Sunday, December 30, 2007


"Iiiiihh!", I heard myself say as the small wave broke between my feet. Clara had told us we had to try the water, saying it was not as cold as the river in Norrbotten where we swam on Midsummer. Johannes didn't seem very convinced. She insisted we should taste it too, to see how salty it is. I declined politely. We were standing ankle deep in the Mediterranean water. My face felt like an orange, absorbing the strong sunlight after a long time in the shade.
They grow a lot of orange trees here.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

From Torrente

It has been a lovely day here in Valencia, where I've arrived to spend a few days together with Johannes and Clara. We are staying with Clara's mother, who has given us a very warm welcome. Today, we visited La Ciudad de la Ciencia y de las Artes, a futuristic complex of museums, concert halls and recreational areas. One of the attractions is the Oceanogràfic, a centre for marine wildlife. It contains the world's third largest aquarium, with some fierce-looking sharks swimming around.
The climate is more forgiving here than back home, and we enjoyed a lot of sun and a pleasant temperature.
Watch out for some photos that will show up soon!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Riding to work

As I pedal to work the sun still dwells beneath the sky. Soon it´s pale fingers will reach over the trees, touch what is frozen, and make the crystals sweat. And they in turn will break the light into a wonderful palette. Right before me, the reflection on my handle bar stimulates the eye. Just as the crystals flashing briefly as I pass them by. Although faint, these rays clear my doubt.
As I pedal to work, squinting at the light, I recall what a day is all about.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

As the season´s darkness engulfs the city, couples embrace in a tango inside the concert hall. The Argentinian tunes spill out through the glass facade and mix with the silence of a desolate street. The audience of tonight´s musical event is prolonging the sensation, savoring every moment cheek-to-cheek. Outside, silence awaits patiently.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Wedding in Rome

This weekend, Rome was the setting of family festivities as my cousin Francesca tied the knot with her Francesco. An event that brought family members and friends together from different parts of the world. From Sweden, the delegation consisted of my father, Isabel, Martin and I.

The ceremony was held in the incredibly beautiful church "Sant' Agnese in Agone" on Pza. Navona. The weather forecast had been gloomy and in the hours after lunch a familiar tension began to build in the air. Before we knew it, a powerful electrical storm was upon us.
While the priest spoke, thunder rolled heavily above the cupol and mixed with the organ music of Albinoni, Bach and Schubert to great dramatic effect.

Fortunately, it subsided in time for the party, which included dancing to live music and many conversations under the Roman sky. There were so many snacks and desserts on the tables that I would have missed my flight back if I had tried to eat of them all. We had a great time!

Before suiting up for the ceremony, my brother and I went to check out a premiering exhibition about Stanley Kubrick and his film-making. We were delighted to enter the computer HAL 9000, and also have a closer look at several original props from such classics as The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.

We also had the opportunity to take a picture of us cousins. From left to right:
Martin, Filippo, Francesca, Isabel, me

Sunday, September 23, 2007


A great number of loved ones gathered this Saturday in Nora, Lina´s hometown, to witness the christening of Karl Aron. While the priest laid out the message of the ceremony, Aron seemed very interested in the light that played through the church windows. Soon, the priest held him over the baptismal font so he could touch the holy water before it was rubbed on his head.
Afterwards, we gathered for lunch and cake. Since Aron has not yet reached the age of paper ripping, other children offered a helping hand with the opening of presents. A great day, perfectly arranged by Lina and her family.

Arons dop

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Wedding of Joakim and Gunilla

Two weeks ago, my friends Joakim and Gunilla joined in holy matrimony. The ceremony was held in a small church just outside Uppsala. Afterwards, the couple took a carriage to the bride´s fathers house, where the festivities continued. It is located on a small peninsula, and I, serving happily as event photographer, was able to take some pictures there with the lake in the background.
A very traditional Swedish arrangement in all its glory.

