The 1906 built paddle steamer Schiller is one of five in the SGV fleet. It was given an extensive rebuild between 1998-2000 during which extensive work was done on the hull and superstructure. Like all the steamers, she appeared to be laid up for the winter with her vents closed off and the external deck seating covered over to protect it from the harsh Swiss winter.
Business travel is a mixed blessing, as although it beats spending your life working in the same factory or office, the reality is spending time in someone else’s factory or office, and not much time seeing the place where you are visiting. But there again, that’s what you are being paid to do, so any sight seeing time you get is a bonus, and a rare one at that.
For my quarterly meeting in Switzerland we normally stay in a two horse town near the factory, but for some reason we ended up staying in Lucerne for the most recent meeting. Arriving late at night meant that I wasn’t aware of the surrounding area but in the morning I was pleasantly surprised to find the Lucerne steamboat fleet anchored up for winter opposite the hotel. There is no quayside access, but a convenient high level walkway has been built which gives a good view of the fleet. The large green building in the top right of the picture above appear to be a giant covered dry dock and engineering workshops for the steamboat company, and the walkway hinges upwards when required so that ships can be dragged in for maintenance.
I managed to grab a few shots in the fading evening light after an unexpectedly early finish, and then wandered out after tea for some night shots, but only one turned out due to slight movements in the ships. In retrospect a shorter exposure time would have worked best as all the background lights have blown out (unless it was the ‘orb’ issue that the early Fuji X10’s were known for?)
Panasonic Lumix LX-3, ISO 400
I’ll admit that I’m not overly happy with the composition of this, but I was in a moving plane over which I had no control, so I was reduced to taking snapshots really. Actually, seconds after this was taken, the cabin lights went on for landing resulting in all kinds of reflections in the window, so given the circumstances, I was quite fortunate to even get this really.
Panasonic Lumix LX-3, ISO400
**Another off-topic post**
There aren’t many consolations to flying back into the UK from Boston at 6 on a Saturday morning. The two things that did make it worthwhile were 1) business class (I wasn’t paying, the company was) and 2) watching the sun rise over London.
Panasonic Lumix LX-3, ISO400
Wish I’d had my SLR on me instead of the LX-3 as it’s noisy as hell in low light (even at ISO400), but it did fit in my hand luggage. Better to have any camera than none at all! A liberal application of noise ninja has resulted in some passable images though.
Following on from my previous posts – start to recognise it now? The message here is that you don’t have to stick to the conventional views of buildings, or anything for that matter. Often, you won’t be able to fit everything in to the frame anyway (these were taken with a Fuji compact which was at it’s widest at 35mm), so cut your losses and look at the details.
Another one from the Sydney Opera House. I was truly fascinated with this building, and it was as interesting inside as it was outside. In fact, I’d say that it was more interesting to shoot the small details of the place than it was the whole (apart from at night).
An interior view of one of the most famous buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House. The above may make a bit more sense when put into a larger context (below)
Recognise it? No? Perhaps not surprising, as most photographs you see are of the spectacular exterior, but the interior is just as interesting, and (speaking as an engineer) it is nice to see that the concrete segments used to create the unique shape of the building are visible.