‘Brussels - Return of the Hulk’
Now that the last month of the year has begun, I remembered a picture I took during the previous New Year celebrations at the sound and light show on the Grand Place (Grand-Place / Grote Markt) in Brussels.
On the picture you see the City Hall that was built on the south side of the square between 1401 and 1455. It towers 96 meters (315 ft) high and is capped by a 3 meter (12 ft) statue of Saint Michael slaying a demon.
Information found on Wikipedia.
At the bottom of the foreground you see the same image on a tablet of tourists from Québec.
Without tripod, camera pushed against a wall.
It was only the green colour that reminded me of the Hulk. Do you remember this super hero?
The Hulk emerged after physicist Robert Bruce Banner was exposed to a high dose of gamma radiation of an experimental bomb he made. Since then, each time he fusses, he turns into the Hulk. His muscles swell and become stronger. However, his intelligence drops to the level of a five year old kid. Furthermore, his skin turns green. The Hulk was a fictional comic book hero as well as the vedette in a television series and in a cinema movie.
I admit that my fantasy sometimes takes excessive forms but life without a good dose of imagination would be a lot duller.
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worldcitizen (6113) 2013-12-02 15:24
My nephew loves the Hulk. :-) The colors in this photo are great - both City Hall and the sky. I also like the photo within a photo that you captured on that tourist's tablet. It's hard to get a sharp night shot with so many people and no tripod, but you did a wonderful job.
emilbo (22110) 2013-12-02 16:16
L'incroyable Hulk a passé par chez vous pour donner sa couleur à ce merveilleux édifice. L'architecture est de toute beauté, j'espère que les couleurs ne sont pas toujours vertes. Je me souviens bien de l'incroyable Hulk que je regardais à la TV quand j'étais plus jeune. Une excellente présentation et beau contraste de couleurs.
Cordiales salutations du Canada,
macjake (49236) 2013-12-02 16:50
I know for a fact that this photo of yours will be a winner and will be very popular....and why not!! The blue light and green illuminations are a strange but effective combo. Also, its cool to see the guy holding the same image on his large screen.
Love how it takes up the entire frame too, bold & beautiful.
Subhogen (4005) 2013-12-02 19:47
Nice blue hour shot. Great contrast between the building and the sky. Very apt title :-). Good composition with the subject filling the frame and the eager onlookers in the FG. Well taken. Thanks for sharing.
adidas5nb (4003) 2013-12-02 20:46
amazing shot this 1,very attractive for its colors,the blue hour,pov and architecture.really fantastic light management.
jemaflor (77476) 2013-12-02 23:30
Superbe avec ces illuminations qui font ressortir les détails de la façades, bien le détail du photographe avec son écran en premier plan.
jhm (131736) 2013-12-03 2:54
Het moet spectaculaire geweest zijn dit lichtspel, ik had er niet van gehoord, zou 's avonds nooit alleen naar Brussel gaan, ik voel mij niet meer veilig langs de straten in het donker, gedurende de dag is het iets anders.
Mijn leeftijd laat dit ook niet meer toe.
Ja de muur gebruiken als statief is steeds mogelijk, want anders zou het wel heel moeilijk zijn.
Uw foto is echt mooi genomen, ja tablets voor uw camera is schering en inslag heden ten dage.
Paul u maakt puik werk, bedankt
yquem46 (38064) 2013-12-03 3:03
des couleurs incroyables et vraiment spectaculaires de cette image de l'Hotel de ville de Bruxelles
Ce vert fluo sur le ciel sur le ciel bleu foncé, c'est quelque chose vraiment !
Pour moi, juste dommage à l'avant plan ce spectateur qui lève sa tablette
Bonne journée, bien amicalement
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-03 4:05
Excellently captured church from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the church majestic and dominant. The light tones are perfect, the contrast against dark blue sky superb.
Very well done.
Wish you a peaceful Advent time.
CPD66 (762) 2013-12-03 4:49
well framed, i like the over saturation of the colours as it really makes the building stand out and contrasts well against the blue sky.
a good posting
holmertz (34533) 2013-12-03 4:56
This is a lot more original and inventive than most photos posted here from Grand Place. The combination of dark blue sky and the sickly green building is stunning. Especially considering the circumstances the exposure and sharpness is impressive.
