Greta Garbo's Tomb
Here lies Greta Garbo, the famous actress from the 1920s and 30s who died in 1990. Her grave is quite beautiful, surrounded by flowers and ferns, and there's a line of steps leading the way up to it. What's your favorit film that she starred in? I can't really pick one myself.
Beams of Light
I was glad to do some sun star landscapes this summer. I did a lot of them back in 2011 and then I sort of forgot about them, probably getting used to my new 12-24mm lens. I really like this one in particular. How do you feel about lens flares by the way? I quite enjoy them, so I rarely try to remove them during post-processing.
Silage Sun Star
I don't usually do weird angles and stuff like that, but it seemed to work in this composition. Unfortunately the silage was covered in white sheet; it would've been a lot more photogenic without it. Got this shot handheld, by the way.
Ramshackle House Slope
Here's a street that's called Kåkbrinken, located in Old Town in Stockholm. Literally translated, the name of the street means The Ramshackle House Slope. First mentioned in 1477, it goes back a long way.
Sun Star Park
Sun stars, sun stars, sun stars. Aren't they great? Just bring those f-stops up high and shoot away when the sun is close to the horizon. You'll probably need to exposure compensate as well. I think I used +2 or even +3 here.
Echo Temple Sunset
Oh, you like color? Well, I'll show you color... Hadn't done any light stars in a while, so I thought it was about time. This, of course, is The Echo Temple built in 1790.
Sea City by Night
This photowalk was particularly meditative. I liked the layered stone benches, and how they curve against the boardwalk. But everything around me looked beautiful. Do you ever have those moments? I think it's more about mindset than the surroundings.
Torrent of Illumination I
The magic of big f-stops. It's all about being in the right place at the right time. Well, photography usually is, but it's especially true for shots like this one. A couple of minutes earlier or later and the sunbeams would look a lot less dramatic, or not show up at all.
Torrent of Illumination II
As I said in the previous part, this is the magic of big f-stops. I'm a sucker for light stars, and they just doesn't get much more awesome than this!
Nightmare on Track 4
I don't usually do dramatic changes in color on my photos, but I think this somewhat surreal nightmareish look turned out nice. There's a point to it as well. This is where I leave my girlfriend when it's time for her to go home. What could possibly be more nightmareish than that?
Rail Yard at Night
I'm not generally into these high contrast monochromatic photos. Actually, this is my first, a couple of portraits notwithstanding. I guess it has a film noir atmosphere to it that some people like. Personally I'm not convinced, but I think this one turned out decent enough.
Down the Line
I came up from around the corner, and thought it was nice how the sun went down just between the two buildings. Naturally I had to grab a shot. It's from Vällingby City, although not part of the series.
Sign of the Path
Branches and leaves... such an obvious part of nature, yet such a difficult thing to shoot (well) using HDR. Not only does it have to be calm; you also need proper light, otherwise the details will become muddled blotches. For those reasons, I am particularly proud of this photo.
Södermälarstrand at Sunset IV
M/S Kronprinsessan Martha was built in 1929, and has been a stationary hotel ship since 2000. Have I mentioned how much I love sun stars? I think I have... and this series contains some of my most spectacular, but as I said in the second part, it was very difficult getting the subject right.
Södermälarstrand at Sunset V
Basically the same as the previous part, but differently composed.
Södermälarstrand at Sunset II
How's that for a light star? There will be other photos on the same theme in the series, and it was quite difficult to get them right. Moving boats and long shutted speeds make for a good challenge. Moreover, I'm a little compulsive about ISO speed, so they're all at 100.
This church was originally built in the 1100s at Torsharg, which probably means "Thor's place of sacrifice". Yes, we do of course have a history of Norse mythology here in Sweden, and some places have remained to tell the tale.
St. Nicolai Church I
St. Nicolai Church is the most prominent church in Örebro and was likely inaugurated in the 1300s. I've been here two or three times before... some years ago, I found (or perhaps stole) 5 SEK in the church that was probably meant for the collection plate. I bought a chocolate bar for the money. Stealing church money to buy candy may not get me into heaven, but as Nietzsche wrote, in heaven all interesting people are missing.
Brilliant sunstar, eh? The location is a restaurant called Josefina, hence the name of the photo.
Show Bar V
A wide angle perspective from the show bar stage. Quite impressive, huh? I was lucky to get this shot when there were no people around. Perhaps my favorite from onboard M/S Victoria.