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Bruges Reflections



A view of the Belfry of Bruges taken from Burg Square.

A view of the Belfry of Bruges taken from Burg Square.
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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at Golden Hour during a solo photo walk around the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges.
Time
Evening (golden hour)
Lighting
This was captured at the tail end of golden hour, so the light was just disappearing, this enabled the lights on the tower and the row of buildings in the mid-ground to create high contrast which adds to the mood and composition.
Equipment
This was taken with a Canon 700D with EF-S17-55mm f/2.8 USM lens. It was shot using a hahnel compact tripod
Inspiration
My trip to Bruges was overshadowed by the Brussels terrorist bombings which had sadly occurred earlier in the same week. In the centre of Burg Square (where this photo was taken) was a temporary memorial to those who had died, where mourners had laid a heart-shaped ring of flowers and candles. For this reason, my solo walk proved to be quite a reflective occasion, and I attempted to capture this by composing a shot in which the Belfort tower was mirrored in a puddle. I was attracted by the fact the cobbles are visible beneath the surface of the water.
Editing
The raw file underwent basic tonal adjustments in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I like to take minimal camera equipment in order to remain as inconspicuous as possible. For this reason, I have a Billingham Hadley Pro bag, with either my 17-55mm standard zoom, or a 40mm f/2.8 prime attached to a crop sensor body. In addition, I carry a 70-200mm f/4. I don't like to carry a tripod if I can help it, so I always have an Ultrapod II, which weighs next to nothing, is sturdy, and surprisingly versatile. I find this setup meets most of my shooting needs
Feedback
I never have my camera attached to a shoulder strap. This means that I must leave it in my bag most of the time, which leaves my eyes free to search for a composition. When I pass something that catches my eye, and before taking out my camera, I take some time to think about why it is appealing to me. I consider how I can capture it in a way that tells a story. This was the case with this shot.

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