Church of Our Lady, Brugge, Belgium

The sun had well and truly set by the time I'd found this interesting viewpoint at the back of the Church of Our Lady in the famous city of Brugge, Belgium. Brugge is one of my favourite cities. The old town is easy to explore on foot and every side street offers the chance of a new photographic adventure.

I stayed about a minutes walk outside the entrance to the old city and very much enjoyed my time exploring the cities beautiful architecure and quiet back streets. I hope to base myself in Brugge at some stage for a more significant photographic project. While Summer does attract many thousands of tourists its easy to avoid many of them. Here's a few tips that may be of help to you.

  • Photograph early or late in the day when most tourists are in their hotels or enjoying some of the cities excellent resturaunts.
  • Walk around until you find yourself beyond the boundaries of the tourist circuit. In Brugge this is quite easily achieved.
  • Decide what's most important your photography or eating meals in line with your normal routine. Try to break away from that routine and you'll likely find yourself photographing in less crowded environements.

 The light was quite mirky when I made the above image and the resulting color file was quite flat and colorless. But, as anticipated, the textural qualities of the structure were well suited to black and white. It was a simple matter of embrassing the low angle of view, together with the distortion associated with photographing upwards at such an extreme angle, and using some of the buildings structural elements as leading lines to move the viewer through the frame, from top to bottom.

If ever you get the chance to visit Brugge I'd certainly recommend a few days to explore this beautiful city. Just remember to stay in or on the edge of the old city. Its illegal for visitors to drive into the old city. But by being where the action is you have the ability to explore the splendour of this most picturesque location whenever the light beckons.  

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru