The Accidental Tourist: Of Moss, Mist, and Men

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  1. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    The Accidental Tourist: Of Moss, Mist, and Men

    (in case you missed any of the previous episodes)
    Part I: The Accidental Tourist: The other Iceland
    Part II: The Accidental Tourist: Stockholm's spires

    Leaving the inspiring spires of Stockholm behind us, we traveled near and far to find traces of our friend’s Ancestors.

    After posting the Stockholm’s Spires thread, I have found out that one of his ancestors, Carl Gustav Laurin, was the namesake of the building up on the hill with the corner tower and spire (Laurinskahuset) that intrigued me throughout that previous thread.

    Another ancestor was the commander of the fortress of Stegeborg; once it guarded the river inlet to Söderköping, now it is a decaying ruin.

    Stegeborgsslottsruin, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/320sec

    Glimpses of this castle’s former glory could still be found here and there.

    Uncrowned Lions, NEX-6, OM28 2.8, ISO 800, 1/60sec.

    As we roamed the countryside, we discovered that many of his ancestors were buried not in a prominent gravesite near the ancestral church of the family, but inside the church next to the altar. While I was occasionally called upon to photograph something challenging inside the church, I spent most of my time poking around the grounds looking for other interesting subjects.

    Crumbling Steps, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400sec

    Just like when I was a boy, I was drawn to the deep, mossy forests as we drove through the countryside. There was an inviting and solemn air about them that is difficult to describe.

    Moss and Stones, NEX-6, SELP1650 @ 16mm, f/6.3, ISO 250, 1/60sec.

    Carpet of Green, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 800, 1/40sec

    Although the lingonberries were not quite ripe yet and the blueberries disappointingly watery, other treasures were unearthed.

    Fungal Gold, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400sec

    One early morning, while staying with some friends at their old farm, I awakened to some beautiful soft light. Scurrying to pull some clothes on, I hurried down to the dock to get some pictures as the fog lifted off the lake.

    Outrigger Dock, NEX-6, SELP1650 @ 16mm, f/9, ISO100, 1/250sec.

    Occasionally, it was so foggy there was no option but to go black and white.

    Mystic mist, NEX-6, OM135 2.8, ISO 100, 1/400sec

    Then the fog started to lift, lending a bit of a painterly impression to the image.

    Quiet Reeds, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, IS0 100, 1/400sec

    After breakfast, I was feeling pretty happy with my morning photography (right up until when I fumbled pulling the 120 roll of film out of my Bronica MF camera). With no time to cry over spilled milk or an unraveled spool of Ilford Delta 100, it was time to find another church with a noblemen buried under the floor.
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  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    Beautiful series. Last two are just great!
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  3. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    #7 and 9 :2thumbs:. Thanks for sharing Eric.
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  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Legend

    Oct 8, 2013
    Nice work with all...last 2 are my favorites
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  5. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Another wonderful entry to A. T. Great images all!
    The atmosphere was as if one stepped back in time. Especially reading the narrative about ancestors.
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  6. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Great work! the petals in the hand, was that shot wide open?
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  7. chrid

    chrid Super Noob

    May 5, 2014
    Really nice series :)
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  8. pbizarro

    pbizarro Guest

    Good stuff.
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  9. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Nice work Eric!
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  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Looks like you are really enjoying this trip. Thanks for taking us along.

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  11. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Great story telling and photos!
    #7 is my fav but really like the moss and stones a lot too ;)
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  12. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Thanks! That fog was amazing! (I think the fog was pretty heavy because of it being the first cool night when the lake was still warm from summer). I have so many pictures from that is a bit ridiculous.

    Thanks, Will! Glad that you liked the storytelling -- the connection with his ancestors brought Swedish history to life for me...and became a common thread for the trip even when we weren't trying to figure who was buried under the floor of the church.

    Thanks, Chris! They are not flowers, but are chantarells mushrooms and are AMAZING when sautéed with a little butter and served with moose (or venison or caribou). Yeah, should have mentioned that --shot wide open (I am not always a fan of the bokeh of this lens, but I really like it this shot; a bit of a bubbly character without being intrusive).

    Thanks, guys! Appreciate it.

    Dave, I had a fantastic time during the trip, it was really important to me to re-connect with family, friends and a country that I miss.

    Thanks, man! Glad you liked it.
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  13. Blueshound

    Blueshound TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 27, 2016
    I'll second every flattering comment above . . . lovely images.

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  14. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Thanks, Blueshound! Poking around your flickr stream, you have some cool shots there! I would like to see more.
  15. michealj

    michealj TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 2, 2015
    Blaine, MN
    They are all wonderful images. Well done.
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  16. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    wonderful images from your nex 6!
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  17. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Thank you very much, Michealj!
  18. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Appreciate it, Matt! Me and the Nex-6 were in pretty good synch here.
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