So what’s happening when it comes to the submarine hunt? Well the latest news says our ships have made contact with something on the bottom of the sea. The military says nothing though but why should they until they are certain of what it might be. It could after all be some old wreck but I doubt that since these waters are very well known. The mysterious man dressed in black that was seen walking in shallow waters outside an island is however identified, it is a retired man who often stands there fishing :-) I guess we’ll all know if they have something at more or less the same time because that would be so big news that all the world will know it exactly the same second :-)
I got the cd with my Hasselblad photos and I can say those photos are rather bad :-) :-) :-) To my defence: I had no light meter but followed an old cheat sheet and I guess the photos would have been better if I had used my brain more :-) The cheat sheet said dark objects should have a different setting than light and black dogs are dark no matter how much the sun shines on them :-) :-) If I had done as it actually says that first photo You’ll see today is the one with all dogs and one with only Nova. I made the same mistake in both those photos. I’ll also show how much I manage to edit those two photos but they are still rather bad. Those photos are shown just beneath here.
But I can now happily tell You all that I have a functioning old light meter, it arrived in the mail and I’ve checked it with my Nikon and it shows just the same readings. It’s a Zeiss Ikon Ikonophot T and has no tiny pins that sooner or later will break, it works by lamps. I put in what kind of ISO the film has and when reading the light the entire circle lights up when it’s right. I then look at the meter who tells me what kind of shutter speed I should have to what aperture. So simple but still so ingenious! I now have two rolls of film waiting to be mailed and I have followed the cheat sheet when taking those photos but hopefully used my brain some more this time. From now on I can’t blame anything but myself when I take bad photos :-)
Another thing I must think of is that these lenses I have, have no zoom function, I’ll get a clear photo if I manage to adjust the lens good enough but I really can’t zoom in on anything special. That is a challenge because I need to go much closer to what ever I want to photograph unless I don’t mind getting much of the surrounding in the photo as well. It’s also rather hard to see through the seeker in this kind of camera since I need to look from above the camera and even if there is protection against the light it still makes it hard to see what I’m looking at when I use the longer lens. I now understand why they used to have a black blanket over themselves when looking through the seeker, it’s the only way to actually be sure if the motive is sharp or not.
I do have fun though :-) but taking just one photo takes so much time that I’ve so far walked out without my dogs, they don’t have the patience to wait and I don’t have the patience to keep them calm while waiting :-) and since it is rather expensive now days to use film I won’t take too many rolls of film each month. I won’t buy any more ISO 100 films, it just demands too much light to be honest. I rarely have my Nikon on that ISO unless it is a very bright summer day or winter day with lots of white snow. It would be nice to be able to go out with the camera without any tripod, it’s just in the way when I don’t take any photos.
It’s time for another pot of tea and lots of honey too, I’m still not especially sour in my throat but I’ve started to become hoarse. Still no news whether they have found something on the bottom of the ocean or if it was a false alarm.
Have a great day!
I’m at home with a fever today, stuffed nose and it feels like I’ve burned my lungs some :-) Not especially sour in my throat though but there’s still time to get that too. I’ve been like this all weekend but I thought it best to stay at home yesterday afternoon when we were out walking, it’s not normal to sweat like a pig after walking only 200 meters (much the same in yards). So today will be a day of relaxation and tea drinking, I’ll also have some of that honey I got from my neighbor. I’ve already tested it and it is delicious, sort of has a sharp edge to it and the only flower we can think of giving that here at this time of year is Yarrow but we’re not sure.
The Ebola panic is spreading here too. Yesterday a man who hadn’t even been near Africa but came from the middle east got sick at the airport. He threw up and had some nose bleed and what do they suspect? Yes Ebola. I could have understood it if he came from somewhere in the regions where Ebola actually exists but I guess better to be safe than sorry. It showed that he didn’t have Ebola but we he actually had I don’t know. But I think very few people cared about that since we have unwanted visitors in our archipelago right now.
