By far…by far the place I loved the most on my trip over to the Netherlands, was the drive we took to see Bruges (or Brugge), Belgium. I had heard about it from the movie “In Bruges”, a fantastic, funny, dark comedy that came out a few years ago…and then had some friends tell me I needed to see it if I went there.

The town is old and has medieval architecture. The canals twist around, little bridges go here and there and old trees, paths and stone can be seen everywhere.

This particular shot was taken around 9pm as we were getting ready to leave. The sunsets in this area of the world tend to drag out a long time, so it was nice to have time to see the city in a lovely dusk color.

I was struck by the reflection of the buildings in the water, the details on the left canal wall, the color of the roofs on the right and the simpleness of the few clouds in the sky.

I wasn’t carrying my tripod, so this was propped on the railing of another stone bridge to get. Three bracket HDR, processed in Photomatix, CS5, Imagenomic, using masking and some subtle touches to keep it looking obviously like an HDR.

Definitely one of my favorite shots of the trip…because it will always remind me of Bruges. A quiet, peaceful, ancient and awe-inspiring town.


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  • Judy Wanamaker
    Judy Wanamakerabout 4 years ago

    Mike, this is magical!! The lighting and reflections are amazing! The reflections in the windows on the left are such a beautiful touch! A superb composition!

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaabout 4 years ago

    so beautiful, Mike!

  • Partyof5ive
    Partyof5iveabout 4 years ago

    Wow, Love this image!!

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful reflections and light and shadows !

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you!!

    – Mike Olbinski

  • reindeer
    reindeerabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image, can see why you loved this place. Nice composition. =)

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 4 years ago

    Ohhh, how gorgeous!!!! Were you just there, or is this an older image? Either way, I love it! :)

  • I was just there last week, have a lot of Netherlands/Belgium photos…TONS of them, LOL :)

    – Mike Olbinski

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezabout 4 years ago

    beautiful hdr Mike :)

  • Sharon Kavanagh
    Sharon Kavanaghabout 4 years ago

    Great natural looking HDR!!! Beautiful…

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