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.
Going through my archive, I sometimes find photo gems, a couple of photos I’ve turned down that I now find worth editing and blog or put up on Flickr. Not often do I find a whole set of photos that has been untouched. Earlier this week I did just that. I found a folder with photos I’ve hardly looked at. It made me happy.
These photos are taken late in May, when my friend Ellen and I went on a small photowalk. Ellen wanted to show me this path a friend had shown her once. I was eager to go, because she did tell me about it and it sounded like a great opportunity to bring my camara. We walked on a traile alongside the river. It was really beautiful. I love these hidden places around the city. Being there you didn’t really feel like you were in the city, but rather someplace on the countryside.
Oh boy! It’s been a long time since I blogged. Way too long! I am not surprised, because my blogging is like a yo-yo. Sometimes I blog a lot and then there are periods where I hardly blog at all. I put my lack of blogging on my ‘being-uninspred’ account this time. I hope I can, with this post, slowly come back and blog more regularly again.
Quite often I feel like I’ve captured what there is to capture of Oslo. I know that’s not true, because there are still parts of Oslo I haven’t photographed. There are still things to see that my eyes haven’t catched yet. Knowing this, still I’ve felt a bit uninspired. One of the reason is that there isn’t anything new and grandiose to photograph. It’s the same old things. There isn’t any Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate, Brookly Bridge, La Familia Sagrada, Spanish Steps etc in Oslo.
What I seek is something new, something spectacular to photograph.
I think that will change this summer! Last fall I had a ten years anniversary at my office. That resulted in a 5000 NOK gift certificate from a travel agency that needed to be used within a year from mid September. I could’ve spend all of it on one trip somewhere far away, but I chose to do it differently. In stead I’ve spent it on two trips:
- The Netherlands: 6 days trip to Holland visiting my friend and going see Springsteen! Woot! Will spend a few days in Alkmaar where Chantal lives and then a few days in Nijmegen.
- 4 days trip to London with my friend Bjørg. We will stay in a apartment hotel in Notting Hill. It’s been like 12 years or so since I was in London last time. It will be great visiting London again!
In addition to that I’m going on a 3 day trip to Stockholm to see a band called Gyllne Tider with my friend Linda and a bunch of other people. Chantal is also coming to Norway and then we’re going to go to Gothenburg and spend some days there.
I migth go to Krakow in a months with some people from my office. It’s not decided yet, we will decide tomorrow. I’ve never been to Poland and Krakow. If we go, it will be very interesting!
So I think I will have lots of opportuneties to photograph new stuff this summer. I’m so looking forward to it.
Well, I’m none of those places right now. I’m in Oslo. To get my inspiration back, I turned to what I love – bikes! Bikes always makes me smile and cheer me up. Seeing an beautiful, old bike makes me giddy. No kidding!
So here they are, today’s bikes. Enjoy!
I ended 2012 and started 2013 photographing some of the things I love the most; bikes! It wasn’t planned by me, it just happened. Well, the photo trips were planned, but not that bikes would be my focus. It’s not a big surprise though, since I love bikes. I’m thinking that I have to make a book full of bike photographes some time. Well, I have that thought about many things, ‘that needs to become a book’. So far not many ideas has turned into books.
Maybe these photos one day will end up in a photo book. In the meantime, you’ll just have to watch them here.
My next plan, photo wise, is to finish my book with 2012 photos. I started on it right after I finished the book of 2011 photos. Sadly I didn’t take that many photos the last months of 2012, so there won’t be that much to add. Anyways, it has to be finished and sent off to be produced. I make my books over at Blurb.com. I can highly recommend it! The quality of the books you get is very high. My uncle got a book with photos from Christmas and he loved it.
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:
There shouldn’t be any news that I love bikes. As I stated in my previous post, I promised to share the bikes I photographed on my photo trip on thursday. I didn’t really planned to focus on bikes, but after seeing a few great bikes, I couldn’t resist focusing on bikes and hunting down more.
