Month: May 2017

Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012

Like being in bed with a woman for the first time…

Some years ago I visited the northernmost settlement in the world – Ny Ålesund, Svalbard. It’s a fantastic experience 79 degrees north. One have to be a scientist or (as me) part of management in one of the companies present. Anyway, I had the opportunity to join some people on a real adventure: entering a cave under a glacier.

Snow mobile on glacier | Svalbard 2012
Found a snow bridge and getting ready to dig a hole.

We drove out on a glacier using our snow mobiles. This glacier doesn’t move (most do), so it’s not very dangerous. We searched for a snow bridge with long thin sticks. Easy penetration indicated snow bridge over a frozen river. To enter the cave we had to dig a hole.

Digging in the glacier | Svalbard 2012
Digging a hole in a snow bridge on the glacier.

It was hard work! The hole appeared to be 2 meter deep, and we shifted on digging. Everyone securely tied to the snow mobiles in case the snow bridge would disintegrate.

Entering the river | Svalbard 2012
Karl Petter entering the cave made by a sub-glacier frozen river

Karl Petter was entering first to check if everything is OK. It was about 6 meters to the bottom of the cave, and climbing equipment was absolutely necessary.

Entering frozen river | Svalbard 2012
The cave is OK

One of the french scientists in the group gave us a big laugh when entering the cave; with his french accent he said the following when penetrating the glacier: “I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!” We couldn’t stop laughing and he descended into the cave.

Penetrating the clacier | Svalbard 2012
“I’m not nervous! But this is like being in bed with a woman for the first time!”

The experience was fabulous! Check these images:

The pattern is captured in a tunnel in a glacier on Svalbard. The tunnel was created by a river under the glacier.

 

Silhouette at sunrise

Shooting silhouettes is one of my interests. My vacation home is situated on the east coast of Spain, a perfect location for combining sunrise and silhouette shots. I captured this picture a long time ago, but I often come back to it.

That morning another photographer had the same purpose for his morning activity: Photographing. At that time I had my first DSLR; Nikon D5100. A great companion for many years. This image is shot handheld with ISO 400, 1/100 sec and F5,6.

3 tips when shooting silhouettes:

  1. Concentrate on the shape of your subject – look for details.
  2. Avoid wind blurring trees, leafs, flags etc.
  3. Seek for open space
  4. Expose for the back light.

If you have another tip for photographing silhouettes, please share it by leaving a comment below. Thanks!

Knabben | Krokstadelva 2017

Juxtaposition

I didn’t have to go far to see this impressing juxtaposition; wonderful nature and man-made constructions in the same view. This great vantage point is not far from my home – and it’s called Knabben.

This vulnerable Pine tree has its “toes” in some crevices, struggling to fight the powers of mother nature. From the vantage point one can see Drammen – a mid-sized city in Norway and Oslo fjord in the background.

Captured handheld in the low evening sun with my Sony X100M5.

Norrtälje | Sweden 2017

My visit to picturesque Norrtälje in Sweden

It was still early spring in the beginning of May. I was on a business trip to picturesque Norrtälje in Sweden. Just an hour drive north of Arlanda airport. After a long day travelling and meetings, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in the city. It was cold – I guess around freezing-point.

Anyway, the city had preserved it’s old traditions. I was impressed how the took care og their old buildings. Have a look!

The city has less than 20 000 inhabitants, but during summer it’s doubled by tourists enjoying their summer vacation just outside Stockholm.