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Saturday afternoon I was in Ghent, a very nice old city with different nice old buildings.
The last years has a modern government, choice for change made, you can see on my picture, these place is very pleasant for families with children, without danger of cars, the parents can drink a good cup of coffee or a very nice beer out of the region.
I cannot make advertisement for one sort
In the past Emile Braunplein was fully developed. After the demolition of the last houses in the 60s the city council established temporarily in an above ground parking. The plans to build an underground parking garage were voted out by the people of Ghent in 1997 completely for no parking in a referendum.
One of the main thrusts of KoBra project ( Korenmarkt-Brabantplein) was the construction of the hall on it Emile Braunplein. Which is the meeting hall of Ghent, completely open at all sides. In addition, it will also form the backdrop to markets, dance demonstrations, concerts and more. Under the hall houses a new 'grand café' with a terrace in the new city park. Under the construction is good to stay and rest with shops, wc's and bike location as transportation for the car-free city.
The former art elements - the Minne-images and Mathildis clock - got a new place in the draft.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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pajaran (47888) 2014-03-05 23:08
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i persapektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa posetiocima, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepo mesto za odmor sa decom.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
chrisg76 (444) 2014-03-05 23:39
Good morning dear John.
What a nice place to live in.
It is certainly a very inviting and safe place for children to grow up and adults to have a good, relaxed and interesting life.
I love the buildings that are presented superbly from this POV.
Great light also.
Your note is also very thorough and explanatory.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-05 23:50
a beautiful photo of this fascinating architecture, the composition is very nice, great details and the colours are beautiful. Splendid view,
papagolf21 (82982) 2014-03-06 0:11
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Quand le moderne côtoie l'ancien, cela étonne, mais, après tout, il faut vivre avec son temps.
L'image est belle et soignée, comme d'habitude.
Très bonne journée.
shreya2000 (785) 2014-03-06 0:14
A pleasant atomosphere is shown in your pic. The place looks to be very clean and beautiful. Nice colours and contrast. Thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (26938) 2014-03-06 0:25
una piazza molto originale e bella, interessante la fontana.
Fa piacere vedere le persone che portano in giro i bambini, mettono sempre allegria erriempiono i giardini di voci e grida divertite.
fds (7242) 2014-03-06 0:38
Dear belgium friend very beautiful composition with this very beautiful postcard and very interested for my
Great colors and light and super scharpnees
danos (82715) 2014-03-06 0:47
very nice the view as the presentation of this section of the town of Ghent,with a lot of interesting elements to are the eye catchers.The brilliant light of the day enhance the vivid colours as the beauty of the scene.Well done.
batalay (34577) 2014-03-06 0:48
This is a very lovely photo of a slice of daily life in a par in Ghent. I have been eager to see photos of this city that is known for its history and beauty. I will visit your link "John's Flemish site" next.
Warm regards, John,
Subhogen (4063) 2014-03-06 0:49
A beautiful composition from Ghent. What a lovely picturesque town. I like the nice laid-back and relaxed atmosphere captured in the frame with these tourists in the FG. The Fg is very composed with the circular grass bank and the fountain. The buildings in the BG present nice old world charm. 'No cars' sound so good. More such places should be there where cars are not allowed. Excellent photo with nice natural colours, warm light and superb clarity. Thanks for sharing.
Kamilutka (8085) 2014-03-06 1:02
this is very interesting image almost bursting with plenty of details to dwell on. The architecture is quite original and the chosen POV shows it from a little bit different perspective. I like the people included in the composition, all busy with their own activities. Pretty light and colors.
Thanks for sharing
lousat (71485) 2014-03-06 1:26
Salut John,excellente capture et composition tres riche,il y a du soleil finalement et on peu sortir un peu,un corner tres joli et tres bien capture'.Belle journee' et merci,Luciano
Royaldevon (25934) 2014-03-06 1:43
Good Morning John,
This bright winter's day has given beautiful light for your photograph of Ghent, made all the more charming by the inclusion of these people, obviously enjoying the weather.
