January 2018, six days in New York

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Empire state building seen from top of the rock.

The main reason visiting New York was my wife Tone´s concert in Carnigie Hall, she is singing in a choir that was invited to sing with other choirs the music of Carl Jenkins. And it was a wonderful concert, you can take a look if you want: https://www.facebook.com/DistinguishedConcertsInternationalNewYork/videos/10156017400251948/

The second reason was street photography, the urban landscape pictures, the big buildings, central park, all the people and the changing life in a so big town as New York.

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Time squere seen from Wellington hotel 22.floor

And New York has its own atmosphere, the New York atmosphere, I have never met something like this, neither in London, Paris, Rome or my own hometown Oslo.

 

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The lady, umbrella, taxi and Central park. Yellow is New Yorks color.

I think I never will forget New York. What was it that created this special atmosphere?

 

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Brooklyn bridge a cold sunny january day.

It is the big, big buildings, that is everywhere, the architecture from some old buildings till the newest architecture in the world. I went up to 67th floor at Rockefeller center, its called top of the rock. Yes, it really was. If you visit New York I recommend that you visit it. It was overwhelming. The view is huge. And you look at a conglomerate of cubic buildings.

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I wonder if it sways when the wind comes? It´s fascinating.

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I think that was one of the thing, I liked, the big cubic architecture. It looked like the buildings stood tight together holding hands as a big, big cubic castle. That nobody can damage. The buildings protecting their inhabitants.

 

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Manhatten seen from Hudson river

Oh, God may it could have been like that if it were not for the 11th September 2001.The day to flights fly into the twin towers. We went to Ground Zero, Memorial Museum. Ground Zero had once two towers, now it is two large pools with black marble sides.

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The memorial after 11. september 2001

Every day one of the victims have birthday, one white rose is placed by their names.

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It is so sad, very sad. Why can´t people live in peace?

With the mess of Carl Jenkins in mind, “the armed man, a mass of peace”, and the visit at Ground Zero memorial, brought the music and sorrow together for me. The mass of peace is a work against war and for peace. It does not matter who you are and where you come from, war is war and war make sorrow. And when I was at the place where the terror made the twin towers collapsed and saw all the names of the victims engraved into the stone, I felt the same feeling of sorrow as when I heard the mass of peace. It´s remarkable.

We also went to Brooklyn bridge, the famous bridge from a lot of films, but also famous because of the excellent construction. And it is old from 1875..

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We lived near Central park, and if I not would walk in two hours to reach the bridge, I had to take the underground. The metro. I am always a little bit nervous for things that I haven´t done before, also for the metro. But I took the chance, and I did it! I found the R-train, it was the yellow line, from 57th street/ 7 avenue, and in 19 minutes I get off at City Hall station, and walked some few steps till Brooklyn bridge.

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The metro in New York

With my Nikon 7100 in my right hand with my dearest lens Nikkor 18-200mm, I captured picture after picture of the famous bridge. And I felt so happy to be there. And I managed it alone, that make a good feeling and improved my confidence. I think anyone with a hint of fear should run with street photography.  You have to go out, if not, no pictures. You will of course handle a big town like New York, no problem! I did it!

One day I also walked the Hudson Riverside walk.  It goes from 34th street to 125th street. I walked it just to 71th street. It was green areas, and gays were running and cycling or they walked with their dogs. The view over Hudson river was great. After walking 71th street to Central park, I went back to the hotel and we went out for dinner.

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The Hudson river walk

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The Hudson river walk

Once we had arrived New York we got a guided tour in Central Park. That was very interesting. It was a guide with name Joseph, he was cycling around with visitors and told a lot about the history of the park and which famous people living in the houses around the park. We visited also John Lennons memory place. Their a man was sitting playing music from John Lennon. After the trip we went for our self in central park and saw a lot of squirrels. Very funny. They were tame, not afraid us. I took a lot of pictures of the squirrels.

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Squirrel in Central park

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Our guide in Central park

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Mood under one of the bridges in Central park

We went also for a gospel worship in Harlem. We visited The first Corinthian Baptist Church. It was a great experience. We were singing, shaking hands and wished all people who sat nearby good luck and happiness, then everyone hugged. The pastor spoke about how failure can be a new start. I was so touched. It was really great to be there.

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At the gospel worship

One of the days we also walked the High Line. It is a line following an abandoned railway rail. It goes in the city. There is planting and art along the line.

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View from the High Line

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View from the High Line

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View from the High Line, Empire state building

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View from the High Line, art

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View from the High Line

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Art along the line

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Walking at the High line

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View from the High Line

We also went with a sightseeing boat. We went up to Brooklyn bridge, turned and went to the statue of Liberty. And then turned and went up Hudson river to 34th street. There we started to walk the High Line.

We visited on our six day stay: Carnigie Hall, Brooklyn bridge, Top of the Rock, High Line,  Ground Zero, Central park, City Hall park, Hudson riverside walk,  Sightseeng bout, The statue of Liberty.

And restaurants, also in China town: Congee Village restaurant. (Very good food)

I recommend you visit New York, we have in six days experienced only a fraction of the town. It is so much more, and so much more street photo subjects. I hope I will come back one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moments through street photography

I collected my best streetphotos in black and white from 2017 into a book. It´s quit different to get the photos printed than just watching them on digital media. This is book number one, and I hope it will become books in number two, three, and further on.

