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Color or black-and-white snow landscapes?

Snow landscapes: better color or b/w ? Sometimes, it is difficult to choose. Colorful spots might enhance white snow,  still black-and-white boosts structures. This time I could not choose: and you?

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Grasses: structures or colors ?

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Snow white or color ?

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Woods: black shapes on white snow or colorful objects?

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People: modern or past times?

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Benches: dominant or hidden ?

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Repetitive patterns: colorful silhouettes or white snow on black trees?

Click on each picture to compare color and b/w shots.




The snow of Oberdorf in Toggenburg

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When skiing is out but snow still fresh …

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… it is time for a snowshoe hike from Schwendiseen to Gamperfin.

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Old forests to walk through …

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Villages to explore …

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… for a 4 hour-long snowshoe hiking

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up to Gamperfin woods and back,

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until the sun goes down. Click each squared picture to enjoy the snow colors in a variable weather day.

Own city tourists: over the roofs of Zürich

Either on Prime Tower or Friday tower, take your chance to give a panoramic look at the city of Zürich from “above”

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Go off the beaten path and reach Zürich West by any transport service.

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Glass and container towers await for you.

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Enjoy the miniature city of Zürich from the Cloud bar on the top of the Prime tower.

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A last view on Friday tower, Zürich lake and main station.


The fire bringers of Liestal Chienbäse: winter 2015 is over !

No mercy for winter 2015, driven away by fire from the streets of Liestal (Basel) during the traditional Chienbäse


Everything starts with a torch …


… to later give way to meters high chariots of fire


Fire advances through the main street of Liestal.


With pride and bliss the fire bringers walk


and run and shout to chase winter away!


At the end, all this fire is also good to grill a few sausages :)

Pictures shot at 3,200 ISO with D800 plus 16-35 mm f/4



An infrared-photography science trail in Zürich botanical gardens, among shouting and whispering plants

Not every plant reflects the same amounts of infrared light. Leaf shape, sun exposure, size and photosynthetic activities make the difference in light reflection. Plants use infrared light to communicate: are some plants shouting and others whispering?

Enjoy this infrared tour in the tropical and desert greenhouses of Zürich botanical gardens: white means presence of infrared, black means none.

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Cactaceae and yuccas strongly reflect infrared.

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Infrared transparencies of hanging plants

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Shadows from leaves and roots: with infrared photography black and white borders are highly contrasted

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Epiphyte plants: hanging ferns and soft mosses

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Infrared sunset at the tropical houses of Zürich Botanical Garden. Learn more about plant communication and infrared photography at the Uni Zürich Science Trail I will lead on the 26th of February: registration required!

Click on each picture to magnify and enjoy leaf structures. Pictures shot with Nikon D800 + 50 mm f/1.4 + infrared filter.

Lucerne oddity

Everything as usual outside of Lucerne walls

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but in the inner city, oddities are at every corner.

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Abandoned caravans …

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… talking lambs and walking heads …

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… lost memories

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of a missed carnival … but first outdoor pictures of my self-repaired, back to business Nikon D800 !

Click to enlarge each picture


I am Nikon repair service : I am the one who repaired my Nikon D800!

Nikon service returned me my broken D800, the verdict being “Total loss: water infiltration or condensation caused oxidation in the camera circuitry: the camera cannot be repaired” (although still under warranty). I could not accept it: I asked around what to do against oxidation on circuitry boards. This is what I did:

1) I unscrewed the D800 plastic covers

2) I localized the oxidized areas on the main boards.

3) I unplugged the oxidized contact wires with eyebrow tweezers

4) With a 12.70 € fiberglass brush (ECOBRA 760 300 Made in Germany) I removed the oxidation from contacts, plates and boards (see pictures below and compare to these ones)

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5) With ethanol 70% I cleaned the parts I touched to remove fingerprints and oxide powder

6) I closed back the camera body, turned the camera on and …

… it worked again! With 12.70 € I saved my mostly beloved 2700 € equipment. Below the first picture series shot with Niki, showing the three phases of these terrible days.

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       Overwhelming issue          Sitting on pins and needles           Finally unthorned!

Click on each picture to enjoy the clarity of my 16-35 mm f/4 on Niki, my reborn Nikon D800

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