J & G Bröllop

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Uppsala meets Concert Hall

After about a hundred years of debate, the city of Uppsala finally has its own concert hall. It´s been a long road, and many people have been opposed to the project, but now it´s there. An impressive structure, perhaps not beautiful, but striking. The large auditorium, with more than 1100 seats, is surrounded by a lobby with an incredible view of the city.
Unlike our neighbouring cities, Uppsala hasn´t had a venue built specifically for concerts, and visiting and local musicians have been referred to either a gym hall or the university aula. The later is really elegant, but more suited for ceremonies or lectures than music. Being so, it should interest anyone to experience their musical flavour in the new hall.
I hear the whole thing cost about €70 million. Money well spent.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tall Ships in Stockholm

This weekend some of the largest sailing ships of the world moored in central Stockholm. They had come from all over the globe, from Malaysia to Mexico. It was a sight to behold, with the crews on deck, flags waving and a great number of curious bystanders along the quay. On Monday, these ships gather at the start line for the 2007 Tall Ships´ Races, just outside the capital´s archipelago, to compete in crossing the Baltic Sea between a series of ports.
One of the most notable guests was Sedov, the world´s largest sailing ship measuring 118 m from prow to stern. It carries more than a hundred naval students and has a quite interesting background. Built by Germany in 1921, she functioned as a cargo vessel between Australia and Europe until Russia seized it at the end of WW II. Much later, when she was visiting a French harbour in 2000, she was prevented to leave by the government since a Swiss firm claimed it as a token for a Russian debt. Russia, however, insisted the debt belonged to the Soviet Union, and furthermore that the ship isn´t property of the Russian state. A court ruled in favour of Russia. The story

Together with Ali, Johannes, Clara and Rahwa, we spent the evening sampling the atmosphere around these great ships and their crews.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Desktop Background

Give your computer screen a background that breathes summer. It´s tileable!
(Click the image, then right-click and choose Use as desktop background)

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Johannes & Clara show they´re not afraid of the water or the blooming algea.
Strolling along Upplandsleden, I snapped these pictures.

Monday, July 09, 2007

As the Swedish summer is coming along, you won´t be needing this refreshing drink... A little try-out of the new cool materials available in mental ray for Maya. Yep, it´s 3D.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Gracias Adriana

A mi me impresiona
lo mucho que hiciste
con las gotas de la vida.

Tu sabias aprovechar
lo que otros no saben;
las gotas de la vida.

Un helecho lejos de las lluvias,
lejos del sol,
cerca de un tronco.

En cuanto las tenias
nunca lo dudaste,
pasarlas a nosotros;
las gotas de la vida.
Remembering my great-aunt Adriana who passed away recently. She was very kind and loving to me during my stay in Santiago and a great companion to my grandmother. In spite of being very weak the last years, she got on her feet as soon as she could in the morning to address the needs of the household. I will remember her stories and warm smiles.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over,
it became a butterfly.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Small trip to a big place

For the feast of Midsummer Johannes, Clara and I boarded the train to the northernmost part of the country, Norrbotten. Since the Sun doesn´t set above the polar circle the trip, some 900 kms on railroad, is popular among tourists at this time of year. The same day extends over several weeks as there is no seam between sunset and sunrise. It´s a wonderful phenomenon, but makes it very hard to sleep.
During our stay, we managed to visit some of Johannes family and friends. Everyone was very welcoming and the mosquitos were not so ferocious. A highlight was the visit to Storforsen, one of Europe´s largest rapids.


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Did someone say HDR photography?

Have you ever taken a photo of a sunset and found the resulting image not looking the same? Or noticed how shadows in daylight become much darker on photos than to the eye?
These problems are due to the camera´s limited dynamic range, or ability to store light information. If the camera is set to record a bright motive, such as a sunset, the foreground will fall out of the dynamic scope and become underexposed. You may choose to adjust the camera for the foreground instead, most probably resulting in an overexposed sunset.
To solve this issue, you may want to create an HDR-image (High Dynamic Range). Simply shoot several pictures of the same motif (using a tripod), each photo differently exposed going from very dark to very bright. Load those pictures into a software of choice, Photomatrix for instance, and go ahead and generate your HDR. The program helps you extract the best exposed regions from every photo and merge them in one single image. The method is best applied to motifs where the difference in light intensity between light and dark areas is small to medium. If the difference is too great, the resulting image will look slightly unreal.

