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Thirteen month ago, during the Christmas time 2012, I was in Ghent.
I had one trouble the distance between the building and me self, a little bit too short, the building is a little bit to narrow and to close against the edge of the picture, but I hope that this never is a trouble is for the visitors.
Thanks for viewing
The Old Post Office is located in Ghent on the Corn Market and the Graslei , next to the St. Michielshelling . The building was erected between 1898 and 1910 . It was designed by architect Louis Cloquet in collaboration with Stephane Mortier for the world of 1913. To make room for this building , a beautiful warehouse was demolished in Louis XIV style .
The facades are decorated with statues and coats of arms , these couples Belgium , Flanders , Wallonia , the 9 provinces and 23 former heads of state for European . There are about 100 in total . The building has octagonal towers with spiers , including the stair tower on the corner with the Stars Street and entrance also stair tower at the Corn Market . Further jumps 52 meter high clock tower in the eye . On the side of the Corn Market , we see five images that refer to the five continents . The pigeons that are painted on the walls still refer to the original function of the building. Despite these traditional elements is made use of contemporary materials and techniques . Hygiene was a strong focus . The glass and steel structures were hiding behind a colorful stone .
In 1998 the building was sold by the Belgian Postal Services . Then there was a shopping center on the ground floor with apartments above . Currently the building is vacant , though there are rumors that it would be an Apple Store the location. [ 1 ] This impressive building is part of a zone formed by the St Michael's Bridge bounded by the house Saint Michael and the Post.
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fabbs99 (15681) 2014-01-10 22:36
This is an amazing image of this collosal building.Great colors and excellent point of view.Perfect composition and truly a natural beauty.Keep sharing.TFS
mcmtanyel (10370) 2014-01-10 22:39
This is a razor-sharp photo of a beautiful building in which all the intricate details can be observed. Very nicely done!
pajaran (48303) 2014-01-10 22:53
Dobar dan, gopodine.
Interesantan tekst o arhitekturi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i trenutak sa ljudima, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazani detalji na fasadi.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Lepa arhitektura i trenutak sa ljudima.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Hello, honor, sir.
An interesting article about the architecture, the history and description of the ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated architecture and moment with people, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice details displayed on the facade.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Beautiful architecture and moment with people.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
jjcordier (73144) 2014-01-10 23:17
L'architecture de la Post Office de Gand est vraiment splendide et tu en as réalisé une très bonne photo.
Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2014-01-10 23:24
This is an incredible clear, detailed, and perfectly exposed image of a grand building. The detail is exquisite!
Bravo, one of the best architectural images I have seen to date...
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-10 23:51
a beautiful photo of this famous Old Post with spectacular composition, great details and the POV is superb,
Oumar (26) 2014-01-11 0:15
Thank you for your comments on my page. They mean a lot, and are helpful.
Good clarity and sharpness in this photo. Beautiful architecture; well portrayed, especially, because it's difficult to take a building picture when you're standing on the ground.
Great way to show a landmark as well.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-11 0:41
Fantastic view of grand architecture, such beautiful work. Good inclusion of the cart and the tourists which add life to the composition. The architecture on the facade and those lofty towers are very attractive. Nice natural colors and excellent clarity as usual. Thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (27450) 2014-01-11 1:06
un'architettura molto fine e ricca, con tante gente che anima la piazza, magari, molte di queste persone, non si accorge neanche di tanta bellezza. Un vero peccato.
La scritta "pasta" ti darebbe diritto ad altri due punti, ma non si possono dare :)
ourania (26214) 2014-01-11 1:23
I like very much the way you filled the frame and balanced your composition. The architecture is splendid and you have made observation very interesting and delightful by presenting your theme with superb sharpness that makes every single detail stand out. I like very much the light and colour management as well. The people offer pleasant vividness and are perfectly integrated chromatically too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Buin (42260) 2014-01-11 1:27
Hallo John, it's me again! ;-)
What an overwhelming and "detailed" architecture.It's a real joy to "walk" along the facades with the eyes and to detects all these gorgeous details. All these people add a wonderful buzz of activity here.
