“we’re reaching for death
on the end of a candle
we’re trying for something
that’s already found us”
― jim morrison

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My second response to “Tech of the month: Long Exposure” hosted by the peerless perelincolors and lucile de godoy.

I set out with high hopes for this shoot.

However, I never was a Boy Scout, and so, sadly, I was not as well prepared as I should have been.

I took the metro from Weststation to Centraal. Lugging my camera bag and my tripod, full of expectation.

I fought through the crowds of tourists, flower fanciers and all those musical hipsters, to reach the Grote Markt, set up my tripod, hoping not to be moved on by the Politie fearing I was assembling a weapon of presumed mass destruction.

I found a suitable spot, fiddled with my settings, and found a rhythm.

And then, my battery expired.

So, I share these photos as a humble experiment, in anticipation of another opportunity.

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens, lightcraft workshop nd500 filter, manual setting, exposed at ‘bulb’ with Nikon MC-36 remote, should have ordered a new battery charger…*

(also submitted to lucile’s photo 101 rehab)


shooting people (less fortunate)

“I was too used to being fortunate, and didn’t try to understand those less fortunate. Too used to being healthy, and didn’t try to understand the pain of those who weren’t.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

(people, on the street of brüssel)

(for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*all shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens, edited in aperture 3 and silver efex pro 2, makes me think*



To read about it is one thing. To see, is another.

andy townend

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
― Primo Levi


(fort breendonk, willebroek, belgië)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at various settings, edited through a veil of tears in lightroom cc and silver efex pro 2*

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“…and he has never given up his conviction that if you just try all the doors one of them is bound to be the door into summer” 

― robert a heinlein

(caravelle, brussels air museum)

(for wordpress dp photo challenge – door)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at ISO250, f/4 and 1/125s, no edits, father and son face the future through a flight into the past*


hallerbos (up close)

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

(hallerbos, belgië)

I do have a dark side.

I don’t have a macro lens or a set of extension tubes.

It turns out I also have a lighter, brighter side which I though I would share today as part of Lucile’s Photo 101 Rehab.

None of these images have been edited, each are as shot. All were captured this afternoon, during a picnic in the woods with my son.

Part of an experiment to explore my lighter side.

*all shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200 f/4 lens, no edits*


roy g. biv

“where does the rainbow end, in your soul or on the horizon?” ― pablo neruda, the book of questions



an unexpected slice of indigenous australia on the canal side in brugge, belgië

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – roy g. biv) *shot with nikon d700 with nikkor 85mm f/1.8 lens at ISO200, f/10 and 1/400s, slightly cropped in lightroom cc, no additional edits, tie me kangaroo down, mate?*

(also for lucile’s photo 101 rehab )

roygbiv from andytownend

roygbiv on belgradestreets


off season

“for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”
― aristotle, the nicomachean ethics


(ecole de cirque de bruxelles, rue Picard 11, bruxelles)

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – off season)
(and for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at 210mm, ISO320, 1/60s at f/4.8, edited in lightroom cc and silver efex pro 2, she didn’t fall, off season*


on the way

“i’ve been everywhere, man”
lyrics from the australian cover by lucky starr


(camper van in brugge)

“Tullamore, Seymour, Lismore, Mooloolaba,
Nambour, Maroochydore, Kilmore, Murwillumbah,
Birdsville, Emmaville, Wallaville, Cunnamulla,
Condamine, Strathpine, Proserpine, Ulladulla,
Darwin, Gin Gin, Deniliquin, Muckadilla,
Wallumbilla, Boggabilla, Kumbarilla…”

…and brugge

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – on the way)
(and for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at 70mm, ISO200, 1/200s, f/7.1, edited in lightroom cc and photoshop cc, colour range selected to highlight red, inverted and converted to black and white, i’m on my way, man*

on the way with andytownend

on the  way on belgradestreets


writing (on the wall)

“if nobody reads the writing on the wall, man will be reduced to the state of the beast, whom he is shaming by his manners”
mahatma gandhi

(on and around birminghamstraat, molenbeek)

(for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with olympus om10 in aperture priority mode with two year old roll of ilford delta 3200 film inside, black and white nostalgia*



“i felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery air, mountains, trees, people
i thought, “this is what it is to be happy”
― sylvia plath, the bell jar


(la ferme du parc maximilien, brüssel)

a happy sheep

and not a peep

from the traffic

that never sleeps

(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – forces of nature)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at 250mm, 1/250s and f/8, imported into lightroom cc and not edited at all, green in tooth and claw*