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Through a visit to friends, saw I this castle in the first autumn sun with these splendid colours.
Almost no wind, this cares for a quiet water and nice reflections of the bridge in background.
I hope that you enjoy.
Former Castle " TER BEKEN" , now St. Paul Seminary. 18th - century castle with walled farmyard in wooded area located on the border of Drongen with Mariakerke .
Feudal lock " Ter Beken" , owned by Mr. van der Beken , lord of Drongen , a part of "It Goetter Beke " . In 1516 the estate belonged to Gilles van der Beken. Afterwards several times changed owners.
In late 1748 Charles - William , Count d' Allegambe , Marquis of Auweghem, the old " Goetter Beke " demolish the existing castle and go up , perhaps designed by the Antwerp architect Baurscheit Jan Pieter the Younger . Early 20th century Amand Casier , a Ghent industrial, since 1922 Baron A. Casier Ter Brooks , owner and restored the castle . During both world wars the castle suffer much damage under occupation by German troops and later by the Canadians . Since 1940 no longer inhabited by Casier . Public auction of the mobi lair in 1948 . Finally in possession of the diocese of Ghent and in 1955 appointed as the so-called St. Paul Seminary : architect Valentin Vaerwyck is responsible for repair of the buildings and the creation of new buildings in custom style .
The property has two entrances in the Beekstraat . Brick and bluestone pillars checkered vase with crown and wrought iron fence in Louis XVI style , the castle and in the northern corner of the domain , respectively.
Original 18th -century moated castle in U-shape located on the Beekstraat . Broad House with water frontage of thirteen bays and two storeys under mansard roof ( slate ) with four dormers on both shields and five chimneys . Plastered and corniced anchored in transition style Lode Truly XIV Louis XV . Middle ressault of three bays with crowning triangular pediment decorated with double shield ( the five shells arms of the family of the Note) with marquis crown , flanked by tenanten , left a naked youth struggle with bat and right a lion rampant .
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dkmurphys (42409) 2013-09-29 23:03
Perfect sharpness and colors in this wonderful scene. I love the deep calm atmosphere and the POV. Well taken, enjoy a good new week.
jjcordier (67146) 2013-09-29 23:04
Excellente photo de ce superbe endroit magnifié par la belle lumière du moment. Très belle composition.
serp2000 (33057) 2013-09-29 23:05
Good morning, John,
Today I am the first I hope! )) Yes, I like this picture. Perfect quality, very nice reflection and vivid autumn colors. Good contribution to the castles theme.
Greetings from hot Arizona!
pajaran (41591) 2013-09-29 23:29
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom dvorcu, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje i refleks na vodi.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good day, sir.
Interesting and good article about the old castle, with the given data and history ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and the architecture shown.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors and reflection on the water.
Good article on the used technique and elements of the image.
Nice place and architecture.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
fabbs99 (10998) 2013-09-29 23:31
Great shot with fantastic sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
papagolf21 (79512) 2013-09-29 23:44
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Un cadrage de toute beauté pour valoriser ce patrimoine architectural. Très belle lumière. Une réussite totale.
hidibyendu (723) 2013-09-30 0:09
The best part in your photograph that draws my attention are: the perfect clarity and the best sharpness. Excellent reflection in the water. Nice color and contrast. Like the atmosphere.
besnard (49939) 2013-09-30 0:14
une superbe composition, bien cadrée avec une luminosité automnale exceptionnelle.
Bravo et bonne journée.
Kugart (1762) 2013-09-30 0:51
Superb photograph with excellent sharpness and colours. Beautiful scene with good depth and reflections on the water. Like the tranquility of the shot.
jemaflor (74014) 2013-09-30 2:14
Nice composition with a good angle to present us this castle, i like the rightness and these reflections on water, excellent sharpness, tfs.
snunney (72566) 2013-09-30 2:17
The autumn light is indeed very attractive as is the castle. I like the perspective looking toward the bridge across the quietly flowing waters with their lovely reflections. The composition as a whole has a very pleasant balance to it. The colours are agreeable and easy on the eyes. Superb clarity as always.
Romano46 (11375) 2013-09-30 2:39
tra le tue ultime una delle più belle per l'eccellente composizione, la grande nitidezza, l'ottima illuminazione ed anche per lo stesso soggetto.
