Rice, Fries and Bagpipes

On May 4th, Vicky and Vincent celebrated their wedding at Hoeve Engelendael in Sint-Jan-in-Eremo, Belgium. A fine Chinese-Belgian wedding, with a British flavour to it. Click the below image to see our fotorama of the event. Enjoy!

Rice&Fries

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Moonbase Delta

Saturday February 2nd. I’m flying out of Memphis to Europe. The Amsterdam direct has been suppressed a while ago, so I’m flying through Atlanta. Come to think of it, that afternoon there are only 5 alternative destinations. The outbound flights fit in less than half a screen – the other 3 are empty.

6 outbound destinations , among which Huntington West Virginia and Tucson Arizona

6 outbound destinations , among which Huntington West Virginia and Tucson Arizona

I’m strolling through concourse (don’t you love that word?) B on my own and by my own. The terminal is empty. Nobody there. If you’d like to imagine how it is to be alone on the planet, this is the place to be. What a contrast with a couple of years ago. Memphis used to digest 250 flights per day. Now, 95 flights on weekdays are considered busy days. Since Delta swallowed NorthWest in 2010, Memphis International Airport slowly became a regional airport.

empty concourse

empty concourse

The renewal of the tarmac and the absense of workers on the ground add an apocalyptic dimension to it. I’m standing on a moving sidewalk, looking at a mix of earth and concrete. Aerobridges lead to nowhere. Vehicles are left behind as if some viral disaster hit the aerodome. This is Moonbase Alpha. No, this is Moonbase Delta.

stun gun charges in Moonbase Delta

stun gun chargers in Moonbase Delta

Aerobridge, without Eagle Transporter

Aerobridge, without Eagle Transporter

I walk in to Sun Studio Cafe, sit at the bar and tap myself a Blue Moon…

Sun Studio Cafe, Memphis International Airport, Saturday February 2nd, 12:38

Sun Studio Cafe, Memphis International Airport, Saturday February 2nd, 12:38

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Tilt/shift picture simulations

Tilt & shift lenses are quite expensive. But you can easily simulate pictures to have that “tilt & shift” feel to it. It creates a selective focus, ideal for simulating a miniature scene. City landscape pictures are the ideal startingpoint, all the better if you have people and/or cars on it.

Traffic junction in downtown Singapore

In photo-editing software, start by selecting the area you’d like to be in focus. In Photoshop you can use a quick mask. Inverse the selection and blur it sufficiently. Then increase the colour saturation and the contrast to further increase the sharpness of the in-focus area. Below are two more example pictures, one of the harbour of Arild, Sweden and one showing a scene at the Riva degli Schiavoni at San Marco, Venice, Italy.

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