Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Best Shot at 2011

Another year gone too quickly. I don't now where it went, but thankfully I took a few good photos to remind me what a great year it was...

An owl on a stick on Jan 2, that had to be a good omen...

A business trip to Stockholm also brought some memorable photo-opps, here from the Katarinahissen
A sunrise in April
May in Scania brought beautiful weather and great light
A two week trip to Iceland with the entire family was spectacular
And even the fall brought some beautiful sunsets in Malmö
The year ended with a beautiful sunny and cold day in Lund, Sweden
And another 9670 pictures from 2011 are proof that it was a pretty good year.

All the best for 2012!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Icelandic Diet; for "REAL" men only...

During both our trips to Iceland my son Johan and I lost about 5 pounds in two weeks. So although Kristina (16) wasn't the least bit interested in birds, nature, hiking or wilderness, the prospect of losing weight that easily had her sign on for the first family trip to Iceland.

The diet is easy:

  1. Get up at 4 AM, have toast and coffee for breakfast.
  2. Don't bother making any lunch or snacks. Just bring along your dehydrated trekking meals and your Primus stove.
  3. Photograph anything that moves or sits still until 2PM
  4. Enjoy your trekking meal in the Icelandic countryside. Maybe take a nap.
  5. Keep photographing until 8PM.
  6. Enjoy another trekking meal, or if you happen to find a restaurant or grocery store try the local cuisine.
  7. Take some more pictures until 10:30
  8. Go to bed and repeat.

    (On second thought maybe I should call it the photographers diet?)
The only problem with the diet was a schoolteacher named Lena who also happens to be mother to Johan and Kristina and insisted that this would simply not do and instead provided us with a two week plan that included always having a supply of sandwiches or snacks. 
A great meal in Reykjavik

Needless to say the diet failed miserably, and we weren't allowed to wake the ladies up at 4AM either. I'm not sure how the vikings made it work on Iceland, but I'm pretty sure they didn't have any Swedish school teachers along...

The geyser Strokkur

During two weeks we traveled the entire perimeter of Iceland along the Ring-Road. We made 3 stops at geothermal springs to bathe, including the Blue Lagoon outside of Reykjavik, the community bathhouse in Myvatn. 

Now I just have to see if I can convince the family to join me to see the Northern Lights during the winter...

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Think you're having a bad day?

An Arctic fox in the West Fjords
The road to Myvatn
Johan Gehrisch, enjoying a fantastic dinner in Isafjordur
Dinner on Flatey Island; going hungry was not allowed by Lena...
Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik
More of my images from Iceland can be seen at

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Blue Stockholm

I am spoiled by living  45 minutes away from Copenhagen. Travel to Stockholm is a pain. The reasonably priced flights are before 7AM or after 6PM. And since most of my visits to Stockholm have been business trips over the day, I have had very little opportunity to do any serious photography in the Swedish capitol. But an extended project has put me in Stockholm for several days, and the long Swedish days and the long twilight in the late spring provide fantastic light even at 8PM. An evening walk through "Gamla Stan" (Old Town) provides endless photo opportunities...

 9PM from the Katarinahissen
10:15PM at Stortorget (The Main Square)
11:15PM at the Royal Palace
11:30PM the City Hall
Midnight at the harbor 

Shooting this late you will need a tripod, since the typical exposure times are between 5-30 seconds. But it's worth the effort, a stable, travelers carbon-fibre tripod only weighs a couple of pounds and only takes a few seconds extra to set up. Using a tripod will also allow you to stitch together multiple images. The image of the Royal Palace actually consists of 10 images taken in portait format with about 30% overlap and then stitched in Photoshop.

Other images of Sweden can be seen at