The elements are strongly placed and there is a lovely balance between the fountain and the bell. The steps make a natural lead into the b/g.
Have a lovely day,
tyro (18344) 2014-03-06 3:31
An interesting note you have given about this place which appears to have undergone some very good and sympathetic improvements. It is nice that people can relax and enjoy time with their families here without the threat of the ever present motor car.
A beautifully composed photograph taken in lovely warm sunlight, the path on the left leading the viewer very nicely into the image and with some splendid buildings making a fine background. The fountain with its bronze figures on the right completes the composition very effectively.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
BennyV (13538) 2014-03-06 3:54
Mooie foto van een knap staaltje stadvernieuwing. Ik hou ervan hoe er hier met verschillende niveaus gewerkt werd. Het werk van Minne (en de klok) krijgen zo een welverdiende upgrade. Ik moet toch nog eens naar Gent gaan...
jacquest (18097) 2014-03-06 3:58
I like this scene very much with the mix of architecture and the life in the park. The light is superb and gives good and natural colors with very good sharpness. I like the big bell.
mesutilgim (79428) 2014-03-06 4:15
Hello dear John,
Nice capture of this beautiful city in Flanders.
It brought back many nice rememberances from many many years ago when I'd spent two wonderfull days in Gent and spent two nights just in this Hotel,Novotel.
Amazing "photogenic" sky as background.
Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regards
PS.Many thanks also for your encpuraging message for our beloved friend Rabia Iffet who has now her last rsting place on the slopes of Bosphorus in a graveyard with a mejestic view towards Bosphorus. We shall miss here much.
pierrefonds (54632) 2014-03-06 4:29
The presence of the peeople is adding life to the scene. The distance between the sculptures and the buildings is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (53863) 2014-03-06 4:32
Je ne suis passé que quelques heures dans cette très belle ville et je regrette d'en avoir manqué le plus beau. J'aurais aimé marcher la ville car elle est très belle. Tu nous en montre un petit coin bien charmant.
timecapturer (44525) 2014-03-06 5:20
a wonderful composition this. So perfectly balanced and a real mix of complementary elements that makes it so attractive . Amazing clarity and enticing lines that captivate the viewer. Excellent!
dkmurphys (45897) 2014-03-06 6:25
Very fine scene from that amazing city. I like the good mood atmosphere.
Have a fine evening.
Nicou (115408) 2014-03-06 7:13
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe avec cette statue en rond et l'animation et les personnage quel parc entouré de ces belles maisons fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (36728) 2014-03-06 7:32
A very pleasant mixture of old and modern architecture. This picture is also full of life with all the persons here, enjoying the exhibition of interesting artworks. The green barriers are well incorporated in the composition.
holmertz (36459) 2014-03-06 7:39
This is an interesting and pleasant blend of old and new and different styles of architecture. I think one reason for the nice impression I get is that it it shows two different levels, which makes the view quite dynamic. The park at the lower level is nicely filled with people, including statues on a fountain. As in most of your photos you enjoyed a beautiful sunny wather.
PaulVDV (20233) 2014-03-06 10:03
Een prachtige compositie in verschillende niveaus.
Magnifieke kleuren en contrasten met eveneens een sterk contrast tussen verschillende architectuurstijlen.
Vanuit een zeer goed standpunt genomen.
Uitstekende helderheid en scherpte.
Vele groeten vanuit een zonnig Brabant, Paul
cornejo (27515) 2014-03-06 10:16
Hi John, good view of this interesting scene of daily life with interesting edifcios the background, well captured with good photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ourania (25618) 2014-03-06 10:51
a very interesting corner of the fine city of Ghent, your composition is solid and elegant and the different styles of architecture, the park, the monuments and the people are so well placed and bound together. Each building has its own character and is differently affected by the light too. Clarity and colours are exquisite, you are offering us a very vivid experience of this scenery. I particularly like the presence and placement of the cyclist and her shadow. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Noel_Byrne (20169) 2014-03-06 13:54
There is so much to see in this shot, the buildings, the sculpture, the people and all under such rich and wonderful light. Combined with your note, this is a wonderful post, filled with interesting, color and life.
