Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 15: Broel Towers, Kortrijk - almost 600 years old

Last week, I spent the entire week in my home country Belgium. Even though there was not as much time for photography as I had wished for, I did come home with a few interesting images...

One of them, is an image made at dusk in Kortrijk, the city where I used to live before moving to Dubai almost 12 years ago. Due to the booming flax and wool industry in the Middle Ages, this city became the most important city in Flanders. 

One of the most historic buildings in Kortrijk, dating back to the Late Middle Ages, are "The Broeltorens" (Broel Towers in English). Although looking identical, both towers were not built together; but one was built in 1385 to control the traffic on the river Lys, while the second one dates back to 1415 and was used as an armoury.

Interestingly, the day I made the image below, was an extremely dark, overcast day. Less than 10' after I left the house, the sky broke up and it ended up being a great sunset. Proof that one always needs to try and see if any images can be made out there!

2014 Pic(k) of the week 15: Broel Towers, Kortrijk - almost 600 years old

Image details:
Fujifilm X-T1 with the XF18-55 lens
ISO 2500, 34mm (51mm full frame equivalent), f 6.4, shutter speeds between 1/10s and 1/125s
DNG development in Lightroom 5.3
Nik ColorEfex pro for contrast/detail enhancement

Photographers note: As I shot this image using a MeFoto tripod, there was absolutely no need to use a relatively high ISO of 2500... I left the camera on AUTO ISO by mistake. Having said this, it is a testament for the great high ISO quality of the X-series cameras!

A dedicated gallery with only Fujifilm X-series work can be found here.


Remember: "Life is like photography, we develop from the negatives" 

BJORN







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