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Introduction
Welcome to the Swiss Photography Club!

Why a photography club?

To build a community of photography enthusiasts in Switzerland, with the goal to have fun, meet like-minded people and to learn from each other. All of this in a strictly non-commercial manner.

What do we do?

Many things! Amongst others: 
  • Organize photo walks here in Switzerland and potentially also abroad. 
  • Organize workshops around specific photography related topics.
  • Organize introductions to new photo gear.
  • Share ideas on nice photo locations here in Switzerland.
  • Selectively feature images tagged with the #spcfeature hash tag.
We will also promote Swiss photography related events that are not organized by the club to keep members informed.

What's planned now? 

Keep an eye on our page for event announcement. If you are a member, you will automatically receive an email when a new event is announced as well.

How to become a member?

You can become a member if you live in Switzerland, or fairly close to it, and your G+ stream proves that you are into photography. You don't have to be a pro and your images don't have to be perfect. Showing a passion for photography is required though. 

The procedure? Just follow the instructions in this post: 

Why in English?

We will do most of our communications in English, to keep things simple and to also be open to Swiss residents that do not speak one of the languages spoken in Switzerland. 

If English is a problem for you, please do not hesitate to contact us directly in either German, French, Italian or Dutch!

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SWISS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEMBERS CIRCLE - UPDATE

Dear members, here's an updated circle with the current members of the +Swiss Photography Club G+. Please consider using this circle to add your co-members to your circles to increase interaction!
 
Not a member yet and want to join? Just add +Swiss Photography Club G+ to your circles and let us know that you want to join, by commenting on this post. It would be great, if you could also let us know where you live and why you want to become a member. This will help us with the rest of the process! 

Please read our About page for more information about what we do and who can become a member.

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Säntis Photo Walk
+Evelin Inauen is organizing a photo walk at the Säntis on 14 September. Make sure to check it out!
 
Liebe Fotofreunde

Am Samstag 14. September findet bei schönem Wetter der Säntis Fotowalk statt!
Wir treffen uns am Morgen um 7 Uhr in Wasserauen. Je nach Anzahl Teilnehmer organisiere ich eine Fahrgelegenheit nach Schwägalp oder wir fahren zusammen mit einem PW dorthin.
Anschliessend gehen wir mit der Luftseilbahn auf den Säntis und lassen uns genügend Zeit zum Fotografieren. 
Unsere Wanderroute sieht dann folgend aus:
Lisengrat, Rotsteinpass, Meglisalp. Im Bergrestaurant Meglisalp essen wir Zmittag.
Je nach unserem Empfinden führt dann der Weg weiter zum Seealpsee, Wasserauen oder wenn wir alle müde sind gehen wir über den Schrennerweg, Alp Hütten nach Wasserauen.

Die Wanderung ist nicht ganz ungefährlich. Bitte Bergschuhe mit gutem Profil anziehen! 
Wer absolut nicht schwindelfrei ist, ist diese Wanderung nicht geeignet!!
Auf dem Säntis wird es sehr wahrscheinlich recht windig und frisch sein, dementsprechend eine Jacke mitnehmen.
Etwas zum Drinken für unterwegs, wir werden bei den Bergrestaurants Rotsteinpass, Meglisalp und Seealpsee selbstverständlich einkehren. Aber ein Schluck Wasser für unterwegs wird uns bestimmt gut tun ;)

Vermutlich werden wir so um 18 Uhr wieder in Wasserauen eintreffen.

Ich freue mich auf die Wanderung mit euch und auf einen wunderbaren Tag einmal mehr mit euch lieben Fotofreunden :)

Mit lieben Gruss
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Säntis Fotowalk
Sat, September 14, 2013, 7:00 AM GMT+2
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SWISS PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEMBERS CIRCLE - UPDATE

Dear members, here's an updated circle with the current members of the +Swiss Photography Club G+. Please consider using this circle to add your co-members to your circles to increase interaction!
 
Not a member yet and want to join? Just add +Swiss Photography Club G+ to your circles and let us know that you want to join, by commenting on this post. It would be great, if you could also let us know where you live and why you want to become a member. This will help us with the rest of the process! 

Please read our About page for more information about what we do and who can become a member.

