• Freedom to take photos in public places under attack

    The freedom to take photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground: a law called “Freedom of Panorama”. When you’re on holiday, you can take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook. […]

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  • Avoiding specificity issues in CSS

    Holy moly. What a discussion we’ve gotten into over on Twitter about CSS specificity, BEM, and inheritance. I wrote yesterday that the idea is flawed and tries to work around problems which aren’t actually problems at all, but part of the language of CSS. As Duncan noted: the problem is actually, “people write bad CSS”. Dirk from […]

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  • Disabling persistent MySQL connections in TYPO3

    TYPO3 occasionally throws the following error message when attempting to connect to the MySQL database, blocking the operation of the website. The error also occurs when reporting is set to Production mode in the install tool. Uncaught TYPO3 Exception: #1: PHP Warning: mysqli::real_connect(): (HY000/1040): Too many connections in […]/typo3_src-6.2.13/typo3/sysext/core/Classes/Database/DatabaseConnection.php line 1199 | TYPO3\CMS\Core\Error\Exception thrown in file[…]/typo3_src-6.2.13/typo3/sysext/core/Classes/Error/ErrorHandler.php […]

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  • Why using BEM for your CSS is a bad idea

    I came across the BEM (Block, Element, Modifier) technique for CSS coding today. On reading half a dozen basic introductions to the technique, I saw immediately that the concept is based on weak coding principles, not code simplicity and reusability.

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  • It’s all about content – open data and the web

    When coming up with ideas for new websites or coming up with a use for a new design idea, the reason for the website or app is often on which slows the initial impetus for a designer or front-end coder. Sure, you have this great idea for a design, but what to use it for?

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  • 20 days in Antarctica

    20 days in Antarctica

    Kalle Ljung and his father spent 20 days sailing through Antarctica last winter. They took a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 Quadrocopter with them, and this is the wonderful, beautiful film they made. (Hat tip: Habi.)

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  • Environmental portrait workshop with PICZ.ch

    It’s been a while now since I’ve led a photo workshop. But Pascal from the Photo International Club Zurich asked nicely earlier in the year and so we found a weekend which would work out for us both.

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  • Tourist tips for south west Pembrokeshire

    A friend from Switzerland appreciated the area through my photos last year and asked for some tips of some “must-see” places to visit on a short summer trip. After emailing details at the time, it’s taken me a while to get the tips into shape for a blog post… but here it is, at last!

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  • Aeschiried to Greberegg

    The hill above Aeschiried has been calling to me ever since we moved to Faulensee. It’s immediately obvious, when looking up the hill, that the views across the lake must be great. There are a few houses dotted across the hillside, and the sharp-eyed will notice a small ski lift leading up into the trees. […]

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  • A website is never finished

    You start off with an idea, progress it to a concept, make a design, fiddle with it for too long, then turn it into a working prototype. If all goes well, then you’re in for a couple more rounds of revisions and improvements, then the site gets filled with content and you launch the site. […]

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  • Solothurn, Switzerland

    Solothurn, Switzerland

    Historic towns in Switzerland make the Christmas period especially magical for the photographer. In particular during the “blue hour”, between sunset and darkness.

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  • Country Feedback

    Country Feedback

    An absolute, all-time favourite. Filmed for Later… with Jools Holland in 1998.

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  • Merligen to Margel

    In search of a bench with a view, we find a meadow with a view instead.

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  • Bire, Beatenberg

    The Bire is a rock promontory amongst the cliffs above Waldegg, at the eastern end of Beatenberg. The name – local dialect for Birne, meaning “pear” – will give you an idea of its shape. I saw some photos from the hike to the viewpoint on the Instagram stream of a local holiday chalet owner last […]

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  • Giessbach Falls in spate

    Giessbach Falls in spate

    The name “Giessbach” translates literally as “pouring stream”, and pour it does, magnificently and powerfully, when there is a lot of rain.

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  • The swallows’ viewpoint

    Our regular swallow visitors have a preferred perch above the area around our house. And it’s just a few metres from our balcony.

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  • Lausanne, Switzerland

    Locals and photographers alike gather on the hill near Lausanne’s cathedral to watch – and photograph – the summer sunsets. The northern shore of Lac Léman is one of the best places in the country from which to photograph the sunset.

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  • Helvellyn with Mark Richards

    Helvellyn with Mark Richards

    Helvellyn – the third highest peak in the English Lake District and therefore the third highest in England – has long been a goal of mine. The peak draws me much more than the higher Scafells, with a famous ascent via the rocky and precipitous Striding Edge and what must be a breath-taking view from the […]

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  • Adobe integrates panoramic stitching in Lightroom CC

    Adobe integrates panoramic stitching in Lightroom CC

    Cooing over the lovely new panorama stitching function in Adobe Lightroom 6.

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  • Faulensee to Meielisalp

    In which we start the hiking season as early as we possibly can, with the longest route we’ve done to date.

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  • Welcome to London

    Welcome to London

    A wonderful, high-resolution hyperlapse video of London by Italian photographer Mattia Bicchi.

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