of the fika.. :)
More photo triplets can be seen here.
26 November, 2011
Tomorrow is the last day of the Umeå light festival for this year. I wish it would be around longer, but the two installations from this year will be made permanent and that's a good thing. I think all these red hearts has the same origin, a light festival many years ago, but they've been around so long that I'm not sure. Whichever, I like them.
19 November, 2011
New weekend, new photo triplet with the theme "framed", which allows for many different interpretations.
We're moving soon and things are a bit messy, packing boxes, throwing stuff away and arranging things, so the idea is that everything is art if you put a frame around it.
In times like these, it's extra nice when things - such as the light festival downtown - happen so one gets a reason to head out and relax for a while and forget about all the boxes that's waiting back home.
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19 November, 2011
One of the great things with winter is that it's the time of year one drinks glögg (mulled wine) and some friends visited the other evening and brought with them a bottle of chili-chocolate flavored glögg. Sounded a bit strange first, but tasted great!