A Wave in the Sky
Do I even have to say something about this? For me, this one speaks for itself. The magic of Dovre mountain, the home of the Mountain King.
The State of Mind is A Scenery
By day the sun shall be sentry
The Brightest of Them All
He Rose to The Occasion
A Light in the Dark
To Andrea Schmidt
As the Sun Rises in Mono
it probably sets in Duo. Inspired by a quote I read over at Barb Kennedy's in her Contemplation shot. A quote by Carl Sandburg that says "It is necessary ... for a man to go away by himself ... to sit on a rock (pier) ... and ask, 'Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” I think sometimes it is necessary for a man to go away by himself to sit on a rock, and just do that! Sit, and just be.
With God in the Middle
Peak of Life
Bow to Ra
This is the b&w version of the third shot I uploaded in this series. I like the colour version, but I do think it got some b&w qualities too. This is how high the sun is at noon in Norway early February by the way. My latest work were shot over a period of two days up in the mountain from where I live, and some are shot on the mountain by the old mining town of Røros. Where the weather was changing more rapidly I would say. I got to squeeze in some shots nevertheless. This is from the first day when the weather was more than generous. More cloudy the following day, but that added some texture to the sky that worked out just fine. In my opinion. So, here it is. Enjoy your Friday Vin
Who's Shadow is That?
Just a little brake from the Røros series. Got the time to head out and do some shooting today. The low winter sun provides some great light even at midday. Well, gotta go. Places to be, places to shoot. Thanks for taking your time to view. Vinni
We're not as Dark as the Mood
Passing Through The Land of The Mountain King
From Act II of Henrik Ibsens "Peer Gynt" Peer is banished for kidnapping Ingrid. As he wanders the mountains, his mother, Åse, and Solveig's father search for him. Peer meets three amorous dairymaids who are waiting to be courted by trolls. He becomes highly intoxicated with them and spends the next day alone suffering from a hangover. He runs head-first into a rock and swoons, and the rest of the second act takes place in Peer's dreams. He comes across a woman clad in green, who claims to be the daughter of the troll mountain king. Together they ride into the mountain hall, and the troll king gives Peer the opportunity to become a troll if Peer would marry his daughter. Peer agrees to a number of conditions, but declines in the end. He is then confronted with the fact that the green-clad woman is with child. Peer denies this; he claims not to have touched her, but the wise troll king replies that he begat the child in his head. Crucial for the plot and understanding of the play is the question asked by the troll king: What is the difference between troll and man? The answer given by the Old Man of the Mountain is: "Out there, where sky shines, humans say: 'To thyself be true.' In here, trolls say: 'Be true to yourself and to hell with the world.'" Egoism is a typical trait of the trolls in this play. From then on, Peer uses this as his motto, always proclaiming that he is himself, whatever that is. He then meets one of the most interesting characters, the Bøyg — a creature who has no real description. Asked the question "Who are you?" The Bøyg answers, "Myself". In time, Peer also takes the Bøyg's important saying as a motto: "Go around". The rest of his life, he "beats around the bush" instead of facing himself or the truth. Upon awaking, Peer is confronted by Helga, Solveig's sister, who gives him food and regards from her sister. Peer gives the girl a silver button for Solveig to keep and asks that she not forget him. - Wikipedia
Welcome to the Mountains
A Grimm Evening
Keep A Low Profile
Sections of Space
Game of Shadows
Thank you Loïc Guston for giving me the idea for the title.
The Bridge pt. II - Wider Perspective
Who Came First?
Sir David Eggenborough finally get the answer of the ancient question, Who came first?
Note to Selfie: Check the time on the timer
Some days just Sparkle
Could be Worse
This stretch of mountain road never ceases to amaze me. The conditions are never the same and the light can be stunning. One could argue whether or not some colour would be nice, but I felt very comfortable with this expression. Only days left until my internet connection is up and running again, so until then I bid you good light and a nice day. Regards, Vin PS! The title is based on a work from Øystein Sevåg & Lakki Patey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9LHf8j-EmE
What Light Does
Having fun looking over some old shots and making some re-edits.
