Celebrations and Spring Flowers in Oslo

May the 4th be with you - [50mm f16 1/160 iso160 + 13mm ext tube]

I've decided to put all my ALF photos on my facebook because it just feels a bit awkward to only have them all on my blog.

Wednesday was May 4th of course and some of you may also know it as Star Wars day. The fourth seemed to be with me because my facebook page exceeded 150 likes :D As a thank you to everyone and to say 'May the fourth be with you' I took a Star Wars themed photo for you. It is a macro shot of a rebel snowspeeder mini I got from my girlfriend last December.

Spring Will Win! - [3.7mm f2.6 1/450 iso50]

I took it in a small, square white cubby with my nifty 50 mounted on my trusty Canon 6D. I added a 13mm extension tube which allows a closer focusing distance than normal. Check this out if you are interested in how macro tubes work. Without the macro tube the lens has a native magnification of 0.21X and a Minimum Focal Distance of 350mm.

Spring has been late in coming this year but it won't be stopped. It has been relatively cold and in the last week has the warmth started coming. I have been walking by the same patch of dirt all spring and especially before the rain last week it had been quite dry. This is the patch of dirt in front of the National Gallery on Universiteitsgate. It was a really cool sight when the plants started to break the crust and force themselves up into the light.

The photo of the plants breaking through the ground was taken with my Samsung galaxy smartphone as I didn't have my camera with me. Even though it wasn't taken with my fancy camera I really like the results. The main downside of using your phone though is the lack of control :P

The one red flower - [200mm f4 1/50 iso100]

Last week it finally rained and I'm not sure if it was planned or a coincidence but they (the city) decided to plant flowers around the edge of the dirt patch on that day. They planted some very nice, colorful flowers, already in bloom. Along the whole row of flowers there was only one red one amongst many purples, blues, and whites and that really caught my eye.

I was actually returning with my fancy camera to get some more nice shots of the cracked earth. As it had rained and they had planted all the flowers I couldn't get that but instead I could get some nice flower photos. This was taken handheld with my 6D and my 70-200.

When I reach 200 facebook likes I want to make another photo to celebrate but I would like you guys to let me know what you would like to see. As I am doing it to celebrate you guys, you should be the ones that give me the idea. Should I do a portrait? Gloomy? Happy? Glamour? Should I do another macro? Figurines? Flowers? Textures? Should I do a landscape? Night? Day? Leave a comment below to give your idea!

ALF 2016 - part 1 - videos

If you don’t like the weather in Trondheim, wait ten minutes

This past weekend I was at ALF in Trondheim, or T-town as I like to call it. ALF (Another Lindy hop Festival) is a medium sized lindy hop workshop weekend in the middle of Norway. T-town is known for its weather. All of it. At the same time. I'm not kidding. I am proudly told by locals that the saying to go by is: "If you don't like the weather in Trondheim, wait ten minutes."

ALF 2016 - Jack & Jill Final Spotlights

I have been to T-town before and have been quite lucky with the weather. This time the stereotype held true. We had cloudy weather, clear weather, sunshine, rain, hail, wind, and calm. That was just the first day. In the end the weather didn't put a damper on our spirits because the festival was great.

The T-town dancers are a friendly lot who are dedicated to creating an easygoing atmosphere and bringing a high level of quality to the event. ALF included a band at each of the Friday and Saturday evening parties, some great DJs, a Jack & Jill competition, and performances from their show group as well as the teachers. Yes I was one of the DJs and I'm not afraid to say that I love the music that I play for dancers. :P

ALF 2016 - Trondheim Show Group Performance

The local show group performed to 'Twenty Four Robbers' and I really liked the concept of the choreography. It featured Nicolay trying to get some rest (probably much needed as he was one of the main organizers for ALF) and being distracted by twenty four robbers. No I did not count them but there were enough of them that I'm going to believe it was twenty four :P

The teachers this weekend were Audun & Charlotte from Norway, Gosia & Kuno from Copenhagen, and Ron & Sharon from Israel. I felt the choice of teachers worked well for this event as they really cared and tried to connect to the event and the participants. This sounds like it should be a given but unfortunately this is not always the case. When it does happen though I really think everyone appreciates it and the event is much better. It always helps when they can show off some amazing dancing in their performance!

ALF 2016 - Teachers Performance

As the title implies this is only part one of my ALF coverage. I also took photos and will post them soon. In the meantime you can watch all 6 of the videos I took on my YouTube channel, check the ALF site, and check out the teacher's websites. Leave a comment below if you also want me to write about my DJing experience at ALF with song choice, playlist, thoughts I had during the evening and some info on the other DJs.

My ALF playlist - YouTube link to all my videos from ALF - website for ALF - website for Audun and Charlotte - website for Gosia and Kuno - website for Ron and Sharon