The death of a sofa

I first noticed this sofa in July last year. I “found it” right beside the road, close to a power station, while it wasn’t in mint condition it certainly didn’t look too bad. I could easily see this in a first apartment for someone (unless a cat have peed on it). But I can’t really understand why someone just dumped it here instead of taking it to the recycling station … people!!

In October it was still there but now it started look a bit … sad. Melting snow doesn’t really improve the state of furniture left outside like this.

Today, I passed it once more and now it’s not a sofa anymore. My guess to what happened is that when it started to snow for real in January it was covered in snow, then they needed to remove the snow on the parking lot, and they used a tractor to do that. And this is the result.

The problem with fresh snow

It’s nice when it’s snowing, suddenly the world look like it should in the winter.

Everything looks better in snow, and it’s really nice to have some snow after two months of horrible (warm and rainy) weather. The last two days it has been snowing lightly, but persistently, so we actually have some snow now.

There is however one problem of being out taking photos in this kind of weather: everything looks so nice and by walking across the pristine snow I destroy the experience for the next person coming here.

On the other hand, all of this disappears if the wind picks up, or it becomes a bit warmer or … So, I should probably don’t feel too bad about walking across the snow.

Anyway, it was a nice walk.

Different paces of life

Yesterday, I once again found myself in town … with a couple of hours to spend before going home again. As usual, I brought my camera with me, despite not feeling inspired, and took a few photos while walking around. I classify them as “learning photos”, a more polite way of saying that none of them were any good, but they serve as reminders of what I could improve until next time … which will be tomorrow (I have to spend a couple of morning hours in town while waiting for the car to get serviced).

Anyway, when I got home I started to look at the photos and there were two that got me thinking about different stages of life. The first is of a mother (I assume) with her child speeding along the street. I assume they were going to the daycare or to visit a doctor (there is a doctor’s office further down the street). A typical day in a parents’ life.

And the other photo was of this gentleman who was standing beside the street, looking like he waited for something/someone, perhaps a taxi or a ride home.

To me, this illustrates two different phases of life with very different paces. I hope that all three of them take the time to enjoy where they are in life.

Another morning photowalk in Umeå

Monday again and time to spend an hour or two walking round in Umeå waiting to go home. Once again I decided to walk around among the buildings to see if I could find something interesting. There was just a few people outside at 9 and I couldn’t find much to photograph

I decided to walk down to the river and there the golden morning sun made things a bit better

After that I just walked around trying to find something interesting.

A discarded rose
I just don’t understand why people smoke
The train station and some taxis
Christmas decorations are starting to pop up
Another kind of decoration. An alternative “doggy bag”??
One of the older houses that I like, unfortunately the houses around it aren’t that nice

After snapping those photos it was time to head back home and do something “useful”.

Another black and white day


Today is another black and white day. For various reasons I had to be in town for a couple of hours. Since I didn’t feel like checking out the shops I just walked around for 1.5 hours.

So once again I took the GM5 and used the B&W scene setting and started to snap photos of various things. Most om them were unsharp and crappy, here are the ones that are a little bit better than total crap.

Since I alway use RAW I get a color version of the photos also. For this photo the B&W version was a complete failure but the color version is better.

A black and white day

I decided to take out my GM5 for todays walk, something light that easily would fit in my pocket. Just to make things more interesting I put on my 14mm (28mm full frame) and set it to black and white. Then I started to walk.

There is still a lot of water in the lake, despite that the water level is probably 10-20 cm lower than last week. And there are more reminders of that storm

And some random photos from the rest of the walk

Once I got back home, I sat down with a cup of tea and started to check the photos I’ve taken. But suddenly I got an “emergency” call that I needed to go and buy some roof repair stuff. So my lazy afternoon turned out to be less lazy than I imagined this morning.