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A day in Zermatt (Switzerland), up to Gornegrat.

In the cog-wheel train, waiting to reach the peak.

Here we are, his majesty the Matterhorn in the background

A short hike to admire the massive of Mount Rosa and its glaciers

A final selfie at lake Riffelsee

Shade against sunburns, waiting for the train down

Ni hao (hallo in Chinese) beats Grüezi (hallo in Swiss German). Click each picture to enlarge

Nikon SB-700 on Nikon D800: never again without external flash, first impressions on SB-700

I recently bought the SB-700 for my Nikon D800, as I could need it for reporting indoor, evening events in Zurich. Although I still need to learn how to use a flash, the full automatism of the SB-700 makes it a wonderful learning item.  Its remote control under command of the internal D800 flash makes it a very interesting toy to experiment with lights. Let’s the game begin!

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No flash (center up) suffers from high ISO and incandescent lights.

D800 flash (center down) is flat and gives a terrible shadow on the backgrond

In all the other cases I moved the SB-700 in different positions around my favourite model (FL = front left; BR = back right). Waiting forward to test the flash on humans!

Click to magnify and appreciate the detail differences. All pictures 100 % crops of originals.

 

 

Love is … on a cold Autumn eve on Lake Zurich

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Love is a dark silhouette … invisible without a colourful background.

Pictures shot hand-held in the darkness of a November eve thanks to Nikon D800 plus Nikon f/1.4 50 mm (f/1.6 ISO 800 1/100 sec)

More than just 50 shades of grey

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and more than 50 shades of green

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and more than 50 shades of white

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Pictures shot with D800 plus 16-35 f/4 – click to magnify .

Les femmes de Neuchâtel par Nikon D800 and 70-200 mm VR-II à la Fête des vendanges de Neuchâtel

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Viens-tu du ciel profond ou sors-tu de l’abîme,
O Beauté? ton regard, infernal et divin,

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Verse confusément le bienfait et le crime,
Et l’on peut pour cela te comparer au vin.

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Tu contiens dans ton oeil le couchant et l’aurore;
Tu répands des parfums comme un soir orageux;

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Tes baisers sont un philtre et ta bouche une amphore
Qui font le héros lâche et l’enfant courageux.

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Sors-tu du gouffre noir ou descends-tu des astres?
Le Destin charmé suit tes jupons comme un chien;

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Tu sèmes au hasard la joie et les désastres,
Et tu gouvernes tout et ne réponds de rien.

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De Satan ou de Dieu, qu’importe? Ange ou Sirène,
Qu’importe, si tu rends, — fée aux yeux de velours,

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Rythme, parfum, lueur, ô mon unique reine! —
L’univers moins hideux et les instants moins lourds?

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Les femmes de Neuchâtel par Nikon D800 and 70-200 mm VR-II à la Fête des vendanges de Neuchâtel avec un extrait de la poésie “Hymne à la Beauté”, Charles Baudelaire. Cliquez sur les photos pour magnifier!

Although the waters of March bring an end to Summer …

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Auf Wolke sieben sein

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or on cloud nine?

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Per stare al settimo cielo,

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ou no sétimo céu …

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… an umbrella might be enough.

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Click pictures to magnify.  Shot with D800 plus 16-35 f/4

When you start your journey towards the Mythen … a leap into Schwyzer Alps, Switzerland

When you start your journey towards the Mythen and clouds blind your sight

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don’t give up your effort and follow the direction you chose.

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If you do not bring the clouds within you, they will not fill the sky for long.

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When from still far away you will get a first glimpse of your destination

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keep your foot steady and your heart strong, as your journey is still long.

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And when you finally reach the Mythen, do not be disappointed that still 1h and 20 minutes separate you from the top

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The Mythen gave you this journey, and tired and short of breath you will have learned by then what does it mean.

Click on the pictures (D800, Nikon 16-35 mm f/4, circular polarizer) to magnify and may Constantine Cavafy pardon me for this irreverent citation of his masterpiece.

The Perseids above the Gotthard Pass, Switzerland, 2013.

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I reached the tears of Saint Lawrence
Up there on Gotthard pass.

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They guided me white and shiny above the road
I drove, a black ribbon between stones and sky.

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Up there, in the darkness of the Alps
the tears of Saint Lawrence became mine.

To become yours too, click on the pictures and find them in the original and magnified picture, respectively 1, 2 and 3 falling stars are waiting for you. On the bottom left of the Milky way is Perseus, above is Cassiopeia, in the middle of each picture is the Galaxy of Andromeda (click here for a small map) ! Pictures shot with Nikon D800 mounting a Nikon 16-35 mm f/4.

Nikon D800 astrophotography: constellations and Perseids. To boldly go where no artborghi has gone before!

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Star Trek quote apart, give a look to the pictures I shot on Brienzersee in a wonderful hot and dark night, two rare conditions in most of middle Europe. Even more exceptional, I had my sturdy Manfrotto tripod along!

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Not only these pictures are so clear that at least 7 constellations are clearly visible.

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Even weak Perseids are detected. Do you see constellations and falling star(s)? Click on pics to magnify. If some help is needed, click on the mapped pictures here below.

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All pictures shot with Nikon D800, around 20-30 sec exposure on tripod, ISO between 1600-3200, mounting the awesome Nikon 16-35 mm full open.

It’s raining men in Zurich! Capture them in DX mode at 5 fps with your D800!

After a long drought period, it started raining men in Zurich.

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Please appreciate the DX mode of the D800 which pushes this full frame camera to the warp speed of 5 fps ! Although not impressing, it is still enough for shooting some cool acrobatic jumps into Zurich lake! The middle guy is parachuting with the flag of Zurich.

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