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Bruges at night

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Julien, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    I was in Bruges a few days ago, and managed to take a few snaps of the town at night. I found it to be a difficult place to photograph, as really nothing is straight there, and sometimes there's not enough space to frame a shot properly. I rarely find ultrawides useful but in this case I would have been happy with a 14mm or so.

    Some could have turned out better, but anyway here they are:

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  2. Pim

    Pim SC Regular

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    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Pim
    Very nice Julien...! One of my favorite places for pictures, unfortunately the few times I was there I did not really bring a decent camera, but your photos remind me it is time to go back soon...:). Thanks for posting!
     
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  3. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Great set!
     
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  4. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Great set Julien. I remember running through Bruges in the day, was only there for a few hours while on a driving trip through Belgium. Your pictures make me wish I'd stayed the night.
     
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  5. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Definetely a place I'd like to visit, great set.
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Excuse me?
    I'd be thrilled with these - especially, for my tastes, numbers 2 through 5! Wow!

    Of course I immediately wanted to know - was this with the X100 and felt the need to find out the EXIF stuff. It doesn't matter what camera you used because the images are stunning. For me your third is magical!
     
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  7. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2010
    Liverpool / UK
    Good collection
     
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  8. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    Lovely!
     
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  9. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Colorful images thru the darkness, beautiful!
     
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  10. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 6, 2012
    Paris, France
    Julien
    Thanks for the feedback everyone :smile: Much appreciated.

    Thanks so much! I was with The Girlfriend for this short trip. She recently bought a used NEX-3 on my advice (you can find them dirt cheap here these days, about €200-250 with the kit lens in mint condition). I played a bit with it and found that I could adapt old manual lenses on it and make it a good companion to the X100 (I find the peaking feature incredible). So I bought my own NEX-3 and generally use it with a fast 50mm to pair with the X100 standard-wide.

    Anyway this trip was more about being together than a photo trip, so I only brought the NEX-3 with 18-55 and a very small and light tripod called Gorillapod GP-2 that I bought a couple of days before. It was a bit awkward to use, I hadn't had the chance to try it, and it's not quite as stable as a proper tripod, but it's useful nonetheless. I see it as a super optical stabilizer: most of these shots were taken at shutter speeds around 1 second, and it did the job (you don't wan't to use it for much longer exposures though, vibrations would ruin the shot).

    All in all I'm pleased with the gear. I would have been a bit happier with the X100, but NEX-3 is no slouch (controls are terrible but IQ is almost on par with the Fuji IMHO) and the GF has improved her photography a lot using it.

    Sorry for the long answer :)
     
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  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Julien, these are just stunning. I'd love to see what could possibly be better than this.
     
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