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A week in Kiev

As a consultant I happen sometimes to travel on behalf of clients, and this week I have been in Kiev, Ukraine. The country has been very present in the news lately, but I found it to be a very nice city. Always when I am somewhere I bring my camera, but this time I thought I should share some iPhone photos. This blog entry has been written on my iPad, and all these photos have been taken and edited on my iPhone. Enjoy a black and white view of Kiev.

Posted from Kyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine.

iPhone 6 plus experiences

Last week I got my new iPhone 6 Plus. A “small” little device with a 5,5” screen. I am guessing a lot of you are wondering – is it worth it? And what about the size? And… a lot of other stuff. I thought I should give you my humble comments on the experiences of owning it for a week. I should mention that I jumped from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 6 Plus, I have not used an iPhone 5s, so some of my points below could easily have been used for the iPhone 5s.

First of all: It does not bend. Not easily anyway – I admit I have not REALLY tried to break it, but I did test it using reasonable force. Force that I would expect to be OK, and it was.


  1. Battery – Finally an iPhone that can survive more than one day using EVERYTHING.
  2. Screen – A big screen is actually not that bad if you read a lot on your mobile, I do.
  3. Performance – It is a powerful smartphone and apps run a lot faster now.
  4. Camera – I use the camera on my iPhone a lot, and the improved slow-motion filming mode is something I play with more than I should admit. I have not really tested the image stabilizer.
  5. TouchID – I like the simplicity of opening my mobile just by holding a finger on the start button.
  6. Step Counter – I like to see measurements of my activity and use several fitness apps. The step counter is a welcome addition for me.


  1. Size – I have pretty large hands so it does not bother me too much, but I have to adjust my grip slightly to reach all sides of the screen using one hand. 
  2. Placement of power button – As I mentioned above I use the camera a lot, and I have been using the volume up button as a shutter button for a long time. My main gripe with the camera on the new iPhone is that they have moved the power button directly opposite the volume up button. Using a normal grip on my phone, I will both press the release button AND the power button, this shuts down the phone and I do not take a photo. This has happened more often than I would like to admit. I would expect my body to learn by now.
  3. Apps are not using the improved screen yet. I know this might be a bit early, but I would really like apps to use available screen space in an improved way.
  4. It might be a “tad” expensive. I went all the way and bought the 128 GB version.

All my other concerns, both plus and minus relates to iOS 8, and not the hardware by itself, so I guess that should be covered in a separate blog post.

Concluding this small blog post: So far it has been worth it for me, but I might have been satisfied with the normal iPhone 6 too. I do like that I do not run out of battery during the day while still using all the features though.

Enjoy your phones, even though if you should happen to use an Android phone.

Macro Monday

For the next few weeks I will show you some macro shots every Monday, Macro Monday. These photos will not necessarily be good photos, but just me playing around and enjoying myself. So welcome to my wold of playful macros.

Drops on juniper needles
Drops on juniper needles


Posted from Oppland, Norway.

Milky way

Shooting star going boom

About a week ago, some friends and I went on a cabin trip into the Norwegian mountains. Among else we wanted to try our hand on night photography. We had planned this trip for months, and brought along tripods, a star-tracker, a dolly for time-lapse photography, several cameras and ourselves – 4 eager photography minded “boys”.

The first evening was almost cloudless, not too cold and actually not too bad at all. So we packed the car, drove to a dark valley going north-south and mounted our equipment. I was still just setting up, testing different exposures and time-setting, and had set the camera for a 5 minute exposure. I was standing there waiting and looking up at the milky way, very visible above us. Two cars came driving through my scene, and while I looked up I saw this shooting star (a meteor) blazing on my right. “Hey look a shooting star!” I shouted. Then right before going behind the mountain it exploded in a bright light. “Wow – it exploded!!” I burst out next. Mouth agape and watching the horizon. I turned to my friends and asked if they had seen it too. They had not.

After a few seconds my mind turned back to the camera and I wondered aloud – “Maybe I got it on camera?”

There was still a couple of minutes to wait before I could have a look, so my friends and I were quite anxious when the camera finally finished with its shot.

And what do you know, right there on the right hand side of the photo, there it is. A green shooting star and a bright explosion. And I was the only one that had a camera pointing just that way. I just wish that I had gotten an even better picture of the sky itself.

Shooting star
Shooting star


Posted from Hedmark, Norway.

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