We have been struggling with our gallery software for some time. That has kept us from putting photos from our holiday to New York City on line. The problems have not been solved yet. In fact, I can’t seem to put his finger on the problem.
Never the less, we wanted to bring the New York City gallery on line fast. So we opted to upload the photos in a smaller size. We hope you will enjoy the photos. Here’s just a few samples; the complete gallery holds 107 photos (our biggest gallery to date).
We took part in another Belgium Digital model shoot yesterday. The 3 of us–Kris, Lies and our best friend Luc Bogaerts that is–had a blast: lots of interesting photo opportunities, lots of photos, lots of fun and to top it all of a BBQ. We link to say a big thank you to everyone at Belgium Digital who made this day possible and to all the models who were kind enough to work with us!
It was hard work and it’s going to be even more hard work to sift through 600+ photos and put up a full gallery. So stay tuned for more photos from this shoot. I’ll have this gallery ready before the end of September.
Come to think of it: we still have to upload a bunch of photos of our trip to New York and New Jersey. I’ll upload them after finishing the photos of the model shoot.
We drove to the Ardennes yesterday for a little geocache. Never heard of geocaching? It’s a high tech version of a little game called hide-and-seek. Someone hides a little box with goodies and then tells you at which coordinates the box is hidden. All you need to do is to take your GPS and find your way to that little box. Sometimes you have to solve small puzzles or find other things a long the way to get where you need to be.
We tried our luck on the cache GC8342. Arrived in the area shortly before sunset, but since we knew it was just a little hike, we’d gone ahead, took our gear (GPS and camera) and tried to find it anyway. The stash was easy to find and we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. A pity that we didn’t arrive sooner because there is was very nice there: very beautiful place for a day hike and to shoot pictures.
I spent last week Friday and Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base shooting some photos of the proud of the Dutch Royal Air Force. The KLu presented their helicopter fleet at their yearly air show. Conditions weren’t great (low cloud coverage) but he still managed to get a few nice shots. You gotta love that air power demonstration and you gotta love the AH-64 Apache.
After 2 more shows last weekend–Düsseldorf last Thursday and Rotterdam yesterday evening–Springsteen’s Devils & Dust tour is over for me.
Düsseldorf was another excellent show: 3 tour premieres and another 4 songs Springsteen didn’t play in Brussels. I Wish I Were Blind just knocked me off my socks. And I was just as impressed with Incident on 57th Street and Racing in the Street.
I was a little disappointed with the Rotterdam show. The sound was inferior to the 3 other shows I’ve seen, and few little annoyances made in the experience a little less interesting than the other 3 shows. Still liked hearing My Father’s House though.
A few statistics: In the 4 shows I’ve seen, Springsteen played a total of 101 songs (48 different songs). That is almost 10 hours of music! He played all 12 songs from his latest album Devils & Dust during those 4 shows.
Bruce Springsteen was in Brussels last night for a solo acoustic concert in his Devils and Dust tour. And despite all the problems with the ticket sales, I managed to get a pair of tickets for the 13th row. It was a very enjoyable show.
As important to me as the show itself, is meeting new and old friends before the show. So we made our way to Vorst Nationaal way before the start of the show. Parked the car near the venue–no stress for us–and had a few drinks with friends. It was so good to see al those people that I hadn’t seen for a long time.
But on the main event: Springsteen’s concert. I was afraid that, after seeing the show in Los Angeles, the European shows weren’t going to as good. But I was wrong! The Belgian public respected Springsteen’s request for silence during the performance, but greeted each song with enthusiasm and heart warming applause. And though Vorst Nationaal is big venue for solo acoustic performances, Bruce was able to make it feel small and cozy. It felt more like my living room than a venue that holds 7000. Springsteen reached everyone; the show had power yet created an intimate atmosphere.
Although Devils and Dust isn’t Springsteen’s best album–at least not in my opinion– must admit like this tour just as much as concerts with the E-Street Band. And I like this tour better than his 1st solo acoustic tour. This tour has a good mix of old and new songs. And in Brussels, Springsteen impressed me most with Reason to Believe, State Trooper, Thougher Than the Rest and Racing in the Streets. Matamoros Banks and Reno are still the best songs from his new album.
I was really impressed with Springsteen’s performance. I hope he will impress me again in Düsseldorf and Rotterdam.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we’ve returned from our trip to New York. We are still a bit tired from the flight. But at least we had a good time. We’re working on a photo gallery and a little report of the trip. Will be online soon…
We have already uploaded some random photos to our gallery.