Don't stray from the path ...
One of those flower thingies
On the Brink of Summer
After a couple of very hot days here in Norway, we got some heavy rain today. These rainy Sundays are great to just relax and just shoot the breeze so to speak. I took this shot out on my patio and to add some mood I went for a vintage look. Turned out ok I think. Enjoy your Sunday Regards, Vin
The title is intended to refer to falling rather to the fact that there is more than one drop in the image :-) Even though I have been using more and more colour lately, I love the subtle mood and the nuances that you'll find in monochrome. This frame I found to work best in mono nevertheless, so I didn't have to wear out my brain by thinking ... I'm gonna leave that one hanging in the air ;-) Best regards, Vin
Hot Night, Wet Feet
I usually eat my breakfast still half asleep, waiting for both my body and soul to catch up with my brain. (it is never off) Staring, like a cow, out in the room not focusing on anything really when the sun broke through the windows leaving these sun trails along the floor. Outside the wind is howling like an elephant with a cold, and the first signs of connection between body and mind came to life. Turning my head, stretching and breathing in so much air that the house flies became dizzy from oxygen shortage. Then I saw it, the black-eyed-susans on the table and I thought wouldn't you guys look nice towards the rising sun? Since I don't seem to do anything the easy way, I found it best to put them on the floor. Giving me a rather nasty work postition, but he who endures shall prevail according to Faulkner. I won't be the judge of the result, but I think it came out ok. Hope you'll enjoy your upcomming week. I know I have to do some stretching to fall into place after taking this shot. Vin
The Mushy Season
By Autumn most Norwegians starts to prepare for the cold dark evenings. We slow down the frequency for being social, keeping to ourself and turn up the romantic music. ;-) I'll leave it at that!
Fern of the Forest I like walking in the forest at all seasons, but there is something special when these ferns are at their greenest. The atmosphere and mood they bring makes a fine detail of the forest scene. By presenting them in b&w I hope other details make their way into the spot light. I also turned this one upside down so that each leaf could get the attention that I wanted. Like small trees in the breeze. Holy Ents of the forest! I sound like a regular druid talking like this. Let's start over. I was trudging through the woods when I stopped and took a shot of some green stuff by the path. Since the green stung my eyes, I conveyed them into b&w so that they didn't hurt as much. To tone it down even more, I added a dash of glow and turned it upside down. There! Vin the Grim
Telling Time by The Coffee's
Don't fear living to fast or to slow. Time waits for no one, but how you spend it is up to you. "The things you can't remember Tell the things you can't forget" - Tom Waits
Ends On a High Note
It ain't over till the fat lady sings but in this case you'll end up where a ton of ladies which seem to have a firm grasp on gravity sing. I got the idea for this shot standing waiting for a green light when I saw a lovers couple standing in this spot taking a selfie. The traffic in Paris made sure I didn't make it more than halfway anyway, so I didn't mind at all standing here taking a few shots. My wife on the other hand had spotted a store across the street and had no problem at all making the distance in one leap. We could do without the selfe anyhow. I was told :-)
Road less travelled
Enjoying time to spare at the airport. Beer for breakfast and a lot of good mood in the pocket. I think it's gonna be a fine weekend.
