The ultimate speed festival, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016!

The Goodwood estate has a long history with British racing. When Lord March took over the property in 1990, he wanted to bring back to life historic racing at the Goodwood Circuit. But without the necessary permits, he had to come up with something else. So in 1993, Lord March invited a small selection of historic vehicles to his property, to race a Hill climb. First year starting with 25.000 visitors. But in the following years hosted tens of thousands, and in these days up to 150.000 over the 4 festival days. (Tickets are limited to maximum 150.000)

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Giving you just a small sense of what this festival is all about is really hard, but i will try. Please start this video, and let it roll when reading and scrolling on. (Not phone/tablet friendly). Motorsport is also very much about the noise these fantastic machines make!

The Hill climb with it’s gorgeous British surroundings makes for some great framing. Like here, framing in the iconic BMW March 86G .

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Goodwood Festival of Speed shows of a wide range of vehicles. Both in eras and types of vehicles. Some of these old machines are so awesome, with engine displacements leaving every 21 century machines in envy. Notice also the chain drive!

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There are rarely any fancy racing suits at Goodwood. Many tries to recreate the era of their vehicle. All the marshals has “retro” looking clothing. No fancy racing barriers either, just hay bales firmly hold together with wood logs.

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The theme for 2016 was James Hunt, celebrating 40 years since winning the Formula 1 World Championship. And they didn’t spare on the amount of previously “Hunt the Shunt” vehicles. For instance like James Hunt’s McLaren M26 below.

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James Hunts sons, Tom Hunt and Freddie Hunt (Euro NASCAR racer) was also present. Look them up, they are very much alike their father!

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Mirage GR7 previously driven by James Hunt.

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Goodwood is not all about cars. It’s everything that moves with an engine, like planes, helicopters, trucks and not to forget bikes.

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Ellen Lohr, DTM race winner and current Dakar rally driver. Here seen in a racing Mercedes Truck speeding up the hill climb. This really shows the diversity of this festival!

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New and old cars on display let you wander in the more quiet areas, soaking inn all these beautiful creations.

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I spent 2 days at Goodwood. The first day, Friday was really warm and nice. But Saturday showed some of the well known British weather, changing from sun to rain and back again faster than you could unfold your umbrella.

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The list of celebrities is long, with for instance Keanu Reeves riding this bike he designed.

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Not long after, Audi Tradition was preparing this amazing V16, Auto Union Type C from 1936 for another celebrity.

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Car fanatic, and drummer for Pink Floyd, Nick Mason was driving this powerful exotic beast.

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The list of celebrities just goes on and on… so if your an autograf hunter, it’s definitely a place to be. Not to forget the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart in this old Lotus. Just love Jackies well known helmet livery, showing his scottish heritage.

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When i though i had seen it all, just a short trip with the free shuttle, you find the Rally stage. The rally stage parking was packed with Rally icons…..

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Back to the Hill climb, here with the Renault Nervasport, rebuilt by Renault Classic. In 1934, after 48 hours, 3 minutes and 14 seconds of racing, the Nervasport crossed the finish line after beating nine international records and three world records including a record: 8037 km in 48 hours (167.445 km/h average). That’s not bad considering it was in 1934!

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Talking about dressing to you vehicles era, love this!

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There was also 7 Formula 1 teams present, including a lot of older F1 vehicles.

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This V12 Honda had an amazing ear shattering roar.

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Susie Wolff (retired British racing driver from Scotland) driving this priceless Mercedes 300 SLS.

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The RAF Red Arrows put on a hell of an airshow.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 definitely was up top my expectations, and then some. Highly recommended, and sure as hell i want to go back!

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Here are some bonus shots for you all!

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Behind the scene, making of The Carburetors music video “”LORDS OF THUNDER” (feat. Shagrath)

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Fast Forward Rock’n’Roll,  45 degrees celsius, 99,9% air humidity, and so many spotlights the power consumption could make a small village go dark. That’s what met me when entering the scene of the Carburetors shooting their new video.

