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Medeltidsveckan 2015

Last week Medeltidsveckan edition 32 ended. My 14th!
For those who d not know Medeltidsveckan, it is a a medieval festival that takes place in the hanseatic city Visby on the island Gotland in Sweden. The Medieval Week, in Swedish: Medeltidsveckan, is a festival with concerts, a jousting tournament, a medieval market, courses and lectures. This year even the Iron Throne from Games of Thrones was set up in the St. Nicolai ruin. A lot of visitors wear Medieval clothes.

As always I take part in the festival, dressed medieval as you basically really should. Here is a small sample of concert photos I made during the week.

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Medeltidsveckan Opening Night

At the opening night many musicians, actors and fire artists gather to celevbrate the start of the festival that captures many hearts.

Many of the visitors dress up in a medieval style, some as pirates, some even in more of a renaissance style. A tradition is that fire arrows are shot into the sea.

This year I continued with the long exposure technique to get a shot of the arrows going through the sky. This one was made without a filter and an exposure of about 45 seconds. With a filter I could have left the lens opened a bit longer. But this was exactly how I wanted it.

In the water stood a large M (the logo of Medeltidsveckan) It was hit in round 1, thereafter the light was so heavy that I needed the -3 filter to get it right. Those photos need editing and might be posted later.

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Tunnelbana – the underground (subway) in Stockholm

Another small project, was to viit a few Tunnelbana stations. The Stockholm underground is a peace of art. Artists may apply for a change to transform the station into art.

These are the first two, more to follow.

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Järnpojken – The Iron Boy

Järnpojken s a small statue I never noticed. Karolina a swedish freind of mine, posted photos on her Instagram and Facebook. The statue is very small and located on a place by “Finska Kyrkan” where is unnoticed if you walk by and don’t look down. Nowadays tourists are guided there, leave coins and whipe his head, so the colour is lost, just bare metal left. The curse of tourism. Järnpojken is well looked after in winter, he gets a scarf and knit cap.

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Stockholm Sweden

While in Sweden I wanted to shoot something different than all the years before. That is why I bought a flow slow down filters, a -3 stos and a -10 stops.

This time I went for long exposure. This is what I came up with. First edit on laptop.

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