On Wednesday last week I decided that I was going to go to Brussels for the weekend. Thursday morning I booked the Eurostar, Friday the hotel, and by Saturday I was heading across there with a bag full of camera gear. It was a short, but tiring weekend.

Saturday the weather wasn’t great…as in it was too cloudless and contrasty for photography. I slowly walked to my hotel to check in, and then walked around to get my bearings. There was no real sunset that was likely to happen, and as I didn’t have a clue where to go anyway I opted to walk up to the Atomium to check that out. Boy, that’s a long walk from the city center! (I took the train back)

It’s a pretty cool structure, though it had closed by the time I got there so I didn’t venture up inside it. I wandered around shooting from various angles and checking out the park beside it, and I stuck around for blue hour. There were quite a few people around, and a lot of cars parked too. The people I could pretty much get rid of by using a long exposure, but that of course didn’t work for the parked cars. Luckily I was able to get a few light trails of the passing cars in which hide the other cars a little bit. It’s because of the people and cars that you’re seeing a blue hour shot instead of a pink sky shot.

Sunday’s weather was much better for photography, with a blanket of grey cloud. I think that’s better…it’s probably just that it’s what I’m used to in London. All in all a good weekend; I hope the same can be said for yours?

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 15s

3 thoughts on “Atomium”

  1. for some reason, your photos aren’t showing for me, but glad you made it over there and hope my list helped a little – great town for chocolate and beer…so sorta heaven for a guy like me 🙂

  2. scratch that – now the photo loaded and WOW!! looks killer at blue hour with the lights – I was there in the daytime so this is something to return for – nicely done!!

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