I know that the transition from the previous summer photo to this Christmas winter photo may seem a bit strange :)
But I thought to post it now... just like that!
This is part of the Christmas decorations in the windows of NK department store (Nordiska Kompaniet), a luxury department store in Stockholm.
This is the Xmas window which, most probably, will never be shown again (unless the NK authorities decide to repeat the Christmas decorations in a while). Every winter, every Christmas, the decorations are different.
If you happen to come to Stockholm in late November -December, up to January 5, it's a must to check out the Christmas windows at the NK department store.
It's an old tradition to go and see the christmas windows at NK.
A visit to NK's Christmas displays has been a part of Stockholmers' staple holiday traditions ever since 1915.
Currently, the company that does NK window displays gets a lot of its stock from Germany.
Source: partly nk.se, partly others ;)
About the photo:
It was rather difficult to find the right POV and choose the composition (there were people around looking at the windows; and the lighting conditions were not the best). Besides, using a flash was not a good idea as the light was reflected in the window glass :( So I had to do my best to take advantage of the daylight and take a photo without a flash.
There is another, similar, photo of the same scene. I will post it in Workshop.
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aadilj (18102) 2008-11-15 1:36
Hello elena, the image is superbly bright and vibrant. i love the crisp colours and the composition. You have caught it very well indeed.
Gessle (70) 2008-11-15 1:59
Yes, Sweden can be strange...
What a great colorful image...incredibly strange and funny scene.
Good light and perfect sharpness.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-11-15 2:00
You transport us in the Xmas worls already, nice and well exposed window picture without reflection, we can see they took great care in the design, the dwarfs are nice but I also like these little poodles in the foreground.
Have a nice day JY
Kielia (24073) 2008-11-15 2:27
this is so typical Scandinavia!
You have chosen an outstanding POV to capture all the charming details of the dwarfs. The colours are really wonderful and bright. Excellent work and a very nice idea to present this scene!
rodgerg (55767) 2008-11-15 9:07
A very good shot to this funny scene of everyday's life in the country of this littel people... .)
Good POV well selected, an image rich in various colours and details very well collected.
Have a good evening,
elendim (69) 2008-11-15 11:36
Lovely picture Elena!
Very nice shot with good light and colors!
Very well done,
holmertz (45267) 2008-11-15 11:51
Funny and rather kitschy. This must look strange for someone living far away from Sweden. Considering the difficulties you describe in the note. it was quite an achievement to get this picture. I have to admit that I've lived in Stockholm for 28 years and I've never made it a tradition to see the NK Christmas displays. Maybe that's unpatriotic.
adores (41028) 2008-11-15 15:28
Seems you're starting Christmas photos:)! This is a really nice Christmas decoration. Good composition, with good light. Don't forget to go there this year!
AKITA (15125) 2008-11-15 15:45
a very joyful and colorful display you captured!
it is original, but now common in the world. even in this Japan, in this period, Scandinavian's style christmas decorations are often seen in big department stores, shopping malls, toy stores, restaurants and so on...
anyway, it is pleasant to me that your shot seems very nice and bright, dwarves are so unique and humorous.
trekks (14348) 2008-11-16 6:30
I like this Xmas deco and it reminds me of the years that I spent in Canada where white Xmas is part of the holiday season every year and socks for Santa Claus will be for children to dream about.
This window display unit is really almost looking like real, because the lighting is very well provided and the shot is very sharp with great colors. I think you did very well for this shot.
I like both shots and they can be good for main post each.
Merry Xmas - early wish! But some stores are already commercially promoting the season.
serp2000 (42090) 2008-11-17 8:10
Hello from Israel! I like your work, Yelena. Lovely picture, Perfect colours and fine details. Mne nravjatsja gnomy, zalko, chto w russian culture ih net.
With the best wishes,
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-07-04 16:55
Hahahahaahahahaha...well seen! A nice funny picture!
fritzi007 (8695) 2009-09-09 7:35
Lustige, farbenfrohe Aufnahme, sie gefällt!
- Copyright: Elena Su (fanni) (14381)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon Digital Ixus 700
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-15 1:35