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Old Feb 15, 2010, 2:15 PM   #1
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Default Small (sleepy) Norwegian fishing-harbour

This small series is not so much a series about photographic skills, rather than showing interested viewers from all over the world a few sides of a different country - in this case it's Norway - and how people live "on the other side" and to some extend the hardship involved of make a living in different climates.

I hate to be pretentiouse, ostentatious or in any kind pompous (yes, I have looked up all these fine words... ) so I rather just start with the pictures instead..... ;-)




# 1 No activity whatsoever in the inner harbour. Frozen in fishing-boats have to wait, wait, wait for change of weather and a shift in the ice to get out.

Lobster-pots in the foreground are set ashore for another year, as the (legal) season ended 31st December, and it will be another 10 months until the next season starts.




# 2 - No boats in line for deliverys.....
This is a small place where local fishing-boats land their catch and get on with fishing, leaving it to others to take care of the fresh goods, getting them to the stores and so on.




# 3 - Same place - different angle. I fell for the sun's reflection in the windows.




# 4 - Another take of this rather depressing scene. I used a 2-panel stitch in trying to underline the lonly emtiness of this place, which normally should be bustling with life.

Hope you enjoyed this little sight-seeing trip.


See you all next time - and take care!


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nice tour walter.

#1 really shows off the tools of the trade well. alot of great detail in that shot.

it seems like people really like the color red, not just in this shot, but just in general, seems to be a prevalent color for buildings, boats, etc.
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Excellent series Walter! I love the red houses show in all the snow, great stuff!

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Nice series! I'm also noticing all the red color. Just like the color of barns here in Canada, why is red the chosen color there? Red was the primary color here because at the time barns were being painted, red and white was the cheapest paint to buy.

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Hejsan Walter! Great photos! I really like the first one... I sure hope you putting together a portfolio or something... you've really taken some nice pictures from what I have seen.

All the best.

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Wonderful images, particularly the last one, which nicely contrasts the yellow light in the sky with the darkened red of the building. You did very well, producing an emotional feeling of loneliness and interest.

#1 is beautiful, but mostly, it makes me want to climb what looks like a large granite outcropping in the background.
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You make the places look great, but sure it's inhospitable there in the winter.
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I like all of them, but I love the feeling #4 conveys, very well done again, Walter
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...it seems like people really like the color red, not just in this shot, but just in general, seems to be a prevalent color for buildings, boats, etc.
As Kevin already explained it has something to do with availability and costs. That was the case in the early days (around 1700 and onwards) before synthetic dyes were available.

As far as I know, the earliest and cheapest colors here in Scandinavia where this red (a bit different from today's mor artificial red) which was a bit more earthen in tone and this other color called Yellow Oker / Ochre (from the greek word ochros which means pale-yellow) an earthen, slightly greenish yellow-brown obtained from naturally tinted clay containing mineral oxides.

There were two types of this clay, Yellow ochre and Red ochre (which contained more iron-oxyde giving it a brownish-red color), providing the pigmentation for producing linseed-oil paint in the early days.

Another reason for using red and yellow was that these ochre-colors were natural minerals and therfor non-toxic, while most of the other colors were based on toxic materials like led and other dangerous metals.

White was a difficult paint to make in the old days and was very expensive. Only rich people could afford white houses, while the rest had to paint their houses either red (Red Ochre) or brownish-yellow (Yellow ochre). The poorest had only tar (extracted from wood) to protect their houses with and ended up living in brownish-black houses....

Today, the use of red for house-paintings is of traditional nature only, and is wide-spread here in Norway. Most traditional houses are still either red or yellow.


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..great stuff!
Thank you Bob!
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Nice series!
Thank's Kevin - and the use of read has been explained above!



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Hejsan Walter! Great photos!
Thank's Ned - I appreciate your kind comments.
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