Nothing much has happened since yesterday though, the navy has moved from the first area where someone saw something and since they do know how it looks down at the sea bottom there I guess they are certain nothing unwanted is laying on the sea bottom. The Russian cargo ship that we all suspect is the mother ship for this small submarine is suddenly heading straight towards our coastline but nothing will get a chance of being attached to it or getting onboard to that ship since we have a submarine of our own just behind it. There was also this Russian ship specialized on mapping the sea floor heading towards us but I haven’t heard what has happened to it, if it still is on its way here.
It’s almost impossible to find a submarine that doesn’t want to be found but if the crew makes the tiniest mistake they will be found. Since we all believe this most likely is a Spetsnaz mission going wrong they will most likely not make more mistakes than they already have. So I would be surprised if they found it and captured any crew but it would be fun if they did :-) I wonder if they’ll stop the mother ship to enter our territorial waters? I’m not sure that’s allowed according to international law. If anything actually would happen I’ll update You all.
The morning has been cloudy and it will stay that way all day. No rain though and that’s always a plus and it will stay around 10C (50F) so it’s quite nice outside. >Now it’s time for a pot of tea and some honey.
Have a great day!
2:45 pm Swedish time. A small update! All flying anf boat traffic are now forbidden within a rather big area, it looks like they have found something after all. The no traffic zone is just as big as the safety zone if they want to bomb something in the water.
It seems we’re having an uninvited guest in the archipelago outside our capital and from what I’ve read it is a Russian submarine of some kind and it is also broken in some way. How do we know it’s a Russian submarine and how do we know it’s broken in some way You might wonder. It has been spotted and just before it was spotted an emergency call in Russian was sent on a special wavelength that Russians usually use in emergencies from that specific area (to a Russian base in Kaliningrad) and shortly afterwards another one was sent but it was encrypted.
A Russian cargo ship with the destination Denmark has also been staying on the same spot just outside Swedish territorial water for quite some time now, as soon as the news spread here the ship suddenly started moving south-east towards Russia but suddenly stopped not far from a Swedish island called Gotska Sandön. No one here is surprised since they have been flying their fighter aircrafts in to our territory for quite some time now. The question is, is the submarine still at the same place or has it managed to escape? The best thing would be if they caught it so Russia would be embarrassed for a second time, the first time was when the submarine U137 ran aground just outside the Swedish city Karlskrona many years ago :-) :-) :-)
I’m not the least worried that Russia would decide to attack us, this is more likely to be some kind of training of Russian elite soldiers (Spetsnaz) or perhaps they are here just to record how battle ships from the Netherland sounds like, they have been here in a big navy exercise. But I have to admit that Russian politicians really don’t like us since we’ve been rather active in Ukraine during their problems. To attack us would be too much trouble for nothing really and when things like this happens we will be more prepared and most likely give the militaries much more money to build up our defence and things like this will more likely make us wanna join Nato.
But we would most likely not notice much of it here in the village at the outskirts of the world, we are far too unimportant to see anything happen here :-) We would most likely just still complain about the politicians and how much they ignore the countryside and that the taxes are too high no matter who’s in charge :-) :-) :-)
The laundry is done and it’s time to make another pot of tea. We will either get nasty much rain or almost none at all, the predictions are very uncertain. No sun though, that’s the one thing they all agree on :-) The hunters are out in the forest again but I have to say they give up rather quickly, we could walk out into the forest before noon yesterday and I guess it will be much the same today. Perhaps I’ll go out by myself again today to take more photos with my latest camera.
Have a great day!
