Some days ago we had this perfect day, the sun was shining and the temperature was just around freezing point.
I took this picture when walking along the northern side of the Gota River in central Gothenburg. A woman was enjoying the sun while watching the ice floating by.
Across the river you can see, at the right, the “Sailor´s tower”, inaugurated in 1933. On its top is a five meters high sculpture by Ivar Johnsson, called “Woman by the sea” or “The sailor´s wife”. She is supposed to be looking out to the sea, for her returning husband. But she is turned towards the Hising island, where there were only shipyards in 1933. I guess she is looking for her husband to come home for dinner.
There are many works of art along this walk along the quays here. Here we see sculptures by Görel Steg and Torsten Jurell. Behind that round thing we can see a big ferry “Stena Jutlandica” with a route between Gothenburg and Frederikshavn in Denmark. Beside is a small ferry “Älvsnabben” with its route across the river.
The big chimney belongs to the power station at Rosenlund.
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danos (80278) 2014-02-08 8:25
nice the snapshot as the northern side of the Gota river with the woman in red to enjoy the sunny Wintry day sitting on the wooden bench.I like the panoramic view of the place as the excellent light and colour management of the scene.
dta (59121) 2014-02-08 8:59
hello Gunnar ,
Ah Ah ! Your usual red clothed people . A fine place to enjoy the winter sun on the wooden benches , even the temperatures must be cold .
mesutilgim (75550) 2014-02-08 9:03
Hello dear Gunnar !
I bet that you wait for hours untill you get a model with a red anorak in your compo !!
This was a joke of course but it allways Works.
Again a perfect capture with perfect pov and layout.
Nice light management. Interesting to see the artworks on wooden poles.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Fis2 (78776) 2014-02-08 9:18
Excellent colors, light and sharpness.
Pile and the woman adds flavor.
tyro (16748) 2014-02-08 10:26
Yes, this is indeed a beautiful winter day with glorious bright sunshine and you have captured this scene perfectly.
You have written an interesting and informative note as well as posting a picture with many interesting features, not least the lady in the foreground - dressed, as always, in bright red!
Excellent composition, lovely light and vibrant colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
PaulVDV (18724) 2014-02-08 10:46
On a sunny winter day the light usually is very beautiful. That day looked perfect for a walk outside as that person with the dog does.
Sitting down quietly is - I believe - only pleasant when there's no wind or when you find a sheltered place.
Enjoying the sun is anyway very appealing in a season that has too many dark days.
The picture is well composed, has an excellent depth and sharpness.
Best regards, Paul
jurek1951 (38942) 2014-02-08 11:28
a beautiful atmosphere with special lights, superb details and colours, great impression,
trevormoffiet (1796) 2014-02-08 16:08
Denna uppfattning är attraktivt för mig, därför att jag känner igen några av de landmärken, men jag har inte upplevt Göteborg i vinter med is på floden. Jag älskar inkluderandet av konstverket på stolpen i förgrunden och den person i kontrasterande jacka.
macjake (48349) 2014-02-08 21:56
funny note about the woman waiting for her husband to come home for dinner :)
and look...you have another red jacket in your photo :)
I love these crisp cold winter days where there's lots of sun and clear skies....we don't get that here on the west coast of canada.
perfect day for a stroll and with camera in hand.
RhodieIke (10379) 2014-02-09 0:02
This does look cold, the lady in bright pink jacket certainly stands out, super light, well managed.
Great Dof, on to the super view of Gothenburg.
Love the graffiti pole in the Fg,
Royaldevon (23410) 2014-02-09 1:33
I was immediately attracted by the brightness of the day, the clear crisp sky and lovely, long shadows, a perfect day for photography.
The viewpoint is very well chosen, features strongly positioned and guide lines that are very effective. You have achieved a fine sense of perspective.
It's in my nature to save the best till last: you have the perfect figure dressed in red, sharing the view and indicating a direction to the statue.
Have a lovely Sunday,
ikeharel (46976) 2014-02-09 2:06
A beautiful sunny day on a freezing winter, and an outdoor town panorama along the wooden promenade, made this pic. so pleasent to watch.
The lady in red with her view fixed across the bay, enjoy the wonderful scene.
Half iced waterway, is a unique phenomenon for me, we never have such condition on any winter.
Fine shot, DOF and clarity are super.
holmertz (33511) 2014-02-09 2:58
Jag tyckte du sa att du hade slutat använda röda kläder som blickfång, men det här exemplet visar ju återigen att det fungerar väldigt bra. De blå lyktstolparna och den grant bemålade "totempålen" är också fina detaljer som ger lyster åt vyn, förutom det strålande vädret.