Thanks as always
Periko (2231) 2014-03-06 15:01
Beautiful composition, John. Besides the nice architecture, the bell and the sculptoric group are interesting elements.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-03-06 18:18
John, such a relaxing and peaceful setting, colorful, sunny, bright and happy...so nice to see people enjoying a moment in the open air, a laid back moment!!
thank you very much for visiting me and for your very sweet words!! appreciated!!
cebe (1477) 2014-03-06 19:08
Pleasant city view. Good light and many things to look at. Very well composed too with the bell in one corner, the fountain in the other and the diagonal stairs making the link. Most (i.e. all but the man by the frame at left) people well placed and contributing well to the scene.
Best regards, Claude
Corry (4506) 2014-03-06 21:15
Belle photo de ce parc avec ses monuments. Il semble bien que ce soit un lieu de rencontre des jeunes familles. L'architecture du bâtiment de droite est particulièrement belle. Bonne netteté de l'image. Bien fait.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-06 23:08
Splendid architecture. You have captured that excellently. The light is just great.
jjcordier (72680) 2014-03-06 23:22
Cette place bien rénovée semble très accueillante et idéale pour la promenade, surtout sous un si beau temps. Très bonne composition.
Fis2 (81546) 2014-03-07 5:27
Beautiful city is Gent!
A very nice view.
Good POV and colors.
I like the building on the right.
Have a nice weekend
ikeharel (51563) 2014-03-07 8:53
Good evening John,
Among the number of subjects in this photo, the bell-post is drawing most the attention when looking.
But also the statues and people around, added vivid tone, all culminate to a wonderful small garden surrounded by the modern buildings and hotel in town.
POV chosen superbly.
Have a nice weekend,
macjake (51476) 2014-03-07 10:26
as much as I love the classic Belgium architecture post cars shots, this one is nice because we get to see locals, and a more family vibe.
nice to see some grass in the city too :)
warm photo despite the cold temps.
Alco (6468) 2014-03-07 21:49
Very nice place for families. The point of view is well chosen to show the park and the buildings at the same time. Beautiful fountain. I particularly like the architecture of the building on the right. Very well done.TFS.
Have a nice weekend.
wolf38 (30142) 2014-03-07 22:41
Hi John. A wonderful picture with so many details. Of course, I like many people in the picture. I also like the detailed text.
Romano46 (16578) 2014-03-08 6:29
una ripresa eccellente come tuo solito.
Ai bei colori si somma una nitidezza di alto livello ed una cura del colore impeccabile.
Bella anche la composizione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-03-08 9:57
Another splendid picture from Ghent with its unbelievable architecture. Congratulations for such a beautiful presentation. TFS!
eldancer1 (24783) 2014-03-08 10:06
Looks like a harmonious combination of old and new style architectures. And it seems like a center of activities for families. I like your pov and it has good details. Well done, tfs.
mcmtanyel (10121) 2014-03-08 12:35
This is a very nice corner from Ghent. I like the geometric shapes that the buildings form. Colors and light management are great and the fountain is pleasantly balanced by the bell.
fritzi007 (2451) 2014-03-08 15:10
wirklich eine schöne Aufnahme von dir, sehr klare Farben, gratuliere!
photoray (9903) 2014-03-08 15:53
Interesting combination scene with the park, visitors, human figures statues in the foreground, then the stairway leading to the classical Ghent architecture, all in fine resolution.
Buin (42256) 2014-03-08 23:05
Dag John! ;-)
This photo contains many many details and especially all these different contrasts in architecture catch the viewers eye. In addition I like ths colourful and somehow relaxed atmosphere in the photo
Once again thank you for the informative and interesting note!
