Sep 30, 2013 - Japan    No Comments

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku

A picture from Shinjuku in Tokyo. I went there hoping to take some sunset pictures from the top of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. The point is no tripod are allowed up there ;S
I had to think outside the box so I just went back to the lobby and instead of the tourist express elevator, I took one of the staff elevator and climb up to the 40th floor. There I was almost alone and I easily found a break room where I had the time to take all the pictures I wanted, with my tripod!
Before going back to the city and my youth hostel, I grab this shot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

After that experience, I learned my lesson :  if you go inside a building and took an elevator, just pretending you belong here, everything will be fine!

Sep 23, 2013 - belgium, Europe    No Comments

Gent by night

Just after getting back from Japan, I spend two weeks on my own driving around Belgium. People often ask me why in hell I went traveling in Belgium.
Belgium doesn’t seem appealing to them.
To be frank, I really like Belgium, good beer, nice people and amazing cities. I had wonderful evenings, wandering around the old medieval buildings and canals in cities like Bruges or Gent. Here one of the view :

Sep 17, 2013 - Europe, Iceland    No Comments

The Sun Voyager

Hey folks, it’s been a long time! I have been really busy lately, working on my house and learning manual blending trough photoshop!
Actually this is my first image processed with manual blending, I hope you will like it.

This sculpture can be found close to the sea in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Despite its appearance, it’s not supposed to be a Drakkar (vikings boat). Named Sólfar or The sun Voyager, it depict a dreamboat, sailing for the sun, bringing hopes of discoveries, hope and progress. Designed by Jón Gunnar’s in 1988 for the two hundred anniversary of the city, it was placed at its present location in 1990, a year after gunnar’s death. It’s nowadays one of the most photographed monument in Reykjavík.

Sep 2, 2013 - Europe, Iceland    No Comments

The Fog

It’s almost one in the morning, I am still driving around Iceland on Highway 1, looking for a good place to set my tent.
I have just arrived in the small village of Vík í Mýrdal on the south coast of Iceland. I decide to stop here to cook me some well-deserved dinner when I see huge clouds coming from the mountains.

They roll down on me like an avalanche, the wind is freezing, I can feel the cold trough my snow wear. Rest can wait, I need to capture this eerie feeling!
Everything is covered in a blanket of fog. I start the car again and drive for few minutes before finding this nice church. I set my equipment and take few pictures. Another car park close to mine and a photographer get out, set his tripod and join me to capture this moment. Ten minutes later we move on, no words was exchanged.

 

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

This is a picture from France, to change a bit 😀
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a small village located in a narrow valley close to the gorge of the Hérault River.
The village looks medieval and is one of The most beautiful villages of France. As it is situated along St James’ Way, the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella, its Abbey was designated UNESCO World Heritages site.
The Abbey is really beautiful and sit in the middle of the village, close to a small waterfall. Built in 804, it sadly became part of the list of the “national properties” during the french revolution (1789) and was sold to resolve the financial crisis that was undergoing at that time.
The monastery was then used as a spinning mill till the beginning of the 20th century where it was restored by the “Monuments historiques” administration.
But around the same time, an american collector bought a big piece of the cloister of the abbey, along with some sculpture, and rebuild it on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
The cloister is now sitting on Manhattan island, in The Cloisters museum in New York.

Aug 18, 2013 - Europe, Iceland, Waterscape    No Comments

Lightouse

A picture from the wonderful East fjords of Iceland. We were driving around Iceland in our David hasselof van and the weather was amazing (after 2 weeks of constant rain!). The sky especially was incredible. We saw this light house from the road and stopped to take some pictures. We had to jump a fence and avoid a flock of scared sheep but it was wort it. I played with composition for few minutes then went for that shot before the sheep and its lambs ran away.

Jul 30, 2013 - Asia, Lao, Sunset, waterfall    No Comments

Tad Lao

A picture from Laos for today.
I took this one during a wonderful sunset at Tad Lo, a really small village in southern Laos. The village is part of the Bolaven plateau tour but we decided to stay there for the night. It was the right thing to do as the village is so calm and beautiful. We spend two days there, hiking around the town and it’s gorgeous waterfall, watching kids and elephant bathing in the river. We stayed in some typical small Laotian cabin, spending the evening drinking cheap beer lao along with some local pastry!

 

Jul 17, 2013 - Asia, Japan, Sunset    No Comments

Kumamoto Castle

Another picture of Kumamoto castle in south Japan.
The castle was totally destroyed by fire in 1887 but was reconstructed in concrete in 1960.
Despite this fact, it’s now considered to be among the most beautiful castles of all Japan with Himeji castle and Matsumoto castle.
The place really inspired me, I witnessed an amazing sunset, cherry tree blossoming in the parks, flowers floating in the air, the enormous fortifications, the silence around this stone platform… Everything left me in awe, with the feeling to be back to feudal Japan.

Jul 9, 2013 - Europe, Iceland, Sunset    No Comments

Sunset on Glaumbær

After few hours on the road, we decided to find a place to sleep, the parking lot close to these turf houses seems a perfect location to cook us some dinner waiting for the sunset.
After a light meal, the sun began to go down, to finally set around midnight. The show that followed was amazing and kept me going, fully awake for hours.
For the second time in our trip, we witnessed a sunset that will last almost 3 hours, the sun staying closely below the horizon, illuminating the clouds until it’s rise somewhere around 3 am.
I took many pictures of theses traditional Icelandic turf houses. The walls and roof are actually made of layers of turf on top of another. It’s a great and inexpensive insulation for the tough Icelandic winter!

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