In Bruges (in HDR)

One of the things I promised myself is that I would photograph this trip to the best of my ability. I would strive to utilize not only my skills and knowledge, but also fully exploit my hardware. This included shooting some extended exposures like the ones I shot in Brussels which required me packing my sturdy Manfrotto tripod and lugging it around the city.

I also wanted to shoot some HDR, and while I should have shot those with a tripod, I ended up shooting them handheld. The results (I think) are very good.

Built in image stabilization is my friend.

Brussels – Wrapping It Up

Today is our last day here. What a wonderful trip it has been. We’re a bit weary, but our spirits remain high. Tomorrow we go to the airport and make the long trek back to America.

Cynthia and William on the subway

We decided to catch the Metro to go out to the Cinquantenaire Arch in Jubelpark.


The sky was overcast for the first time on this trip, but no rain.

Connected to the arch are three museums, two of which were open so we decided to check them out.

Automobile Museum

The first was the Autoworld, an automobile museum that has a VERY impressive collection of cars and motorcycles.

Automobile Museum

There were some unbelievable cars on display. I bet Joe Linbeck could easily identify most of them.

William Artillery

The other museum was the Royal Army and Military History Museum which has a collection of military memorabilia that spans 10 centuries of military and technological history.

Military Museum

A huge hangar filled with military aircraft is the absolute highlight of the collection.

Military Museum

After we were done with the museums we caught the metro back to the hotel and then headed out to take care of one last thing.

Zippy Feather

Cynthia came up with the idea of starting a new tradition. We are going to take one of Mr. Zippers feathers with us whenever we travel and let it fall from the highest point we can get to.

We took the feather she was carrying to the top of Place Poelaert and let it go. Fly high Mr. Zippers!

That’s about it for this trip. We are going to take it easy this evening and forego the New Years festivities. We’ve got an early flight in the morning.

Fly high, Mr. Zippers!