Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady) in Bruges

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© Mike Olbinski
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UploadedOctober 4, 2010
TakenJuly 15, 2010
Exposure1/800 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17 mm

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There is no doubt that wandering the streets of Bruges, Belgium this past July was inspiring for me. Everywhere I looked, there was something to photograph. I haven't posted it yet, but I have a slideshow of about 25 of my favorite Bruges photographs, a bunch of which we just printed to put up at the house. I don't know how to describe it, but for a city guy from Phoenix, AZ, in a state that is barely 100 years old...photographing architecture from medieval times was like a little slice of heaven.

The central structure in this photo above belongs to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, or the Church of our Lady. You can read more about it on Wikipedia, but suffice to say, construction it began in the year 1225. Wow.

What is kind of hard to see in this photo is that the entire tower is wrapped in scaffolding and tarps as some major renovations are ongoing. I purposely metered for the sky, clouds and those gorgeous rays, so that the church itself would still look majestic despite the ugly renovations going on.

Also, there is a bird perched on one of the little spires...I just now noticed him!

I haven't looked at this photograph in awhile...in fact, I don't think I really processed it at all other than to MAYBE darken it a bit. But I kind of rediscovered it today and I just love it. The timing and luck to get a sky like that...well, it has to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

At least for this guy. I'll likely never be back that way again...and having photographs like this to always remind me of the city of Bruges...well, it's hard to put into words.

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    The best word I can come up with for his shot is 'prodigious'. It truly is the dream capture! It's difficult to imagine construction which began in 1225 (that's even before I was born!!). I enlarged it on my screen, and was able to see the renovation work. I think I spotted the bird, but couldn't be certain.

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski said (4 Oct 2010):

    If you go to my website, you can see it MUCH larger :) Thank you Susan!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (4 Oct 2010):

    Just excellent

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (5 Oct 2010):

    Crazy beautiful light, Mo!

  • Carlo Pagan

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