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Welcome to my Blog at ArneHelme.com.  Here you will find posts related to photos published on my site.  

Solitude

April 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This blog entry is devoted to the theme of solitude, and I will seek to update it on a semi regular basis with past and new photos expressing themes related to a state of solitude.  According to Wikipedia, "solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, loss of loved ones, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway). Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy. A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone."

Blog update of April 6th, 2015.  I shot this picture of Elen during a trip to Kalvøya.  

Blog update of April 3rd, 2015.  I shot this picture of Antonio during a workshop we organised at the Klækken hotel in March, 2015.


15 photos in 15 minutes

April 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The following sequence 15 photos were shot during a period of less than 15 minutes in Lovika (north of Norway) in early february 2014. We were just about to return from a weekend trip when I decided to go down to the sea to take a couple of last shots before departure.  It must have been the most productive quarter of an hour I have ever spent on photography.  

It was an otherwise normal day in the arctic with rather dull light except for the backlit horizon because the sun had just set. Admittedly I have spent more than 15 hours in Lightroom post-processing the pictures.  All photos prepared using HDR Efex Pro 2 and Sharpener Pro 3 to bring out the details and make them come alive.

All photos were shot handheld at about f/4.0-5.6 with a Leica M 240 and a Summilux-M 1.4/35mm ASPH. FLE lens.

Update 5th of april 2015:


Italian car day

April 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last weekend the local Fiat and Alfa Romeo dealer in my neighbourhood arranged an Italian car day.  Many Italian car enthusiasts showed up with their classic cars.  For me, it was a great opportunity to finally see in the real some of the super cars I dreamt about when I was a kid.  It was a sunny day in late april and a great opportunity for me to use the Leica M 240 with the Noctilux 0.95 lens and ND filter to capture these fine cars.

Since childhood I have been fascinated by Italian cars.  One of my first dream cars was the Alfa Romeo GTV that was introduced in the late 70's.  In 1991 I managed to get hold of a 1984 GTV 2.0.  It was a stunning car!. On a visit to the Canary Islands in the mid eighties I saw two other cars that also fascinated me: the Alfa Romeo GT Junior, and the Honda Civic CRX.  In the nineties when I lived in the Netherlands I owned a CRX.  The GT Junior is still a car I hope to own and drive one day!  For the completeness, on my wish list are also the 1966 Jaguar E-type and the Porsche 911. Everyone should own a 911 at least once, I have been told!

Over the years I have owned several Alfa Rome cars including the:

  • 1984 GTV 2.0
  • 1998 GTV 2.0 V6 TB
  • 1999 156 2.0 TS Selespeed
  • 2003 156 V6 3.2 GTA
  • 2004 GT 1.9 JTD
  • 2006 159 JTDm Sportwagon

The beautiful Alfa Romeo GT Junior

During the show the new Alfa Romeo 4C sport cars was shown.  How can this car NOT become a future classic?

My friend Tage said that the 4C most likely will have a low wife acceptance factor.  I guess one of the reasons is the lack of storage space.  Another reason would probably be that the passenger seat has no adjustment possibilities. My travel kit will fit in the 4C though, as will also my day to day gear if I would commute with this car.  

The main light layout is rather controversial.  The alloy wheels are nothing short of stunning!

My father used to own a 1978 Fiat 128 3P.  We used to have lots of fun driving this car!

My first Alfa Romeo was a red 1984 GTV 2.0.  Below is the V6 version of the car.  Behind it, a beautiful Alfa Romeo Spider.

Alfa Romeo enthusiasts admiring the cars. 

Hmm, is that an oil spot under the car?

Alfa Romeo engine room.

Another super sport car from the fast, the Iso Grifo 7-lifer.

The beautiful lines of the Grifo. 

I was never much into Lancia even though they used to make beautiful sports cars.

Another classic, the Alfa Romeo Montreal.

The rear of the Lamborghini Espada

The front of the Maserati Merak.

Classic Lancia roadster, probably from the fifties.

The rear of the Fiat X1/9 two seats sports car designed by Bertone.

Another Lancia roadster.