I am very glad I run to the top of the dome to admire the view. (When I say run, I mean dragged my feet) Remarkably hard to keep a steady hand when you're hands are shaking from exhaustion ... Turned out quite nice nevertheless I think :-)
To remain serene in the midst of turbulence
The Road to Perdition
I rarely keep favourites amongst my own shots, but this is one that I can't shake off. The title may have a rather bleak underlining, but I assure you it isn't quite that gloomy in the end. it's more a metaphor regarding the time consumed on the road, or perhaps the internet. Thank you for all your support and comments, they are highly appreciated. I will try to keep up when I can, but for now I am caught up with an intriguing creative process which puts my work in a very cool interior shop. :-) Vin
A small mountain lake not far from my house that I have wanted to capture for some time. Yesterday the conditions met my expectations and the shots came out ok. After the processing to black and white they matched my inner vision almost spot on. I don't know if you like it, but I do and that is good enough for me :-) A rather dull day otherwise. No funny business, no funky animals or other things from the nature to tell you about. I guess I could mention the old guy on a moped with a black eye and burned beard. When asking him what's happened, he told me that he always used to keep a lit cigarette in the corner of his mouth when driving. He had been driving like this for years. This day a bird came in low hitting him in the eye giving him the black eye and in all the commotion his beard caught fire from the cigarette. Since I am a sensitive and compassionate guy, I did the only thing appropriate and burst into laughter! A typical Norwegian day. - Vinster
Thor, The God of Thunder During a hot summer day, the clouds gather at dawn preparing for a loud and intense party. Thor, The God of Thunder is riding the sky with his chariot, swinging his hammer so hard that lightning strikes. So goes the old bed time stories I heard as a child during a thunder storm. That is the one thing I really miss in this shot, a good old lightning to add some flaboyant flare to this capture. Best regards, Vinster
A Norwegian in Paris
I like shooting pittoresque, lovely villages but then I thought to myself. What if I try one of the dark settings I use mostly with Norwegian landscape/mountains? To me it seems like it is well as fitting in Paris as it is in Norway. Then again, what do I know? I'm just a Norwegian in Paris … Courtesy of Lord Kevin Haggith III, Lazy Desparados and Marty Thanks for the idea Peas and nuts for everyone!
It all comes down to ...
making sure you don't end in the gutter. Røros would be a bad place anyway. They got two seasons up there. Cold and freezing cold. No, keep to the straight and narrow but be sure to lend a hand to those in need. You never know ...
More than Fjords can tell
This is Norway too It is more to it than fjords, mountains, north light and lonely fisherman villages up north. A lot of the time you drive around in the woods, hoping to see some nice views and you know what? They are to be found! This is from a stretch of Norway called Rendalen. A valley that starts at Rena. Here there is a rich wildlife, counting stupid amount of moose, a couple of wolfs, some reindeers and the odd bear. Hunting grounds indeed, and to be honest, that shows on the locals ... There are people living along this valley from its start to its end, which is Tynset. The home of the biggest "kick" in the world. To explain what a kick isn't done in a jiffy, but if anyone even remotely is interested, let me know :-) It's a transportation device used in winter.
Hand of Heaven
Nature, Life, Fields, Mornings, Peace, Open, Accessibility Where I live there are little to none places I can't go. Like this place. There even is a road through the fields. The guy who runs the farm 'over yonder' is a eager bird watcher, so he keeps the road open for other people who share his interest. I don't really, but I like the scenery. I'm not much of a bird watcher, but I do like 'em (on the dinner table) Spot birds with Vinni 101 Wings, beak, feathers, tail - It's a bird! Moving along people. Sharp teeth, fur, claws, four legs - It's not a bird! Check it out! Then move along! Feel free to change pace.
I've talked about men sitting on rocks for the reason of just being a man and simply be, but who need rocks when you got this? To be in the present, the now, the moment and just 'leaf' the stress of everyday life be. This is a part of the advice given to me by JH and also a huge part of who I am and what I do. In my line of work I can't be any other place than in the present. I am lucky enough to have a job where I can be a pirate out on the open sea only to be a doctor at the next moment. I am ... Well, I am a lot of things at once. I am dissemination! I am play! I am comfort! I am laughter! I am sorrow! I am knowledge! I am security! I am communication! I am educator! I am ... Vinni! Pre school teacher! Being present matters
Wow! Just wow. I am currently up in the mountains at Crapville Connections, but wow! Did I mention wow? I just saw how many who had seen the previous shot, and I must say that is is overwhelming to find out that it had reached so many. I usually buzz around my own little bubble, throwing banter in all direction between the usual suspects (yeah, that's right! You know who you are;) and just enjoy the art of others. I never pay much attention to the stats, scores or that stuff. Which any new followers or visitors may have gathered from my tags and exif's :-) For me the creative process lies somewhere between the connection of fellow photographers, similar fields of interest and/or beauty and my own vision and ideas. Which by the way can be somewhat narrow, but every now and then I am suddenly thrown to the masses and I have no idea of how to thank all of you. Other than, if you read this you know how appreciated your comments are. For those who just votes, you should know that is just as cool with me. We share a common interest in what we like and what we enjoy. For that I thank you. So, before any of the usual suspect starts raving on about me being drunk, eating mountain weeds, harassing some stray reindeer, arm wrestle with bears or what have you, I bid you a refreshing brand new weekend and good times ahead. May the light be with you, and, as always, shoot first, ask questions later. Now, if there is any nutters out there reading this, pay attention, it is cameras I'm talking about! Shoot = click the shutter! Ok? Good! Now, sod off and enjoy your weekend Vin the responsible
It's about ... time!
