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The Belfry

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

This Belfry is to Bruges what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
It's 272 feet (83 m) tall and has 366 steps to the top, from which you are rewarded with spectacular views of the city (tomorrow!).  Also at the top is the famous carillon of 47 bells, weighing 27 tons!

I was able to take this pic as the sun was setting against a bombastic storm brewing in the background.  Talk about drama!
(Thanks to Martin (Point) for helping me with "cheap" HDR-like tricks.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Belfry

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

This Belfry is to Bruges what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.
It's 272 feet (83 m) tall and has 366 steps to the top, from which you are rewarded with spectacular views of the city (tomorrow!).  Also at the top is the famous carillon of 47 bells, weighing 27 tons!

I was able to take this pic as the sun was setting against a bombastic storm brewing in the background.  Talk about drama!
(Thanks to Martin (Point) for helping me with "cheap" HDR-like tricks.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (38)

NICELY DONE...LONG TIME
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Yeni!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2007, 00:55
Those cheap tricks seems to work smile Great capture of the drama.

The tower itself almost seems too large for the building.
Ginnie Hart: The tower IS too large, Louis, and it leans to the left 3 feet. It's so weird to see! Guess that's why it's their most famous landmark!

Thanks for your support.
  • Dudee
  • 6 Aug 2007, 01:20
Cool shot Granny smile the sky..make it dramatic atmosphere there
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE the drama, Dudee. Thanks.
I love this! The sky, the building, the angle. Another Lovely shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sweetie!
Hi Ginnie, and thnaks for the message during my holiday !
Colours here are just fantastic, I love this sky and the sun glowing on the building. Great place.
Ginnie Hart: Welcome back, Flo! And thanks for stopping by again.
  • alex
  • 6 Aug 2007, 02:52
what a sky, ginnie! well done, love how the building stands out.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely pretty powerful, Alex. Thanks.
the tones of this shot simply unbelievable, love it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dotun.
Wow!! Stunning shot.Not sure what the cheap tricks are but they work very well!!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, the main thing is using the Multiply function in PS, DD, and then getting the lighting right. It deepened the feel of the pic. But it actually was pretty much like this from the beginning, to be honest!
Interesting

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Uh-Oh. There he goes again! grin
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Aug 2007, 03:57
Totally awesome image, Ginnie!
beautiful detail in the amazing building. And the sky is a great bonus.
I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Ray. It really was a powerful, dramatic moment. Thanks.
beautiful shot!

the bell tower reminds of the song "If I had a hammer..." which had this stanza...

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

the dark clouds behind remind me of the tragic destruction of Hiroshima 62 years ago today when the A-bomb dropped on it...

watched a documentary about it yesterday on the horrors of the A-bomb on Hiroshima... may it never happen again...

so we need to ring the bell to "ring out danger...ring out a warning" and "...ring out a love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land" so that peace will thrive and that what happened to Hiroshima and Nagansaki never happen again...
Ginnie Hart: I like the reminder, Kairospix. Thanks for bringing this historical moment to our attention. I was born just weeks before Hiroshima. You're right--may it never happen again!
Superbly lit Ginnie. Is this "the golden hour" light we hear so much about?
Ginnie Hart: Definitely the Golden Hour, Chris!! Thanks.
My husband and I have have twice booked a trip to Bruges, and twice had to cancel at short notice. Both times it was because of a bereavement in the family, so Bruges has become a bit of a no go area for us now. However, your beautiful photographs are at least giving me a taste of what we have missed. This one is so good. I love the rich tones and the dramatic sky. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: So sorry your attempts to go to Bruges keep getting sidelined, Roz. For now, I'm glad you can see what you've missed. Thanks.
Terrific dramatic shot.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely dramatic, Aussie. Thanks.
The dramatic sky with the sun still shining surely created a fabulous photo opportunity. So glad you took it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mary. That's exactly what I felt!
I love the sky here Ginnie. The way it looks so grey yet the pic manages to look so sunny, brilliant!
Ginnie Hart: It was a magical moment, Fehinti. Thanks.
I find the medieval need to build higher interesting, and checked out your wiki ref. Indeed the octagonal section was added later (it looks it) either so the bells could be heard further away or so that they felt closer to heaven. The real miracle is that they didn't bring the lot down and that it is still standing. Something our contemporary engineers cannot seem to manage for 50 years.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Mike, the tower leans 3 feet to the left, so something definitely happened along the line! Pretty scary but I still climbed to the top. smile
amazing sky G - absolutely loving this - wow !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, my dear! smile
you are doing HDR Ginnie? wow, it worked very well, made the shot even more interesting!! Great sky!!!
Ginnie Hart: No, Patrick, not really. But I LOVE HDR and this is a simple attempt to effect it without all that hard work, using the Multiply function in PS and then adjusting opacity and light.
  • paul
  • 6 Aug 2007, 13:30
very dramatic lighting Ginnie - great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paul!
That sky looks like it's about to explode any minute Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: What's funny, Bernie, is that it didn't. It's bark was bigger than it's bite! smile
Looks great, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Master Martin! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan/Ireland
  • 6 Aug 2007, 14:31
I love the drama! The grays and ambers go so well together. Lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear sister. Are you glad to be Stateside again, I wonder?!

