Zurich a short visit

And so on to Zurich – after  a smooth and fast journey to Zurich during which you certainly got a relaxed view of the French country side as you sped through it. When we arrived in Zurich main station there was a lot of people around and Saturday night entertainments as in most big cities seem to be in full swing. After a bit of walking around we found our hotel. (We chose this Boutique hotel,  just by the station). An evening stroll around the streets of Zurich then gave us a bit of idea where to go on the following day.

Exploring Zurich.

Setting out the next day with my Fuji XT-1, we walked around the town crossing the river via the many bridges and walking to various locations of interest. Here are a few of the more general tourist type images of the iconic buildings and a few different views of the place. I had to include the  locks on the bridge as the colours made them stand out in places.

zurich towers and clocks
1/125sec @ f / 10.0 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich bridge locks II
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Zurich bridge locks
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Zurich walkway be the river
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Zurich building and art
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Zurich modern architecture and colours
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Zurich ganymed sculpture I
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Zurich ganymed sculpture
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Zurick a wall Frieze
1/125sec @ f / 6.4 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

Autumn colours

Were also at their best and the golden colours made a good feature to include in some images. In others, they gave a strong focal point.

travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring the vibrant autume colours of the trees contrasting with the blue spire of the church and off white buildings
Richard Spurdens Photography -Autumn colours in Zurich – 1/125sec @ f / 11. XF35mmF1.4 R
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring the vibrant autume colours of avenue of trees
Richard Spurdens Photography -Autumn colours Zurich – 1/125sec @ f / 4.4 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
Zurich autumn leaves colours
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As with all street photography it is often good to explore up side streets and see what interesting things you can find. Sometimes nothing – other times some more interesting street images. Here are a few of the more interesting finds.

Zurich cobbled streets
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Zurich figure on the roof
1/125sec @ f / 8.0 XF18mmF2 R
Zurich traffic light confursion
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Zurich street a people triangle
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Zurich coffe table books
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Zurich coffee table books I
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Zurich election adverts
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Zurich window art
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Zurich stockings art
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Zurich reading waiting for the next fare
1/125sec @ f / 5.6 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

You can also walk along the side of Lake Zurich and when you hear the sound of Alpine horns, you have to go and see what is happening. It turned out to be a group of Alpine horn players giving a free concert.

Zurich alpine horn players II
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Zurich alpine horn players I
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Zurich alpine horn players III
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Strolling a little further along the shore line we came across this scene with the kids really enjoying the giant bubbles being created and then chasing them around.

travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring five children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun I – Fuji XT-1, 1/125sec @ f / 5.6 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring two children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun II – Fuji XT-1, 1/125sec @ f / 4.5 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM
travel photography - travel photograher - images from a visit to zurich this featuring three children enjoying the fun of chasing large bubbles in a park
Richard Spurdens Photography – Zurich bubble fun III – fuji XT-1,1/125sec @ f / 4.5 XF55-200F3.5-4.8 R LM

Stopping for a drink and a bit to eat provided an opportunity for a few interesting images.

Just loved the sign.

Zurich the more you weigh
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Zurich inside looking out I
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inside looking out II
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Heading back into town I spotted this chap who seemed to be directing trams at a junction that was having a bit of major work being undertaken. Not sure why you need to direct trams on tracks but they seemed to manage ok when went for a break.

Zurich directing the trams
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Zurich directing the trams II
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Zurich lunch time
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An interesting place for some different types of images for me, expensive but worth the trip to visit and explore.

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Le Train Bleu Restaurant -Images

As I recounted in this  blog. I have been lucky enough to attend the Austrian Super Salon Gala Dinner and awards evening in Linz. Another successful year at the Super Salon Circuit Salon meant I received an invite to attend the event so we need to plan another trip to Linz.

With a few days of research by my wife on how best to get to Linz with out flying, resulted in us opting to going by train. Which gave us the option of taking a few other places we had wanted to visit too. We found that we could get a visits to Zurich, Linz and Vienna as part of this trip. (We opted to fly home from Vienna). So instead of flying both ways as the last time see my blog about my visit to Munich  we opted to go by train. (Thanks to the man in seat 61)

The trip started with a train down to London on the East Coast main line an overnight in the London area then out from St Pancras by Eurostar to Paris. A few stops on the Paris Metro to Paris Gare de Lyon. Where the modern French TGV-Lyria train leaves for Switzerland. It whisks you across France and on into Switzerland via Basel and then Zurich. Running at up to 320 km/h (200mph) you arrive in Zurich around 4 hours after departing from Paris.

Le Train Bleu Restaurant.

Before I post some of the Zurich images I though it was worth sharing these images of the historic Le Train Bleu Restaurant (“The Blue Train”) which is located in Hall 1 of the Gare de Lyon station.

The restaurant was originally created for the World’s fair (1900) and each of the ornate dining rooms are themed to represent cities and regions of France and they are decorated with 41 paintings by some of the most popular artists of that time.

Initially called “Buffet de la Gare de Lyon”, it was renamed “Le Train Bleu restaurant” in 1963, after the train of the same name. It was designated a Monument Historique in 1972.

Having seen the website we decided that it was well worth getting to Gare de Lyon station with a few hours to spare so we could pay a visit to this historic Restaurant.

A few Images

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train bleu ceiling
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train bleu interior 1
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train bleu interior 2
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It is not cheap but is well worth spending the extra euros just to take in the interior decorations, which are certainly very impressive as you can see from the images above – no one seemed to mind you taking images either.

The final image is as we started to pull out of the station on our way to Zurich really liked the all the lines and the feeling of traveling with this one.

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Architecture Photography - Architecture Photographer - high and low Lines
Richard Spurdens Photography – High and low Lines

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Allerton Castle with Walters Wardrobe A-team

Allerton Castle described as England’s grandest and most elegant gothic revival stately home and a venue for weddings, is a location that is quite close to me and it’s an amazing location both inside and out, and when Jen Brook posted a Walters wardrobe event at this location I had to put my name down for a place.

The following models were in attendance Angela Hudson, Arielle Jammy Fox, Alexa Taylor, Antia De Bauch, (hence the Walters Wardrobe A- team). With MUAs Abigail Pulleyn, and Livvy Morewood. Styling was provided by Jen Brook using dresses by Joanne Flemming Design and Headpieces by HF Couture Bridal & Millinery Designer Accessories

I have worked with both Angela Hudson and Anita De Bauch before but not the other two so it was good to get to work with two new models (to me) and also to work with Angela and Anita again as they are both great to work with. Jen had done a great job with the styling with each models outfit working well with the rooms that we worked with them in.

I shot mainly with the rooms’ natural light and my Fuji X-T1 which I found great to see what the exposure would look like on the display screen and then compose the shot. I did use flash in a couple of the rooms just to lift the models a bit out of the scene.

So here are a few of the images from the shoot wifi’d from the camera to the pc so no post editing :

So thanks to Jen and all the team for a great day at this location.

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