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    The 13th Nordic Light International Festival of Photography started in Kristiansund Wednesday.
    Big banners decorate the Sterkoder-building at the old Sterkoder ship yard, and when I say the Sterkoder letters are 6 by 8 meters, you all understand how big each banner is.
    They are illuminated during the dark hours.

    ​​​​​​SSL25133 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    SSL25135 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      Awesome!

      As far as I can see, this festival runs until tomorrow, Sunday April 29th 2018??

      Would have loved to join this excursion tomorrow: http://www.nle.no/blogg/2018/2/20/fe...d-photo-safari
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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        Yes, 29th was the last day. Next year the festival will run 8.-12. May.

        My daughter and I are very happy with this years festival and lectures, we met Master Photographer and artistic director of the festival, Morten Krogvold, several other photographers and the principal of Norsk Fotofagskole in Trondheim.
        My daughter had applied for the two year study to be a photographer there, and she had her interview with the principal Friday 27. April. She got the place, so now we're in search of a place to live for her in Trondheim, preferably near Ila.

        Anyway, my daughter is also ending 13 years of school this autumn, and as such she is a "russ", as we call it in Norway. As a good father figure, I responded to her phone call to come and pick her up just now, and in doing that, I had to drive past the Sterkoder-building with the big banners. Just found out they are 11 x 11 meters.

        Here are my two night photos of them
        ​​​​​​SSL25234 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        ​​​​​​SSL25232 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          I especially like the second image, the illumination of the images is great. The first image is also great and shows a little of the atmosphere "on site".

          Two images with two very different moods.
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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            What has happened since the last time I was in here???? Has Photobucket given up on getting the $500,- for third party use of images? All of mine are intact again.

            Anyway, here are a few from this years constitution day, 17th May. My daughter has just finished 13 years of school, so she's a "russ" this year and I "had to" dress up and go to town to try and capture a few shots.

            First, the small tanker, once a live stock carrier from Scotland. This is KYSTBUNKER, which originally did not have a bulb and she was shorter
            ​​​​​​SSL25260 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            Fishfarm fishfood carrier EIDSVAAG VEGA flew her flags with KYSTBUNKER on the outside alongside Nordmørskaia and tug ABRAMIS alongside Vågekaia
            ​​​​​​SSL25304 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            Handmade scooner IDEAL and SAR vessel ERIK BYE. Scooner IDEAL is soon to go to Oslo. She will leave on the last day of May and the plan is to get a complete set of sails in Oslo, before returning to Kristiansund again.
            ​​​​​​SSL25298 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            A few years ago it was popular to have cars painted either blue or red among the "russ". This year it was only one. In Bærum near Oslo, students use almost a million on "russ" buses, only to use them for two weeks. In Kristiansund they used NOK 100,- on that car...
            ​​​​​​SSL25265 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            And when you are done with 13 years in a row on school, you get to carry a road sign around... (My daughter almost smack in the middle there, with a grey sweater and a horsetail in her hear ;-)
            ​​​​​​SSL25271 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              Crowded around the Pier
              ​​​​​​SSL25261 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              It's traditional for the "russ" President to make a speech from the City Hall balcony. The President of the "russ" is elected to hold his/her position from 1st May until midnight 17th May, and as he ended his speech today, he had an advice for the US President Trump: -"Do as I do tonight, resign!" (Good point..., good point)
              ​​​​​​SSL25288 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              Father and daughter, or to put it in another way, old 'Sterkoder' and young Vilde, who's fortunate enough to have been accepted as a two-year student to become a photographer at the Norwegian School of Photography in Trondheim. (Need I say I'm proud?) :-)
              IMG_3235 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              • Tommi
                Tommi commented
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                It's always interesting with different traditions in different countries. Here in Sweden the students usually just does a lot of things. while in Finland it seems to be popular with party trips, and then we naturally have the Norwegian "russ" tradition.
                Would have been interesting to see some old picture of Mr. Ludvigsen from back of those days?! :-)

              • Sterkoder
                Sterkoder commented
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                Oh, there are no pictures of me as a "russ" because I was none ;-)
                I have the required years in school, but one here and one there...., not recommended for the young ones of today.
                But I might find a picture of me as a pilot student in Florida back in 1987, that might be the closest I got :-)

                At the time of my first 40 hours of flying in 1983
                sl1983 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                As a commercial pilot student at FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida back in 1987

                First, study
                Bilde (21) by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                Then, relax
                Bilde (20) by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              • Tommi
                Tommi commented
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                That's very much 80's nostalgia! Thank you for sharing! :-)

              Oh, almost forgot the local fire brigade veteran group, as they provided one of the old firetrucks which actually served in Kristiansund way back
              ​​​​​​IMG_3237 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

              And the very beginning of the 17th May parade, where there are two policemen or women walking. This year we see there are two female police officers, then comes the scouts with the parade of flags
              ​​​​​​IMG_3238 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                Wonderful and happy atmosphere in one of my absolutely favourite places in Norway - Kristiansund.

