Into the world of TTL

With the money I've put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my "wants" list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

30th January 2011 | Read more »

Parco Civico, Lugano

The civic gardens on the lakefront at Lugano surround the Villa Ciani, just a couple of minutes to the east of the city centre.

29th January 2011 | Read more »

New galleries online for Brienz and Spiez

The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.

29th January 2011 | Read more »

Habi and Nina in the studio

One of the reasons I organize photographic meetup days is so that I can learn new techniques and use equipment that I might not have encountered before.

28th January 2011 | Read more »

Responsive design using CSS and Javascript

I wanted to make my first foray into HTML5, improve my dynamic scripting skills, and turn the WordPress knowledge I gained during the EMEA project for Burson-Marsteller to my own advantage at the end of 2010, so I re-designed and re-programmed my online portfolio using the most up-to-date techniques possible.

24th January 2011 | Read more »

Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

My family were very generous at Christmas and for my birthday, by helping me to get some cash together to buy new camera equipment. Jo gave me the lens which has been top of my list for some time now, which I discovered whilst looking for more expensive toys: the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX. This has instantly become my favourite lens and will, very likely, see a huge amount of outings over the coming years.

24th January 2011 | Read more »

Choosing between film and digital formats

Part 2 in an ongoing series of articles explaining how I am reviewing my photo equipment, how I have considered switching from digital to film photography, and how I choose which camera format to use in future.

20th January 2011 | Read more »

Campione d’Italia

Looking on the map at the area on the eastern shores of Switzerland's Lake Lugano, you'll come across a small anomaly: the municipality of Campione d'Italia. The municipality, which is entirely surrounded by Switzerland's territory, is tiny: little more than a village, a winding road clambering its way up a vertiginous cliff, and a section of lake front. Such an unusual piece of country deserves a visit.

17th January 2011 | Read more »

Mountain Postcards

I saw a few trestles outside a book store in Zurich a couple of weeks ago, and a quick peruse lead me to the book Die Bergpostkarten by German artist Emil Nolde.

12th January 2011 | Read more »

Presentation at Photo 10

When visiting photographic exhibitions, I am often struck by how little thought is given to presentation, when so much time and effort has obviously been given to the photographs themselves.

10th January 2011 | Read more »

A new tool for an old job

I decided over Christmas that 2011 would be the year that I would finally do something about getting the results I'm looking for in my street photography and candid, social event photography: in short, I would buy a new camera to work in alternation with my D80, which continues to serve me well.

7th January 2011 | Read more »

Found on film

In going through old negatives to scan, I came across a set of unpublished black and white photographs from a day with my family in London during 2007.

5th January 2011 | Read more »

New role with web agency !frappant

After two and a half years with the Burson-Marsteller Crossmedia team in Bern, I've decided to return to my roots as a programmer and technical developer and I'm moving across town to work for web agency !frappant from 1st April 2011.

4th January 2011 | Read more »

Technical case study: New websites for Burson-Marsteller EMEA

My biggest work project in 2010 was the re-building of the wide network of websites for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of Burson-Marsteller.

3rd January 2011 | Read more »

Where did all the lovely big photos go?

Regular visitors will note that the new year saw two changes here at Permanent Tourist: namely, the reduction in size of images in articles and the re-naming of the section you're in now to "Blog".

3rd January 2011 | Read more »

Sarah’s blog is moving

My sister Sarah's blog is moving posthumously to a new, more permanent home.

2nd January 2011 | Read more »

Review of 2010

My year in pictures for 2010.

1st January 2011 | Read more »