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Saturday afternoon I was in Ghent a very nice old city with different narrow canals.
These picture shows the "Lieve" canal that now becomes use as touristic canal with small boats.
In background see you one of the most old buildings out of the medieval period.
Ghent has the last ten year a lot done for the city to make attractive
Thanks for visiting
The "Lieve" is one of the oldest preserved shipping channels in Europe.
It was dug in an era of large urban economic development and esp. in the heyday of the Flemish urban economy.
Digging the "Lieve" was a huge engineering undertaking and a very heavy investment.
The Dear connected two of the most important economic centers of Europe. Ghent Throughout its history been a port and counted in the thirteenth century, though approximately 60,000 inhabitants.
This was one of the largest cities in Europe.
Damme was the port of Bruges, one of Europe's most important port and trading post of the day.
The "Lieve" is an example of an early concept rabotten channel (locks), without locks with lock chambers.
The "Lieve" is also interesting as an early example of channeling natural waterways and connections between river basins.
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jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-27 23:34
Tu as bien de la chance d'habiter si près d'une aussi jolie ville. Tu nous en offres une nouvelle très belle photo.
jemaflor (96849) 2014-02-27 23:35
belle composition avec ces façades, bien la vue en hiver sans le feuillage qui doit masquer la vue en été, le bateau anime la photo avec ces intéressants reflets déformants.
saxo042 (37876) 2014-02-27 23:37
I did not know that there are so many beautiful old buildings in Ghent. A very pleasant picture with this boat along the canal. The red line along the boat attracts further attention.
besnard (56227) 2014-02-27 23:38
Une superbe photo, une ville pleine de ressources pour un photographe.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
emka (96603) 2014-02-27 23:49
hello John, I think that Ghent was also very attractive many years ago, not only in the last ten years. I like ghent also 35 years ago. I am joking, of course, it is a city with such a long history and great many of wonderful monuments. It most be very nice to go for a trip with this small boat and admire all medieval buildings. Wonderful atmosphere, still like in autumn, no sings for spring yet.
WArm regrads MAlgo
pajaran (60131) 2014-02-27 23:52
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Lep pogled na kanal, camac sa turistima i arhitekturu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa turistima i refleks na vodi.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
carlo62 (47549) 2014-02-27 23:56
un angolo di città caratteristico e bello, con l'inserimento della barca a dare colore e movimento, grazie anche ai riflessi che, al passaggio del battello, formano originali figure.
serp2000 (44077) 2014-02-28 0:00
Your photo of Ghent reminds me some places in Amsterdam and it brings me back to my trip again. Very nice view, good idea to place the branches on the FG.
Thanks for another interesting work.
Best wishes from Russia!
dip (23888) 2014-02-28 0:06
beautiful shot with interesting details of architecture and daily life in Ghent,
the boat is an important detail in the picture,
well seen and presented,
papagolf21 (101040) 2014-02-28 0:38
Bonjour, cher ami John,
quoi de mieux que d'utiliser les canaux pour découvrir la beauté de la ville.
Joli cadrage comme à l'accoutumée.
Très bonne journée.
Gigidusud (20825) 2014-02-28 0:43
Beautiful scene on the canal with nice architectures and splendid reflections. Well done!
Have a nice day my neighbor.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-28 1:09
Nice view of the old city from the side of the canal. Well framed with the tree on the right. The boat with tourists is a good inclusion in the photo. Very well preserved beautiful old city and an equally beautiful capture through your lens with nice natural colours and superb clarity as usual. Nicely done, thanks for sharing.
lousat (90780) 2014-02-28 2:11
Salut John,c'est vraiment magnifique l'atmosphere qui sort depuis cette image,magnifique prise de vue pour capturer les reflects dans l'eau des vieilles facades,et qualite' super malgre' la difficile lumiere! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
mesutilgim (95074) 2014-02-28 2:31
Hello dear John
Nice capture from Ghent with good pov and layout.
Allthough the ligth is a little bir dim, just this allows us to notice every detail pinsharp.
Again many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nic weekende with much photographic crop !
snunney (98337) 2014-02-28 2:42
The buildings lining this canal are very attractive. I like the oblique point of view; the passing boat is nicely placed and helps draw the viewer into the scene as well as providing an additional point of interest and a defined focal point. Excellent technical presentation.
macjake (67534) 2014-02-28 3:10
Belgium surely seems to have a never ending supply of photo opps doesn't it!
here we have another one.
