Europe under the night sky

When we were in Europe, I didn’t realize how pretty a night scene picture can be, so unfortunately I only took a few of the night time photography. Here are some of my favourites.

We love the city of Brussels.

Brussels Town Hall
The Town Hall of Brussels in the Grand Place (Grote Markt)
Brussels Breadhouse
The Breadhouse or King’s House Grand Place (Grote Markt), Brussels

I had no idea that time, that there was a guy making the happy pose and hold in that position for more than 10 secs during the time I took the photo! I was so surprised to see the result…
I have another photo of this building without the guy, but I think the guy made the picture more fun.

We also love Lisbon.


We were now in France.

The Fortress of Carcassonne, France.

The view of this medieval fortified French town from the bridge above the river was just enchanting, unfortunately there was not mush time to make picture since cars were not allowed to stop right there. I was holding my breath when I took this photo, no time to set it on a steady surface, just tried to make my hand steady.
One of my favourite scene! (Even though picture is not very sharp)

Paris Eiffel Tower and Seine River
Eiffel Tower from accross the Seine River

I don’t think we surprise anybody by taking picture of the very iconic and romantic Eiffel Tower. It is indeed beautiful in the night time.

Eiffel Tower from Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris from Arc de Triomphe
Paris Seine River on Bastille Day
The sparkly Seine River near the Eiffel Tower

We are glad we had the chance to visit the microstate Monaco. The driving to Monaco through the winding mountain road was really beautiful. Monaco is small, beautiful, and really posh.

Monte Carlo Casino Monaco
The famous and glamorous Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco
Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco
The luxury Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Next is Spain…

Temple de Debod Madrid
Temple de Debod after sunset, Parque de Rosales, Madrid

Built the first time during the 2nd century BC in Aswan, southern Egypt near to the Nile River,
threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan in 1960,
donated by the Egyptian state to Spain in 1968 as a gesture of gratitude for Spain’s help in preserving some of the ancient Egyptian temples.

Cathedral of Valencia, Spain
Cathedral of Valencia, Spain

This cathedral and fountain in Valencia, we didn’t intentionally go there that night. We just happen to pass by as we walked from the bus station (we were from Barcelona) to our hostel. It was late at night, and it was a really nice surprise to encounter this!

Mmm…. imagine sitting in that cafe having some beer (or cappuccino for me!) and tapas, while admiring the cathedral…..

Turia Fountain, Valencia, Spain
Turia Fountain, Valencia, Spain

At last, taken in one of our favourite country in the world, in our favourite island, the gorgeous and soothing Crete.

Koules Heraklion
The Venetian Fortress Koules on the old harbour of Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Where: various places in Europe
When: April to September 2009

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17 Responses to “Europe under the night sky”

  1. Jenna
    11 May 2010 at 12:03 am #

    This is a great post! I love the photos. In Europe there are the most amazing night views. Have you been to Prague? It has one of my favorite night views, mostly because of the castle and its cathedral, which is all lit up at night. Your photos make me want to go to Paris and walk at night. I was in Brussels but unfortunately didn’t see these buildings at night (I was sleeping!). :-)
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  2. Dina
    12 May 2010 at 12:06 am #

    Hi Jenna! Europe at night is very pretty isn’t it :) I haven’t been in Prague yet and really want to go there. So many people recommended that place, and I saw some great photos from various blogs too. When we drove in France, we saw many medieval castle sitting in nowhere lit up at night, very pretty to see that as we drove in the highway. Unfortunately it was usually not convenient/safe for us to make a stop. Even the Carcassonne one that we took so late at night, we made a dangerous quick car stop in the middle of the bridge.

  3. Jen
    12 May 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Hey Dina. Your pix are awesome. My favorites have got to be Lisbon and ET & Paris from the Arc De Triomphe. I usually disobey the “turn off all portable devices” on airplanes during lift-off and landing just to catch those kinds of pix. Really cool that there actually is a place that won’t get you ousted off a plane where you can take these. Kudos. If you don’t mind my asking, what kind of camera are you using? and what are your settings?

