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© Ute Reckhorn

© Ute Reckhorn

In Bruges with OMNI | Lensbaby Creators

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Shooting the same travel photos as everyone else can start to feel uninspired and, quite frankly, boring! Unlike Polina Plotnikova's distorted, captivating and mysterious scenes from Bruges, Belgium. Shot with the

Bruges is a city that will capture your heart. Unashamedly exuberant, Bruges has been an international metropolis for centuries, boasting impressive medieval architecture mixed with some marvelous 19th-century buildings. It offers a wide range of photography subjects: street photography, architectural details, amazing canal reflections, and urban wildlife - like the famous swans of Bruges. Early morning sunrise sessions give you the opportunity to photograph empty streets before they are filled with tourists. I've photographed this amazing place with all my favourite conventional lenses, all my Lensbaby lenses, and optics numerous times. Naturally, when I got my OMNI kit, my first thought was what I could do with the OMNI wands at my beloved Bruges.

Medieval architecture translates very well into something mysterious and even more magical with the stretch glass and crystal seahorse wands. These are the two wands I mostly used on this occasion. I was hoping to create something magical out of well-known iconic Bruges locations and OMNI did not disappoint me! I love the way it alters reality but still gives me full control (no, I am not a spontaneous happy snapper!). I must say I did suspect the stretch glass would be great for architecture and reflections, but the results were even better! Once I was back from our city break, I found that I kept mentally applying the stretch glass to the scenery in front of my eyes, because I now know what an amazing alternative view I can get.

Check out more Polina's work on her website, Instagram, and Flickr.