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Leuven – pictures of Oude Markt

To continue on previous post – a few pics from Oude Markt in Leuven. Oude Markt is a nice medieval square in the center of the city. Cobblestone surface, old buildings on all 4 sides full of cafes, bars and restaurants. You can see how it looks in a usual week day evening.

Oude markt

Oude markt

Oude markt

Pictures of Leuven

I didn’t realize that I have too few pictures of my home town until I got a request from a customer a few weeks ago. Luckily the weather is nice lately so I went to the center of Leuven to take some pictures.
Leuven stadhuis
The City Hall of Leuven is nice, so I took some photos at the end of the day, when the lights started to turn on but the sky wasn’t completely dark yet.

A few more pictures of the City Hall
Leuven stadhuis

City Hall of Leuven
I went also to Oude Markt the same day. For those who doesn’t know Leuven Oude Markt is a nice old square surrounded by medieval buildings – it is full of bars and restaurants and some people call it the “largest bar in Europe”. It will be the subject of my next blog post.

Leuven station in twilight

One more photo of Leuven railway station that I made almost a year ago. This time you could see a large version if you click on picture (and then click “All sizes” above the picture).

Leuven station

Enjoying my new lens

I am still enjoying my new lens (Canon EF 85mm f1.8 if you don’t remember) 🙂

Another example of a portrait. This time no studio – just sitting in a cafe, one flash bounced from the ceiling, f1.8:

Christmas markets are now opened everywhere around. I visited one in Leuven on Friday. My new lens allows to take pictures at low light handheld with reasonable ISO. This one was taken with f1.8 and ISO250 (with shutter speed of 1/160th).
Christmas market in Leuven

Twilight photos

Yesterday I went to the fields near Diest to make some twilight landscape pictures. I found the highway lamp rather interesting (and I am not so happy with my landscape pictures by the way).
speedway lamp

Lighthouse in Marken

Lighthouse in MarkenLast Friday I managed to get to Marken in North Holland. Marken is a former island now connected to the mainland by a causeway. Its main attraction is the traditional Dutch houses in this little town but I was interested to see the lighthouse. It is called Paard van Marken and it looks very nice.

Cars aren’t allowed there, so it’s about 2km walk (or bicycle ride) from the car parking. I was there around 10 pm, right after the sun went behind horizon. The sky was still painted in nice sunset pink hues, but unfortunately it was right behind me when I photographed the lighthouse. So for the next time I need to get there before sunset. That way I will also get some time to visit the village of Marken 🙂

The weather was windy, so it wasn’t very easy to avoid camera shake despite the tripod. Simple workaround helped though – I holded my jacket just like wings, so most pictures came out sharp.

The lighthouse is automated and people living in the house attached to the lighthouse aren’t lighthouse keepers! They maintain the website (check “fotos”).

Leuven station in the rain

It’s gray and rainy day today after two weeks of sun. It reminded me about the picture of Leuven station I made last winter…
Leuven railway station in the rain
I like railway stations. People waiting, people coming and leaving, trains coming and traing passing by… Leuven is my of my favorite stations (it looks nice and it’s not far from my house) so don’t get surprised if you will see it again 🙂

Strobist lighting

I often use flash for outdoor photography under daylight, but I still need to practice “strobist” style lighting in the dusk.

One particular setup I was thinking about is to repeat Leuven station photo with flash-lit figure of a commuter. I am not fully satisfied with the result I got but I think it’s decent for the first attempt.
Teenager waiting for train
It was made a couple of months ago but I din’t have a combination of free time and good weather to try to make it better.

After economical decline in Russia in the end of 1980’s and almost complete collapse in the beginning of 1990’s, economy started to grow at the end of XX’s century and is growing very rapidly in the last few years. There are still huge social problems, corruption and there is still a long way to go, but things are moving fast.

Part of the growth resulted many more private and business cars on the streets. Moscow can’t cope with the current number of cars and tremendous efforts are made for a major road reconstruction in Moscow. As part of this efforts a new bridge across Moscow riverhas been recently constructed:
New bridge across Moscow river

There are more and more modern office and appartment buildings (some of them skyscrapers) built everywhere in Moscow, between boring grey blocks from the previous decades.

Every time I come to Moscow I see it changed significantly.

Another photo of Leuven train station. It was raining, but the sky was still nice blue after sunset (or may be during sunset as it’s not easy to say with completely overcast sky). Rain wasn’t heavy and stopped while I was taking photos.