Time is a valuable resource! Our fantastic guide took us to this museum. The Musée d'Orsay, and there weren't any doubt about that it was well worth the visit. This is dedicated to Irene Dublak :-)
I'll stick with you
I figured it has been a while since my last dandelion shot, so why not I thought. It kind of is a dedication to my better half for putting up with me. To nine years of marriage. Cheers!
Lazy pirates don't do rowing! Whilst being in Lego land all day I have surprisingly passed the 100K marker. It's not that I spend much time thinking about score, numbers or even "winning", but it is kind of cool anyway. But hey, as long as you're not a fine wine, a good cheese or a great whisky high number doesn't really mean anything. Mind you, a high number on my bank account would do nicely but ... All jokes aside, thank you very much for all your support, great comments, wonderful friendships and jokes. Even those on my behalf :-) I am grateful for it all. All the best, Vinster
Summer will be Mist
It sure will, but that doesn't mean I don't look forward to a great Autumn and a fantastic Winter. At least I'm hoping for that. Nevertheless, every season got its charm. Time to search for the long pants, shoes and maybe a jacket. This shot is taken the same day as the "elephant" shot, but a bit later in the morning. That whole morning had a great atmosphere to it, and it filled the energy bars to the max. I am afraid I got no funny story to go with this one since I was beginning to fear my return to the house. Given the fact my energy bars were at max, I was confident that I could handle the storm, more commonly know as my wife, that I was expecting after being so lightfooted earlier that morning. I got nothing but love and respect for my wife, but I tell you, she can be quite scary if she feels robbed of her beauty sleep. I try to tell her she looks well slept, but you know ... It went better than feared!
Standing in a field at 4:30 one July morning you get the time to exhale and reboot. No noise, no stress, no one calling your name, no nothing. Just you and the subtle sound of the nature that surrounds you. At least this is what it should be. In this case the birds were surprisingly loud, several cars passed by and one poor sod had apparently found the start of his holliday worthy of going out on a bender which resulted in a rather sluggish walk home with a stunningly loud finale. Presenting his offerings to the gods of good crops. It didn't help that I, who was squatting at the time, rose rapidly giving him a nasty scare so he delivered his last remains of offerings down his shirt and pants. To make him feel better I thought it would be wise to laugh at the situation at hand, thinking it would ease the tension and give him a funny anekdote for future reference. Sadly he didn't agree. He was more the type to react to a scare with fists and fury. I admit I had to give him credit for the bravery, but his vision may have been a bit compromised. Me being not drunk and slightly bigger. However, I am a non-violent person I let him chase me around a bit through the field so he could feel like a tough guy. My face may have been grinning, but on the inside I was laughing my a§§ off. After playing around for some minutes I got bored and pulled a quick turn maneuver on him, leaving him in mid air and me well on my way in my car. He still was rolling around in the field when I was driving away. What a great way to start the day :-)
Behind the branches
Just felt for some colour!
It just is!
Handheld flower, handheld camera, pewh!
For tomorrow may rain
If I were to get up at these hours this would most likely be the scenario: - Grumpy would call to get pointers - Two brain cells would be awake and one would be in a wheel chair - I'll probably verbally abuse myself in the mirror leaving a scorching scar on my soul I am no morning person, believe it or not. Lucky for me I am not all bad being a night person, so it was way easier to just hang around waiting.