06 April, 2013The last days have been warm, a few degrees above freezing and the snow is melting. On my way home from work yesterday, I found three coltsfoot in a sunny slope. Couldn't resist taking a photo of them - first spring flowers I've seen this year.
Funny thing, when I got home I could read in one of the local newspapers "Here is the proof - spring is here" and there was a picture of some yellow flowers. A reader had sent in the picture along with the words "Found spring in Holmsund" (Holmsund is a place near Umeå). Someone at the newspaper posted the image and added some text saying it's coltsfoot when it's really dandelions. That's first grade knowledge and every kid can tell these flowers apart. The newspaper text has been slightly changed after many readers gave helpful comments saying what flower it really is..
17 March, 2013One of the more recent buildings in my close vicinity is the new train station, "Umeå Östra". It's located close to the University hospital (NUS) and the Umeå University campus area. There is also another station, Umeå Central 2km away but in my opinion it's not really needed anymore. Umeå Östra is mostly made of wood and glass and has a very characteristic look, specially since the walls are not vertical, but angled slightly outwards.
05 January, 2013During the 90s, Umeå had a big hardcore scene and one of the most known bands were Refused. They split up in 1998 and despite that, they are bigger than ever.
08 February, 2012Been working on redesigning the page a bit and there are stil a few more things I want to do and this caused a small break from posting new things. That little break hasn't stopped me from photographing things.
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.
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
Every autumn/winter there is a light festival in Umeå, "Umeå Höstljus". This year it's called "Mina drömmars stad" / "City of my dreams" and contains 21 temporary installations and 2 permanent ones. More info and map can be found at Umeå Höstljus (pdf file, bottom right corner).
The first image is from item 23, where they have lit up some glass windows in the city church. Then item 21, "the sound wave" hanging under a bridge. After that a bonus picture not part of the festival, but I thought I'd point the camera that way anyway :)
The last two images are from the Twin city park where thousands of small lamps where lit.
My hands got a bit cold towards the end and time was running out and the parking meter so we didn't check out all the installations, but I'll definitely head back with the camera and check out the rest soon!
17 October, 2011
Some might say this is wrong, a photo of leaves, and none of them from a birch - me leaving in the city of birches and all... but I couldn't resist. The grass is green, but this thick layer of newly fallen leaves managed to hide it completely.
Soon it'll all be hidden away under snow, and that would be real nice, making it brighter again outside. We're currently loosing 45mins sunlight/week.