‘Ghent - When everyone’s logged in on TE’
A cold evening … empty streets … lonely photographer on the bridge … nobody else to enjoy the view ... most likely everyone’s inside, logged in on TE …
The picture is taken on the Sint-Michielsbrug in the historic center of Ghent.
From this bridge you have a view of the river Leie, the Korenlei (left quay on the photo), the Graslei (right quay) and in the distance the Gravensteen (middle of the picture, rising up behind the other buildings).
In the 11th century, this became the port of Ghent and the trade flourished along both quays.
The castle ‘Gravensteen’, a stronghold, also dating from the Middle Ages, is very famous because it has preserved an almost intact defense system.
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Sonata11 (33697) 2011-12-11 21:14
Awesome !!!! beautiful composition and frame of this architecture and perfect reflection. Great management of light, colors, sharpness, perfect clarity and fantastic POV and DOF too. Perfectly executed image of excellent presentation of this place. Fantastic work. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
I cordially greet,
bayno (18344) 2011-12-11 21:31
Hi Paul, amazing light and reflection...you can turn with out not problem, very nice POV and sharpness...i like also the tones...beautiful architecture, have a good day, valter
besnard (55123) 2011-12-11 21:35
Une belle image nocturne profonde qui met en valeur cette belle architecture.
Bravo et bonne journée.
jadesgran (5369) 2011-12-11 21:46
Wow! This is some picture. I love everything about it.It`s sharp, the colours are great ,and the reflections are awesome.Wonderful!T.F.S.
Best Wishes Gladys.
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-12-11 21:56
Wow, Paul. This is fantastic, love the reflections, I have visited here three years ago around this time and boy was it cold and wet, so I sympathize. Great shot, Well done, Cheers Iain.
abmdsudi (46988) 2011-12-11 22:36
An original take on a well photograped night shot at blue hour. Amazing effect, superb exposure with exceptional clarity, a very sharp and impressive composition in wonderful intense image with great sense of depth. Love the way the view point leads into the prominent buildings. The warm and spakles in the buildings against blue is extremely stunning enhanced by mirror reflections. This is a delightful night shot, Brilliant. Congrats
giorgimer (34939) 2011-12-11 22:54
I discovered the beauties of Belgium on TE. This is another wonder making me wish to visit the country. Perfect composition, exposure and reflection, I'll add it to my favorites!
mursaloglu (8682) 2011-12-11 23:26
marvelous picture. You really caught the golden time for this kind of picture. Marvelous light management fantastic reflection on the water. Bravo ihsan
Cricri (111533) 2011-12-12 0:31
Une belle image de Gand a heure bleu, j'aime le POV choisi avec les reflets de ces très belles architectures, bonne lumière et couleurs
JFS (32459) 2011-12-12 0:32
BEAUTIFUL shot and beautiful reflection in blue hour. Fantastic POV permitting see every detail on this rich architecture.
Gigidusud (18105) 2011-12-12 1:25
Suberbe cette photo,merci pour le partage.
Zengi001 (2739) 2011-12-12 1:31
Nice night shot which can be used as reference in a city guide,
Well captured, and the lighting is just as required I think.
wolf38 (31284) 2011-12-12 1:33
Hi Paul. My compliments for this great shot. The reflection is perfect. Also I like the colors intzensiven. Absolutely well done! Rgds, Wolfgang.
jhm (144374) 2011-12-12 2:49
U moet zeer veel moed hebben om s'avonds foto's te maken in Gent, dit is niet meer voor mij weggelegd, te groot risico van zonder camera thuis te komen.
Het is een prachtige foto met de beide kades in beeld en ook de zeer mooie weerspiegelingen.
Vele van deze gebouwen zijn opnieuw neergepoot voor de wereld tentoonstelling in Gent in 1923, zelfs de brug waar u opstond is uit deze periode
Mooi beeld goed afgewerkt, bedankt.
carper (96) 2011-12-12 2:52
heel fraai Paul.
