Oslo

011213- 356sWhen I was out shooting bikes almost two weeks ago, I also captured other subejcts. There is no red thread to connect these photos–just various of motifs/scenes I found interesting enough to capture with my camera.

I really hope I’ll be able to go out on a phototrip again soon. I’ve missed it so much, and it’s so much fun. Seeing something gorgeous and then capturing with my camera, is such a great feeling.

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Making sauerkraut

290913- 284sAt the lunchtable at the office earlier this year we talked about homemade things. Among things we talked about, making sauerkraut came up. I love making things from scratch and after that lunch, I knew I had to try making sauerkraut myself. I don’t eat it myself, but that doesn’t matter–I still love make it.

Making sauerkraut is very easy and somthing anyone with a kitchen can do. I searched for a recipe online and I found several. In the end I ended up with the one below.

To make sauerkraut, you’ll need the following:

  • 750 grams of  cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of caraway (you can add more of you like)
  • 2,5 dl of water
  • 2 teaspoons of vinegar (7%) (you can add more if you like)
  • 2 teaspoon of sugar

How to make it:

  1. Finely cut 750 grams of cabbage into thin pieces.
  2. Pour the water in a casserole and let it boil. Turn down the heat.
  3. Fill the casserole with cabbage in layers with caraway and salt between the layers.
  4. Make it zimmer for 45 minutes. Stirr in the casserole every 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add the vinager and sugar.
  6. Let it zimmer some more so all the cabbage will be infused with the vinegar and sugar.

You can add more caraway and vinegar if you want–it depends on how tastefull you want the sauerkraut.

We eat sauerkraut on Christmas Eve. My plan is to make some home made sauerkraut for this Christmas. It’s always fun to have things made from scratch on the table, in stead of something fabricated.

I don’t do anything without documenting it with pictures. Here are a few I took while making the sauerkraut.

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And then… there were more bikes

011213- 453sHere are part two of the bikes I shot on sunday. I found lots of beautiful old bikes. People are speding lots of money on new and fancy bikes, but apparently there are quite some people that loves the old ones as well. I like that. The old ones has way more charactere and they areway prettier than the new ones. Don’t you agree?

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Wishlist for Christmas

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December is here and Christmas is around the corner. I’ve had people asking me what I want for Christmas. This year it has been a bit difficult to come up with things to put on my wishlist. I do have lots of stuff, and there is just so much one need. My closet is full of clothes and my kitchen cabinets is filled and I got most things I need to operate the kitchen. I got lots of books I haven’t read, so I don’t really need any new ones at the moment (have still put a few titles up on the list though). When I listen to music, I use Spotify–I haven’t bought a CD in ages.

There is one area though, where I don’t think I’ll ever get enough–in the photography department. Here I have collected some things that I really want, and has  put on my wishlist:

  1. Polaroid camera: I’ve wanted one for ages. I love polaroids! I’ve never used one myself, but it seems so much fun.
  2. Diana F+: that camera takes lovely photographs. I haven’t used a analogue camera in ages, and doing that again seems fun.
  3. Holga 120 CNF: Lovely toy-camera. Holga cameras can make awesome photographs.
  4. Polaroid filter: I want one that can reduce reflections in windows etc, and enchance the color in the photo
  5. Spare battery for my camera. Would be great to always have a fully loaded battery.
  6. Sigma tele zoom: I need a tele zoom. I have a 18-125 mm, but that’s not good enough. A 70-300 would be great!

Let’s hope I’ve been good this year, and Santa will give me at least one of these things. If not, I might buy one of these things myself some time the  next year.

What’s on your wishlist for Christmas?

I’m back…. with more bikes

It’s been ages since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been busy the two last months and I haven’t been very inspired to pick up my camera. Lately though, I’ve been missing working with my camera–aim, focus and shoot all those beautiful/interesting  things around me.

The sun was shining today–it was a perfect day to go out photographing. The wind was strong and it was a bit chilly, but that didn’t stop me. I hopped on the tram, not knowing where to go. After 15 minutes on the tram, I hopped off, thinking it would be a nice place to find things to photograph. It didn’t take long before I knew that bikes, yet another time, would be one of my main subjects.

Here is some of the bikes I photographed.

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Magical Stockholm

290713- 115sStockholm, oh Stockholm. I just love that city. I instantly fell in love with it the first time I visited it 6 years ago. Only this year I got to visit it again, not a day too soon. Stockholm isn’t as small and cosy as say Gothenburg and not so down-to-earth. Gothenburg is where the averge Swede lives. I feel like lots of the people in Stockholm is a bit above the average. Stockholm is a city I would take weekendtrips to, but Gothenburg is a city I could see myself live in.  I don’t mean anything negative about this, because I love Stockholm so much. There is something magical about Stockholm. Something that is hard to explain what actually is. It just feels so close to my heart.

In the end of July I went to Stockholm with my dear friend Linda and a bunch of other people. We were going to see Gylne Tider (Per Gessle from Roxette’s other band). Most people stayed in cabins outside Stockholm, but Linda and I wanted to spend all our time in the city. We came for the concert of course, but we also came for the shopping, the restaurants and everything that Stockholm has to offer.

