“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)



“part broken – part whole, you begin again”
― jeanette winterson


(derelict factory, birminghamstraat, molenbeek)


(for wordpress weekly photo challenge – broken)

*shot with  nikon d700 and nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens using ISO200, f/5.6 and 1/125s, edited in lightroom cc and analog efex pro 2 with wet plate filer applied, no ball games allowed*

broken by andytownend

broken on belgradestreets


photography101: weekend three three

Sometimes things just happen.

This is a very rough and ready clip.

These people appeared in the street and came straight at me.

So I lifted my camera and just fired away as they walked around me.

I just had to share!



photography101: weekend three

“There’s a red house over yonder,
That’s where my baby stays…”

– Jimi Hendrix

My homework for the weekend #photo101.

Monochromium Atomium.

With a dash of red.

(Atomium Brussel)

NaBloPoMo 22 of 30 – photography101:weekendthree



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This trip was supposed to be to the top of Parking 58 which offers the best views across the rooftops of Brussel.

A locked gate bent me out of shape – angular

So, I grabbed this shot, and wondered if I would ever use it.

And, now, I have.

My contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

ps – you may also like to checkout my angular post on belgradestreets too…


photography101: swarm

“Every select man strives instinctively for a citadel and a privacy, where he is free from the crowd, the many, the majority…”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


Mini-Europe, Bruparck, Brussel

NaBloPoMo 20 of 30 – photography101:14