Ik kan me wel wat vinden in de mening van John, maar aan de andere kant dit kan ook gewoon bij je thuis gebeuren in deze tijd. Fraai avond aanblik van Gent heel mooi neergezet.
ikeharel (63071) 2011-12-12 3:55
I saw the same canal view on Bruges, several times on TE already, Paul, but you managed blue-hour picture in very fine perspective and clearity.
Facades mirror on water is most enlighting.
yquem46 (38750) 2011-12-12 5:14
je connais Bruxelles et Bruges, mais pas Ghent et je crois bien à voir ce post que je vais mettre cette ville dans mon agenda
une très belle image à l'heure bleue, excellents reflets dans le canal, maisons aux couleurs dorées
Sergiom (67592) 2011-12-12 7:24
C'est remarquable. Le plan d'eau que le regard suit dans l'image lui donne une grande profondeur. Les détails sont d'une grande netteté et les couleurs sont superbes.
cargus (9602) 2011-12-12 7:27
Excellent cityscape, played in the most beautiful colors, clear and bright a successful image,.. well done.!!
krzychu30 (15510) 2011-12-12 7:29
it´s simply beautiful.First-the architecture,really impressive and wonderful.Well captured in best quality.Secondly-these delightful reflections in the water.Brilliant blue hour composition with fantastic colors.
dta (71491) 2011-12-12 8:04
Bonjour paul ,
Je comprends pourquoi beaucoup de monde se rend dans les villes flamandes . Quelle beauté ! De merveilleux reflets et une jolie heure bleue pour cette belle perspective sur le canal .
saxo042 (37710) 2011-12-12 8:12
Didn´t know that Ghent is such a beautiful city ;) (I have only seen it from the motorway around...) A great picture with excellent capture of the reflections and of the the golden colours the buildings and the blue colour of sky and water.
adramad (40722) 2011-12-12 8:14
A marvel of composition at the blue hour, the beauty of these magnificent buildings, stands out as amazing, in this sharp image, the reflections on the calm waters of the river are fantastic, an image to stay for a while watching despite the cold.
Great job, I love it. Congratulations.
Have a great evening.
SnapRJW (31627) 2011-12-12 8:17
Hello Paul - The sharpness and contrast is super in this strong and lovely composition. The stillness of the water has enabled you to capture the most amazing reflections. Warm regards Rosemary
patdeph (35748) 2011-12-12 9:21
superbe heure bleue prise d'un POV idéal,donnant à la fois une magnifique perspective et de splendides reflets d'une grande limpidité.Les couleurs bleues et dorées sont magnifiques,tout comme l'architecture de la ville.
bergese (6699) 2011-12-12 11:10
Quelle image magnifique,les reflets sont excellents et que dire de la lumiere et de la netteté.L'endroit est vraiment à voir tellement l'architecture est riche et belle.
Bonne soirée Isabelle
chawax (19862) 2011-12-12 11:57
Une très belle vue sur ce canal aux heures bleues, avec de beaux reflets de ces superbes immeubles.
mauro61 (52769) 2011-12-12 12:11
bella l'inquadratura che presenta la città con tante luci.
Mi piace l'effetto dei riflessi sull'acqua e l'azzurro del cielo.
cornejo (35951) 2011-12-12 12:32
Hi Paul, great photo of this charming place with a magnificent reflection, good clarity, depth and beautiful colors, excellent and lovely job very well done, congratulations my friend. Good night and happy week. Tfs.
anokutan (15097) 2011-12-12 12:55
Beautiful shot and beautiful reflection in blue hour. Fantastic POV.
dino94 (822) 2011-12-12 13:12
belle composition nocturne, valorisant la belle architecture du centre historique de Gant, par la maitrise de l'exposition.
Bonne utilisation de la courbure du canal, qui valorise le jeu de reflets, et guide bien le regard dans l'image.
francio64 (39708) 2011-12-12 13:50
molto bella questa panoramica su Gent con il canale d'acqua al centro della scena a riflettere gli edifici sulla sinistra come in uno specchio.
