A few weeks ago I had another business trip to Norway. Unfortunately, the meeting schedule forced me to travel in the afternoon of a public holiday. Drowning in self-pity, I decided to bring my Fujifilm X-E1 along with two lenses (18-55mm & 14mm) to at least have some fun in the evening of that holiday. The camera does fit nicely between the cracks of my carry-on suitcase. It was worth it. Temperatures hovered around 20C/ 70F and the sun didn’t set until 9:15pm.
The first evening I walked around the lovely Aker Brygge area by the water. It is a fairly new development with stunning architecture and tons of restaurants. The restaurants are a bit of a tease, though. Prices in Norway are extremely steep compared to anywhere else in the world. A pint of beer will cost you an arm and a leg. I ‘splurged’ and went for a TGI Fridays burger along with a glass of exquisite sparkling water for a total of EUR 27.53 including tips. The local food did look better but the prices reflected that look….anyway. Enjoying the gourmet meal in the early evening sun was nice:
Astrup Fearnley Museum
After dinner I strolled around the beautiful Astrup Fearnley Museum. There are some fantastic views. I had to move fast since the blue hour was starting to fade quickly.
Back to the hotel
There were some nice views along the way back my hotel at Oslo Central Station. My photography genes kicked into overdrive that evening. It was really hard not to stop all the time.
The Opera House
On my final evening in Oslo I walked around the famous opera house. It’s a stunning site and you can easily spend a ton of time there. Locals seem to be hanging out on the roof for pick nicks and other activities. The opera house itself is probably a bit over-photographed but I still had fun.
The views from the rooftop are pretty cool:
Of course, the opera house itself is not too shabby either:
Traveling with the Fuji X-E1
All photographs were taken over the course of two evenings. I once again loved walking around with the Fujifilm X-E1. It is so small and light that you barely notice it. Taking long-exposure photos such as the majority in this post was really convenient. There is no need to lock up the DSLR mirror etc.. Most importantly, I would have never brought a DSLR on a business trip like this.