  4. Dina
    13 May 2010 at 11:50 am #

    That’s a great idea Jen, taking picture from airplane! I believe our camera are not the ones that interact negatively with the airplane anyway. But, what camera are you using? It must be a great camera if it can handle the night time without long exposure. My camera is the compact pocket-able waterproof and shockproof Olympus 850 SW. It does not too bad night illuminated scenes. My optimized way to take illuminated night scene:
    There’s a built in mode called “night scene”, which is pretty much a long exposure mode. It will take the pic until it get enough light.
    Since it took a long time, for best result, I place it in steady object (my hands are too shaky).
    Use timer, so the picture is not affected by our thumb clicking the camera button.

  5. Jen
    13 May 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I use my cellphone and/or whatever dinky little camera I happen to be carrying with me. I bought a Canon Powershot x120is for my trip and it takes really sweet pix so I’m excited to use it. It also has a night scene, which i failed to employee one night at work when I had a great sunrise shot of the Tappan Zee Bridge. :T Oh well, lesson learned. Steady surface makes sense; I also have a mild case of Parkinson’s…I hate it. Anyway. Thanks for all your tips. Again, great pix and be Safe!
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    • Dina
      6 August 2010 at 11:18 pm #

      Hey Jen, I hope by now you have some fabulous nice scene pictures from your Canon Powershot! I didn’t realize how shaky my hand was, until I compared my photos with Ryan’s (using the same camera). His hand is steadier.
      I need to get more of sunrise pic! I have so many sunsets, but just 1 sunrise, and that’s from 8 years ago!
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      • Jen
        6 August 2010 at 11:36 pm #

        Hey. Actually yes I’ve gotten some decent night pics using your suggestions (thanks!) . I may not have figured out the setting on my camera for them to be breathtaking, but it might just be my camera is no good for night. Or motion. Still workig on it, though. As for sunsets, I have a million of those and they’re pretty good, I think. It may be the sunset setting, though. Sundown is one of my favorite times of day.

        As for comparing, the good thing about being part of a team is that sometimes there’s one thing one person is great at and another thing the other person is great at. So Ryan might be the go-to for night shots and you the go-to for portraits or motion shots. I find Eli and I also have complementary strengths.

        And If both stink at the same thing, then there’s always that practice makes perfect thing I keep hearing about :)

        • Dina
          7 August 2010 at 2:25 am #

          You are right! Well, his hand is still too shaky for long exposure of night scene mode, and his camera is not really good for that purpose, so I have the night scenes :) However my camera is horrible in taking live action, especially if combined with my shaky hands! That’s for Ryan too take. I am doing the sunset, he is doing the dusk and cloudy scenes. Talking about roles :)

  6. Travelogged
    9 August 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I love these photos! Taking photos at night can be difficult and you’ve done an amazing job! Sometimes I think these old structures look even better lit up at night than they do during the day :)
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    • Dina
      26 October 2010 at 12:31 am #

      Yeah, I feel the same too, night scene could be really fantastic. I wish more part of the world illuminate their gorgeous buildings like they like to do in Europe.

  7. Jeremy B
    9 August 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    These are great photos! I love Europe and have a couple of these same pics in Paris. Great quality – it just makes me want to go back!

    • Dina
      26 October 2010 at 12:32 am #

      Hi Jeremy, thanks a lot :) Paris is so great at night time, isn’t it!

  8. Catia
    19 October 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh, I love those! And you’re right, the guy standing with his hands in the air totally makes that shot, I think it’s my favourite. :)
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    • Dina
      26 October 2010 at 12:33 am #

      Haha, thanks to him. I couldn’t believe he actually posed with only one leg on the ground for several seconds for me!

  9. Michael Hodson
    31 October 2010 at 8:47 am #

    wonderful night shots!
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  10. Nancie
    31 October 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Beautiful shot Dina. I wouldn’t mind having just a bit of all that gold…haha.
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  11. Ayngelina
    31 October 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Great choices, I love night photography.
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