Have a nice weekend!
snunney (79421) 2014-01-11 2:07
The framing is tight but all the better to help us concentrate on the wonderful architecture. The detail to be observed is quite superb. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.
macjake (51956) 2014-01-11 2:12
Yes, the building is a tight fit, its squeezed in for sure, but on the positive side it makes for a strong visual impact.
we can also see the details and textures really well.
beautiful and unique looking architecture.
fun photo, and I like the people in the scene to make it more relateable
subhendu_bagchi (25235) 2014-01-11 2:20
a beautiful piece of architecture is here and you presented it nicely with great light and with sharp details. Like the depth in the shadowed parts. The inclusion of those people at the bottom of it, is a fine idea. Overall a very good one. Tfs.
npecanhuk (60774) 2014-01-11 3:21
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Special regards to the large vertical format, exposure, colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
mesutilgim (79882) 2014-01-11 3:54
Hello dear John.
The capture itself is of course great, with it's pov and layout but for me there is a quite interesting detail here : the old fashioned horse chart with a competition closeby : the babychart !!
TFS and have a nice weekend
timecapturer (45061) 2014-01-11 4:35
a beautifully detailed and intricate shot of this wonderful old Post House. Ghent like a lot of Belgium towns and cities is so rich in architectural magnificence and this is a prime example. A stunning and entrancing capture.
Have a great weekend - B.
jacquest (18165) 2014-01-11 4:42
The vertical format and the tight framing make this picture eye catching. The details of the architecture are quite sharp with strong colors and the people add life on the place.
pierrefonds (54864) 2014-01-11 5:30
The presence of the people is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the détails and colours of the architecture of the Old Post Office. It is clear an sharp. The light has a good effect on ther colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (54291) 2014-01-11 5:50
Un très bel endroit que cette grande place de Gand. Le cadrage vertical n'en prend qu'une petite partie, mais pleine de mouvement et d'action à l'avant plan et cette architecture très photogénique en arrière plan.
cornejo (27903) 2014-01-11 6:11
Hi John, Great photo of this beautiful and interesting facade, beautifully captured in this beautiful image. Good frame, good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice work well done, congratulations my friend, thanks for sharing.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Best regards from southern Spain.
abmdsudi (39426) 2014-01-11 7:06
What amazing architecture which goes well with vertical format and there is a quality to this that elevates this image to an art work classic. An impressive stonework and that hint of bright vivid colour is fabulous and the rest of the shot is spot on both compositionally and exposure wise. Well done, Tfs
COSTANTINO (51168) 2014-01-11 7:36
amazing postcard from Ghent
I love the way the facades
are decorated by statues and
coats of arms
a beautiful photo of this
old Post OFFICE
a hot with movement life
people and interesting
have a nice Sunday
ikeharel (52121) 2014-01-11 7:43
good evening John,
A marvelous architecture picture, with fine details in close range.
People/tourists always around there and well mingle on the sacene, typical horse-carriage included.
An exquisite photojob show smallest elements on the edifice, and the red sign in contrast to the whole.
Cheers, and have a nice weekend,
mohammad_H (8727) 2014-01-11 8:14
Hello dear friend
Nice and clear display with excellent contrast and light
Record the angle appropriate for the building and blue sky
"detailed and comprehensive
Good job with good resolution
But" oranges, wish I could send for you
Noel_Byrne (20664) 2014-01-11 9:07
I think you have filled the frame perfectly here, I see what you mean about it being a little tight, but its not a negative to me in any way. I love how the picture is filled with this intricate detail, and the horse and carriage and foreground are charming too. The people bring wonderful life to the ground level, while the building itself is amazing.
A stunning sky too, really beautiful shot.
All the best
Romano46 (16578) 2014-01-11 10:36
colpisce immediatamente la grande nitidezza con la quale hai ripreso l'edificio.
Il contrasto e la definizione sono di altissimo livello.
Molto ben fatta anche la composizione che inserisce a perfezione il soggetto nella cornice.
Ottimi i colori
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Alco (6550) 2014-01-11 19:58
Very nice close-up on that beautiful building.We can admire its architecture and the nice details.Clear and sharp picture.Very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-01-12 2:03
beauty of Belgian architecture at its best!
Also the FG with the carriage adds a lot of unique charm and mood to the scene.Apart from that I enjoy the way you composed the scene.Your tight frame suits perfectly to the photographed subject.
