Minnewater, which translates to “Lake of Love,” is a small lake just a short walk from the main squares of Bruges. After visiting Minnewater during the day, I would have agreed with “Lake of Lovely,” with its charming views and elegant swans, but didn’t see a lot of intimacy or canoodling among the throngs of tourists and park-goers.
Nighttime, on the other hand, showed me what the name is all about. The area was practically empty even though Christmas markets were in full swing just a few streets over. Illuminated darkness and quiet. A lone couple sharing an umbrella as they crossed the bridge over Minnewater. Isn’t it romantic?
When I took this photo, having no tripod, I steadied my camera as best I could, then zoomed in for the shot. Unfortunately, the lines weren’t crisp enough for my liking, but, straight off, the photo reminded me of a painting, so I played around in Photoshop Elements and discovered that I liked the result of the “dry brush” artistic filter. At first glance, my husband couldn’t tell the two versions apart (they do look remarkably similar), but, on closer inspection, the edges looked sharper whereas the overall image looked a little softer. To me, it now really does look more like a painting than a photograph. What do you think of the result? Do you like the effect or would you have preferred to see the original photo?