An Evening Chat in Ghent

One of the highlights of our trip to Europe for me was an evening/night walk through the city of Ghent in Belgium. I have a plethora of photos from that evening that I’ll be editing over the course of time.

Location of Ghent
Location of Ghent

The walk through the city at night was uncomfortable at times because the kids were quite tired and we were slightly nervous about having them around so many intoxicated folks. However, people were still polite and the city at night was incredible! It was photographic heaven.

I made this photo in the Graslei/Korenlei area of the city shooting across the Leie towards the Sint-Michielskerk Cathedral (photo location). As this area is very popular and busy we endeavored to move through it relatively quickly. However, we still took some time to admire this area of the city under bright lights. It was very satisfying to find this group of three people sitting near the canal and conversing on a nice evening. I call this photo “An Evening Chat in Ghent.”

An Evening Chat in Ghent taken on May 15th 2017 in the Graslei/Korenlei area of Ghent using the Fuji X-T10 and the Fuji 18-55mm lens at 18mm, 1/50s, f/3.6, and ISO 6400. I went with f/3.6 to increase the focus of the background. The black and white conversion was performed in Lightroom.
An Evening Chat in Ghent taken on May 15th 2017 in the Graslei/Korenlei area of Ghent using the Fuji X-T10 and the Fuji 18–55mm lens at 18mm, 1/50s, f/3.6, and ISO 6400. I went with f/3.6 to increase the focus of the background. The black and white conversion was performed in Lightroom.

Night Photography

Last month I had the fun opportunity to head outside with Jeff McGrath to do some night photography. I must say that I haven’t had too much experience doing this or choosing locations so it is nice to have someone to tag along with.

We made our way up to Draper with the intent of photographing the city lights but due to a bit of a haze and low clouds over the city we turned our gaze towards the mountains and ground.

The mountains at the top of Draper were particularly inviting that night. I also thought that some of the surrounding lights from nearby homes would be interesting on the grass and plants in the foreground. I made a vertical and horizontal version. Which do you prefer?

Vertical Mountain Photo Horizontal Mountain Photo

Both made with Nikon D3S at ISO 1600, f/7.0, and a 30 second exposure on a D3S. Edited in LR 4.

Next Jeff had an interesting idea of photographing some railroad steel and capturing the moonlight reflecting off the rails. Check that version out below. In contrast to the blue colors of the photos above I thought I’d try this one with more warm tones.

Rail Photo

Made with Nikon D3S at ISO 3200, f/8.0, and a 25 second exposure on a D3S. Edited in LR 4.

Hope you have a great weekend before Christmas. 🙂