Do You See The Face In The Cloud?

It was quite awhile ago since I posted any photos. At the same time, I’m having a little project at my Facebook-page with “One Image a week”. So I thought about this brilliant idea to use the at both my Facebook page, and here. 🙂

This photo was taken at lunch time this Saturday. I spent the weekend in Vemdalen, a ski resort in Sweden, and the wind during these days were hard, to say the least. This is taken at the top with an iPhone 5S.

What I enjoyed with the scene was the contrast between the wind and the sunny sky, at the same time as the snow passed by, creating those small white dots that almost looked like stars.

While you’re at it; do you see the face in the clouds?

© Pedro Hansson - Vemdalen, Sweden - iPhone Photography
© Pedro Hansson – Vemdalen, Sweden – iPhone Photography

Free Music Battle App for iOS

Me and a colleague have just released a new app – “Music Battle”

The concept is a classic music intro-quiz game, where you’ll hear the intro of a song, and you’ll try to guess the right artist or song name. As a helping hand, you will see the album cover more clearly for every second.

Compared to others it’s totally free, and there is no in-app purchases. We’re still in our early phases so new tracks and playlists will be added  along the way

Link to the app:

40 Historic Photos That Made Me Think

Some photos can really reflect historic moments, and at the same time make me appreciate where we are today. Humanity, and the world in itself is certainly improving. Great set of photos!

Source: Boredpanda.

Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885

Woman With A Gas-Resistant Pram, England, 1938

Animals being used as part of medical therapy, 1956

Testing of new bulletproof vests, 1923

Not the job i would’ve signed up for!

Charlie Chaplin at age 27, 1916

Hindenburg Disaster, May 6, 1937

Baby cages used to ensure that children get enough sunlight and fresh air when living in an apartment building, ca. 1937

Disneyland Employee Cafeteria in 1961

Construction of the Berlin wall, 1961

Unknown soldier in Vietnam, 1965

Martin Luther King with his son removing a burnt cross from their front yard, 1960

Hotel owner pouring acid in the pool while black people swim in it, ca. 1964

Mom and son watching the mushroom cloud after an atomic test, Las Vegas, 1953

Austrian boy receives new shoes during WWII

First morning after Sweden changed from driving on the left side to driving on the right, 1967

For the rest of the photos, click here

Apple’s Free App of the Week – Spark Camera

Apple is marketing a new app each week. An app that will be given away for free for a limited time. This week the free app is Spark Camera. After Thursday it will be back on normal price level ($1.99)

Link to the app

Description from App Store

App Store Best of 2013 and Apple Editors’ Choice
Spark Camera supports iPhone 4S and higher.
Shoot, edit and share beautiful movies in seconds with Spark. Here’s how it works:

•Press & hold anywhere to record, release to stop
•Do this as many times as you’d like to create multiple clips
•Slide to change filters during playback
•Tap the music note to add a song from your library
•Tap the save button to save to your camera roll
•Share on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, or email!

Spark lets you to record, enhance, and share life’s best moments through beautiful HD videos. What ignites a spark in your life? A gorgeous sunrise, an afternoon with friends at the beach, a kid’s smile… whatever it may be, the world is full of inspirational moments; capture them with Spark Camera.


•Take as many Sparks as you’d like
•Create HD 720p videos
•Add music from your music collection
•Apply high quality filters
•String together up to 45 seconds of footage
•Share via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, and AirDrop
•Delete the last clip captured if you want to reshoot
•Have unlimited Sparks in progress
•Save to your Spark gallery as well as your camera roll

Final Cut
• Import videos from camera roll
• Rearrange clips
• Delete any clip
• Trim beginning or ending of clips

Amazing Photos by Elena Shumilova

Earlier today I received a link on my facebook-page from a friend who suggested that I should visit Elena Shumilova:s amazing Flickr-page.

Elena is taking photos of her kids in different environments, and I don’t think that I’ve never seen anyone being so good at reflecting different moods.

Truly amazing photos! Don’t miss!

Her Flickr-page could be found here

foggy day




The winter sunrise





on the way

Piteå Through My Lens – Part 6 – Ekbergs Konditori

This is a classic place in Piteå, Ekbergs Konditori. This small café has been around during all of my years in Piteå. A place that looks just the same as it used to be. If you ever go to Piteå, don’t miss Ekbergs and their famous sandwich “Landgång”.

Previous posts:
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 5 – Rådhustorget
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 4 – City Center
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 3 – City Church
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 2 – Christinaskolan In Infrared
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 1 – Behind Statt

Piteå Through My Lens – Part 5 - Ekbergs
Piteå Through My Lens – Part 5 – Ekbergs

Piteå Through My Lens – Part 2

As I previously blogged about, I really like dark photos. They are hard to accomplish, and they need a lot of thinking to come out good. Even so, I’m trying to explore this type of photos, and during my photo capturing hours in Piteå this was one experiment where I tried to keep the darkness in the photo.

