This last Sunday, the morning looked grey and rather cool: perfect weather for a bit of mountain biking. I thought: “no need for a camera, the light is not good”. And so I went away, with nothing but my bike for a ride in the neighbourhood. After only a few km, I spotted a mailbox drowned in a group of flowers against the wall of an old farm in Rixensart. I hesitated a bit: continue with my bike ride or go back to get my camera. The light looked like it would soon change with clouds becoming thinner, so I rushed back home, hoping that the wind would not increase and that the cloud cover would not break too fast, to keep the even light that was perfect for the image that I had in mind. Back home, I picked up my equipment, jumped in my car (to get there quicker ;-)) and went back again to the old farm. Here is the result!
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.
July 21st is Belgium National Day. After continuous bad weather for the last few weeks, the weather was showing some improvement so I decided to go Brussels to see the military parade and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this special day.
I would of course not go without a camera and I decided to give myself a mission: one body and one tele-lens to go on an urban safari. My initial idea was to shoot everything in black and white (but using RAW to make sure I could use the colour images if I preferred to). In the end, I did not (yet) convert any of them to black and white. Although some of them are certainly worth a conversion, the colours were everywhere on such a day, so it was better to show them.
Here is a selection of what I saw.
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 !
I usually do not take part in photography contests but, this year, I submitted one image to the 2010 Best Holiday Picture Contest organised by the company where I work. And I had the nice surprise to get the third prize in the contest with the following picture. You may already have seen it on my Wyoming & Utah photo trip page. It was taken early on a cold September morning, on the car park of the Grand Prismatic spring in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). I still wonder if this sign was meant as a joke or if it was real ! The huge smoke cloud at the back is caused by vapour coming out of the springs in the cold autumn morning.
A few weeks ago, I spent a day in Paris to visit the retrospective of the work of Michael Kenna at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The exhibition is now closed but you can still see it at this virtual exhibition.
The weather was rainy the whole day. Ideal for a few photographic reflections.
To stay dry, I remained inside and visited the Musée d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou.
Just to test if this all works !
Here are a few pictures taken end of last year with the snow starting to melt.
Walk in Nahtsief (belgian border with Germany)
In the Domaine Solvay (La Hulpe)
And this is the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve at night