Posts about friends and family

Off to Pembrokeshire

We’re only just back from a trip to Italy and it’s time to head off again for a foreign break!

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Brent and Marta’s wedding

Starting with a long journey to the Aeolian Islands and pre-wedding drinks on a tempestuously windy hotel terrace, Jo and I had a great time at my oldest friend Brent’s wedding to his Italian sweetheart, Marta.

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Stay away from the “Delete” button

By whittling down pictures while you are still shooting, or when you are trying to assess their merits on a tiny little screen, you always run the risk of deleting a shot which later turns out to be one you really like.

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CHOO CHOO, Bern Strobist day

This is the kind of shot that I hope to achieve more by continuing to work with CHOO CHOO in future. They’re a great bunch, not just musically but also fun and motivated; being around them infuses everyone with energy, once they get going! No setup at all on this shot: just a grab as […]

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iPhone dilemma

When I next renew my mobile phone contract in May, I will be entitled to get a new mobile phone at a much reduced price. I’m currently getting ahead of myself and trying to decide whether I really need a cameraphone with many megapixels, or whether I should just follow my instinct, get an iPhone […]

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CHOO CHOO band portraits

CHOO CHOO is a Bern, Switzerland based band which draws its influences from 60s teenage beat, pop, soul and contemporary garage rock.

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Manuel and Karolina

Taking portraits is always a great opportunity and I enjoyed taking photos of Manuel and his wife Carolina this past weekend.

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Kate’s Visit

Loads of lovely photos online from when my friend Kate was visiting us in Switzerland.

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Flickr Strobist meetup, ETH Hönggerberg (Zürich)

Thanks so much to everyone who turned out yesterday on the ETH campus in Zürich, for a great afternoon’s photography, teaching and learning how to effectively use off-camera flash and achieve both dramatic and interesting portraits. A surprisingly and gratifyingly high number of photographers attended – almost 20 in the group, if I remember correctly […]

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Ilona in Wollishofen

A friend who will be moving away in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to take a “proper” portrait before she leaves and shot this portrait in a graffiti-ed children’s playground in Wollishofen, after we all visited our friend Nick Yoon’s exhibition. I wanted to separate Ilona from the background, which was fairly evenly lit by […]

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Strobism in the old city of Bern

I’ll be photographing a band in Bern at the end of next week with a couple of friends and so Jo and I headed to Bern last weekend to scout out some locations. We headed for the lower, older part of the city below Kornhausplatz and wandered down through Rathausgasse, stopping off at St. Peter […]

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Portrait of Eva von Allmen in Brienz

Eva

A portrait of a work colleague during her cigarette break outside our offices earlier today.

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Meads, Gruyères, Switzerland

Things are a little quiet photographically, as I’m working on the hundreds of photos I took in Italy at the end of May. However, I have managed to make progress on the photography section of my website, where new galleries feature much larger versions of photos posted elsewhere. Amongst them, the Portraiture gallery, featuring a […]

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Selve Areal, Thun, Switzerland

We were in Thun this past weekend, with a couple of friends from Zürich who’d come down for a day of “strobism” (the art of non-studio-based photography using portable flash units for illumination). As well as locations in Spiez and Gwatt, we sneaked into the dilapidated Selve area in Thun, where old factories, once converted […]

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