Front Door, Bruges, Belgium

A detail of a beautifully ornate wooden front door in Bruges, BelgiumCanon 5D Mark II camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 L series lens
Bruges is probably the most beautiful city I've visited to date. Rich in history and architectural splendour, I spent 3 days wandering through the old city of Bruges and barely touched the surface. There's just so much to see and photograph as you wander from one stone cobbled street to the next.

Maybe one day I'II be fortunate enough to spend a month or so in Bruges photographing, walking and writing. Three months would be better, as it would give me ample time to explore the surrounding countryside and the coast, which is just a short distance from town. And with that much time who could resist the odd weekend in Paris. Not me!

The above photo was made just a few minutes walk from the town square. It's a very simple scene that, to be of interest to a wider audience, required careful composition and a few post-processing techniques.
Probably the first thing I noticed was the lion door knocker. But for the photo to hold a viewers attention, for more than a few seconds, I needed something more. The answer was a slightly more complex image with elements that held some interest in themselves and, at the same time, also visually supported the door knocker.

Closer inspection of the doorway revealed a strongly symmetrical design. I composed the image in such a way to emphasise that symmetry. The studded surface of the door provides an extra measure of balance. And, speaking of balance, it's interesting how the image contains a relatively equal mix of rounded and straight lines.

Image processing was conducted in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The outside edges of the image have been darkened to draw the eye towards the centre of the photo. The darkened edges, known as a vignette, help to frame the lion as do the four circular motifs that surround it.

So this picture includes a lion door knocker on a heavy wooden frame. But closer examination reveals that this image is really an exercise in design. The subject of the photo is not the doorknob, that's just an object. The subject in this photo is design itself. And, believe me, I wouldn't say it if I didn't think it was important. ©

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru