Apr 05, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Blurry

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, taken on October 26, 2011

During the 24 Heures Velo (annual beer festival in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) event in 2011, a few people in my previous lab were racing in the normal circuit, so I decided to join the team…as a spectator, and part of the cheering squad! Here’s Remi in blue, heading off for his turn. It was my first time trying to shoot fast moving action with Mr.Nikon, and I really have to practise more and learn how to do it properly, especially in the dark! As a result, the photo turned out with a bit of a blur, though I liked the effect. A tripod would probably help, but with 40000 people in a crowded place, I felt in danger even with Mr.Nikon around my neck that day, not to mention a tripod…

October 24, 2012 – 24 heures vélo

The 24 heures vélo event is the main annual beer festival in Louvain-la-Neuve (and in all of Belgium), where students come from all around the country to participate in a 24-hour relay bike race. There are two types of bikes: the regular fast bikes and the funky “folkloric” bikes designed by each team. The event is said to be the second largest beer festival in Europe, after Oktoberfest, and there are concerts and activities happening all around the city throughout the entire night. I was here for the event last year and am lucky to be around this year as well, before I say goodbye to Louvain-la-Neuve! Our institute (Institut de la matière condensée et des nanosciences) had quite a team, and while I didn’t participate in the race itself (I would have been so slow they’d think I were dead), I was there at the relay station to show my support. Here’s Amir on our folkloric bike (right) coming back from one lap around the course. Good job team! (I haven’t uploaded pictures from this year’s race yet, but you can see last year’s event album here.)