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I was asked to shoot some behind the scene shots from the video Lords of thunder. This is one of the new songs from their newly released album Laughing in the face of death. The album is just released, and many have been waiting in anticipation for their new album for a long time now. It’s been awhile since Rock’n’Roll Forever, which was their previous album, released in 2008.

Eddie Guz, Vocal

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Kai Kidd, Guitar

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Producer Christian Falch (Gammaglimt As) and the rest of the team shot and put together an awesome end product in this video. I don’t think most people know how much planning, how many GB of raw material, and how much pre-production work that is put into something as “small” as a tree and a half minute video! This wouldn’t be possible without experienced and knowledgeable people.

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They shot with a RED 4K camera coupled with a Fujinon 19-90 T2.9. The RED camera shoots in ultra-high definition (3840 x 2160), and the cost is like a nice Porsche.

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Fast Forward Rock & Roll !!

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One big surprise for many was that Shagrath was performing with the Carburetors in this song, and that’s a really cool addition to this video. Shagrath (Stian Thoresen) is probably best known from the internationally successful Dimmu Borgir. Eddie Guz and Shagrath previously played together in Chrome division where Eddie was the vocalist and Shagrath was playing guitar, so they’re no strangers.

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Shagrath

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King O’Men emerging from a sea of awesome backlighting.

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A lift made it possible to get some shots from up high.

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Stian Krogh, Guitar

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The LD, Odmund Berg didn’t leave any light bulbs at home this day, as the backlighting was massive!

Here’s Odmunds Mission control center:

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Some short brakes made for a quick snap between the sessions.

Kai Kidd – Chris Nitro – King O’Men

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Chris Nitro

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Shagrath

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Some unusual angles made for unique shots of Chris Nitro.

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Remember to get the new album, and of course if you’re a real music lover, you can get the album on vinyl.

Don’t forget to view the end product here:

(click: 1080i, HD)

Bonus shot: Shargath and Kai Kidd 😉

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Gatebil main event 2015

September came early this year!  Well, things got crazy busy, and the blog post from the Gatebil main event just had to wait a bit longer  😦

The main Gatebil event was held July 10-12 , and unfortunately it crashed with other big events around the globe. This resulted in many of the big names like Fredric Aasbø, Mad Mike whiddett and vaughn gittin jr not attending this time. But hey, isn’t it cool to let all the other awesome drifters get their names out there ? With approximately 40.00 visitors this still wasn’t some small event. I spent the whole sunday trying to catch some of the Gatebil spirit. I hope I succeeded in giving you a small bit of this madness 😉

Here is David Skogsby covering Rudskogen in smoke!

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This “famous” BMW 2002, previously owned by the finish Smokehunter guys, has changed owner. It is now driven by Geir Rosmo. With this new livery, i think it still is one of Gatebil’s coolest looking rides!

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Old school Martini racing Escort.

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Leif Frykas has built one hell of a ride based on a Ford Anglia. But seriously, there isn’t much Anglia left, besides the cool and very characteristic look of the Anglia. Leif built this monster him self, and the suspension, brakes, drive line etc doesn’t resemble much of a stock Anglia 🙂 This car runs and corners like a freaking monster.

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This turbo charged Volvo B230 engine is bored up to 2500 ccm, and is one of the things making this car run like a rocket.

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Tor-Anders Ringnes entering warp speed!

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Pettersen Autoimport brought along this beautiful GT2, that made for some great shots.

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Dennis Häggblom in one of Europe’s only drifting Honda S2000.

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I’m not a Nissan guy by heart, but this Nismo 350Z Super GT, driven by Oskar Sandberg  (Owner: Radni Molhampours) in the Gatebil extreme competition, is something special. Although being really underpowered compared to it’s compettitors in the Extreme class, it really showed that power is not everything in racing!

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Well, back to what Gatebil is mainly about… High speeds, and ridiculous amounts of smoke! This RWD Fiesta is driven by Per Gustav Bråthen (Built by PSW enginering)

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The Danish Drift Team Overboost was back again this year with their turbocharged v8 Miata.

