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  • janihudi
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    no snow here eather Svein,just came back of the walk with the dog,and it's getting white now,like on the tyre but thats it.
    they gave up colder wheater here,but compare to Norway,it's nothing.

    i specially like the ice crystals of 215/1 and how you can see the ice on the tyre,more crystals on top and how it vanish to a white layer on the side. (below of the image)

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  • Sterkoder
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    Thank you folks! Your words are inspireing!

    Nope, no snow yet. We had it all before Christmas...., but you know in this part of Norway, March and April are two of the most snowy months of the year, so...

    Even though the tire is from a small tracktor trailer for timber transport, Thijs might like any large tire, I don't know.

    I like such forms, specially in black and white.

    In a couple of images here, I had to use the camera blitz, and I hate that.
    The main reason was that they were taken a time after sunset, and I would have to bring a tripod.
    I used ISO 1600 and thought that was high enough. Tried a couple without blitz, but was not satisfied...

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    There is an eternity since the last time I was looking at your pictures Svein and you deliver top photos, I must say

    Nice to see some sunshine in your photos, it's something I look forward to here in the north gradually.

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  • Tommi
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    I can feel the cold in your pictures Svein! No snow though?

    A trailer tire as a arty motif! Very nice and frosty. That must almost be a premiere for CVF?! What do you think Thijs?

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  • PoloUK
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    Fantastic photos Svein - really enjoyed them. Some beautiful textures.

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  • Sterkoder
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    Orsætra continuing




    Map of southern and mid-Norway...?






    And finally, a trailer tire in -6 degrees

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  • Sterkoder
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    First time at Orsætra hill this year today, and the very first time in 8-9 months. Enjoy!








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  • Sterkoder
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    Thanks for all the nice words folks, and comments to learn from!!!

    Today I was a short trip out to picture a couple of ships over at Freifjorden 1 Anchorage.
    As those are posted in the shipspotting thread, I might as well show the picture I took when turning my camera 180 degrees towards the Freikollen (629 m.) and the spire of the old Frei church (anno 1897)

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  • pakarang
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    I'm adding my WAOW too... in capital letters!

    Very nice images: inspiring and very colorful. Perfect weather to head out and capture the light of the season.

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  • Seagull
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    Good morning to you Svein, and already I’ve many thoughts that have come out of our discussing your photos!

    First of all may I say I regret I included that reference to “liking” on Facebook when I was being dismissive of just saying “wow”. I hope no one takes it the wrong way. I only meant to imply that although I had noticed your photo album on FB, I had ignored it for the simple reason that I knew you would also post the photographs here on CVF –which is more suited to the kind of sometimes lengthy discussion which I know you want. But of course it is also nice to have an instant appreciation from often busy people, such as our Captain, who, even at the start of work shift weeks, saw and liked your album. Had it been my pictures, such a like from someone whose photography I so admire would have meant a very great deal to me.

    Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
    ....I also hope you can tell me if you don't like an image, and why....
    Yes I would certainly not hesitate to do so, and that is indeed something that would require the space a forum provides (perhaps that is indeed why there isn’t a “dislike” button on FB!)
    But looking back, I don’t recollect having said outright that I didn’t like an image of yours, and I have been trying to understand why. I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t see the ones I don’t like –pass them by them without even realising I have.

    But another of my thought processes that I understand better is also playing a big part here. I first became aware of this years ago in the context of wine tasting…I mean “serious” wine tasting –kind of thing one might even take an exam in. Trouble with me was that my wine tasting notes were far too subjective and personal, not the kind of descriptions that anyone else could relate to, let alone assist someone in deciding that it was a type of wine they might buy. Neither did I find a more quantitative approach much better – like deciding how dry a wine was on a scale of 1 to 5 kind of thing. But when one had a wine tasting where the wines were presented in pairs or threes, and one was evaluating them together, then I found it easy. Easier to evaluate characteristics like dryness relative to each other, and very much easier to pick likes and dislikes and give reasons by comparison with the other wines.

    So although some photos might simply not register on my radar so to speak, the wine-tasting-like thought processes are going on where several similar photos are presented together, like those yellow coloured trees. For example, I don’t like #203/4, but I don’t think I would be able to explain why without referring to the one I picked as my favourite, #203/5.




    (Just reproduced them smaller side-by-side here for easier reference, the disliked 4 on the left, and the liked 5 on the right.)