Luci ben gestite e ottima profondità.
macondo (18623) 2011-12-12 14:12
I know this place very well, having stayed in Gent a couple of times, once for a month. I, too, took photos from this bridge, but not such a night photo with such lovely luminescence in the blue hour. The surface of the Leie is like a mirror, the reflection is remarkable. Everything so clear and sharp despite the f2.8 aperture. The architecture, and of course the broad bend in the river, really make this quite a stunning photo. Very nicely done and a good title and note.
sacimar (26205) 2011-12-12 14:16
excellent image! this is a beautiful picture, light management is impressive, colors and tones are beautiful, congratulations,
adores (41100) 2011-12-12 16:49
Even with just a few people around, your photo is great:)! A beautiful blue sky, a great pov, exposure and a really nice and perfect reflection on the waters.Good work! This beautiful place really deserves it, those old houses are magnificent!
npecanhuk (70147) 2011-12-12 17:32
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format, contrasts, black & white borders and composition with those reflections are all excellent features here!
TFS - congrats,
danos (90435) 2011-12-13 3:30
fascinating and lovely this blue's hour shot with the canal to creates depth and perspective in the scene.I like the well lighted builings on both sides of the canal with the clarity and the sharpness to are superb.The reflections of the buildings complete perfct the whole image.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
mesutilgim (89198) 2011-12-13 12:00
What a great capture, what a perfect title !
I didn'd count it yet but also I use -most probably- 1/24 of any day at TE !!
How nice. It's a good balance in my (or our) daily life.
This capture is also masterly ! Very good light management and perfect layout. Amazing details.
TFS and best regards
claudeD (35547) 2011-12-13 12:07
Amazing picture with a perfect composition and excellent clarity. The reflections in the water are very fine. I know the location from a visit of Gent during last summer.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
tedesse (25133) 2011-12-14 14:13
The splendid view of old architecture of Gandawa.Miraculous colours and reflections.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-15 6:46
Goed avond Paul,
Une très belle "blue hour" avec une parfaite gestion de la lumière ce qui met bien en valeurt les belles maisons gnatoises et leurs somptuex reflets. POV très bien choisi, au départ d'un pont je suppose, ce qui donne une image profonde avec une large et agréable perspective ouverte.
pauloog (11747) 2011-12-15 14:46
Een ijselijke rust inderdaad met buitengewoon helder licht en een perrfecte spiegeling, mooi.
SWEETFREEDOM (23634) 2011-12-17 0:31
a beutiful view with no one around caught with a very good exposure. i like the turning canal and the reflections on the water.
Charo (51210) 2011-12-17 7:21
You captured this magnificent image in one hour to highlight the beautiful buildings on the channel and the blue sky.
Excellent perspective and reflections. Bravo!
rbassin (19996) 2011-12-17 7:29
Une très belle prise de vue, la qualité des couleurs et des reflets sont remarquables.
L'architecture des façades est magnifique, et j'aime bien la courbe formée par le canal.
emka (86645) 2011-12-17 23:27
It is fun to be alone on the evenig with such a gorgeous surrounding. The water is so ideally smooth, no ripples and the reflection is perfect like in the mirror. Gorgeous composition, superb sharpness. Great work.
Funny note and title.
I was in Ghent some years ago, wonderful city. But that time I had no good camera :(.
Graal (100196) 2011-12-18 0:08
view is beautiful. Good shot and presentation from Gandawa. Friends probably already about everything wrote. Very good photograph. I like it.
Have a nice sunday.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2011-12-18 6:04
An excellent masterpiece for sure!
I have no words....
josepmarin (57959) 2011-12-18 12:51
a beautiful image of Ghent at the blue hour, perfectly caught in a good framing.
I like the curve of the canal and the precious reflections on the water, that they duplicate the beauty of the elegant architecture of the city.
The technical execution is impeccable.
It is a magnificent work.
Nard (6972) 2011-12-18 13:14
Une splendide photo qui mélange les lumières de la nuit et ce ciel qui pourrait être en pleine journée. Une netteté incroyable et des reflets miroirs, on dirait presque une maquette, chaque détail bénéficie d'une superbe précision. bravo
ChrisJ (104455) 2011-12-19 1:01
A superb blue hour shot, of this attractive, symmetrical Belgian Canal. Good sharpness & superb reflections with excellent warm vs cold colour contrasts between the yellow red façades of the buildings & the blue sky & water. Tfs!
gildasjan (42538) 2011-12-19 5:08
Un cadrage très soigné qui laisse toute sa place aux reflets et un beau mariage de couleurs entre les lumières artificielles et le bleu nuit de ce ciel et de son reflet.
pajaran (55123) 2011-12-19 14:20
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa podacima o mestu ...
