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    Swedish Car Cemetery in Båstnäs, Töcksfors

    In another thread in here, I drove 480 kilometers on a photo trip. This past week-end I parked back home after 1.457,9 kilometers. Where to?
    Ivans Junkyard (Båstnäs Bilkyrkogård) in Båstnäs south of Töcksfors along road E-18 from the Norwegian/Swedish border.
    Two brothers have collected old cars (they had a car maintenance shop here from early years up until 1986) that has turned into a two acres car cemetery.
    The brothers (Tore and Rune) are 80 and 85 years now, and I heard they live in Gothenburg. One of them, Tore, made a sign on the house door saying the houses are off limit, but other than that, all should feel free and welcome to wander around and take pictures whenever they want to 24/7/365. He also ask for respect for the place and that visitors behave like they do in museums.
    Take only pictures, leave only footsteps, kill nothing but time!
    An eldorado for a photographer, at any season of the year. We were lucky enough to get rain, yes lucky. The cars got a certain glow from the wet look.
    You all can Google the place, and since I will let the pictures talk themselves, here are some from the Saturday visit.

    The last part of the road was close to comparable with the 1970s movie 'Deliverance' (I called it 'banjoland'), and when we arrived at the yard, a sign told us that this is the place where the official road end.
    IMGP4328 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A Swedish postal vehicle, a KALMAR Tjorven
    IMGP4334 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Mercedes-Benz W110
    IMGP4327 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Volvo PV
    IMGP4336 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Just found out, this is an old AUSTIN Morris J2
    IMGP4339 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Ford Cortina
    IMGP4337 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    IMGP4348 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    IMGP4431 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    Last edited by Sterkoder; September 12th, 2019, 22:12.
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

    #2
    IMGP4356 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    IMGP4350 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Austin A30
    IMGP4358 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    They made them from 1947 to 1963, the STANDARD Vanguard
    IMGP4361 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    IMGP4369 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    A face after a fight...? (Opel Rekord P1)
    IMGP4373 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    Opel Olympia
    IMGP4375 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

    IMGP4378 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
    Last edited by Sterkoder; September 11th, 2019, 15:14.
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      #3
      IMGP4380 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      Some did not follow the rules and regs, but I find this decorative
      IMGP4381 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      IMGP4382 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      An Opel P2 Rekord damaged by a collition
      IMGP4384 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      The sun broke through the clouds and rain, and gave me a nice light
      IMGP4389 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      IMGP4398 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      I love rusted old cars!
      IMGP4400 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

      IMGP4403 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        #4
        IMGP4407 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        IMGP4413 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        IMGP4420 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        IMGP4422 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        IMGP4436 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        IMGP4451 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        I thought this was kind of cute. Lean on a friend.
        IMGP4446 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

        A huge collection also in the open yard
        IMGP4463 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          #5
          Read the sign!, say Thomas, one of the brothers.
          IMGP4467 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Nice natural light in the forest
          IMGP4460 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          IMGP4473 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Volvo PV has great lines and forms
          IMGP4474 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          An old Mercedes bus
          70032142_10158025105469610_7816680113231101952_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          Detail from a VW Beetle
          69700608_10158025104834610_3128286266659962880_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          69459071_10158025105829610_2816620173824360448_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          69712010_10158025106089610_3624200400590077952_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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            #6
            Hope I don't bore you with all these pictures. Last ones.
            This old Opel P2 Rekord is a share beauty, I think. But then again, I love rusty cars taken over by time.
            69940520_10158025106379610_138145965218463744_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            These three Volvo PV cars are iconic for the place.
            69756696_10158025107439610_4493534685044932608_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            Opel Kadett Rally coupé
            70789564_10158025107789610_2290356980641955840_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            69956286_10158023988059610_8941072739955900416_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            IMGP4338 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              #7
              Oooooh! This is a highlight in this forum! I had the idea to drive there during our Nordkapp tour last year, but that would have been difficult to explain to my wife. And as you might remember.... the rain was waiting behind that particular rock far up in the North. I am so happy to see you views of the place. Really great. I can't wait to see more!!!
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                #8
                Thank you, Ralf!
                I've had this place in mind ever since I got my first digital camera, so that means a 16 years old dream came trough.
                This is a place you go to on your own, or with a friend with similar interest for this kind of motifs.
                I got just a few more ready on my Flickr, so here they are:

                IMGP4331 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4346 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4357 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4360 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4377 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4383 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4385 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                IMGP4407 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                  #9
                  IMGP4440 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  The following photos were taken with my iPhone 6S, as it rained too much for me wanting to have my Pentax around my shoulder.
                  As I usually do when using my iPhone as camera, I choose to add a few effects, like some HDR, just a little glamour glow and a notch of vignette. Here we go:

