It was a hot Austrian summer back in 1971,and I was nearly 9 years old.
Together with my sister, mum and dad,we travelled around wonderful Salzkammergut,thanks to its many lakes and mountains,one of the most populair holiday areas of the country.
Still a boy,I remember how impressed I was by our visit to the old salt-mining town Hallstatt,on the banks of the Hallstatter see (lake).
More than 40 year later I came back to Hallstatt,everything,all the memories came back again ;=],and I was amazed,so litlle had changed!,thank god!
Im 51 now,married children,like my sister,and my parents,are already gone and happy together,and Hallstatt,....it will Always be there,generation after generation...
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cargus (8018) 2013-09-08 12:29
Colour, light and contrast excellent, good together in a successful picture.
dta (62438) 2013-09-08 12:33
Hello Jan ,
I like a lot your nostalgic evocation . And what a gorgeous view of the famous village ! A wonderful capture , full of colors and contrasts , under a great light , with splendid reflections and the fine effet of the passing clouds .
PaulVDV (20233) 2013-09-08 12:34
Wow! Wat een schitterende foto!
Het licht op de huizen, kerken en groene bergflank is prachtig.
De laaghangende wolken nemen een ideale vorm aan zodat ze mooi over de kerktoren heen gaan. Te samen met hun weerspiegeling vormen ze bijna een cirkel.
Een sublieme foto.
Vele groeten, Paul
marabu61 (7225) 2013-09-08 12:41
Childhood memories can be so strong and it is nice to discover how little has changed in the bygone years.
This is a wonderful postcard from Hallstatt, paying it the tribute it deserves. The village in itself, in its beautiful setting between mountains and lake, is beautiful but in this warm golden light it looks sublime.
I hope you will be able to enjoy this view for many more years to come.
have a great day
mesutilgim (79428) 2013-09-08 12:46
Amazing capture from Hallstadt with wonderfull reflections. Nice framed.
TFS and best regards
PiotrF (3954) 2013-09-08 13:24
Sentimental travel. Excellent contrast picture with a nice clouds and reflections in water.Interesting and unique place. Beautiful color contrast.Superb landscape composition with amazing depth. Congratulations. A good presentation.
siudzi (31831) 2013-09-08 14:11
Indeed, the view is gorgeous! Absolutely unique architecture placed so well and perfectly reflected in the water gave a superb result. Like it a lot! Excellent capture. TFS.
bbarna (652) 2013-09-08 15:29
Beautiful picture, of a beautiful town. I also have found memories of my traveled in Austria 50 years ago. Congratulations,
macjake (51476) 2013-09-08 19:00
haha...i saw an episode of Rick Steve's Europe on this area :)
a well written note, it adds so much to the overall scene as we feel what you're thinking when you spent time here.
lovely photo to compliment the story, soft light and everything looks picture perfect.
well shot with the reflective water.
GiovanniG (2375) 2013-09-08 22:17
Wonderful capture so full of beautiful buildings, mountains and water. Very pleasing format.
Very well done Jan!
jjcordier (72680) 2013-09-08 22:35
Une fantastique photo de ce magnifique endroit que j'ai beaucoup aimé. La lumière est incroyable donnant des reflets sublimes. Un cadrage parfait pour une photo de très grande qualité.
papon (1283) 2013-09-08 23:20
Very nice picture...Nice place and a very good POV...I like the color and the composition here...
All the best,
carlo62 (26938) 2013-09-09 0:00
un paesaggio bellissimo e un eccellente scatto.
La città è conosciuta per la sua storia e per la sua bellezza, ma questa foto la esalta in modo particolare con un eccellente gioco di riflessi.
ikeharel (51563) 2013-09-09 1:56
Good morning Jan,
Perfectly chosen the POV over this wonderful small village.
The calm water allow a fantastic mirror effect on surface - like nature & light painting over water.
Stunning view with good light and superb contrast.
dkmurphys (45897) 2013-09-09 2:32
Spectacular capture, a superb mountain scene in great colors and a fine artistic presentation. Well seen, enjoy a fine week ahead.