                The weather this year was absolutely perfect - this was really one of the days we will remember for a long time. I wish I didn't have to work that day, but the overtime extra-pay makes it OK.

                Thanks for sharing that memory from flight school... I guess Don Johnson and Miami Vice was popular back then? You haven't aged a day since then.... easy to see that it was you!
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

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                • Sterkoder
                  Sterkoder commented
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                  You're too kind, thanks :-) Yes, Miami Vice was the top tv series here back then.

                For those of you who remember, we've talked quite a lot (or I have) about the Tahiti music festival in Kristiansund early in this thread.
                Yesterday the Tahitifestivalen 2018 started and what do you know, the local newspaper took pictures of some of the music lovers on the first evening of the festival.
                I had a ticket to the concert of the Danish band The Savage Rose. (What a firework she is, the 69-years old Annisette Koppel, the singer).
                'Sterkoder' to the left, if anyone wonder18DAG_01-01-_DSC6585 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                Here's a view of the area, with a black leather clothed man to the right of the scene taking pictures with his iPhone. The Savage Rose deserved more people for sure, the best performance in years
                ​​​​​​18DAG_01-01-_DSC6623_1 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  Great seeing a familiar local reporter out tasting the local culture (and whatever may have been in that cup)!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  • Seagull
                    Seagull commented
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                    Second that paks! And dear Big S, just let us know if there is ever some K'sund Local Ambassador/ Civic award thing ...I'm forever all poised to Vote Big S

                  Dear C: about your thoughts around a civic/ambassador award, thank you. It's the thought that counts

                  Now, are you all up for some additional pictures from Kristiansund, depicting city life, not so much boats and ships that you could expect from here.
                  Had the most beautiful summer weather and temperature yesterday, so since I had full control at work, I thought: our lives are so very short, why not enjoy here and now? So I grabbed my Pentax and had a late and slightly longer lunch than usual and here we go.

                  I parked by the old but refurbished music pavillion
                  SSL26421 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  Then walked on top of the 'Byfossen' (city water fall, as is known from our city shield) wondering: will this be the view for ever, or will the planned opera- and culture house be built across the street there?
                  Gangway over the waterfall in the lower left corner.
                  SSL26424 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  Looking up the Langveien street, the main street into and out of the city center. Brazilian inspired Boteco Restaurant on the corner of the building towards the lower right hand corner (recommended!)
                  SSL26426 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  Being an area in front of the local bank, Sparebank1 Nordvest, with not too good looking flowerbeds (is that a word?) and red-orange brick paths and stairs, the hole area got a brush-up after a water leak and repair. Here some volunteers from Freimarkas Venner (a group of volunteers keeping the recreational areas at island Frei in ship shape condition) roll out patches of green grass, ready to be stepped on in 14 days.
                  They rolled out 600 square meters all in all.
                  SSL26425 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  Kongens Plass square, with the restaurant Black Sheep. It's where we all buy our soft-ice in the summer
                  SSL26429 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  As everywhere else, we also got Burger King in the city (Chineese Restaurant on the second floor)
                  SSL26430 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  The old building originally housing the main Post Office and Telegraph. Now a consulting firm has its main office there
                  SSL26432 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  Then I walked down to the staircase on the north side of the City Hall and took a picture of the Rådhusplassen (City Hall square).
                  Strawberries, flowers and sausages, smoked, cured, salami and all kinds were up for sale this day.
                  They say strawberries from Stordal are the best, but have they really tasted strawberries from island Frei? Don't think so. "Freibær" (Freiberry), as we say, and custard..., wow!
                  SSL26434 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr



