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Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk 2012

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures over the last few years, but the majority have involved the lass in some way. Now, of course, there is a lass mk2 as well (and yes, I have been taking a few pictures of her too). However, this does not mean that I don’t occasionally try to focus on the other sort of photography, the sort with fewer humans and more, well, attempts at “art” I suppose.

And as it happened I had a “free” afternoon on the day of the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk – the fifth annual, I think – on the 13th of october. The maximum amount of fifty people had signed up for the walk in Trondheim, and quite a few thousand kroner worth of photographic equipment set off – with its owners – from “Blomsterbrua” toward Nyhavna, Lade and Svartlamoen.

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I spent so much time messing about at Nyhavna that I didn’t make the rest of the route the organisers had planned, but there was so much to take pictures of that it hardly mattered. I left my camera on M for once, forcing myself to actually consider shutter and exposure time. You can see the whole set on Flickr. Some of the pictures I played around with in Photoshop, some I’ve left SOOC.

Here’s one I played around with…:

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Whereas this is SOOC:

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I had fun. And it was nice to meet such a lot of other local photography enthusiasts.

You can check out the pictures from the other participants in the WWPW Trondheim 2012 group on Flickr, and two other people have blogged about the event, Harald Wesenberg and Randi Aa.

Now all I need to do is figure out which picture I like the best and upload it to the photowalk page to take part in the competition.

Perhaps this one?

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I had all these posts planned

And now my mind has gone blank. Ah, well.

Here’s the view from my new desk – we were relocated last week. The bus-ride is longer, but I can’t complain.

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The delights of Trondheim #1

I might make this a series, hence the #1.

First up, anyway, is Strindens promenadeorkester, eh, excuse me, Strindens Promenade Orchester. We tend to head for the town centre most Saturdays, to take a walk up or down Nordre and have coffee at a suitable café, most frequently Somma. This Saturday we walked out of Somma to find Strindens just getting started on a little street concert to celebrate their 47th and a half birthday.

Most of the orchestra

Most of the orchestra

We stopped to listen, the lass had a wee dance or ten and we had some laughs. Because with Strindens you get antics. You also get music, swinging music, but mostly you get antics.

Music

Music

Antics. A fast head-shoulders-knees-and-toes to warm up.

Antics. A fast head-shoulders-knees-and-toes to warm up.

Antics. A little nap. And as you can tell, I wasn't the only one with my camera out.

Antics. A little nap. And as you can tell, I wasn't the only one with my camera out.

Antics. And music.

Antics. And music.

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7/365 - Serenity

My grandfather died last night. He reached the respectable age of 93 and he’s been quite ill for some time, he had prostate cancer and only a few days ago they found it had spread to the skeleton. So it was hardly unexpected, but there is sadness obviously. Though in many ways I’ve already mourned the man he used to be, it’s been years since he was anything like the grandfather I used to know who’d take me walking in the woods near his house and convince me that Colargol lived there. So more than sadness, there is a sort of emptiness, someone who’s been part of my life “for ever and ever” is no longer here, and there is relief – for his sake, because he really wasn’t very well towards the end and I think he was ready to go on to whatever comes next, and for myself, because I had a constant guilty concience about not visiting often enough – and there is guilt at feeling relief.

And then there is joy and excitement, because tomorrow it will be all of two years since the lass arrived in our lives, and it is really very difficult to feel sad. Life is a very mixed-up sort of business.

But I rather thought a church was appropriate today. This is Vår Frue Kirke, one of my favourite churches, still lit by the Christmas lights in the trees. At Christmas the church became Norway’s first 24 hour open church, if you’re in Trondheim and need someone to talk to or somewhere to sit quietly for a while, this is the place. A noteworthy, and praiseworthy, initiative.

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1/365 - It snowed

The new year started with snow. Lots of it.

This afternoon I brought the lass to her grandmother’s for a sleepover and babysitting tomorrow, and though I meant to get the bus straight back I ended up walking quite a bit of the way as the snow was so pretty.