Your link still takes us to your site's main page. Here's YOU:
http://flying.my-expressions.com/
  • Ted
  • 6 Aug 2007, 14:32
Nice, Ginnie! It's really dramatic with those storm clouds. I'm not sure about cheap HDR tricks, but nothing beats having good lighting.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm not sure I'll ever do HDR the real way, even though I'm a fan of it. This is much easier for me. Thanks, Ted. smile
Fantastic contrast between the deep grey of the sky and the beautiful glowing colours of the bell tower.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ingrid.
Wow! As I like the resistance of the photo. The so gray sky to the bottom and the illumination of afternoon of the building shine magnificent! Bravo. That you have done with HDR?
Ginnie Hart: Not real HDR, Jose, but an effect in PS using Multiply that tends to have the same/similar effect. Thanks.
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas USA
  • 6 Aug 2007, 16:20
This looks like a giant phallus. So why do so many buildings seem to have this design smile
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Roger, because I wondered who'd be the first to mention this obvious fact! You get the prize. grin And I have no clue, to answer your question!
Lovely capture Ginnie. The tower almost looks top-heavy for the rest of the building. The stormy sky enhances the brickwork colour too - more than blue sky would have done. Lovely, lovely building. We don't build them like that now, sadly. David.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE stormy skies, Pilgrim, so I was in heaven this moment!! smile And yes, I'm sure you're quite right that we don't build buildings like this any more!
I love the bright colors of the building and then the dark clouds in the backround.
Ginnie Hart: It was pure magic for me, Mallory! Thanks for your comment.
Wow, sweet lighting against the stormy sky!
Ginnie Hart: It was that magical moment, Will! Thanks.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 6 Aug 2007, 22:41
Lovely shot, Ginnie - we went there a few years ago, can't recall when, but it was BA (Before Abbie). We spent 10 days driving around Belgium and we were blown away by the beautiful buildings, plus it was hot too, in the mid to late-30's the whole time. Wonderful country.
Ginnie Hart: They say that every child gives you 3 years of immobility. HA! Don't know if that's true for you but I'm sure glad you and Bernie got to travel around first. smile
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 7 Aug 2007, 04:44
Spectacular image, Ginnie! I love the drama. You've captured it well. wink
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kay. Thanks. smile
Ginnie, this is awesome. I love looking at buildings
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Helen. Thanks for stopping by.
Interesting building, great light, brooding sky, why have you got it all? A great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes I do feel like I've got it all, Les. I'm very blessed. Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 7 Aug 2007, 21:25
this si excellent...i find framing structures like these an absolute pain but u seemed to have handled it like a pro...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sam. Thanks.
  • david
  • chesham
  • 9 Aug 2007, 09:49
hope you went up...we did! love the dramatic cloudy backdrop to the belfry - i love that kind of light.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, David. All 366 steps! The next pic is from the top:

http://ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Cathedral_of_Saint-Sauveur_/
Wonderful contrast between stormy sky and sun on the Beffroy
Ginnie Hart: It was so dramatic, Zeb!
Awesome lighting - it just makes the shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, PB!

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