Last time I was in Stockholm, I stayed for five days and did all the touristy things you can do in Stockholm (visit the Old Town, go to several museums, visit the tivoly Grøna Lund, take a boat trip in Djurgården, visit Skansen and its aquariums and lots more). This time we only where in town for a few days, coming friday morning and leaving sunday evening. Most of our time were spend the Old Town, which is very beautiful!

There wasn’t much time to pay too much attention into photographing, but I did get some photos taken. Here is some bits and bobs from Stockholm.

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Sleeveface photos

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I’ve been a fan of sleeveface photos for a long time. I especially love it when you use LP’s. Four years ago I made my first one. When Springsteen turned  I  used the sleeve of the album ‘the River’ to make a sleeveface photo – to honor him and his birthday. Not long after I decided to make more and hang them up in my bedroom. I had four photos up over my bed and I felt it was time to change them.

I have a few LP’s and two of them was suitable to use. You need a huge face on the LP to make it work. No all LP’s has that and if they do, it’s not certain it is the right face. I don’t want a random musician up on the wall, it has to be someone I have some sort of connection to – like Bruce Springsteen. Finding suitable LP’s is hard. I’m lucky to have a quite huge LP store downtown I can browse. I did spend a lot of time to find that last LP I needed, so I would have for photos up on the wall.

Since I removed a huge photo (poster) from one of my walls in the bedroom, it was space for one more sleeveface shot. For a while I’ve been thinking of what kind sleeve I would use. Last weekend I went to the LP store and browsed it without finding anything I liked. When I got home I suddenly knew what to use! One of my favorite swedish musician, Ulf Lundell, has an album cover with a huge face of himself. I had forgotten until it just popped up in my head. Mum is also a fan of Ulf Lundell, actually a bigger fan than I am, so I got to borrow her LP.

Today I took the sleevephoto with portrait of Mr. Lundell. It’s not easy to make everything match. You want the line of the clothing to match exactly. Well, everything should match or else the photo won’t be any good. Now if you don’t have anyone to assist you, it’s very tricky to make it right with just a remote control and a tripod. I’m glad I shoot digital, because I needed 147 shots to get things right!

So the next photo is the latest contribution to the sleeveface photo collection. Three old sleeveface photos follows.

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If you’re not tired of sleeveface photos, go to sleeveface.com to see more. If you want to know how to sleeveface, here’s a tutorial video ;)

Happy brithday, Bruce! A compilations of ten great songs

Yesterday Bruce Springsteen turned 64 years old. For those who knows me, know that Springsteen is my favourite musician ever. He is really up there alone, being awesome and amazing! (You can read about my fascination here. I wrote a blog piece about it years ago.)

To honor him on his birthday, I wanted to make a compilations of his ten best best songs.  Making a compilation meant searching on Youtube for songs / videos which make me listen to a lot of great Springsteen song / see lots of great videos. That was also a reason for making a compilation.

So, what is his ten best songs? That’s almost impossible to say. He has so many great songs and which I like depends on my mood or what situation I’m in. You can’t really say that for instance Born to Run is better than Badlands or vica verca. They are equally good.

Well, I’m not ending up with a list of his ten best songs, but then awesome song that might be his best at some point.

Drive All Night (from the River)

Tougher Than The Rest (from Tunnel of Love)

Thunder Road (from Born to Run)

Badlands (from Darkness on the Edge of Town)

Downbound Train (from Born In the USA)

Born to Run (from Born to Run)

Jungleland (from Born to Run)

the River (from the River)

Atlantic City (Nebraska)

Racing in the Street (Darkness on the Edge of Town)

Tertitten – old steam locomotives and railways

080913- 060sA few weeks ago I went on a trip to Sørumsand with my sister and her family and my parents. At Sørumsand they have a museums train going. They have an old steam locomotive there. Over a hundred years ago, they made a railway between Sørumsand and Skulerud, two small places in Norway. The railway was 57 km long and was called Tertitten. The railway was open until 1960, when it closed for good.

The railway passed my parents house. The place where I grew up, Lierfoss, had a trainstop. My great grandfather was the head of the station on Lierfoss – Lierfoss Station. If you were going to Oslo, you needed to take the train, if you didn’t have a car. And in the early 1900 not many had cars.

A year after the railway closed, they started the work with presserve the railway for posterity.  Most of the railway was removed to make space for regular roads where cars could drive. Today only a small part of the railway is operative.

During the summer, the railroad is open and you can take a trip with one of the steam locomotives. Every sunday you can drive the 3,2 km (and back again)  that is operative. On their way back, they stop at a station for twenty minutes, so you can buy something to eat. They serve waffles, icecream, coffee, soda etc.

So as I said in the beginning, I went to Sørumsand to ride with this train. It was a fun trip. I love to experience things from the past. When I do things like that, I dream about the old times and try to imagine how things where back then. It’s at times like that, I wish I could enter a time machine and go back in time.

I couldn’t take this trip without bringing my camera. I knew there would be some awesome things to photgraph. Here are some of the photos I took. I hope you’ll like them.

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