Greetings from sunny and nearly warm Westphalia! Have a nice Sunday!
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-03-08 23:16
magnificent urban scene for a change from your landscape photos.And I have to say it´s equally captivating than your landscape photos.Taken from an excellent POV and with good attention for details it makes really pleasure to admire it and its urban character.
I like especially combination of light and colors,which create so pleasant atmosphere of the place.
Have a nice sunday
bukitgolfb301 (34278) 2014-03-08 23:38
Hi dear John, how are you? Sorry for my late reply.
Ya again your signitured image, so sharp and clear image, very very comfortable to see au usual.
The best exposure setting so deep one makes so outstanding image indeed.
All the best and habve a good Sunday! Takero
subhendu_bagchi (25121) 2014-03-09 1:15
a very nice composition here. Like those vibrant colours. Great sharpness and depth. Beautiful architectures at back with a nice sky at top. Superb shot. Tfs.
ChrisJ (94510) 2014-03-09 3:22
Nice warm cold color contrasts between the yellow green grass in the fg the reddish yellow facade of the distinctive building at right, and the blue sky. The people add life and scale. The sculpture at right makes a fine focal point. The stairs and bronze bell at centre and left counterbalance the compo. Tfs!
kato (11630) 2014-03-09 12:43
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the familiar park in old city which is surrounded by old and new buildings. The bell and sculpture in the park look like to keep a good tradition of this city. And, it's also impressive that family and residents are relaxing at this park.
boa (5536) 2014-03-09 13:37
How i like Saturday afternoons, especially during weather conditions like in this scene. Sun, a blue sky and people in the streets and parks with hope for a good summer:) Good capture of that mood in this shot and also a Beautiful old house to the right in the Picture. Perfect technical quality. Light, colors and sharpness, well done my friend!
jcpix (11058) 2014-03-09 19:10
You certainly do not disappoint, another delightful picture from this fine city. Looks to be a nice place for all to enjoy, family friendly. The architecture lone can make for its own highlight, but the addition of handrails on the stairs, the fountain, the bell...everything, it all works so pleasingly well in this composition...which is made even more enticing under a bright sky. Hard to resist the desire to be outside under such nice and attractive conditions. All around lovely! Have a great week ahead. All the best.
claudeD (30175) 2014-03-10 1:15
wonderful picture from Ghent with an excellent composition, fine colors and good clarity.Very nice daly life scenery. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Silvio1953 (115213) 2014-03-10 7:22
Ciao John, great view of beautiful place, lovely composition with nice people, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (38884) 2014-03-10 8:51
A lively town scape with lots of interest grabbing attention. The lighting could not be better that youve got a nice balance in the exposure which has kept a lot more detail throughout so nicely set off by that blue sky. Well done
rychem (18927) 2014-03-10 9:35
Splendid photo as usual. Great quality, very nice scene, perfect light and depth, compliments
adramad (34959) 2014-03-10 10:38
A splendid image, which shows a different perspective of the city, away from the most famous part of the channels is a corner showing different styles, but it is nice and well harmonized, facades, sculptures, animation giving people. ...
Very good brightness and sharpness, with beautiful colors and a sky that is a great bonus.
Well seen and done better. I Like
Have a good day.
Graal (95107) 2014-03-10 10:59
friends about this photo all told you. Very nice place and very good photograph. I like the architecture and amazing sculptures and bell also. Good presentation.
Have a nice evening.
sandpiper (6788) 2014-03-11 0:39
a wonderful daily life shot of this beautiful old town. Great composition with soft winter colours. Beautiful.
carper (96) 2014-03-11 11:20
heel fraai gemaakt John fraaie plaat,
mooie verdeling goede foto john
omid266 (3068) 2014-03-11 21:38
** Salam , Hi John ,
This is really an excelent and beautiful park,
very Peaceful park with these families and people is
visiting and pass times on vacations,
nice text , very various details,
all the best and Thank you for sharing ,
Good Luck and God may be with you and your family,
Greetings , Omid
fabbs99 (15677) 2014-03-11 21:42
Excellent shot of the park from Ghent with nice colors and sharpness.Very well done,TFS.
mirosu (12290) 2014-03-13 2:49
Great photo! I like the superb light & clarity and well saturated colors and the excellent contrast between the well balanced buildings colors and the blue-white sky. There is very good depth of field. The people around add nice life to the scene. Great work in making the photo pop with the usage of colors and contrast.
