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Night of Tram Lines and Castles in Ghent

Ghent at night, it's pretty

Ghent at night, it’s pretty

Old medieval city, clear night sky and a camera, that’s a Saturday night sorted for me.  And Ghent fits the bill more than perfectly. So while my friends headed to the pub, I took a few hours to walk around the city with my camera.

Where is the tram? It went already

Where is the tram? It went already

Old buildings by the canal

Old buildings by the canal

St. Bavo Cathedral

St. Bavo Cathedral

Lights on the river

Lights on the river

And I was not disappointed, there are canals with reflections, illuminated castles and cathedrals, tram lines and lamp posts; all offering beautiful night views. Of course the trouble was not so much finding views worth capturing, but where to stand my camera for the 20 second exposures. I only travel usually with a gorillapod, as proper tripods are a bit too cumbersome.

After a few hours however, it was time put away the camera and head to the pub where my friends were keeping a seat warm for me. And after a few hours of night photography, Belgium beer tasted damn good.

Stones on water

Stones on water

Harmony

Harmony

People like sitting by the canals at night, can't really blame them, it's nice

People like sitting by the canals at night, can’t really blame them, it’s nice

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Starlights by bridge

Starlights by bridge

What’s your favourite city at night?

16 Comments

  1. These pictures are so, so beautiful! This is the second post I’ve seen about Ghent recently and it’s quickly becoming one the places I’m most looking to travel to xx
    Scarlett recently posted..First Impressions of BangkokMy Profile

    • Ghent was really nice, I think I’d probably recommend it over Bruges, which is the must-see destination of Belgium. Ghent has some really pretty canals and buildings, good beer, and it isn’t quite as touristy as Bruges.

  2. Brilliant pictures Jarmo. Isn’t Ghent a wonderful city? Probably my favourite in Belgium, in fact. And these pics really do it justice. Nice work.

    • Thanks Martin, I was really happy with how the pictures turned out. Such a great city for night photography. Ghent is probably also my favorite city in Belgium, less touristy than Bruges, but smaller and more accessible than Antwerp.

  3. Such gorgeous night shots! I love Amsterdam at night, the way all the canals are lit up and the reflections
    Andrea recently posted..Comparing Car Rental Companies For the Best DealMy Profile

    • Thanks Andrea! Amsterdam is really pretty also at night, I really want to go take photos of it. I’ve been there quite a few times, but I’ve never had time to do night photography.

  4. Wow, stunning pictures. I really need to take a night photography course, although having said that, I rarely feel safe taking my camera out with me after dark in South America!
    Arianwen recently posted..Best tours in San Pedro de AtacamaMy Profile

    • Thanks Arianwen! Yeah, depends on where you are in South America, in lots of places I wouldn’t do night photography, but there are certain places where it’s ok. Although I did get my DSLR stone in a night bus in Peru, so that did make me a lot more careful :)

  5. Really nice photos. I’ve never been in Ghent at night before, looks even more magical than daytime Ghent (though that’s pretty, too).
    Sophie recently posted..Kids and animals in AustraliaMy Profile

    • Thanks Sophie :) yeah I agree, it does look even better at night time!

  6. Lovely photos … love the reflections of the buildings and lights in the water. Swoon!
    Cheryl Howard recently posted..Hotel Yasmin in Prague, Czech Republic.My Profile

    • Thanks Cheryl :) I love old European cities at night :)

  7. It looks so romantic at night – impressive photos!

    • It is really pretty and romantic at night time. Great for walking around, along the canals and over the bridges.

  8. Beautiful set of photos, we’re planning to visit this year. I keep hearing great things about the city.
    Becky Padmore recently posted..In BIG pictures: the Finnish wilderness and Northern lightsMy Profile

    • I definitely recommend visiting, it is gorgeous bot during day and night time.