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Escort MkII, classic.

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Bekkevoll racing… Diesel power!

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Bil Baldwin was here this year also. He handles the checker flag like no one else, and was also in the “Breisladd” (Drifting) jury. He is as popular, if not more, than the drifters them self 🙂

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Of the total 80 competitors in the “Breisladden” competition, David Skogsby took home the 2’nd place.(Hans Hartvikøy 3’d)

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Robin Alsaker ticked all the boxes, and took 1’st place, making him the World champion in the Breisladd competition.

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Time to say goodby, and thanks for stopping by. I’m leaving you with 2 more shots. One of David Skogsby, and one from the Team Overboost camp! Cheers 😉

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The Carburetors @ John Dee 16.05.2015

Yet again I had the pleasure of shooting The Carburetors the night before the Norwegian national day! This time with the Norwegian Revolver Avenue and the German V8Wankers as support. Revolver Avenue really surprised me, playing some great songs with real confidence for such a “young” band (First EP released in 2011). Unfortunately for the support bands, the lighting was not in their favor for getting great shots. The best light is usually “saved” for the main band. The band members have no, or very little front light, and a bucket load of back lighting. So I decided to enjoy the music (And a cold beer), leaving me only with this one keeper of Nils Alex Rama Engeness from Revolver Avenue.
PS: All the pictures are clickable so you can see them in a higher resolution! (recommended)

Nils Alex Rama Engeness

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Usually I’m packed with photo equipment (Almost to the point of needing a Sherpa and pack donkeys). But this time I traveled light, only with a mirrorless camera (Fujifilm XT-1) and the new Fujinon 16-55 2.8 lens. And i must say I’m highly impressed with this combo. I didn’t know what to expect from this camera in these low light and fast-moving situation. But hey, this little camera really performs. Both the high ISO capabilities, and the focusing was really great. The focus off course is not on par with my Nikon D800, but it was more than sufficient. For those with photo interest, I placed the Exif data under all the shots, so you can see the shooting data. Everything was shot in full manual mode.

Next up was the V8Wankers. Their a band originating from Offenbach in Germany, and was formed back in 2000. The 15 years of experience as a band really shows, and like The Carburetors, they’re also a bunch of real crowd pleaser’s. I highly recommend to see them live if you get the opportunity. Remember to check out their new album “Harden the Fuck up’!!

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I’ve waited in anticipation for a while to hear some of the new songs from The Carburetors. Well, the audience didn’t go empty-handed home. Check out the concert playlist!

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I’m so looking forward to the release of the new album (And maybe a spot in the photo pit at the release concert????)
The new songs I’ve heard so far sounds awesome!

Eddie Guz & Stian Krogh

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Kai Kidd is always a crowd pleaser!

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The master of drums, Chris Nitro!

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That’s all for now, and thanks for the backstage whiskey and after-party!
(Almost felt like a rockstar myself when i woke up the next morning 😉 )

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Golf GTE

Electric vehicles are really popular these days. Well, that’s if you’re from a country like me, Norway. The largest share of electric vehicles in Europe is sold in Norway. Leaving only some percentages of the sale to the other countries. A couple of weeks ago the total amount of electric vehicles tipped over 50.000. That’s pretty amazing, considering there is only 5 million people living in this long stretched country. I would like to tell you that Norwegians are extremely environmentally minded, like the green gods off Europe, but i don’t think that would be telling the truth. The reason is most likely these benefits made available by the government. No tax when purchasing new electric vehicles. Reduced road tax. No road toll, Free public parking, Free public charging, And to top it all , you can pass the long queues home from work, driving in the bus-lane 🙂

But enough of all this pure electric vehicles talk. That’s not for everyone. Most people owning an electric vehicle has this as a second vehicle (Or this as the primary vehicle, and a combustion driven vehicle as second vehicle). At least if you sometimes have to drive longer distances, there is those times the reach just wont be sufficient. Then how about combining those to into one vehicle? Well it has been done before, kind off.. like the Prius (shivers going down my spines). That just won’t get me exited at all, sorry. Many others have tried, but in my point off view, not pulled it off completely. It Need’s to be a plug-in hybrid if its suppose to make any sense.

