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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Roundtrip Hammerfest Nordkapp

Yesterday we drove 400 km from Hammerfest to Nordkapp and return to Hammerfest. The weather was beautiful. We stopped in Honningsvåg for lunch. The landscape is amazing, it's so huge and when the weather is good it is fantastic capturing pictures. I had to stop the car some places just for a photo. It makes me happy to be in this landscape when the sun is shining.

HonningsvågAlong the road to HonningsvågThe landscape, wild and beautifulFrom the same placeRaindeer moving from one side of the road to the other side. It's times like this, I wished my 300mm lense or more, but I only had my 18-200mm lense. It is a good lense and steady. It was blowing very hard when I captured this moment.

The raindeer and the rainbow. It was a beautiful moment when the raindeer and the rainbow showed up together.
The light is the essense of all photography and with this weatherconditions the light can make beautiful views. This picture is captured by my daughter Silje she was taking pictures of a beautiful sunset when I was driving.The map Back in Hammerfest. I have visit it from thursday to sunday, four days and I have falling in love with this town, the landscape, the people and the raindeer.

Hammerfest the beautiful city

Today we went for a walk on the "siksak" path. There is a path that go from the town to a viewpoint. The view from the top is amazing.

This day we had fun with silhouetts. I turn my camera NikonD7100 on effects "silhouetts", and guess what happen, it make silhouetts.

In the evening we went for a walk at the old road ( gamleveien)

and we made silhouetts again. The evening light was so beautiful and of course I had to take pictures.

From Alta to Hammerfest a special experience

Norway is a country with much wilderness. If you want to experience this you can buy a flight to Alta, rent a car and drive further north. We drove to Hammerfest, The northernmost city in Norway. The landscape is so huge. It is mountains and widen, fjord and seas. And it's raindeer. We saw a lot of raindeer, eating grass along the way. Here is some pictures from today.

Raindeer along the road.

From Oslo to Alta.

Sunset over Hammerfest. Panoramapicture, me sitting left in the picture. The photographer is Silje Schiørn.