I like how the subjects take up basically the entire frame, there are no dead spaces.
even the twig branches work well.
jacquest (18927) 2014-02-28 3:47
The oblique line of the buildings with thier architecture is very nice to look at. The reflections on the water, which will in a second be crushed by the boat's wake, add to the composition.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-28 3:57
il passaggio del battello ha arricchito la composizione unendo alla staticità delle case il suo dinamismo.
Superba sia la composizione che la cura del dettaglio alla quale siamo abituati.
Perfetti anche i colori.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
BennyV (16889) 2014-02-28 4:01
Dag John Zo'n tocht met zo'n bootje...dat heeft altijd iets retro, vind ik. Doet me denken aan foto's op de kaft van oude schriftjes.
Plezante foto uit Gent. Lang geleden dat ik er nog eens geweest ben. Sinds de opkuis van een tiental jaar geleden vind ik het daar soms wat stilletjes, wat proper. Maar ik heb daar toch een paar jaar heel graag gewoond.
pierrefonds (65904) 2014-02-28 4:26
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 the colours of the buildings. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
Nicou (141248) 2014-02-28 4:51
Quelle vue et ocmpo sueprbe iamge et cpatage quel canal avec la barque et ces branches q1ui pendent sueprbe ensmeble bucolique compo.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-28 4:53
a perfectly chosen POV and wonderful execution make this an attractive and beautiful image. I love the diagonal sweep and irresistible lines, but it is the immaculate clarity and light here that make this a real winner. Superb imagery!
Have a great weekend - B.
Sergiom (78697) 2014-02-28 5:57
Un très beau point de vue sur le canal . Il offre un très beau point de fuite. Les maisons de l'autre côté sont vraiment très belles. La gestion de la lumière très difficile à cause des nuages est parfaite.
Sonata11 (33795) 2014-02-28 6:47
Hello John, I'm very sorry for my late response, but recently I'm very busy. I want to thank you so much for visiting and comments. This is very beautiful picture of daily life scene and architecture. Fabulous reflection and beautiful colors, sharpness, clarity. Fantastic observation and executed image. Perfectly well done. Like it a lot.
Best regard, Barbara
ourania (45088) 2014-02-28 6:47
a superb presentation of this picturesque and charming part of the city. You've exalted the important old channel through great use of perspective and a very well balanced composition. I like very much the arrangement of layers of interest that make this view dynamic. They overlap, giving an agreeable impression of solidity and harmony. The moody colours are marvelous, the reflection of the sky brings light to the low right part of the frame and offers balance too. The boat full of visitors adds vividness and interest. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
dkmurphys (58104) 2014-02-28 7:18
Very beautiful canal scene from the lovely city of Ghent. I like the calm atmosphere and the sky. Well taken.
yquem46 (38752) 2014-02-28 10:04
A nice simple shot well composed in the diagonal
Nice natural colors and light
have a nice we, best regards
Ninello52 (7576) 2014-02-28 10:09
I know the town! A sort of "Little Venice" of Flanders! Very beautiful! Beautiful photo with your boat that sails the channel between the characteristics homes!
Best Regards, Nino.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-02-28 10:12
masterful composition with great perspective. i love the reflections in the clear water and its movement with the boat. the charming old buildings make a lovely backdrop. thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Noel_Byrne (31008) 2014-02-28 10:15
Such beautiful classic architecture and its reflection is wonderful. I love that the reflection is broken by the boat, bringing real life into the view. Very nice soft muted light too, with a very vibrant sky.
Thanks as always
holmertz (52096) 2014-02-28 11:08
Beautiful buildings and a very good perspective showing the canal on a diagonal. The sight-seeing boat is a fine feature. It is just about to temporarily destroy the fine reflections in the calm water, but we can still see most of the buildings mirrored upside down. Great colours and light.
Buin (42466) 2014-02-28 12:02
I already have seen this picture somewhere ... ;-))
In spite of all these old facades the diagonals here provide a wonderful dynamics as the boat with its little bow wave does.
Ghent for sure stands on my "to do" list. It must be a worth visiting place.
Greetings from a bit springlike Siegen! Have a nice weekend!
