Early mornings

I get up early most days, it’s one of the few advantages of being a boarder line insomniac. It meansI have plenty of time to cycle the 18 km’s to work before the local town is awake or have even thought about waking up.

I’m lucky in that at least nearly a half of my route takes me along the river path where there are lots of things I can record and the weather is never the same.

This Picture was taken at around 04.30 in the morning everything was totally quiet even the ducks were sleeping when I rolled to a stop by this old stone quay.

It was a foggy start that day so there was plenty of atmosphere I took this low shot which a mate said looked like the cover of some new Scandinavian Crime novel. Anyway just to show the difference I took a similar shot next day without fog and a different aperture setting.


Leave a comment and let me know which you like best.

Borgund Stavkyrkje

As I promised last week I’m going to try and post one shot a week to re-start my blog.

I took this shot during our brief summer holiday last year The wood to build this church was first felled in the winter of 1180 the building began in 1183. Of the approx 1000 churches built there are 28 left Borgund is the one that is least altered.

Nikon Z6
Nikkor-Z 24-70 f/4.0

The Sword Collector

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I little while ago I attend a lecture given by fellow member of society I happen to also be a member of here in Norway. The subject was Scottish Basket hilted swords. I think this shot captures his passion for his subject and,collection .

Nikon D800

Nikon 24-70 f/2.8

ISO 3200 no flash used.

Abandoned

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A rare outing in colour . I liked this shot so much in colour I printed it our in A3+. I have used Niks Colour Efex Pro 2 and a little LR . I hope you like it click on it to see it a little larger.

Afsluitdijk: Cornelis Lely

Afsluitdijk:Cornelis Lely

Girl in the Gallery

Girl in the Gallery

De Staalmeesters

De Staalmeesters

 

People in galleries facinate me just as much as the paintings themselves.What struck me when I first saw this shot of De Staalmeesters painted by Rembrandt in 1662 was “what if the people in the painting could talk?” What would they be saying? I’ll leave that to you dear reader :0)

Mr Tom

Mr Tom

Thomas “Tom” or “Tommy” Simpson (30 November 1937 – 13 July 1967) was one of Britain’s most successful professional cyclists. He was born in Haswell, County Durham and later moved to Harworth, Nottinghamshire. Simpson began road cycling as a teenager before taking up track cycling, specialising in pursuit races. He won a bronze medal for track cycling at the 1956 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

In 1959 at age 21, Simpson was signed by the French professional road-racing team St. Raphaël-Géminiani. He advanced to their first team (Rapha-Gitane-Dunlop) the following year, and won the 1961 Tour of Flanders. Simpson then joined Gitane-Leroux-Dunlop; in the 1962 Tour de France he became the first British rider to wear the yellow jersey, finishing sixth overall.

In 1963 Simpson moved to Peugeot-BP-Englebert, winning Bordeaux–Paris that year and Milan – San Remo in 1964. In 1965 he became Britain’s first world road race champion and won the Giro di Lombardia; this made him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the first cyclist to win the award. Injuries hampered much of Simpson’s 1966 season. He won two stages of the 1967 Vuelta a España before taking the general classification of Paris–Nice that year.

During the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson collapsed and died during the ascent of Mont Ventoux. He was 29 years old. The post-mortem examination found that he had mixed amphetamines and alcohol; this diuretic combination proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint. A memorial near where he died has become a place of pilgrimage for many cyclists. Simpson was known to have taken performance-enhancing drugs during his career, when no doping controls existed. Despite this, he is held in high esteem by many cyclists for his character and will to win.