Top 5 Switzerland Tourist Attractions

Switzerland is known as The Land of the Alps, and rightfully so. Bordered by France, Germany, Italy and Austria, Switzerland offers the most breathtaking views of the panoramic Alps. Though small, it is also one of the richest countries in the world, which is why there is no wonder many tourists dream of a Swiss vacation. There are plenty of Switzerland tourist attractions, too, although there are five you should definitely stop to see.

1. The Chillon Castle - Located on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Chillon Castle is one of the most famous castles in Switzerland. Consisting of 100 buildings, it dates back to the 11th century and is the former residence of the Savoy nobility. It also has three courtyards and four great halls which offer magnificent views of the lake beyond.2. Zermatt - Although there are many beautiful ski resorts in Switzerland, Zermatt stands out as one of the top Switzerland tourist attractions because it is located at the foot of the Matterhorn, the most famous peak of the Swiss Alps. Even if you're not into skiing, you can still enjoy the view while dining at a gourmet restaurant or shopping around the town.3. Geneva Jet D'eau - This fountain in the heart of one of Switzerland's major cities is one of the tallest fountains in the world, projecting water up to 140 meters high. Built in 1891, it is also considered one of the symbols of the city of Geneva.

While in Geneva, you might want to see other tourist spots, too, particularly the museums. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum is one of the most popular museums in Switzerland, and is definitely worth a visit, along with the Cathedral de St. Pierre and other historical buildings.4. Swiss National Park - Although you cannot pitch a tent and spend the night at Swiss National Park, you can certainly appreciate the different views of the Alps as you go hiking, which is why it is one of the Switzerland tourist attractions worth seeing. It is also Switzerland's only national park, covering almost half the area of the entire country. It is a sanctuary for various wildlife such as elks, marmots and eagles, as well.5. Swiss Transport Museum - Located in Lucerne, the Swiss Transport Museum is home to an exhibit of locomotives, ships, aircraft, automobile and other modes of transport and communication. It also houses an extensive collection of the works of Hans Erni, a Swiss painter and sculptor. You're sure to enjoy the Planetarium and the IMAX theatre, too.

Indeed, Switzerland has many sights waiting to be discovered. Aside from visiting Switzerland tourist attractions, don't forget to immerse yourself in the country's rich culture, too by participating in festivals or simply mingling with the Swiss. You're sure to have a wonderful time and many golden memories to take home with you.

Digital Photography for Disney

Disneyland Partners Infrared Picture
Light exists that the human eye can’t see. I could elaborate further (well, not me, since I don’t understand science, but someone who knows things could), but this is the only basic premise you need to understand (near) infrared photography.
So if our eyes can’t see it, and our cameras typically can’t see it, how the heck do we photograph infrared light? Well, the camera actually can see it. The camera’s sensor is actually quite sensitive to infrared light, but camera manufacturers place a filter called a “Hot Mirror” to block this light from reaching the sensor, meaning that only the “regular” light (or visible light as it’s properly known) reaches the sensor. However, this filter only blocks the vast majority of infrared light, but not all of it.
Thus, by using a filter (the Hoya R72 is a popular choice) on top of the lens that blocks out all visible light,  we can use standard cameras to capture infrared photos. Unfortunately, because the camera’s Hot Mirror blocks out almost all infrared light, and the filter on top of the lens is blocking out all visible light, really long exposures are required to achieve properly exposed infrared photos. I’m talking 60 seconds or more in broad daylight. The exposure times are typically longer with newer cameras, as the camera manufacturers continue to improve upon the sensors, making them less sensitive to infrared light. So, with this method, you can use your camera mounted to a tripod for 60 plus second exposures in broad daylight. That’s how long it was taking me to capture infrared photos with my Nikon D7000 when I first purchased an infrared filter.
Disney Infrared Photography Tom Bricker
Being lazy and impatient, I bought a DSLR that had its Hot Mirror removed so that it shoots only in infrared, allowing me to capture infrared shots with exposure times roughly equivalent to those used with a normal camera. The downside here is that most of these cameras are going to be older models, such as the Nikon D50, D70, or D100. If you haven’t used any of these bad boys in a few years, and you purchase one of these cameras, you’re going to be in for a surprise: the LCD review screen is significantly smaller and the dynamic range is significantly worse, among other things. That said, I still think this is the far superior of the two options.
Disney Animal Kingdom Infrared Asia
With the gear in hand to properly capture an infrared photo, your best bet is to go out and find some greenery. Infrared light tries to hide from us humans in trees ‘n’ stuff, making foliage and flora shots the best bet for infrared photos. Unsurprisingly, the Disney theme parks are rife with photo opportunities. Animal Kingdom is a great park for infrared photography (the only time I enjoy photographing the place!), as are the untrodden paths around Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot makes for great infrared photography, as do topiaries around property, in general. Even the Studios, with its many palms lining Commissary Lane and Sunset Boulevard, has some great spots for infrared photos.
Out west at Disneyland, the hub makes an excellent place to shoot, as does Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland and Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. Across the Esplanade at Disney California Adventure, the forests of the Golden State and palms of Paradise Pier make excellent options.

