Guest contribution by my dad on taking photos in Bruges at night.
The weather was looking dreadful for the year-end. I had canceled my little photo-trip to the Opal Coast. A bit of rain does not scare me off but spending three days staring at it from behind the window of a B&B is just too much. So I quite literally took a rain check…
But on Saturday afternoon it looked nice outside despite the announced storm. Time for photography? But where to go?
The city was busier than ever. When entering the ring road, all parking signs said “Full”. But I was lucky: headed for the large parking near the station, got in and immediately found a car leaving. Although the station is on the outskirts of town, it is really ideally situated to start a walk. You just need to cross the road to arrive at the ‘Minnewater' (‘Lovers pond' could be a good translation). From there on it is a nice stroll to the center, alongside the Beguinage. There are still Beguines living in the charming little houses so this is a place of silence.
But I had no time. I wanted to be in position for a picture I wanted to make for a long time now. So I hurried passed brewery De Halve Maan (‘The Half Moon'), paid no attention to the church of the Holy Mary, nor to the Groeningemuseum.
I just went on to that one famous corner that is an icon of Bruges, photographed so many times, but I never had the pleasure of capturing it after dark myself.
I finally got in position at the Dijver. The corner where during daytime the tourist boats leave is an ideal spot to capture the Bruges sunset at its best. Right before sunset, the light was changing all the time. It was busy and lots of people passed by – quite a few asking to take their picture. Some fellow photographers came and went as well, but I was waiting for the dark this time.
Well, that was in the bag. Time to head home. I do need to come back and take more photos of Bruges by night. In fact, I need to do more nightly cityscapes; winter is ideal for that. On the way home, I took some more time to admire – and of course shoot – the locations I had been rushing past earlier that evening.
It was a quick trip, but in the end, I was pretty happy with my Bruges photos. What do you think?
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