Baltic

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Up North

Northern Sunset

Northern Sunset

6 Photos in This Gallery

These are singles.  I probably could have included them with other photographs, but it did not happen that way.


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Helsinki

Rock Church Ceiling

Rock Church Ceiling

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Of all the port cities I visited on the Cruise, Helsinki is the one that I would be most likely to return to.  It seemed to be the right size, have a lot of charm, and was definitely photo friendly.


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Peterhof Castle

Garden Gateway

Garden Gateway

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St. Petersburg was what I was afraid of when I decided to go on a Baltic cruise.  Foreign tourists may disembark a ship for the day without a visa, but only if they are on an organized tour with a licensed Russian tour guide.  On the first day the ship docked about 2 hours late.  Everything was delayed and the Hermitage was so crowded that enjoying the paintings was nearly impossible.  A lot of what one gets to see is from the window of a  bus.

The second day in St Petersburg I took a bus tour to Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Palace.  It was a difficult day photographically, with a white sky and crowds everywhere.  I must have spent about 5 hours on the bus getting around through the Russian traffic which is actually worse than Houston.  At least it wasn’t steaming hot outside.

All but the last photo in the gallery were shot at Peterhof.


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Seen From Deck 15

Harbor Sunset

Harbor Sunset

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Before I went on this Baltic cruise I was afraid it would be a bust photographically and I would gain a pound per day.  I had visions of being herded around in large groups through places so crowded meaningful photography would be impossible.  I did gain weight, but not so much, and I have since worked it off.  Sometimes my vision of impossible crowds came true, but not that often.  I had completely failed to anticipate just how breathtaking views from the upper decks of the ship would be.  Several posts back I published a series of landscapes from the Oslo Fjord where one of these photographs was made.

I also want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments they made to my last post.  Several said they come here because of the travel content.  I find that interesting as this is not a travel blog in the usual sense.


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Copenhagen

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

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A successful blog must give its readers something they want.  The most successful blogs I follow provide useful advice of some kind.  Food blogs with good recipes do very well.  We all like to eat.  Some photography blogs provide advice on how to take better pictures, some aspect of the process like using Photoshop, or gear reviews.

I sit here and post the best possible photographs that I can produce.  Many are a product of my extensive travels which would be difficult for most people to duplicate, so I am certainly not giving advice by example.  What is it that one derives while looking at a bunch of web sized photographs?  Probably there is an entertainment factor, but I hope there is more.  Is it food for thought or some emotional reaction?  One follower tells me viewing my work provides relief from chronic pain.  Please tell me, what do you receive?


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The Baltic in Black and White

Glyptotek Hallway

Glyptotek Hallway

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Mostly I shoot color because that is the native mode of digital photography.  However, I found a few scenes here that looked good in monochrome.  These were shot in five different European countries.

 


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Malmo

Malmohus

Malmohus

Viewers may recognize that several prior water reflection photographs were of this excellent museum.  The collection is varied including natural history, design and fine arts.  No matter what I do, water is everywhere.


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Watery Strangeness

Malmohus Castle

Malmohus Castle

8 Photos in This Gallery

We all love water.  Watch children scream with delight when you take them to the beach or a pool.  Our bodies are 70% water.  Without water life would not be possible.  When one spends over 2 weeks on the Baltic Sea, or its ports which are criss crossed by inlets, ponds and canals, the impact of water on one’s vision is undeniable.

Blogger and photographer Malin H. made me aware of this quote:  It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”  (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

This series includes photographs from, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and on the High Seas.


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The Secret World of Water

Tour Boat, Helsinki

Tour Boat, Helsinki

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When one journeys by ship the view is mostly of water, either the sea itself or the water’s edge in port.  Water reflects light and imparts its own magic because it is not smooth like a mirror and substances like oil float upon it.  Looking into water is like looking at clouds.  A different reality exists in the gaseous and liquid states.  The scene changes rapidly, and is unlike the solid reality we walk upon.

None of these images are composites.


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Tallinn, Estonia

Four Tallinn Waitresses

Four Tallinn Waitresses

Tallinn looks like it was left behind in time in the middle ages.  I don’t know what they do in Tallinn after September when the cruise ships stop coming.  It seemed like half the town was outdoors trying to sell things to visitors.  Shrek could pop out anywhere.  Someone was wearing the costume, but he was surrounded by kids so I passed.  This town is about a photo friendly as anyone could imagine.  In just a few hours on shore I captured many lovely photographs.

 


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The Way to Oslo

Opposite the Sunset

Opposite the Sunset

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These landscapes were captured from a large cruise ship while approaching and leaving Oslo, Norway,


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Out and About

Building and Clouds

Building and Clouds

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Some photos from Copenhagen, Denmark.