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Örjan Gustavsson
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Internet Blues

My ISP apparently thinks I spend far too much time at my computer, so today they "helped" me get my butt out the door by failing my internet connection every ten minutes...

They might have a point though. While cursing over the modern societies dependence on stable internet I actually had time to try out the reversal ring I bought (on the 'net of course) to do some macro shooting.

Who knows, if they keep at it I might even spend a whole day outdoors with camera any time now (or go completely mad,  either outcome is equally likely I think).
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The Citadel

Many year after the navy has left the island they continue the tradition of raising the Swedish naval ensign from the top of this little charming citadel to show that we are not at war and not under invasion. This has been done since mid 17th century.

For a brief moment in 17th May 1996 some Norwegians thought it be fun to replace it with a their flag instead. A prank that had it occurred a century earlier might very well had been seen as an act of war! I don't know what happened to the instigators that time, but the correct flag was promptly put back, and security at the citadel was improved to make sure it didn't happen again.

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St Nicolai

Or "Storkyrkan" as it more often is called.
While churches usually are great subjects for cityscapes, the narrow curvy streets of Old Town makes it really challenging to find good angles. (The constant stream of meandering people walking right in front of the camera doesn't help much either)

This church is sort of accessible for a few different angles on it, this being my favorite so far.

The other two churches in Old Town are Riddarholmskyrkan and Tyska kyrkan (German church). While the former is very accessible for photography the latter I have yet to get a decent image of. Tall houses and really narrow streets does not lend itself to easy image compositions, but then of course it wouldn't be fun without the challenge :)

If anyone wonders, Old Town is almost never this empty, a two minute exposure got rid of most wanderers, dynamic blending the rest of them.
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¡Gracias! Thank you +Roberto Rodriguez Pérez  for your comment.
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Old Town

More from the backlog...
Looking at my previous posted images you might get the idea that I spend all my time photographing Old Town or the City Hall... And you might not be entirely off the mark :)

Although I don't spend that much time on it. Between work and all other stuff that must be done it is not that much time left that I can spend on photography without it turning into a chore. I don't want to let it be something I feel I must do, I want to do it because I enjoy it, not because I must.

Old Town is a perfect place to just take a quick stroll around. If inspiration strikes I might even get a half decent image with me as well. I try to challenge myself to find images from the places I've been roaming around for the last 25+ years. It is so easy to go blind to the surroundings you see every day.

Something that really drove that point home to me was when I first discovered the images of Photographer Elia Locardi, and to my amazement among all his amazing images finds one of the very subway station I have been using almost daily for the last 20 years. During all those years I swear that never once did the thought even come close to cross my mind that I should take a picture down there... It took a travel photographer from Florida to get me to realize that I don't have to leave town to get good images :)

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Tackar +Fredrik Larsson I sure do :)
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Cobbled

Cobblestone street, 18th century buildings, early spring, sun shining... What's not to like? :)

Pryssgränd, Södermalm, Stockholm on a better day than today (it's been raining sleet most day here). The name is apparently a "Swedification" after the miller, Johan Persson Preutz, who had two mills at this location in the 17th century.

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A slice of time

Four minutes of Stockholm Saturday night life in pixels.
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I stand corrected

After the almost complete absence of sun during the first two month I complained to a colleague the other day about the lack of decent sunsets (and that the few that showed up was mostly just meh)

Of course Mother Nature doesn't take that kind of slander! The very same evening the most colorful sunset I've seen this year appeared on my way home from work.

There is no vibrance or saturation added in processing this image. The sky was ridiculously red and colorful!
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Thank you +Antonija Homsi for your most kind comment
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A rare glow

Blue hour shot from a few days ago on one of the very few occasions this month where there wasn't a dull grey overcast. It's been a long month, even for the shortest one of the year. 
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You are most welcome +Marilyn Steiner Zampitella! I am very thankful for your feedback.
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Mother Svea

Standing vigil above the Swedish coat-of-arms on top of the parliament building. The guys in there sure need some looking after!

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Thank you +Knut Arne Gjertsen :)
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Serenity

Any day where I feel the need to depressurize from a stressful day a walk along the water that is ever present all over Stockholm is a sure remedy.
This autumn morning I was almost all alone along the banks of Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen, a perfect time to play with a newly acquired Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter for some long exposure fun.

I had hoped to catch some nice autumn colors before all the leaves dropped, but on this morning the light was not right for that. There was a heavy fog when I set out to this location, which of course had all but disappeared when I was set up. Plan "B", long-exposure and water can be a nice combination. In this case the longer exposures did not do that much to the scene (water was almost mirror smooth anyway), but I got some practice on using the Big Stopper.

In the process I learnt to really appreciate the superb EVF found in my Sony A99! I liked it ever since first picking up the camera, but using it together with a 10 stop ND really brought home to me how game changing these EVF are! No need to make adjustments before fitting the filter, it was perfectly possible to adjust focus manually even with the filter on (something that would have been impossible with my previous A850 with an optical viewfinder)

And before someone flames me, yes there are situations where the current EVF tech is not performing so well, but I count on most of these issues to be resolved long before I pick up my next camera in a year or so. So in the perpetual OVF vs EVF discussions that float around in almost all photo forums, If I were the kind of person to engage in such discussion (which I'm not) I'd be strongly in the EVF camp!

Wow, this post really diverged from what I originally intended to write... End of rant!
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Thank you +Knut Arne Gjertsen :)
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