Posts about Bern (Berne)

“Bern” (or “Berne” in French) is the federal capital city of Switzerland, as well as the canton containing the city.

The Bear Incident

Last weekend, reports quickly appeared on Twitter and Facebook, and thence to the local and international press, that a member of the public had apparently jumped over the fence into the new bear enclosure alongside the river Aare in Bern.

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On the rails again

After a fairly long break, I returned to my major photographic project recently, which takes me across the whole of the city of Bern on a quest to photograph all 219 of the tram and bus stops of the Bernmobil network.

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Doll clinic

Walking along the arcades in the lower part of the old city of Bern can be a bit spooky, particularly on a quiet, dark evening. Mainly because of the “doll clinic”, which appears to have selected the scariest of their “patients” for the window display.

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Getting good prints from a lab – part 1

Having bought a Mamiya 645 a few months ago, I wanted to make a return to the traditional chemical processing techniques which I used for many years until switching to a digital workflow in 2004. I’m interested in the difference in print quality – in terms of sharpness and colour reproduction – between traditional printing and the scanned negative printed via digital means.

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Iron Mauro

The next in the series of One Frame Movie shots which I’m cramming into this and next week is of a colleague from work: Mauro (also known on Twitter as @ironmauro).

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Rain, Rain

Photos of various wetness around the city of Bern, as I head for the train station and home on a Friday night.

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Swiss Press Photo 2008

The Käfigturm – a city prison for several hundred years until 1897 – is now a pretty unique centre for events and exhibitions. The current exhibition on show is a collection of photographs selected for the Swiss Press Photo Award for 2008, which opened recently as a free exhibition and runs until 10th October. I took advantage of the adjacent tram stop and went to see the photos this lunchtime.

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Free photo show in Bern

After the success of my last talk at the English Speaking Club in Bern, at which I showed a couple of dozen of my people and street photographs, I am pleased to have been invited back for a second free evening by president Corinne Oegerli. This time, instead of people photographs, I intend to show a selection of photographs on another theme which is close to my heart.

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Subtle lighting

A new colleague joined our team at the day job this week, so as usual, I was called into service to take portrait shots for our team’s blog and website.

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“Kelbification”

After seeing a few shots around the internet in a certain darkened, de-saturated style, I asked around to see if anyone was familiar with the post-processing technique which is used to create it.

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Classical accordion

Classical accordion

A lone man sat on a little fold-away stool, out of the way of people hurrying past, and played classical music wonderfully on an unaccompanied accordion.

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