Gruyeres and Moleson Trip with ZIWC

Something a little different from me today as I am a little busy with family shoots and have these images I have been wanting to post for a while.  I was lucky enough to be able to join a day trip to Gruyères and Moleson with the Zug International Women’s Club recently.  It was heaven to leave the house alone, have a whole day to “myself” and to discover a part of Switzerland I haven’t been to… and of course to have everything organised!  Thank you Anne and Jacqui for all your hard work!  I also wanted to travel light for a change and so ONLY took a 24-70 lens, no flash and no zoom lens… I wanted to look at the whole thing as a creative exercise and try to get as many different images as possible and to see how high I could push my camera in a dark castle without flash too (for those of you who don’t know, the Canon 5D II doesn’t even have an automatic flash… but it does have a very high ISO!)

Here are some images from the day – the castle tour was wonderfully informative, the lunch and especially the meringue and heavy clotted cream divine (and took me back to Sunday lunches with my “Grossi” in Beckenried) and I think the alphorn blower and flag thrower did very well on that windy mountain whilst we watched and listened laden down with cheese freshly bought from the cheese dairy…! Hope to join you all on another trip soon!

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Loved these gruesome scenes and kneeled down very close to the wall for these angles.

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You have to love that high ISO!

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A tiny part of a very large battle scene which covered an entire wall.

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Liked this due to the colours and what they represent in Switzerland – the green fields, blue mountains and red house to the right.

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A little nostalgia here- my gran had one of these on every floor of her house in Beckenried and I have memories of her breaking wood over her knees and stoking up the fire!

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Hopp Schwiiz!

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I am guessing it would be hard to keep a svelte figure in Gruyères…

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Tempted to comment but I won’t.

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I love photographing signs to place a shoot and I think ski lifts always look a little forlorn in summer…

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and I am hoping Club members won’t mind me posting this one :-)

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