Posts tagged ‘belgium’

Bruges, Belgium – II

24 hours ago, we arrived at our B&B in Bruges. Here are some of my recent shots. This is more of the Bruges by day edition. More photos will follow in the next days. 

The breakfast room of the beautiful B&B we’re staying at – Maison Zenasni

A British guy we’ve met at the B&B said that Bruges and Amsterdam are so similar because of the canals. Not sharing his opinion. But this is the only canal photo I took so far. A box of beer served as my camera mount.

Catching up with the rest of the group, but I had to stop for this one. Since I figured out how to play with the highlights in Lightroom, I wanted to see what the branches will do with this photo.

A small alley in Bruges. The only reason I wanted to walk there was to take a photo of the red and white buildings. Yet, I forgot to take a photo. This is the closest I got to.

The first photo of the day. The tower in the background is the Belfry of Bruges.

Happy New Years from Bruges!

It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it?

– Ralph Fiennes in In Bruges


Nikon D5300

Nikon DX VR AF-P NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Adobe Lightroom iPhone

Recogne, Belgium

Recogne is just about 6km away from Bastogne. The next closest town is Foy which some may know from the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. German soldiers who died on Belgian territory in World War Two rest either in Lommel or Recogne. Almost all of the 6,807 servicemen did fall in the Winter of 1944/45. Just a few hundred meters away was the temporary cemetery of the American troops.
Recogne was my last stop before Bastogne, and the sun was beginning to set. It allowed me to play with the long shadows of the trees and gravestones.

Bastogne, Belgium

Today I started my military history weekend and currently, I’m in a hotel in Bastogne, Belgium. I visited La Gleize, Belgium, and the German War Cemetery in Recogne, Belgium. Photos will follow later.

In Bastogne, I finally got to see the Bastogne War Museum and the Mardasson Memorial. When I first visited Bastogne a couple of years ago, the memorial and the museum were under renovation.

Here are some photos from the outside, showing the Mardasson Memorial and a sculpture by Seward Johnson, called “The Kiss.” I used my Nikon D5300 with a Nikon DX VR AF-P NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens. Editing with Adobe Lightroom CC.

Lommel, Belgium

I finally bought a new camera. As a beginner, I decided on a Nikon D5300 and got two lenses, as well. Of course, I had to give it a thorough test run.
When I took the photos of the Langemark cemetery, I had the idea to collect pictures of war cemeteries in Europe, edit, put them together in a book, and possibly publish them. This Saturday, a friend of mine and I traveled to Ysselsteyn in the Netherlands, and to Lommel, Belgium. Ysselsteyn gave us some nice photos which I will post in a few days. While Ysselsteyn is the largest German war cemetery, Lommel has the most burials from World War Two. Around 39,000 compared to the 32,000 in Ysselsteyn. The site in Belgium is smaller, though, because two or more fallen rest under each cross. Usually, there is one name on each side. Sometimes, many unknown soldiers share one grave or, like in the first picture, a whole crew gets one plaque. I took a photo of the crew because the plate looked relatively new, all died on the same day, and I wanted to figure out what happened to them. After a little research, I found out that they were the crew of a Junkers Ju-88 night fighter that got shot down by anti-air cannons during Operation Bodenplatte. The website listed the three airmen as MIA, so it’s possible that they were found recently.

I used my new Nikon D5300 DSLR camera and played around with a trial version of Adobe’s Lightroom CC and a free alternative called Darktable 2.0. I’m not exactly sure which came from Darktable and which from Lightroom. The photos from inside the crypt are polished with Bergen’s Darkroom and Adobe’s Lightroom app.

Bruges, Belgium – I

Before we went to Ypres, my wife and I spent a night in Bruges. A beautiful town and we’ll have to come back to see all of it. Only took a few photos with my iPhone 6, and picked three for this site, including the Belfry of Bruges. Google’s Color Efex Pro 4 (Nik Collection) gave it an interesting early 20th-century look. If it wasn’t for the people in their modern clothing, nobody could see the difference.

Langemark, Belgium – I

I took these photos with my old iPhone 6 during a trip to Belgium in the Spring of 2016. Editing was done with Bergen & Co’s Darkroom app.

As a hobby military historian, serviceman of the German Armed Forces, and a member of the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Kriegsgräberfürsorge), it became my duty to visit military cemeteries. Unfortunately, there will be more photos of these sad places.

Langemark is more known in German as “Langemarck” because the writing has more resemblance of the former chancellor Otto von Bismarck. More than 44,000 German servicemen are buried here.

More info on the Langemark German War Cemetery