spiez

Spiez castle, photographed at dusk using a Mavic Air drone

Improving low-light drone photographs

A quick tip on how to get better image results from your Mavic drone in low-light conditions.

5th July 2018 | Read more »

The early bird and all that

I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two…

8th March 2016 | Read more »

The wider angle

First shots with two new acquisitions: a super-wide lens and an RR90 shutter release cable.

22nd January 2016 | Read more »

Patrouille Suisse at Spiez, Switzerland

The lake side town of Spiez, between Thun and Interlaken, celebrates the summer with a festival every second year. (On alternate years, the same celebration is held in Thun.) This year, the Swiss aerial display team Patrouille Suisse put on a show over the lake during the afternoon…

2nd August 2015 | Read more »

Blow-up boating on Lake Thun

Jo found that because we’d saved so many points on our supermarket card, that we could “afford” a kayak using points alone. A few days later, and a large and heavy cardboard box arrived on the post woman’s scooter trailer and we had our dinghy: an Intex Challenger K2.

27th June 2015 | Read more »

Hondrich Hill, Switzerland

There are viewpoints all over the place near where we live. But this one proved to be a bit of a surprise. The sun had woken me comparatively early on a Saturday morning, so I wrapped up warm against the cold, donned my hiking boots, and set off and upwards from…

7th May 2015 | Read more »

Spiezberg, Switzerland

Locals to Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun, are familiar with the vineyards on Spiezberg hill. There is a well-used and well-loved path along the upper edge of the vineyards, which leads along the edge of the forest from the huge Katzenstein rock to the council office and library, and…

29th April 2015 | Read more »

Moving on

I’ve been living in the area around Spiez since moving here eleven years ago and my home for the vast majority of my time here has been in an attic flat at the top of the road leading to the lake and castle. Jo moved to live…

9th September 2011 | Read more »

Into the world of TTL

With the money I've put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my "wants" list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

30th January 2011 | Read more »

New galleries online for Brienz and Spiez

The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.

29th January 2011 | Read more »

Katzenstein, Spiez

A winter landscape photograph of the "erratic" Katzenstein rock, which once rested at Innertkirchen but which made its infinitely slow way west to now rest above the lake in Spiez.

22nd December 2010 | Read more »

Pink Cones

Pink pine cones amongst a mass of natural colour on the trees outside our window at home.

8th May 2010 | Read more »

Down our road

A wideangle view of our road, with a panoramic view to Aeschi and the Alps, photographed in January this year.

8th April 2010 | Read more »

Just as day was dawning

Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

18th February 2010 | Read more »

View from here

One of my favourite aspects of our home in Spiez is the fact that we have such interesting and ever-changing views across the town and up to the wood behind our house. It’s particularly lovely to look out of the windows late at night, when neighbouring homes are sinking into…

9th February 2010 | Read more »

This is where I live

The view from the Allmistübli restaurant, high above the lower Simmen valley, Lake Thun and the town I call home: Spiez, in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.

30th January 2010 | Read more »

Large Christmas tree, Spiez, Switzerland

Out in the cold

I pledge to take more winter landscape photos this year, after being out this evening to take some long-awaited photos of the Christmas lights in Spiez.

20th December 2009 | Read more »

Permanent Tourist 2010 Calendar

It's been a hectic week and weekend, hence the delay in posting that I've released my 2010 calendar.

14th December 2009 | Read more »

Don’t ride the rails drunk, kids

I woke a sleeping drunk last night, when the train to Interlaken terminated in Spiez due to the onward line being blocked. He looked at me blurrily and asked whether he needed to catch the onward replacement bus service to get to Grenoble. (Which is in France.) In other words,…

1st December 2009 | Read more »

Back and forth

23rd October 2009 | Read more »

Krist and Corinne

The next in a series of portrait sessions which I've shot for free, this time at and near my home in Spiez of friends Krist and Corinne.

20th September 2009 | Read more »

Complementary

Jo poses for an unusual night-time portrait in Spiez.

2nd August 2009 | Read more »

Conversation with a Strobist

My friend Beat Glauser, discussing photographic geekery late one evening at my home.

29th July 2009 | Read more »

Seenachtsfest Spiez

The Seenachtsfest took place last weekend in Spiez, so Jo and I headed up with our friend Beat to the vineyards near our home, where there is a commanding view across the castle, lake and surrounding mountains.

27th July 2009 | Read more »