Best wishes for Saturday.

Link to other posts about dark, infrared and B/W-photography
– Autumn in B/W
– Infrared Autumn Photo

© Pedro Hansson - Christinaskolan
© Pedro Hansson – Christinaskolan

In Memory of Ola

This day, the day before Christmas Eve will always be strange. Three years ago my foster-brother Ola Hansson passed away, on this day. I still think about him a lot, and hope that his memory will be kept among all of us that he touched in his life time.

Instead of writing something new, I reblog a post from before in honor of his memory as the great person he was.

I guess this blog post is as personal as it gets, but at the same time this blog is about “life in general” so I’ve decided to share some thoughts around a personal subject.

Since I’m going to Piteå shortly from now; a trip that I’m really looking forward to, this will be the first time in winter since last christmas and I guess there will be memories from last years visit. Last christmas was a really odd one. My foster-brother, Ola, that lived with our family during my whole up-bringing passed away on the evening of the 23:rd of December.

Jul i Piteå

This picture was taken the next morning, in the morning of Christmas eve. At that moment, when the picture was taken, we still hadn’t got the message.

The morning was really chilly and calm, and in many ways respectful of what we didn’t know at that stage. Now, 10 months later I guess this picture means a lot more than just trying out a new camera that was the main purpose for this picture.

My brother lived in the southern parts of Sweden, and I guess we hadn’t spoken nearly as much as we should’ve done, but last year (in 2010) that changed, and we had started to make some plans together. Not big plans, but nice small ones. Ola had been ill in the winter/spring of 2010, but we all thought that he now would fully recover. Our plans came to a sudden end during the christmas Holliday… Will never forget when my father answered the phone and I instantly could feel what’ve happened.

I’m really proud of my brother. He made a remarkable life journey both in his private life as in his career and in many ways he could be a role model for many others. When Ola was in the middle of “högstadiet” (between middle school and high school in US) his grades were really poor (around 1 in Swedish terms) and he struggled in many parts of life, and the future, to be honest didn’t look that great but one day my mother and Ola made a deal.

My mom asked

– Ola, do you want to stay home from school for two days?

and you can guess what the instant answer was? 🙂

– Of course!!”, he said with a big smile!

My mother replied:

– Ok, you can call in sick but you have to do one thing during the days you stay at home, and that is to study for the test that you will have a few days from now.

Ola thought that this deal was great! And I can imagine that it was a great feeling that a parent told you to call in sick… so he stayed home, listened to his KISS-albums, but he kept his promise, he studied!

When the test results came back Ola had the best score in his whole class, and he was proud, he suddenly felt as if he was as good as anyone else, and this wasn’t so hard! This was a big day of change for him in his school work, and I guess in his overall life. When he left high school he had 11 (I think it was out of 13 or 14) 5:s (grade A+ internationally) and the rest was 4:s (like grade A:s).

I have so many stories about Ola; like the first time when he was baby sitting for me and my sister and mixed cinnamon with cocoa and made us, in a strong bossy style, drink half a litre of that brew, not listening to our loud childish complaints. A horrifying moment at that time but afterwards a great laugh, and all about young minds.

After finishing school and he had left his national services behind, he then after a few years of work in the paving industry, started his own firm in the same branch. A firm that got really successful.

After some time he also met his wife and started a family. A family that I know he loved above all.

With love and respect

This song was performed by Ola Sigfridsson at the ceremony

Stockholm – Third Advent

© Pedro Hansson - Stockholm, One Week Before Christmas
© Pedro Hansson – Stockholm, One Week Before Christmas

This is a photo from yesterday. The photo is taken from Riddarholmen towards city hall and Kungsholmen. We’re currently experiencing the warmest November – December in 133 years. Strange with rain in Stockholm, and snow in Egypt…

3-in-1 Macro Lens From Olloclip

Olloclip has just released a new 3-in-1 Macro Lens. For those of you who have read this blog before, you know that I’ve tested those lenses before (search on Olloclip in the search field for more information), and I really like the result. I’ve ordered one of those to get a better view on it in reality, and I’ll get back with some reviews after getting my hands on them.

Meanwhile, you can find more information here

Patterns In the Sand

© Pedro Hansson - Patterns in the Sand
© Pedro Hansson – Patterns in the Sand

“Maybe you had to leave in order to miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.” Jodi Picoult

Borrowed the quote above from @pagep on Instagram. If you haven’t seen that feed, check it out