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                    Went down and asked the local gardener (from Frei, in fact) if I could take his picture with all the nice colors. There's never a no from a smiling man handling flowers.
                    SSL26439 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    View towards the Pier from behind the gardener
                    SSL26437 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    While I was on that square, I took a picture of the new Sterkoder-sign put up on the wall just a couple of weeks ago. Always happy they decide to keep the name even though the ship yard is long gone.
                    Umoe Sterkoder is more of a real estate company now, in Kristiansund anyway.
                    The bridge is Nordsundet bridge, and we see a Concord mobile home driving towards the city on top of it.
                    SSL26444 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    Then the former SAR-vessel Hagbart Waage returned from the first roundtrip to island Grip 16 km out in the ocean north of Kristiansund
                    SSL26436 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    The yellow building is the former ship trade store (skipshandel) Jonas Eriksen AS, a term or conception here in Kristiansund.
                    The building has just been refurbished to hold municipal offices and a public municipal service office on the ground floor and the hole building is connected, or will soon be, with the City Hall.
                    Have to tell you about that square of colors on the left side of the picture;
                    The houses in Kristiansund has always been known, nationwide, to be very colorful. We were (or still is) The Polychrome City. As elsewhere in Norway, as the trend goes, the owners of houses tend to paint their houses in all shades of grey, and other 'greyish' "colors". Then the city sent out a group of architect students who would try to find the old colors on houses, all over town. They found the old colors of the city, and the result is that colored square there, which the people of the city can use as a guide to what color they should paint their houses with, when ever they refurbish or build a new house.
                    Not mandatory, of course, but a nice little detail to make the city colorful again.
                    The nice looking white boat there, Skalmen, is one of Holberg Shipping AS charter boats.
                    SSL26441 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    Owner and captain of Hagbart Waage in blue piquet shirt over there
                    SSL26448 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    Some came back, some embarking for the second roundtrip of the day (10:30 and 14:30 on week days in high season, 14:00 on Sundays)
                    SSL26446 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    Info about the trip to Grip
                    SSL26449 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                      Sundbåt Angvik sailed the route yesterday (Kirkelandet (where I'm at here), Innlandet (with the Tahiti-festival), Nordlandet (with the Hollywood-sign, Stormvarselet and airport), Gomalandet (with Atlanten camping, Arena Nordwest (where we had Sting and Shaggy visiting a week ago) and back to Kirkelandet.
                      SSL26443 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      Then we have a group of people (bless them!) who takes care of our old sundbåt Rapp. Built in 1958 at a small yard at Rensvik in the small strait between Kristiansund (Nordlandet) and Frei (where I live).
                      Only last week-end, July 8th, they sailed into Bøfjorden south east of Kristiansund to pick up the original liferaft from Rapp, as it was on the cabin roof in 1958.
                      It's amazing, but some good soul had in fact collected and taken care of even that. Rapp will soon be complete and appear like it did in 1958. The raft is on the roof there, just a little faded in the yellow color.
                      SSL26450 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      Don't know if this is a one piece only or a series production, but they even has a Rapp caps. Nice :-)
                      SSL26451 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      While in the Pier area, I took a picture of the sculpture "Sildegutten" (herring boy). Every little boy in the city picket herring falling from the fishing boats (Kristiansund has a history with herring, Google ;-) ), put the herring on wires and walked around selling each fish for 10 to 25 øre (1 krone (NOK) is 100 øre). 1 NOK today is the equivalent of £ 0,09 :-)
                      Everybody takes their pictures from the face side, but I wonder what that little boy see from where he stands. Look for yourself ;-)
                      SSL26454 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      On my way up the staircase between AMFI shopping mall and Thon Hotell Storgata, I spotted a bundle of compressed cardboard boxes from a grocery store inside. Nice colors in the sunlight, I thought
                      SSL26455 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      Then there is work in progress to transfer a city street to a square in front of Quality Grand Hotel.
                      SSL26457 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      On my way back to the car, I passed one of the most famous trees in the city. It has grown together with Folkets Hus and has been so ever since long before my time
                      SSL26460 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                      From another angle, with the Byfossen (city waterfall) in the background across Langveien street
                      SSL26461 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                        Finally, Byfossen at shutter 1/6th of a second and aperture f.22, hand held, almost.
                        SSL26463 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                        Last picture before getting into my car again, city doves on the lawn and we're looking north up Langveien street
                        SSL26465 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                          A good decision to spend a few moments of the day in the city. Nice pictures in general, extra creative points goes to the cardboard boxes!

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                          • Sterkoder
                            Sterkoder commented
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                            Thank you, Tommi.
                            Nice to kind of escape into the "photography bubble" every now and then.
                            Yes, the cardboard boxes. I saw them when I was half way up the stairs between AMFI shopping mall and Thon Hotel Storgata, walked down again and took the picture :-)
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