This is at Skärhamn, on the island of Tjörn in the Bohuslän archipelago. The church here was built in 1932 and it belongs to the parish of Stenkyrka (Stone Church).
We have roots here, our maternal grandfather was born in Stenkyrka, about 12 kms from Skärhamn, in 1874. He moved to Gothenburg in 1899. All his ancestors were born here on Tjörn.
Skärhamn is known now for the Nordic Aquarelle Museum.
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holmertz (50782) 2014-07-13 7:56
Jag tänkte nästan att senaste utflykten skulle resultera i en fin bild. Det råder en mycket trivsam sommarstämning i denna typiskt bohuslänska miljö. Vackert och exotiskt. Kyrkan är ju ganska lustig, men borde den inte ha varit grön? Vad får man för en vit smiley?
COSTANTINO (63723) 2014-07-13 8:02
Hello my dear friend
the title is very suitable and it is
the first time I see a church like
this one I love this perfect lightness
the houses placed the one next to the other
the boat with people inside everyhting
your inspiration has a great originality
and in my opinion likes to everybody
the blue of the sea is the greatest
have a nice time
dta (76611) 2014-07-13 8:08
hello Gunnar ,
What a frindly place ! The smile on the white Church is a superb idea . The composition is splendid , with the family in the boat ,enjoying the sweddish summer , and the colorful village in the BG .
snunney (96733) 2014-07-13 8:14
A pleasant summery picture with the smiling church making the perfect focal point. Very well realised with excellent light, colours and clarity.
rbassin (22527) 2014-07-13 8:30
une agréable image avec l'église qui sourit,une image bien composée avec la posiiton du bateau en avant plan
ktanska (27250) 2014-07-13 8:48
That's a face one would not expect on a wall of a church.
Fantastic seaside view where all the red buildings go well together with blue sky and sea. Good off-centre framing.
jemaflor (95389) 2014-07-13 9:00
a well balanced composition with village , water and boat, pleasant light and colors well captured, so funny this detail with the smile on the church, tfs.
SWEETFREEDOM (24544) 2014-07-13 9:21
nice this smiling Church, i like the characterstic houses and colors.
Royaldevon (37633) 2014-07-13 9:23
For a guy who loves to photograph 'red', this must have been like receiving a birthday present! The houses look so attractive, so welcoming and, of course, the boat, with a sprinkling of red, is heading in their direction.
It is a very well composed shot, following the classical rules of composition.
I just love the tower on the thirds line. It is smiling at me so sweetly!
My warm regards,
abmdsudi (52449) 2014-07-13 9:27
I love the perspective, viewpoint and brilliant lighting with excellent water and sky effect. Indeed a vibrant waterfront with a wealth of colorful detail along with the imposing 'smiley' and the boat to serve as strong pointers. There's much more to explore in this that you have done well with exposure for it does look pleasantly balanced throughout and your camera works is spot on, Great capture, Congrats. tfs
worldcitizen (8436) 2014-07-13 10:16
This is just what I needed today. :-) It's a charming waterfront view, and I like all the houses and boats. It's also nice that one small boat with people was passing by at the time. Of course, the star is the smiling church. It would be nice to have more smiles in places like this. That way, whenever we need a smile, it's there for us to enjoy. :-)
pajaran (59105) 2014-07-13 10:37
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazan camac sa putnicima i arhitektura.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepe boje.
Lep toranj crkve sa osmehom na fasadi.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the site with a description, a nice view and a second ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated a boat with passengers and architecture.
Good work, nice captured moment, beautiful colors.
Nice tower of the church with a smile on the facade.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
tyro (24056) 2014-07-13 11:33
Not only a smiling church but also a winking one - one of those eyes (windows) has quite a bright reflection whilst the other does not!
An interesting note and it's nice to learn that your ancestors came from this very place too. I enjoyed the link to the Nordic Watercolour Museum.
This is a very well composed photograph which so perfectly obeys the revered "Rule of Thirds", particularly with respect to the church steeple and the line of the water's edge. The boat with its colourfully dressed occupants provides human interest and the whole picture has lovely light and colours and exceptional sharpness.
mesutilgim (94008) 2014-07-13 11:56
Hello dear Gunnar,
You've seen this great detail and captured it !
Maybe a good way to bring the younger generation back to the church.
Nice capture with some interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-13 12:11
Hello Gunnar - A relaxing and attractive scene with a smiley-faced church enjoying the view! This is so unusual; I have never seen a sight like this before, what a happy place and extra special for you being the place of your roots.
Warmest wishes and a big smile
PaulVDV (27866) 2014-07-13 12:17
The weather in Sweden seems to be much better than here in Belgium.
I know there is a church with a 'chicken face' in Florida (Madeira Beach) but it's the first time that I see a picture of this smiling church.
Hopefully this beautiful message affects the population of the town and the visitors.
Attractive composition in horizontal layers.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (45872) 2014-07-13 14:04
molto simpatico questo campanile, sicuramente originale.
La tua composizione č molto bella, con le facciate colorate circondate dal blu di acqua e cielo, perfetta la presenza della barca.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-07-14 1:51
this picture is very summery with all these people sitting lazily in the boat and nice atmosphere about them. I very much like the well saturated colors and lovely architecture on the bank of the river. The smiley church looks much more appealing than its serious collegues.
