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    That Harstad photo reminds me, I wanted to say something about the light on this trip. Particularly in the northern half, it was fascinating - and I suspect the southern half would have been pretty good too in better conditions than the cloud and drizzle we had. It was a photographer's dream, and as a not-particularly-accomplished one I spent much of the time experimenting and trying to find out how to make the most of it., which just added to the fascination and absorption.

    There was that gorgeous pink dawn that precedes the sun rising (or not rising in this case, so I suppose it's a pseudo-dawn?). This light lasts a few minutes on a good day back here in the UK, but here went on for ages, hours and hours, and segued - but back and forth, not smoothly - into (pseudo-)sunset. Here we are leaving Hav°ysund for Kirkenes, for instance, showing that pink blush at around 10am




    Here's a sequence taken between Ris°yhamn and Sortland, a couple of days later, showing the way that the light seems to change back and forth. We seem to be already entering the pseudo-sunset by 1030, as we approach Ris°yhamn,



    Yet south of Ris°yhamn, half an hour later, and we're somehow heading back into the pseudo-dawn:



    Heading for Sortland bridge at noon, a further hour later: is the sun almost up or just gone down?!



    Docked at Sortland shortly afterwards, it's as far away as ever:




    Such wonderful imperceptibly-changing yet quite distinctive variation in the light. An absolute joy.

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      Your camera does a superb job of detecting and enhancing natural light. (oh, and the photographer does too!)

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        I was about to go on to the magical blue light, and describe my amazement that the "blue hour" can last the whole day. Then I found that Sarnia has already said exactly that:

        Originally posted by Sarnia View Post
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        This one was taken on our first evening after leaving Bergen. In French we call that time of the day "the blue hour". I was amazed to see that in Norway, at this season, the blue hour actually lasts for hours! (even for the whole night when we arrived in the north). The light is so delicate, it's like a dream.

        I even had a photograph lined up from almost exactly the same point on deck:



        So, anyway, a few unoriginal! blue pictures, so to speak:





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          And a couple more, with less Lofoten in them,


          An impressionist take on Hav°ysund


          Trondenes Church


          Moonrise


          Approaching storm, on our last night of the trip.

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            And a couple of warm and snug ones from a lovely comfortable interior,


            My favourite corner of the dining room (aft port, next to the door through to the cafe), complete with Christmas star.


            Sitting in the bar, watching the scenery go past the windows as if on a giant television screen.

            The contrast between the warmly-lit inside and frosty blue outside made it feel so welcoming; even stood outside on deck, shivering in the coldest moments, it was comforting to know that warmth and hot coffee were only a few steps away.

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            • Sarnia
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              This is all absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much also for the nod to my picture! This was the first day of my first trip on MS Lofoten (and Hurtigruten) and little did I know it would be the first trip of many... You have captured the winter lights and colors beautifully. When I say that I enjoy taking this trip in winter, people often say "but it's dark all the time!". But oh, it so much is not. And I also really enjoyed your cargo collection. This is for me also a highlight on a trip aboard MS Lofoten (along with the beautiful and delicate manoeuvers to and from the piers, a dance with anchor and mooring ropes...).
              Last edited by Sarnia; December 31st, 2014, 02:23.

            • nari
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              I have a lot of photos of corridors and passageways on Lofoten. Such places always seem to lead to somewhere important either on the ship or to a memory. or two of my first trip on her in 1997. When and if I get brave enough to put photos in the clouds or whatever it's called, I will post some. Maybe.
              Like photos of cabin 202 in 1997 which got demolished with the fish problem.

            • billplumtree
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              Thank you Sarnia, I'm glad you're enjoying them so far. I must confess, I was guilty of a "but it's dark all the time!" initial reaction to my own thought of taking the trip, my first, at this time of year. And it was this forum, more than anywhere else, that convinced me that not only is it not dark all the time, but it's probably much the *best* time to go for interesting light.

            Nari,

            In the last one of the bar area I am intrigued by the colours on the ceiling.
            Yes, I noticed that. I wonder if the purple colour may be something of a photographic artefact. What with the very bright wall lights, the dark interior and the blue exterior, there was a lot going on light-wise. The pattern is genuine though, the lighter patches being reflections of the very brightly lit curtains, and the darker patches of the windows.

            This one of the polar bear lounge shows a similar thing, but without the purple colouring. It's from a different (higher) angle, so the ceiling reflections are rather less of the (dark, blue) windows and more of the (bright, orange/brown) wood panelling above them.

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            • billplumtree
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              Thank you! But these are my 'mainstream' pictures so far - I was saving the obscure subjects for later...

            • Sigve
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              If so, we are looking forward to that....

            • billplumtree
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              And Grind°ya has it at the first attempt: it is indeed Bod°.