There a long thin rips across the otherwise dark grey sky that makes the sun almost shine through and it makes it look like a storm is heading this way but it isn’t. The wind will calm down considerable and we’ll mostly have cloudy weather with some rain and the eventual minute with sunshine now and then for at least one week more. I wouldn’t mind if the rain missed us but the cloudy weather gives an excellent excuse to do nothing and just take long naps and relax :-)
I’ve had the fire burning in the stove all morning and I’ll go to the wood shed to chop up some real fire wood to get the heat showing up faster than if I only use these new fire logs, which is more or less compressed sawdust and wood chips in big blocks. The fire logs are great and not that much more expensive than fire wood but without the job of chopping them to small enough pieces to put in the stove. But they don’t make that sound normal wood does and I miss that sometimes but then again, if I want that sound I can toss in some pine or spruce cones because they do make a lot of noise but it will mess up the chimney in the long run :-)
The new hunters are early birds, well that is a bit of a lie because early bird hunters would have been here long before the daylight returned but they were here at the same time my dogs and I went out. We met the two deers again, the doe and her daughter, they do prefer the calmness of the village instead of a forest filled with loads of people :-) I like it because that gives me a chance to photograph them a lot :-)
I’ll go out later without any dogs but with my “new” camera and try it again. I’ll go through the photos I can see on the photo developer’s site again and see what I did right and what I did wrong the first time. I think I like to use an old camera just because it’s so complicated :-) A great photographer can take great photos with an old instamatic, so I don’t think I’ll get amazing photos just because I have a Hasselblad camera, the camera is just the instrument. I hope I run in to those two deers again, they tend to stand still for a very long time as soon as we meet them and that’s what I need to get a photo of them with this camera :-) :-) :-)
It’s time for a pot of coffee and perhaps a short nap before I head out into the wild nature :-) I’m tired, my nose is stuffed and my eyes feels old if You know how I mean :-) Tea just isn’t enough for mornings like that :-)
Have a great day!
I got a mail from the film developer and a link to my photos today. Well, I’ve seen better :-) One actually look good, a few are too dark and a few too bright. This was just a test to see how the photos will turn out while following that cheat sheet I found so I’m actually quite content with how they look anyway. I have written down every adjustment I did and how the weather was that day. So now I’ll just wait for the cd to arrive so I can see them better, it isn’t always photos seen online look the same when the cd show them or as they’ll look as a paper photo. I’ll show them here and how they look after I’ve edited them some as soon as I can. I only got eleven photos and one of them showed only half the photo, the rest was totally black. I wonder what I did to do that?
Sorry about yesterday, I worked over time and I and my dogs didn’t come home until it was more or less time to go to bed again. I can’t say I like working over time and it’s nice that it’s over, next week we’ll most likely not have to do it. It is great that we have so much to do, there are still lots of people with no job at all so I really can’t complain. It’s nice to be able to pay the bills and still have money left to do other things, like buying food. Well I can do more than that, my “new” camera sort of tells You that :-) We were really poor when I grew up and even if I never thought of it then I’m glad as long as I don’t have to go back to that.
There’s a nasty cold hitting one after the other at work now and yesterday I worked close to one that had head ache and sour throat so I guess it’s just a matter of time until I get it too. I have had a head ache all day but I think that’s because I’ve slept too little. My dogs woke me up at 2 am last night and I know I let four dogs in and I know I counted to four when I let them in again. I’m however not sure it was four dogs I counted :-) :-) :-) I might have counted a tiny cat as a dog because I now have big muddy paw prints on the kitchen door window and on the entrance door too :-)I might have locked out Orvar for two hours this morning but I’m nor sure :-) :-) :-) It isn’t easy when one is so tired one barely can see :-)
I bought new fire logs last Friday and they really don’t burn as I wish. There seems to be two kinds, the ones that burns fast and gives nice heat rather quickly and the ones burning rather slow but gives heat for a longer time and these seems to belong to they second category. Great to have if one wants it to keep on giving heat long into the night but not so great if one wants it warm in the cottage fast. I need to buy both kinds so that I can get it warm as soon as I come home and to keep it warm for a longer period at night. But they sell the first kind in Skara and the other one in Falköping, how fun is it to drive around for hours just to by fire logs :-)
The weather predictions said almost winter tomorrow but that has changed, now it will be much like today, just below 10C (50F) and some rain in the evening. Sunday will rain away totally but we all know how these predictions are like :-) It’s time for some food and a pot of tea.
