Permanent Tourist

Posts about Switzerland

Switzerland, a quadrilingual country in the middle of Europe, has been my home since 2001.

First Fliers

First Fliers

Jo’s parents have been with us for the past couple of weeks and one of their requests was to visit First, the mountain area above the eastern side of the Grindelwald valley. To see the views, you might think? No. To feed their ornithological needs and visit the alpine choughs? No. To hang from a zip […]

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Portrait and lighting workshop in Lausanne

Yesterday’s free portrait and lighting workshop at the Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne was an unmitigated success, with just the right amount of photographers taking part to allow everyone to make new friends, work well together, and come up with some great shots.

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Street Parade, Zürich (2012) – preparing for the off

I was at the Street Parade dance festival on the streets of Zurich again this past weekend. This first set of photos shows some of the participants of the floats, as they wait patiently to take their position in the parade which leads through the centre of the city.

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Portraiture day at the MFO-Park

Our workshop day this past Sunday was a great success, after the rain passed away from the MFO Park in Oerlikon some ten minutes before we started! Blazing sunshine soon warmed the area and gave us plenty of light to work with, so the day was spent mainly working with a mixture of natural sunlight […]

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Up to Arras

Once again, it’s past midnight and the suitcase is almost packed, lying nearby after I became distracted by bills which need paying and hotels which need booking. Jo is away already, arrived in Scotland after a mammoth journey, and I am kicking my heels across Europe until we meet again next weekend on the other […]

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Look ma, no hands…

Look ma, no hands…

A video shot using my D7000 on a dry toboggan run, hand-held , whilst I was clinging on to the brake with the other hand.

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Free lighting and portraiture day

After a break of almost two years, and a handful of small lighting courses both on location and in the studio, I’ve decided to organize another free day of photography and learning in the style of the Swiss Strobist days.

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Parade of Fire

A procession of some serious fire through the narrow streets of Liestal, near Basel, to mark the approaching end of winter.

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Longines Factory, Saint-Imier

Since the early part of the 20th century, Longines has become synonymous with timekeeping in the sports world and for measuring the accuracy of world records.

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Thunersee below zero

When the temperature of the air is markedly lower than the temperature of the water in the lake, mist rises from the surface and creates a truly eerie effect. Such was the case today, when continued winter conditions in Switzerland dropped the air temperature to -16°C. You can see more of my Thunersee photos here […]

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Lens sharpness across a range of apertures

I’ve been disappointed by the image quality of my landscape photographs from time to time, where the images viewed at full size on my computer screen at home are lacking in detail and very soft. However, I’ve also noted that the results vary from shoot to shoot and occasionally from shot to shot. Having reviewed […]

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Pilatus Kulm

The mountaintop hotel, restaurant and visitor complex on Mount Pilatus, between Lake Lucerne and the forest cantons of Obwalden and Nidwalden, is a marvel of structural engineering. An ugly one, but a marvel nonetheless.

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The Saddle

The Jungfraujoch station, tourist destination and meteorological research centre sits on the “saddle” between the Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. The weather was fine enough to spend some time outside when we visited, so I took the opportunity to stomp through the snow to the very base of the Mathildespitze, a high outcrop beneath the main […]

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Keep Calm and Fit In

I was recently interviewed for the website expatarrivals.com and asked for my thoughts on life as a foreigner in Switzerland. Here’s the transcript of the emailed interview.

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