Month: February 2009

Medium format scan

In the absence of ready cash to buy a new scanner, I’ve finally found a photo shop which is capable of decent, low cost medium format scanning. Photo Vision, in the Marktgasse in Bern, offer 16 bit TIFF files for Fr 3.50 each, scanned at a purported 4,880dpi to produce 80 megapixel files. This is […]

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Customer disservice from Ryanair

Abusive feedback from Ryanair in response to a blog post, which detailed a potential flaw in the online booking system, provokes a rapid increase in negative publicity for the airline.

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Transformation takes time

Take ten minutes out of your day to watch and listen to this video, even if you’re not a photographer, film-maker or artist. I wish I could make film like this.

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David Hobby at CERN

The “Strobist” himself, David Hobby, was in Geneva this week and held a seminar in one of the gloriously 70s-style lecture theatres at CERN.

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Facebook: The Empire Steps Back

At the beginning of February, community website Facebook took advantage of the ubiquitous ability to change, modify, add, or delete portions of Terms of Use at any time without further notice, to amend a clause relating to user content.

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Snow in Spiez

Snow in Spiez

At work, we needed to buy both a point-and-shoot video camera and a new stills camera, so, on my advice, we bought a new Nikon D90 which can fulfil both requirements.

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On the Thames

Almost ten years ago – in November 1999, if memory serves – I was still living in England and I took part in a City and Guilds photography course. Before leaving the course (as I was teaching the tutor new techniques instead of learning anything), I made it through to a project towards the end […]

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AF Nikkor 50mm/f1.8

Forgive me a moment of extreme geekiness. I am over-excited about a new (second-hand) lens I’ve bought today: the autofocus 50mm f1.8 Nikkor.

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Permanent Tourist – new front page

It’s probably been two years in the making, but I have finally gotten around to transferring the idea in my head into Flash and WordPress to create a sparkly new front page for this website. The basic premise is that whereas I give out my Moo cards to promote my photography, I haven’t had a […]

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Funky Kitchen Club

Funky Kitchen Club is a Swiss television series, produced in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland by Mountain Multi Media in association with ProSieben Switzerland.

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Swiss Strobist – new website and newsletter

To plan Strobist days for 2009 and to re-invigorate interest in the subject and community, we’ve launched a new blog and email newsletter. Pop over and check it out, join in and send me any information you have which we can use on the site, from tips and equipment to ideas for pictures and locations. […]

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CHOO CHOO band portraits

CHOO CHOO is a Bern, Switzerland based band which draws its influences from 60s teenage beat, pop, soul and contemporary garage rock.

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Niesen, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

The Niesen is a mountain, located in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, overlooking the lake of Thun and is often called the Swiss Pyramid. The summit of the mountain (2362 meters) can be reached easily with a funicular from Mülenen (near Reichenbach). The construction of the Niesenbahn funicular was completed in 1910. […]

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One of those laptop shots

A work colleague, backlit by the sun coming in through the window, flash laid on keyboard and bounced from laptop screen at 1/8 power to give f 2.8 at ISO 100. Fill-in flash from camera right at 1/1 power (losing 2 stops due to diffusion). And a little bit of dark vignette added during post-processing […]

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The end of the shift

Sometimes, the best way of getting a good shot is to see a great piece of light and then ask someone to stand in it for a moment or two while you get your shot. One of the serving staff at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur was kind enough to help out for a few moments […]

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