Apr 26th


Postcards from Sweden

I’m just wrapping up an amazing week in Sweden. Spent part of it pubbing and exploring Stockholm, which is an incredible city, and so easy to travel. It’s got great public transport, and it’s small, and extremely friendly. English is so widely spoken I never once had that familiar dread of knowing I needed to mime my way through ordering lunch. I spent the last few days of my time here in a rented Volvo heading up the coast and exploring little fishing villages and forests, and the weather complied with banks of gorgeous fog and mist. Not unlike Iceland, I froze my little fingertips off most days here, but that’s my own fault – I packed for the next two weeks in the Italian Riviera and Venice, not Scandinavia. I’ll be back and next time I’ll head as far north as I can get, likely heading into Norway as well. Next time I’m bringing mittens.

A couple days ago Craft & Vision released an eBook about sharing our images. I’m more passionate than ever about sharing – getting our photographs out into the world, through various media. I can’t print these until I’m home, but I can still give you a peek at them. If you haven’t checked out Stuart Sipahigil’s latest: Shoot + Share, Getting Your Photographs out into the World, it’s well worth a look, and it’s still only $4 if you use the coupon code in this link. It’s full of great ideas and starting points about sharing, and should light a fire under you to give your work a life beyond your harddrives. In the meantime, enjoy the postcards. It’s more than I usually share, but I’m feeling share-y. And it’s been a while since I posted one of these. The one above is a favourite. I couldn’t believe the intensity of the colours from the oxidizing rocks, and ended up shooting this piece of coastline for a couple cold hours filled with wonder. (Click any of them to see them larger)

Comments (39)
  1. April 26, 2012 at 4:54 am

    great shots! i hope you had a chance to visit the Fotografiska-museum in stockholm. :D

  2. April 26, 2012 at 5:05 am

    As a resident of Scandinavia, I love these. Inspires me to get outside and look with fresh eyes. Enjoy Italy!

  3. Bruce Sexton

    April 26, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for sharing your photographs – beautiful!

  4. April 26, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I lived in Stockholm, Sweden 10 years ago and always loved the beauty of the place. Thanks for posting your beautiful photos. They really took me back… Now to plan a return visit.

  5. Carlos Celis

    April 26, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Thank you because always when you travel, you always bring us back some picks.

  6. April 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Gorgeous postcards David, have a wonderful time at the Riviera, look forward to seeing what you capture there.

  7. April 26, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Glad to see you’re feeling “share-y” :-) That second shot, though. Is that HDR?

  8. April 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Not going to say I like the photos, although I do… and for that reason I tried to spend time reading them carefully, the boat became a captivating novel… but with limited space here…. I’ll just say thanks.

  9. April 26, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I did tell you I almost signed up to go see Polar Bears in Norway, didn’t I?

  10. David

    April 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Stuart, that’s the last time you should ask me that. :-) No, it’s not HDR. I guess because I used a 3-stop ND grad, it’s an expanded dynamic range, sort of, but mostly it’s just cool light. (Ahem, not that there’s anything wrong with HDR, per se…)

  11. David

    April 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

    DaveB – You make me proud, sir. :-)

  12. April 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Looks like a great place for photography, as well as just traveling around! Thanks for sharing the pics and safe travels David!

  13. April 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Heh. I keed, I keed. Just pushing a button or three (bracketed, of course.) :-)

  14. Johan Allmer

    April 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Great photos, and a good choice of place. The coast of northern Uppland has a lot to offer both when it comes to nature- and cultural sceneries. Lovstabruk is a classic place, it’s realy inspiring to se your photos from places that I know so well. Is the old fishingboat from Gardskar?

  15. April 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Amazing images, David. Inspiring to see what you have done with mist and fog, a theme I decided to embrace recently rather than my normal “Ugh I can’t shoot in this” attitude, have to say I found it liberating to do.

  16. Alan Wicks

    April 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    As per usual, after seeing your photographs I end up viewing the world just a bit differently and think about times and places where I could make a photo that would reflect my vision.

    Thanks and God Bless.

  17. April 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Awesome David! These photos have truly lifted my day. Thank you for sharing. :)

  18. April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

    :) Amazing work. I am so glad a blogger referred me to this site. I wish I had taken those. Thank you.

  19. April 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Outstanding work David. I’m currently absorbing Photographically Speaking, and know I’m looking at my shots with a keener eye thanks to it! Thanks for your inspiration! Safe travels.

  20. April 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for these postcards from my part of the world! I recognize Loefstabruk, and maybe Faagelsundet (Bird Strait ;o)?
    We’re all awaiting the warmer part of spring here – nice to se that you could do something beutyful out of our “miserable” weather!

  21. Wayne Elliott

    April 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Although I’ve not yet been to Sweden, your images take me to places I have been so the combination is doubly pleasing. Thanks.

  22. Wayne Elliott

    April 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Way off topic, but how do I add my picture to my comments? Thanks.

  23. April 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Hallo David, thank you for sharing your photographs. I like No. 7 most. Have a good time in Italy!

  24. April 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Sitting in Brussels… Watching your take on scandinavia.. Is making me feel homesick :-)

  25. April 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Great news from your travels. Looks like numerous photo opportunities. My two favorites? Image #2 & #4.

  26. April 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I especially like the first one as well. The lovely S curve created by the water and trees really draws you in, but then it brings you back to that amazing colored foreground.

  27. April 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Absolutely stunning images as usual David. I. An hardly wait to see your images from Italy. Your Venice: A Monograph was my primer before my Italy trip last summer and was on my iPad where I could refer to it throughout.

  28. David

    April 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the comments, all. Very much appreciated.

    Johan, the old fishing boat is in Fagelsundets, north of Stockholm.

    Eli, Brussels is a long way from Oslo…go home! :-)

    Edith, right now all I want to do is SURVIVE Italy this year. :-) Photographs will be a bonus!

  29. Pete T

    April 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Great pictures of my favourite part of the world and am looking forward to return visit in August. Great light in these pictures; all I ever had in previous visits was sunshine!

  30. Andy Wilson

    April 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Very evocative images once again. I have to agree with the comments about the boat in particular, the lines, the muted colours, even the ‘foggy’ trees and featureless sky. It leave’s you wondering what stories she could tell about the folk who sailed her, the storms, the great hauls, the empty nets…

  31. Torsten Radtke

    April 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Great pictures! touching my soul. Thanks!

  32. April 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

    All the images are cool, but 2,3 and 4 are stunning.
    (the boat, sun & trees, buildings on the water)

    Thanks for sharing.

  33. April 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the postcards, they are really great:-) I like the moody mist that appears in many of them.

  34. Thysje

    April 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Especially love the boat, but they all have such a wonderful peaceful and calm feel about them. Thank you for feeling share-y! :)

  35. Howard

    April 30, 2012 at 6:52 am

    These are lovely, David. The fog is great and the photographs are just wonderful.

  36. May 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Awesome Awesome Awesome.

  37. moi

    May 6, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I love the image of the boathouses the best!

  38. May 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Have been away for a while, so.. late comment here!

    If you come to the north of Sweden, and you want to cross over to the North of Norway like you say in your post. You are very welcome to stay with me and my family in our home. Tromso (my hometown) is a great location for exploring the coast and the mountains rising up from the fjords.

  39. May 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Glad you had a great time here in Sweden! :) Beautiful photos – as always!