PS Yes, it's easy to take pictures in the streets of Vietnam, where people are generally friendly and relaxed.
Sergiom (50480) 2013-12-03 5:04
C'est une très bonne idée ces projections sur les immeubles célèbres. Cela donne un résultat de toute beauté ici avec le ciel bleu en arrière plan. Qu'il soit vert ou gris, cet immeuble est magnifique, même sur une tablette.
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2013-12-03 5:54
what a stunning building and those colors are amazing. The green and blue look superb and I'm awed at how sharp you were able to capture this. I have to smile to when I see the bonus mini picture of the man capturing it on his iPad. Beauty of a shot, thanks for sharing
timecapturer (41708) 2013-12-03 6:49
amazing shot this. Not just because of the colours, beauty and immaculate detail but the DOF is just superb with a clear image of your image on the fg tablet computer. How original is that! Well done!
rychem (16372) 2013-12-03 8:43
I like your presentation of this City Hall, excellent and detailed photo, perfect light management
bartekp (4696) 2013-12-03 13:30
Very good shot. I like that POV and colors. Fancy is that person with tablet and view of Grand Palce.
Have a nice evening
jcpix (9232) 2013-12-03 14:44
An impressive building and public square to begin with, and even better now seeing it like this...what an outstanding shot! The picture-in-picture composition is smart, you certainly were in the right place at the right time to capture that.
The Hulkish green color set against the blue hour sky is tremendous, really making this whole scene come alive with flare and style. For a hand held shot, this came out incredibly well...had you not mentioned it, I probably would have been none the wiser!? :) The green trim within the frame is the perfect accent to the image as well. Bravo!
Royaldevon (24228) 2013-12-03 15:38
I am impressed!
This is a fine night shot, especially considering you had to improvise, without a tripod.
The green light, illuminating City Hall creates a magical effect against the blue of the night sky. The angled aspect uses the whole building to guide us along its façade to the purple turret and on to the next buildings.
If we should wish, we can begin the journey with the whole in miniature, on an iPad.
This was a good shot to resurrect from your archives!
My warm regards,
dkmurphys (44563) 2013-12-04 3:15
The light show on the facade of Bruxelles city hall is the most impressive I've ever seen. Spectacular image, well seen.
josepmarin (57267) 2013-12-04 3:34
though a bit late, I want to congratulate you because of this 6 years of sharing your photos in the site.
The green lighting of the City Hall in the Grand Place in Brussels, creates an amazing atmosphere into the image, and enhances the visual effect of its beautiful and famous architecture.
I like to see the tablet of a tourist with the same image, but I think it must be very uncomfortable for to take photos.
The composition is great, I like its light and its colours at blue hour.
chrislo (3725) 2013-12-04 10:26
Wat een verrassende foto is dit. Heeft deze groene kleur een bijzondere betekenis ? Zo’n groene verlichting zou voor Halloween beter geschikt zijn en zou zeker veel succes behalen ! Je hebt het zonder statief schitterend gedaan. De foto is mooi scherp en heel goed belicht, waardoor elk detail goed overkomt. Het blauwe uur leverde een mooie lucht op, en het contrast met het stadhuis is erg mooi neergezet. Schitterend resultaat !
rigoletto (33776) 2013-12-04 10:32
incredible hulk and incredible hôtel de ville! this must be one of the most unusual photos of the place, the electric blue and radioactive green make a glowing color duo here. really smart idea to keep the i-pad photo in the frame, the i-pad photo must be more conventional while yours is more interesting :)
nikkitta (11110) 2013-12-04 15:56
Hola Paul or must be Mr Hulk?
I truly believed that the creators of the spectable have him in mind and also you, when taken the capture at the right moment with the blue sky at the back
The color contrast is quite catching and the presense of the tablet add interest being like a small mirrow
Impresive sharpnees and nice Hulking frame
Regards and TFS
Oceania (4082) 2013-12-05 6:05
This church in your picture is magnificent. The green lights glow in dark blue sky is breathtaking. Even in such low light condition, the quality of the picture is excellent. I really like it.
