Last Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in a photowalk organized by Amazing Views in Zurich in cooperation with Fujifilm. The idea was to do some streetphotography in Oerlikon (a part of Zurich).
That proved to be a great idea. I was very pleased with some of the pictures I could take. I hope you like them as well!
Lucerne is one of the most beautiful Swiss cities I know. The only problem –it is overexposed. The famous Kapellbrücke must have been photographed more than a hundred million times, the slightly less famous Watertower bridge and the Jesuit church probably millions of times.
The light conditions were sub-optimal due to the time of year and timing of my visit (grey skies). However, fortunately, I had my Olympus 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 wide angle lens with me during the shoot, and could use Adobe Lightroom for postprocessing.
I love the Olympus 9-18 lens when I travel to cities. 9 mm enables me to capture almost everything that is interesting from an architecture point of view, 18 mm is the bare minimum for a portrait. I remember one trip to London where I almost never took this lens off the body, despite the fact that I have multiple other lenses at my disposal. Obviously, I had my Lumix 20 mm f/1.7 lens with me as well. You know, the lens I have a love – hate (colours, depth of field, sharpness versus slooooooow and awful aesthetics) relationship with. With this lens I took the first two pictures of the series below.
During the shoot I became slightly worried about the fact that the autofocus of my GX80 camera occasionally stopped working, and only started again if I took the lens off the body, and put it back again… It happened only a couple of times when I switched lenses, and only after I successfully used the lens after taking a couple of shots. I would hate to have this camera bring in for repairs. I love using it for street photography and already hear a ‘… we could not recreate the issue’ from Panasonic.
Anyway, I hope my pictures of the beautiful city of Lucerne add some value to all the pictures that are already out there.
Grindelwald is small town in the Swiss Alps, surrounded by a number of famous mountains: the Wetterhorn, the Mönch, the Jungfrau, and of course the most (in)famous one of all: the Eiger.
In the village a beautiful small idyllic church is located. A number of graves in the church yard behind the church are from mountaineers who died during climbing expeditions.
We also visited the church on Sunday to attend a baptism service led by Pfarrer Klaus-Dieter Hägele. Not only did he preach about the cornerstone of our lives (Isaiah 28:16), he also gave a demonstration by stapling one stone on top of another. Andreas Menzi accompanied the service on organ and piano. One of the pieces he played is an old time favorite of mine from the great American songbook: ‘Love is here to stay’ by George & Ira Gershwin.
Two weeks ago I was on my way back from a photoshoot, when I saw a steam train at the Central Station Zurich. It turned out to be a train from the DVZO, om operation run by a group of enthusiasts in their spare time.
After taking a couple of pictures of the train and the volunteers, I met a couple of other (cool looking) people I did some improve shooting with. All in all a great end of a busy shooting day!
Yesterday I bumped into Peruvian painter Harold C. Cueva Vasquez on the streets of Winterthur. We had had a lovely chat, and he invited me to take some pictures of him in his atelier in ‘Haus zum Bilder’ (www.inzwischen.ch) as well.
You can visit his exposition in Kulturort Uferzone, Theiligerstrasse 59, 8484 Theilingen (www.ufer-zone.ch) until June 16, 2019. On June 2, 2019, he will paint there live!
‘I make a lot of mistakes, but you only live once’ Joshua (@joshhamster.ch) told me when I asked him about the text on his t-shirt, which read ‘I am not perfect but I am limited edition’. He told me his sister worked in a camera store. When he told me which one, I told him this was the best camera store in Switzerland and that I bought a lot of lenses there.
Last Sunday the Gospelchor Thalwil, conducted by Felix Bachmann, delivered a fantastic performance of their ‘Get On Board’ program in the Reformed Church of Thalwil. They gave the audience a wonderful evening, with no less than 18 gospel songs (excluding the encores!).
Several organizations in the US and Europe support the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in their global campaign to encourage people to speak out on social media and raise awareness about the Holocaust. This campaign asks people to hold up a sign with the words “We Remember,” and to post it on social media with the hashtag #WeRemember.
One of these organizations supporting this initiative is Christen an der Seite Israels Schweiz. Today, Philip van den Berg, President of Christen an der Seite Israels Schweiz, organized a very special remembrance event with Pf. Cornelis Kant (Theologian and Director ‘Christians for Israel International) and Holocaust survivors Shlomo Graber and Carl J. Flesh in Zurich.
During this event, I took photos of people who supported the #WeRemember campaign. Their pictures were shared on social media and can also be found below.
Last Saturday, January 6, I was party to a very special event at Lake Zurich. The Russian Orthodox church in Zurich was celebrating Epiphany. Epiphany marks two events in the life of Jesus Christ: the visit of the Magi to Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem, and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
Inspired by this event, members of the Russian Orthodox church traditionally celebrate this by submersion into lakes or rivers blessed by Orthodox priests. Last Saturday members of the Russian Orthodox congregation in Zurich decided to use Lake Zurich for this purpose.
It was a beautiful service; even though I am a convinced protestant, I felt completely included.
The Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (Switzerland) is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Every year iconic lighting is installed for the Christmas period. Here are some pictures I took when it was raining, to capture the reflection of the lights on the wet streets. Again I was very grateful that my Nikon D750 and Tamron 35 1.8 lens are weatherproof…