Sollentunarama

 

Here is another photo from my balcony. This is fast becoming the most photographed part of Sollentuna! This one is a combination of five shots, stitched together in Photoshop Elements. Each was a 30 second exposure, with no HDR cheating involved! The light levels were just about right to balance out the buildings, the street lights and the sky.

Photoshop has some amazing algorithms for combining images to make a panorama. All of this was automatic, I didn’t even tell it to bend the images. The end results looks as if I took it with a fisheye lens! I love how the bending effect makes the lines seem to point towards a point in the center of the horizon – just where sun appears to be setting!

Stockholm at night

The first five shots here are of Stockholm city centre and Kunsträdgården park at night. All of these are with a Sigma 15-30mm wide angle lens I borrowed from Dad. The lens is great for this kind of cityscape stuff, plus it’s massive so you look like a pro!

The last two pictures are of Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s Old Town island) at dawn. I wanted to have a go at taking some sunrise shots, and thought I’d take advantage of the last weekend before the clocks went back. I like how the long exposure in the first one made the water look still, but by the time the second one was taken there was too much light to create the same effect. I did try out some cheap ND filters I got off Ebay, but they were absolutely useless as everything came out red!

 

Shipwreck on Mälaren

I recently spotted this shipwreck on Google maps:

As a scuba diver, I love shipwrecks. There is something so haunting about a big wreck just lying there, rotting away. They are even more mysterious when at the bottom of the sea; these great big structures that just shouldn’t be there. When you stare out to sea there could be hundreds of shipwrecks in front of you and you wouldn’t even know it. As for this boat, I have absolutely no idea where it came from or how it ended up here; she’s a total mystery.

Anyway, since it was just about within cycling distance from my flat I thought I’d go check it out. I had some idea of what I would find thanks to the photos feature of Google maps. A few people have already photographed the wreck and uploaded their photos to Panoramio (see here). One photo shows her fully-intact during the summer, and a few show her in something like her current state during the winter, so the wreck must be at least a year old.

Misty twilight

Here’s another from Järvafältets. As the sun set in the park, this amazing mist descended and covered all the low-lying areas. I love how the road dissapears off into the mist. This image is actually a kind of quasi-HDR, made up of the same RAW file processed twice. This meant that the highly underexposed foreground and midground could be rescued without ruining the sky.

Old pier at Översjön

I spotted this decayed pier while out cycling in Järvafältets naturreserverat. You would almost suspect it was put there for a photographer! Anyway, I came back in the evening with my tripod and took this shot. Unfortunately the angle did not allow me to get the sunset in the frame, but there was still a decent amount of colour to be extracted in Photoshop.

Fields in Järvafältets

This shot was taken in Järvafältets naturreserverat, a big nature reserve about 10 minutes cycle from my flat. The park is proving to be an excellent subject for me to practice my photography on. Also, as this is Sweden, you’re actually allowed to cycle on all the paths!

I had spotted that old structure on the left of the photo and went over to shoot it, but as it turned out the fence provided a much better foreground element, with a lovely leading line seperating the green and yellow grass. I also used a graduated filter to bring out the colour of the sky. It was a very cheap filter, and definitely not neutral density, so I had to spend some time removing all the red from the sky! Lesson learned.