ChrisJ (93372) 2013-12-05 11:17
I fell asleep on the bus between London and Amsterdam so did not see any of Belgium after I left the boat and arrived in France. Maybe next time. A superb blue hour shot with good sharpness and the unusual green colour of the tower has been well captured... twice! The fg photographer has the same idea! Tfs!
williewhistler (11236) 2013-12-05 12:10
the saturated colours of the Town Hall combined with all of its intricate details have produced an extraordinary photograph,which is made even more attractive by the BG inky blue night sky.
Considering the number of people present you must have worked hard to achieve this remarkable photograph.
My best regards,
imageme (1084) 2013-12-05 14:12
Hi Paul, Wonderful green lights illuminate the whole place from this building. Great colour contrast from the deep blue sky. Great capture with good POV. You probably fought hard for your space to take this wonderful image. Thank for sharing
Cricri (96885) 2013-12-05 23:16
Magnifique hôtel de ville en vert en plus a heure bleu, une très belle réalisation, pour ce qui est de Hulk, je l'avait vu a une attraction a la foire et je me suis enfuie...de peur :-))
SnapRJW (26942) 2013-12-06 6:55
Sorry for taking so long to comment on this one Paul, I was immediately attracted to the radio-active green when I saw this in the TN and together with the blue you have a powerful colour combination which assaults the eyes. I like it! The small detail of the figure taking a shot on his tablet makes the difference in this shot adding an important compositional and narrative element. Nicely done.... I think the Jolly Green Giant would smile. Warm regards Rosemary
batalay (34103) 2013-12-06 10:44
The thumbnail image for this photo was enticing, but there was no way to appreciate the full scale image. The colors and sharp, and the image is extremely sharp for a difficult time of day for photography.
Have a good weekend,
Romano46 (15518) 2013-12-06 11:22
oltre alla bellezza del monumento illuminato da questa suggestiva illuminazione, in questa tua ripresa c'è anche la particolarità della foto nella foto con il signore che lo inquadra con il suo tablet, che aggiunge una nota di vivacità.
La ripresa è venuta molto bene con eccellente ricchezza di dettagli e notevole nitidezza.
Ottima la gestione della luce per una splendida ora blu (e verde)
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ikeharel (48242) 2013-12-06 11:51
A fantastic composed photo, Paul, and there is yet another view of the tower and building in the tablet held by the man in the crowd.
Fabulous green illuminations, immaculate sharp photo.
My cong.'s for an impressive sight - superbly collected.
Have a nice weekend,
danos (80873) 2013-12-06 23:48
Good morning Paul,
excellent the blue hour shot of the well lighted City Hall,in hte Grand Place.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the scene as the excellent presentation with lot of visitors to shot of it.Well done.
HAve a good weekend,Danos
mesutilgim (76662) 2013-12-06 23:51
Hello dear Paul,
Great capture from Brussels ! But for me the a and o of this compo is the tourist with his tablet in the foreground :Picture in Picture or capturer been captured.
TFS and have a nice weekend
SWEETFREEDOM (20802) 2013-12-07 5:01
i like this green variation, less the man taking the picture from its tablet in fg , but i understand that in these days it must have been very difficult to have a solo spot to take pictures.
beautiful colors and details.
rbassin (15034) 2013-12-07 12:06
C'est très bien fait et très beau.
Voir ce bâtiment de renom, en vert est assez surprenant.Bonne animation en bas de l'image.
bukitgolfb301 (33708) 2013-12-07 13:09
Hi dear Paul, how are you?
Wow so fantatsic iamge of the best color and farmework.
What a marvelous amd imptessive this blue and green color touch in the world! You did supper job again!
So sensetional posting again, Congratulation!
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good Sunday! Takero just away from Tokyo
lousat (68469) 2013-12-07 15:28
Hi Paul,absolutely beautiful this cloudy blue hour with these green lights,you caught very well this original opportunity,magnificent perspective,birght details and fantastic colors,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Schnappilic (9682) 2013-12-08 1:37
TFS this famous building from Brussels in such colors. The result is great. Congratulations!
