Wide angle winter

Yesterday when I woke up the sun was shining from a blue sky so I decided to postpone the planned trip to the climbing gym and instead take a long walk with my Nikon D40 and Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 lens.

I’ve had the Sigma lens since midsummer last year and even though I’ve used it quite a bit I still find the framing to be difficult with such a wide angle lens. I guess it just takes a while to get used to, or maybe you need to be a better photographer to use it right, I don’t know.

Anyway, I got some decent photos and a lovely walk in the spring warm sun. The Sigma lens seems to give some artefacts when shooting straight into the sun. I guess I shouldn’t be doing that but it’s hard not to when I haven’t seen the sun for months!

Landmark

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Untouched snow

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Tracks

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The photo I’m the most happy with I didn’t take with the Nikon though but with the Canon S90 using the macro mode. I think this will be my new desktop wallpaper after the Uppsala by night photo I’ve used for a while.

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Winter Night

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Standing on the windy freezing hill Camilla graciously let me take photos for a few minutes before she wanted us to start the walk back to our more pleasantly warm house.

Vinterns premiärtur

Vaknade lite sent på lördagsmorgonen till blå himmel, sol och nästan -20 grader ute. Kollade isplanket och UNT:s israpport och såg att det på fredagen hade plogats på Ekoln från Skarholmen till Hammarskog och dessutom var en 2 km slinga plogad i Dalbyviken.

Det var inte svårt att övertala Camilla och efter en snabb frukost så började vi leta fram alla långfärdsskridskogrejor.

Solen sken i Skarholmen när vi gjorde oss redo för avfärd.

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Till Vreta Udd så var det mesta dels bra is efter det blev det betydligt sämre och värst var nästan den plogade slingan i Dalbyviken.

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Mästerskrinnaren vilar lite.

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Väl framme vid Hammarskog så kände vi oss ganska nedkylda så vi beslutade oss att ta en kopp kaffe med tillbehör.

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Det fick dock bli en snabbfika för att hinna tillbaka till Skarholmen innan solen gick ner.

Med en sol på väg ner i ryggen så var turen tillbaka lite kyligare men färgerna desto vackrare.

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Väl hemma igen var det skönt med en öl i bastun efter en underbar vinterdag på isen!

Happy new year

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Bollinger – the champagne James Bond drinks, is what we will drink tonight. We will have to do with a Special Cuvée though, maybe we’ll try La Grande Année next year but it’s four times as expensive.

Winter running

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Running during winter time can be beautiful like today but an air temperature of -10 Celsius makes breathing rather painful. Usually the good feeling you get after the run outweighs the pain of actually running, but today was a bit too cold for that.

Lonely

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This beautiful car stood there all alone on the empty parking lot in the morning sun.

Winter landscape

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The sudden arrival of a real winter with snow that stays on the ground for days without melting took us all by surprise. The snow turned the dark black autumn into a lovely light winter and everyone tries to make the most of it as long as it lasts.

Personally I hope the lakes will freeze so we can go out ice skating.

I’ve uploaded some more winter photos on flickr in my Winter 2009-2010 photo set.

Winterish

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Finally after a month of mostly rain and 0 to 5 degrees Celsius it got a bit colder yesterday. All the way down to minus 8 degrees. Still no sight of snow though and they promise warmer temperatures for next week.

Last year we started the ice skating season on New Year’s Eve. Might have to wait a bit longer this year.

Cute squirrel

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I found this cute guy in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Such an adorable little animal, don’t you think?