Category Archives: Towns and Cities

Veliko Tarnovo at dawn, Bulgaria

This photo is a rediscovered photo that I had originally underexposed by accident, before ignoring it on account of the under exposure. But, on reflection, it was never actually that bad and the contrast and brightness slider in photoshop dragged out the real photo that I saw at the time.

This is a dawn shot of the fortress in the picturesque Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo.

I was there for a few days and as usual had no idea where the sun would be or what would make a nice composition.

So I wandered around while it was still dark, and spotted the profile of the fortress against the sky, and the symmetry of the hill that the fortress is on

I put the tripod up and waited. The moon was a bit of luck, and I love the way it’s lit by the sun which is about to rise from behind the fortress.

The red door….

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Red door in a backstreet in Antwerp, Belgium

Red door in a backstreet in Antwerp, Belgium

A door in Antwerp…not much of a subject!! But I liked the grunginess and small details of the door and concrete surroundings. There were loads of flats and other buildings in a terraced row that all had letters hanging out of the letterboxes.

I have no idea if these dwellings were commercial or residential, but they looked deserted and there were no people around. It was a quiet sidestreet and it fascinated me with all the envelopes stuffed into letterboxes, none of which picked up by anybody…..

From a photography point of view I put this through Nik’s HDR Efex pro 2 even though this is a single image. I was able to emphasise the detail, even-up any unevenness in the exposure and dull down the colour a bit whilst upping the contrast a little, all in about a 30 second post processing session…That’s why I love Nik software!!

Reflection on a Cobbled road,Bruges, Belgium

Reflection on a Cobbled sidestreet,Bruges, Belgium

Bruges in Belgium has some wonderful side streets, full of independent shops selling everything under the sun..!

But for this photo all I needed to do was to look down!! In winter there are always puddles on cobbled’s a certaintly. So look down as well as up!

Although this is a single image, I put it throught HDR Efex Pro, because I wanted to emphasize all those intricate little details from the cobbles and the reflection.