    So…4 has too little blue sky and too much beige to balance the mass of yellow like the colours in 5 do. 4 seems messy somehow, but I wouldn’t have been able to explain exactly how until I’d seen how 5 conveys the cascading nature of the tree, and how well that relates to the composition (one’s eye goes up the trunk, pausing at the top for a moment before cascading down to the bottom of the picture. Oh, and that is really making use of the vertical portrait format. So now I’m just realising how much I dislike the use of portrait format in photo 4 –it doesn’t “say” anything …and I think the choice of portrait format needs to say something, make a statement of some kind, whereas a horizontal format is more forgiving.

    And of course that fault in 4, now that 5 has enabled me to recognise it, seems even worse because you are usually such a master of spotting suitable subjects for composing portrait format effectively! You did exactly that in my favourite 5. Actually I don’t think there is a portrait format image in 4, but I like these letter-box-shaped ones I just made!






    …and my favourite :-

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  • Sterkoder
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    Thank you for not only saying WOW...., as I appreciate it very much that you comment on my pictures. I also hope you can tell me if you don't like an image, and why.

    The “seagull” stone with onlooker reflected in the blue water amid such rich blue shadows is so striking, and must have been so challenging to expose.
    I've always said that I want to take a correct picture the first time, but to be honest...., that particular picture I took four times.

    Another important change I did this time, was to use -0.7 instead of 0.0 in the seeker, because my images has always been too lighted as opposed to on the camera display, where they look too dark.

    It has been so long a time since I had taken pictures now, I just had to get out today. Glad I did...

    By the way:
    Twig on the Shore challenges the imagination!
    This twig looks like something Sigorney Weaver should take care of. Reminds me of one of those slimy creatures from one of the ALIEN movies...

    Thanks also to Tommi for positive responce, and to Mark: it was a pleasure bringing you along...., to put it that way
    Last edited by Sterkoder; November 5th, 2012, 00:23.

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  • Tommi
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    Such a brilliant day for a photo-excursion, and splendid results indeed.

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  • Seagull
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    Sorry, I just have to use the WOW word Svein!

    Hardly know where to start among so many special images, but perhaps the berries of #201/2 is as good a place as any. I picked it out because it’s the kind of subject I’d be attracted to photographing but then struggle to know what to do with it. I’d be telling myself it just wouldn’t work to have a branch sticking out from the corner of the frame like that…BUT… of course it does work. Perhaps it’s having that darker shadow in the grass at the bottom, and getting the background landscape exactly the right amount out of focus. Somehow it conveys non-visual things too –the freshness of the air, the temperature, the difference between standing in sun or shadow.

    Then our dear friend the milk canister, subject of many masterpieces, and now another. The shadows of pieces of grass against the rusty exterior are also bright against the blackness. Add the rusty detail still visible in the rim shadow on the right and just that small triangle of blue light within – and there you have it, an profound image of dark depths that one can keep on looking at and looking into.

    You know how I have gradually accumulated a series of very favourite images of pakarang’s on colour themes –his Blue Reflections for example? –I imagine them as an art exhibition. Well here I shall start a Sterkoder art exhibition “Blue” with the image you describe as natures art. (#201/6).

    The “seagull” stone with onlooker reflected in the blue water amid such rich blue shadows is so striking, and must have been so challenging to expose.

    Oh then I’m pairing the crystal clear water with “Blue” –but as much for the line shapes the sun makes as for the colour.

    In #202/4 I liked the contrast of white mountains and the near dark mountain-like shapes of the rocks in the water, and in the next image the frozen seaweed makes a fine abstract pattern with limited colour palette.

    Twig on the Shore challenges the imagination! (at the moment I’m seeing a kind of mythical animal with head and beak on the left, and a long tail, but I’m quite sure I’ll come back to this tomorrow and see something entirely different!

    Another blue! ….Blue Ice! I keep feeling someone might press too hard against that stretched-like surface and I can hear how it would sound when it broke.

    #203/3, the boat among the trees, is another image that has a strong and satisfying composition but is also variations within another limited colour palette. I keep saying that kind of thing about the colour range, so it is clearly an aspect of the Sterkoder style that has emerged. Those rock ones fit into this category too, and yes I do agree with your interpretation.

    #203/5 is my chosen one of those cascades of yellow against the blue sky.

    I started not intending to talk about so many images, but how can I help but do so – the farm buildings and the saw mill are so interesting, and then there’s another piece of wood to fuel the imagination, and finally the magic colours and reflections of the creek.

    …or I could just have said WOW or liked on FB!!!!!

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  • PoloUK
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    Fantastic photos - beautiful light. We had snow in our little corner of south west England today, actually looked more wintery than your walk for a few minutes, before it all turned to water and there were floods all over the place!!

    Thank you for taking us on the walk with you.

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  • Sterkoder
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    Finally...., after walking almost back home, on the left side of the main road there is a creek


    That's all, folks...! Hope you enjoyed...

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