Panorama of the Chicago downtown skyline at night, looking across the edge of Lake Michigan. (Four-photo stitch.)
I was out taking these photso for about forty minutes. The temperature was 4ºF (minus 16.6ºC): during the day it had risen to a high of 7ºF (minus 14ºC). Fortunately I had procured some thermal underwear in the afternoon in anticipation of my evening standing on the icy shore of an icy lake.
The Château de Chillon in the light of early sunset. This perspective is much-photographed because it artistically includes the Dents du Midi in the centre of the frame. I was in and around this position for several hours watching not only the light as it changed on the scene, but also other photographers coming and going.
Boats on Lake Constance • The shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee) as seen from the south-eastern German city of Constance (Konstanz), which is just over the border from Switzerland. I took the train from St Gall to Kreuzlingen (in the Canton of Thurgau, or Thurgovia), which is effectively a suburb of Constance. It was then with me the work of a moment to walk across the border from Kreuzlingen to Constance to have some lunch and take some photos (not necessarily in that order).
Glassy stillness • Private boats moored on Lake Geneva in the early dusk light. On the opposite shore of the lake you can see the buildings of the rive gauche; in the distance are the still-snow-covered French Alps.
Moody (take two) • One of the paddle steamers operated by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) as a ferry to multiple points around the lake in Switzerland and France sits moored on the north-west shore of Lake Geneva.
Moody • One of the paddle steamers operated by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) as a ferry to multiple points around the lake in Switzerland and France sits moored on the north-west shore of Lake Geneva.
A city in preparation • Geneva—along with the rest of Swtizerland and Austria—is quietly preparing for the European soccer championship, which is due to kick off on 7th June. In order to prepare for that, the city commissioned a large (15 metres in diameter) football-shaped balloon [article in English], which is designed to appear to float over the Jet d’Eau (when in reality it is held there by cables). Unfortunately, something appears to have gone wrong (I have searched the newspaper websites with no success), as the balloon has been tethered to a barge on the surface of the lake for the whole of this week…
Lac de Morat • Looking towards the Lac de Morat (Murtensee) from the top of Mont Vully; on the other side of the Lake is the town of Murten (Morat in French), formally the first German-speaking town as you move east through Switzerland.
Mont Vully • Mists and the late-afternoon sun at the summit of Mont Vully.
Five different exposures blended together and then tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro. This was a difficult photo to tone-map, not least because my most under-exposed photo still had blown highlights from the sun. There were a number of interesting interpretations of the HDR, but this is the one I’m sticking with for now.