Once you’ve taken pictures, the next step is processing the photos. When you dump the photos onto your computer, you’ll find that most of them are a red hot mess. This is easily corrected by performing a red/blue channel swap in Photoshop. Using the channel mixer, set the red channel to 0% red and 100% blue, and the blue channel to 100% red and 0% blue. Your mileage may vary on this, and you may find somewhere less extreme (say, 3% and 97%, 97% and 3%)  is best. I haven’t found that to be the case yet, and actually now use a Photoshop Action because I got sick of doing this manually.
At this point, you’ll have blues where there were once reds, and the image will look a lot more realistic (well, relatively speaking, since trees and grass don’t “realistically” appear white), but it will likely be a bit flat. You’ll want to do a curves adjustment, picking black and white points. I usually use an adjustment layer to do this, and then I use another adjustment layer to add brightness, masking out the areas that would otherwise be blown out if I brighten them. It may sound difficult, but I’ve found infrared images are some of the easiest-to-process images!
Alternatively, if you prefer the classic black and white look to your infrared photos, you can simply convert them to black and white. I usually do this by opening the channels palette, but there are a number of methods you can use to do this–there’s really no wrong or right way. From there, you’ll want to make curves adjustments, as the image will likely be a bit flat.
Disney Haunted Mansion Black and White Infrared
So there you have it, my “simple” guide to Infrared Disney Photography! All you have to do is purchase a new camera, take a trip to Disney, and then process the images. That’s all!

Spain Tourist Attractions & Must See Places in Spain

A country on the Iberian Peninsula, situated between Europe and Africa and bounding Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Spain is among the best travel destinations not only for its geographical condition and its results but also for a range of factors such as its own traditions, cuisine, variety of places to see. Spain boasts a rich history and owns historical places. Wide sandy beaches, clear waters are charming. The country offers much more which can be experienced while visiting and enjoying each region.

Among the popular cities and travel destinations of Spain, there are Madrid, Barcelona, Bilboa, Valencia, Seville,Toledo, Granada, Cordoba, .Zaragoza, San Sebastián, Pamplona, Alicante, Cadiz, Andalucia, Malaga, Costa Blanca, Tenerife, Salamanca etc.

Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast have worldwide fame as travel destinations and must-see places of Spain.
Madrid is the capital of Spain. It's a city known for bullfighting, fiestas and flamenco dancing, and royal palaces. The top attractions of Madrid are the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Cibeles, Parque del Buen Retiro, Plaza de España, The Prado Museum, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, The Archaeological Museum etc. The city offers dance halls, movie houses, music halls, cafes and more. Barcelona is known as a cultural centre owning monuments, historical sites, numerous art galleries and natural resources.The most visited museum is dedicated to one of Spain's most famous names, Pablo Picasso.

The Alhambra, the palace of the last Muslim ruler of Spain, located in Granada is one of Spain's major tourist attractions for exhibiting the Islamic architecture together with Christian and Jewish.The Mezquita in Córdoba is a famous tourist attraction. Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville is also visited by travellers. A new science centre and futuristic aquarium named L'Oceanografic aquarium are attractive places of Valencia to see.The historic cities of Cadiz and Malaga are visited by travellers. Moreover, Malaga is a wellknown city due to its being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and movie idol Antonio Banderas. Guggenheim Museum and Plaza Nueva are the tourist destinations of Bilboa.
Balearic Isles, the three main islands of which are Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, is an exotic destination. The island of Ibiza is popular with its club scene, weather and beautiful beaches. When clubbing is talked about, it means Ibiza. It has an international fame. Mallorca is the least crowded island among them. Fresh seafood lunches are delicious. Majorca is as popular as Ibiza as a tourist destination.

The Canary Islands, the seven islands in the Atlantic Ocean, of Spain are very popular. These are: El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife. Gran Canaria Canary Islands is like paradise thanks to its numerous beaches, crystal clear waters and water sports. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and very popular as a tourist destination. Here is the Mount El Teide. Not only water sports but also hiking, climbing and cycling ara available activities.
Among the other travel attractions of Spain, there are Alcázar, Castillo de Santa Bárbara,
La Sagrada Família, Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, Doñana National Park, The Basque Country, the Parc Guell, Picasso Museum, Las Ramblas and much more.

Spain's folkloristical traditions are certainly Flamenco and bullfights. Running of Bulls is the most popular event during the Sanfermines in Pamplona. Flamenco is the musical tradition of Spain. As a visitor, for an unforgettable memories it is recommended to visit the country in the season of festivals and fiestas. Spain is a beach lovers paradise with its white sand beaches. Delicious Spanish cuisine and wine must be tasted, too.

Photos of Madrid, Spain and Toledo, Spain

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