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Contrasts – UK

As I’ve done for my last seven years, I’ve spent a week in UK.

This is a photo on my way back to the airport yesterday.

I enjoyed the view with the contrasts, the dark with the white. Which side did you catch first?

20150205 UK - iPhone 6+
20150205 UK – iPhone 6+

Stockholm – January

As those who follow this blog a little bit more in detail, you might have figured out that I like “clean” photos, in the sense of straight lines, and not to many disturbing objects. But sometimes it’s interesting to go in the absolute opposite direction, to take photos with many details, but still have interesting lines and perspective. A photo with many details also have the benefit that you’ll find new details every time you look at it.

In this photo I’ve tried to achieve just that. I tried to have the roads as the lines, and the opening at the right attracts the eye at the end of the little road. The girl with the dog keeps the rule of thirds intact and so on.

What are your thoughts around Clean, or detailed photos?

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© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm 20150124 - Sony RX-100
© Pedro Hansson – Stockholm 20150124 – Sony RX-100

Manything – Use Your Old iPhone As A Home Surveillance Kit

A few weeks ago I discovered an app called Manything. It’s an app that uses an iOS-device camera as a Surveillance Camera.

The installation process is really easy. You just install the app on the device that you’re using, and on the device (-s) that you want to use as the surveillance cam, and off you go.

When Manything starts you can connect to the “surveillance phone” and watch a live stream, but not only that. Every time a person moves in front of the cam you can have a signal sent to you, together with a clip of what the cam “have seen”.

This must be one of the easiest download-decisions if you have an old iPhone or an iPad lying around at home.

Click on the images to go to Manything:s homepage.

The Swedish Word That Confuses The World

This is nothing that I’ve thought about, but when I see it like in this clip, it’s quite funny to hear this word. Can it used somewhere else in the world?

Best New Spotify-Tracks 2014

I’ve put together this list during the last 15 minutes and I guess I’ve missed out a great number of equally great tracks, but I’ll try to update the list when something that I’ve missed out comes to mind. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave me a note! :)

Best Wishes for a great ending of 2014, and a sparkling start of 2015!

Paris In Vegas

© Pedro Hansson - Paris In Vegas
© Pedro Hansson – Paris In Vegas

Nicky – Great Debut Single, “Wake Up”

Great debut by Nicky (Åslund), from Oxelösund in Sweden!

There are so many “guy/girl sings with a guitar”-artists out there, but this guy truly stands out. A voice that leaves no one without an opinion.

Wake up is written by Nicky
Produced by Timeland
Video by Judith Film

A Feel Good Clip For Thursday

If anyone would have told me about this clip in words, I almost wouldn’t believe it. So strange, and so awesome to watch these two play.


UK’s Answer To Linda Lampenius?

Repost – I Wish You Enough – The True Christmas Spirit?

©Pedro Hansson - Landscape Sweden - Sony RX-100 -
©Pedro Hansson – Landscape Sweden – Sony RX-100 –

Life is, at least for me, in many ways is about finding ways to appreciate what every moment means. I think that the hard days truly serves a purpose to keep us from being blasé, when we have the really good ones.

This is a story on that subject; the thin line of being “happy” and being “sad”. There is a cliche in Sweden, that everything is best when it’s “lagom” (a Swedish word for “not to much”, and “not to less”) and maybe happiness is just that; lagom?

I wish you enough

At an airport I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her plane’s departure and standing near the door, he said to his daughter, “I love you, I wish you enough.”

She said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.” They kissed good-bye and she left.

He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?” “Yes, I have,” I replied.

Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

“Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?” I asked.

“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral, ” he said.

“When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

He began to smile. “That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.” He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more.

“When we said ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them,” he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye.”

[ Original story by Bob Perks, in Chicken Soup ]

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