Back to Perk for another misty sunrise

September 1, 2012 / no comments

A few weeks ago, I bought a new tripod (Manfrotto 055 CXPro4) and ballhead (MH054) and I was looking for an opportunity to test my new equipment. A few days later, on a (very) early Saturday morning, I could not sleep anymore and the weather was looking perfect for some mist low on the ground: it had rained for a few days, the night was relatively cold and the day was supposed to be sunny. So I jumped out of bed, picked up my equipment and drove a few km to be around the village of Perk just in time for sunrise. You may have already seen an earlier image taken at the same spot but I think that this one is better. The mist and colours were just right. This time, I also had enough time to build a panoramic image by taking a series of 7 vertical pictures that I later combined to give an image that would be 150 x 50 cm if printed at 300 dpi!
And, by the way, the tripod and ballhead are a pleasure to use once I got used to the ballhead.

Misty sunrise in Perk

Autumn colours in the Hautes Fagnes

December 6, 2011 / no comments

The superb colours of autumn have now almost completely disappeared here in Belgium. Mid-October, I visited one of my favourite places in the Hautes-Fagnes: the Fagne de Malchamp and the Hoëgne Valley, both not far away from Spa.
I arrived in the Fagne de Malchamp just in time for sunrise. As always on this plateau, it was very windy and cold. But the warm light of the rising sun made everything, even the frost, look warmer.

Windy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumWindy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumWindy sunrise in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumEarly light and trees in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, BelgiumGrass and tree in the Fagne de Malchamp, near Spa, Hautes Fagnes, Belgium

I have been to this place many times so I only spent about an hour there, trying to make new images, and soon headed to another of my favourites places in the neighbourhood: the Hoëgne Valley. I particularly like the area around the Belheid Bridge, close to Solwaster. There is a sign above the path leaving the parking area that is saying that this is one of the most beautiful valleys of Belgium.
And I cannot say otherwise. You could spend hours there photographing the Hoëgne river and its valley. The river is characteristic for the region, with its very iron-rich waters, it is very dark, almost black with bits of white foam slowly moving on top of it but it can also become red when the sunlight hits it in a particular direction.
I spent several hours there, playing with slow shutter speeds and reflections of the autumn colours in the water. The results are shown in the following images.

Sunlight makes the Hoëgne river turn red, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumSpiral and moss, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumRocks and reflection, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumTrees colours reflect in the river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumTrees colours reflect in the river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, BelgiumThe Hoëgne river, Hoëgne Valley, Pont de Belheid, near Solwaster, Belgium

Misty sunrise in Ohain and daffodils in La Hulpe

April 4, 2011 / no comments

March has been a beautiful month this year in Belgium: dry and sunny. Quite unusual !
Finding the right moment for nice pictures was easier that way. Here are a two pictures that I took a week ago on a misty early morning on a small road between Waterloo and Ohain.

Misty sunrise on a small road between Waterloo and OhainMisty sunrise on a small road between Waterloo and Ohain

I have taken the next ones in one my favorite places, the Solvay Domain in La Hulpe. Daffodils were in full bloom and there was almost no wind. Perfect conditions for photographing these fields of daffodils in the woods.
Two nice moments that I wanted to share with you 🙂

A field of daffodils in the woods of the Solvay Domain, in La HulpeA field of daffodils in the woods of the Solvay Domain, in La Hulpe

Sunrise at the Baraque Michel

December 27, 2010 / one comment

After almost a week of very difficult driving due to the continuous snowfall here in Belgium, I managed to reach the Hautes Fagnes in time for the sunrise. It took me almost two hours to get there and I was almost too late to catch the best light. I barely had the time to jump out of my car, run (well… as best as I could) in the deep snow to a few hundred of meters away from the road to take the pictures of the sunrise. I had no snowshoes and it was impossible to get very far from the road without them so I will need to be better prepared next time !

Sunrise at the Baraque MichelSunrise at the Baraque MichelFrost at sunrise - Baraque MichelThe Fischbach chapel - Baraque MichelThe Fischbach chapel - Baraque Michel

Colorado & Utah teaser

November 9, 2010 / no comments

I am currently busy with sorting and selecting pictures from my latest trip to Colorado and Utah to upload on my website. When they will be ready, I will also add a new Photo Trips page with details of this trip. In the meantime, here are two pictures as a small teaser.

Dawn on Maroon Bells, near Aspen, Colorado The Wahweap Hoodoos, near Big Water, Utah