Barcode

When I visited the Medieval Park on saturday and stood by the water surface I saw these buildings and thought it would be interesting to photograph them. The tall buildings are named ‘Barecode’, since they look exactly like that –  barcode.

The Barcode has been discussed in the newspapers and elsewhere a lot. Some people don’t like the tall buildings because they think they block the view of the fjord for many people. They’ve also said that the buildings box in Oslo. I heard that even today when I was standing on a bridge photographing the buildings. I find the buildings very pretty. Each of them has a unique design which I love. As you can see, they are not finished building.

The buildings contains both offices (PriceWaterhouseCooper, a bank (DNB), a two-star restaurant (Maaemo) and apartments. I wouldn’t mind living in one of those apartment, with a view over the fjord. I do have a great view on my apartment as it is. I can see lots of Oslo and even the fjord, but I think it would be extra special to be so close to the fjord. To wake up in the morning and eat breakfast to that view, would be great.

Most of the photos were taken on saturday with my zoom lens. On sunday, when I went back to photograph more, I brought the wide angle lens. I don’t use  that too often. I should use it more. Today I brought all my lenses. I never leave my door without my 50 mm lens, but today I clould’ve left it at home. I didn’t use it once.

So, here they are:

The Medieval Park

This weekend I wanted to go downtown and photograph. The plan was that my friend Ellen was going to come with me, but she had to cancle, so I ended up alone. Despite being alone, I had a good time with the camera and my lenses. I often use my trusted 50 mm lens, but yesterday I mostly used my zoom lens (18-125mm).

I visited the Medieval Park. It was something that was planned, but somehwere I ended up after some walking. It is a very, very long time since I’ve been there. It might be  nearly ten years ago! The park isn’t big and is located in a part of Oslo I don’t visit very often, so that’s two reasons for it being so long ago. The Medieval Park is the location of the Øya Festival, which is held every August. I’ve been to that festival once.

The park is a ten minutes walk from the Central Station. In the Medieval Park you will find the ruins of St. Clement’s Church, St. Mary’s Church and the former Royal Estate front open in the day. A water surface is located in the west of the Park. In this area, development is not allowed due to ruins and plenty of cultural remains in the underground.

Here are some of the photos from yesterday:

Things that makes me happy: kittens

Look at those eyes!

There is no secret I love cats. This one above is my sisters cat. He is a kitty named Mikki. It was my oldest nephew, now 3,5 years, who named him Mikki. I’m not sure, but it might have something to do with Micky Mouse, because he likes Micky Mouse.

One of the fav parts of the cat, is the paws. They are just so friggen cute. Oh I love them. I could cuddle with them all day long.

As much as I love cat paws, it seems like Mikki likes the remote control just as much. He was in charge of the TV that evening. I just had to watch whatever he chose. Thank god, it was a very good Brittish crime show he wanted to see. Brittish crime shows are good, very good.

Autumn, a rainfull saturday

Yesterday I babysat my two nephews at my sisters house. My sister was working late and my brother in-law was having dinner with some colleagues. I decided to stay the night, since they would be home late and getting home from their house is a bit of a hassle late at night. My sister was going back to work today and I could ride with her back to Oslo. Very practical. Before we left my brother in-law, Geir, and one my nephews, Emil, went to get groceries. They was late because first Geir forgot his wallet and when they came back to the grocerystore to pay, he had trouble with both is creditcards.

We were a bit late so my sister couldn’t drive me all the way home. That was ok because I needed to stop by the grocerystore to get some dinner. She dropped me off near the grocerystore and I went in a bought a bag full of groceries. It was raining outside and I was carrying my big Addidas bag, the grocerybag and a purse. I also had my umbrella. It didn’t stop me from thinking I needed to pop out my camera and take a photo of this pedestrian crossing covered in leafs.

First I took a few photos of that, then I turned around and photographed something else. One thing lead to another and suddenly I had a mini photowalk. The rain was pouring down and my hands were tied, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so much fun and I saw things to photograph where ever I turned. I took a lot of photos, but didn’t walk very far. All the photos were taken on my way home, within 300 meter ish.

The photos was taken with my trusted 50 mm lense. This time all my photos taken with f/1.4. You get so much yummy bokeh when you shoot like that.

I love when something like this happen out of nowhere. If I hadn’t needed grocerie and we hadn’t been late, Hanne would’ve driven me all the way home and none of these photos would’ve been taken. I’m happy I didn’t give in because of the rain, but stayed outside photographing.




My uncles farm and surrounding areas

I spent part of last weekend at my parents house. One of my goals for the sunday was to photograph a lot at my uncles farm. You see, the last years I’ve given my uncle a photo calendar for Christmas. He’s been enjoying it so much, I thought I had to do it again this year. The weather cast wasn’t promising, it would be grey and probably rain quite a lot that day. The only time I might see some sun, was early in the morning. Sunday morning, at 7.30 the alarm went off. It was impossible to jump out of bed imideately, I stayed in bed for about twenty mintues before I dragged myself up. I got dressed, found my photo gear and went outside. There wasn’t any sun outside, but it the clouds were light and there wasn’t any rain.

I stayed outside for over an hour, lurking around my uncles farm and places nearby. There was little traffic on those normally trafficed roads. I could even stand in the middle of the road photographing.

Later that day, when I looked at all my photos, I found one photo that would look good as a book cover. I recently made a book with my best photos from 2011 and I was very satisfied with it. You can say I’m kind of hooked on photo books. So… an idea popped up in my head. Why not make him a book with photos? The book would have to contain photos of his farm and surrounding areas. That is pictures that would interest him. I am not sure if I will have enough photos to make a whole book though. I think I would need at least  photos, if less the book would be too thin.

I’m going to go through my archive to see if I can find some suitable old photos. I hope I will have enough to make a decent book, because I know my uncle would appreciate it.

Here is a collection of the photos I took on sunday.

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