                  70879476_10158025106319610_3281063523303555072_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  70726732_10158025107374610_2936563595195973632_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  70637510_10158025107704610_6445730323329187840_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  70402327_10158025106154610_6909541200219340800_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  70295324_10158025104764610_8864136956422914048_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  69934605_10158025105389610_5545145268418117632_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                  69929105_10158025107794610_6070549309227532288_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                  "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                    #10
                    69821974_10158025105139610_1481837487478276096_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    69838139_10158025106574610_4963784658509627392_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    69849689_10158025107614610_5571880602317094912_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    69925406_10158025106809610_5867397901587578880_o by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                    Now, this was what I had from my trip to Båstnäs.
                    It looks like quite a long way to drive from the border via Töcksfors to the car cemetery, but it was just like the blink of an eye. If you "drive" by Google StreetView, it can fool you.
                    I'm not a big fan of HDR (High Dynamic Range) in pictures, but even I can admit that in some areas, HDR put a little something extra to the motif.
                    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                      #11
                      Oh, these are wonderful - in many aspects.
                      Okay, the motifs are very pictoresque, but every photographer catches his/her own angle of it.
                      Nice with rain and moisture, it really adds some edge to the pictures. Nice compositions and colors in general too.

                      I like to observe what happens to stuff that is left behind in the elements, even here around where I live. It can be something very simple, like a old bike, faschinated about waht the power of nature can do. Here it's even more cool, since the number of objects are so huge.

                      As a paranthesis, it seems that a friend to my relatives are on good way creating something similar in northern Finland, but now we're at the late 80's regarding cars...
                      DSC_0747 by Tommi Rotonen, on Flickr

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                        #12
                        Fascinating and wonderful variations. You are right, the rainy weather is giving a special touch to your pictures.
                        On Facebook you were searching for the type and manufacturer of the blue van in #6/4. Somehow this message disappeared on my computer and did not show up again. This is a Fiat 1100T. Indeed very similar to the Ford Taunus Transit FK1000.
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                        • Sterkoder
                          Sterkoder commented
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                          Ah, thank you so much for the correct info on the van. Of course it's a Fiat 1100T. (I can sleep tight tonight)

                        #13
                        That is so SURREAL....

                        What an amazing place to visit, and so very well captured by you, Svein. I'm actually kind of glad it rained, because as you said yourself, the light and glow works for these motifs. These images bring back memories of the smell of rotting cars. I bet it was all over the place there too!?

                        This is one strange - and truly unique place to visit. That was a long trip for you, but worth the time and energy to fuel your hobby.

                        Well done report, this will be one of my top-10 posts of the CVF.
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                        • Sterkoder
                          Sterkoder commented
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                          Thank you :-)
                          I spent some time on YouTube to watch several videos from the place, and I was certain I didn't want to go there in blue sky and sharp sunshine light.
                          Spring, fall on a gray day, perhaps with a little moist, should be the best.
                          When I was there, it was pouring down so much I had to put my camera in the bag and use my iPhone.
                          But that lasted maybe just 15-20 minutes out of three and a half hours.
                          The cars are spread over a 2 acres field and forest, and for a photographer who enjoy rust, old rusty vehicles, items taken back by nature itself..., the place is a must to go to, it's stunning, breathtaking and the WOW!-factor is huge. (Don't know how to explain in words).
                          To find the place is easy:
                          From Norway, follow road E-18 to Töcksfors, then turn right at the white church and follow Fågelviksvegen to the end, and you are there.

                          Been looking on pictures and videos from 2014, 2017 and 2018, and compared to my 2019 pictures, it is amazing how fast the nature work, even on steel.
                          (So anyone of you who want to experience this yard, should not use years to think about whether you should go or not. The nature is not waiting for you).

                        #14
                        As an example, for drivers coming in from Oslo, via road E-18 over the border near Ørje, I made this screen shot for you:

                        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                          #15
                          Just a few more, starting with the sign the owners want every visitor to read
                          ​​​​​​IMGP4329 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          Volvo Duett
                          ​​​​​​IMGP4340 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          There are a mini-bus on the premises, but this is one of two larger buses here
                          ​​​​​​IMGP4347 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          A "hairy" Morris
                          ​​​​​​IMGP4355 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          Ford Taunus P2
                          ​​​​​​IMGP4397 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          The Pentax K-1 II at work with its Pentax 28-105mm lense (used in all photos not taken by iPhone) on a SIRUI tri-pod
                          ​​​​​​IMG_6347 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr

                          ​​​​​​IMGP4412 by Svein Ludvigsen, on Flickr
                          "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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