Bruges: Scattergun street shots

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The shots I’m sharing tonight are really a random selection of photo’s from my wanderings around the streets of Bruges a couple of months ago. They were taken over the course of a number of days and all at different times of the day too.

Variations in Post-Processing

The first thing you may notice when perusing these photo’s are the different techniques I’ve used in their editing. Some have been processed with varying degrees of split-toning; while others with faded curve adjustments.

Is that wise? I suppose, it depends… 

If I was wanting to show a coherent vision of these experiences that represented my ‘brand’ (for want of a better word), I’d say the answer was probably not. However, if my purpose was to show you how your feelings and emotions both influence the ‘taking’ of the photo and the post-processing of the photo’s later on, then the answer would be a ‘yes’. (In case I’ve confused you with my wonky grammar; its the latter). 

This all serves to underscore how ’emotive’ good photography can be – whether that is created when the shutter is pressed or when we get back to the digital darkroom and processes our images into our final vision.

Here’s a question; how many of you have spent time editing an image, walked away for a while and when you returned (maybe a day or week later)  couldn’t understand why you’d chosen to process that image the way you did? It’s certainly happened to me; this post is a testament to that very point.

(If you prefer to view the images in the full-screen gallery mode, scroll all the way to the bottom of the post and click on one of the images in the mosaic grid.)

Canon 5DMIII | EF 24-70L f2.8 | Handheld | Post: Lightroom 5 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-5 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-6 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-4 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-3 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-2 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-1 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-7 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-9 distanbach-Bruges street scenes-8 distanbach-Bruges people-8 distanbach-Bruges people-5 distanbach-Bruges people-1


If you prefer to view the photo’s in the full-screen gallery mode, click on one of the images below.





6 Comments Add yours

  1. your photos are always toll. Thank you in sharing them with us

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    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thank you very much, much appreciated.


  2. That’s an interesting question that you asked. Hmmm I’ve never experienced that because I have a habit of leaving my photos sitting in the memory card for a few days before transferring them and applying post processing. I find that if I processed them immediately my brain would tend to want to recreate the actual scene. Not that it’s a bad thing but I find that it limits my creative vision in post processing.

    Great photos by the way. I especially like the first one with the scooters. It’s a very soothing and relaxing scene especially with soft evening (or is that early morning?) lighting.


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Cheers Vincent. The shot of the scooters was my favourite too and is what prompted this post. It never feels right to me to just post one image so I usually go scratching around to get some others that follow a general theme or purpose to a post.
      In terms of the post-processing issue; I tend to upload the photo’s the first chance I get but I rarely start processing them until day’s or weeks later. I fear I do have a tendency to re-create or amplify the original scene too often though. It’s something that’s started to play on my mind more and more this year and has resulted in fewer posts to the blog overall! I’ve just been surprised that my post-processing results can change quite dramatically depending on my mood at a particular time. I guess its just all part of the experimentation we do as we explore, grow and mature in our photographic abilities.


  3. Thanks for the insight into your thought processes and I also agree with the comment made by Vincent “I find that if I processed them immediately my brain would tend to want to recreate the actual scene. Not that it’s a bad thing but I find that it limits my creative vision in post processing.” I am sure your post has stirred the thoughts of many on how we address our work as well as other photographers. Thanks Distan. As always your images are evocative of “your brand”….Have a great week. Best regards, James


    1. Distan Bach says:

      Thanks heaps James. As I said in reply to Vincent’s comment above, I think I’ve just been noticing more how my emotions influence my post-processing. This isn’t noteworthy in itself, rather, it makes me ponder a few related things eg. my ability; my growth in skills; whether I’ve plateaued; am using post-processing tricks to cover for poor photography. Call it a small existential crises maybe but I suppose it’s just something I’ll just keep reflecting on a bit longer.
      Apologies for the tardy reply too, James.


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