I will be on Flickr sporadically and concentrate on my contacts and a few chosen groups! Please DON"T invite me to any groups! I will only check sporadically on Flickr Mail as well! Thanks for your understanding!
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My photos are now available for sale on imagekind, please let me know if you are interested in a specific photo from my Flickr account, I can make it available on imagekind:
I have a selection of my best photos for sale on redbubble now!
I am a Swiss guy living in Toronto, Canada. I love to travel and I like photography as a hobby. I started very young with a Kodak Instamatic in the 60s and 70s
when I was 16 I had my first SLR, a Konica T4
and in 1986 I bought my first Minolta SLR AF
been replaced by a Minolta AF3xi in1997
3 years ago I started with digital.
UPDATE, April 1st, 2009:
I am celebrating my second anniversary on Flickr now!
I got myself a new DSLR (Canon Rebel XTi) which I use together with the SD800 (I still love the small one, so easy to carry around and hide from security guards!) I learned a lot on Flickr in these two years, among other things:
-Too many people are obsessed with Explore, which is easy to manipulate (I did it myself)
-I will never get into HDR, too many people already do it and many do it great!!
-Too many group members just post and run and expect to get comments without commenting other photos!
-Some people just add you as a contact and throw tons of awards and invitations at your photos without really looking at them!
-Many of my photos have been stolen and used on Blogs and other things.
-I met some great photographers and friends here and I sold some of my photos, which were used on websites, for art projects or charity, others appeared in newspapers, magazines or calendars and one is hanging in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto now!
-Some people called me a snapshot photographer, without artistic aspirations, well that is fine with me. I try to find interesting objects and great angles, try to compose and crop well in other words, I want to collect photos which I like not to make Explore or please certain so called experts!
I am not very much interested in most technical details of a camera!
I am now and will ever be a true amateur photographer!
My favorite objects are architecture and landscape, I will concentrate on that, but I will try some other objects from time to time!
I also found out, that it is not really important, what kind of camera you use, as long as you have a great eye for the beauty in our world!!
As I am a skyscraper freak, I created the "UltimateSkyscraperShots" group:
Originally I am a mountain boy from Switzerland, so this is my second group:
My newest creation is the SwissCanadianColors group:
I am an administrator for the Pritzker Architecture Prize on Flickr and the PritzkerPrizeFirstChoice groups:
I hope to have a lots of fun here and as I am already a Flickrholic, I must find time for my other duties and interests!!
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Visitors starting June, 15th, 2008
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 733,659 photos, 30,122 members
- Build your rainbow L7 DARK BLUE post 1 award 5 5,913 photos, 916 members
- Build your rainbow L6 LIGHT BLUE post 1 - award 5 7,074 photos, 1,063 members
- Build your rainbow L5 GREEN post 1, award 5 9,125 photos, 1,359 members
- Build your rainbow L4 YELLOW post 1 - award 5 12,026 photos, 1,686 members
- Build your rainbow L3 ORANGE post 1 - award 5 19,065 photos, 2,202 members
- " FLICKR Stars :: COMMENT OR BAN :: post 1 award 6: 322,406 photos, 18,258 members
- *LEVEL-3 : WORLD Peace*HallofFame P 1 / A 5 34,665 photos, 4,738 members
- *LEVEL-2 :Platinum Peace Award* P 1 / A 5 116,940 photos, 10,066 members
- Flickr Smileys 292,580 photos, 14,250 members
- Fave, Fave, Fave! (Post 1, Fave 3) 38,174 photos, 2,052 members
- *ELITE* FLICKR IDOL (w/ 6+FLICKR IDOL ) P.1Give3 23,708 photos, 3,051 members
- *Nature* (2 Comments/Photo W/Code) 397,413 photos, 25,654 members
- *LEVEL-1:Peace Awards* P1 / A 5 : QUALITY IMAGES ONLY 514,809 photos, 17,016 members
- FLICKR IDOL Post 1 / Award 5 : Not awarding = Ban 113,567 photos, 6,897 members
- Give Me 5 - Award The Next 5 Pictures Immediately! 164,747 photos, 2,960 members
- 60 TO 100+ FAVES 65,092 photos, 2,458 members
- *Artist of the Year*~L4 Double Platinum~P1/A5 31,995 photos, 4,047 members
- ! !^A Little Bit of Soap Level 1 (Post 1:Award/Fave 3) 39,617 photos, 1,950 members
- Need more faves?? (must already have at least 5+) POST 1-FAVE 2 35,849 photos, 1,176 members
- 50 + FAVORITES 65,785 photos, 2,403 members