Feel free to share. Thanks!
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Thank you.  Looking forward to taking part.
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The +Swiss Photography Club G+ would like to invite you to a photo walk in and near Luzern on Saturday 8 June. The walk will offer long exposure, street and landscape photography opportunities.

The Photowalk

We will start the day in the city center of Lucerne, where there will be opportunities to do city/street photography near the old town. At the end of the morning we will grab a few sandwiches in preparation for the afternoon part of the walk .

In the afternoon we will go up to the Pilatus mountain. Pilatus is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland, and one of the most beautiful. On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of the Vierwaldstättersee (lake Lucerne) and 73 Alpine peaks. 

To get to Pilatus we will travel by boat from Luzern to Alpnachstad, where we will take the cogtrain up to Pilatus. The combined boat/cogtrain trip takes about  1 1/2 hour. Obviously there will be plenty of shooting opportunities on the boat as well.

For those who are interested and still have time, it will be an option to stay in the evening and to do some long exposure and night photography at the lake.

For more info please visit: 
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/lucerne.html
http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/pilatus1.html

Schedule

08:15 - 08:30 Meet at the Luzern main train station (at the big arch in front)
08:30 - 08:45 Organize Tickets for the public transport to the Pilatus
08:45 - 11:30 Morning Program in Luzern city
11.50 - 13:30 Travel to Pilatus (sandwich during travel)
13:30 - 16:15 Afternoon Shooting from the top of mount Pilatus
16:25 - 18:00 Transfer back to Luzern Mainstation
18.00 - 19.00 Farewell drink, small dinner for evening-shooters
19:00 - 22:00 Tentative evening shoot

Gear

All lenses are useful. Those who want to do long exposure photography, will need to bring the necessary kit: ND filters, cable release, tripod, etc.

Costs

Combi-ticket boat and cogtrain to Pilatus:      CHF 80,= (CHF 40,= with halftax)

Organizers

+Martin Weibel and +Johan Peijnenburg 

Hope to see you in Luzern!
The SPC Organization Team 
LUZERN & PILATUS PHOTOWALK
Sat, June 8, 2013, 8:15 AM GMT+2
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The +Swiss Photography Club G+ would like to invite you to a snow shoe photowalk at the Stockhorn mountain in Erlenbach im Simmental this Sunday. Please make sure to read the details below carefully!

The Photowalk

The aerial cable car first will take us from Erlenbach in Simmental to the top of the Stockhorn (2190m), where we will start with a brunch in combination with shooting the breathtaking view of the Aare Valley and Mittelland. Normally we will be above the clouds up there.

At the end of the morning, we will take the cable car down to the middle station for a snow shoe hike in nice winter scenery. We should encounter a lot of virgin snow there, as the area is not a skiing area. 

There are two alternative snow shoe trails: a 5 km easy hike, with 200 meters elevation through a bit of forest towards the Hinterstocken see, or a 5 km hike with 400 meters elevation to a panoramic viewpoint. 

For more info about the Stockhorn: http://www.stockhorn.ch/

Schedule

We will meet at the Stockhorn Base station in Erlenbach im Simmental at 8:45. The rest of the program:
09:00 - 09:20 Go up to the top of the Stockhorn with the cable car 
09:20 - 11:30 Brunch + shoot above the clouds
11:35 - 11:45 Go to middle station
12:00 - 16:00 Snow shoe hike
16:00 - 17:00 Drinks and go down again

For the brunch we will have to make reservations! So if you would like to join, please let us know asap!

Weather

Obviously we are hoping for a sunny day after a night with fresh snow. At the moment the weather is a bit variable, so there is a chance that we will have to adapt the schedule during the day. In case of high avalanche risk, we might have to adapt as well.

Costs

A combination ticket for the cable car and brunch will cost CHF 68.00 or CHF 55.00 for people with half tax. If you don't have snow shoes, you will have to rent them yourself. It is possible to rent the snow shoes at the Stockhorn base station (CHF 25 a day). If you want that, please make the necessary reservations yourself.