ChrisJ (94510) 2013-09-09 5:15
Fantastic symmetrical reflections in the alpine lake with good sharpness and natural looking colour, and not a car, bus stop, or rubbish bin in sight! Well a few cars in the carpark in the bg, but where they belong! ;-) Good high vantage point and the diagonal shoreline adds both dynamism and perspective. Tfs!
Romano46 (16578) 2013-09-09 6:27
una foto stupenda per la quale ti faccio i miei complimenti.
Perfetta nella composizione , ricca dio colori saturi al punto giusato e con un soggetto indimenticabile in virtù sia della bella ripresa che della perfetta luce che lo illumina.
Una delle più belle foto avente per soggetto un luogo dell'Austria che io abbia avuto modo di vedere.
Ciao e buona giornata
abmdsudi (38884) 2013-09-09 7:35
Horas Pak Jan
Great to be back after all these years! What a magnificent view of that low stretched cloud and its reflection, so calm and serene with those bright houses grabbing the eyes. Indeed a spectacle to remember your pleasant stay there and all the yester years memories.... Lovely the way the light shades into night as one scans from left to right. This is a delightful shot, simply mouth watering Well done.
subhendu_bagchi (25121) 2013-09-09 8:25
frame of the day... Surely a superb and eye catching composition. Like the sharp details of those cottages and beautiful mountains at back. Great to see the cloud generated from the bottom of those mountains. Excellent reflection in the water of lake. The colour tone is a bit reddish in my eyes but overall it is a great shot. Tfs.
gervaso (9339) 2013-09-09 13:38
A perfect symmetry in this image, making it very attractive! The reflections on the water are beautiful, and so are the colors! Wonderful composition! Excellent job!
jurek1951 (40949) 2013-09-09 15:56
Very beautifully composed picture with fantastic reflections of buildings in calm and claer water.Very nice colors and framing.
emka (72344) 2013-09-10 23:25
Marvelous photo. Amazing thing is this circular framing from the clouds and their reflection. The little town on lake looks wonderful. it reminds me the towns on the Como Lake in Italy but the architecture is different. Splendid quiet atmosphere, how nice it must be to go for a short trip with this white small boat.
But what I like most it is your note. How great for you to come here with the next generation and recalling the past. I also make sometimes such sentimental journey with my sons to the places i was long time ago with my parents. And my son went not long time ago with his daughter to Vienna. He asked me to send him by email the photo he had with me . He wanted to make the very similar photo but with him as parent.
Thanks for sharing
maloutim (9623) 2013-09-16 0:46
Wow ! What a delightful capture of this dream panorama ! Exactly how we imagine beautiful Austria, but much better !
I love the contrast between the sun-struck houses and the cloudy mountain with its great reflection in the lake !
The composition is just perfect with the village on the right and the church spire and its reflection giving a vertical dimension to the picture.
Royaldevon (25934) 2013-09-17 4:08
I'm always pleased to see your photographs.
This is another cracker.
I like the way you have composed the scene, with a diagonal lead across the frame, guiding, to make sure we see the lovely buildings, with their fine reflections, travelling inward, as if on a journey of discovery. There is a really pleasing contrast between the sun drenched f/g and the cloud shrouded hillside.
It is such a joy to find stability in the world - when you find that places you experienced and cherished as a child are still there, unchanged, to rekindle early memories!
Have a great day,
Silvio1953 (115213) 2013-09-23 10:36
Ciao Jan, fascinating composition with fantastic reflections, great view of lovely place, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jhm (134540) 2013-09-24 1:31
Op de leeftijd van u nu, denkt men al eens graag terug in de tijd, maar ik beloof u wanneer u twintig jaar ouder zal zijn er meer van die gedachten zullen opduiken, dit is mijn ervaring met mijn 72 jaar.
Uw foto is werkelijk een pracht beeld, ik zou dit mij ook herinneren wanneer ik er zou geweest zijn.
Uw foto is een beauty zonder meer, het betere werk op TE.
Mijn complementen voor dit mooie werk. Bedankt.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen,
vjmite (3704) 2013-09-28 1:31
This is a classic photo of a classic town, well composed and with excellent sharpness and colors. The reflections are wonderful, as are the clouds swirling around the mountains in the background.
delpeoples (52309) 2013-09-30 8:28
Dag dear Jan
Fantastic photo, full of your famous Dutchlight, even though it is Austrian. I love the symmetry of those reflections and the strong colours. The scene is wonderful and you have captured it superbly. Once of your best.