Funny and with positive message - I like it!
Thanks for sharing
asajernigan (21427) 2014-07-14 4:23
This is a great shot of this traditional scene. The smiley face on the church steeple adds a nice point of interest for the scene. The inclusion of the boat in the foreground adds nice interest and direction for the scene.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-07-14 5:17
Gunnar, what a nice detail! the village seems to be very traditional and picturesque and I'm sure very hospitable as well.anybody who lives by the sea has a lighter heart!!!!
great contrast of colors and nice to see a smiling church for a change!!
Sergiom (76381) 2014-07-14 5:38
J'aime beaucoup ce point de vue sur la côte en passant par la barque ā l'avant plan qui donne de la profondeur ā l'ensemble jusqu'ā cette superbe église qui affiche un sourire invitant.
papagolf21 (98732) 2014-07-14 9:57
Bonjour, cher Gunnar,
J'aime beaucoup cette prise de vue avec l'église qui nous fait un large sourire (idéalement placée dans la composition).
Un moment de détente trčs agréable.
Trčs bonne journée.
Fis2 (95521) 2014-07-14 10:09
A very nice view.
Good POV and composition.
The smile on the tower impressive!
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-14 13:33
Amusante faįon de "décorer" un clocher!Une photo qui fait sourire et qui est de trčs belle qualité.
rychem (34037) 2014-07-14 21:30
This smiling church is superb! I like it very much, splendid photo with perfect light and sharpness, beautiful town located on the coast
Nicou (139126) 2014-07-15 1:46
Avec le bâteau qui passe ā l'excellent moment quelle vue sur ce village et ce clocher souriant qui ressort superbe captage et vue merveilleuse image.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (117347) 2014-07-15 10:23
Un coté amusant avec lez sourire sur l'église, premier fois que je vois cela :-) belle lumičre sur le village au bord de l'eau, j'aime ces personnes dans la barque, qui profite de l'instant présent, relax et détente , belle présentation
ourania (43628) 2014-07-15 12:27
what a lovely big smile, this church tower looks so amusing and friendly, surely puts a smile on people's face too (as long as they turn to look:) Your composition is wonderful, the seaside town is elegantly laid out and watched over by the smiling tower. Excellent sharpness and vivid colours make your description very vivid and delightful. The blue tones set off the town and the boat scene wonderfully. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
macjake (66642) 2014-07-15 13:15
is this for real?
this has to be one of the more funny photo's i've seen in a long time, especially because its coming from a church!
I like the way the frame is full from top to bottom.
cute, charming, colorful and friendly.
PiotrF (16688) 2014-07-15 15:02
This is a super spotted. Well seen and composed scene perfectly framed.Brilliant observation. Like it! Thanks for sharing.
photoray (13981) 2014-07-15 15:14
Perhaps considered sacrilegious to some, I believe the Smiling Church is looking at the peaceful Skarhamn, classical waterfront town with a foreground of boaters relaxing in traditional wood boat.
Thanks for sharing,
pierrefonds (64824) 2014-07-15 18:21
The distance between the boat and the buildings is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details, the colors of the houses and of the smiling church. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
omid266 (6735) 2014-07-15 21:35
Dear my great friend,
I always liked to see Sweden and Norway from when the Norwegians came to my town after the earthquake in 1997, they helped our people and we Thanks of them and your country also,
This is another spectacular shot from your town and the smile of the Church :)
i like it , Thanks!
Best Happy Wishes, **
*** PEACE, ***
emka (94484) 2014-07-15 23:31
Hello Gunnar, Haha, I have never seen such a smiling church, what a great idea! Very nice view of these buildings, so Swedish, and the inclusion of the boat adds charm to it.
What are all these boxes? Maybe there is a shop there. Excellent capture. And interesting to see the place of one's roots.
So your great grandfather was born in 1874. Mine paternal one was born around 1810.
Warm regrad s Malgo
ChrisJ (111674) 2014-07-16 6:58
I love the smiley face on the church spire. That was the first thing that caught my attention even before reading the title or note. The fg boat fills up a largely empty fg space and adds a centre of interest and focal point. Good sharpness and density levels with clean blacks and whites. Tfs!
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-07-17 6:52
I like religion with a good sense of humor, churches here in the U.S. are trying everything to get people back into the church. Nice capture of this beautiful scene with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
larsy (28) 2014-07-18 0:11
Kul bild med båten i förgrunden. Var ni kanske på Träbåtsfestivalen?
Kielia (24077) 2014-07-19 6:58
this is a stunning photo. Superb light and detail combined with your all encompassing composition show off the delights of the location to perfection. The smiling church is the icing in the cake. My compliments also for the nice link!
danos (96145) 2014-07-20 7:00
nice the view of this coastal village of Tjorn with the charmy colours and the bell tower of the church to dominating on the backdrop of the scene.The boat on the foreground is a good optical effect in the scene.
wolf38 (31296) 2014-07-20 22:49
Hello Gunnart. A photo of summer with pleasure-seeking people in a boat and a smiling church. What a beautiful combination. Good technical quality as always.