Have a nice sunday
omid266 (3194) 2014-01-12 7:21
Salam dear John ,
This is a nice and beautiful captured FOTO,
with you ,
Nice view , nice people with Peace in Belgium ,
All the Best ,
Thank you friend for sharing this beauty with us ,
Keep sharing ,
** God help you **
Yours Truly ,
Omid - I.R. IR
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-12 8:56
A beautiful architecture and equally beautiful capture of the same with perfect colors and exceptional clarity.
The street environment has been nicely appended to create life in the picture. Very compact and great framing.
A spectacular shot as usual.
marabu61 (7351) 2014-01-12 13:16
Amazingly beautiful old building here in the city of Ghent. It looks to me that Ghent really would be worth a visit one day. The architecture and the details of that structure are gorgeous.
have a great time
siamesa (27703) 2014-01-12 14:19
Boa noite John
This architecture is fantastic.Superb photo.Very nice capture of the street scene.
eldancer1 (25067) 2014-01-12 19:15
Awesome capture of this ornate architecture! I like those old buildings better than the modern steel and glass. Good to have the people for scale and I like the horse carriage being included also. Well done, tfs.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-12 20:31
La façade de ce bâtiment est magnifique. Quelle belle architecture. L'image permet de très bien en apprécier les détails. Félicitations.
Fis2 (81814) 2014-01-13 6:04
Beautiful building, fantastic architecture, interesting details.
Good frame and colors.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon
kato (11630) 2014-01-13 7:31
You're capturing well this architecture by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the historical building with beautiful facade, statues and spire. It looks like the typical classic excellent architecture. And, it's also impressive in square with people and horse carriage in front of building.
Miguel82 (19988) 2014-01-13 9:37
This is a pleasant vertical frame capture including the whole building John, the daily life in the street is also visible, people talking, walking, babies, a horse cart, high resolution and nice colors, see you
chrislo (4151) 2014-01-13 10:12
Ik vind het oud postkantoor het mooiste gebouw van Gent. Maar wat aan de buitenkant zo mooi is, is jammer genoeg niet te vergelijken met de verwaarloosde binnenkant. Dit is toch wel spijtig en teleurstellend. Het gebouw heb je van dichtbij genomen, zodat we alle details goed kunnen bekijken. In mijn gids staat dat je in de gevel een aantal vrouwenbeelden kan zien die de liefjes van de architect zouden zijn ! De paardenkoets die voor het gebouw staat, toont dat Gent een stad met toeristische charme is. Ik vind het grappig dat je het wandelwagentje juist voor de koets hebt genomen. Op een zekere manier is een koets een op grote schaal wandelwagentje ! Een heel mooie opname van dit iconische historische gebouw.
jmdias (52448) 2014-01-13 15:39
this old building has interesting shapes, but what I liked more was the little adornments we can find in its façade. nice use of personages in the foreground too.
PaulVDV (20365) 2014-01-13 22:43
Het oude postgebouw is inderdaad heel erg mooi. Ik heb er ook ooit eens een foto van geplaatst.
Hier toon je het van dichterbij en zijn de beelden en andere versieringen goed zichtbaar. Prachtig gedetailleerd.
Ik moet bekennen dat ik op de Korenmarkt nog nooit een paardenkar zag ... Was ik er dan altijd op de verkeerde momenten?
Vriendelijke groeten, Paul
Nicou (116090) 2014-01-14 5:18
Merveilleus eiamge quelle architecture et rendu sur la façade quelles doruers et vue et cette calèche sur la place sueprbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
Silvio1953 (115803) 2014-01-14 5:43
Ciao John, great biew of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
claudeD (30397) 2014-01-14 7:22
very fine picture from Ghent showing this interesting old architecture with excellent sharpness and clarity. Very good informative note.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
clic (14078) 2014-01-14 14:07
I have the strong impression of a 3D cardboard expensive puzzle given the minute details seen with natural colors; wich size can be easily evaluated, compared to the crowd on plaza.
mirosu (12506) 2014-01-15 1:27
What to say to this photo? Superb view of famous Gent post office building with outstanding details. Perfect combination of old architecture with present street life. Excellent photo work. Well done.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
WINTER IN SWITZERLAND
lousat (72103) 2014-01-15 2:33
Salut John,vraiment parfaicte cette capture,des details impressionants sur les facades et beaucoup de vie dans la place pour completer si richement la composition,tres bien fait!!! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
danos (82991) 2014-01-15 8:25
excellent presentation of the facade of the old Post Office with the clarity and the sharpness to are captured unique.I like the architectural style of the building,with the people to enjoy their presentation there.
rychem (19361) 2014-01-15 10:07
I like this architecture with a lace decoration very much, excellent shot, great sharpness and clarity
manrezaei (1837) 2014-01-15 11:54
Very well framed the subject.
