This is completely different from yesterdays post but I was going through some of my recent shots and found this I took about two weeks ago on the opposite bank of the Meuse to Jambes, Namur. Needless to say the trees are almost devoid of leaves now. I’ll go and try to take the same shot this afternoon maybe.. well I say try and position myself in the same place..
Here are some random shots from today next to the Meuse near Namur…
Confession: This was taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 and it was my first attempt..
I took this Friday morning in Namur outside “Le Pain Quotidien”. I had a meeting and we had just sat down with a coffee and croissant ourselves to talk.
This is the ferris wheel in the Place de l’Ange Namur.. Can’t wait to go on it and get some shots from the top…
This was taken last night about 11pm at the lock just before the Meuse reaches Namur. You can see the Citadel in the background, which has fantastic views over Namur and Jambes. I’d been out all afternoon running kids English classes and in the evening with adults till around 9pm (two conversation groups I started about two years ago) so I was pretty tired at this point. It was cold too, so forgive me if I was not thinking too hard about the settings on the camera :-)..
I have an hour between groups on a Monday and so I go and spend my time eating my lunch by the river Meuse near Namur. There’s this small park just next to a set of locks and a weir where people walk and a small bridge over the weir goes to the other bank. I saw this family walking through the park yesterday. I couldn’t decide whether to leave the image in colour or put it in monochrome but in the end I decided the colour image has far more meaning….
Je viens de rentrer du vernissage de l’exposition photographique de Guy Focant (ami et photographe pour le SPW) “cent merveilles de Wallonie”. Si vous voulez y aller, c’est gratuit et ça vaut le détour, voici la pub:
Shot today during Namur en mai..
A friend of mine (who is a professional photographer for the SPW) lent me his camera for one hour the other afternoon. Unfortunately, it rained, snowed and was freezing cold so I didn’t really manage to get any good photos in one hour. I had to master his camera too, a Nikon D800 with a 24-120mm lens. It was an experience for me walking around Namur with nearly 4000€ worth of equipment. It was a shame the weather was not better… this morning it was excellent for photos! Well here is one of the images I took that afternoon. The original was shot in RAW and I worked on it in iPhoto as my version of Lightroom would not load this RAW file in. It copes well with the RAW files from my D3100 but I guess the D800 is a little superior and the file is 40megs..
This is continuing my walk through Namur a few days ago. I’m really happy with the shots I got of people and their willingness to have their photos taken.. :-)
I went on Saturday to the market in Namur which is one of my favorite markets. So much to see and buy! I took along my camera and took so many shots I have not really had time to sort them all out. These are just a few I would like to share. Some maybe better cropped differently, in B/W etc but the important thing I think is to share some of the atmosphere of the market. I realise that most of the photos are of the food section of the market :-)
So I had just one more I decided to load into Lightroom and I used Snapseed as well….. Please don’t ask what they were supposed to be because it was one of those Scout games….
I just love some of the expressions you get when you just take someones photo… This was during the Scout anniversary celebrations in Namur.
I took this using my Nikon Coolpix P310. It’s a great camera inside, discreet and quiet. It also uses the ambient light and very rarely needs a flash because the moment you ask to take their photo, there is no photo anymore.
This guy was making ballon animals for the kids at “Namur en mai”.
Well, it’s his reflection in one of this mirrors you find at the fair.. It was taken on Thursday at “Namur en mai”, he’s playing his harmonica..
It’s “Namur en mai” and the streets are full of performers. I took quite a few shots today but with so many people and to be honest I’m not so experienced at taking photographs in these situations. A few photographers there had such enormous lenses it made mine look a little wimpy to say the least.
Here is one I took of a guy as he walked past….. he made me feel a bit wimpy as well!
This was taken one day sitting in the centre of Namur in front of the theater using my Nikon Coolpix P310. I don’t think there is anything special about this picture, just that it catches a moment in time, “le temps d’un soupir”. I think it works best in monochrome because the more I look at the photograph the more it talks to me. Do you know what I mean?
I don’t know if it’s just a thing that happens at my time of life or if I started seriously (for some reason) to think differently. It seems to me that about four years ago I started to seriously look at the world differently. As if I was no longer looking head on but from the side, from behind, sometimes from below and sometimes from above. This has lead me in my profession to do the same thing which gets me into some pretty sticky situations sometimes. I feel strongly like there is something trying to get out of me and I don’t now what it is until I see it.
I started learning music four years ago with my kids. They were in music, I was driving them there so why not join them? Well now I’m nearly at the end of the fifth year (adults start in the second year) and going strong. I’m discovering a side I did not know that I had, what an adventure this is. I guess that the music and the photography go hand in hand. They seem to come out of the same place.
I first really started taking photographs some 14 years ago when my dad gave me his old reflex. I did some pretty good (well so I thought) monochrome stuff around where we lived then in Wavre and mainly of people. I’m not sure where those got to. Then I had various compact digitals before I decided last year to get myself a D-SLR. Well after looking around I bought the Nikon D3100 and don’t regret my choice. The thing is I’m trying always to give voice to something that is deep inside me and sometimes it comes out and sometimes it just fails. This though is above all a spiritual experience of some kind. It is the same with music, a sort of different road of discovery. I would really appreciate your comments to know what other’s feel. Am I alone in this search?
This was taken on Saturday during the festivities which marked the 100 years of the Scout Federation here in Namur.