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The Middle Ages

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

The reason why Bruges is so memorable is because its city center has hardly changed a bit since the Middle Ages.  You want OLD?  Go to Bruges!

The car is a dead give-away, of course, that this ISN'T the Middle Ages.  But I do think it makes for a good juxtaposition of the old and the new.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Middle Ages

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

The reason why Bruges is so memorable is because its city center has hardly changed a bit since the Middle Ages.  You want OLD?  Go to Bruges!

The car is a dead give-away, of course, that this ISN'T the Middle Ages.  But I do think it makes for a good juxtaposition of the old and the new.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (35)

That's it then, I'm going to Bruges. This is such a beautiful peaceful setting. Nicely done Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! You'll love it, Fehinti, if you ever go. Seriously!!
  • Kay
  • 31 Jul 2007, 01:46
What can I say, Ginnie? One word:
LIKEYS

I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Your "one word" is humbling, as always, Kay. Thank you kindly.
  • Ray
  • Thailand.
  • 31 Jul 2007, 01:54
Still colourful, even in sepia.
I also like the fake seagull on the wall, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ray, there are other things besides the car to give this pic away! smile Thanks, as always.
Ginnie, I wish I could go. The picture is perfect in the tones you used. I had to look a couple times to see the car. Nicely done!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess I made a puzzle for you, then, DD. I like that. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan/Ireland
  • 31 Jul 2007, 06:12
All the stone and brick are probably the main thing I love about European cities. This is beautiful, and the water is rich.
Ginnie Hart: The link to your site takes us to My Expressions and not to you, Ruth, so I am copying the "real" link here. Thanks, as always, for finding me, this time from Ireland. I'm thinking of you there! Today you see Jimbo?

http://flying.my-expressions.com/index.html
NIce composition Ginnie... I'd like to see it with colors...
Ginnie Hart: I'll send you the original via e-mail, Roland. Thanks.
Nice tones Ginnie. Seems like the place to be smile
Ginnie Hart: You'd love it, Thomas. It's not like any other place!
This looks good in b/w, Ginnie. How have you toned it?
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: HA! And here I've been calling you Annie! So now I'll call you Ingrid! smile

I almost always do my sepia the "old-fashioned" way....by desaturating and then using the Color Balance sliders (red and yellow) to get the color I want. I don't think it's the way you're supposed to do it, but even PS says there's always more than one way to do the same thing! It's mostly trial and error for me! Thanks for stopping by again, Ingrid.
Lovely Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tracy!
Well now I will be looking at my pics of bruges to see how they look in B&W. This looks just great.
Ginnie Hart: I know I've seen pics of Bruges by someone else here on SC. Was that you, Aussie? Don't you just love that city!!
Way to go Ginnie. I cant imagine how else to present this picture. You like most things to do with water dont you ?. Wind mills, Boats, water ways. I bet you are an excellent swimmer.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I do like the water pics, Busola, but that must be coincidental? Maybe it's in my genes because my mom was a champion diver in college. I can swim but I wouldn't say I swim well--just enough to keep from drowning. smile
U have got to be kidding me. Is that someone's 'backyard'? I wonder if that water's clean. Oh anyways, its a fantastic shot as usual with great perspective...and as Olubusola has typed... u sure love the waters.
Ginnie Hart: I always wonder if the water is clean in these canals, Ngozi. I never saw anyone swimming in them, so I guess they're more for looks...and the boats!
Very nicely done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. Thanks.
  • blackdog
  • In Bath on dial up
  • 31 Jul 2007, 10:54
I do like old, but I must admit that I struggle with manicured "reality". Nothing wrong with clean and tidy, but the flower pots are the give away for me, not the car. Much more importantly another excellent photograph Ginnie that is beautifully composed. Mike
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wonder if the people who live here wake up every day and say "This city is really old!" I bet not. So then they set out their little pots and knick-knacks, just like everyone else around the world. smile
Like the pattern of bricks which are omnipresent in the picture. Love the reflection from the wall into the water as well... another great Picture ginnie

Kind regards,
Lu mik spastiek'
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Lu Mik. Thanks.
Love the Toning here. Nice shot Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nacha!! smile
Another nice shot Ginnie - I'm liking the tones of this one.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jul 2007, 12:46
I wonder if the people living in such an old established area are aware of how blessed they are to may be living in such a beautiful place. Consider how much i have to pay to can see it. They just move the curtain a little if it is in the way.