UNa bella rappresentazione di un angolo molto bello delle Fiandre.
Ciao e buona giornata
timecapturer (36972) 2013-09-30 3:55
exquisite shot this. A real lesson in composition with amazing clarity, detail and light management that makes it top quality and distinctly beautiful. Well done! Really like it!
Regards - Brian
PS - Been off line for 3 days and still having connection problems now, so trying to catch up! B.
subhendu_bagchi (20960) 2013-09-30 4:18
wow, what a colorful atmosphere here. Like the castle and the reflection of it in water. Great depth and fine sharpness as ever. A very well composed shot. Really worth seeing. Tfs.
Sergiom (45244) 2013-09-30 4:25
Il est bien beau ce château tout entouré d'eau dans laquelle il peut se refléter et s'admirer. La lumière est parfaitement gérée et les détails d'une très grande netteté.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-30 4:38
The light was perfectly managed, and we can see it especially on the trees to the right! Excellent colors and sharpness, and a beautiful reflection on the water! Wonderful job!
pierrefonds (50948) 2013-09-30 4:50
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The length of the canal is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of this section of the castle. Well done, have a nice day.
josepmarin (56471) 2013-09-30 5:38
the quality of the image and of the colours is fabulous, you have made a great composition.
I like the subtle light and the natural colours of the photo, and the calm atmosphere of the surroundings of the castle as well, with the pond, the trees and the reflections.
A high sharpness and an elegant framing for a beautiful work.
Nicou (105629) 2013-09-30 5:39
quelle image fantastique avec ces reflets sur le plan d'eau c'est sueprbe quelle luminosité et vue et cette pureté dans le tons merveilleux château.
Bravo et amitié
dta (56526) 2013-09-30 5:47
Hello John ,
Composition magnifique , avec de brillants reflets sous cette très belle lumière , avec en prime les premières couleurs de l'automne .
InasiaJones (30006) 2013-09-30 7:23
This is a very attractive scene and you were there at a proper time of the day to capture this beautiful light that brings so much quality to your image.
I like the delicate details, the nice reflection and the visual dynamic, opposing soft pastel colours and dark contrasts.
yquem46 (35256) 2013-09-30 9:03
A superb image John
Away to Brittany for some time and I find this one, excellent and well in your line of quality
Bravo, best regards
janneman (2324) 2013-09-30 9:54
Het kasteel zo van opzij op de foto zetten leidt tot een fraaie dieptewerking in het hart van de plaat.
De herfsttinten maken het beeld compleet. Mooi!
Sonata11 (31197) 2013-09-30 10:21
PERFECT LIKE ALWAYS!!!! An amazingly beautiful execution. Awesome. Love it.
ourania (18506) 2013-09-30 10:22
this is a beautiful and impressive place and you've brought out each one of its characteristics and qualities in an exquisite way. A marvellous composition with irresistible depth. The building and the right bank of the canal provide strong perspectives which are rendered even more powerful with the addition of the reflections. The magnificent light, colours and details make our procedure into the scenery most agreeable. I absolutely love the sweet and playful light. The atmosphere is romantic and delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Gigidusud (10158) 2013-09-30 10:43
Splendid composition with the castle well framed, a beautiful reflections on the canal and a fantastic light. I like it!
cornejo (22432) 2013-09-30 10:59
Hi John, lovely view of this pretty picture at sunset, very well captured in this good photography. A nice image of a charming place, with good sharpness, depth, nice light and color. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-09-30 11:20
This is all about the light John and it is sublime giving the shot a tangible tranquility and restfulness. Beautifully detailed with lovely crispness and colour this is an image I can just sit and stare at. Warm regards Rosemary
sabermonajati (8299) 2013-09-30 11:46
you shot post card from castle.this composition is wonderful.and reflect of building and tree exist fascinating frame.
halikarnas (5898) 2013-09-30 11:50
Büyük Usta John,
Harika yansıma ışıkları,
Mükemmel bir netlikle gene mükemmel bir fotoğraf.
Renkler tamamen ders alınacak güzellikte,abartılmamış.
Ellerine sağlık Usta.
Selamlar sana Bodrum'dan
Royaldevon (21367) 2013-09-30 11:59
What a beautiful shot!
