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Never mind Le Louvre…

Here’s M83.


More on this event really soon (city is my church).


Photo by CIA, at Olympia Hall, Boulevard des Capucines.

Luminous Leiden

PJD mentioned in an earlier post the goodness of night photography – there is something satisfying about capturing night lights in a quality way, don’t you agree? Even if I do wonder about the somewhat irresponsible public use of all that electricity and its environmental impacts (for now though I will save those concerns for another post, but it is interesting to note that the Netherlands is in fact at the forefront of experimenting with so-called “intelligent streetlighting” focussed on energy efficiency). As they are on, I will admit that I do enjoy them, and I guess we are lucky to have the chance to capture these images a hop, skip and a jump away from our front door…

Above: Molen de Valk, meaning “The Falcon Mill” is the windmill that graces the canal closest to our house. It dates from 1743 and has seven floors inside.

Above: There’s plenty of  luminosity to be enjoyed on the Apothekersdijk, Leiden.


Both of the above images taken by me in Leiden, the Netherlands, 2012.

It’s not Brazil, but…

Brussels doesn’t have the most glamourous reputation. It’s probably all the bureaucrats (eurocrats?). I guess seats of government often fail to inspire many people. The Manneken Pis grabs a lot of headlines, but we haven’t managed to search it out yet. De Grote Markt (La Grand Place) is more our scene. But we found at night time, in the right places, Brussels could really come alive. Amongst other things from other places, we liked the Caipirinhas from Mappa Mundo. And, though the drink sometimes is the focus of things, sometimes everything else can get blurry…


No kidding…


Worth it though. And walking back to the hotel through the “Grand Place” (a UNESCO world heritage site) was pretty amazing. They sure know how to light things up in Belgium.Image


PJD engineered the first two pictures in Mappa Mundo, whilst drinking; the final picture was carefully executed by CIA on the way home, whilst discussing the merits of night time photography.

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