It’s hard to say which was my favourite town of the Cinque Terre. Occupying seemingly impossible spots on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they each took a place in my heart for years to come. This shot of Manarola was taken from a viewpoint in the preceding town, Corniglia. I thought that some of the vineyards in the Lavaux region alongside Lake Geneva were steep, but I think the vines on these cliffs could easily give them a run for their money!
A new year, a new medium! I’ve decided to venture into the world of video, and thought it would be interesting to show you how I post-process my photos using Lightroom. It’s such a powerful tool and I’m still often surprised at how much detail it can find in seemingly dull images.
A couple of weeks ago we had some fantastic weather at the weekend in Geneva, so I set out in search of a shot that’s been eluding me for quite some time. I’ve always been disappointed with my shots of Lake Geneva in the past, and have found it difficult to find an interesting way of shooting such a large body of water. I’ve never really captured how it feels to walk along its shores in Geneva. So when I came across this shot I was extremely happy, it felt great!
Now that I finally have a tripod, I decided to take some time up on our roof in Geneva and get to know my new toy a little better. I’d been waiting a while to take some night shots up there and was eager to see how they looked. Having never used one before I thought it might be a bit cumbersome, but I actually I had no problems at all. It was much lighter than I was expecting and very flexible from a positioning point of view.
It was so great being able to take some stable shots in the dark! Even if it was a cold night. I’m hoping to get out to Lake Geneva soon and capture the Jet d’eau as it’s lit up in the evening. Now that we’re in winter, owning a tripod opens up a whole 12 hours of the day to photography which were never available to me before. It’s pretty exciting!
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On my last trip to England I spent a great deal of time trying to find unique shots of various London icons. Big Ben proved a particular challenge, largely due to its height and the number of people in its vicinity. I settled on trying to find some red telephone boxes, another icon of London. A shot with both a phone box and Big Ben in had to be a good bet, so I started shooting with the entire phone box in the foreground and the famous clock in the background. But I really didn’t feel like it was working, the images didn’t have the impact I was looking for.
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 is the first black and white photograph I’ve published online! The photo was taken in the Bernese Alps whilst walking between Kleine Scheidegg and the Mannlichen. I knew that I loved the composition of this shot but it wasn’t working for me in colour. It was a bit bland as 2/3 of the picture was a boring shade of green. Turns out B&W was a perfect fit for the strong contrast between the grassy hills and the path I was following!
I’m not sure why but I never think B&W makes anything I photograph look better. Because I rarely use it in post-processing, I never ‘think’ in B&W when looking for the best shot. Maybe if I did that a bit more I might end up with more shots that look great in B&W. It’s hard to say! It would be an interesting experiment though so maybe I’ll try it one day.
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