Summer time in Sweden

October 16, 2017

These are a few random memories from a quite chilly, yet very happy summer. The pictures have been taken between June and September...

Stockholm at sunset. 24mm on full-frame. 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 100

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The Baltic Sea

October 15, 2017

50mm on full-frame. 1/6000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

The summer holiday began with a lovely stay at the Baltic Sea with my wife and her family. The German coast near to the Danish border offers a great combination of sandy beaches, dunes and great bike trails through the lush country side.

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In Malmö

October 14, 2017

The Turning Torso. 24mm on full-frame. 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100.

In June, on our way to the Baltic Sea, we made a stop in Malmö. We got "kissed" by the bad weather: rain and low temperature all the time (a recurring theme for the rest of the summer holiday...)

But we made the best out of it and enjoyed the city quite a lot. We will be back!

Leaves in the rain. 24mm on full-frame. 1/100 sec, f/4, ISO 140.

A weekend in Hamburg

August 31, 2017

24mm on full-frame. 1/60 sec, f/8, ISO 100

My wife and I spent a long weekend in Hamburg. A couple of friends from Hannover joined us and it was good fun. What I liked in particular about Hamburg is its mix of modern buildings and old brickwork constructions. And the water. It's river and canals everywhere. A great place to visit. The city has the third largest harbor of Europe. Pro tip: book a visit of the harbor with a bus. The tour is given in German only, but you will have the unique chance of entering the container harbor and watch the gigantic cranes load a super container ship. Impressive.

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Feliz carnaval

May 29, 2017

Samba gives you wings. 50mm on full frame. 1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 100

Believe it or not, in Sweden they have a carnival parade in May. Probably because it's too cold to go around (often half naked) in February/March. It's in Hammarkulle, in the outskirts of Gothenburg. According to Wikipedia, the carnival started in 1974 and soon got "adopted" by the Latin-American community. Today, they say it's the biggest carnival of Sweden... but don't get too excited. Expressions like "largest of Scandinavia" or "biggest of Sweden" are slightly over-used in Gothenburg as, allegedly, we have the biggest amusement park, the largest botanic garden, the biggest exhibition centre, the largest wedding fair, the biggest horse fair... I discovered the carnival in Hammarkulle thanks to a good photo friend who took me there (thx Gunnar!). Most of the latino communities are well represented and put up a great show with music, dances and fantastic costumes (there are no carriages, just a few Cuba-style old-timer cars). And the local samba school shows up in forces. From a photo perspective, the funniest part has been the "getting ready". Everybody was very relaxed and more then willing to pose for the may photographers (professional and amateurs). Also the police were very relaxed and let me stay in front of the fences without much trouble.

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