The scene with its buildings, its bridge and autumnal trees is a treat for the eyes and, then, we have it perfectly reflected in the water!
The water acts as a most effective guide, taking the viewers around the frame, with its delightfully rippling surface.
The light is lovely and the exposure sharp.
My warm regards,
TRB (12888) 2013-09-30 13:00
Bakış açısı, netliği, renkleri ve yansımaları ile harika görüntü.
Çok beğendim, tebrikler
eldancer1 (20690) 2013-09-30 14:29
Autumn colors are beautiful especially with low angle of the sunlight. Great pov and it has good dof with sharp details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
photoray (6628) 2013-09-30 15:09
Attractive 'Doppelganger' view of Castle Lovendegem, the 18th century buildings with stone arched bridge and landscaping, all in fine resolution.
Alco (5435) 2013-09-30 19:39
Fantastic picture of that old castle.The sharpness of your picture is striking (I notice that you used your tripod).Superb reflections in the water.Your point of view was well chosen to show us the castle,the bridge and the greenery on the right.Very nice colors.Very well done.
macjake (45556) 2013-09-30 19:48
All i can say is wow.
I can view this photo all day and still enjoy it.
Lovely reflections, architecture and lighting.
ikeharel (43877) 2013-10-01 1:30
Superb bright daylight contributed to great reflection over the canal, John.
Beautiful view of the castle, fine outlines and the trees shaded fantastically over.
Pleasent to look at,
danos (78036) 2013-10-01 1:38
very nice as inviting too the view of the castle with the light management to enhance the reflections as the beauty of the place.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the scene as the excellent presentation.
Fis2 (76908) 2013-10-01 2:07
Excellent POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
Good work. TFS
Have a nice day
claudeD (26906) 2013-10-01 2:30
very fine composition for this very interesting castle. I like the colors and the reflections in the water.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
sandpiper (6560) 2013-10-01 5:28
another wonderful castle for us to admire. Excellent composition as usual and I do like the reflection very much. What surprised me was the lens you used, a 70-200mm. You must have a fair distance away to capture this scene, its very good.
clic (12465) 2013-10-01 7:02
In front of this paradisiac scenery, I have the impression of being myself on the premises, standing on a stone footbridge above water as you probably did, to immerse my ming of such subtlety convied by the morning golden light!
ChrisJ (91168) 2013-10-01 13:15
Gorgeous symmetrical reflections that enhance the colour and composition. Good sharpness and a well composed shot with nice symmetry and interesting details to look at. Superb warm cold color contrasts between the yellow green vegetation and blue sky and reflected blue skylight. Tfs!
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-10-01 15:33
John, every day I´m waiting to see your new picture with a great anticipation and curiosity to see if it going to be a pearl, a sapphire,or a diamond...either way they all are jewels!! what I like the most here is the soft afternoon light that gives a warm ambiance in your otherwise beautiful composition!!
all the best
npecanhuk (56350) 2013-10-01 18:25
Wow! That's a magnificent place and a wonderful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all oustanding photo qualities that really pleased me!
It must be a pleasure to walk around that area and enjoy the natural and architectural details!
TFS - congrats,
lpi (4756) 2013-10-01 23:15
Une photo de toute beauté!
J'aime beaucoup le reflet, la luminosité, l'angle de vue choisi!
COSTANTINO (44073) 2013-10-02 2:37
Hello my friend
how many castles have you presented
to us? so many as your photos
thanks for sharing all them with us
this one has the greatest sharpness
and lightness great work great beauty
I love this pov and the calm
have a nice evening
mohammad_H (7488) 2013-10-02 3:02
Beautiful view of trees reflecting in calm water, eye catching and spectacular, unmatched clarity and good quality, good job,
lgir (6651) 2013-10-02 5:53
lovely view and beautiful morning light on the castle and Its surroundings. The colors and sharpness of the image are also very well made.
kato (9492) 2013-10-02 6:05
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful fall season with the calm canal, the surronding nature dyed to autumnal tints slightly and elegant castle at left side. And, the reflection projected to the canal draws out a good atmosphere.
bayno (18334) 2013-10-02 7:34
shot with high quality, the light was gorgeous and very beautiful reflections, excellent composition and beautiful natural colors ...also the castle seem very nice...
rychem (13553) 2013-10-02 8:47
Compliments, splandid photo with fantastic light of setting sun and ideal reflections
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-10-02 11:34
Ciao John, great view of fantastic castle, fascinating reflections, wonderful natural colors, excellent perspectivve and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-03 10:58
A symmetrical clear sharp shot with lovely colours in what I think is late evening light. Fantastic - nice balanced composition.
