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Andre Sobo Band

live @ Harburger Binnenhafenfest


Some of 200 RAW’s I converted to JPEG’s today…

… and their big sisters

Holy crap – sorry for that but I love to be honest and that’s the only way I can express what I feel… It was a long time I spent on my computer today. OK the shots were ok what means there were nearly no edits to make before I converted them. But on the other side some other things had to be done (and I could do them while my computer is working – the “View NX 2”  converter is very slow I suppose)…

– wash the dishes *sic*

– ironing *sic*

– home health care – my love caught a gastric flu *sic*

– go shopping (empty fridge) *sic*

– drive to the car wash – a little attempt of escape without success *sic*

I realized that it takes a loooong long time to convert photos from RAW to JPEG and I asked myself “does it make any sense to do that (a few weeks ago I read in some forum thatit don’t mean a thing if you edit your RAW or JPEG-files… So I said to myself “Take a file and optimize it in RAW and then go to Photoshop to edit it, then take the same files, convert them as it is and try to do the very best with them only in Photoshop”.

And the result is – you can believe me – I’ll never shoot in JPEG again. After five *sics* now a *YAY* ’cause this day ended good for me at last

Good night fellas,

c u tomorrow!


Heron’s Breakfast in the Marsh…

August 13., after sunrise

I made a lot of photos this morning. The first series I successfully tried was a panorama stitch of 5 photos (you can find it as header  on my “something about me”.  There was no wind and  I thought to myself that some beautiful backlight would give me a chance to make some good shots in the marsh. There I tried my first HDR photo – successfully *yay*.  When this work was done I entered my car to continue my photo scavenger hunt  – and then – I discovered a flock of herons in the marsh. One of them was not that far away so that I could – just – better said – hardly – capture him with my 70-300mm lens.

Yesterday and today

Autumn is arriving now with giant steps. It was raining all the days what means that’s  a good time to settle down on WordPress and checking out the files that are waiting on my harddrive to be sifted.  OK , I started to look at this folder again yesterday in the late evening while the rain was pattering on the window and I made a discovery…  When I checked out this folder the first time immediately after my shootings  in August I selected the first and posted it to Vox (r.i.p.). But Yesterday I realized that I had a complete “heron’s breakfast” on my harddrive and started to crop and edit three photos and posted them here without any comments and went to sleep *yawning*… After I woke up *still yawning* I decided to make it complete (adding shot #4 and 5), then an intermission *growl* – take a shower – bring my love to the railway station (I’m in urgent need of the car, the weather is much better for some – I don’t dare to articulate…) and then some household chores *sic* while my entry is still waiting to be completed.

I made it

Now to Hamburg – Rock ‘n Roll!!!! *vrooooom*


Yes yes yes!!!!!!

Some of my lost files could be recovered from my SD-card…
One day we visited the well known zoo "Hagenbecks Tierpark" in Hamburg.
190 of about 400 photos from that day (all were deleted) we could recover..
The rest – about 700 – are gone to the kingdom come. OK 190 are better than nothing…  Here is one of them (more will follow).

A lot of work is waiting for me…

Emu

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the MV “Cap San Diego” and a story behind it…..


The Banana Boat Song

(a traditional calypso song, sung by Harry Belafonte,
released 1956)

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Work all night on a drink a' rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana till the mornin' come
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day…
Daylight come and me wan' go home

A beautiful bunch a' ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Highly deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home

It's six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot BUNCH!
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day…
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Me say day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home

This was my very first favorite song. Once it could have been the longshoreman's worksong if they sang…

Now technology controls the docker's work and decrease the ships' lay times. 

I was 5 years old when my father had a job as a chief engineer on MV "Hilde Horn". They transported chilled products (among others – bananas from the Canary Islands). He had enough place in his cabin for his little family and I have been with him and my mom for 4 months on a trip from Dover to Gran Canaria and Casablanca and several destinations at the Mediterranian and the Black Sea. A record changer and a radio was his "sound system" onboard where I enjoyed this awesome song – and some others – f. eks. "It's now or never" (O Sole Mio) of Elvis Presley and – of course a lot of shanties ;-)…

Now it makes me remember that seafaring once was a great experience because you could discover the world – and get good hire that means money for it – not that alms you get today. The laytime of a ship was some days, sometimes more than two weeks and it was possible to go downtown and have a nice time to relax from your hard work. What has changed?

Not the hard work but 

1.  the hire you get (now it's bad!) 
2.  the laytimes of modern carriers is max 24 hours
3.  the piers are far away from the cities (no chance to visit them).

