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These pictures came from three rolls I took at Jagalchi Fish Market around Christmas Eve 2012. It was cold. But plenty of picture opportunities. I used a combination of Eastman 5222 and Kodak Tri-X film in a Leica M2. 
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Jagalchi Fish Market, Busan, Korea
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Senja Island, Norway.
First time I heard of near-middle-far was at +Thom Hogan  's workshop. What a valuable lesson. I still do plenty of boring flat photos, but I swear I go on a lookout for one of those scenes with more dimension than one. I must have spent 30 mins setting up for this one - hope I didn't screw it up.
The second half of my trip to Tromsø was more or less like this: clouds and snow storm. But I keep on shooting anyway. No complaints when you're a photographer. 
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Aurora Boraelis at Laksvatn, Norway
Close to Tromsø. About an hour drive away, this place is a mountain range away from the city and the only reason I went there that night was that Tromsø was supposed to be cloudy (it turned out it was clear too) but I think I got a nice foreground, +Thomas Paris. I stayed out for 4 hours in that spot, shot many time-lapse shots, but I finally realised that I prefer this shot rather than the brighter shots because the aurora does get boring after 3000 frames. :-)
This one was taken earlier on that night when I took test shots to see if it was cloud or northern lights. Yes, when it is faint like this, you can't really tell. But it was. 
What would I do different? I think the Nikkor 24mm f1.4 has too much coma at f1.4 since I like to place the horizon closer to the edge and thats where lights are, and I'm now looking for another lens that does a better job. 
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View of Lyngen Alps from the roadside. This is a pano stitch made from a D2X which I kept as my spare camera fitted permanently with a 105mm lens during the trip. I did take another shot some minutes later that had the setting sun putting an orange glow on a little bit of the peak - thanks to a little opening in the clouds behind me, but I think I prefer this one better. It feels cold.
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While driving on Lyngen just past Jægervatnet I managed to get my front set of wheels stuck in deep snow. That resulted in a 2 hour wait to be towed out, but guess what, I had great view. I had two whole hours to set up my tripod, do panos (like this one) and I'd like to think it was a productive detour. 

I need to go back to Norway sometime in the future. 
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View of the Lyngen Alps from Breivikneset.
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Steinfjorden, Senja Island, Norway
Over the next few weeks I'm going to post some of my favourite photos and "photographic accidents" while spending the last 2 weeks around Tromsø. Generally I've had bad weather. I can't remember how many days I spent in snow storms. Including this trip to Senja. I started the trip in Gryllefjord and I wanted to end the day in Botnhamn. As usual with photographers, I spent too much time going through the first two fjords and by the time I got to Steinfjorden, the sun was setting and the snowstorm has started making the drive that much more difficult. I still found time to stop the car (good thing bad weather = no cars) and take this photo. 
I wanted to capture the village and the glacier carved mountain in the background barely visible behind the fog, but got this surprise instead. You could almost miss the electrical cables on the right. But I like it the way it is, no need for photoshopping. 

More as I go through my stash of photos. 
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Taking the Lyngseidet ferry, east of Tromsø. The crappy weather is following me. Snowing tonight in the Lyngen Alps, even Skibotn and Kalpisjärvi is not spared. And guess what, Tromsø is clear tonight!! How I wish to be in Sommarøy tonight. 
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Went for a walk at Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul this chilly Sunday. Brought with me a blast from the past, the mighty Nikon D2x. Here's a tip, it's more or less just like the Gyeongbokgung palace one km to the west. But at 3,000₩, its cheap enough to visit both if you have too much time on your hands. Spent most of the time taking architectural details of the buildings making up the palace. Good thing it was overcast - even though the temperature was horribly below freezing. 
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Beachfront properties along Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea. Early morning sometime close to Christmas 2012.
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