Have a great day!
Yesterday by this time I thought we would get it nasty cold here during the night but clouds came and covered the sky so it was actually a bit warmer this morning when I drove to work, I guess we did get some frost for a few hours though, the thermometer did sink quite a lot. It is unusually warm and has been so all autumn and I don’t complain, it’s not as cold as it should but chilly enough to have a fire burning in the stove :-)
Nothing much is happening here, at work things goes along as it should and here at home it’s as it should too. There’s no use in hoping for my photos to come until next week, it would take a miracle to get them already on Friday and I think miracles should be used for something more useful to be honest. They are rare nowadays, the miracles I mean. I guess that if they happened too often we would get too used to them so that we wouldn’t notice them after a while :-)
I’ve always wondered why so many athletes always thank God for helping them to win what ever they are competing in. Doesn’t matter what religion they have, they all believe they’ve been helped by God. I have to say I doubt that, more often it is steroids and other forbidden drugs and must admit that I think that a God, no matter which one we believe in should be more interested in saving people from wars or diseases? Not that I’ve seen especially much of that happening either to be honest and by the way, shouldn’t it be more fun if it actually was all the training they did that was the reason for that winning?
The tea is ready and it’s time for something to eat. Today I’ll make some sandwiches with ham, blue cheese, tomatoes and some ordinary cheese too. Perhaps I’ll put in some liver pate and some spotted sausages too :-)
Have a great day!
I’m late as always on Mondays so this will be a short one. I took the padded envelope where I had put the film and drove to work early this morning. It’s the first day of the moose hunt and most hunters were already at their places, most because I met the first on to arrive to this area :-) They have always been late here. I most other places they go out to their spot long before the light returns, just so they won’t scare away any animals. Here they usually walk together talking rather loudly and have a good time. I’m not surprised at all that they always have problem getting any moose :-)
Any way, the padded envelope with my film in it. There’s no mailbox even remotely close here and even if I know that I can put it in my own mailbox and the mailman then takes it with him, or her I’m not sure which now days I thought it best to bring it with me to the village where I work and put it in that mailbox. I couldn’t help but laughing for my self as I drove away, this is the week they all have been waiting for, many take vacation the entire week for this and the first morning has thick fog :-) I could barely see the road sometimes :-)
Back to the letter, the padded one with my film in it. I suddenly came to think about Christmas cards. You see I almost always post my Christmas cards in that mail box and to be honest, lots of them never reach their destination, especially if they are headed over the ocean. I wonder if someone perhaps rob the mailbox stealing letters while looking for money in them? So I decided I shouldn’t use that box this Christmas.
Anyhow, I went there and just as I had dropped the padded envelope with my film in it I suddenly came to think about stamps and if I should have placed some on it? Back in the days no one ever put stamps on these envelopes because the competition of customers was so fierce that they rather pay for it themselves. Of course it was us customers that in the long run paid for it anyway but we didn’t have to put any stamps on those envelopes.
All day I’ve been thinking about this. I know any business rarely wants to pay extra to get a letter some idiot forgot to put stamps on :-) But I thought that if I e-mailed them and explained that I was prepared to pay extra and before they even started to develop any film that they might do it anyway. I thought of all kinds of ways to do it and it wasn’t until I came home and looked at another one of those padded envelopes that I realised I had been using my brain needlessly :-) It stood on the envelope that I don’t have to put stamps on it :-)
Have a great day!
