Wollestraat | Weekly Photo #8

I don’t think I have ever shared this image on social media but it is one of my favourite photos from a trip to Bruges in Summer 2018. The main reason I’m sharing this photo now is that in a few days, I will be going back to Belgium, this time to spend some time in Ghent and I’m really looking forward to wandering the streets, photographing the city and of course grab the odd beer or two. Although, still to confirm, there is a chance we will be stopping off on the way back to spend a day in Bruges which will be great way to end the trip.

I wrote an “On Location” post covering my previous trip to Bruges in 2018 which you can find here.

Wollestraat | Fujifilm X-T2 | XF18-55mm | 46mm | 1/40th second | f/7.1 | ISO200

Wollestraat | Fujifilm X-T2 | XF18-55mm | 46mm | 1/40th second | f/7.1 | ISO200

Like most European cities, Bruges is choc-a-block during the day, especially in the summer months but I like to remove distractions and declutter my cityscape and architecture compositions as much as I can and the only way to do this is to venture out in the early hours whilst the city is still sleeping. I’ll do this at least once on most of my trips as it’s the best time to wander the city as, apart from the odd early-bird, I tend to have the place all to myself to photograph the streets and architecture.

I really like the way the road takes the eye through this photo from front to back, framed by the charming buildings that flank the street on each side. I wanted to keep the ISO low and the aperture no wider than f/7.1 to keep as much of the scene as sharp as possible and noise free so with the resulting shutter speed being 1/40th second, I needed to use a tripod. With the streets so quiet, I wasn’t getting in anyone’s way and I could take my time composing the shot.

I plan to take my Fujifilm X-T30 to Ghent next week and I will write an “On Location” article about my visit which I will post on my blog soon after my return in August

Talk to you soon.

This post is featured in my Weekly Photo series where I post a new photo every Sunday.