Norway

Ok, I’m going to post some amazing footage from my country & the city I live in. I’m not the one who has made these, but they serve as an amazing advertisement for Norway as a tourist-destination. You could say they caught my attention. 🙂

Norway in a nutshell (timelapse)

NORWAY – A Time-Lapse Adventure from Rustad Media on Vimeo.

 

Tall ships races Bergen

Oh, and by the way: We clearly don’t have bad weather in Norway, as you might see from the footage.

Shiba Inu puppies

I am so happy to own a pair of female Shiba Inus. (Yes, the doge meme breed.) Both are with puppies at the time. Thought I would share some photos. This is the third time they’re having puppies, and belong to Kennel Enerhaugen. Several of their “children” have won awards, which is kind of fun.

Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekull Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekull Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekull Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekull Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekull Suki og Sheilas 3. valpekullLast one is Sheila and her newborns (3 days old). The rest are Suki’s puppies (approx. 7weeks).

Cheers!

 

Iced lemon tea

Iced tea

If you are like me, and appreciate cold & sweet substances during the summer heat, I recommend making your own iced tea.

The way I like my ice-tea is without too much bitterness, but with some character (f. ex. added taste of lemon or herbs). That way it is not just cold green tea that somebody put in the fridge.

The recipe that I used, looks like this:
Experiment with it until you get the taste you are most satisfied with.

1L of water
200g of sugar
4-5 bags of your favorite tea.
juice from approximately 3 lemons

1. Get your water to boiling temp.
2. Add sugar and dissolve in water
3. Add teabag(s)
4. After some minutes, remove teabag(s) and add lemon juice.
5. Chill & add water to taste.

 

I got inspiration from this site.

That annoying whistle sound

Kayak

I have a Native Ultimate 14,5ft tandem fishing kayak. One of the first things I noticed when transporting it, was the oh-not-so-flattering sounds when driving faster then 50 km/h (approx 30 mph).
At first, i thought it was the sound of the air going between the kayak and the top of my car. (note: i drive with the kayak upside down on the roof rack)

After much frustration and some 4-5 hr drives, I got a tip about twisting the cargo straps when mounting it. It could surely not be this easy? Oh yes.. Finally did it! No more unnecessary whistling and «ooooh»-ing from my boat on long drives.

Picture:

Twisted cargo straps

 

Happy fishing!

Fishing

In the banking & technology business?

Servers - By Helpameout (Eget verk) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ok, if you – like me are in the combined banking & information technology sectors, you might find this weblog interesting.

I must say I liked his series about the “semantic layer” between your data warehouse & end users. This is a topic I have spent some time on in periods the last couple of weeks.

How to make a consistent aeropress coffee

Image borrowed from Stumptown Coffee.com

Ever since i got myself an Aeropress for making coffee, I have tried different ways of brewing the best coffee. Small variance make a rather big impact on the result you get, when using the Aeropress. For a long time, I had to “water out” the coffee after pressing it. More often then not, I got a too strong coffee for my taste.

After revisiting Tim Wendelboe’s website, I found that his recommendation on 14gram coffee & 200 gram hot water does the trick for me, at least. Consistent result, and no need to water it out afterwards.

By the way: check out his webshop as well.

Heres his step-by-step-guide:

Basic Aeropress recipe for a filter like coffee:

  1. Rinse the paper filter with running tap water for 10 seconds
  2. Use 14  grams of freshly  fine filter ground coffee (light roast)
  3. Pour 200g of water at about 95°C over the coffee.
  4. Stir 3 times and steep for 60 seconds.
  5. Place the handle on the Aeropress in order to prevent the water from draining through the filter.
  6. After 60 second steep time, take the handle off, stir 3 times back to front.
  7. Then place the handle on top of the aeropress and press the contents into a large cup or pitcher by using your body weight

Corrupted file names?

If you, like me are from some country where we use characters outside your average ascii-spectrum, you might have some filenames with your local chars in them.

Now, in a perfect world, this might not be a problem, because all your computers, external hard drive and the NAS has the same encoding, so this works fine.

For me however, whenever I run my backup-script, I get error messages. Some filenames have been «corrupted» being like this «st°rste sand°y..jpg» or «vÕr.jpg». I did not try to figure out the encoding of the file-name, or why they got invalid characters.

What i did to fix this issue, was to run the following script, found on the interwebz.

Code:

find /path/to/files -type f -print0 | \
perl -n0e '$new = $_; if($new =~ s/[^[:ascii:]]/_/g) {
 print("Renaming $_ to $new\n"); rename($_, $new);
}'

I am always careful not to run scripts, found on the internet without knowing that it is not harmful, and this also applies for you.

When I’m on the topic of the alphabet: This youtube-video elaborates how we see things from the cold north.

Hope this fixes things for you as well.

Autumn in Bergen

After I bought the Photomatix HDR plugin for Aperture, I’ve been trying to make time for an evening outside, shooting some more images with high dynamic range.

Here are some pictures i shot during last “photowalk”.

Fototur til Fløien HDR Fototur til Fløien HDR Fototur til Fløien HDR Fototur til Fløien HDR

 

I am still not completely satisfied with the results. As you might know, there are many factors influencing the result. When I shoot three images with different exposures, objects in the image may move, or the camera might slightly get out of place, giving “ghosts” or a fuzzy image. Camera-settings, noise in the picture and the settings in the photomatix-plugin will affect the quality of your “end-product”. Theres much to learn, and it’s really fun!

//Christoffer

New attempt at HDR photographing

I’ve never been a fan of instagram-effects on photos taken on a device with 0,5mm image sensor. However high quality HDR photos has always amazed me. I’ve tried before, but even with hours spent in Adobe Photoshop, I could not get the image to POP.

I don’t normally use Photoshop, and think it is a to “big” tool to use when you’re editing photos. I googled around a bit and the first three results were Hydra, Photomatix and HDR EFEX PRO 2. I landed on Photomatix, because, firstly I liked the idea of having the HDR functionality as a plugin in Aperture (which is the image editing and sorting app I use), and secondly, it looked like it produced better true HDR images then Hydra’s images.

Buying, installing and using Photomatix was as easy as hoped, and gave me the editing options I wanted. Took me 5 minutes to get the result below, by of course over-doing the sliders a bit. Will probably get better results when I’m done toying around. But still, I think the result is a lot better then insta-hipsta-ĂĽber-matic apps for Android/iPhone.

Sunset in Hemsedal, HDR-testing

Ps. Photomatix is currently working on a standalone Linux version. Hopefully, more application developers will follow in their footsteps.

Lemonade!

Yummy stuff

Ok, so I’ll try to do this in english, and see how it goes.

This summer, I’ve used some time experimenting with lemons and fruits, and how to make a really tasty drink for the warm summer days. This is what i found:

My Lemonade recipe:

  • 5-7 decent size lemons (not the teeny-tiny ones)
  • 3 dl sugar
  • 1,5 litre water
  • (500gram strawberries/raspberries)

Put water to boil, and pour in sugar. It needs to dissolve in the water to make a “sirup”.

While the water is on the stove, grate the yellow lemon zest off the lemons (makes a nice taste, adds color & smell).

Put the water off stove & add lemon zest. Stir & smell the good stuff!

After the water has cooled down, add lemon juice. Stir some more.

You may also want to add strawberries from the mixer into the bowl. It gives a nice color and taste! My favorite!

Strain off the seeds and lemon zest.

I use to water it out, so it makes for 2-3 litres of lemonade.

Serve with crushed ice!
Leave a comment for feedback or if you tried the recipe.