Vertical and Horizontal lines Don't Always need to be Straight

The historical grandeur of Brugge, Belgium as night descends
The historical grandeur of Brugge, Belgium as night descends

Canon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens @ 24mm. Exposure Details: 1/6 second @ f11 ISO 100.

Here I was at the end of a long day walking and photographing in Brugge, Belgium. I was worn out, but really happy. I love this place. As far as a city goes, its one of my very favorites.

Brugge offers a wealth of architectural photography opportunities. And, during my visit in high summer, I was able to include some

night photography

into the mix. It really added to my experience of this historical city and to the story I've begun to tell of that place through my photography. I can't wait till my next visit when I can begin the next chapter in the story. 

More often than not I prefer photographs of buildings to feature straight lines. But that's not always possible, nor is it always required to produce the

most interesting result

. I think its wise to mix things up a bit and, after a long day photographing, having some fun playing around with perspective and angles made it easier to keep going until darkness fell. And I'm glad it did, the mix of ambient and artificial light producing some lovely, rich colors.

Perhaps its good not just to think of such buildings as structures requiring rigorous camera technique, the right lens focal length and the appropriate camera-to-subject distance to produce a realistic result. Why not consider the above buildings for what they were: places of power. It's likely that common folk of the day would have beheld such places with a sense of awe, if not fear. Photographing upwards is one way to begin to explore this sense of power.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru