24-January-2007

Gone to See Norway – Winter 2007. Day 4.

In addition to transporting passengers, the Hurtigruten ships are working ships that carry freight, mail, automobiles, and fresh food between several ports along the Norwegian coast. Many of these stops occur during the night, and only last for short (15 minutes to 1 hour) periods of time. The schedule for the first full day of the northbound voyage stops at the following ports: Florø (04:30-04:45); Maløy (06:45-07:30); Torvik (10:20-10:45); Ålesund (12:00-15:00); Molde (17:30-18:30); Kristandsund (22:00-23:00). We spent the early afternoon walking around Ålesund including going to the restaurant Fjellstua situated on top of the town mountain Aksla. Although the restraunt was closed, it has the best view in Ålesund. I was able to take several images which were then combined into a wide panoramas of the town. We got a bit confused as to where the ship was docked, but did ultimately get back before it departed.
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Inflatable Lifeboat Containers on the Hurtigruten M/V Kong Harald while docked at Maløy. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 800, 10.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/20 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Inflatable Lifeboat Containers on the Hurtigruten M/V Kong Harald while docked at Maløy. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 800, 10.5 mm, f/2.8, 1/20 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Lighthouse outside Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 28-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/6.7, 1/180 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Lighthouse outside Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 28-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/6.7, 1/180 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Heron Fishing at Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Heron Fishing at Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Lighthouse while leaving Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8.5, 1/250 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Lighthouse while leaving Torvik. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8.5, 1/250 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Max Mammut while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 230 mm, f/8.5, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Max Mammut while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 230 mm, f/8.5, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Lighthouse while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/350 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Lighthouse while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/9.5, 1/350 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Approaching Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/9.5, 1/350 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Approaching Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/9.5, 1/350 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Lighthouse and Ship while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 122 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Lighthouse and Ship while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 122 mm, f/10, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Lighthouse while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8.5, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Lighthouse while Traveling to Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8.5, 1/320 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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M/V Kong Harald Docked at Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 400, 10.5 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
M/V Kong Harald Docked at Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 400, 10.5 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Ålesund Winter Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). Composite of 3 images combined with Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Ålesund Winter Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). Composite of 3 images combined with Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

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Ålesund Winter Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). Composite of 6 images combined with Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Ålesund Winter Panorama. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). Composite of 6 images combined with Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

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Ålesund Harbor in Winter. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 12 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Ålesund Harbor in Winter. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 12 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Wall Art in Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 195 mm, f/5.3, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Wall Art in Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 195 mm, f/5.3, 1/400 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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Dusk After Leaving Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 35 mm, f/2, 1/800 sec). Raw Image Processed with Capture One 7 Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Dusk After Leaving Ålesund. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 35 mm, f/2, 1/800 sec). Raw Image Processed with Capture One 7 Pro. (David J. Mathre)

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As I mentioned at the beginning of this series of posts, I am getting ready to revisit Norway. At the time of the 2007 trip I only had a DSLR for about 6 months. There were many things about it I didn’t know – I was very early in the learning curve. By reviewing and analyzing the old images, I learn from my mistakes. When I look at the images that I took during that trip I cringe knowing that I could have done a better job – composition, exposure, focus, etc. I typically include camera settings with the description to help when I analyze the images. Since then cameras have improved significantly. Likewise the software used to process the images has improved. The new software lets me fix or improve the older images, and in some cases I have reprocessed the images. One of my goals for this upcoming trip is to take fewer, but better images. Comments and criticisms about these images are welcomed.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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