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.
The civic gardens on the lakefront at Lugano surround the Villa Ciani, just a couple of minutes to the east of the city centre.
The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
My sister Sarah's blog is moving posthumously to a new, more permanent home.
My year in pictures for 2010.