Equipment

You should bring a snack and a drink to keep you going during the walk, warm clothes (in layers), winter hiking shoes, snow shoes, suncream and sunglasses ... ow, yes and a camera and a smile too :-) 

Organizers
For questions please contact +Johan Peijnenburg or +Fabrizio Vignali 

Hope to see you at the Stockhorn this Sunday!
The SPC Organization Team
STOCKHORN BY SNOWSHOE
Sun, February 17, 2013, 8:45 AM GMT+1
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thanks +manfred g. g. schröder Feeling like a human being again :)
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On Saturday 15 December, the +Swiss Photography Club G+ will organize a photo walk in Basel.

SCHEDULE
The walk will start at 15:00. During the first part of the walk we will visit various interesting spots in the old town of Basel (Fasnachts Brunnen, Freienstrasse, Marktplatz, Rheinbrücke, etc). If we have enough time, we will do a quick boat ride on the Rhine as well. In the evening, we will visit the Christmas Market to shoot a bit more, enjoy the Christmas atmosphere and get some food and drinks.

For more information about Basel and the Christmas market: 
http://www.basel.com/en/christmas-basel-%E2%80%93-winter-fairy-tale

TIME
Start time is 15:00. End time is variable.

ORGANIZERS
+Thomas Schaller +Anette Mossbacher +Philipp Weimer and  +Johan Peijnenburg 

MEETING PLACE
In Front of Hotel Euler/Starbucks.

See you in Basel!?
The SPC Organization Team
XMAS MARKET & OLD TOWN PHOTO WALK IN BASEL
Sat, December 15, 2012, 3:00 PM GMT+1
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great weather today at Brussels xmas market.... ooopsss wrong xmas market... anyway have fun guys...
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The Walk

This SPC walk deals with the basics of night photography including sunset and sunrise opportunities. We will meet and stay overnight in the center of Switzerland, the Bernese Alps with a magnificient view to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Main topics are

- Golden Hour 
- Sunset
- Blue Hour
- Star Trails
- Long Exposure Night Photography
- Light Painting
- Blue Hour again
- Sunrise

The Night Walk starts in the afternoon of Sa, 02.11.2013, and ends in the morning of Su, 03.11.2013. This date is close to new moon.


Location

There are only few places like Kleine Scheidegg. Main benefits are

- altitude above 2'000 m
- villages deep down in the valleys
- luxuriously reachable by train
- surrounded by marvellous, snowcovered landscape (Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau)
- easy to walk a few hundred meters to prevent light pollution


Meeting Point

We meet from 4:00 pm on at the railway station "Kleine Scheidegg"
http://goo.gl/maps/Z6PxX


How to get there

Trains go from Grindelwald and from Lauterbrunnen, parking space available. Of course, you can go entirely by train from everywhere in Switzerland. 

Last trains up on Sa, 02.11.2013:

From Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg --> 16:47
From Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg --> 16:37
From Interlaken Ost to Kleine Scheidegg --> 16:05

Check for yourself at http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html


Accomodation

We have two possibilities:

1. Mountain Lodge Bahnhof Scheidegg
http://bahnhof-scheidegg.ch
It's a simple lodge, offering beds in dorms as well as 2-bed rooms. Prices for dorm beds are CHF 73.50 per person, prices for 2-bed rooms is CHF 88.50 per person. Prices include 3 course diner and breakfast.

2. Hotel des Alpes
http://scheidegg-hotels.ch
Very nice one, historical background, prices range from 230.- to 540.. This is the location where the news journalists spotted the Eiger north face climbing drama of July 1936.

As they confirmed today, the Mountain Lodge has plenty of beds free. It is wise anyway to make your reservation in advance and book as soon as you can. There is a possibility to cancel the reservation 30 / 15 days in advance with a deduction of 25% / 50% of the price.


Personal Equipment

First of all, you should bring really warm clothes (Ski clothes would be great), gloves, hat, hiking shoes and everything that keeps you warm. We spend hours without sun at a higher altitude, so prepare for minus degree temperatures! A thermos bottle can be handy as well.

Neoprene gloves with openings for the thumb, pointer and middle finger are quite nice for cold weather. They can be bought for about 12 − 20 CHF in Fishing Shops or online (askari.ch). Those give you the option not to take any gloves off for pushing buttons, dial a little wheel or shooting etc. There are also special gloves for Photographers available for cold weather. Just a suggestion for anyone who still needs to buy some! :)

For the next day, have suncream and sunglasses available :). 


