Evening and night shots in Antwerp with an Olympus EP5 By Dirk Dom

Evening and night shots in Antwerp

By Dirk Dom


A few years ago, I regularly went for walks in Antwerp and let myself be surprised by what happened in front of my lens. But I also discovered potential and went back again and again to get the shot. Olympus PEN EP-5, Canon FD 85mm f/1.2, Canon FD 24mm f/1.4 and Canon FD 135mm f/2.

The setting sun makes for nice light in this shot. At first I didn’t think the image was anything, but I changed my mind and I turned back.

Just light.

These flowers just emitted light in the setting sun. I went back there on four successive days to catch the light and passing cars. I never thought digital would be able to capture it.

A crossing gave for nice light. I just went there at sunset for a few evenings and shot lots of pictures of people crossing.

A very angry man. I almost didn’t dare take the shot. Extremely nice light. The 135mm behaves like a 270mm, it’s fantastic on the PEN, as it’s only 4 inches long and no one sees that you’re shooting with a serious tele.

A building at sunset, reflecting the light. As usual, I had seen this a few weeks before passing in my car. This took me a few evenings to figure it out and nail the shot. It looks like a stack of Cd’s.

At night, the PEN and the 85mm f/1.2 are magic. I have no problem at all shooting handheld.

Seeing this light box advertisement I thought it had potential. From the other side of the street I photographed passing people for half an hour. I used manual exposure.

Having a nip of jonge jenever…

A mylar sheet put on a windshield against frost. It looked so magical that I went home and fetched my camera. 24mm f/1.4.

The Onze lieve Vrouwe Cathedral, as always real impressive. This shot I took with Christmas, it was the first time out with the new PEN. Again I thought digital wouldn’t be able to capture this. The light in this shot is so delicate I could do no postprocessing at all.

Well, that’s it for now, thanks for looking, and hope you enjoyed the images!




  1. Great photos, really enjoyed them. Starting tomorrow, I’m in Paris for a month, and your pictures have inspired me to get out and about in the city and create something too.

  2. Well, I’m really glad it didn’t get lost! Your experimenting is always so interesting, Dom. I always look at your posts more than once. Thanks.

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