Hälsningar från ett regnigt Stockholm.
marabu61 (6301) 2014-02-09 3:09
Perfect winter days like this are a bliss and the women in red is quite right to enjoy the pleasant sun and scene. Having a river with ice on it on a sunny day always makes for a good subject.
This scene somehow reminds me a lot of my 2 years I spent working in Stockholm. During winter I often walked home from work along the frozen sea.
chrislo (3351) 2014-02-09 3:20
A well composed shot with a nice perspective along the wharf lined with lamp posts. Lots of interesting anchor points in this picture, such as the "totem pole", the lady in red or the other lady with the dog. All in all, it's a very pleasant view with a nice contrast between the icy foreground and the open sea and clear blue sky in the rear. The light and the colours are beautiful, and the details are many and varied. A very peaceful scene with true colours and fine sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday.
ourania (21432) 2014-02-09 3:25
I like very much your point of view and composition. It's great to see the perspectives starting from this little cozy corner of the quay and opening up to include a very wide, clear and interesting view of the river and the city. I also like the wintery light and colours and the simple but striking way in which they're contrasted by the lady's jacket. The atmosphere is wonderful, the cold and the light seem invigorating. I had never thought of this pastime, "watching the ice floating by" :) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
subhendu_bagchi (23613) 2014-02-09 4:36
a nice colourful composition here. Like the holiday mood which is captured superbly. I appreciate the depth and sharpness of the image and the equally managed light. Great shot. Tfs.
abmdsudi (35340) 2014-02-09 6:07
A beautifully captured riverside on a sunny day, bold lines and colour makes a striking image. Good to see the different perspective when seen from this angle with great backdrop too and a lovely well saturated shot. The red punchy colour glues the eyes superbly. Well done shot.
larsy (28) 2014-02-09 8:57
Ser härligt ut. Jag promenerade själv utefter Norra Älvstranden för några dagar sedan, den dagen vi hade solsken. Vi var kanske där samtidigt.
claudeD (28253) 2014-02-09 9:06
very fine winter picture from Sweden with excellent sharpness and clarity. I can see the sunny atmosphere ut I really can feel the coldness. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
pajaran (44354) 2014-02-09 9:09
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na mesto i reku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontarst, ostrina i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i reka sa ledom, lepe boje.
Lepa klupa pored reke za odmor sa lepim pogledom na reku.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the place and the river ...
A good moment shot, kontarst, sharpness and perspective, nice place and shown the river ice, beautiful colors.
Beautiful bench by the river home with a beautiful view of the river.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
eldancer1 (22435) 2014-02-09 14:41
Looks like the sun is shining brightly but with ice on the river it does look very cold. Good pov and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (7325) 2014-02-09 18:01
Thank you for this lovely postcard from Gothenburg. Good composition for this informative photo. Great DOF. The bright pink coat of the lady stands out very nicely in otherwise cold colors.
papagolf21 (80944) 2014-02-10 2:38
Bonjour, cher Gunnar,
Voilà une photo toute fraîche à tous les niveaux.
Très belle composition bénéficiant d'un effet de perspective de qualité. La présence d'un personnage dynamise parfaitement la réalisation.
Très bonne journée.
Romano46 (14496) 2014-02-10 2:54
è impressionante vedere il contrasto tra il gelo che ghiaccia le acque e la brillantezza del sole che rende i colori molto vivi e i dettagli delle cose e del paesaggio assai netti.
Ottimo il contrasto e particolarmente interessante il soggetto.
Ciao e buona settimana
John_F_Kennedy (41884) 2014-02-10 5:39
Beautiful view of this iced river. An incredibly sharp image with well saturated colours.
adramad (32881) 2014-02-10 8:07
Superb composition and beautiful river frontage, great perspective that gives the timbered front, overlooking the city in the background, we see the ice alongside the piers, are shown in low temperatures, but here is a nice day sun, the lady sitting and taking it well wrapped, is a good vital touch, I like these decorated sticks, I find a decorative element on the walk.
Very nice, these very natural colors.
The lighting and sharpness are perfect.
Have a good day.
rychem (15440) 2014-02-10 8:29
Cold! We can feel that this is a winter photo with winter sun light, i like this viewand excellent lighting, beautiful scene at a frozen river
Silvio1953 (109295) 2014-02-10 11:30
Ciao Gunnar, lovely composition with sitting person, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (10893) 2014-02-10 11:48
it doesn`t matter where you look there many interesting details to enjoy throughout the image,from the totem poles and lady in red to the floating ice, it is a fine shot that benefits from very clear details and vibrant colours.
Kind regards Les.
elenimavrandoni (11105) 2014-02-10 20:59
Gunnar, sharp and beautiful image, fantastic light, marvelous colors!!
all the very best
bukitgolfb301 (33508) 2014-02-11 1:02
Hi dear Gunnar, how are you today?
