Check out these stunning cityscapes by the talented amateur Belgian photographer Jef Van den Houte – let me know if you love them as much as I do!
(I recommend clicking on the images to view even more impressive large versions where available…)
So what are your impressions? Do share them!
And if you’d like to experience more of Jef’s impressive and varied portfolio, simply click here.
I would love to spend a day with Jef. I must know how he does this! Wow, this is brilliant
Yes, wouldn’t that be a valuable experience! Delighted these images float your boat too… thank you for commenting!
They are very beautiful and a bit other worldly.
Aren’t they just?! Thank you for your interest…
such classy classy shots…they are elegant
Hi Barbara – I’m pleased you like these too!
I like them. They are similar to those taken by Joel T (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjintjelaar/). I think they are long exposure shots using an ND Grad Filter (but I may be wrong).
Hi Adrian – thank you for the referral to Joel’s work… it’s fabulous too! And yes, the use of an ND grad filter makes sense as the exposures certainly seem to be lengthy, looking at the skies… Thank you for dropping by and leaving your impressions!
They look very good and high in quality. However, you can tell that he used photoshop, this supports the direction in which the world of photography is moving into: Showing us a world which does not exist in this sense.
Thank you for taking the time to view and comment, Lisa – and for following my blog too… your interest is much appreciated!
Whatever technique, he has a very precise insight…his building are like flowers in a way…
I’m grateful for your thoughts, Barbara – thank you…
I can’t believe you have pornography in there! lol
That was just to make sure you were paying attention…
Well it worked! lol
Amazing shots! Loved them all
I’m pleased you enjoyed them too – thank you for visiting!
These are really amazing photographs. I love the the tonality and the composition.
I am slightly intrigued by the comment on photoshop.
I started my photographic career using film and have spent many a happy hour slaving over an enlarger. We used numerous methods during this stage to bring out the full potential of a negative or even use multiple negs to achieve a final print.
So now we do the work in photoshop; what’s the difference ?
Photoshop is just a tool to help achieve a image that’s in the photographers minds eye.
I’m pleased you like these photographs too!
I also love the magical alchemy of the darkroom. While some use the term ‘Photoshop’ disparagingly, I think those with a background in darkroom photography more often than not tend to appreciate the software as simply offering a digital version of the traditional darkroom. After all, Photoshop techniques like dodging and burning are almost as old as photography itself, while digital images will nearly always benefit from some judicious sharpening.
It’s certainly true some photographers overdo their digital processing (many HDR images fall into this category for me), but when well-executed, Photoshop enhancements can successfully overcome the limitations of the lens, just as have traditional darkroom techniques in the past and present. Ultimately, a lens is not as efficient as the human eye when it comes to capturing what we see, and manipulations of the traditional or digital kind can help to achieve a closer rendering.
Thank you for taking the time to share your considered impressions, Jon – it’s much appreciated!