Riders

This year I missed out on the annual biker gathering that UIvene MC arranges every year.
The last many years the gathering have been at Aalborg City Syd, but this year they moved it to the waterfront in the heart of Aalborg. I can’t say that I blame them. I suspect they will draw more spectators that way.
I was not aware of the change of location until the same day as the gathering, and were not able to go to the new location, which is a shame, as I usually get a lot of nice pictures of bikes and bikers.
So.. this is an older picture I’ve dug out as a replacement 🙂

Personal Jesus Revisited

This is a revisit of a picture I took some years back. I liked the original at the time, but later I felt it were a bit too flawed.
Luckily I were able to go back and try again. I worked a bit more on the symmetry and my position this time, to try to weed out some of the flaws I felt the original had.

Winter train

This is actually a picture I took four years ago, and one that I have kept trying to process to monochrome many time.
Finally I think I got it they way I wanted it.
I guess it is correct when they say that you are never done with your pictures, you just let them go… 🙂

The Long John

Back when I was a kid you would use to see cargo bikes like these all over the city. Now they are mostly all gone.
In Denmark these cargo bikes are called Long Johns. Don’t know if that is a danish thing or if this is a common name for it in the English speaking world as well.

What is this?

Two months ago I announced that this would be less of a blog and more of a photography showcase.

Now I have followed through and changed the website from a site that were most af all centered around a blog to a site where the blog is a bit secondary.

I have said goodbye to BlogEngine.net and hello to WordPress.

Not everything is in place yet, but it will be and I already like the way i am able to show my pictures as galleries and collections in a beautiful way.

I still need to figure out exactly what the point is with this site, but at least now it can look pretty while I consider my options.

Going nowhere no more

This blog has existed since 2004 in various incarnations. I actually started blogging a couple of years earlier, from a sub domain provided by my Internet Provider back then, but d-noc.dk started back in 2004.
In the beginning I wrote in danish, and about all kinds of topics but over time it turned into a photography blog.

I had trouble making the site grow, and decided that I would be able to reach a bigger audience if I wrote in English. Now, some years later, I must admit that it did little difference, if any.
It has been very frustrating to try so many things and still end up feeling like I were going nowhere. I ended up thinking about the big “why?” and came to the conclusion that in order to make this blog really shine, I would have to put a lot more work into it than I am willing to do. When you do something, you must consider the effort, and the reward. What is the reward for me?

I don’t want to be a blogger, so no reward there.
I don’t want to make a living of my photos, so no reward there.
So.. all work, no reward. Why bother then?

Until now, for the fun of it. But now, things have changed. I do not have unlimited time in my spare time, so I have to consider if wasting time on this blog is really worth it. To be honest, it is not. Not right now at least.

So the blogging will be turned down to an absolute minimum. It will be a place for me to post my photos every week, and most likely that will be it.
But judging by the limited audience on this blog, I don’t think it will be a big loss.

Sometimes you just have to admit defeat and get on with better things…

Chieftain

One of the many very authentic looking characters at the annual Viking market at Lindholm Høje in Denmark this year.
To challenge myself a bit, I shot most of the day with the 85mm lens. It were challenging at times but when it worked out the 85 mm lens really proved at good as expected. I have had it for a while, but never really used it much. It is still not my favorite focal length, but it does perform very well.

Rafiki on Ice

I took the family to see Disney on Ice a while ago. On such occasions, the primary thing is the family experience, so I do not haul my regular camera along with me. Instead I use a Powershot G16, which time and time again proves to be a very capable camera.

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2 rumoured to be announced this week

Oh my.. The competition in the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens segment seems to be extremely busy at the moment. Sigma should have an 24-70mm ART lens announced any day now, and now Tamron is rumoured to announce a new 24-70mm G2 this week too, according to canonrumours.com. (also here);
Interesting enough, both are rumoured to start shipping with an initial price tag of 1299 USD.
I guess I will have to wait for some real life test and reviews before deciding then. I used the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC a lot on my 60D, and it was an excellent lens. If the new Tamron proves to live up to this, I might be interested.
Additionally, Sigma released some MTF charts that people “wise” in such things seems a bit disappointed about. I never decide on lenses based on MTF charts, so my advice: Wait for some real reviews by trusted sources.