About Me

I love to explore and discover, taking my curiosity and a camera everywhere I go. As a British expat living and working in Switzerland, I’ve been gifted a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in a foreign culture. And from a location that is central to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world! I feel incredibly lucky to be here, and have been doing everything I can to take full advantage of this incredible chapter in my life.

Over the years photography has had a growing influence on me, and these days I couldn’t be without it. I appreciate how it makes me look at everything differently, transforming the seemingly mundane into the brilliantly obscure. It’s given me a curious mind and keen attention to detail that I lacked in life before my lenses. Every angle, every detail, every shot. I am quite happy standing in the same spot for ten minutes when most people would be bored after thirty seconds!

I strongly believe that to travel is to be curious and engaged wherever you might be, whether it’s in the local community or the other side of the world. I’m often surprised by what I can find just outside my front door. An exotic locale is certainly not a hard requirement! Through my travels and photography I hope to inspire people to get out and explore wherever they are. Seize the day and don’t look back!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you like what you see and look forward to seeing you around!

Ben (@FlightsCamera)
ben@flightscamerasatisfaction.com

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, if I find this place I will be shouting from the rooftops about it! Or maybe I should keep it a secret so I can have it all to myself for a while…

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks! It’s Monterosso Al Mare, one of the five small towns that make up the Cinque Terre region of Italy. Absolutely stunning destination!

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  3. gpcox

    It must be such a pleasure to be computer literate!! Traveling would be in my plans too, if the budget allowed it – being retired is not all its cracked up to be (unless you’re rich). A pleasure to meet you and I’m certain to enjoy viewing the places I shall never be.

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    1. Ben Post author

      That’s a shame about your retirement. I keep thinking I should take a RTW trip now while I know I can afford it. You’ve just nudged me in that direction a little more. Nobody knows what the future holds. I’ll keep posting so that you can see the world through my photos. And I’ll be crossing my fingers for a lottery win for you! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. jenevievechapman

    Hi Ben! I came here via Bucket List Publications to see your Swiss Alps photos. Beautiful photos of a beautiful world :) I was recently in Switzerland for the first time and I was just bowled over by the country… and all of Europe is on your doorstep! You’re lucky to live there. I just posted a piece on my blog about my trip to Switzerland you might be interested in. Feel free to stop by :)

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Jenevieve, thanks! I count my blessings every day, I’m so lucky to be living among such amazing landscapes. And as you say, right in the middle of Europe too! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Switzerland. I’ll check out that blog post now. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Gina

    Your pictures are amazing! It’s my dream to travel the world and hope that one day I can visit all the beautiful places you’ve been to. Until then, I guess I will just vicariously live through your blog :)

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Gina! I can’t think of a better dream to have than travelling the world, it’s my dream too! All the best :)

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  6. kerryl29

    Thanks for recently visiting–and following–my blog. It led me here and I’ve been admiring your images from all over Europe. It’s outstanding work!

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    1. Ben Post author

      My pleasure Kerry! You have so many amazing landscape shots, introducing me to beautiful parts of the US I had never even thought about visiting. I will need to re-evaluate any future plans for road trips I might have! Thanks for stopping by here too, it’s much appreciated.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Beth! I’m glad you found something inspiring, always nice to hear :) I missed the Weekly Photo Challenge this week! But I should be back on the case on Monday.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jessica! I’ve been wondering lately if it’s a bit long. It’s very easy to make a typo in the url! But I think it succinctly describes what I’m about. I guess that’s the most important thing!

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  7. klsprout

    Ben – out of curiosity, what camera/lenses do you use? I’m still using the kit lens on my Nikon D3000, but I have no external flash. I’m finally learning my way around it well enough to switch manual settings quickly and without much thought! Also, your blog banner picture is great – and I see it’s from the Cinque Terre. My husband and I visited there years ago – that’s a truly special place!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I’m currently using a Sony NEX 6 with the kit lens (16-50mm with a crop factor of 1.5, so effectively 24-75). I’ve also got a 50 – 200m telephoto lens but I tend not to use that one so much. I’ve had that camera for a few months, before that I was just using a compact Panasonic TMZ6. The NEX 6 does have a built in flash but I haven’t used it yet! I’m thinking about getting a wide angle (10-18mm) lens, but for now the kit lens is more than good enough for me.

