Category Archives: Winter

Been there, done that

But, every year there are different artists and a new look, so today is not as before. Go there for an almost once in a lifetime experience. I will be back with my images from my visit soon. Article from The Guardian. 😀  Pelle

Founded in 1989, the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is built from the snow up each year, using ice from the local river. The rooms are designed by international artists and this year feature spacemen and an ice queen

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2017/dec/18/new-icehotel-sweden-lapland-opens-2018-in-pictures

Top image:  The hotel has 35 suites, featuring ice carvings designed by 36 different artists from 17 countries. Queen of the North (created by Emilie Steele and Sebastian Dell’Uva) is one of the more intense rooms, with the bed surrounded by the head and hands of an icy goddess.

 

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Snow is coming down. Tiddelipom…

A few tips for your camera excursions as winter is coming and snow is painting the world in white. Or gray and brown as it is in some places… I found it in on BBC.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42310311/how-to-take-the-perfect-snow-snap

Back on the track

After a long absence from the race track, I was back yesterday at Bro Park to photograph horse racing again. This is not Abu Dhabi or some other warm place, this is Sweden in the middle of our winter. Degrees below zero and freezing cold for the jockeys. Imagine sitting on a horse in full speed with as light gear and clothes as possible. What the horses think I don´t know. Here is my collection of images from yesterdays competitions.

😊🏇😊  Pelle

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Snowflakes up close

Look at this amazing story about a farmer that documented snow flakes with a camera. Not just any camera! Amazing, isn´t it?

More than 5300 different flakes. A warm and interesting story about photography.

In 1904, Wilson Bentley, who developed an apparatus to photograph snowflakes in the 1880s, beseeched the Smithsonian to care for his collection. – http://wapo.st/2jvEKAa

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/11/the-man-who-uncovered-the-secret-lives-of-snowflakes/?utm_term=.ee2380dc6548

This Vermont farmer’s snowflake photos were a lifelong passion.

I found it in The Washington Post.

😊  Pelle

The Art of Building 2016

The 15 finalists of this year’s Art of Building architectural photography competition have been selected from thousands of entries. Here ( BBC ) we present the photos along with a comment from each photographer.

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-38301001

I picked these up at BBC. I like the one with ladders especially. That is also an art of building a building. 😉

About the above image: Jonathan Walland: “This is part of a series of photographs demonstrating how the absence of light can be used to divert the attention of the observer towards what the photographer intended to highlight.”

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Michele Palazzo: “New York City’s iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard, like the bow of a giant ship ploughing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm, Jonas, on 23 January 2016, the photograph went viral during the aftermath of the storm.”

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Enrique Gimenez-Velilla: “This photo seeks to pay homage to all the clever unknown workers that still build and maintain built infrastructure in the developing world.”

_92948185_12_the_gherkin_by_james_tarryJames Tarry: “This series is about looking past imperfections and ‘incorrect’ architectural photography techniques. The expired Kodak Ektachrome was developed in the ‘wrong’ chemicals to produce these big slabs of often other-worldly colour. These are flawed and hopefully challenging, just like some of the buildings themselves.”

Come rain, come shine

I am in the need of a sauna just coming back from a cold day at the race track! So how do the jockeys feel when they are coming in from a long day on the horse back? Many horse backs that is, since they ride so many different horses during a race day. The weather was testing us, how much we could stand.

Not many races left at the old track now. The 18th next month is the final day. As always there is a new page to be turned and to experience. That will be interesting. Here is the selection of images frpm today. Enjoy! 😀

By the way, are there saunas for horses!

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Long time, no horse race

It´s been some time since I visited a horse race. However, yesterday I went back to Täby Galopp. The track is old and it will soon be closed down and replaced by a new one. At Bro. A place also just outside Stockholm, but in another direction from Täby. It will be interesting to see how the races will develop there. Täby is like Venedig. Beautiful in its decline. Lots of patina that attract us photographers.

A rest for eyes and mind was healthy. Time to refocus and find new details and ways to capture my images. But of course I recognize all the events. I get good exercise since I am not always standing at the goal waiting for a winner. That is what many of my friends and colleagues have to do. It is their job to catch the winner. And after that the winning horse, jockey and owner.  Instead I can concentrate on investigating other parts of the race with all preparations and other post race activities.

Here is a selection from yesterday, enjoy! 😊  Pelle

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