Vresse-sur-Semois

In November, a high school friend of mine invited me and my boyfriend to go on a little trip to Vresse-sur-Semois, a small picturesque town in the South of Belgium. She hired a chalet in the woods, and planned a nice carefree-weekend, where no one had to worry about assignments, deadlines and studying for midterms. It was exactly what I needed, so I immediately said yes. A couple of weeks later, we were on the road to nature.

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On our first day, we started our walk through the woods. What we thought would be a chill stroll in the afternoon, turned out to be a 10km-hike, where we probably climbed to the highest point of the hills in Vresse.

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Once we got to the top, our sore legs were forgotten once we saw this amazing view of the town.

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After that, the climb down began. No more paved roads, but steep downhill through the forest. I have to admit, I slipped a couple of times. Buying Dr. Martens boots instead of hiking shoes probably wasn’t such a good idea.

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I’ve been longing to go back to this place, especially now with deadlines and midterms coming up. I’m sure I’ll be back one day, when I’ll be in desperate need of another carefree-weekend.

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The Diana

One thing you need to know about me, is that I love taking pictures. Ever since I bought my DSLR, I try to always bring it with me, wherever I go, so I can shoot the most random things that are happening around me. I might not be good at it, but I don’t friggin’ care. I love snapping pictures. If I haven’t used my camera for a while, I have this growing urge to drop everything, grab my camera and just go out and shoot whatever and whomever I encounter.

About a year ago, I got myself my first (of many) analogue camera: Lomography’s Diana F+. I was drawn to it by the romantic and blurry square pictures it produces. When I encountered this mint green version at Urban Outfitters, something clicked in my head and I immediately took it to the counter. Haven’t had a single regret buying it

Now, the Diana F+ is not an ordinary camera. It doesn’t work like a digital camera, nor a regular SLR for that matter. You have to get to know the camera very, very well in order to take those awesome pictures you see appearing on the lomography-website. And after shooting four rolls of 120mm-film, I can honestly say that I still have a lot to learn about this little plastic toy. Main problem I encountered is the darkness of the photo’s. Having a flash with you at all times, especially when it’s late in the evening or if you want to shoot inside, is a must. Second thing I’ve learned, those little plastic frames you get with your camera? Very important if you don’t want your photo’s to overlap. Third, the zoom-function is not to be trusted. And lastly, the too blurry pictures you get, even though you haven’t shot a single photo on the B-setting, might be caused by the higher ISO. Keeping these things in mind, I hope my future Diana-photo’s will turn out perfect and almost exactly as I want them to. Practice makes perfect, right?

Overall, I’m quite content with the way the photo’s of my last three rolls turned out. I expected more of them to have failed or being too dark. I do regret not keeping an eye out for those frames, although the slightly increased level of intoxication at my Halloween-party might be the cause of that. Anyway, enough with the twaddle, on to those photo’s!

More photo’s to be found here.