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-02-28 13:39
very good POV and excellent angle at which the canal is running. I like the whole perspective as well as very good DOF in here. Great sharpness and pretty vibrant colors despite lack of sun. The boat with group of people adds some life and dynamism to this rather calm scene.
Great architecture as settings and well presented.
Thanks for sharing
Royaldevon (38522) 2014-02-28 14:39
You paint a wonderful picture of Ghent with the photographs you share with us.
The canal is an interesting subject brought to a more animated state by the inclusion of the boat, which we can follow, as it leads into the m/g and the b/g. The buildings are sharply captured, making fine, sometimes distorted, reflections in the water.
I do like how you have included the bridge and the red building in the b/g; they make fine, backstops to the journey.
Have a great w/e,
mcmtanyel (22216) 2014-02-28 17:30
This is a lovely corner of Ghent. Your timing was excellent with the tourist boat at just the right place. I like the distortions that its waves introduce to the excellent reflections.
UlfE (14641) 2014-02-28 22:47
Your timing was excellent with the boat. Your perspective is also very good wih the boat passing by diagonally across the photo. I also realise that a photo like this is only possible to take in Winter when the trees have no leaves. Also very nice reflections of the sky on the water of the canal.TFS and have a nice weekend!
ikeharel (70795) 2014-03-01 2:11
Interesting details and history written about the Lieve canal in town, John.
Marvelous view of the tourists-boat cruise along, a bit "turbulenting" the nice reflection it had, but altogether added fine dynamism to the scene. Houses and warehouse along, havecdiff. colors, all mingle in harmony in the beautiful photo.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
mirosu (16129) 2014-03-01 4:15
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and nice soft tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see white houses and the boat with elegant shape. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color & light balance. And, the beautiful reflections and the contrasting blue-white sky draws out an additional good atmosphere, too.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
cornejo (41839) 2014-03-01 4:28
Hi John, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition in the city of Ghent, very well composed and captured in this interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
sabermonajati (11217) 2014-03-01 5:45
fascinating view from buildings with river you captured.
Fis2 (96849) 2014-03-01 6:38
Interesting fragment of Ghent.
I like frame and perspective.
Have a nice weekend
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-01 7:39
This is a really great capture from Ghent taken with an interesting composition and very good quality. The clarity and sharpness are executed perfectly to achieve such a lovely result. Like it! TFS.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-01 7:44
I'm always interested in taking the canal vacation in Europe, maybe someday, I think it would be interesting to those places from the water level. Nice capture of this tourist boat gliding smoothly with good details. Well done, tfs.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-01 9:09
Belgium has some really magnificent architectural jewels.
Ghent is certainly one of them.Beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere-two things you combined and captured here perfectly to make this scene so captivating to us.
The image has outstanding clarity,sharpness and well mastered contrast-things which contribute also to the success of your work.
Have a nice weekend
tenretin (2555) 2014-03-01 9:50
You made a beautiful image cleverly exploiting the water reflections. As usual this is a photo without flaws ... I'm still admiring your ability to compose such images. Bravo.
I wish you a good weekend.
COSTANTINO (64792) 2014-03-01 13:33
Hello dear friend
romantic scenery which shows the Lieve canal
according to your useful notes this canal
now becomes use as touristic canal with small
boats attractive picture with the boat along
the river I love the reflections the red
line that draws the eyes towards it and
the tree branches creating a natural framing
jcpix (13916) 2014-03-01 15:31
Well, I would say that whatever the city has done to make it attractive has undoubtedly worked! Your photos have made it even more so, and this is another fine example! A good time of year for this particular view and composition, the barren trees are not an obstruction to the beautiful architecture we can see along the canal. It's going to sound redundant, but it's another super perspective you've created with strong lines from left to right, converging into the near distance...a wonderful "JHM trademark." :) Hope there are many more to follow. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take good care.
Alco (7367) 2014-03-01 20:28
Nice presentation of these beautiful buildings.Good composition with the oblique lines formed by the canal and the buildings. I like those naked branches in the foreground. Nice reflections of the buildings in the canal. Superb colors. Very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
fabbs99 (17165) 2014-03-01 23:17
It is truly a spectacular view of canal transportaion in Ghent. Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-02 2:49
another great shot from you. Excellent clarity and depth. I like your angular POV which made it quite picturesque created nice perspective. Excellent shot. Tfs.