PaulVDV (17203) 2013-10-03 13:20
De wind op het water brengt kleine maar mooie vervormingen aan op de weerspiegelingen.
De bomen en struiken vertonen op deze foto reeds prachtige herfstkleuren. Dat zijn de eerste die ik dit jaar zie. Het zachte weer doet het hier in mijn streek nog zomers lijken.
De zachte tinten van de gevels van het kasteel zorgen voor mooie kleurencombinaties met de blauwe lucht en met de eerder vermelde herfstkleuren.
Je hebt dit kasteel wel vanuit een speciale hoek genomen om alzo een deel van het parklandschap mee op te nemen.
Vele groeten, Paul
mcmtanyel (5143) 2013-10-03 14:53
You find the cutest building / canal (or river) combinations with the prettiest reflections. This is no exception. Thanks for another gem.
mvdisco (17112) 2013-10-03 21:22
Superbe composition et architecture,
Nice reflection on water with great contrast and light,
I like the tone of colors too and perpective,
very well done..
emka (64110) 2013-10-03 23:57
Hi John, beautiful castle on the moat and excellent presentation in marvelous light of the evening. very pleasant colours, specially of the trees with the first traces of approaching autumn. Beautiful reflections.
mesutilgim (72870) 2013-10-04 1:51
Hello dea John,
Another amazing capture from Lovendegem with perfect pov and layout.
Wonderfukll reflections and a perfect TE entry with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
point-blank (94) 2013-10-04 19:40
Stunning capture. The exposure is very even across the frame. Colors are bright and nice. Reflection is the water looks just great. :)
Waylim (23310) 2013-10-04 22:22
Ah,what a lovely shot, the fall color has begun. Can't wait to see more. Not only that the light is beautiful with golden warm tone. Excellent composition, great colors, contrast and love the reflections. Not much to say but just enjoying it.
rbassin (13265) 2013-10-05 1:36
une endroit merveilleux, j'aime beaucoup la qualité de la lumière et du miroitement.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-05 2:59
Perfection in every aspect of the image!
Love the mood of the scene you were able to create by so excellent balance between so lovely,soft light and colors.
And additionally these reflections in the water,which makes the mood so tranquil.
Wish You a nice weekend
carlo62 (19313) 2013-10-05 8:48
non conoscevo questo castello, ma basta il primo sguardo per accorgersi della sua bellezza.
La tua foto ne esalta le particolari luci, con i riflessi che amplificano forme e colori di questo inizio autunno.
Gran bella foto, complimenti.
Schnappilic (9060) 2013-10-05 10:16
Congratulations for this beautiful presentation of this castle. I like the composition and the atmosphere of the sunset. Great reflections and colors. I like so much!
jcpix (6504) 2013-10-05 17:17
I don't know how you do it, but I'm glad you do....another wonderful calm and peaceful scene that makes me want to just sit back and soak up all of its charm and atmosphere! :) Such incredible light, I think that's the key to this particular shot. All of the details are in tact as always, and the soft glow as it highlights the trees and portions of the buildings exterior is superb. A picturesque setting done justice with an impressive composition once again. Simply serene! Hope you're having a nice weekend. Take good care.
boa (4605) 2013-10-06 10:41
again a nice shot from Belgium. I like the lovely light and colors in this scene. The leaves are starting to turn colors which creates a little bit melancholic mood but on the other hand it is a beautiful part of the year. Nice reflections from the castle and a good Pov, well done!
Have a nice evening.
ricardomattos (3532) 2013-10-06 11:14
You konw that I as like you love this type of landscape. Here
you show us a very pretty corner of beautiful Belgium. A well done composition with lovely reflections, colors and a very atractive architecture.
Didi (51253) 2013-10-07 10:53
Bonjour mon ami
J'apprécie la lumière qui donne une ambiance paisible
Bonne profondeur d'image par l'avant-plan
tyro (15675) 2013-10-08 6:32
You have given us a very interesting note and also a stunningly beautiful photograph to accompany it.
