Second day at the Menuhin Competition in Geneva, Junior first round violinist from Brazil, Guido Sant'Anna, 12 years old performing at the Centre des Arts, Ecole Internationale de Genève. Most talented young violinists get together for this Competition, amazing to have the chance to listen to them. Inspiring.
A bit of movement in Geneva's proverbial empty streets at night. Last bus.
Objet du désir
Strolling through the city at night with my fisheye lense, trying to capture some micro-universe in one pic. In the pic, Prada shop in the very posh Rhone Street in Geneva, appears so irresistible.
Canon 5dmarkIII, Tokina Fisheye 10-17mm @ 10mm
I always admired the elegant white lines and yellow lights in my gym, so today was the day. I looked it up with my mini Lumix in my hand and took some pics for the challenge. I quite like the result.
CEVA rail link opened the doors for a day ... and children found a new playground to enjoy themselves
The CEVA project is the outcome of a joint venture involving the Canton of Geneva and SBB/CFF (Swiss Federal Railways). Construction work of the 16km CEVA rail link got underway in November 2011 and was expected to be completed in 2017. This week-end CEVA organized an open-house of some of the stations and tunnels.
If you want to see more pictures of the same CEVA series go to the "Construction/ Industrial" page on this website
A night at the Victoria Hall
Today we had the great pleasure of listening to Russian classics by the St. Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra. The public was totally thrilled. Me too !
The venue: The Victoria Hall was designed by the Geneva architect, John Camoletti, built between 1891-94. Its façade is characteristic of the French "Beaux-Arts" style, inspired by classical and renaissance architecture. A quite simply decorated foyer leaves concert-goers totally unprepared for the decorative extravagance of the auditorium in a neo-baroque style verging on the rococo.
Canon 5dmarkIII, Tokina Fish Eye Lense 10-17mm, Iso 2500, f/4, 1/13 light conditions were quite dfficult, and in the absence of tripod I had to adjust the other parameters, the result wasn't as sharp as I wished.
This colourful passageway is located in some of Geneva's busiest aereas, crowded during peak hours from the outside, it is quite peaceful from the inside. The structures and the differengt colours make it look almost like a playground.
Photographed with my little Lumix-Panasonic automatic camera
A Mario Botta creation, Geneva
The Julius Bär bank in Geneva was designed by Mario Botta (b. 1943), an internationally renowned Swiss architect from Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. He is known for using relatively inexpensive traditional materials, such as bricks, and simple geometric forms, like circles, squares and rectangles, in multiple combinations. One of his best known works is the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (1995).
Taken with my little Lumix automatic and edited with PS
Le Cirque KNIE is in town!
We can enjoy the wonderful KNIE Circus in Geneva for one more week. I liked the happy colors on this very sunny day. There is a mini circus zoo to visit as well. KNIE is a Swiss Circus, almost 100 years old. They give 340 shows a year !
Taken with my little LUMIX in landscape mode, final touch with PS
Through the night...
Empty Geneva streets at night have a special mystery and quiteness. This picture was taken around midnight, I stopped for a little while in front of the Musée d Art et d'Histoire only interrupted by the occasional car or passer by.
Canon 5DMarkIII, Canon Lense 24-105mm at 24mm, ISO 100, f/7.3, long exposure (13 sec), on tripod.
Night colors ....
A building I get to see everyday when I am in Geneva. It is specially appealing at night with all the colors. I love the conceptual garden surrounding the premises, with artificial fog coming among the concept-trees every now and then. A brilliant design
Lenz & Staeheli Building, Amandolier, Geneva
Panorama out of two vertical pictures. Canon 5DmarkIII, Tilt &Shift Canon Lense 17mm, ISO 100, f/8, long exposure (15 secs)
Construction sites can be beautiful... in Bellevue-Geneva
Today an unexpected professional photo shooting on the shores of Lake Geneva, in a beautiful villa under construction in Bellevue. Construction sites can be also sexy. I was blessed with a beautiful end-of-sommer light. Loads of editing with photoshop for this picture due to the strong light difference inside and outside
Canon 5dmarkIII, Tilt & Shift Lense Canon 17mm, ISO 100, f/9, speed: 1/40, on tripod
Pink! Saturday night lights
Le Bain Bleu, a new icon in Geneva's architecture, is a Spa designed by Swiss Architecture firm GM. Today looking totally pink, fairy tale like. As I was waiting the end of a series of long exposures (30 seconds each) I saw all party goers passing by straight to Les Voiles open air bar. Unfortunately I left my stilettos at home, so I wasn't able to enter the venue with my tennis shoes - dress code required!
Canon 5dMarkIII, Canon Lense Tilt & Shift 17mm, ISO 100, f/8, shutter speed: 30 seconds
This post is dedicated to my lovely niece who is celebrating today her 18th birthday.
My night search for a photogenic object was rewarded with this splendid reflections on Geneva's Marina or club Nautique as they call it over here. It was again pitch dark, but long exposures make miracles :)
Canon 5dmarkIII, Canon Lense 24-105mm, ISO 100, F/8, shutter speed: 30 sec. on tripod
One hour before midnight looking for something worthwhile a photo shoot, I discovered this termporary constructions on the shores of Lake Léman, with people chilling out around the tents on this warm summer night.
Canon d5markIII, Canon Lense 24-105mm, ISO 100, f/8, 10 seconds (very long exposure since, apart from the lights inside the tent it was pitch dark, as usual in Geneva), on tripode
Le Jet d'eau revisited, Geneva
Le jet d'eau, the Water fountain is one of Geneva's icons. Here pictured at night with very poor light conditions, trying to improvise a tripod with everything I had in my bag and taking care not to get wet at the same time.
Canon 5dmarkIII, canon lense 24-105 mm f/6.3 speed 1/125 ISO 6400
Geneva nights revisited
Hans Wildorf Bridge at night, Geneva, Switzerland. Back in Geneva I try to revisit places I have already pictured before, with a new eye.
Named after Hans Wildorf, the founder of the watches brand Rolex, this bridge by Brodbeck and Roulet Architects was inaugurated in 2012 and is a great spot for photography
Canon 5dmarkIII, Canon 24-105mm
Dreaming .... portrait of a teenager
Less than 12 hours in Geneva, coming from Russia I had the time to enjoy my family's company for dinner at Le Théàtre de l'Orangerie on the beautiful Parc de la Grange, Geneva, Switzerland.
Portrait of dreaming Andrea, 17 years old.
Canon 5dMarkIII, Canon 24-105mm, ISO 2500, f/4 1/50. Light corrections on Lightroom, since the ambience light was redish, not so easy for portraits