Graal (102474) 2014-07-21 9:03
unusual church with smile on facade of tower. Nice POV and composition with boat on FG. Superb contrast and colors. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-22 4:31
En mycket fin komposition. Det är bra att du har inkluderat båten med människor i förgrunden. Jag har också en bild av leende kyrka (tagen 2013), som jag inte har presenterat på TE. Jag stod nära båtarna på den motsatta stranden.
jhm (150812) 2014-07-22 5:13
Very well found on the wall of the church tower, on these way smiles the tower to the visitors.
I like it these picture with the boat quiet in the foreground.
Wonderful picture with pleasant light.
Excellent composition and wonderful captured nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Silvio1953 (139927) 2014-07-22 11:27
Ciao Gunnar, great view of fantastic smiling Church, lovely copmposition with boat in FG, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (43594) 2014-07-25 6:03
Wow! I like this idea, it makes me smile too. The composition, the colors are superb! I like this eye-catching blue&red combination.
cornejo (40915) 2014-07-27 10:49
Hello Gunnar, very good photo of this interesting view of the graceful tower, beautifully captured in this pretty, with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. Very good and nice work well done, congratulations my friend, thanks for sharing.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best regards from southern Spain.
mcmtanyel (21382) 2014-07-28 21:00
Oh, yes, indeed! It's very cute. I like your layered composition. My favorite layer is that of the colorful buildings and roofs. By the way, what's with the blindfolded fellow on the boat, are we witnessing a kidnapping?
ikeharel (69245) 2014-07-29 23:03
Yes Gunnar, it doe's smile... and with good reason: the area in view is charming and people in the boat seem also to enjoy its beauty.
Spotted superbly on location, taken from across the bay.
Have a nice day,
Didi (60586) 2014-08-06 11:21
Very original church and very nice scene under a very good lights ambiance
Good sharp picture
Tue (34618) 2014-08-08 12:19
No wonder the church is smiling, as it overlooks such a charming village in such fine sunlight. The boat is a perfect addition to the foreground.
dcole (281) 2014-08-09 17:35
What a wonderful catch! I love the composition and colors and of course the church that's quite happy watching over the town. Great photo!
batalay (38553) 2014-08-11 15:45
Certainly someone with a sense of humor had his hand in the design of the 'Smiling Church.' I enjoyed reading the personal note about your paternal grandfather.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-08-14 12:25
roligt. Ett leende kyrka. De gör man känner sig välkommen.
Väl sett och vackert fångat!
lestans (17162) 2014-08-15 7:56
what a nicely composed view! The boat is just below the bell tower, and the horizontal layers are well divided. A serene place here!
Waylim (25502) 2014-08-24 17:21
Very good shot with relaxing and cheerful atmosphere and very inviting. Great light with bright sunshine and the color of the house in warm red and earth tone.
The people on the boat, the smiley face on the church tower adds to the cheerfulness and inviting atmosphere. Excellent quality image with good composition.
kordinator (20459) 2014-10-31 6:45
The image is beautiful, magnificent colors.
Perfect lighting,i like it a lot.
Very elegant composition composition.
jmdias (62953) 2014-11-03 0:13
interesting the idea of people to use the tower of the church like a face smiling. I liked the precious details of this urban landscape and the use of the boat of people in the foreground. very nice image. TFS.
mkamionka (35590) 2014-11-12 7:58
the smile adds so much humor to the town panorama. I like the charming houses. The colors are so pleasant and well saturated. People on the boat seem to enjoy the summer time.
adramad (44330) 2014-12-07 7:42
Fantastic composition, certainly the title is perfect ... the tower overlooking the charming and beautiful group of houses, ideal with the decoration so curious and sympathetic. The boat adds to the composition.
Great photo with beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
You enjoy the weekend.
All the best.
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-12-16 7:18
beautiful photo and comment, well done!
Hansaphotos (7921) 2014-12-23 12:00
Den svenske vestkysten har en utrolig flott og variert skjærgård. Dette er et meget flott stemningsbilde fra den sommeren på denne øyen som må bety mye for deg. Båten er i høy grad med på å gjøre dette til en sterk komposisjon, mens kirken og den fine samlingen med forskjellige trehus gjør stemningsbildet komplett. Ekstra hyggelig å se dette bildet nå, når det er vinter, regn og mørkt. Kjempefint!
En riktig god jul til deg og dine:)
unclehotshot (3999) 2015-01-11 8:50
A very Swedish capture with a smiling church in the skärgård.
This photo have many qualities, as for message as for technical features-
I have a soft spot for Sweden, you know.
fotka (4309) 2015-06-24 6:17
I like the combination of Swedish architecture with daily life. People enjoy boat ride in warm summer day. Somebody had brilliant idea to add nose and smiling mouth to existing windows to make fanny face.
The quality of the photo is very good as well colors, light and sharpness.
Matyas (0) 2016-01-25 7:32
Hello Gunnar! Amazing shot. Fine people on the boat. Amazing church. Excellent cut. Perfect sharpness. Ideal quality. Well done!
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (37794)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2014-07-13 7:52