Equestrian is far more than Sunshine

My daughter went to another dressage competition a couple of weeks ago.
Mom, brothers girlfriend, grandma and grandpa where supporting with kind and encouraging words. But how much did that really help when the rain was pouring?
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Anyway – she and her horse did a good job but the judges weren’t really on her side this weekend. Read more about this on her own blog.

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The supporters also felt it to be a bit challenging to be encouraging but tried their best 😉

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Fortunately it did not rain 100% of the time.

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Want see more pics? Take a look here!

Shooting night photography

I finally got around to do it. And I’m not regretting it.

It was not that i didn’t want to. It was just hard to find the time. When i har planned to do it the fist time I go had to cancel it due to too much work. This time I almost cancelled for the same reason and for being deadly tired.

– I still did it. I drove my car to Gothenburg, checked in at the hotel, was extremely tempted to take a shot of whisky, turn on the tv and just doze of to sleep and skip the whole thing. – But I didn’t. I called for a taxi and I went downtown Gothenburg for shooting night photography.

It was worth it!

After a short theory lesson on the street outside the central train station. We took off and hiked up the nearest bridge “Götaälvbron”. First lesson was to shoot street with cars where the car lights turned in to lines.  I believe that I passed the test:
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(Camera settings with exposure time roughly at 20-30 seconds, aperture F8-F12 and ISO 100 (occasionally up to 400) was the common theme).

Next challenge was to capture an “orb” in the runway to an underground garage:
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Like many things – not hard to do at all if you know how 😉

Some surrealistic shots using led lights and a torch light:
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The “actor” is one of my “student” fellows in this night shoot photo training – he did a good job. Looks almost like something from “Tomb Raider” video game or similar, don’t you agree?

Next thing to try was to capture some futuristic night fire. That worked pretty well too.
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You simply can’t go to Gothenburg city center by the water and not visit the statue of the song writer Evert Taube, one of Sweden’s most respected musicians in the 20th century. The statue is posing on the water side of the opera house.
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After this session, I was still rather tired. Just after midnight. But still not as tired as before the session. I was a great excersice and doing fun stuff tend to bring energy. Someone who brought lots of energy was the trainer, Mr Max at Mästerfoto (Master Photo) who gave this session – great guy and I captured his autograph:
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It was worth it. I returned to my hotel room at around 1 o’clock AM and was not tired at all. And I had a great view:
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Thank you to the team from Mästerfoto (Master Photo). But most of all, -thank you to my daughter Vicky, my son Alexander and my wife Lena giving me a great gift card for this experience as a Christmas present.

Persistency and Stamina

The title says a lot about my daughter. Working hard hours and hours, days, weeks and years with her horses. This weekend was an early spring competition in dressage in Klippan.

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She will probably show other pictures in her blog post at www.lillasdressage.se where she will write about the competition from her expert view. After many years as a spectator I’m unfortunately still not knowledgeable enough to comment. But i enjoy supporting with bringing my camera!

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Well done Victoria!

Mysterious and Wonderful Kullaberg

Kullaberg is slowly waking up from sleepy winter mode to lustrous spring mode. This time of the year it is all from beutiful to mysterious.

Sunset over the water:
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Sunset behind the ridge:
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Sunset behind the cliffs:
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Sunset behind the Kullaberg itself:
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Is this the mysterious Kullaman?
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What are these – vicious elfs, or…?
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And this how about this green thing slowly diving?
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Beautiful part of nature, but what is it?:
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Nice signs of spring being on its way:
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Maybe a more typical sign of spring:
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I’m not the only one thinking Kullaberg is close to heaven 😉
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Looking forward to the next steps of spring and summer!

Another type of birthday photography

It was a weekend of celebrating my mom’s birthday and we wanted to shoot some photos for memory.

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We wanted to try a and create a different type of photographs on birthdays. So our wonderful neighbors,  Rolf and Hanna, who runs Purple Living, offered to let us use their store (after closing). Their store is in  greenhouse, has a great atmosphere and of course interesting light – even a late afternoon in January!

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It was freezing cold. It was really January in Sweden with the related temperature, – but we had great fun!

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Some of the pictures really came out different than ordinary birthday pics, don’t you think so?

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Happy Birthday, Mom!

 

“Viktigt” är viktigt!

Viktigt! Vem vet vad som är viktigt? Alla? Ingen? – Eller bara jag?

Vad betyder ordet? Viktigt….? Det låter som något allvarligt och formellt. Det är nog något att bry sig om, eller…vad?

Det beror ju på om det är viktigt eller ej.

Men vem bestämmer? Är det någon speciell som bestämmer idag?

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Eller är viktigt viktigt bara för mig eller dig….eller för vem som helst men inte för någon annan. Kan jag bestämma vad som är viktigt för dig? Eller någon annan för mig?

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Det står “Viktigt” med röd text på ett brunt kuvert i brevlådan. Det är liksom stämplat på uppe till höger. Jag misstänker att det är reklam. Det står “viktigt” på pappret jag aldrig läser om man köper medicin eller en elektronisk sak. Viktigt för vem – för tillverkaren så de inte blir stämda sen? Eller för mig? Varför känns det då så oviktigt så jag helt enkelt struntar i det?

Viktigt borde vara för alla eller så är bara för mig. – Eller dig eller varje individ för sig.

Viktigt borde vara universellt. Om det är viktigt så är det viktigt. Det har inget med tyckande att göra. Det borde vara förbjudet att använda ordet viktigt om det inte verkligen är viktigt.

Viktigt är ett viktigt ord.

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För den som satte upp den här skylten så var nog texten viktig. Hoppas att den upplevs som viktig också av tyska turister…

Viktigt för mig…->

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There is always a better way. Find it!