The rain was pouring down most morning and I postponed our walk for as long as possible but had to finally give up. The rain was still pouring down but Sune loved it, Orvar and Hector accepted it and Nova just hated it :-) Her speed while walking home was considerable higher than when we walked out to the forest :-) For the first time in a long while I didn’t bring my camera and isn’t it amazing how many animals suddenly show when I haven’t brought it :-)
The fire has been burning in the stove since we went up, not because it’s especially cold, on the contrary and not because the wind chills down the cottage because there’s no wind at all. It is to push out the dampness that slowly enters our homes days like this. So it is a bit too warm here now but since it doesn’t rain at the moment I’ve had the kitchen door open for quite some time, the heat in the cottage still keep the dampness outside even if the door is open. I hope the laundry will dry fast now. That was the only chore I had today and I did it as soon as we came home from our walk.
I’ve realised that I had understood so much more about how my “new” camera actually works if I had read the manual I’ve downloaded :-) There are lots of technical words I don’t understand fully but google translate is so much better now days that I’ve solved most of their meanings :-) For instance, there are two red lines on the lens that I couldn’t figure out what they were there for, they changed when I changed the aperture and focal length. It turns out that it shows from what distances it gives sharp photos! So if the aperture is on 2,8 it only shows the actual motive sharp but if it stands on 11, the photo gets sharp for a much longer distance both in front and after the motive. I knew that higher number on the aperture gives a depth in the photo but now I actually can see exactly how deep it gets.
The rain has started to fall again and all the hunters just arrived to the forest. They are preparing for the start of the Moose hunting season. It starts tomorrow and it will be as most intense this first week and depending on what kind of license they have it can go on for as long as 4-5 months. Every hunting area get a quota of what they are allowed to shoot. They have now put together two such areas here so my guess is that they’ll be allowed to shoot at least one cow and one calf and perhaps a bull or a second calf too, it all depends on how the hunt went last year and if there is a surplus of bulls. Every year they shoot around 100 000 moose here and it isn’t noticeable to be honest. I’ve read that this country have more moose to its size than any other country in the world.
It’s time for a pot of coffee and something to eat and after that a short nap. I hope the raining will slow down some so we can take a proper walk later.
Have a great day!
But it will take some time until we can see any result. I have absolutely no idea how these will look but I am pretty sure that they are sharp :-) It was a bit tricky to watch through the seeker from above but thankfully a previous owner has made some changes so I didn’t have to see the objects I photographed up side down :-) That was fairly common in the old cameras but it could be fixed by changing something inside the camera.
It took some time until I understood why it was impossible to wind to the next photo after taking the last one. One sort of winds a spring in the camera so as soon as the photo is taken and the protective plate (there’s a protective plate in front of the film in the cassette just in case one would accidentally release it from the camera which was the first thing I did :-) ) is back on place. The shutter button stays pressed down and I need to release it before I put in the plate, when I’ve done that it’s possible to wind the spring again. Easy :-) :-) :-)
No special objects this first film roll but I have to say some of them refused to come and when I forced them they looked as if I was torturing them :-) I also used both lenses I have and followed the cheap sheet in most photos but tried some adjustments myself too of course :-) I had the camera on my tripod to get it as steady as possible and I do hope it helped. I think the best thing is to release the camera from the tripod when walking elsewhere because it was a bit tricky to keep control of it all with that heavy camera on it and it has happened with my other cameras that it just released the camera itself :-)
I think I’ll wait to photograph with this camera again until I get back this film roll. I’ve written down every adjustment I’ve done before taking the photo so I’ll know what I did to each and every of them. If they turn out good I just carry on like this if not I might need to actually learn how to use this camera :-) :-) :-) It was fun though and it takes no time to take twelve photographs. I must admit that I do like the wonders of technology so that we now days can delete a bad photo the second after we’ve taken it :-)
I’ve taken lots of photographs during these days when I’ve shown the photographs from our walk and I’ll use them as spares when it is too dark to take photos after work. The sun is now going dow just after 6pm so it won’t take long until that happens and I must start to save photographs taken during the weekends again.