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Well how about the new Volkswagen Golf GTE? It’s a plug-in hybrid with a mix of a sporty hatchback. Not some boring Prius :). Combining a 150PS 1,4TSI, and a 102PS electric engine makes a versatile combination. Driving completely electric there is still plenty of power (320Nm), and its so nice an quiet driving electric. But if you enter the GTE mode, you combine the engines, giving you a system output  204PS and 350Nm. The torque is what impresses the most, even though the battery weighs 160 kg, and the vehicle total is 1,520kg. The torque curve is so consistently high, and really pushes you back in the seat when the electric boost kicks inn. It’s so much fun!

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The interior  also shows that this car is definitely in the GT family together with the GTI and GTD. The interior is just the same, but instead of the red stripes/details (GTI) or grey (GTD), it’s blue. Like shown here in the seat covers. Just in the same checkered seats like the golf GTI/GTD.

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Shown here is the 18″ Nogaro wheels, that in my opinion looks great on the GTE.

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Plug-in hybrid. This is what separates a hybrid from a plug-in hybrid. The possibility to charge the battery when parked. A normal hybrid charges the battery when braking (regenerative braking), or possibly by the engine in some cases (Obviously consuming more fuel, and not that environmentally friendly). The GTE packs a 8,8 Kw/h lithium-ion battery pack, giving you a maximum range up to 50 km pure electric driving. The available range off course depends on many factors such as for instance driving style, topology, outside temperature, but not the least which other electricity consumers you turn on. Heating or cooling definitely pulls a lot of power, and can lower the available range significantly. You better learn where the off button on the climatronic is, if you want to drive for longer distances electrically.

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Many small details making the GTE stand out from the regular golf’s. The GTE emblem, and also the seams with blue thread on the steering wheel, gear shifter etc.

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Shown is the 1,4TSI engine. The electric drive and gearbox can’t be seen here, because its tucked in lower down. The 2 additional electric units seen is the battery charger, and the power electronics.

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There is 5 different drive modes you can use. With the GTE button you enter the GTE mode described earlier. When using the “e-mode” button you can switch between electric mode and Battery hold. In electric mode there is pure electric driving, unless you use the kick-down. This will result in the combustion engine starting, and you have the full 204 horsepower’s available.  In battery hold  mode, it tries to use as little electricity as possible, saving the power for later (For instance when needing the battery capacity later when entering an low emission zone in the city). From the hybrid menu in the multimedia device, you can enter 2 more modes. Hybrid auto, and charge battery. In the hybrid auto mode, it uses the electric engine at low speeds and small loads. But uses the combustion engine at higher speeds/loads. In Charge battery mode it uses the combustion engine to charge the battery, which in turn leads to higher fuel consumption. This off course is not the best way, but nice to have the function available if you need to top up the battery when your out of extra boost power 🙂

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Driving this great plug-in hybrid gave me a really fresh new feeling to this segment of vehicles. I can highly recommend it, and I’m exited to see how this type off vehicles will evolve in the future.

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All the photos are shot with a Fujifilm XT-1, with either XF56mmF1.2 R, XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR or the XF 23mm f/1.4 R.

Cheers!

Rome, shot with the Fujifilm XT-1

The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” have a much stronger meaning after visiting in August 2014. The sight of the city, the buildings and the incredible decorations and carvings are just outstanding. No wonder why this city is on top of many people’s travel list.

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Before i bought the Fujifilm XT-1, I always brought my heavy DSLR with a bunch of lenses when traveling. But for this trip i choose to bring only my Fujifilm XT-1 with 3 prime lenses. The Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R, Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R and the Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R. These lenses have a full frame equivalent focal length of 21, 35 and 85 mm.