Very well done.
clic (13922) 2014-03-13 11:06
Sorry for being so late, John
First, the stairway attracted my attention because it leads interest towards those appealing old buildings, fortunately-deprived of commercial signs.
Since this picture appears in HD quality, the minute details and the colors are most interesting, on the blue sky, in particular.
dta (62438) 2014-03-13 11:17
Hello John ,
Une belle image , que cette composition riche et colorée . Tout le monde semble profiter du soleil par cette belle journée d'hiver .
mkamionka (29155) 2014-03-14 9:52
beautiful place so very well taken care about. I like the pleasant light which created lovely well saturated colors. Everything seems to go well together with some old architecture well mixed with the newer elements.
Beautiful picture. Have a great weekend,
Didi (54727) 2014-03-16 11:39
Difficile de composer une image avec beaucoup de sujets, mais c'est très bien fait
Très bonne luminosité ambiante on dirait une image en 3D
serp2000 (37513) 2014-03-18 10:43
Another interesting photo from Ghent, thanks for so informative note and very nice photo, as an illustration of your words. What means this sculpture of these sad people? I think they and this black bell are partof some common idea.
Perfect quality! The colors and sharpness are superb!
Angshu (54521) 2014-03-20 21:36
A very pleasant cityscape, where the relaxed atmosphere is shown in the park...interesting sculpture in the FG. The new construction of the Hotel somehow follows the traditional pattern...nice picture in good light!
jmdias (52025) 2014-03-21 6:51
interesting modern elements like the box with the bell, the fountains and interesting contrast with some old façades ahead. I liked the light and the perfect quality of the image. TFS this part of the town.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-22 2:09
I love your low Pov in this below street square in Ghent.
There is so much to view and admire, wonderful light, great colours, nicely presented, and informative note. Tfs.
Trust you and your wife are well and enjoying the Spring.
branley (3681) 2014-03-23 2:34
A lovely combination of new and old. The railings lead us from the recreation area to those magnificent buildings. It's a very fine capture my friend.
RayTography (52) 2014-03-24 18:39
I really enjoy this photo due to the large number of different lines. There are horizontal, vertical, diagonal and curved lines. . . all without looking overly busy. The composition is well done and the clarity is excellent.
Thank you for posting this photo.
daddo (22372) 2014-04-12 22:34
Hi John. I do like your photos of urban settings as they tend to show people enjoying what cities have to offer, especially on a sunny day. Great details wherever one looks. Lovely light and colours. Best wishes. Klaudio.
halikarnas (6475) 2014-04-20 5:35
Fotoğrafın kritik edilecek,daha doğrusu fotoğraf hakkında konuşulaçak çok güzel şeyler var.
Ama Usta'nın eserlerine konuşmak biraz zor oluyor.
Günlük hayaa ait muhteşem bir fotoğraf.Bütün detaylar içinde ÇAN'I çok sevdim.
Tebrikler Usta John.
Hanssie (10273) 2014-04-21 1:18
Nou, hier is alles zo'n beetje in één foto gestopt,
we hebben oud, we hebben nieuw, mooie klok, prachtieg beelden, de mensen, leuke overzichtsfoto, John.
PiotrF (3954) 2014-06-03 13:28
A wonderful composition from Ghent. The point of view is well chosen to show the park, fountain and the buildings at the same time. Wonderful picture with so many details.
Your magnificent presentation is very good.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (134540)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-22
- Categories: Architecture
- 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/20.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-05 23:05