Shooting Equipment

- tripod
- remote control / timer
- stop watch
- all kind of lenses
- graduate filters
- 10 stop filter (Big Stopper, if available for eve and morning)
- flash guns
- head lights / flash light if available (check batteries!)
- star maps ;-)


What else to do

Besides the walk you can do your photography on the "Top of Europe", the railway station Jungfraujoch. You have a magnificent view over the Big Aletsch Glacier and many 4'000m peaks there. Best to do on Sunday after the walk.


Administrators

Feel free to contact +Anette Mossbacher and +Wilfried Haferland for more details.

Hope to see you soon!
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+Philipp Weimer hehehe yes I don't think I could find a Jacket with big enough pockets for my D4 and 14-24mm!!! :) and if I did... I would still be cold!
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The +Swiss Photography Club G+  would like to invite you to a full moon photowalk at the Zugerberg on 20. August. The walk will offer moon and landscape night-photography  opportunities.

The Photowalk
We will meet at the Restaurant Vordergeissboden. There you will find parking spots and the top station of the Zugerbergbahn is only a 3 minute walk away. We will start at 19:30 and reach the moor after a 30 minutes walk. The sunset will be at 20.30

Schedule
18:30 Meet at Restaurant Vordergeissboden 
19:30 the photo walk starts in direction to the moor
20:30 Sunset

Google Maps with POI of the area and the meeting point
https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211173671400031711396.0004e3eb0c157e11a9e46&msa=0&ll=47.13163,8.531892&spn=0.016131,0.030448

Gear
All lenses are useful but you will need a tripod. A cable release would be useful too.

Special
should you suffer of lycanthropy you are not allowed to attend to the photowalk. We are short on silver bullets and chains ;)

Organizers
+Ingo Meckmann +41 79 430 02 20 
+Fabrizio Vignali +41 76 320 10 28


Hope to see you at the Zugerberg!
The SPC Organisation Team 
Full Moon Photowalk
Tue, August 20, 2013, 6:30 PM GMT+2
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Hola all friends,
I cannot join you this time (mostly because it was to late and I'm busy with many photo-projects).
However, here you will find my last time-lapse I did at my astro-paradise, and even if it is short, maybe can help someone for tonight: http://youtu.be/btMjuWrrvN4

How to shoot the moon -> this could help: http://500px.com/photo/3741907 but remember, normally in astronomy, we prefer shoot the moon when is not full so you will have some 3D (there are shadows....)
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The +Swiss Photography Club G+ would like to invite you to a photo walk at the  Gornergrat in Zermatt on Sunday 10 March.

The Photowalk

A cog train will take us up from Zermatt to Gornergrat early in the morning. Gornergrat has a panoramic view that is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Switzerland. In sight are the Monte Rosa Massif with the highest Swiss mountain (the Dufourspitze at 4,634m), the second-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gornergletscher, as well as 29 peaks higher than 4000 metres including the Matterhorn!

After the shooting the views up on Gornergrat, we will hike down via two trails:

From Gornergrat to Rotenboden (tentative)
An easy 1.7km downhill trail with snowshoes:
http://www.zermatt.ch/en/page.cfm/experience/winteractivities/snow_shoe_hiking/challenge_trail

From Rotenboden to Riffelsee to Riffelberg  
An easy trail of 2.5km downhill. This one can also be done with normal shoes:
http://www.zermatt.ch/en/page.cfm/erlebnis/winteraktivitaeten/winterwandern/ww_riffelberg_riffelsee_rotenboden

Schedule

We will meet at the Gornergrat Base station in Zermatt at 7:45. The rest of the program:

08:00 - 08:33 Train trip up from Zermatt to Gornergrat
08:33 - 09:45 Shoot a bit around Gornergrat 
09:45 - 10:15 Coffee break and buy lunch
10:15 - 12:00 Walk from Gornergrat to Rotenboden (1.7km)
12:00 - 12:15 Pause at Rotenboden and eat lunch
12:15 - 14:00 Walk from Rotenboden via Riffelsee to Riffelberg
14:30 - 14:58 Drinks at Riffelberg
14:58 - 15:27 Train down from Riffelberg to Zermatt (leaves every 22 minutes and takes 30 minutes)

This is a flexible schedule. We will adapt as we go. It's an early start, but it is worth it to catch the early sun and maybe some rising fog. If you can't be there at 7:45 AM, feel free to go up a train later.

