How Did I Make This Photograph: Rozenhoedkaai Bruges, Belgium

Brugge Belgium Cityscape Canal Reflection at Night During a Rain Storm

One of the most photographed sites in all of Bruges! Here, the Groenerei and Dijver canals meet, creating a sitting area of incredible beauty. It is believed to have once been a mooring place for merchant ships in the middle ages, and today acts as a point where canal cruises full of tourists set-sail. Yet, just because it’s a bit touristy doesn’t mean it isn’t worth making a photograph of your own! This location provides one of the best vantage points of the belfry in the background with medieval buildings and the canals in the foreground.

How Did I Make This Photograph?

This photograph was particularly difficult to capture due to the fact that it began to downpour as soon as I got the tripod out and mounted the camera! The result was a constant battle between the rain and wiping down the lens element to clear it of water droplets in order to get an exposure long enough to achieve the desired effect.

Gear used to make this photograph:

  • Canon 5DMkIII camera body
  • Canon 17-40f/4L wide-angle zoom lens
  • Tripod

Camera Settings:

  • Exposure: 13sec
  • f/10
  • ISO250
  • @23mm

Even though I was able to keep my lens clear of water droplets for a 13-second exposure, still multiple elements came together to create this image and make it unique to others like it. For example, the motion of the rain blowing and splashing down on the water created a smooth blurred look to the canals, even more-so than they would have been had it not been raining. Yet, because it was so windy, the rain was landing in the water stronger in some places than others, which allowed the camera to pick up more reflection detail of the top of the brick wall at the center of the photograph giving the image an overall eerie almost graveyard look as the viewer’s eyes are drawn to what appear to be upside down crosses. Lastly, also due to the rain, the reflecting orange light surrounding the Belfry in the background was enhanced by the amount of water in the air, making it look as if the light completely wraps around the stone tower in the background.

Without these atmospheric conditions, undoubtedly this photograph would have come out very different…which is just one reason why when you see a photograph you want, yo make you should make it. The conditions necessary to make the photograph you see will probably never happen in the exact way again.

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Hope you enjoyed this post! More content to come soon.

– Nate

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1st Stop Iceland – Hiking Grábrók Crater

When Florence and I planned our road trip around the Ring Road of Iceland, like many, we decided to start in Reykjavik and follow Highway #1 in a clockwise direction. As we had picked up the camper van towards the end of the day, we needed a place not too far outside of Reykjavik to make our first stop.

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, then you know I’ve been to Iceland once before. You also know that I am absolutely obsessed with volcanoes from reading “Why on Earth Would I Want to Go to Iceland?” which I wrote just a few years ago. Since Grábrók craters are located literally right along side Highway #1 and only about 1hr and 24minutes drive North of Reykjavik, this seemed like the ideal place to get out of the van, enjoy a bit of sunset, and look at some pretty darn cool volcanic structures!

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Road Trip: Iceland — Planning and Prepping the Camper

Iceland Road Signs

When I first started this blog, the whole reason was that I was heading to Iceland. I was so excited to be visiting another country by myself. The point of was originally to keep my family and friends up to date with what I was doing on my short journey for a college spring break, after all, they couldn’t seem to understand why I wanted to go to Iceland for spring break in the first place (reason #1 why I went alone). Now that I’ve come back to this blog, I’m excited to say that I’ve returned to Iceland, this time with my fiancé, Florence, for a road trip around the Ring Road over the course of 10-days! My next few posts will be the details of this trip, along with stories and photographs from the journey around Iceland.


I’m lucky in the fact that I’ve found someone to spend the rest of my life with who loves adventure. When I brought up the idea of going to Iceland Florence didn’t even bat an eye before she said yes. And when we came across the idea of renting a camper van (or is it a flower delivery truck? We’ll let you decide) the first thing that she said was “HELL yes!” It was at that moment that we decided to circumnavigate the entire country by following the Ring Road.

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Still Traveling, Photographing, and Back to Blogging.

My Recent Road Trip Around Iceland

Hello WordPress! And most importantly hello again followers! If you’re seeing this I owe you a HUGE thank you, as it has been over three years since my last post. That being said, lately I’ve been looking for something new to do that qualifies as more creative than laying on the couch (though there’s nothing better than watching a good movie) and definitely more creative than those mind-numbing video games (which I still happen to love far too much sometimes).

That brings me here…

I stumbled upon this morning and realized that I truly miss writing. Even writing this now I’m feeling happy and excited to revive this blog (though I feel a little out-of practice). Most importantly I miss what I used to love so much: responding to readers and answering the questions I used to receive, wether via comments on this blog or via email regarding a trip that I’ve taken or a trip that you’re in the process of planning.

Within the next few weeks I hope to clean-up quite a bit. I’ve noticed in the past that it has become quite a bit post-cluttered, thus, I’m looking to change up the style of this blog to make it easier to navigate. With beginning to write again, I hope to achieve a creative outlet for myself, while simultaneously continuing to strive for what was always about: sharing “stories and photographs for those who live the life of the journey.”

Keep an eye out for my next post. As Iceland continues to receive the most traffic on this blog, I believe Iceland is the place to start again! I’m happy to announce that I’ve returned to the beautiful country, and spent 10-days on a road trip around the entire country driving on the Ring Road (take a look at my Google Maps track above).

Until then, I’ll be stopping by all the blogs I used to follow religiously to see what you’ve been up to over the past few years and to drop a comment saying hello once again. See you there!

Plaza de Armas, Vintage- Peru

I’ve been experimenting with a few different ways to postprocess photographs in LR3. Here, I portray the Plaza de Armas in Peru as “NYC Vintage.” Overall I think I really like the effect. But more importantly, what do you think?

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50 Days In The Wilderness: Now Back To Civilization


Here I sit at the airport in North Carolina, fully-bearded and probably smelling like clothes that have not been washed by means other than becoming dampened by the rain or the slightly polluted river, and re-sun-dried while climbing an open rock face again and again and again for the past 50 days.

Living simply in the woods for so long with nothing on my mind and not a moment’s care for the chaotic happenings of the “real” world still driving forward around me has been an incredible experience yet again.

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Saying Goodbye to that Dreadful Corporate Job and Living the Dream

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you’ll probably remember the post called My Next Step which I wrote a long time ago after returning from a wilderness backpacking trip in Patagonia Argentina. For reasons unknown to me, that post has actually been one of the more popular of the many posts on this blog (maybe I’m just super awesome at search engine optimization, eh? :D) (yeah, right). Anyways, if you remember that post, then you know I basically created a series of goals to get to me to where I wanted to go, which in the long run was to quit my corporate job to become an outdoor educator. You could say things didn’t go exactly as planned, but hey, nothing ever really goes to plan now does it. But I’d say it came pretty freakin’ close!

The other day I quit my corporate job as an Assistant Store Manager at an AT&T store. While this was not by any means a bad job, it just wasn’t my style. I seemed to always find myself stuck sitting behind a desk on a nice day, monotonously staring at the computer screen in front of me– drool dripping from the corner of my mouth. I finally called it quits, but don’t worry, not before finding something else. Continue reading “Saying Goodbye to that Dreadful Corporate Job and Living the Dream”