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I was still in doubt how I would cope without any zoom lens. My D800 with the 24-70 2.8 have been my workhorse combo on trips before (E.G New York) But aside from a couple of occasions changing back and forth betwheen lenses, my 23mm f.1,4 was the most used lens. The 35mm equivalent focal length is so versatile. In the following, I’ll try to give some tips and experiences from my trip. I have also attached the shooting data (Exif) to all the shots. All shots have been edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. If you haven’t read my mini-review of the XT-1 yet, you can check it out here: https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/.

Remember that you can click on the pictures to watch them in higher resolution!

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The city of Rome has so many sights what are worth seeing. But don’t forget to step inside if you see a random church on the street. Like this church on Via Del Corso. The outside looks fairly modest from the outside, but inside it’s size and decorations is breathtaking.

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We stayed at the Trevi Collection Hotel (Via Gregoriana 56), and I can highly recommend it. Located one block away from the Spanish steps, you have a great starting point seeing the city. Even great for a short pit stop at the Hotel during the day. As I stayed in August it was pretty hot. If you can come another time of the year, I recommend it. If there is no wind, 30C° and above is hot when you are not at the beach. The locals also have holydays in August, so be aware that some of the smaller local shops is closed.

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Unfortunately the fountain by the Spanish steps (Above) was under restoration. This picture is taken from the Spanish steps, looking down Via Condotti. The Via Condotti is where the high end (Read expensive) shops are located.

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Here is a shot from Via Condotti, looking up to the Spanish Steps.

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Other streets where shopping is in the focus is, Via Frattina, Via del Corso, Via Nazionale and on the other side of Tiber River (The big river running thru Rome, Called Tevere in Italian) is Via Cola di Rienzo. This street runs all the way up to the Vatican state.

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At the Vatican, i skipped entering Saint Peter Church. The lines was running all the way from the front door and in a half circle around the St. Peter’s Square. You can off course pay up and go with a guided tour, and then you can enter without waiting in the long line.

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But I went to the Vatican museum instead. I had online tickets bought ahead of going to Rome. And I’m glad i did. The line was ”miles long”. But with an online ticket, you have your own line, and I was inside in no more than 2 minutes 🙂

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The Vatican museum consists of to many things to list. But it contains an immense collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church. There are 54 galleries, and you also go thru the Sistine Chapel when taking the recommended route. The Sistine Chapel has its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo. I have no photos from it unfortunately, because it’s the only place where it’s not allowed to take photos. Remember to cover your knees and shoulders, or you won’t be allowed in the Sistine Chapel.

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You also get a great view of the city from the Vatican Museum

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The most photographed object in the Vatican museum has to be the Spiral stairs (Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932)

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Here is a more unusual view from the bottom and up.

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One of the most known places in Rome has to be the Colosseum.

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Built in 70–80 B.C, it’s quite astonishing that there is still something left of this monster amphitheatre. It is estimated that it could hold as many as 50-80.000 people. The genius layout of sectors, levels and stairs meant that the Colosseum could be emptied with people in a couple of minutes. The construction is so effective that it is still used today with little change (see for instance football stadiums is structured in the same way as the Colusseum)

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Eating in Rome is of course high on the list. But to distinguish the real good Italian restaurants from the tourist traps can be difficult (Use Tripadviser). One advice, especially good on pizza/lunch is Osteria della Vite (Via della Vite 96-97).

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Another place I recommend is Sofie Ristorante (Via di Capo Le Case 51). It’s not only traditional Italian food served there. But stil highly recommended.

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Restaurant Antonio al Pantheon had good recommendations in Trivadviser, but I was honestly a bit disappointed.

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And don’t leave Rome without eating Gelato! (Italian style icecream)

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The Italians are also known for good beer J (Personaly I liked the piazza navona draft the best)

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One of the things I was most looking forward seing was the Trevi fountain. But unfortunately it was under renovation. (I think its under restauration for 18 months)

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Here is the Roman temple Phanteon, buildt in 126 B.C. Thinking of the manpower it had to take building this over 2000 years ago. Yet again the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” come to my mind.

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Here is the backside, showing the enormous dome.

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Piazza Navona is not a long walk from Phateon.