The engine of a vintage Maserati Ghibli.  It sounds as good as it looks!

No need for exotic sports cars.  Any of these will also draw attention!

It was a bright and sunny day.  Perfect for Italian cars!

Care for some good Italian ham?

No Ferraris?  Here's a beautiful 348 TB for you!


Commuting - Another day on my way to the office

April 14, 2014  •  1 Comment

I live in Sandvika, which is a small town located about 15km from Oslo.  Here's a small documentary of my daily commute from Sandvika to the KPMG building at Majorstuen in Oslo.  All photos shot using a Leica M 240 camera with the amazing Summilux 1.4/21mm ASPH. lens.

One of the main reasons why I live in Sandvika is the availability of public transport options.  I gave up commute by car many years ago.  The local train station is located near the old town centre next to the bus station.

Two years ago the railway capacity between Sandvika and Lysaker was doubled when a new tunnel with tracks opened.  There is a lot of complaints regarding railway capacity in Norway.  However, from Sandvika to Oslo there's almost always a train coming within 10 minutes.

Unfortunately, I do not carry with me a camera to work every day.  However, each time I do I usually find new interesting subjects or topics to cover.

Yesterday's commute was carried out in the early afternoon.  This week is also Easter vacation week in Norway so there were few people on the train.

I usually leave the train at Nationaltheateret station in Oslo.  At several occasions I have used the station as backdrop for portrait photography. 

The Nationaltheateret train station is the only underground train station in Norway.  I remember when it was opened back in 1980.  At that time we lived at Skillebekk and I went to school at Ruseløkka which is only a few hundred meters away.

The tube is an easy and convenient way to travel in Oslo.  The tube system covers most of central Oslo.  At Majorstuen the tube station is located at short walking distance from my office.

The KPMG building is a landmark at Majorstuen and the only tall building in this part of Oslo.  It was built in 2001 after the previous building, Philipsbygget, was demolished by the first blow down of a building in Norway in 2000.

In front of the KPMG building lies the Cafe Condio which is run by the Norwegian Red Cross.  The cafe is a meeting place for youth of different cultural and ethnic background and based on volunteer work.

Next to the KPMG building lies the old Colosseum cinema theatre.  Like most cinemas nowadays Colosseum contains several theatre, but in the past it had only one large theatre screen.  I remember watching Star Wars The empire strikes back and Dune while there os only one large screen, and it were breathtaking experiences.

On a clear day the view from the top of the building is spectacular. 

King of the world!


A short history on selfies

December 15, 2013  •  2 Comments

According to Wikipedia: "A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, and is usually taken in a slightly tilted manner. Selfies are often associated with social networking. In the Korean entertainment industry the word selca (short for "self camera") means photos taken of oneself. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus."

Selfies have recently become a rage in social networks and among celebrities. However, the history of selfies is rather long with the first known selfie shot already in 1839 by Robert Cornelius, see http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/see-worlds-first-selfie-taken-2943533. I have been playing around with Leica selfies for quite some time now - I believe I shot the first ones back in 1997-1998.  Whenever I acquire new cameras or lenses a selfie has become a mandatory step in evaluating the new equipment. Below follows a few selfies from my own collection.

Leica M6 0.85 with Noctilux-M 1.0 selfie (1999):

Leica M6 0.85 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (1999):

Leica R9 with APO-Summicron-R 90mm ASPH. selfie (2003):

Leica M8 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (2007):

Leica M8.2 with APO-Summicron-M 75mm selfie (2009):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. selfie (2010):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux 35mm ASPH. macho selfie (2010):

Leica M8.2 with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. Prague late nightclub selfie (2010):

Apple iPhone 4 so in love selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. FLE first light selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 50mm ASPH. first light selfie (2012):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 35mm ASPH. FLE family on the train selfie (2013):

Leica M Monochrom with Summilux-M 50mm ASPH. Litepanel selfie (2013):

Leica M 240 with Summicron 75mm ASPH. selfie (2013):

Leica M 240 EVF with Noctilux-M 50mm 0.95 ASPH. Canary Islands selfie (2013):