A new friend of mine

The first time I rode on a Vespa was in Rome 2014. What better place to ride on such a vehicle? It was so much fun, but at the same time scary to ride on something you’ve never tried before, in a city where you don’t know much about how the traffic works. Also since it was my first, and so far only time I’ve been in Rome, I didn’t really find my way around there. I rented the Vespa for 24 hours. It costed me around 40€. After about four hours I returned it though. Felt exhausted from concentrating so much on following the traffic and trying to find my way through the city. But at the same time I felt happy, since it was so much fun.

The second time was on a Yelp-event this year. We rented some Vespas from a newly started company in Stockholm, and went out for a ride through the city with a guide. I felt it was so wonderful to ride through the side on a nice summer evening. No need to look for parking places, you could park almost anywhere. You could stop here and there for a short while and walk around some interesting spot or viewpoint.

A few weeks later I felt I wanted to buy my own Vespa, so I could take a ride anytime I wanted. I found a reseller that was open during the weekend. Went there, and bought a white Vespa Primavera 50cc, which was the biggest motor my drivers license allowed. Since then Ive been out almost every day, for at least one ride. And I am loving it!

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Street View, Paris, May 2016

This is from last time I was i Paris in May this year. I wanted to find a different way to walk up towards the Eiffel Tower. Somewhere where one could see the Tower at the end of a long road. I wasn’t actually looking when I by a bit of accident ended up on this road. So it was a bit of luck that I found almost what I had been trying to find.
This is taken with my Lieca Q and processed in Silver Efex Pro.

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A rainy day at the Louvre

My trip to Paris at the end of May this year didn’t offer any good weather. It was mostly cold and rainy each day. On the rainiest day I decided to spend some hours at the Louvre. Had only been there once before. And at that time only had an hour before I needed to leave for the airport. This time I could use the whole day if I wanted.

What I mostly wanted to see was the section with french and italian painters. I was there at my first visit, but felt that I had to little time then. This time I wanted to be able to take the time I wanted and look at all the magnificent paintings.

I wasn’t bothered with lack of time this visit. Which was nice. Although it was hard to concentrate on the paintings since almost everyone it running around taking pictures of the paintings instead of looking at them. So wherever you stood, you was in the way for someone taking a picture with their phone or iPad.

There was a lot of people at the Louvre that day and long lines to get in. Below is a view out from one of the windows in the Louvre.

(Clicking on the picture will take you to a larger version at my Flickr page)

The Louvre

A photosession in a cold Stockholm

A couple of days ago I was asked if I could take a few portraits of a friend of mine. She wanted some new pictures of herself. Maybe to use as profile picture and such.

I am not very experienced in photoing people like that. It’s one thing to be out in the streets taking photos of strangers in different situations. But quiet different to for example take good portraits. But I like when I get the opportunity to learn by doing. Most people I know, don’t like to be photographed. So not much training there.

We went out for a little while. It was a bit cold and wet, so we didn’t keep on for too long. But got a few pictures. This one here I processed a bit afterwards in Silver Efex Pro and Lightroom.

Yesterday’s photowalk

A couple of times per year I meet up with a some friends that I met via Google+. Yesterday was one of those occasions. We went to Långholmen in Stockholm, which is an island where there used to be a prison. These days it’s a museum, hotel, restaurant etc.

Where ever we go on our walks, it seems we always end up in Old Town, Stockholm at last. No exception this time. This is a picture I got from there.

A foggy beach

A couple of years ago, me and a couple of friends went up really early in the morning with hopes to catch the sunrise with our cameras. It turned out to be one of the foggiest mornings I’ve ever experienced. So not much sunrise there.

But I think it was all good. Fog, in my opinion, is a far better friend for the photographer.

This picture was taken at Hornstulls beach in Stockholm at that morning.

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On the move

Yesterday I had the opportunity to finish from work early. I had my camera with me, so I went downtown to stroll around and get some pictures. Last couple of times I’ve been out, it feels I have gone to basically the same places. So now I wanted to try to go somewhere I hadn’t been so much before.

I decided as usual on my way downtown where to go. Kungsträdgården became the subway station where I hopped off. And then walked out on Skeppsholmen, and Kastellholmen. It was a really beautiful afternoon, though it was cold and windy. A lot of shots were taken. You’ll see some of them here in the days to come.

The picture in this post was taken at the subway station where I started my trip downtown. It is inside the Stadshagen station.

On the move in Stadshagen station

On the move in Stadshagen station