Just back from 5 weeks in Europe and I miss it already :)
Cricri (100451) 2013-10-07 3:12
Magnifiques les reflets, les nuages qui forme un carcle autour de l'église, bon rendu des couleurs, très jolie composition
josepmarin (57465) 2013-10-08 2:32
this is a fantastic postcard of this wonderful and calm austrian village, and the lake as a mirror, which offers us all the natural beauty of the Alpine landscape.
In spite of the low clouds, the colours are vivid and beautiful, and I love the delightful traditional architecture of the houses and of the church, with its slender belfry.
A great photo.
adores (33954) 2013-10-08 10:14
It doesn't surprise me you got so impressed, the place looks magnificent. Everything seems perfect here, the pov, the light, the reflection and even that veil of clouds. A really beautiful shot!
cornejo (27515) 2013-10-13 10:53
Hi Jan, lovely view of this beautiful and interesting place, I met in July of last year, very well captured in this excellent and beautiful picture with very good sharpness, nice color and light. A great 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.
oss (425) 2013-10-23 12:33
ik ben nu pas op je portfolio. Hieraan moet ik al punten geven. Prachtige foto! DOF, weerspiegeling en warme kleuren. Beste groeten, Tony
mkamionka (29155) 2013-10-31 9:38
this is such a beautiful view. I remember seeing it already.
The composition is brilliant taken from a great POV, the clouds which are climbing the mountain make a nice oval round the church. The spire of church makes a very strong point in the composition and the reflection enhances it even more.
EstudioChispa (1874) 2013-11-01 6:58
Thanks for sharing your fantastic memory, Jan. This image is spectacular! I'm sure some things may have changed in the 40 years intervening, but it is good to know that many things stay the same! May you and your family always enjoy the journey.
brianmcc (6005) 2013-11-03 4:38
this is a wonderful scene. the light is very attractive and you have used it well to produce some beautiful colours. i love the low cloud moving over the mountainsides. the church spire is well positioned in the centre of the frame to symmetry and balance to the picture. it is great to have such lovely memories of past family holidays.
Hansaphotos (6415) 2013-11-05 13:36
Superb shot of this lovely village. Isn`t it great that some places can be like that: unchanged, ready to bring back memories from a lost time. Beautiful composition and lovely lighting and fine effect of the reflections. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Erling
claudeD (30175) 2013-11-17 2:21
Wonderful picture from Hallstadt with a perfect composition, excellent light managment and very good reflections in the water. Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mjw364 (6998) 2013-11-19 11:33
What a lovely note - I love it when things like that happen and life comes full circle. I love the careful composition here and the symmetry of the reflection. Well composed image.
HimalAnda (8512) 2013-12-03 3:05
The light is nice, and the composition is just perfect, with a beautiful reflection of the little city on the water.
jemaflor (80058) 2013-12-04 23:11
Great composition and view with the church in a focal point and all these pleasant reflections on water, so beautiful result.
tyro (18344) 2013-12-17 12:46
Ah, like yourself, I remember this wonderful place from a long time ago - my only visit to Hallstatt was in 1976 and I would love to revisit it! I remember that the streets were so narrow that you couldn't take a car into the town and I also remember a tiny chapel full of skulls because the local cemetery was so very small. But most of all I remember the beautiful waterfront and the fabulous reflections of the buildings and mountains in the smooth water of the lake. And the wonderful peace and solitude.
And you have brought back all those wonderful memories with this photograph! The light and colours here are delightful, your composition is excellent and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
This really makes me want to return to this beautiful Austrian town!
Didi (54727) 2013-12-21 6:33
Very good point of view with a very nice lights ambiance
Interesting curved river bank
photoray (9903) 2013-12-22 8:22
Like everyone else, a beautiful view of Hallstatt classical architecture lining the See and reflected through the cloud mirror.
Looks like a fine place to visit, reflect and absorb history.
robmal (1858) 2014-01-26 10:01
This is indeed a beautiful city situated in an amazing locationl, great shot with warm colours and lights, beautiful reflectionsl, congratulations.