Spring in Basel

A small collection of images I took on a spring trip to Basel in 2005 with friends from the Swiss blogging scene.

28th February 2010 | Read more »

Diffused directional light

A technical explanation of how do make the light from a softbox more focused, whilst retaining the soft light through the use of a secondary light on very low power to fill in any unwanted shadows.

27th February 2010 | Read more »

Eiger Run

A photo and video from the Eiger Run sledge route, between the mountain-top hamlet of Kleine Scheidegg and tourist centre at Grindelwald.

24th February 2010 | Read more »

The Orphan Works Bill

You'll notice that I've made two changes over the past couple of days regarding copyright marking and my privacy settings at Flickr. Firstly, all images which I post from now on will contain a visual copyright notice and a copyright definition in the (hidden) IPTC annotations. Secondly, no-one can download any of my photos from Flickr in higher resolution any more.

21st February 2010 | Read more »

Helios 5 in 1

A technical review and explanation of the Helios 5 in 1 reflector/diffuser combination, which I added to my collection of equipment this week.

20th February 2010 | Read more »

Sven

Sometimes, an image stands alone, with no need for description.

20th February 2010 | Read more »

Just as day was dawning

Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

18th February 2010 | Read more »

Open air studio

After trying out the lighting technique I mentioned yesterday, of a large diffused light source right above the subject, I wanted to apply the technique to an outdoor location. When we set up the shots under cover in Interlaken (but outside), the first problem was that there were no suitably white walls to hand. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there's an easy solution: simply expose your shot for the person you're photographing and then over-expose the background of the shot by at least three stops.

17th February 2010 | Read more »

The eye of the beholder

I learned an important lesson in portrait photography last weekend: that of how ready the subject is to see themselves in an honest and detailed image, when they may be seeing themselves this way for the first time.

16th February 2010 | Read more »

Portraits, Volume One

I’ve been meaning to get around to producing a regular magazine-type publication of my photography for some time now. Future issues are likely to contain a periodic review of an event, a portrait session or a trip away. The first issue is now online in the Permanent Tourist account…

12th February 2010 | Read more »

Work project honoured by Anthrazit magazine

Both we at Burson-Marsteller Crossmedia and our client were delighted to find out earlier this week that the website gene-abc.ch, which we re-developed and re-launched during 2009, has received a place in the annual awards given by Anthrazit magazine here in Switzerland for the “Best 200 Swiss Websites of the Year”.

11th February 2010 | Read more »

Back in the studio

It's been a while since I've been in the studio and taken high contrast black and white portraits, so Jo helped me this evening to practice.

10th February 2010 | Read more »

View from here

One of my favourite aspects of our home in Spiez is the fact that we have such interesting and ever-changing views across the town and up to the wood behind our house. It’s particularly lovely to look out of the windows late at night, when neighbouring homes are sinking into…

9th February 2010 | Read more »

Early morning in Emmental

Small gallery of panoramic images taken early in the morning in Emmental during 2005, for use as theatre backdrops.

7th February 2010 | Read more »

Männlichen in summer

Gallery of photos from Männlichen, an alpine plateau high above Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland.

6th February 2010 | Read more »

Sulgenbach Park, Bern

One of my favourite finds during my lunchtime walks around the city of Bern, this park is a haven of quiet and surrounded by a mix of views and architecture from the earlier part of the 20th century and onwards.

5th February 2010 | Read more »

Schilthorn in the clouds

Small gallery of photos from a 2005 summer trip to the Piz Gloria revolving mountain-top restaurant above Mürren, made famous by the 1969 James Bond Film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

1st February 2010 | Read more »

Proper Sledging

Jo and I go sledging in subzero temperatures from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald, along a hairpin 7.5 km route through the forests beneath the north wall of the Eiger.

1st February 2010 | Read more »