Photos from the collection spring

We miss you Gran

When my family used to travel to Gloucestershire to see my grandmother, my sister and I used to pass the time as children by recognizing certain markers along the route. The brewery next to the motorway at Reading; Membury Services as a halfway marker, with it’s tall antenna and red lights, blinking in the night; […]

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Ships No More

The quay at Einigen, which appears to be no longer regularly served by ships on the lake near Thun.

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Club 3001

Yes, in a small lakeside village in Switzerland. A motel with "erotic bar".

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Wake

Thanks to Mum for spotting the patterns on the lake, caused by a combination of the ship’s wake, a light diagonal crosswind, and a second ship (out of frame) passing from left to right.

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Oh, the View

There are two houses on the Bürgenstock which are raised above the Panoramaweg (panorama path) which afford massive views of the lake and city of Lucerne. Held up by four concrete pillars each, and leaning out over the sloping landscape like homes in the Hollywood Hills, the unobstructed views from the front windows would almost […]

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The Lion and Them

"Because the Swiss have been politically neutral for centuries and have long enjoyed a reputation for honoring their agreements, a pope or emperor could be confident that his Swiss Guards wouldn’t turn on him when the political winds shifted direction. The Swiss Guards’ honor was put to the test in 1792, when–after trying to escape […]

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Tennis No More

Orange sanded, abandoned tennis courts in an exclusive sports club and residential area on the Bürgenstock near Lake Lucerne. They reminded me of playing tennis in western France during an exchange visit when I was fifteen, where the tennis courts were similarly covered in dusty pine cones. The Bürgenstock is a strange place, with a […]

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One Day

…the house to which this terrace belongs will be mine. Surely everyone is entitled to dream?

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Léman

Glow after sunset on Lac Léman, photographed from Montreux this evening.

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Complementary

Red, red fields under blue, blue skies near the east coast of Scotland, on the way to Stonehaven.

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Going to see the Dovecote

My contacts should look at the larger version of this one, to see the great expressions of the parents… :-) Graham also took a great wide shot of this view: see it here.

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Bass Rock

Thanks again to Graham for the repeated loan of the lens!

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Green Thursday

In German-speaking countries, today is called "Gründonnerstag" ("Green Thursday"). The name comes from one of several suggested pre-15th century sources, including the liturgical colour green and the pagan celebration of the arrival of spring by eating green vegetables. In our office, we have no green vegetables handy, so we have a basket of small chocolate […]

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Sunset, Stonehaven Station, Scotland

Jo waited in the car – just out of shot to the right – and drank tea from a flask, in true British style, as I plodded up and down the deserted station platform trying to get the angle right to show the quaint feeling of this small Scottish train station as the sun set […]

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Cliff Edge

Thanks to Graham for the repeated loan of his ultra-wide-angle lens while we were there! www.jpgmag.com/photos/108557

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Good Blues

The water is crystal clear turquoise and the sun shining on the shallow rocks reminds that it is spring, and that summer warmth will soon be here.

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House of Dreams

A second attempt of creating an infra-red effect using a digital image taken in East Lothian last weekend. Dramatic darkening of blue skies and the high contrast of brilliant whites are a feature of using this method, which can easily be achieved in Photoshop by switching to the "Channels" tab («Kanäle», for German users), duplicating […]

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Low Tide

A converted digital image I took when I was with Graham for the day in East Lothian, along the coast from Edinburgh. It’s a lovely shot, but has reminded me to get out and take film photographs again, using black and white film and a red filter.

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Tay

Slightly dodgy stitching and a lack of sharpness on this one, as I used a compact camera (which appears to digitally produce a light vignette) and I took the photos hurriedly. This is where the Firth of Tay (estuary, to the left) turns into the River Tay (to the right), at Dundee on the east […]

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