Excellent.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Louis! Other than seeing us tourists everywhere, this is just where they live and I 'spect they don't wake up every morning thinking, "This city is really old!" Then again, so many of them work in the tourist-related shops and are dependent on us for their livelihood, I giess! Makes you wonder what goes through their heads every day!
Bruges is a nice place, so historical. Good sepia tone here.
Ginnie Hart: Yes it is, Chantal. Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 31 Jul 2007, 13:40
nice subdied tones...good capture...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sam.
A gorgeous scene and you've done your usual fantastic job on the conversion.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen, as always.
And the subject is: The Channels... LOL. A new great photography, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: HA! We both love them, Jose, don't we!! smile Thanks.
LOL, these walls must be moving very quickly to warrant a 1/1600 shutter speed! Lovely work on the textures, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I do remember having to sneak in the pic rather quickly, Martin!! You've got a good eye there. smile Thanks.
The title works I've been there and it is old and so are the people smile Lovely tones here Gin, I had to put on my glasses to see the cars so they are no problem at least for me.. Had to laugh at Martin with his moving walls smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Leave it to someone to come up with something mike Martin's comment. smile
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas USA
  • 31 Jul 2007, 17:33
this looks like an awesome place for photography. I love this one
Ginnie Hart: You would go crazy there, Roger. If ever you can go, do so! Thanks.
Great image, Ginnie and quite right what you say about Bruges. You really do get a sense of the middle ages being there. Only problem being the tourists - but then, what was I? I wonder how this looks in colour?
Ginnie Hart: I'll send the original to you in color, Chad. I knew there was someone else who had shown us pics...and it was YOU! Yes, we're guilty as charged: TOURISTS!
I think it's the scale of everything in your image that impacts on me. The cars on the bridge provide scale; everything is tiny when compared to your images of say Amsterdam. And I would imagine all those steeply pitched roofs would have been thatched once upon a time.

Great choice of tones Ginnie. Lol, I think you have an affinity with water!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Jose Ann. It must be the water, as a couple others have also said. smile This really is an amazing place on earth!
  • Polly
  • Los Angeles
  • 31 Jul 2007, 21:34
gorgeous! hope you had a wonderful time and happy birthday!
Ginnie Hart: I had a fabulous time, Polly. One of my best birthdays ever. Thanks. smile
Lovely shot, Ginnie and what a wonderful place to have celebrated your birthday..smile I love the little bridge that unites both sides and the lovely pitched roofs, and the bricks, and the water..gee..everything..I have been feeling an itch for a change of scenery from my tiny island. This is inspiring! Thank you!
Ginnie Hart: So glad this inspires you, Suzanne, because it really is an amazing place. Of course, so is YOUR place. But we all need a change of scenery ever so often, of course. Thanks for stopping by.
Really well done with this choice of tones : Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Zeb!
  • WhiteBalance
  • Atlanta, GA USA
  • 31 Jul 2007, 22:42
Ginny...hi, great shot...got this via Dublinshooter on blipfoto...he knows your sister...I am in Atlanta..and so are you today..funny...wish I had seen this earlier...we are right downtown if you are still here...Dublinshooter met Ruth today in Ireland...small world..love this photo..shame about the car...good anyway...that's why they have photoshop..lol.
Ginnie Hart: We live on the north side of the city, WB. What a small world, indeed. And yes, Jimbo met my sister yesterday. So fun.

As I mentioned to you via e-mail, I decided to leave the car in because it's NOW, not the Middle Ages. But it's nice to know I CAN clone it out if ever I decide to. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
  • Saed
  • Mashhad, Iran
  • 31 Jul 2007, 22:48
Great job! Nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Saed.
Cool cool shot
Suby
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you kindly, Suby! smile
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 1 Aug 2007, 23:54
Nice composition, good tones, like it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
  • Dudee
  • Purwokerto-Indonesia
  • 2 Aug 2007, 23:17
I dont wanna go there,coz i dont want to be old fastest Granmma Gin.. he2x LoL... The Pict. tell everything as old as the city, Good sepia choice smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're funny, Dudee. Thanks. smile

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