Please note: the first trail with snow shoes is tentative and can be skipped (trains go down from Gornergrat to Rotenboden, where you can join us again).

Zermatt

Zermatt is a nice little car-free town squeezed in between many high peaks. Zermatt can not be reached by car. Cars can be parked in Täsch though and from there a shuttle goes up to Zermatt every 10 minutes. For this walk it is advisable to arrive the evening before and to stay the night in Zermatt (or in Täsch which is a lot less expensive).

Please make sure to pick a hotel that serves breakfast early enough! :)

Costs

Shuttle from Täsch to Zermatt: Chf 8 one-way 
Zermatt to Gornergrat: Chf 41
Riffelalp to Zermatt: Chf 19

... divide by two if you have half tax!

Equipment and closing

Make sure to bring warm clothes (in layers), winter hiking shoes, snow shoes, suncream and sunglasses ... ow, yes and a camera and a smile too :-) 

Transportation

Time table for the shuttle between Täsch and Zermatt: http://www.zermatt.ch/en/page.cfm/zermatt_matterhorn/anreise/auto

Time table for the train between Zermatt and Gornergrat: http://www.gornergratbahn.ch/en/timetable_tickets/timetables/Pages/default.aspx

Organizer
For questions please contact +Johan Peijnenburg 

Hope to see you in Zermatt!
The SPC Organization Team
ZERMATT WINTER PHOTO WALK
Sun, March 10, 2013, 7:45 AM GMT+1
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Tolle Bilder +manfred g. g. schröder!
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SKI WORLDCUP WENGEN: LAUBERHORN RACE PHOTOWALK
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The Photowalk
This winter photowalk takes us to Switzerlands most important ski race, the 83rd Lauberhorn Worldcup Race. It's all about action shooting, but snowy landscape- and people photography is possible as well.

The Location
The races take place in the ski arena between the world-famous Kleine Scheidegg and the village Wengen. We go there by train, different starting points are possible. It is recommended to leave the car at a parking lot in Interlaken-Ost and enter the train there. Full public transport option from your home is possible.

The Date: Sa, January 19, 2013
The races run from Friday 18 (Super Combined Slalom) to Sunday 20 (Slalom). Most rewarding is the Lauberhorn Downhill on Saturday, so we go there on Sa. Several trainings already 2 days before.

The Official Race Program
10.30 am -  Start of the catering at finish and along the slope
11.40 am - Patrouille Suisse (air show)
12.30 pm - Lauberhorn Downhill Race
6.15 pm - Drawing of numbers for the Lauberhorn Slalom
7 pm - Prize-giving ceremony for the Lauberhorn Downhill

The Meeting Time and Location
We meet at 10 am at the train station Kleine Scheidegg. The perfect train arrives at 9.49 am. We have time for random shooting until 11.40 am, when the Patrouille Suisse start posing for our lenses in the air. After this, we walk down along the race slope, eat something and get ready to shoot the ski racers from 12.30 pm on.

The Costs
Entrance fee for the race is CHF 65.- for adults. It includes the railway ticket for every station between Interlaken Ost - Lauterbrunnen - Grindelwald - Kl. Scheidegg - Wengernalp and the chairlift Innerwengen. Tickets can be purchased at any railway ticket counter in the Jungfrau region.

There are several VIP options available, e.g. the "Gold-Passes" CHF 290.- All options available at http://www.lauberhorn.ch/en

The Equipment
You should bring warm clothes, hiking shoes, suncream and sunglasses :-)

As the event is about action shooting, a quick operating camera is recommended. Long lenses are needed to shoot the athlets as well as the fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse. For landscape photography, just bring your favourite stuff.

Administrators
+Fabrizio Vignali and +Wilfried Haferland

See you at the race!
LAUBERHORN SKI WORLDCUP RACES
Sat, January 19, 2013, 9:30 PM GMT+1
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