- ! !^Make Me Wonder Level 1 (Post 1:Award/Fave 3) 46,278 photos, 2,162 members
- 10+ Favorites 67,245 photos, 1,849 members
- Photographer Paradise(Post 1/Award 5 ) 269,942 photos, 15,003 members
- *Artist of the Year*~L3 Platinum Hall of Fame ~Invite Only 58,460 photos, 6,158 members
- 25 to 49 Faves (Post 1, Comment and Fave 2) 64,029 photos, 2,229 members
- 10 to 24 Faves (Post 1, Comment AND Fave 2) [FOLLOW GROUP RULES! 65,753 photos, 2,564 members
- 10+ Faves (10-24): P1, aw & fav 2 on the 1 newest pages 20,651 photos, 7,200 members
- Zero+ Faves (0-9) 22,866 photos, 5,641 members
- ! !*FAVTOP 0-19 Faves - P1/-AWA FAVE3 19,708 photos, 3,592 members
- Build your rainbow L2 RED post 1 - award 5 31,496 photos, 2,816 members
- ! !*FAVTOP 20-49 FAV - P1/ Fave 3 Sweeper Running 28,583 photos, 2,427 members
- 25+ Faves (25-49): P1, aw & fav 2 on the first newest page 28,916 photos, 6,365 members
- Build your rainbow L1 TRANSPARENT p1/a5 107,195 photos, 4,607 members
- Fine Gold 1,524,860 photos, 39,532 members
- ! !^Roby's Friendly Corner 25+ Faves Level 1 16,184 photos, 1,409 members
- ! !^Exquisite Art 50+ Faves (Level 1) (Post 1:Award/Fave 3) 51,472 photos, 2,636 members
- *Music To My Eyes*~L1 w/7 Levels ~Active Sweeper ! ~ P1 A5 ~ 1,005,698 photos, 30,236 members
- *Artist of the Year*~L2 ~ P1/-A5 ~ Invite Only 146,335 photos, 11,679 members
- Reflections (Post 1 Award 3) 27,202 photos, 3,809 members
- 50+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two). 46,441 photos, 7,885 members
- Super~Six ☆ Stage #6 ☆ Andromeda "50." Invite Only (P1/A5) 178,140 photos, 8,110 members
- ! !Photographers (REALLY) Gone Wild (Level 2) (P1:A3) 21,495 photos, 4,957 members
- Super~Six ☆ Stage #5 ☆ Elite. Invite Only (P1/A5) 197,741 photos, 9,553 members
- Super~Six ☆ Stage #4 ☆ Art. Invite Only (P1/A5) 241,303 photos, 11,680 members
- Super~Six ☆ Stage #3 ☆ Gold. Post 1, Award 5. Invite Only 283,814 photos, 13,495 members
- Super~Six ☆ Stage #2 ☆ Silver. Post 1, Award 5. Invite Only 376,383 photos, 17,093 members
- CLOSED! S♥per ♥ Hearts - 10 Pink Hearts 62,626 photos, 9,618 members
- ! !Photographers Gone Wild! (Level 1) (P1:FAV/A3) 683,377 photos, 38,788 members
- CLOSED Fl♥ckr Hearts -- Post 1 & Give 3 Hearts 665,322 photos, 34,232 members
Bong Manayon says:
"What can I say? I am finding myself 'favoriting' his whole photostream!
Swisscan has a unique perception that takes what is highly structured, ordered and even rigid then infuses into it an artistic fluidity and poetry wholly his own. His impeccable perception is hard to match--he is truly blessed and gifted with a vision that I am pleasantly grateful to partake of."
September 3rd, 2009
"In the matter of photography Reto is one of my unreachable ideals, who are an important inspiration for my own progress. Many of his photos could belong to one of those famous high gloss photo magazines. I admire his ability to capture a single moment and to transfer this trice in to an impressive treasure. An exceptional talent - just what I call an artist.
January 11th, 2009
"the images swisscan creates are sometimes the most incredible compositions, of the most ordinary objects. his eye for colour, angles and shapes brings to life an amazing insight into the world around us, and his photostream is definitely one of my favourites on flickr. keep up the good work!"
June 19th, 2008
Mad Men Art says:
Congratulations - 祝贺您 - Enhorabuena - Parabéns - Félicitations - Gratulation – Congratulazioni – 축하합니다.
World100F – QualityGroup – Marco"
March 20th, 2008
Jim G Photography says:
"His pictures are some of the best architectural shots I've ever seen. I love patterns, reflections and unusual points of view and his images utilize at least one of these or all of them. I look forward to new works."
February 27th, 2008
"Ein aussergewöhnlicher Bildautor. Durchgehend eine sehr sehr hohe Bildqualität in Gestatung und Technik. Ein Bildautor dessen Sammlungen ich gerne immer wieder ansehe ;-)"
December 11th, 2007
"swisscan’s profile refers to “…a great eye for the beauty in our world!!” and I agree that is what this talented photographer possesses. A delight in colour, buildings (especially skyscrapers), reflections and the patterns and details to be found in the urban world form a large part of Reto’s work. However, there is a significant number of charming nature shots too and the ability to appreciate and capture the beauty of two different worlds makes for a distinctive and enjoyable photostream."
October 8th, 2007
- Reto Fetz
- March 2007
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Toronto, Canada
- I am:
- Male and Taken