Camera Obscura

The “camera obscura” was the precursor to the modern camera.

23rd April 2016 | Read more »

Photo sharing via Google Maps

Photos shared with geographic coordinates in Google Maps are viewed many, many more times than those in other photo sharing services.

22nd April 2016 | Read more »

Gwatt lake shore, Thun

The shore of Lake Thun at Gwatt is a great place to photograph the sunrise and the sunset.

20th April 2016 | Read more »

Oberhofen Castle

A thousand-year-old castle on the lake shore near Thun, with wonderful gardens, terrific views, and a hideously ugly restaurant.

17th April 2016 | Read more »

Arisdorf, Switzerland

Arisdorf, Switzerland

A picturesque village set in a rolling landscape, whose name is perhaps more often associated with a nearby motorway tunnel.

16th April 2016 | Read more »

Eternal search for the perfect angle

Searching for viewpoints, poring over maps, dodging power lines, and coming home with classic landscape images.

14th April 2016 | Read more »

Precise photographic viewpoints at Bern’s Rosengarten

When finding a great view, most photographers will raise their camera and take a picture. By finding the best viewpoint, most photos can be improved.

13th April 2016 | Read more »

Romont from the Route de Bossens

Better lighting conditions can make a good landscape photograph great. Being in the right place at the right time is a skill which you can learn.

13th April 2016 | Read more »

Customizing Twenty Sixteen

(The WordPress theme, not the year.)

13th April 2016 | Read more »

Hiking with Google Street View

“Hiking” the path from Grindelwald First to the Faulhorn and on to Schynige Platte using Google Street View.

9th April 2016 | Read more »

Some website designs from my archive

Until I had to switch to doing mainly technical work on web projects, I used to do a lot of design work. I came across my old designs when clearing out my home office and thought you'd like to see a few of them.

8th April 2016 | Read more »

Twenty Sixteen

2016 sees the tenth anniversary of this website. I decided that this was to be the year when I'd do some major overhaul work on my site: improved technology and a long-awaited clear out of some legacy data problems. That's all been completed, so now it's time to work on the appearance of the site.

7th April 2016 | Read more »

Someiyoshino in Bern

The Someiyoshino (Japanese cherry trees) on the hillside below Bern's Rosengarten park were given as a gift by Yoshiyuki Urata in 1975, after he visited and was very taken with the city. They bloom in early April and the spectacle only lasts a few days, before the blossom falls. I was lucky enough to get time to photograph them in sunshine this year.

5th April 2016 | Read more »

Floodlit as in olden days

A reminiscent photo of St. Paul's Cathedral, which I only took because of a fortuitous London downpour.

5th April 2016 | Read more »

How to share documentation online in a modern way

Why processes based in outdated print media routines can be massively optimised by adopting modern practices, and how process efficiency can lead to negative employment effects.

5th April 2016 | Read more »

The fishing villages on Lake Neuchâtel

Visiting lake shore villages in the French-speaking Romandie region of Switzerland feels like a little foreign holiday.

3rd April 2016 | Read more »

Laufenburg am Rhein, Germany/Switzerland

Laufenburg am Rhein

The picturesque and history-rich town of Laufenburg straddles the river Rhine: one half being in Switzerland, the other in Germany.

3rd April 2016 | Read more »

Schloss Laufen, Switzerland

Schloss Laufen and the Rhine Falls

Information and tips for photographing the large Rhine waterfalls at Neuhausen, near the northern border of Switzerland.

3rd April 2016 | Read more »

WordPress plugin to get rid of the need for CAPTCHA images

“Comment spam” is a term which relates to automatically-generated website comments. People with too much time on their hands make software to submit to websites like mine. It’s then down to me to ensure that the nonsensical or downright abusive comments don’t appear on my website, and that my email…

1st April 2016 | Read more »

Adding a post thumbnail to the WordPress backend list view

In an effort to share more of my work with the open source community, I’m gradually starting to submit more plugins to the WordPress Plugin Directory. The latest addition, approved recently and made public today, is a plugin which extends the backend list view with a small thumbnail-sized preview…

1st April 2016 | Read more »

Technical case study: CSS Flexbox for BEKB Flash

CSS Flexbox has been ready for mainstream use for a while now, and I've implemented it on a third client project for my employer.

31st March 2016 | Read more »

Comment subscriptions on Permanent Tourist

I’ve added a feature to the site which allows you to get an email when someone replies to a comment you’ve left on this site. Let me know if you encounter any problems.

30th March 2016 | Read more »

Life without JavaScript

Many web developers (and web project managers) are insistent that we shouldn’t be concerned with the availability of JavaScript in the browser. “Who turns off JavaScript these days?” is often the argument. The problem isn’t related to who turns off JavaScript, but what happens when a CDN copy of jQuery…

29th March 2016 | Read more »

Silver Efex Pro

The image editing tool Silver Efex Pro has long been a much-used and highly recommended solution for converting digital (or scanned colour) images to black and white. There are many detailed options for conversion, including specific settings for reproducing the effect of old black and white photographic films like those…

26th March 2016 | Read more »