I have prospects of shooting more awesome bikes in the near future. A while ago, my Dutch friend Chantie and I, we settled my Netherlands-vacation. We’ve been talking about it for a long time, that I should come see her. First she asked if I would come during Easter. I told her I would more like to visit during the summer. For a while, there was a chance Chantie didn’t have the opportunety to have me over this summer, but after some forth and back, it got settled. I’m leaving the 25th of July and will return to Oslo the 1st of August. I will have one week in the Netherlands. Awesome sauce!
For anyone who has been in the Netherlands, you know that they have lots of bikes. When I say lots, I mean LOTS! Just look at this photo I took four years ago in Nijmegen. My plan is to photograph as many awesome bikes as possible. In addition to all the bikes I plan to capture, there will be some other great photograpy opportunety as well. We’re planning a trip to a zoo in Amsterdam. There will be lots of animals to photograph there. A trip to de Gooyer, a windmill in Amsterdam, will also give me something to photograph.
Well. Back to the bikes. It was, after all, bikes this post should be about. Here are some bike photographs. Bikes, bells, straddles and more.
Dear blog and dear readers. I’ve neglected you. Me + regularly update my blog = not true. Sigh.
Well, here I am. Finally. So what has happened since last time I blogged? Two good things at least. I don’t think I’ve told you, but I’ve had some issues with one of my lenses and my new camera. I have a 18-125 mm lens that wouldn’t work properly with my D7. Whenever I tried to zoom with it, the camere couldn’t take any photo because it said it wasn’t connected to the lens. When I didn’t zoom or if I used the lens on my old camera, it worked fine. I was going to take both the lens and camera to the store where I bought it, and have it checked out. I never got that far. Last saturday I was in a wedding and I had promised to bring my camera. Before I left, I thought I should check that lens once more, just try it onc more if it would work. And guess what? It worked. The problem magically disappeared! Awesome sauce! I’m a bit afriad it will happen again, so I’m crossing my fingers whenever I use the combo, the D7 and the zoom lens.
The other good thing, is that I bought a new memory card for my camera. I’ve been talking about doing it ever since I bought the new camera. The photos comes out huge ( 5181×3456 pixels/ 5-9 MB) and that means less photos available on my 1 GB memory card. My new memory cards hold 16 GB which probably is way more than I need, but I thought it was better to have too much space than too little. We all know how annoying it is to be in the middle of a photoshoot and then finding out your memory card is full!
The weather has sucked lately. It hasn’t been weather to be out photograhing. In addition to that, I’ve had some days being sick and even more important, I’ve been watching a lot of football (soccer for you americans!) since the UEFA Euro 2012 is now. Norway is not participating since we’re simply not good enough, but there is still countries to cheer on and fun matches to watch! At the office where I work, we have a bet going on – who will win UEFA Euro? The ones who has participated have bet 100 NOK. The winner gets the money. If several people have bet on the same team, we share. I’ve put my money on Spain, so I’m rooting on them at the moment.
Anyways, back to the weather, which I really was going to talk about.
A few days this week, however, has given us great weather. It only lasted two days though, yesterday the weather was back to being sucky; 16 degrees, cloudy, some sun, but rain most likely coming. I took the oportunety to go for a photowalk on thursday. I had to take advantage of the great weather and I very much had an urge to shoot again! Almost three hours and 368 photos later, I was home from my trip.
Early I came to the conclution that I would focus on bikes and boats. On my way to the Asian Cubical as I l ike to call it (It’s an Asian fast food place and the building is like a cubical, photo of it will have to come later!) to buy spring rolls, I found some great bikes to photograph. On my way to the fjord after my little meal was finished, I spotted some more bikes. Down by the harbour I saw boats, water, fishermen and more. I knew I had to capture that.
I have to devide all my photos into two posts. First I’ll give you the boats, harbour, fjords and all that comes along. The Oslo harbour is lovely, you can see a previous shoot here. I hope you enjoy it.
