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Het Steen Antwerp

Belgium, Antwerp – August 2022

This week lens artists challenge #214 is ‘favourite finds’. When you explore a city you do not know you walk into places and buildings you know the name of, but have never seen. Sometimes that is a surprising find. Het Steen in Antwerp.

Shot with Nikon D500, edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version.

Antwerp Cathredal of Our Lady

Belgium, Antwerp – August 2022

Impressions of a walk throught Antwerp. Here the Cathedral of Our Lady. This week lens artists challenge #213 is ‘here comes the sun’.

Top row middle and right shot with Nikon D500, edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version. Top left and bottom picture shot with iPhone 13 Pro Max edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the pictures for a larger version

Antwerp Grote Markt: Morning Drinks

Belgium, Antwerp – August 2022

Impressions of a walk throught Antwerp. Here the Grote Markt, overseen by the Cathedral of Our Lady, where some people enjoy a coffee in the morning sun while others prefer a Belgium beer. This week lens artists challenge #213 is ‘here comes the sun’.

Shot with iPhone 13 Pro Max edited using Snapseed and Marksta Click the picture for a larger version

Antwerp Grote Markt

Belgium, Antwerp – August 2022

Impressions of a walk throught Antwerp. Here the Grote Markt with the townhall and all those beautiful facades and views, overseen by the Cathedral of Our Lady. This week lens artists challenge #213 is ‘here comes the sun’.

Shot with Nikon D500, edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version.

Ardennes 1977

Belgium, Ardennes – April 1977

This week’s theme of the weekly lens artists challenge (#134) is ‘from forgotten to favorite’. Are there images that I hoped would turn out right, but did not. And could you turn them by editing into ‘keepers’? If so, show an example.

This challenge sends me back to the days of film. Ample of good objects around, but did they come out on film the way I hoped? In those days you could not check the backside of your camera, and try a few settings and tweaks to find out what worked best. It was shoot and go. Film was expensive so most of the time it was a lucky shot based on intuition and experience. Most of them came out ok, some really were disappointing.

The photo above has a story behind it that comes close to this theme. At the end of the post is the scanned negative of the original photo. I am not sure the edited one above is a keeper, but it shows my line of thought and the original intention of framing this rock wall in a forest in the Ardennes. It did not strike me as a spot I would go for a pick nick. The road next to it, mud, rock, nothing to see but passing cars. But the details of the rock and the trees, with the strange object of the pick nick table triggered my shutter. This photo was kept on archive for a long time. It was in my secondary school notebook (the time we actually wrote with pens on paper). And recently when I was scanning my archive from negative it popped up again.

In a way I do like the object. It is kind of sinister and powerful. I wonder about your thoughts on it.

The B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish. All of them are not completely retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

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