Take a look! (Amazon, printed)

The moments through streetphotography

As e-book, take a look! (Blurb, e-book)

The moments through streetphotography

Wonderful weekend in Trondheim

Friday afternoon I went on the train in Oslo and arter nearly 6 hours I arrived Trondheim. Trondheim is known as a student city, Norwegian university of technology is placed in Trondheim, also a lot of other university studies. We visit Trondheim just for a relaxing weekend. And we walked around looking at the beauty of the city and the landscape which the town arise.

Amazing tour with Nittedal Bygdekor to Bratislava

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Slovakia is a country in the central Europe. The capital is Bratislava, a growing town with about 450 000 residents. We lived at hotel Devin which was located near the old town and near to the river Donau. I think the location was excellent for walks into the old town and for walks along Donau. But it´s also a lot of traffic near the hotel. We had a room into the backyard and then it was quiet from the traffic.

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The choir were singing in a restaurant on Friday afternoon. Saturday afternoon the choir attended a catholic mess in the central old town. It was amazing. Sunday we traveled to Cifer a little place in the countryside were the choir and a local choir were singing in the church. Amazing. After singing we was in a hall we got wine, food and friendship with the Slovakian people. We felt very welcome. They gave us a lot of wine and finger-food.  After the session in Cifer, we traveled on with bus to Madra, where we eat dinner. The choir were singing a lot of songs and the atmosphere was very festive.

Under is some pictures from Bratislava. Donau is the river that flows through Brattislava. We went up in the UFO-tower 95 m.o.h it was a fantastic view. It costed 7 Euro to go into it, but it was worth it. So if you are in Bratislava take a trip into the tower. It´s amazing.

 

I was just a companion in this choir, my better half sings in the choir. I´m so happy to be able to be a companion on happening like this.

I liked Slovakia, maybe we come back to see more of this country.

 

 

When NikonD7100 and 35mm are your tool

For some day I have used my new Nikkor 35mm. I like it very much. It is very different to use this lens instead of my 18-200mm zoom. I think the 35mm give me more the possibility to get portraits, and I have to be brave, because I have to go close up if I want to capture someone´s face. I have to think about how much of a situation I will get into the lens. How close have I to go? I think the lens is very good to portraits. Here is some portraits I have taken the last days.

 

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Skientusiasts

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Mother and child

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The man and the birds

 

As a photographer you are your own IT boss

What are you doing with your pictures? Is your camera or phone the only disk where you save all your pictures? How do you organize your pictures? If you don´t organize your picture how can you find the best picture of uncle Tom from 2017 in five years? As a photographer, you also need to know about cloud services, hard disks, software and hardware, WIFI, and how to handle all this IT- stuff. I have written some words about how I handle all this stuff.

The cloud services I use for backing up my pictures

Some days ago my old PC crashed, it was damaged by an accident, but it had also been a little bit slow the last year. Like many others I use to install a lot of programs, pictures, music and a lot of other things. That´s not necessary today. This year I also bought a new iPhone, and the iPhone is a small PC. I use a wireless WIFI connection from my DSLR and transmit the pictures to my iPhone. I learned how I could save pictures to iCloud and I have used it every day, automatically all pictures I take I save in iCloud and in “min sky” at Telenor.

Backing up to an external disk

But, if something happens? What if the internet should stop working some day? Or Apple not want to have a Cloud  Service. Therefor I also want my pictures saved on the old way, on an extern disk.

Organizing

And I want to use Lightroom, because I can then organize my pictures like I want. With LR I can rename the files to better name than those from the camera. And I can put on keywords, to simplify finding the right picture I want. I can also flag and rate the pictures. It is a very useful tool when I later want to find the pictures. LR and pictures on an extern disk give me the full control. I can also make collections for example “summer 2017” and put all pictures from the summer 2017 into that collection. Smart.

My point writing this is; don´t let your pictures be in the cloud or on your phone, download the picture, use for example Light Room organizing the pictures, and you can make what you want for example a book about the summer. It´s fun to be your own IT boss. It is educational. So take a deep breath and jump into it.

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Beautiful people

Today I went out for a photo-walk in my lunch. It was crazy, but it was like coming from one world to another world in a minute. Today it was Ed (Id), one of the muslims holy feast.  I didn´t know that when I went out, but it was so many beautiful people out there in colorful clothes. I went to Grønland, the place in Oslo where it is most muslims, and the street was full of happy people. Self I am a Christian, but I got very fascinate of this people, and I asked some if I could take portraits. The man with the two kids, knocked me on the shoulder and asked if I could take a portrait of them.  Of course I did. And the ladies and the children I asked.

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It´s really a challenge for me, go out there to another culture in my own town that I not are used to. I think everyone should do this, start talking with people who not necessery is like you. I think of the prayer to Fritz Perls the grounder of Gestalt:

I do my thing and you do your thing
I am not in this world to
live up to your expectations,
and you are not in this world to
live up to mine.
You are you
and I am I
and if by chance we find each other,
it’s beautiful.

I think this prayer is meant to live in peace for all people.