              I didn't really do Bod° justice when we were there. Amazingly, just 2 days before I left for this trip, the Guardian (UK newspaper) had a big feature on the new library & concert hall in Bod°: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...cert-hall-bodo
              And stupidly, I read it at the time and had completely forgotten about it by the time we arrived there; instead, I wandered around a cold and wet Bod° centre feeling rather out of sorts and fed up.

              So, obviously, I have to go back again to put this right. Does anyone have any other suggestions of interesting things to see and do in Bod° while I'm making a note of them?

            And speaking, as Sarnia was, of the first day of the first trip, I took this one as we left Bergen:



            That's naripalmer, before I knew she was naripalmer, on the right, and A N Other. They just happened to be handy people to have in the photo at the time. Spooky, eh?!

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            • nari
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              Eeek. Gotta admit though, it is a good photo -- of Bergen at night.

            • Tommi
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              A great capture of that "we just have to see the departure - it shouldn't be too cold"-moment on deck that we all know!

            Thanks Bengt. That's a great one from you. I love the 'punch', the impact, of your panning shots - something to try on my next trip!

            Lofoten seems to have been moored at Alta all afternoon. Does anyone know why? Bad weather?

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              Info from Hurtigruten:" Lofoten" will remain docked in Alta due to bad weather conditions.

            I just had to add some more:



            Ralf's "disco lights".


            A picture about nothing, or pretty much everything about Lofoten.

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            • nari
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              wonderful photos, Tommi. The snow on the jet boat adds something special.

            • billplumtree
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              The snow does a lot for the "nothing and everything" one too, taking the green of the deck away. Tommi's caption is perfect. If I hadn't been on Lofoten, I might have thought the two shades of blue, contrasting with the warm interior, made it an interesting picture. But with it fresh in my memory, it says so much more about being out on deck at that time, in those invigorating conditions, with all that cosy warmth and a red mug of coffee just the other side of the door.

            We had northern lights! On our way back south, in the late evening before we arrived in Troms°. I'm mildly embarrassed to admit to having mixed feelings about this at the time. How so? How could anyone not want to see the northern lights?! Well, you see, Hurtigruten had given a guarantee that the lights would appear, and if they failed to show up then we were promised another trip for free - so when the captain announced that they had been spotted shortly after dinner, I have to confess there was a bit of a feeling of disappointment mixed up with the excitement as I dashed to get my camera. But I did my best to put that sadness behind me, as we spent a good couple of hours on deck, marvelling at the display that began off to one side of the ship.


            My first attempt at long-exposure photography on a ship moving in waves taught me a few things... Mainly that it's a bad idea, and that you have to shorten the exposure to something closer to 1 second than 15, crank the ISO up and accept that noisy images are better than Spirograph-like star trails drawn by the ship's rolling and pitching.


            I was pleased to get this one (even at 6400 ISO!) since the band of purple colour didn't last very long at all. The lights then took on a fairly static form, stretching right over our heads from bow to stern



            This left me a bit short of interesting foreground - Lofoten to the rescue! :-)





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            • Sigve
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              I like this.

            • Tommi
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              Moodfull indeed!

            • nari
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              I like this too. Even better was the green glow that permeated my cabin ALL night, and the next night. Magical.

            Hello,
            I haven't come to CVF for quite some time now and here I am for the new year ... What beautiful pictures and mood we have here in the Lofoten room. It feels cosy, it is full of lights (especially the blue light, which I am very fond of - I miss it ...). Thank you all for sharing.

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              As if northern lights weren't enough, earlier the same day we'd already had a visit to the bridge in the company of our new esteemed captain (since Troms° northbound), Eivind Lande. Obviously, the best bit was the original telegraph:



              Technically, it's still in use; in practice, though, only to tell the engine room when to stop the engine when the ship's in port. Other antique equipment not in use as far as I know:



              Is this another speed control, given the astern / forward labelling and the (perhaps optimistic) scale? Maybe a more recent equivalent of the telegraph? I wish I'd asked at the time now.

              The actual control in use today is a disappointing little black lever, so disappointing that I didn't even take a photograph of it! That doesn't really seem to fit with the nature of the ship - the single rudder and prop, the lack of bow thrusters or anything fancy, the artful turning on the anchor in tight spaces.

              I did manage a picture of the more recent navigation kit though,



              (the steady hand of Captain Lande there)




              Captain Lande told us that they don't generally use the various navigational aids if they can help it, preferring to navigate simply by sight - landmarks by day, lighthouses by night.

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              • ombugge
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                # 1025/2 is the Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) from A.M.Liaaen in Aalesund, which is still in use as far as I know.
                A combination of Pitch and Engine Revolutions (RPM) is used to set the speed during passage and to maneuver in ports.
                This is to avoid having to reverse the engine to go astern, among other functions.

              • billplumtree
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                OK, thank you. We were told by the Chief Engineer that the engine is run at a virtually constant 190 rpm, so the speed must be controlled almost entirely by varying the pitch of the blades.