PaulVDV (28865) 2014-03-02 4:26
Boottochtjes op een Gents kanaal dat ik nog niet ken. Zelfs op een winterdag zijn er voldoende geïnteresseerden voor een rondvaart op het water.
De bladerloze takken van de bomen laten in dit seizoen een mooi zicht toe op de achterliggende huizen. Deze worden mooi weerspiegeld in het donkere kanaal.
Ik had blijkbaar een compleet foute weersvoorspelling geloofd. Het is hier vandaag stralend lenteweer.
Vermits de maand maart begonnen is, vrees ik dat je deze winter geen foto's kan maken van bevroren kanalen met schaatsers.
Vele groeten, Paul
tyro (24688) 2014-03-02 6:32
Again, you have given us a fascinating note about this lovely canal which at one time must have been a main "artery" for transport of goods, trading and commerce. And the boats on this canal would have been carrying things like coal and building materials and food rather than tourists!
Your composition is superb, the line of the canal's accompanying pathway leading us across the frame perfectly so that we can admire the beautiful facades of these fine buildings many of which, I suppose, would have been warehouses in the past.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-02 8:00
A beautiful shot of Ghent, a city I've long wanted to visit. I think I've mentioned before, but it also has a tie to American history, as a treaty signed here in 1814 ended the War of 1812 between the US and Britain, a sideshow to the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century.
You present it nicely here as a city on the water; I hope to see those canals someday!
photoray (13981) 2014-03-02 9:11
Interesting view of Ghent's Lieve canal waterfront, seen through the wispy leafless tree branches.
The diagonal panorama position is ideal for the medieval attractive architecture.
Thanks for sharing,
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-03-02 9:43
I like your POV under branches with good perspective. Nice week-end atmosphere. A boat ride can only be enjoyable. Congratulations!
ChrisJ (113331) 2014-03-02 11:07
The angled pov adds both dynamism and diminishing linear perspective from left to top right. Good timing to capture the passing boat in the canal. I might have boosted brightness a little in the fg and around the bg bridge. Nice warm cold color contrasts and excellent sharpness. Tfs!
williewhistler (16394) 2014-03-02 12:38
it was good timing on your part to snap the tourist barge as it entered the scene,it does add movement and an extra interest to an attractive view,the architecture of the buildings is delightful.
Kind regards Les.
kato (11630) 2014-03-02 17:23
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Lieve canal and old buildings along the its canal in Ghent. It's elegant and beautiful for buildings in medieval times. And, the tourist boat draws out a good impact as well as the reflection projected to the canal and the sprig as willow tree.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-03-02 20:05
John, you're painting what you see with the most beautiful colors and you are creating little priceless paintings of immense beauty and character!!
shreya2000 (2487) 2014-03-02 21:10
A very good scene of transportation. Colours and contrast is superb. Thanks for sharing.
TRB (14116) 2014-03-02 22:28
a nice perspective ..
sharpness, colors, reflections and images are excellent.
subtly beautiful sharing.
Have a nice week
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-02 22:52
This is a neat capturing the idyllic moment.
The buildings add to the scene.
npecanhuk (75156) 2014-03-03 5:04
Wonderful urban environment!
Magnificent architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week!
Graal (102752) 2014-03-03 5:54
nice peaceful place. I like the canal, touristic boat and old facades of houses. Good presentation from Gandawa.
Have a nice week.
Silvio1953 (142213) 2014-03-03 6:05
Ciao John, great perspective on beautiful city, fascinating reflections, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
claudeD (38436) 2014-03-03 6:43
with your amazing picture from Ghent you are remembering my last visit of this wonderful city to me. Excellent composition, fine sharpness and very fine light managment. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
boa (7375) 2014-03-03 12:21
this looks fun and interesting, to sit in a small boat and see all beautiful architecture and canals! You have choosen a good pov for your shot. I like the perspective and the sharpness in this shot. It is also excellent natural colors and a good idea to include the tree branches in the foreground, well done!
Have a nice evening/
Corry (4508) 2014-03-04 5:39
La visite des canaux de Gand doit être très agréable. Beau point de vue sur ce canal et les bâtiments construits en bordure du quai. Bonne netteté de l'image. Salutations.
mohammad_H (9904) 2014-03-04 7:14
Your pictures of landscapes are eye-catching and pleasant Unsurpassed clarity, sharpness and contrast You carefully select a good subject and a good angle
adramad (45386) 2014-03-04 10:06
Wonderful composition with this line of beautiful facades, peeked to channel these superb reflexes, the branches of the trees that cover part of the sky, they give a nice graphics. The boat with tourists is a nice addition.
