Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Sky Watch lamps they are a'changin' - or not?

From time to time one takes pictures of the same subject. Now, why should one do that? Isn't a subject once taken - taken for good?

No, it isn't. Here we have three photos of the same lamp. The main one on top was taken yesterday while the two below were taken previously and have been posted on SWF before (1 & 2). So what are the differences? Here are some:

1. The last one was taken with the sun from the back while the others with the sun from the front or partially from the side (in fact, the one today shows the other side of the lamp!)
2. The time of year are different - i.a. the seasons were different
3. There are differences in the background
4. The weather were different
5. The colour of the light were very different
6. The equipment was wholly or partially different
7. The digital exposure and treatment were different - today's post started as RAW; the others as JPEGs (thanks to Jim, John and Abe for tips)
6. I was different - i.a. my mood may have been different, I may have become a "different" photographer or whatever

I suppose I could have gone on forever.

PS SKY WATCH FRIDAY has got its own site!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

B is for Bridge in ABC Wednesday

Then we are at the second letter of the third round of Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday. The meme has now got its own site where you will find both a short version of this entry and many others.

For those who have followed my blog, it might not come as a surprise that I have chosen BRIDGE as the Word of the Day. Wikipedia says it like this:

A bridge is a structure built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. Designs of bridges will vary depending on the function of the bridge and the nature of the terrain where the bridge is to be constructed.
The bridge shown here is "my bridge" (I live near the top of the hill to the right of the bridge). It is better known as "Sotrabroen" (The Sotra bridge). The bridge spans the fjord of "Vatlestraumen" between the municipality of Fjell and the city of Bergen.

Here is another view taken from the top of the mountain Lyderhorn

This sign is placed on the island side of the sound. It states among other things that the bridge was opened in 1971, is 1236 m long and that the maximum height for the ships passing beneath is 50 m.

However, the capacity of the bridge is now too low, and there is at present a discussion going whether one shall build another four-lane bridge close by the present one or make two two-lane tunnels beneath the fjord.

In any case, what is better than showing Norway's largest sailing vessel "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" beneath the bridge?

PS At the same time I will put out a gentle reminder that the coming Monday, August 4, will be the next day for the Bridge-project.

As usual, the rules are here

Friday, July 25, 2008

Low activity

The blog has had a low level of activity lately. There are good reasons for this.
Some can be numbered:

Some are red:

And some are black:


Monday, July 21, 2008

ABC Wednesday is changing form

ABC Wednesday is starting on its third round this week, and our dear Mrs. Nesbitt has decided to change the form a little bit. A new blog site dedicated to ABC W has been created and more info. can be found there. Also, participants who want to join the fun can contact Denise.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

A yellow Sunday

A somewhat more colourful day than yesterday, and what colour is more suitable for marking that event that yellow? The rose belongs to the municipality of Bergen and has been planted for our enjoyment, but the little one inside is probably there on a business of her own.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

A grey day

Initially I had intended to use today's blog to show you some colourful flowers and other goodies from yesterday's stroll in the nice summer weather. However, that post will have to be postponed (a preview can be seen on my Norwegian blog...). Due to various problems I did not manage to get that one done, so you will have to settle for today's stroll. As you can see, there was not much colour or anything else to brag about. No sun - only grey skies.

And a lonely crow on a lamp post.

BTW - the photo is not in B & W!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sky Watch is going mobile...

"On a clear day you can speak forever"

A RAW product

PS SKY WATCH FRIDAY has got its own site!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Odds and ends on a quay (still testing)

The learning process is a long one and every opportunity must be utilized. Even if there is a drop of rain in the air. I found this old boat mooring on a quay I often visit when I am out walking. I thought it worth a closer look.

I suspect that larger ropes have been used previously than the one we see here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Z is for Zafira in ABC W

This week's Z was an easy one - at least for me. A look in the garage was enough. For those who don't know what it is - it is a car. Known as Opel Zafira. Opel is owned by GM and is their major brand and car manufacturer in Europe. We bought our first Opel in 2000 and have so far seen them in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany (obviously - that is where most of them are made), The Netherlands, France, Spain and Greece.

But not in the UK. There GM has its own subsidiary called Vauxhall. We knew that of course, but when we visited England in 2006 with out brand new car, I couldn't resist taking this shot of ours parked next to a "British" relative outside our hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. BTW, the last picture was taken by my mobile, a Nokia N70.

Some months later I was in Dublin for a congress and half expected to see Vauxhall there too (they drive on the wrong side of the road there too, don't they?). But, nothing doing - it was Opel again.

I have not checked whether GM sells this car, or a version of it, in other parts of the world. Knowing how the car business operates these days, the probably do, but I don't know any names.
This was the last letter of the alphabet for now (at least the English one). It has been fun while it lasted and all hats off for Mrs. Nesbitt for hosting it and taking all the trouble that goes with it!

Monday, July 14, 2008

This and that and Awards!

So here we are again - not absolutely normal, but at least back to normal bandwidth! Also - Photoshop et al. are much easier to use on an 19" screen than on a 15.3 one.

I must thank all of you who has passed by my blog for compassionate words, it is touching to see and feel "The global village" in practice.

A special thanks goes to Kostas of Fotoseasons and Jim of Transient Light Photography for the Awards they have given me. I am almost overwhelmed, since both of these Awards come from guys who are much better photographers that I can ever hope to be. However, it is a great inspiration and I will try to live up to the intentions implied as best I can.