The colors, sharpness and focus very well done.
jcpix (11374) 2014-01-15 18:45
I doubt anyone is terribly concerned with the edges of this gorgeous building being right along the frame...there's much more to admire from its exquisite architecture so as not to be an issue. Wow, I wish my post office looked like this, I'd be happy to give up internet conveniences to physically go and mail a letter from somewhere like this. :) The tight composition actually enhances the overall design and detail, and the action outside makes this feel lively and entertaining. Looks fantastic in the larger size too. Enjoy the day ahead.
papagolf21 (83202) 2014-01-16 4:12
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Majestueuse, superbe, impressionnante...
La beauté architecturale est fort bien mise en valeur.
Une réalisation de grande qualité.
Didi (54939) 2014-01-16 4:29
Bonjour mon ami
Je suis un ancien postier
Belle vue architecturale où l'on apprécie les détails riches et la parfaite netteté
bukitgolfb301 (34472) 2014-01-16 16:43
Hi Bonsior dear John, how are you?
Wow so historical and aslo artsical architecture of back ground! I envy you you are living surrounding these wonderful objcets, presenting long and sophisticated history of your countrt and Europe again.
The combination of citizens are also best mix, great shot asusual!
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
bona (12225) 2014-01-17 8:47
sometimes is difficult take photos of big buildings as that you show to us. I saw you used a 24-105mm lens, maybe with a 18mm and you being place in the most far coner you could put all in the frame. But to me it is a great photo anyway. I like the many people in front of it, including the horse power chart.
mvdisco (17636) 2014-01-17 15:44
Another beautiful point of view and architecture of the city of Gand,
Beautiful tone of colors and details,
Nice dailylife scene too,
all my compliments.
photoray (10087) 2014-01-18 9:26
Like everyone else, a fine view of Ghent's Kohrenmarkt in winter with the bundled strollers and horse carriage in the center. Then the impressive architecture appearing much older than reality. I would have guessed from the baroque renaissance period.
aliabazari (11418) 2014-01-18 17:41
Hi John lieve
Zeer mooie achtergrond architectuur mensen geregistreerd bij het postkantoor. Ik heb altijd aantrekkelijk is voor de mensen. Thanks for sharing
adramad (35247) 2014-01-20 7:00
Beautifully captured with perfect verticality this splendid building, its magnificent facade shown very clearly, to delight in his many decorations, the presence of the buggy and all the people give a vital touch to the image.
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors.
Well done. I Like
Have a good day.
mkamionka (29155) 2014-01-21 12:37
spectacular architecture, so rich and beautiful. Great presentation with perfectly straight perspective. People in warmth clothing add a feeling of winter. Interesting sky too.
Angshu (54653) 2014-01-23 21:05
The building which you shaow the facade of is marvellous. Indeed the details are fantastic. The red signage of the Post Office draws attention as well. Good work!
carper (96) 2014-01-24 10:37
ook een mooie foto.
prachtig met het volk erbij goede cityview john.
serp2000 (37831) 2014-01-24 12:18
I am a fan of the Belgian architecture, excellent presentation of Ghent post office, fine details, very nice daily life street shot. Thanks for the informative note. Special thanks for your visit and comment of my 1200th post.
jemaflor (80548) 2014-01-25 2:47
great architecture very well taken, perfect sharpness and light management, tfs, lovely result.
tenretin (2267) 2014-01-26 11:34
I have very little visited your country, but every time I took a lot of fun. Your architecture picture is particularly beautiful and full of details.
Well done!. and thank you for your encouraging comments from my shots.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2014-02-17 20:30
John, a very impressive architecture, a fabulous composition very well presented in vertical format, bright, sharp and colorful!! a great postcard!!
fritzi007 (2662) 2014-06-13 14:38
wirklich ein interessantes Foto, sehr gute Qualität, sehr guter Kommentar, gratuliere
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (135030)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-10 22:19
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