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Reflections on the lake

I travel regularly on the train early in the morning along the side of the Zurich lake, it’s hardly ever calm like the lakes in Sweden. They were very often as smooth as glass without any ripples, great for photographs of reflections.

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Drift Wood

Well I still seem to be battling with sickness at the moment. Here’s one to remind us of warmer times only a few months ago now.

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Sense of Place

Sometimes an image needs an element that everyone understands to make sense of a place. While in Sweden I decided to add a human element (myself) to some photos. As long as you have a tripod and a camera with a self timer this is easy as to do.

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Reflections in the harbour

Torekov has two harbours, one for big boats and one for all the small little boats. I’m amazed by the number of boats here considering how the town isn’t very big.

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Sun rays in Sweden

To get these cool sun rays you need to use small apertures. The numbering and description of aperture must be frustrating to many, its illogical, a big aperture or big opening has a low number like 1.8, while a small aperture has a big number like 22. Once you understand it it’s easy enough to remember. I guess learning what all the settings are on a camera is a little like a first week on the job. There’s info coming from all directions and all you want to do is a good job or in the case of learning how to use a camera take a good photo.

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Nanny the ferryboat

This is one of the two ferries that takes you out to the little reserve just off shore from Torekov, we still haven’t managed to make it out there yet, apparently there are seals and plenty of birds.

I’ve photographed this boat from many angles, it’s an old wooden fishing trawler that’s been modified to take passengers, I find it very cool.

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Shoreside Ponds

These ponds are quite odd, they are dotted all over the seaside nature reserve in Torekov, they seem to be fresh water ponds very close to the shore. The Swedish coastlines really get’s my imagination going, it’s very barren and has been shaped by the elements for thousands of years, it’s very ancient feeling and I can imagine that it’s probably not very different to when vikings ruled these lands.

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Gardens of Torekov

Torekov is full of these beautiful little houses with very well kept gardens, none of them are elaborate masterpieces, just simple beautiful gardens with lot’s of flowers.

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Pink and purple sky

I’ll be returning to the workforce soon, hopefully it will be better than the last position and I don’t get drained too much and lose the will to write this blog. I went several weeks last year without posting anything for no good reason. It was a bit of a case of everything all at once I think, with Max having arrived in our lives, changes in the job and plenty of other things, it got the better of me and I just didn’t feel like sharing much. So far this year has been much better, then again I haven’t had a real job. I went to a good 30 or 40 interviews, but nothing much sparked my interest for quite a while.

This’ll be the first time in a long time that I’ll become a public transport commuter. Perhaps it’s time to start taking a camera with me. Speaking of cameras, on our last two trips I only took the Fuji gear with me. I didn’t miss anything from the Nikons, in particular since I picked up a fuji 10-24mm zoom lens, I also recently got the 35mm fuji lens which found its way into my bag for Sweden. That lens coupled with the electronic shutter is real nice, being able to shoot at F1.4 in the middle of the day is very cool. There are many things I like about the Fuji, I still love my Nikon gear. Though I fear it won’t get used that often, the image quality on the Fuji is just as good and the functionality with firmware updates is continuously improving with Fuji, if you want a new feature from Nikon you have to buy the newest camera. I still have a use for my Nikons, I’ll eventually get back to Africa to shoot more wildlife, I don’t think the autofocus on the Fuji or any other mirrorless camera is ready for wildlife. Also the big telephoto lenses either don’t exist or are miles away from what Nikon and Canon have to offer.

Obviously I’m sharing another photo from Sweden, will do for the next few days. There’s something magical about the sky up there, the first time I went to Torekov a few years ago, I thought the pink sky was a fluke, I saw the same pink and purples tones a few more nights last week.

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Swedish Impression

I got back after a very long drive late last night. Here is one of the first shots from Sweden. We spent most of our time without internet up there, just occasionally checking emails to make sure the world wasn’t missing us. Torekov is a very peaceful little village and it somehow takes me back in time to when things were slower and simpler, people stop in the street to have a chat. Kids play in the park eating ice cream in a cone, I was doing quite a bit of that too. It reminded me of when I was a kid growing up in Christchurch, before the internet, cell phones and even windows existed.

Everyone should have a place like this where they can get away and regain touch with who they are. I have quite a few places like this in the world, this is one I have been introduced to by my lovely girlfriend Louise and her family.

It’s very easy to become engulfed in today’s world, with so much information being created, shared and consumed every single day on the interwebs, and yes I contribute to this every growing amount of data. Technology is supposed to improve our lives, it has in some ways and not others, I wonder if we will ever find the right balance between technology and life, is your life controlled by the desire to always be connected? I feel like mine is sometimes, I work in the technology sector so for me it’s somehow a little more acceptable, in my mind at least. I find myself watching others who are completely engrossed in what is happening on the little screen in front of them, I wonder if they would notice a man in a monkey suit walk past them.

My advice to everyone is to put your phone, tablet, or whatever device you have down for a few days, look at the world around you, explore it and enjoy it.

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