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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Luxembourg City lies at the confluence of two rivers. The remains of the old city fortifications rise ominously above the Petrusse, allowing for great reflective experimentation. Across two days, we wandered above and below the walls, along and above the river.

In the photo challenge throwdown, the following tips were given by Jared Bramblett:

Tips: Think about using different perspectives and viewing angles to modify a reflection’s impact on your composition. For beginners: You can face a reflective surface head on to compose a creative self-portrait, or you can change your perspective so the reflection focuses on another part of the area around you. For advanced photographers: I’d also recommend playing around with the exposure of the reflections. For instance, if you use a wide aperture and meter an area in the reflection, you can creatively alter the appearance (depth of field) of the areas outside of the reflection.

As the photos we took were before the challenge was issued, the tips have little relevance on the outcome in our case. However, I think Jared (I hope he doesn’t mind if I call him Jared) wrote such excellent tips, that they were worth quoting. We will think of them in the future, especially as we get more tangled in this photography web.

Petrusse River and bridges

The viaduct in the distance is echoed by the smaller bridge in the foreground

Petrusse River, and fortress walls

The same bridge is seen from the reverse angle, showing its relationship to the fortifications

Trees, walls, river, reflections

I just like this one, that’s all.

And so, a fortress, reflected.

PJD

Photos by CIA and PJD, Luxembourg, Easter 2012. Isn’t Luxembourg just totally awesome?

Others reflect:

Vanity post; or, random shots of Luxembourg

These pictures have in little common, besides the facts that I am:

  1. in them
  2. like them

They cover various points of interest (or points of random) throughout Luxembourg City, and this marks the end of our Luxembourg Week special.

But here’s a small question – and it doesn’t have to be rhetorical – has some place left a mark on you from a fleeting visit?

PJD

All photos by CIA, because, of course, PJD can’t very well take pictures of himself. Because he left his tripod in New Zealand in what was, retrospectively, a huge mistake.

Post Script:
Incidentally, some readers of this blog may have seen some of these images. Apologies, to those readers, in the event that they never wanted to see any of those pictures ever again.

Luxembourg by night

A stroll around Luxembourg City by night is not to be missed – we learnt this on the way home from dinner one night as the photos below attest to. Not only are the buildings stunning in the way they are lit up, but the Petrusse Valley which cuts through the centre of the city makes for an incredibly dramatic night-time scene.

CIA

Photos by PJD and CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.

It’s not Hobbiton…

I guess steep river valleys force you to be creative with space. Either that, or there are some hobbits in Luxembourg.

You decide.

PJD

Photo by one of CIA or PJD, ownership is in dispute. Does it matter? This is about hobbits. (The Luxembourg: An unexpected journey in more parts than expected. Movies can be like that too*)

*Oh, and Wellington is so the place to be for that kind of thing.

Luxembourg, why not?!

The tiny country of Luxembourg  (look, it really is tiny!) was in celebration mode over the weekend with a royal wedding. It’s not a country that you see in the news very often, and it is probably not high up on any list of Europe “must-see” places (aside from if you are keen to do a micro-states-of-Europe tour, which we are, one day). However, it was where we found ourselves for Easter this year, as much a result of opportunity as of design. Luxembourg turned out to be an absolute treat, a place we were both so glad to have visited and which we have since been recommending excitedly to European friends as a fun weekend destination, and encouraging antipodean friends to consider adding to their itinerary if they ever find themselves in Europe. I’ve already written about Luxembourg’s wonderful MUDAM on a previous occasion (or two), but this week, spurred on by reading about Luxembourg in the newspaper over the weekend, we are dedicating a few posts to some of the other wonderful things about this little place. For today, here’s another of our favourite photos of the stunning and formidable city walls (which PJD wrote about earlier this week).

The landscape – manmade and natural – in Luxembourg really is quite astounding. So, I hope you continue to enjoy getting a little Luxembourgish with us this week…

CIA

Photo by CIA, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Easter 2012.

Better to be up, looking down…

PJD

Photo by PJD, Luxembourg, Easter, 2012. Evidently, the walls are now called the “Most Beautiful Balcony of Europe”. Some Balcony.

A fortress city

Luxembourg is a fortified place. It sits at the confluence of two rivers, each of which sits in a deep valley. The natural defences have been significantly enhanced over time, producing a devilishly complex of bastions, demi-lunes and counterguards.

On our way to the stupendous MUDAM, we spent the morning walking up and down the various fortifications which remain. We spent a long time trying to trace the trace italienne, to untangle each historical layer.

What we really needed were some maps.

Of course, this is always easier from the comfort of your living room, but it is also a lot of fun to trace our walk on the maps, and to see how things developed over time, for this fortress city, which itself evokes the epitome of fortifications, Valetta and Gibraltar. From a Roman watchtower, to a Holy Roman castle, the walls started springing up in earnest around the early 16th century.

Over time, as the city was traded, captured, recaptured and the defences strengthened, undermined and bombarded, thee result was staggering.

Of course, the needs of a modern financial and bureaucratic hub are different, and most of the defences have been demolished, or, as in the breathtaking development of I.M. Pei’s MUDAM (of which CIA has written about eloquently and at length), converted into something new. But the remains are all impressive.

We loved walking around the old walls, and it’s always amazing thinking about the interactions between landscape, people, and history. It is important not to take the connections implicit in a place for granted, and all the more important to share the connections you find.

PJD

Photos by CIA and PJD, Luxembourg, Easter, 2012.

Maps were borrowed from, with thanks to: http://www.fortified-places.com/

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