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Drinking fountains is found all over Rome, and yes you can drink it! (Saves you some Euro’s from the local guy trying to sell water on every corner)

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The Altar of the Fatherland or Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II is an impresive building.

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Measuring 135 m (443 ft) wide and 70 m (230 ft) high. If the quadrigae and winged victories on top are included, the height is 81 m (266 ft). You must see it to gasp the enormous size of this building.

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If you have never been to Italy before, you will be surprised how many variants of “police” they have. Polizia di Stato, Guardia di Finanza, Arma dei Carabinieri, Polizia Penitenziaria, Corpo Forestale dello Stato, Interforces, Provincial Police and Municipal Police (Probably there is even more ?)

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My last advice would be to only take official taxis. They are white, with a TAXI” sign on the roof and the Rome crest on the doors. Don’t say yes to any “special taxi offers” at the airport!

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My conclusion after using the XT-1 on holiday would be that my back and shoulder feels less sour. The handling of the camera is a joy as you probably read in my mini-review of the camera. The picture quality is in my opinion top notch.

The newly announced update to the XT-1, that fixes some  of my previously pointed out issues is also coming true. Did you read my blog Fujifilm? 🙂

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Some related blog posts to the Fuji XT-1 and 14, 23 and 56 mm fujinon lenses you can see here:

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/fujifilm-xt-1-back-to-basics/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/international-workers-day-in-oslo-shot-with-the-fujinon-56mm-f1-2/

https://kjetilkvienmadsen.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/tourist-in-my-hometown-oslo/

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International Workers’ Day in Oslo, shot with the Fujinon 56mm f1.2

Finally got my back-ordered Fujinon 56mm f1.2 about a week ago. What a better way of testing this lens with some street portraits at the International Workers’ Day. I went f1,2 all day to see how the 56mm and XT-1 would hold up. Both with AF-C and AF-S depending on the circumstance. Compared to my DSLR and 85 f1,4 i think the success rate what quite high. I would guess 85% keepers. That’s not bad considering the small DOF (Depth Of Field) you get at f1,2. The image quality is also quite staggering wide open. The lens is Small considering it is a 85mm f1,2 equivalent on full frame. Focusing is fast, and reliable. My only thing to point out before you take this lens outdoors, is don’t activate the macro mode in your camera. My first test shots outdoors, trying to shoot at infinity, the camera would not lock on to anything. When in macro mode, this lens will only focus from 70 cm to 3 meters. When deactivating the macro mode the focus goes from 70 cm to infinity. Just a heads up if you encounter this problem. Please click on the pictures to view them in higher resolution (They deserve it to look their best)

DSCF1725-Edit smalThe front element is quite large because of it’s f1,2 aperture. But still the filter size is 62mm, like the 23 f1,4. The lens consist of 11 Lens elements in 8 groups (including 1 aspherical and 2 extra low dispersion elements)

_KKM0423-Edit smal I’m normally not that comfortable doing “up in your face” street photography. But at event’s like this i feel it’s more acceptable as it’s crowded, and the ones out demonstrating is more in a “look at me” mood 🙂

DSCF1895-Edit smal Selective focusing is what its al about whit this lens. The isolation on what you focus on is really good. And the out of focus rendering (bokeh) is really nice, even in harsh lighting like this.

DSCF1815-Edit smalDSCF1809-Edit smalNot many lenses can show off with a f1,2 aperture. The balance on a XT-1 is somewhat front heavy, but not so much it’s a problem. The 23 f1,4 is the perfect balance on the XT-1 in my opinion.

_KKM0428-Edit smalOn the International Workers’ Day (May 1.) you see all kind of people outside  in demonstrations to promote their opinion.

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DSCF1884-Edit smalManual focusing on the 56mm has a bit of a long throw from end to end in my opinion. But i have not had the time to fully explore this beast’s manual focusing abilities, so I’ll come back to it at a later stage. But I’m disappointed it doesn’t have the push/pull ring to shift from auto focus to manual focus like the 23 mm and 14 mm. That would have made this lens perfected.

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