I got to see the boat Chrisitan Radich. It’s a beautiful ship. The vessel was built for training sailors for the Norwegian merchant navy. It did that for many years. Now it ison the charter market and has also participated in sailing races. You can read more about the boat on Wiki.
As you can see, the weather was perfect. The sky was blue and the hot sun made beautiful sparkles in the water. There were a lot of people fishing by the harbour that day. You could see them lined up next to each other, trying to get that one big fish. Some had brought their whole family down to the harbour and some was fishing solo.
One thing I really love about the city I live in, Oslo, is that you can be in the city and feel like you’re not in the city, but someplace else. Yesterday, me and my friend Ellen, took a walk along the river running through the city. It’s a 8.2 km long river, sort of dividing Oslo into east and west. The river, Akerselva, is “Oslos green lung”, with parks and trails. When you walk along the river, you can see lots of old industrial buildings. The buildings are today mainly used as offices.
The river is running through the city and you can walk alongside it for most parts. A part of the river, close to the fjord is running through a pipe; it done that way to make place for roads/cars. It’s a lovely walk. There are quite a few waterfalls in the river, I have photograhped one. You can also find a small hut, with grass growing on the roof. I took a peek inside and saw a few old millstones.
The next photo trip, I think we’ll take a trip around Maridalsvannet. It’s the lake where the river Akersevla starts. It’s not a very big lake, but the biggest in Oslo.
On my second day at the Botanical Garden, I brought with me the 18-125 mm lens. If you’re going to photograph tall trees, you need something different than the 50 mm lens. My plan was to use both the 18-125 mm and the 50 mm, but I ended up just using the zoom lens.
This time I had brought a extra memory card. But… if it’s not one thing, it is something else. Isn’t that how they saying goes? I found out that my battery was far from fully charged. It was like 30% left. Prepered, much? Eh, I don’t think so! Luckily it went OK. The battery didn’t die and got to take all the photos I wanted.
The weather wasn’t as good as the day before. It even rained occationally. I had to hide my camera a few times, not to get it wet. Luckily it wasn’t any heavy rain, just light drizzling. I have to say I was a bit annoyed when the weather didn’t turn out as predicted. Well, even if the weather wasn’t perfect, I still got some nice photographs of the Botanical Garden. This time it was all about the tall trees, the Garden itself and not the tiny, but beautiful flowers.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything now. It’s the story of my blog life, sadly. I either forget to blog or don’t have anything to blog about. Yesterday I knew the weather would be nice, so I decided to take my camarea out for a walk. I need to take more photos with my lovely D7, in stead of just play around with my phone and Instagram.
Spring is here and wanted to capture it. It so beautiful to see things come to life; trees starts to get green / blossom, flowers pop up and the world looks brighter. I decided to go to the Botanical Garden. I’ve been there before this time a year, and it’s beautiful there!
I left for the Botanical Garden right after work ended. Since I’ve recently decided to become more ‘sporty’ I walked all the way. It’s not far and I thought I could take some photographes on my way. This is what I captured:
These are the photographes from the Botanical Garden:
I’m still getting used to my new camera. I try, I fail and I learn. It hasn’t really sunk in how big my photos are now (in pixels and MB) – not until yesterday at least. While photographing, I suddenly get a message saying that my memory card is full. My memory card isn’t the biggest, I know that (1 GB), but with my other camera I could take a lot more photos than I can now. Now it takes less than 200 photos to fill up my card. I was like ‘but, but, but… I’m not finished here! aarrrghhh!!!’ I had to go through my photos and delete the ones I thought wouldn’t make the cut, based on the tiny LCD screen on my camera, to make room for a few new ones. Not ideal. I was pretty annoyed and
As I left the Botanical Garden I made two promises to myself: 1) Buy a bigger memory card 2) Go back to the Botanical Garden and shoot more.
I haven’t bought a new memory card yet. My plan is to do that this weekend. I do have been back at the Botanical Garden, I went there today too. Today I’d brought an extra memory card, just in case.
There is too many photos to fit them all into one blog post. So todays photos, you’ll get them later.