57,600 Friendly Ferry Crossings

By October 27, 2015 Backroads No Comments

Look at a map of Norway, and you’ll quickly realise that driving the coastline in a few weeks is not possible. There are unavoidable shortcuts, even on the #OlympusBackRoads project. Most of them involve ferries. Some are huge, and take you to and from populated areas, others only hold a few vehicles, and go to places I had never heard of. There’s always coffee and slightly strange local food such as the “svele”. And there’s always space for a motorcycle.

Of course I haven’t done 57,600 ferry crossings. But in the cafeteria on the M/F Bergensfjord I met and photographed the cheerful Vibekke Rabben, who has worked on ferries for so long I had to use a calculator to do the math: 180 working days for 40 years, 8 crossings every day. I was so impressed that Svele and coffee seemed the only appropriate meat. I forgot to ask how many times Vibekke has served that somewhat dubious delicacy.

57,600 ferry crossings in 40 years, and Vibekke Rabben still smiles and sells coffee and "svele" on board the M/F Bergensfjord. She was also an excellent subject for the face-recognition system in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II. This is technology that works, and makes even difficult light like this easier to handle. The camera "sees" one or more faces, and sets focus, exposure and white balance accordingly, so I could concentrate on capturing Vibekke's smile. 2.8/12-40mm @ 13mm, ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/30sec

57,600 ferry crossings in 40 years, and Vibekke Rabben still smiles and sells coffee and “svele” on board the M/F Bergensfjord. She was also an excellent subject for the face-recognition system in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II. This is technology that works, and makes even difficult light like this easier to handle. The camera “sees” one or more faces, and sets focus, exposure and white balance accordingly, so I could concentrate on capturing Vibekke’s smile.
2.8/12-40mm @ 13mm, ISO 320, f/2.8, 1/30sec

 

Self-service "svele" and reality TV about farming on an otherwise fairly empty ferry late at night. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II face-recognition program chose to focus on the TV rather than the food. I let it, but the svele was probably slightly more tasteful than "The Farm". 2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, ISO 1000, f/2.8, 1/30sec

Self-service “svele” and reality TV about farming on an otherwise fairly empty ferry late at night. Here, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II face-recognition program chose to focus on the TV rather than the food. I let it, but the svele was probably slightly more tasteful than “The Farm”.
2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, ISO 1000, f/2.8, 1/30sec

 

Some Norwegian ferry crossings are so nice that I wish they would take much longer, no matter what the destination is. The M/F Bergensfjord had plenty of space for the #OlympusBackRoads Monsterbike Kawasaki.

Some Norwegian ferry crossings are so nice that I wish they would take much longer, no matter what the destination is. The M/F Bergensfjord had plenty of space for the #OlympusBackRoads Monsterbike Kawasaki.

 

There are ferry ports in Norway that really are in the middle of - Norway. Arriving at night can really make you wonder if there's even a road in the darkness on shore. There usually is. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II, 2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, ISO 2500, f/2.8, 1/30sec

There are ferry ports in Norway that really are in the middle of – Norway. Arriving at night can make you wonder if there’s even a road in the darkness on shore. There usually is. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II, 2.8/12-40mm @ 12mm, ISO 2500, f/2.8, 1/30sec

 

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