An image with a delicious color.
Splendid sharpness and good light.
Well done. I love it.
Enjoy the week.
All the best.
omid266 (6746) 2014-03-04 19:39
** Salam , Hi John,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful image ,
from a city or town with cannals with water and boats,
very Peaceful place , very nice shown this Peaceful
Excellent frame , and these beautiful buildinds which
indicate the Paradise for us ,
All the best and Thanks again for youe notes,
** God and his Angels with their PEACE may be with
you and family and the land of Flanders , Belgium***
abmdsudi (53703) 2014-03-05 6:57
Lovely waterways lined by some bright colours on the buildings with fabulous blue sky. This is great full of interest nicely aligned, great perspective with the canal leads Tree branches frames the scene nicely. Wonderful scenic spot nicely shot, Congrats
rychem (35373) 2014-03-05 8:32
Beautiful corner, fantastic architecture, I like this house with green shutters, the narrow Canaletto is like a little street, you have shown a very peaceful atmosphere
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-05 23:52
great atmosphere with beautiful compositon and architectural details, the colours and lights are splendid,
mkamionka (36258) 2014-03-06 5:05
I have just seen a job advert from Ghent, I guess this would be a beautiful place to live. Lovely stylish houses along the river. Very photogenic spot, great that the trees are still naked the leaves would not allow a photo from this POV I guess.
The passing boat adds a nice touch. A picture full of atmosphere, very well done,
Didi (60588) 2014-03-09 3:44
Bonjour mon ami
J'ai visité Gand dans un bateau similaire, c'était en 1976
Intéressante perspective du canal
La direction de la lumière donne un intéressant relief
corjan3 (2109) 2014-03-11 9:35
Is there anyone on any of the treksites that has amassed more points than you? Then I should like to know who it is. Some members question the points system but to me it shows that you are a very experienced, a very active and a very good photographer. Well done indeed and may there be many more to come.
Weereens het ons hier uitstaande gehalte en beligtingbeheer en 'n insiggewende nota.Welgedaan weereens. Beste wense.
carper (96) 2014-03-11 11:21
prachtig John heel mooi gemaakt
Angshu (56750) 2014-03-17 22:59
A fine picture from Ghent where the canal leads us in well. What I like most is the reflection of the colourful houses in teh canal waters and the hanging tree branches from the right which frames the picture well. Good work!
jmdias (64026) 2014-03-18 1:34
nice use of the nude braches like a curtain with those marvelous façades ahead and the boat adding movement and life to scenery. well done.
branley (3681) 2014-03-23 2:31
It still looks a bit chilly for boat trips John. Lovely view though and in a few weeks half the buildings will be obscured by the new leaves about to form on the tree. Lovely composition, the building, wall, boat and the boats red stripe are all aligned, it makes it a very harmonious image.
Hansaphotos (8081) 2014-03-25 13:17
A wonderfully clear and crisp shot from this charming city. Lovely perspective and great view along the canal. A well framed shot with fine colours. You also got a nice effect of the reflections. Very nice work! Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
fritzi007 (10599) 2014-04-01 14:39
sehr gutes Foto von Gent, schöne Häuser und Farben, wirklich sehr gut, gratuliere!
josepmarin (58357) 2014-04-07 4:54
a very peaceful and attractive image here. The canal and the beautiful architecture of the houses offer us a nice diagonal perspective, while the boat, the reflections on the calm water, and the clouds in the sky, are a few elements which add a high aesthetical level in your composition.
I love the branches of the tree, hanging in foreground.
Light and colors are skilfully managed.
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-08-26 3:54
An excellent position where you shoot the facade with a boat sailing in canal, very beautiful composition and color also. Your article is always attractive and so informative.
with deep regards and thanks,
berek (50456) 2014-10-23 9:31
what better than to use the channels to explore the beauty of the city.i love sky and impressive architecture. Nice framing as usual.
Matyas (0) 2015-04-13 1:48
Hello John! Amaizng architecture. Wonderful buildings. Fine boat. Wonderful canal. Superb composition. Perfect quality. Good effect. Well done!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (152314)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-22
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My best of 2014 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-27 23:14