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-12-08 3:47
I can understand easily the title:)The association is more than apt in this case.
Excellent shot and really captivating color scheme of the image(green against blue looks truly delightful here!).Another small aspect I enjoy here is the man taking a picture of this scene with his ipad.Small detail,but for me very eye-catching.
Have a nice sunday
ourania (22684) 2013-12-08 9:20
your capture of the City Hall's transformation is excellent. I love the richness and luminosity of the green colour and the way it is set off by the lovely evening blue backdrop. The perspective and framing of your composition have elegance and effectiveness. We have the privilege to enjoy a thorough point of view and superb details on the building. I also like the busy lower part of the frame and the picture within the picture provided by the photographer in front of you. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
cornejo (25461) 2013-12-08 11:44
Hi Paul, excellent photography of this wonderful green façade, beautifully captured in this super interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
boa (5428) 2013-12-08 12:27
very good capture of this amazing architecture. I haven`t been to Brussels since the early 1980`s but i will never forget this impressive buildings as long as i live. Nice blue hour shot by the way. I like the idea to include the man in the front of you who taking an identical shot. Good light and colors.
I also recognize myself in your "excessive form" of fantasy:D
Have a nice evening.
Gigidusud (12179) 2013-12-09 6:31
Wow! Splendide cathédrale illuminée de vert dans le ciel bleu. Bien vu l'inclusion du photographe en premier plan. Très jolie photo d'une grande netteté à l'heure bleue et un titre bien trouvé. J'aime beaucoup!
eldancer1 (23039) 2013-12-09 7:39
Beautiful architecture and awesome capture during the blue hour. Love the colors. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
adramad (33546) 2013-12-09 7:44
A splendid image of extraordinary beauty, the City looks great with the lighting in green and features a lovely effect with pretty blue that you have obtained in the night, in the foreground we see people excited about taking pictures with the tablet ....
Very attractive colors in this image.
Superbly managed the brightness and sharpness.
Well done. I love the image.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
Hansaphotos (6329) 2013-12-09 9:03
What a spectacular shot of the city hall, very well captured in the blue hour. A surprising combination of colours. Excellent choice of title to accompany this excellent shot. The person in the foreground trying to capture the same view with an ipad is a nice addition. Fascinating work! Thanks.
Have a nice week.
Best regards, Erling
claudeD (28826) 2013-12-09 9:59
very fine picture from Brussel with a perfect light managment and excellent colors and sharpness.I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
gus72 (3719) 2013-12-11 2:43
Hi Paul !!
I am glad that you got such a good response to this photo from the TE members...
the contrast between blue and green is majestic....
the actual building looks twice as nice thanks to the clever illumination
a real winer for you .......Congratulations
mcmtanyel (8147) 2013-12-12 12:47
I agree that the color is the same as that of Hulk's but the looks are much more refined than his. I love these pictures-within-pictures. Excellent sharpness and color.
emka (68516) 2013-12-12 23:46
Hi, I missed also this shot. What a shot, you were lucky to be there! And even with no tripod it is stunning sharp. Awesome colours. I like the view on the tablet. Wonderful job.
WArm regrads MAlgo
marina7 (8005) 2013-12-15 11:56
superb photo, the place looks haunted:) Amazing combination of green and blue, I like its mesmerizing glow.
My sincere compliments and best wishes!
fabbs99 (14375) 2013-12-18 23:46
Truly a spectacular view of the Great Palace.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
Didi (53257) 2013-12-21 0:09
Géniale cette photo
Bon contrôle de l'exposition à l'heure bleue; l'image est bien visible sur la tablette
serp2000 (35728) 2014-02-01 2:26
Just a masterpiece... Superb work! My congratulations to you! Impressive colours, good exposure, good idea to place the viewers on the foreground. ;)
COSTANTINO (47612) 2014-02-27 12:54
great contrast between the blue sky and
the building very difficult shot during
the blue hour your useful notes
helped me to understand this scenery
jmdias (50325) 2014-03-27 2:50
very nice colors and use of the light here. the contrast with the sky created a beautiful compo. the man with the tablet in the lower part would deserve a photo too.