I´ve made a couple of examples to show how the final image relates to the different source images (Require Quicktime):

You can see the full size versions of these in my photo gallery.

Have fun with HDR!

Monday, June 04, 2007

The cliffs of Dover

This Saturday I went to Ashford to visit my friends Gunilla and Joakim for a few days. When I got there, they were in the middle of their daughter Maj's first birthday party. The baby and her toddler friends were engaged in different kinds of play, either sucking on paper tags or banging cuddle bears into the grass. They also had a ball bath to thrive in.
On Sunday, we travelled to the coast and experienced the white cliffs of Dover. We walked to a lighthouse, some 3 km along the quite scary chalk steeps. Maj was carried along on our backs, in "the best seat of the house" as a fellow visitor commented.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

An English weekend

Someone once said
Travelling to another country is always a pleasure when you have someone to visit.

Cousin Francesca and her future husband Francesco.

Joakim and his daughter Maj.

More info to come.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The 18th-Century-Style Wedding

This morning, as I set out to do an errand downtown, it ocurred to me to bring the camera along. You never know when a good motive will show up, so it´s best to be prepared at all times.
Well, today those motives would be plenty.
I was strolling through University Park when a terrible thunder roared over my head. I looked up the hill, and there were two 7.5 cm caliber field cannons from 1903 firing in my general direction. Fortunately it was not an act of war, but salutation rounds that formed part of an academic ceremony. The Artillery Society of Jämtland who were carrying out the operation appeared in historic uniforms and chatted freely with curious spectators.
"Have you seen it now?", a few ladies could be heard saying to their husbands.

Next, I was fortunate to witness the beautiful newly wed couple as they emerged from the cathedral. In line with the ongoing Linnean celebrations, everything was performed in the spirit of the 1700´s including wardrobe, ceremony and dances. More pictures

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Special guests

Marking the high point of the Linnean celebration in Uppsala, the Emperor of Japan and wife payed a visit. Here seen next to the King and Queen, and Princess Viktoria.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Welcome, dear nephew

This young fellow, who has yet to be named, was born in the first hours of the month of May and is now experiencing his first night at home with proud parents Martin and Lina. He measures 53 cm and weighs in at just over 4 kg.
We are all very impressed and delighted over his arrival, as well as of our new-won titles; grandmother, grandfather, aunt and uncle.

You will definitely see more of this cutie here in the future.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Academic birds

At spring time, a lot of young birds come to the University Park. They may have been persuaded by their parents or realized themselves the importance of higher studies. We´re talking about worm picking, nest building, aerodynamics and perhaps Swahili. A lot of these youngsters are focused on going abroad, so an exotic language might be of interest.

While the students enjoy the sweet life of University Park, their parents are constantly busy with their duties. They could ask themselves, "Why don´t we live in the forest? It´s much more relaxed and comfortable." But they don´t! They are distinguished birds, high-brow even, and appreciate the historic setting they live in.

But not all academic birds succeed. Some of them turn into doves, living entirely off government aid. Most turn into ducks and spend the rest of their days in a pond, where the Universe is clamped by everyday life. But a few select, fortunate birds, find a thermal that lifts them and gives them a bigger picture.

And some birds ... Nah, I think I´ll stop here :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mr Östros, I presume?

My workplace is one of Uppsala´s fastest growing companies, and some people higher up on the ladder are starting to notice us. So the other day, our former Minister for Industry and Trade (näringsminister) Thomas Östros stopped by for a cup of coffee and a look-see at the office. He was given the VIP tour and was quite amused by our showreel which to him covered a wide range of products; from liquors to astma medication. "It´s all the same to us", our CEO declared with a voice that meant business.
Previous to his visit, Mr Östros and his escorting fellow party members had been attending the local pizzeria at Ekeby Bruk. While seated, a few youngsters from the nearby school dropped in and spotted his face.
To the great amusement of the people in the restaurant, they asked him: "Hej! Aren´t you Pär Nuder?"