Filming in the dark at 4,000,000 ISO

Filming in the dark at 4,000,000 ISO

Canon's upcoming ME20F-SH can capture digital video at 4 million ISO. At a price.

31st July 2015 | Read more »

Terry Abraham’s wonderful outdoor films

Terry Abraham’s wonderful outdoor films

Terry's videos make me want to turn off my computer and head for the British hills immediately: whether to a well-known place like the Lake District or to places which will be new to me.

23rd July 2015 | Read more »

Ringgenberg, Switzerland

Kayaking on the ridiculously turquoise waters of Lake Brienz in Switzerland.

21st July 2015 | Read more »

“The fold” is still very important in web design

Website visitors can and do scroll the page to find what they're looking for. That doesn't make this scrolling action a good user interface design solution.

21st July 2015 | Read more »

Die Bergretter – Air Zermatt

Die Bergretter – Air Zermatt

Fast anderthalb Stunden in Begleitung der «Rotbiene»: der Rettungsdienst von Air Zermatt rund ums Matterhorn. Wenn ich mit 28 mit mehr Geld im Konto in die Schweiz gekommen wäre, wäre ich Helikopterpilot geworden. Weil meine Geschichte diesen Weg nicht folgte, muss ich mich mit ein paar Touristenflüge pro Jahrzehnt und das Zuschauen…

19th July 2015 | Read more »

Bloggen in einer fremden Sprache

Ich schreibe seit den späteren Neunzigern Blogposts und lerne seit 2001 Deutsch. Nach drei, vier Jahren hierzulande, am Anfang fast nur von Schweizern umgeben, hatte ich die neue Sprache einigermassen in Griff. Viele Stunden im Büro, viele Stunden vor Stefan Raab im deutschsprachigen Fernsehen, haben mich weiter gebracht. (Von Raab habe ich gelernt,…

19th July 2015 | Read more »

Ladies bike for sale

Jo bought a new bike in 2012 but hasn’t used it as much as she’d expected, so it’s up for sale at Fr. 450 (or near offer). It’s a 21-speed Kalkhoff bike, made of aluminium, and in near-new condition. If you’re interested, there are photos and details at http://velo.mhm.li/: please…

17th July 2015 | Read more »

Science fiction, scary monsters and a know-it-all attitude

Science fiction, scary monsters and a know-it-all attitude

Doctor Who has been sending chills up my spine since I was a teenager. And the trailer for the next series looks as if it may be great. Although I agree with Thomas Capon: give the Daleks a rest, for goodness sake!…

15th July 2015 | Read more »

Flash photography basics – where is the light coming from?

Using bounced flash to improve the quality of light in your portraits.

13th July 2015 | Read more »

Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

The Jungfraujoch is the prime tourist destination in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region. High atop a mountain “saddle” between the Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, it’s accessible by taking a cog-wheel train which makes its way to the summit through a tunnel carved into the mountain. Temperatures in winter can plunge a…

12th July 2015 | Read more »

Bachalp, Switzerland

Bachalp is an area of the mountains which ring the northern side of the Grindelwald valley. It’s a popular tourist destination, as its fairly easy to reach on foot in around 45 minutes from the cable car station at First. Hardier walkers continue on from the much-photographed lake Bachalpsee onto a steeper…

12th July 2015 | Read more »

Furka Pass, Switzerland

The Furka Pass, between Gletsch in canton Wallis and Realp in canton Uri, is one of the high alpine pass routes, only open between June and (approximately) October because of heavy winter snow falls in the region. The pass road is well known to James Bond fans, as it was featured in Goldfinger…

11th July 2015 | Read more »

Aigle, Switzerland

The castle at Aigle, near the western end of the Valais, was originally two fortifications. It’s a picture-book scene, but harks back to serious use in the fifteenth century, when it was already over two hundred years old. Today, it sits peacefully amongst expansive vineyards and welcomes tourists from all…

11th July 2015 | Read more »

Schärihubel, Switzerland

This meadow is on the hiking route between Sulwald, above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the heights of Bällehöchst and Höji-Sulegg. It’s a steep hike to get here, and even more so to get to the nearby peaks, but the view down to the northern end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley and…

11th July 2015 | Read more »

Locarno, Switzerland

At the end of a long afternoon’s drive from home, via Kandersteg, Brig, the Simplon Pass and a very narrow and windy road through the Ticinese mountains, we arrived at Locarno, on the shores of Lago Maggiore, just in time to catch the last sun of the winter day.

10th July 2015 | Read more »

Funky Kitchen Club website

Remembering my work in 2008 on Swiss t.v.'s Funky Kitchen Club.

10th July 2015 | Read more »

First to Tierwang via Bachalp

A picturesque hike on the way to the Faulhorn, from Grindelwald First in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.

6th July 2015 | Read more »

Gries Pass

Attempting to get away from baking temperatures, we headed for the mountains and a hike across summer snow fields to the Gries glacier.

5th July 2015 | Read more »

Gries Pass, Switzerland/Italy

The border between Switzerland and Italy lies along the alpine chain, and there are several roads which cross the border from north to south. But there are naturally many other places where one can cross the border with a little more effort. Around an hour and a half’s walk from the…

5th July 2015 | Read more »

Sulzibiel, Switzerland

The lake at Bachalp, around 45 minutes’ walk from the First mountain restaurant above Grindelwald, is well-known from tourist photographs, given that its refection on a calm day contains some of the highest and most striking peaks in the region. But nearby, an unnamed pond on a part of the mountain…

1st July 2015 | Read more »