Lep pogled na kanal sa refleksima u vodi i deo grada osvetljen gradskim svetlom.
Dobar nocni snimka i prikaz lepom fotografijom.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, perspektiva i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Moje cestitke na dobrom radu i prikazu.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc za odmor.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article with information on location ...
Nice view of the canal with water and reflexes in the city of light illuminated the city.
Good night shots and beautiful photography show.
Good severity clip, contrast, perspective and composition, beautiful colors.
My congratulations on the good work and presentation.
Pleasant evening and a quiet night for the rest.
All the best in the new week, which has begun.
delpeoples (55094) 2011-12-19 22:12
Salut cher Paul
This is spectacular. And whilst I understand it might be a little chilly, I would choose this view anytime over staying inside on the computer. This is one of the best Blue Hour photos I've seen in a long time. The image is so crisp, beautiflly exposed, even the lights in reflections aren't blown out. Fantastic sharpness, blue tones and the perspective of the canal is stunning. Superbe!
Amities et belle soiree
marina7 (8055) 2011-12-20 10:27
Such a crystal clear image, sharp and bright. Lovely tones, excellent angle... what more can I say? A perfect postcard of this lovely place.
UlfE (14641) 2011-12-20 11:46
Wonderful blue hour shot with really beautiful reflections on the quiet water. Perfect POV and composition. TFS and have a nice evening!
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-12-20 12:20
Great capture during the blue hour. Congratulations for perfect light management, clarity and framing. Huge capture!
All the best,
mrichat (1727) 2011-12-20 23:57
wow!! wat a composition!! reflection is superb.great clearity and sharpness,the curvature of the channel looks very beautifull.well maintained exposure.Really nice job.
Urs (14082) 2011-12-21 2:47
Everybody logged in TE, that is a good one, it is very deserted despite the beautiful scenery, perhaps life will return within an hour? Excellent POV, DOF and settings, producing vibrant warm colour hues with high sharpness. The reflections are beautiful. Well done
pablominto (53746) 2011-12-22 2:43
I like the fine curve of the river, not to mention the great mirror surface that reproduces the surroundings so well!
Amazing blue, a tad deeper in the reflection...
Sharp fine details in the architecture, all together a lovely view so well presented!
ManuMay (36085) 2011-12-22 7:27
Wonderful realization, colours, contrasts, sgharpnes, light management...everything is really well done hre...Fantastic work!!
I wish you a very happy Christmas time...
kato (11630) 2011-12-23 1:09
You're capturing well this cityscape by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see wide river which flows through the center of a town and elegant buildings of the medieval-times style of the both sides of a river. And, the reflection projected to the river draws out an additional good mood in this image, too.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2011-12-24 16:05
Beautiful scene! I noticed its distinct Belgian architecture! Very nice post in blue hour. The exposure was very well handled, clean, clear and sharp! Great reflections and nice colors!
Merry Christmas to you and your Family!
COSTANTINO (60019) 2011-12-25 2:32
what could I say for this amazing shot
it is a perfect capture with great lightness
and freshness,extra shot quality with
you did your best with an excellent pov
showing every details
svefay (808) 2011-12-25 2:51
a perfect blue hour shot, really good composition, bravo...
BluSimo (9392) 2011-12-25 12:53
fantastique street de fascinant et irreale beauté!!! les reflects sono superbes, bravo.
Bonne soirée de Noel
siudzi (34141) 2011-12-25 13:02
Wow! What an outstanding shot taken during a blue hour! An impressive post captured with a top quality. Love that view with lots of lights and details. Amazing!