The light here is magnificent and it illuminates the beautiful walls of the castle perfectly. I love the dappled shadows cast by the trees on the walls and that adds more interest to this lovely building. The reflections on the calm dark water are sublime.
Gorgeous light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Hansaphotos (6047) 2013-10-09 6:47
Magnificent capture of this beautiful castle. Your excellent choice of POV creates a very good perspective and you get the best of the reflections in the surrounding pond. Splendid light and colours. Lovely work! TFS.
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Erling
olive224 (2479) 2013-10-09 12:17
Superbe capture avec une très belle lumière et une netteté exceptionnelle
Le reflet donne une composition vraiment très réussie.
NorthernLight (1119) 2013-10-11 8:20
a beautiful, atmospheric autumn photo with soft reflections and very nice soft colors.
This moment is perfect for a walk around this beautiful castle grounds.
Have a nice evening
siudzi (27697) 2013-10-12 1:48
What a fantastic scene you have found and photographed! True beauty due to the great combination of superb architecture and lovely nature around. Additionally, the warm tonality added something special to the scene and made it so attractive! Well done! TFS.
Have a nice day!
daddo (20597) 2013-10-12 19:07
Hi John. Another photo most suitable for a complex jigsaw puzzle.Wonderful light enhances the natural and architectural beauty of the place.I like the link between the shrubs on the left and the vegetation on the right.Lovely reflections. Regards. Klaudio.
korbee (6553) 2013-10-13 4:09
Aah dat is exact waar ik met uw fotos eigenlijk op wacht,het klassieke Vlaanderen in de herfst,nou dit is alvast een goeie start!
Prachtig dat zonnelicht op de grote boom.
mkamionka (27045) 2013-10-15 2:34
beautiful work here, I admire the incredible clarity even in the shaded areas. Great POV with the water providing a very nice reflection. The building is very pretty and I see you took care about the perspective making it perfectly straight.
Very attractive subtle light passing through the trees.
pyffepa (623) 2013-10-15 9:14
I appreciate the opposition between castle and vegetation while the tones are harmonized.
Technically it's perfect and a particular remark for that dark water mirror.
adramad (30851) 2013-10-15 10:53
A marvel of composition, the palace is a magnificent building, the trees and bushes around it, give a tremendous charm, all enhanced by the stunning reflections in the waters surrounding the building up, the soft beautiful light and color dyes later.
Very good level of colorful, very natural tones.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are appropriate.
Well done. I like
Enjoy a nice day.
hdl (6995) 2013-10-21 4:16
Dag John. Ik wist niet dat er een kasteel was in Lovendegem... Mooi!
Kielia (21519) 2013-10-21 8:28
the gentle autumn light is really very effective here. YOu are presenting a wonderful photo with painting like qualities. The reflections make the Image very attractive. My compliments also for the notes!
jmdias (48303) 2013-10-23 16:22
marvelous point of view catching the small bridge, the golden trees and the façade of the castle. beautiful details shining under a special light. TFS.
Angshu (52888) 2013-10-23 21:01
A fine picture of the castle with the perspective so well created by the canal leading upto the bridge. I like the dark watrers and the reflections on it...Good work!
branley (3681) 2013-10-28 4:09
I think I have seen this castle many times in your portfolio but each time it looks different. Here is a fine perspective, with wonderful reflections and the bridge links both sides of the image. Excellent my friend.
fotka (2611) 2013-11-12 5:56
You shown here partial of the castle in early autumn day. Water surrounding the castle made wonderful reflection. Great clarity, colors, light and interesting note.
Hanssie (10061) 2013-11-17 3:05
Not only just a picture from the castle but this one is so very well composed with the pond, bridge and green in the right, really nice !
mirosu (8022) 2013-11-18 22:29
This is a nicely exposed shot. Lovely viewpoint and technically excellent photo work. You have found a very strong subject with excellent positioning of the building in excellent warm light. You´ve placed the main point of interest, the building, to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. The tree in excellent light in BG is well complementing this excellent photo and the beautiful reflections add nice toning to the scene. Well done my friend.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (127883)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-18
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/32, 1/60 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-29 22:44