I took the last chance living to see longer laytimes in Montreal, Toronto, Milwaukee, Chicago and many other cities there in the early 70's when I worked on a ship for a few months. I've been at the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and Great Britain.  An unforgetable intermission between school and apprenticeship…

Back to Hamburg – and the "Cap San Diego". This ship (and the others of the fleet of the company "Hamburg Süd") were once well known as the "Swans of the Atlantic Ocean". My cousin worked on some of these ships as a boatswain. He was the one who gave me the idea to make such a trip and made a connection to the companies. I decided to make the Great Lakes trip because of the length of the voyage – and I think I didn't fail……

OK back to Hamburg and the "Cap San Diego". Temporarely it's the world's largest museum-vessel that still is "seaworthy" and "in steam"….

 

 
(left) the "Cap San Diego" is a maritime heritage of the world!

(right) the "Certificate of Classification" of the "Norddeutsche Lloyd" what approves that this ship is classified until March 2011. You can be sure that the next check will be successful again. They are working hard to keep the ship in a good condition!

Next time some shots from the inner side of this wonderful ship


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“2 1/2” landmarks of Hamburg

Let me start with # 1, the St. Michaelis Church a.k.a. "Michel"

every "marine engineerer" – that's my attempt to translate the contemporarly german job title "Schiffsbetriebsmechaniker" (no translation to find at google). Once we called them "Seemann" = "sailor" but a lot of things have changed in seafaring in this world 😦 … I'll talk about it later.

# 2 is the city hall of Hamburg.
that symbolizes the prosperity of this most beautiful city with the greatest density of millionairs in Germany. One of the greatest city halls of Europe

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and last but not least # 2 1/2 – the new philharmonic hall
When this building was projected the budget was 79 million €. In the meantime the city of Hamburg and the sponsors already payed 320 millions… Any questions?! By the way did I mention that Hamburg is a wealthy town? 😉

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Day # 128 – My first photos I made on a live performance

Some words from Kari Bremnes (from her myspace site)

"I was born in Svolvær in Lofoten on a December Sunday in 1956.

The West fjord ran straight into the Atlantic, the mountains rose straight out of the ocean, there were summers filled with light and there was the mythical dark season. It was there I got intrigued by dynamics. And by large open spaces.

We saw the big coastal ships arrive and depart twice a day, one northbound and one southbound; Svolvær is located on an island, you know – Austvågøy, right in an eternal arrival and departure. Perhaps this is why ve made so many songs about travelling.

Thanks to a big brother whose friend ordered records from England, it didn't take long before I started listening to Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan. Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention. Virtually all the time. I didn't think of becoming a professional musician, people in Svolvær were engaged on different forms of physical labour.

But as a nineteen-year-old I was ready for a different life and took the Skutvik ferry across the West fjord, the bus across Hamarøy, the train from Fauske to Trondheim, and finally the train to Oslo – I've always been drawn to cities. We're talking about the year 1977. Here I took lessons with an actor and worked in a psychiatric hospital while wondering what do to next. Gradually I started studying and obtained a B.A. consisting of Nordic language and literature, history and theatre studies.

I was a poor student. My focus was on music. The songs were queueing in my head. While they waited to exit I made a recording together with Ola, after epoch-making meetings with Erik Bye and Otto Nielsen at NRK (the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). At the same time I worked as a journalist, first at Nationen, then in the culture department of Aftenposten.

The year 1986 turned out to be a turning-point for me. I had asked the composer Petter Henriksen if he could set music to some of Tove Ditlefsen's finest poems. It turned out to be som unbelievably powerful songs. I first made a radio programme about Ditlefsen and used the songs in that programme. Then I asked for a meeting with Erik Hillestad, director of the record company Kirkelig Kulturverksted, in order to publish them as a record. No, thank you, said Erik. More than once. Eventually he said yes. We went to a studio that autumn, with Iver and Audun Kleive. My Wild Heart. My first solo album. I still remember the dizzy feeling.

The rest is discography, great experiences with fantastic musicians, meeting with the audience. Tours. Across Norway, across Japan (a surrealistic experience lasting five weeks), Germany, France, Austria.

The rest is the road forward."

               … and here some of my photos of an amazing singer and her unique musicians…

                                                                 Hallgrim Bratberg (guitar and vocals)  

Sondre Meisfjord (bass and vocals)


Helge Norbakken (drums and percussion)

Bengt E. Hansen (keys & vocals)

Kari Bremnes (the voice)

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Day # 44

To celebrate my sister's 50 th birthday we had to pass the port of  Hamburg on the highway. I made this shot sitting on the back seat of our car. It really made me wonder that only one container vessel lay on the piers where you use to see 4 to 6 ships… and statistics only talk about a decrease of transshipment of about 20 % in the port of Hamburg.

So it came into my mind to entitle this photo...

"Crisis, What Crisis?"

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