Following a stream in Jakobsberg, Sweden

in Photography Lovers2 months ago (edited)

©2023 - Ruben Cress

While wandering around somewhere in Järfalla during the winter, I was pretty much amazed by the amount of snowfall that fell from the skies in a short amount of time. I remember walking to a gas station to buy some cigarettes and it just started to snow. Even though the walk was 10 minutes maximum, on my way back all my tracks were covered in snow and I couldn't believe what I saw. I almost walked into a ditch. I was super intrigued by it, and a few days later, I decided to put on some clothes more proper to endure the weather and to get my camera gear to hike around.

While I sometimes was exploring Järfalla on my own, it was pretty nice, and calming to walk around in Sweden's nature. At some point, I saw this half-frozen little creek in the middle of nowhere. I loved how calm the sound of the stream was. It also looked pretty cool seeing it flow under the ice. The ice was so clear, it was as if it was determining whether it should freeze, or should melt.

NDs and no remote

I took these photographs on a tripod, with a Neutral Density filter (400 or 800), I forgot my remote so I could trigger the camera without touching it. That kinda sucked, but hey, we still have two options; 15 or 30-second exposures. Creeks are great to photograph long exposures in. They often run in small ditches, so they are pretty much wind-free. This mostly gives you a higher chance to prevent stuff from moving in your shot. Even though the water moved just a tiny bit, it is well enough to illustrate and visualize movement in these photographs.

©2023 - Ruben Cress

©2023 - Ruben Cress

To explore, or to chase?

Exploring things often start with the idea or hunger to be on an adventure. Discovering new things that you haven't seen before, and going to places that are not usually visited by other people. It's exciting and can be thrilling. While chasing is more focused on one thing, preventing it from losing your sight. Or to enjoy it as long as you can. Chasing Sunsets, for example, makes you forget everything around stunning skies. If you're wandering around marked hiking routes, you probably are following someone else findings, yet you may feel like both an explorer as well as a chaser. These areas are often pretty safe to wander around in, and you probably don't need survival skills.

Are you an explorer, chaser, or follower?

In Sweden, I often felt like an explorer, going places people don't usually wander around. While here in the Netherlands, I feel I'm just a follower, walking routes that are discovered, cleared, and made safe.

©2023 - Ruben Cress

©2023 - Ruben Cress

Just go with the flow

Like anything in life. The best thing you can do is to just go with the flow. Just like this little frozen creek. Eventually, the water ends up where it needs to be. Even though it got a little bit stuck for some time. So yeah, you can feel stuck, or frozen, always just remember you'll get to be where you need to be. Just go with the flow :)



You probably already know this, but I'm proud of you and how you handle life, even though it's not always as simple as that sounds:)

Ps. after four years I still can't believe how talented you are... those photos!😫


WOW... WOW.. I am in awe by your photographs 😍 only just came across you and being one who has photography as passion.. This blew me away. What edits are they made in?
Beautiful enviroment and that is the kind of place I dream to see myself.

Being a explorer or chanser... I think I am both. I love to explore new things and places (especially nature or things with history)
And I love to chase my Dreams and hopes. I am a dreamer.

Thank you for sharing your amazing photographs and your thoughts.
Happy sunday 🌸 Cheers

Hey Saffisara, thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you liked them! I edit my photographs usually in Camera RAW, what about you?

Old places are quite nice to check out eh! Its interesting to find out how and who lived all these years ago. Love it!

Gorgeous colours and light. Lovely photos as ever.

Thank you for stopping by and dropping these compliments as you go. Cheers

Oh how beautiful the photos are! I like the best of the ones that flow frozen. Yeah, just go where life leads you while not forgetting the fun! Have a nice day!

Thank you for stopping by. Indeed, life has so much to give, it's up to ourselves whether we're running or standing still. Have a nice day yourself as well, cheers!

Wow ... some show stopping photos. Super, super work, Ruben:)

Thank you for the kind words, glad you liked my work :D

Living in snowy areas is to much difficult but i love snow fall. My dream is to live in snowy area. I pray that this dream of mine will come true very soon because I am very passionate about living in the snow. All these pictures looks so beautiful.

If it is your dream, why not pursue it bravo? 😎

Hi @rubencress,

The winters in Sweden are certainly magical, and the pictures you have taken makes it look even more beautiful. Really enjoyed your blog!

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