Kalmar is a city in Småland in the south-east of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. It had 36,392 inhabitants in 2010 and is the seat of Kalmar Municipality. It is also the capital of Kalmar County, which comprises 12 municipalities with a total of 233,090 inhabitants (2011).
From the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, Kalmar was one of Sweden's most important cities. Between 1602 and 1913 it was the episcopal see of Kalmar Diocese, with a bishop, and the Kalmar Cathedral from 1702 is still a fine example of classicistic architecture. It became a fortified city, with the still mighty Kalmar Castle as the center. After the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Kalmar's importance diminished, until the industry sector was initiated in the 19th century. The city is home to parts of Linnaeus University.
Geographically Kalmar is the main route to the island of Öland thanks to the Öland Bridge.
In more recent times, Kalmar has been an industrial city with Kalmar Verkstad making steam engines, trains and large machinery, later bought by Bombardier who closed the factory in 2005. A shipyard, Kalmar Varv, was founded in 1679 and closed 1981. Volvo opened their Kalmar factory for building cars i.e. 264, 740, 760, 960 in 1974, but closed it 1994 and due to further relocation of industry jobs in the 90s and 00s around 2000 industrial jobs were lost. Kalmar has a university with over 9,000 students and a research facility for Telia Sonera.
Kalmar has embarked on a comprehensive program to reduce fossil fuel use. A local trucking firm, which employs nearly 450 people, has installed computers that track fuel efficiency and have cut diesel use by 10 percent, paying off the cost of the devices in just a year. The company is now looking to fuel its future fleet with biodiesel.
A large wood pulp plant harnesses the steam and hot water it once released as waste to provide heating, through below-ground pipes, and generates enough electricity to power its own operations and 20,000 homes.
Bicycle lanes are common, and cars line up at Kalmar city's public biogas pump. Building codes now require thermal insulation and efficient windows for new construction or retrofits. Street lights use low-energy sodium bulbs, and car dealers promote fuel-efficient and hybrid vehicles.
In 2011 Guldfågeln Arena was intiated. It's the new stadium of the football team of the city, Kalmar FF. The capacity of the stadium is 12 000 people and it's currently one of the newest stadiums in Sweden. The stadium was also built to host concerts and did so in the summer of 2011 when Swedish artists Håkan Hellström and The Ark performed. (Source: Kalmar & wikipedia)
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jlbrthnn (79787) 2012-04-30 2:14
This is the neighborhood of quiet people, quiet and happy. The framing is cleverly done from the sidewalk. The light, colors, sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (31308) 2012-04-30 2:32
enticing POV and composition, with great use of light and shade to give depth, texture and interest. Wonderful lines and perfect detailing and the contrast of colours is compelling.
Have a great week - Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-04-30 3:39
Very quiet and peaceful atmosphere here. Like the way the stone paved road is curving. Lovely colored buildings on the left. Nice play of light and shade. Beautiful blue sky. A sharp image with nice framing.
Gigidusud (8332) 2012-04-30 4:25
Nice atmosphere in this beautiful city.Splendid light and shade.
kellemes hetet kivanok!
PS:Great WE for tourists in sunny of Budapest!:)
Sonata11 (28776) 2012-04-30 4:32
Very interesting and good shot of this street and architecture wonderfully executed. Great time recording and display of beautiful colors.
Wonderful photo work and composition. My congratulations for the captured moment.
All the best,
Sergiom (40207) 2012-04-30 5:35
J'aime beaucoup la construction de l'image. La diagonale donne de la profondeur et le cadrage fournit la hauteur. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs bien saturées.
npecanhuk (54231) 2012-04-30 6:39
Lovely urban atmosphere... it looks so quiet and calm!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
A great week for you,
ChrisJ (87654) 2012-04-30 6:46
Good sharpness & perspective with the diagonal axis of the cobblestone street adding dynamism. I like the warm cold color contrast between the yellow facade of the bg building, the red tile rooftops, & the blue sky. Have a nice week!
mohammad_H (6670) 2012-04-30 9:33
Gone very beautiful and attractive colors with perfect clarity.
Have a nice evening.
cornejo (18744) 2012-04-30 10:48
György Hello, very nice shot of this beautiful, quiet street, great framing, sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and lovely job very well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
dkmurphys (37439) 2012-04-30 12:48
Very fine atmosphere on that old street. I like the colors and the contrasts. Well taken!
vasilpro (40233) 2012-04-30 15:01
Wonderful composition with excellent architectural details, lovely light and colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice 1st May, Vasilis.
bukitgolfb301 (30433) 2012-04-30 17:02
Hello my dear George
A great panfocus shot!
So wonderful and fresh image shot!
Perfect prime colors via perfect exposure and shutter speed! Best match with trhis comfortable season. Very attractive and best combination of each component!
Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-30 21:49
Another architecture shot from a very good point of view and excellent perspective.Very beautiful street perspective.
jjcordier (63092) 2012-04-30 23:42
Une photo lumineuse rendant bien l'atmosphère calme et paisible de cette rue de Kalmar.
SWEETFREEDOM (18611) 2012-04-30 23:43
nice and characteristic houses, very quiet atmosphere.
Royaldevon (18393) 2012-05-01 0:44
Good Morning George,
This looks so fresh, so uncluttered!
Your pov uses the lines of the street and the houses both as an effective guide and to create a fine sense of perspective, whilst the contrast of light and shadow adds interest.
Lovely details, especially textures.
Have a good day,
siamesa (27455) 2012-05-01 2:58
Bom dia george
Beautiful architecture of these nice houses. Very nice street.
Very nice trip, through your photos of this beautiful country.
Silvio1953 (99245) 2012-05-01 9:28
Ciao George, beautiful composition with lovely houses, fantastic sky, excellent perspective, great clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-310 zoom
- Exposure: f/4.1, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-30 1:27