I neglected to take a camera with me as I thought it would be a quick goodbye at the airport and then back home.
I was mistaken.
There is an observation deck open to the public which costs only Fr 5 and affords the visitor some splendid photo opportunities so we decided to take a look.
After seeing all the aircraft taking off from such a great vantage point, I decided to take a few snaps.
First off I used the panorama function on my Samsung Galaxy S3 to take in a wide area of the apron.
This is the view I got with five images.
Press the play button and you can use your mouse to "move around" in the image.
I then went to the other end of the observation deck and watched the larger aircraft taking off.
It was a very sunny day and I could hardly see the screen on my phone even when it was shielded by my hand. I found myself having to use reference points to guess when the aeroplane would be visible. With that in mind, I decided to use the "burstmode" on the Galaxy to make sure that I would get the 'plane in view ( the so called spray and pray method so beloved of many sports photographers ). On the Samsung Galaxy this is activated simply by holding your finger on the release button. I was making around twenty images in a few seconds.
Burst sequence on the Galaxy S3
When I got home, I had the idea of making an animated Gif of this sequence.
A quick search online led me to this website which makes free gifs using images that you upload. I simply resized all the images I needed then uploaded them. In seconds I was presented with an animated gif of the Swiss aeroplane taking off.
Animated gif, courtesy of Gifmaker.me
One of the images I decided, would make a great desktop background, so I loaded it into Snapseed. After lightening the shadows a bit and increasing the saturation a touch, I was ready to use this image on my PC.
My new PC background
I did take several other images that day but they will have to wait for another post.
I hope you enjoyed reading this.