Kostas has given me the Brilliante WEBlog Premio-2008 and I thank him very much for it. As far as I know he has a very great interest in bees, so I have included a picture of one I took a couple of days ago (or may it be a wasp - he will be able to tell me!) as a thank you to him.

Jim has given me The Arte y Pico Award created by an Uruguayan blog of the same name. Jim is a professional photographer who has taken an interest in my work and has given me much advice that is highly appreciated. I will recommend all who sees this to visit his blog. Just studying his photos is a great (learning) experience. Then there is his writing on the subject. He is one of the main people (maybe together with Abe Lincoln) who has pushed me towards trying RAW. Thank you very much!

It usual with such Awards to pass them on to other worthy participants. However, I think I'll have to bend the rules here a little bit. There are so many other blogs out there in Blogland who are far better than mine and who deserves them more than I do. So I will let my contribution be to all those bloggers who struggle on with great blogs and are not as lucky as I have been. These are for you.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer, sciatica and blogging

It is summer in the Northern Hemisphere (although with the odd shower), and thus an excellent time for taking pictures and maybe share them with others on a blog. However, there may be complicating factors: One may stay in a cottage with a limited bandwidth and one may have sciatica. For me it is both, but the first is the least troublesome. Sciatica is not too bad if you are in a vertical position (good for walking and taking pictures) or a horizontal position (good for you know what). Anything in-between is less fun. For instance editing the pictures, posting them and doing "the rounds".

After the last round of SWF I got a number of pleasant comments. I should have done a lot of visiting, but until then: THANK YOU ALL!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Testing reflections in Sky Watch

All of us should have our reflexes (and reflections) checked from time to time...

PS More about Sky Watch Friday at Wigger's World

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A personal Award

I was totally astounded when I got the message that I had got an Award designed personally for me by Paulie. In her post she writes:

I promised myself to acknowledge my favorite blog participation challenge when I got to 500 posts on my blog. Rune's challenge has made me think of the meaning of a bridge, not always a photo of the beautiful bridges for cars and trains and people to cross that we immediately think of . . . but the milestones in life that are considered bridges also. Thanks for making me think, Rune!
In this age of blogging, where Awards are everywhere, it is indeed an honour to get one that is made only for me. It is also very, very pleasant to get one for writing and doing things that I have mostly done for myself. My blogs were (like many others) started as self medication projects, but they have during the couple of years they have existed gone somewhat their own way. I suspect that is the case with lots of other blogs too.

The Bridge project was started in just this kind of spirit - that there is more to communication than concrete and steel. It is about people.

One of the greateest benefits has been the correspondance and "meetings" I have had with a lot of nice people all over the world - like Paulie, whose own blogging is always interseting.

Thank you PAULIE!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Y is for York Minster in ABC

I first saw York Minster in 1970 from the railway going from Newcastle to London. I instantly knew that I had to have a closer look. Alas, it was not until the summer of 2006 that I got a second chance.

The minster stands on a small hill by the old city wall. The top picture shows a model of the church with surrounding buildings. There have been several churches at the site, dating all the way back to 627, but the building of the present Gothic Cathedral was started in 1230 and finished in 1472. There have been several fires (the latest in 1984), but the church have always been restored.

The second pictures shows the western front of the Cathedral while the third is taken from the entrance at the same end. I am not a religious person, but I never use a flash inside a church if it is not expressively permitted. Since I did not have a tripod - the gate had to do the job.

For the picture of the cross, the head of my daughter was my tripod

Which it also had to for the choir screen with statues of many of the old English kings.

York Minster is famous for its many stained glass windows. Here is one of them. Taken with the back of a chair as tripod.

We'll be back!

PS For more about ABC Wednesday, please visit Mrs. Nesbitt's Place. It is well worth the effort.

Monday, July 07, 2008

From ferry to bridge

Bridges Between:

The rules of the game are here.

My entry for this monthly theme is on my other Blog. There you can also make the any appropriate comments.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

An Award

My friends John, Evlahos and Daniel have each given my this beautiful award for this blog. The Award was created by the Uruguayan Arte y Pico blog.

These are now the rules to follow:

1. Recipients must pick 5 blogs they consider deserving of this award for creativity, design, interesting material, and for contributing to the blogging community in whatever language.

2. Each of the 5 selected blogs must include the name of the author and a link to his/her site to be visited by readers.

3. The recipient must show the award and indicate the name and link to the blog of the one that handed it to him/her.

4. All award recipients must include a link to the Arte y Pico site to inform all readers about the origin of this award.

My contributions are:

Michele - The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Anna-Lys - Anna-Lys and Wonderings

Babooshka - Ramsey Daily Photo

GaWo -On2Wheels Foto

Tom - Welcome to Wigger's World

Since John has been so kind as to give me a reward for both my blogs, I have a version of this post on my Norwegian Blog as well.

Thank you GUYS!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A bird in the RAW in Sky Watch

Modern shopping centres often want you to believe that you are out in the open, when in fact you are inside. They do this in various ways, by for instance planting trees, having fountains, air-conditioning and so forth.

They also make heavy use of glass in walls and roofs, so that one without problem can do Sky Watch from inside. And if the birds don't come by themselves, they will happily paint one for you.

PS Why the RAW title? Because this is my first proper attempt to edit a photo in RAW format. All I can say is: It has a steep learning curve.

PPS More about Sky Watch Friday at Wigger's World