This is the facade of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, the seat of the European Commission, with the European Flag as the only flag flying from the 26 flagpoles in front of building (one for each Member State and one for this flag). The building was recently renovated at astronomical cost to the Belgian State, but as it is very much a symbol of the European Union, it was decided to renovate rather than replace the building by a new one.
The photo was taken on 11 March, which has been declared International day against terrorism recently - in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on four trains in Madrid on 11 March 2004, exactly two and a half years after the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
Technically I mirrored the image for better composition, clarified a bit and sharpened before resizing. I also sharpened after resizing.
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MvS (4163) 2005-03-14 16:09
Good picture that fools the eye - it does not look square - more like a rhomb. Great sharpness and clarity.
Thanks for showing us where the tax money goes...
Ebbe (9617) 2005-03-14 16:23
I like how the color stands out here together with the texture that is the only soft thing in this metal world.
I think you can crop a little on the bottom to loose the last flagpole head.
"...mirrired the image for better composition..." - or is there a wind from the left in Brussels nowadays?
Tue (29104) 2005-03-14 18:16
I support the EU, so I like this shot!
I love all the lines of the building and the flag in front! Well done and a nice idea! :-D
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-03-15 14:49
This is a geat claasic for the subject, and a good composition, colored lined and clear.
I like it
mortijo (12828) 2005-03-17 15:44
Well, it is a symbol mirrored or not. Thank you for showing it Per, I havn't been there since it reopened, but it looks nice. The picture is near perfect and I like it a lot.
premels (2400) 2005-03-20 3:55
I also learned that pictures have a reading direction but I often have the feeling I'd be forging reality by altering a picture that way. As a result I'm still waiting for 'the wind from the left'. You are probably right it's best to create it oneself.
The shining glass and frosted metal of this facade is at its best now that it is fresh. That was the right time to picture it.
kaychambers (1198) 2005-03-22 20:21
The blueness of the flag breaks the grey parallels nicely here. Good presentation here. Well done.
Vic, Singapore. 23rd March 2005
- Copyright: Per Hoj (hojper) (2832)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-11
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-14 15:11
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