Intresting nopte and very finest image as usual.
So sharp and celear in the details , the balanace and composition is perect as usual. So wonderful and comfortable to see.
All the best and have a good day! TAkero
Nicou (109695) 2014-02-11 1:03
quelle iamge et compo avec de nombreux élément à observer la couleur du personnage cette statue la persperctive et la profondeur et cette glace sur la rivière sueprbe ensemble et compo.
bravo et belle journée
annjackman (16479) 2014-02-11 2:19
This is a very crisp shot to match the cold temeperature. The woman in red is of course a super subject and my eye is also drawn to the lovely decorated pole in the FG. There is also a great perspective along the wooden walkway and the figure with the small white dog is a very nice extra element. A picture of relaxation on a sunny day - super!
Kind Regards, Ann
kato (10577) 2014-02-11 2:34
You're capturing well this tasteful daily life by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the winter river with the ice, the wooden promenade with blue light poles along the river and buildings seen to the opposite shore. It's also impressive in the spectacle that the woman is enjoying the sun while watching toward the river. And, the shadow projected to the pier/promenade draws out a good effect.
lousat (67105) 2014-02-11 3:05
Hi Gunnar,the atmosphere of this pic is truly magic,i never seen live in my life a frozen river and i think how could be nice to try an experience like this,spectacular view from Goteborg with a composition rich of detail and things to see and taken in a very special light.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jemaflor (76610) 2014-02-11 10:35
Cold impression with this landscape, interesting light capture and human presence with the lady in red, tfs.
emka (67299) 2014-02-11 23:20
And this also looks similar to my views lately. although still a lot of ice ion the water, the lady ion red enjoys sun and one can feel a biit of coming spring. Interesting painted poles.
The idea to go to cold countries in cold month seemed strange for Gert, but I liked it, it was so different to my usual experience (I mean, to see the frozen sea). Even with not such a lovely weather as here. In Finland it was a bit gloomy, with overcast sky.
Warm regrads Malgo
jhm (130642) 2014-02-12 3:27
A pity for these nice picture, the horizon is not horizontal.
Nevertheless a very nice panoramic picture with excellent details.
Excellent scene, made in high quality.
Also nice perspective and depth picture
Excellent composition, very well captured.
Very well done, TFS.
COSTANTINO (46486) 2014-02-13 7:03
the weather this winter is very strong but'
here in Greece the temperature is too
high like spring but I chose this shot
because of the artworks
interesting to see artworks on wooden poles
shadows and lights play together
have a nice evening I hope not just
around freezing point but high enough
have a n ice evening
jacquest (17533) 2014-02-13 9:45
This sure looks like a fine winter day and a relaxing scene. The light is very good and the point of view shows good deepness. The woman with the red coat addsd a story to the composition.
cornejo (24585) 2014-02-13 10:01
Hello Gunnar, very good view of this interesting and beautiful scene of daily life, with an interesting and nice background, very well captured with a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ChrisJ (92116) 2014-02-14 6:09
Perfect sunny weather even if it is still cold. I like the warm cold color contrast between the seated woman in hot pink parka and the blue sky as well as the Indian Totem pole styled post at right with the decorations. Good sharpness and saturation. Tfs!
wolf38 (29666) 2014-02-15 0:24
Hello Gunnar. Winter, bright sunshine and art along the river. Overall a nice and worth seeing photo. The red anorak is a nice counterbalance to the dominant color Royal Blue. Informative text.
ktanska (23144) 2014-02-15 9:26
It certainly looks great on a sunny winter day. This winter has been so warm that I'm actually surprised to see some ice in your city. I so much miss sunshine. There hasn't been any here for a couple of weeks. And the little there was before that I was at work.
mkamionka (28031) 2014-02-17 7:14
Lovely presentation from Goeteborg. I have a good friend from this city but I lost touch with her now. The partially frozen river covered with snow adds a nice decorative touch to the scene. Plenty of interesting elements to attract the attention, the column across the river indeed is an elegant element of the cityscape.
Person in the FG warms up the scene.
Very well done!
williamcoombs1 (245) 2014-02-20 7:35
This is a wonderful balance of sun and shade, warmth and cold! I appreciate the stylized female figure on the mooring post set against the very real woman in red soaking up whatever heat winter sun offers. And the river ice is caught in perfect relief. Such an enjoyable photo.
Kielia (21953) 2014-02-24 8:26
The lady is so nicely enjoying herself and the winter sun. A wonderful image with a very charming atmosphere, it seems that she did not notice the photographer. I love all these interesting details. Thanks for sharing this rich impression!
- Copyright: Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) (35196)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G1 X
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-02-08 8:16