D is for Darkroom

(This is one in a series of essays I’m writing about my life. A specific kind of autobiography, I guess. The rest of these essays are here.) “It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still…

23rd July 2013 | Read more »

In Memoriam – Kodachrome

When digital photography went mainstream, it was the death knell to Kodachrome, even devout Kodachrome enthusiasts migrated from the venerable film to their DSLRs, providing the photographer a level of control that would have been unimaginable with good old Kodachrome. Kodachrome was a victim of advancement, and as the years…

18th July 2013 | Read more »

Technical case study: Bike To Work

Back in 2011, the organizers of Bike To Work Switzerland approached my employer !frappant Webfactory to re-develop their website and the participants’ admin system. I worked with a third-party usability consultant to re-think and re-design the project, before I carried out the design work in Photoshop and the team and…

10th July 2013 | Read more »

“Keep it simple” meetup date selected

Thanks to all of those who have completed the Doodle poll mentioned in a previous post, the date for our next meetup has been chosen as Sunday, 25th August at the Blatterwiese park in Zurich. Members of Facebook can sign up for the event and discuss it on my Facebook page;…

9th July 2013 | Read more »

The Descent of Christ Into Limbo

What is it they say? “I don’t know what art I like; but I know it when I see it.” I was captivated by this golden, glowing painting in the Santa Croce church of Florence when we visited in 2011. I don’t know whether it was the depth of detail…

8th July 2013 | Read more »

Selective lighting magic

What makes a picture is often the main subject. But a little attention to detail can also work wonders and turn a nice picture into a really nice picture. Walking in the park with friends last autumn, towards the end of a couple of hours shooting portraits, the lighter patches…

5th July 2013 | Read more »

C is for Car

(This is one in a series of essays I’m writing about my life. A specific kind of autobiography, I guess. The rest of these essays are here.) “Man sits in car; dribes.” Judging by this early statement from my childhood, I’ve always been a…

5th July 2013 | Read more »

The Old Man of Storr

The older I get, the more I enjoy walking, so holidays and time off are increasingly filled with plans for hiking and getting out into the fresh air. I made plans for a first serious walk in the UK to celebrate my fortieth birthday…

3rd July 2013 | Read more »

B is for Blog

(This is one in a series of essays I’m writing about my life. A specific kind of autobiography, I guess. The rest of these essays are here.) I used to work in the post room at the head office of a national dairy company in…

3rd July 2013 | Read more »

My basic Lightroom workflow

Adobe Lightroom is a boon to the photographer. With the introduction of intelligent repair tools, it has now entirely replaced Photoshop for me, and I can not only tweak photos but also re-edit them to quite a level of detail. One of the great features of Lightroom is the…

2nd July 2013 | Read more »

A is for Ausländer

(This is one in a series of essays I’m writing about my life. A specific kind of autobiography, I guess. The rest of these essays are here.) My first visit to Switzerland was on holiday over a decade ago, when I was a little jaded by life in the south…

2nd July 2013 | Read more »