Tag Archive | summer

A Holiday in Berlin

It has been some time that I didn’t update my blog because I was busy with a new job. It’s also a reason why I took only two days of this summer. With those two days we had four full days in Berlin.

We tried a new budget airline, Norwegian Air but it didn’t give good impression about flying budget. The flight was delayed for an hour and the plane didn’t have wifi. Not a big deal because then I could sleep for two hours and a half.

It might be a bad day for the captain, I could feel when the plane touched the ground it had too high speed. We arrived at Schönfeld airport late and I was tired and when I’m tired my mood is unstable. JJ said it would be fun if we got ourselves to a TV program where a couple competes with other couples in traveling. We will be fun to watch.

We stayed at Hilton. The hotel has very good location. An entrance to Stadtmitte station on U2 is just right in front of the hotel and across the street is Deutscher Dom.

Walking in Berlin is like walking in a 3D museum but with a 1:1 scale since lots of important building were rebuilt after WWII. I was lost in an ancient city, Pergamon at a temporary exhibition at the Pergamon Museum. The Pergamon model showed in the museum just showed how a heaven on earth looked like.

Day 1, we lose ourselves in museums on the Museum Island, climbed up the Berliner Dom, drank Berliner Pilsner and ate some Berlin food.

The Altes Museum (Old Museum)
The building is a work of Karl Freidrich Schinkel, a prominent Prussian architect.

Berliner Dom (from the Altes Museum)

Taken from Berliner Dom. Friedrichswerder Church on the bottom left, Deutscher Dom in the middle, Französischer Dom in the middle right and Captive Balloon Hi-Flyer at Checkpoint Charlie.

Lustgarten from Berliner Dom

A map of Berlin

Spree River

Angels on the roof of Berliner Dom

Angels on the roof of Berliner Dom


Gripsholm Castle / Gripsholms slott

Last week I wrote that we were celebrating midsummer in Mariefred and did a shooting at the Gripsholm Castle.

I tried to shoot with HDR technique thanks to the weather, the colors of the pictures were amazing. The reason I used the HDR technique is because it was quite harsh shadows and I didn’t want to lose details of the subject in the shadow.

To merge the photos I used photoshop cs5 to process them, it’s not only give me more details that in the shadow but also more saturated colors to the picture.

Additionally, the landscape where I shot are already stunning by it own and I tried my best to save them in my photos.

It’s a mind blowing day of the midsummer in Mariefred, at Gripsholmsviken hotel. The weather, celebration and our trip were amazing then the summer weather was gone next day. It was showering and cloudy.

The castle

The hotel

The city

Next day

A picnic / en picknick

The picture was shot in the yard of Gripsholm Castle towards the shore of Lake Mälaren on Swedish midsummer’s eve and post-processed with the neon effect in Picasa.

Denna bild tas i Gripsholms slottsgård mot stranden av Mälaren på midsommarafton och hanteras med den neon-effekten i Picasa.

Stand out / Sticker ut

It’s not difficult to notice them while I was shooting at Gripsholmsviken, they just stood out. The rest was to be patient and wait until it stopped blowing and to isolate them from other plants beside.

Det var inte svårt att märka dem när jag fotograferade på Gripsholmsviken, de stack ut. Resten är att vara tålmodig och vänta mig på att det stoppade blåsa och isolerade dem från andra växter bredvid.

En cykelutflykt till Fiskartorpet

Det är en av de huvudanledningar varför jag föredrar sommar i Europa mer än den i mitt hemland.


Dining table for summer

Today I have transformed my dining table with seasonal colors and patterns. It is simple and easy to make which gives a positive effect to the atmosphere when walking into the kitchen.

The colors I have chosen to use here are green and white. Green is a dominant color in summer when grass and trees get so green while white add vibrance and dynamic feeling to green. Strawberries and wild flowers also come with the summer weather. They give a touch of the summer inside the kitchen.

The color of the summer

We sat outside a restaurant and enjoy the sun, then someone tried to park a car on the street in front of the restaurant. I was sitting with my back to the car and just did a quick turn to check what JJ was looking at. It’s obvious to me that it’s unnecessary to try to remember the plate number of the car. Nice name!