The Fêtes de Genève always goes out with a bang, and this year was no exception. Hundreds of thousands of people from all around descended upon Lake Geneva to witness the firework display to end all firework displays. One thing’s for sure – at the end of the night they did not leave disappointed.
A few weeks ago I returned to medieval Yvoire having been disappointed with my haul of photos from last year. This time I was determined to accurately reflect the feel of the village, which I’d failed at miserably on previous visits. I was feeling much more confident with my camera, and by putting into practice some of the lessons I’d learnt over the last few months I ended up being really pleased with the results. In fact photography-wise I think it’s my best trip yet! So what are the three lessons that have helped me get there?
This week’s photo challenge is Focus. Whilst in Lucerne this past weekend I was trying to think of unique ways to capture the often photographed Chapel Bridge. Emblematic of the city, chances are if you look for pictures of Lucerne you’ll struggle to find much else besides this wonderful structure. Wandering across one of the other bridges spanning the Reuss river, I noticed that its metalwork might provide some good foreground material.
I thought I’d post two shots to demonstrate the power of focus in leading your eye to the desired part of an image. I think I prefer the one with Chapel Bridge in focus, but I’m still undecided. Which is your favourite?
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For two weeks every summer the area in Geneva around Lac Leman becomes a festival of sights and sounds. The boats are moved from their every day positions lining the shore, and in their place sprout fairground rides, DJ booths and an array of stalls selling culinary delights from across the world. It’s a fantastic time of year to visit, and if you can coincide a trip with the firework display that closes the festival you’re in for a treat.
I took an evening to go out and wander around the lake, exploring the corners of the festival I’d not seen before. It was great to be in a place where everybody was there just to have fun. The atmosphere was infectious, even though I was just snapping photos. Unfortunately I only managed to get a few shots I was happy with. As the sun was setting I found it more and more difficult to keep my hands steady without a tripod. I really need to get one of those!
This past weekend I was lucky enough to go exploring with my camera amongst what I like to think of as Switzerland’s best kept secret. Occupying 30km of the Lake Geneva shore, the Lavaux vineyards are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and surely offer the most beautiful views around the lake. As an experience it’s right up there with the Jungfraujoch, and there are few better ways to spend an afternoon in the region.
When thinking about this week’s photo challenge my mind immediately leapt to road trips. Without a doubt my favourite way of travelling, road trips inspire a sense of adventure and independence that is often lost with the ease and convenience of plane travel. And I think it’s the feeling of isolation and complete control over your journey which strangely makes road trips such a carefree experience for me. It’s just you, your car and the open road, with hundreds of miles to travel at your leisure. This photo was taken on the backroads of Tuscany just outside Siena and it represents when I feel the most carefree, free from responsibilities and lost in an unknown land. As they say, it’s all about the journey not the destination.
When do you feel the most carefree? Do you enjoy a good road trip? Or think I’m crazy?! Feel free to comment below.
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After seeing the wonderful beauty of Staubbach Falls up close and personal, the next item on our itinerary had a lot to live up to. But we did not need to worry in the slightest. Trümmelbach Falls proved to be one of the most awe-inspiring sights we’d seen (and heard) in Switzerland.