Ricx (13495) 2011-12-27 5:03
Hi Paul, I can see why this image has gained so much attention. It is superb. All I can say is that we all must have missed the wonderful opportunity.. so TFS.. a masterpiece. Have a good day Rich
mkamionka (32523) 2011-12-29 7:53
may be the weather in Belgium is not that much better than in Ireland but looking at your photo I really cross my fingers to get that job over there. Belgium has so many beautiful treasures, even if it seems so often and well photographed there seem to be plenty of opportunities for creative photographers.
The 100% reflection combined with a perfect POV are a real highlight of this composition.
The blue our at its best timing resulted in a wonderfully blue sky. It is so well balanced with the beautiful architecture aligned along the channel.
Happy New Year!
Hansaphotos (7357) 2011-12-30 11:54
You selected a great vantage point to capture this fantastic blue hour shot. Really excellent clarity and sharpness. The curving river with its calm water surface provides stunning reflections. Excellent work:) TFS.
I wish you and your family a happy new year!
Best regards, Erling
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-12-30 12:04
This is truly a splendid capture. The clarity and the luminosity of the image are simply captivating. Illuminated from down below, all the beautiful façades look amazingly three-dimensional: the reflection on the water, the blue sky, the unparalleled presentation. I had a very difficult time choosing this photo among your stunning collection of photographs. As I remember, I had the privilege to comment on one of your image from Sweden. So, I chose this image from beautiful Belgium this morning. Thank you Paul for this photo.
The statue, by the way is looking in the direction of Hope for everyone, in my opinion. I thank you for your visit.
I wish you a great end of 2011, and a wonderful year 2012.
With my very best wishes,
A Happy New Year 2012 !
ruisc_pt (10892) 2011-12-30 14:28
Simply fabulous this one, Paul.
I wish you a nice 2012
gunbud (34066) 2012-01-07 8:19
The splendingly lite architecture makes a stunning reflection in the placid canal.
The blue hour focus is expert as all the intricate detils of thes splendid buildings are beautifully scene.
jmdias (59016) 2012-01-28 5:34
amazing view. I liked the colors and the perfect control of the light. sharpness and framing are perfect showing all the beauty of the view. TFS.
dkmurphys (52855) 2012-01-30 4:15
Gent seems to be the most beautiful city of Belgium...and the one I've missed. Great night mood along the canal, splendid composition.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
aliabazari (16053) 2012-02-17 9:19
Sharp and very beautiful image with good composition.
notrap (5973) 2012-03-08 6:56
very well done, as everyone has said already, a marvellous picture!. And a funny title! I can imagine how you felt alone out in the november-cold, thinking of the earthtrekkers to wait impatiently for your picture....
rabdelnoor (3421) 2012-03-17 19:30
What a great evening shot of this canal rendering very beautiful reflections. Very good use of the light and having a wonderful result.
Really great one.
steph (470) 2012-03-26 11:04
Incredibly sharp picture and incredible clean mirror for a river. Excellent exposition, so not much to say than perfect picture !
ebingul (1962) 2012-04-14 10:56
I don't know how I missed this masterpiece till now.Sorry about that...What a great composition from a great POV.Amazing colours,perspective,reflections and light management.Stunning clarity as well.
Congrats and best regards.
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-04-14 23:08
Right white balance for this shot, and a clever POW, the Leie slightly turning and reflecting perfecly the wonderful building. A charming town indeed.
foozi (7101) 2012-04-22 21:22
exciting curve and amazing reflection of the buildings. The pristine sharpness is so splendid. Lovely composition in superb style.
Really an adorable composition.
kennyblack (4207) 2013-04-22 12:33
Beautiful reflection so lovely on 'calm water. The beautiful Lycian and umbilicals donated by the perfect balance of light. Very detailed and of great quality. Thanks for the great job.
The best greetings, have a nice evening ... Marino
carlo62 (38827) 2013-05-31 0:37
che panorama spettacolare, per me un rimorso in più per non essere riuscito a godermelo dal vivo.
Putroppo avevo poco tempo e questa città l'ho vista in fretta, troppa fretta. Ma la tua foto mi aiuta a goderne della vista e dell'atmosfera magica che sei riuscito a riproporre.