      That’s great you’re getting into manual settings! I’m shooting in aperture priority mode most of the time, switching to shutter for night shots. Every now and then I dabble with fully manual but I’m not sure I have the patience for it!

      Isn’t the Cinque Terre just fantastic?! I’m glad you recognised it from the shot. It’s certainly one of my favourite places in the world. Great for photography too!

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      1. klsprout

        That’s interesting that you have a 50-200 mm lens that you don’t use. I’ve been wanting to get a lens like that for my Nikon – I’m often in a spot where I wish for more zoom, and my feet can only take me so far! The pictures you get from the Sony are spectacular – makes me want to think about turning in my Nikon!

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        1. Ben Post author

          Haha, I do know that feeling! I’ve been thinking about getting the e-mount 18-200mm for my Sony to suit all situations, but I’m wary I might miss the extra 2mm on the wide end.

          I should add that I post-process all of my photos with Lightroom, I very rarely publish something straight off of the camera. So what you see here isn’t a precise representation of what is output by the camera. I normally play a bit with the contrast, highlights and shadows. Nothing too major but it’s worth noting. I’m hoping to put a post together soon showing the tools I use in a bit more detail.

        2. klsprout

          I should learn how to use Lightroom. I occasionally use iPhotos editing tools to edit photos, but I know that those tools certainly aren’t the gold standard!

        3. Ben Post author

          It’s a great tool, I was blown away by the detail it could find in images when I first started using it. Prior to that I was using iPhoto as well, but I wasn’t editing too much as I was only publishing photos on Facebook.

          Really it was my discovery of Lightroom and an inspirational trip to the Cinque Terre that combined to give me the kick I needed to start this blog!

    1. Ben Post author

      I’ve been here nearly three years. But unfortunately my French isn’t great at all! It’s much better than when I moved here though so that’s something at least. I work in an English speaking company and don’t have much spare time outside of work to practice apart from in general everyday situations. I wish I had the commitment to become fluent!

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  8. Suze

    I remember being on your blog before. I must have forgotten to hit the follow button. I am so glad I found back here! I am planning a trip to Scotland right now and don’t know where to start. You gave me a pretty good idea! Scotland was never one of my must-see’s until a friend of mine got back from a Scotland-roadtrip (last year). Her pictures were just as amazing as yours!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Suze! That’s great you found your way back here :) I have to say I was not convinced it would be that interesting either before I visited myself. But Scotland is such a fantastic place for landscape photography, it’s absolutely stunning. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I would definitely take in Loch Katrine and the area around Glencoe on your trip. They were the highlights for me. I’ve also heard very good things about the Isle of Skye although not been there myself. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  18. photographymemoirs

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your biography and can totally empathise with your sentiments. Photography allows me to explore the beautiful world that we live in while immersing my whole being in the serenity and beauty of Creation. Take great care.

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    1. Ben Post author

      You put it so beautifully with your words, I couldn’t have said it better myself. To explore and to discover is to be alive!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I believe we do :) Unfortunately I can’t fly myself though – now that could lead to some pretty unique images!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jane, you are too kind! :) I’m glad you made it here and enjoy the blog, composing the shot is definitely what I enjoy most with my camera. It can be such a challenge, but when you find that angle it’s just so rewarding.

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  19. meticulousmick

    Good bio Ben and attitude to boot. Like your style. How you finding Geneva. I loved the scenery but had to baulk at actually living there when was asked to switch to an office there. MM 🍀

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Mick. Geneva is great! A completely different lifestyle when compared to London, and at first I wasn’t that keen. Three years down the line and it is hard to imagine moving back to England. Everything is just so much more relaxed here, it’s much less stressful and generally a more pleasant environment.

      Before we moved to Switzerland I had no idea that I would become so passionate about travel and photography. Experiencing that adventure has helped me grow so much, I’ve certainly learnt a lot. And having the Alps on our doorstep isn’t too bad either!

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