              • ombugge
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                That is probably the RPM of the propeller, while the engine is running on a higher speed. If a shaft generator is used the RPM has to be fixed.
                Correction. Having looked closer at this engine it probably is direct drive without gear and with a steady 190 RPM speed.
                PS> The scale on the A.M.Liaaen control is the degree of pitch, not hoped for speed.
                Last edited by ombugge; January 7th, 2015, 09:56.

              And, as if northern lights AND a bridge visit weren't enough, towards the end of the trip we also got a tour of the engine room! Which was just fantastic - poking your head in through the open half-door on the deck for a bit of warmth and to breath in the oily fumes is all very well, but ultimately leaves you wanting more.



              I loved the no-nonsense warning from the Chief Engineer before we plugged our ears and descended into the hot noisy bowels of the ship: "Whatever you do, don't touch the tappy-tappy bits on the top!" So I didn't.


              The business end of the telegraph.


              Er, some dials and a lever...


              Cover plate. AMV = Akers mekaniske verksted, Akers mechanical workshop (but feel free to correct me).

              This was becoming very much not a complete escape from work for me, since the small company I work for sells marine modelling software to Aker. In fact, the first few days in particular had been a succession of sightings of ships and offices owned by either customers or competitors, and it was quite a relief to get to some of the smaller ports further north where life revolved around fish...
              Last edited by billplumtree; January 6th, 2015, 17:15.

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              • nari
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                Thanks for the engine room pics - I was glad that there were so many interested when I suggested a tour to Asgeir. But I think the third group missed out altogether because of the foul weather we had heading to Bergen!

              • Seagull
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                Thrilled to see the engine room photos Bill, and such excellent ones too. (Given such an opportunity my excitement-level and photo-taking-ability tend to become totally disengaged! )

              • billplumtree
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                Thanks Seagull - yes, it was a bit overwhelming at the time! I've no idea how long we were in the main engine room (Nari?), but it wasn't long enough. It seemed to be over in a quick flurry of noise, smell, and attempts to grab a few photos. I would happily have spent a couple of hours down there

              Yes, it was quite brief -no more than 20-30 minutes. But we were under way so I guess the engineers get a bit concerned some pax might do something silly - I like the way they were smartly dressed in black overalls, clean sturdy shoes and not at all like the engineers I knew in dirty white overalls, often torn, and decrepit shoes. Over the years OH&S has had significant effect on ships?
              I liked the height of the area - on a small ship, it seemed enormous. Old ship with a big heart.

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                We didn't, fortunately, have guided tours of my cabin, but I thought I'd post a couple of pictures of it as a potentially useful resource. I know that when I was trying to make my choice when booking my trip, I found this forum, and *whisper* some other sites, had pictures and descriptions of various cabins which were tremendously useful in giving an idea of what to expect from the different grades and locations. So, here's a quick peep into cabin 220 on B deck, mostly taken on the first night before I'd unpacked and cluttered it up.


                Bed up. Bathroom door on the left, cabin door facing. The settee was ok, not especially comfortable, but then I hardly used it at all.


                Bed down, taken from the opposite angle - from the corridor, through the open door. The bed, unlike the settee, was very comfortable indeed. Much more substantial than your average sofa bed, but well-balanced so very easy to get out at night and fold up in the morning. No experience of the upper bunk - I wasn't tempted to try it.


                Bathroom (with shower rather than bath). Compact, clean, worked perfectly well for me, although the whole floor invariably got wet whenever I had a shower. Not a big thing, really.


                Desk, tucked nicely into the corner. With handy sockets for charging kit, and drawers for books, laptop, camera gear, and general stuff, so it doesn't all roll around on the desk and then fall onto the floor and roll around there noisily until you get up, in the middle of the night, and put it all away. DAMHIKT (don't ask me how I know this). Note the small pile of Werthers Originals in the corner on the desk, given to me because "You're going on a cruise, so you have to take Werthers Originals, it's the law".

                Looking at the desk photo makes me smile now. I spent quite a bit of time sitting there in that cosy corner in the evenings, happily going through the photographs of the day, when I wanted to be on my own. I seemed to establish a pattern of, broadly speaking, public lounges in the afternoons, hiding away here in the evenings. I was pleased, in a way, with the short duration of the daylight / prolonged twilight - it meant a concentrated burst of taking photographs to make the most of it, then going through them afterwards to see what worked and what didn't, what could be improved, editing the decent ones in Lightroom, and so on. I really didn't know how the trip would work out in terms of what I would *do*: I took four different reading books, and ended up reading about a quarter of one of them (and finishing it on the plane on the way home).



                Porthole, firmly bolted shut for the winter season - and with tamper-proof bolts at that! Thank you, CVF, for warning me that this would be the case. I chose the outside cabin for the extra space and the bathroom anyway, but if I'd been expecting an opening porthole too I would have been very disappointed!

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