Last weekend we were for a city trip in Brugge, the old Flemish city 8 km from North Sea coast.
Brugge is very unique. In the beginning of the 9th century the town got its name through the trade with Scandinavia – the old Norwegian word Bryggia means dock/harbour. It blossomed in the middle-ages as a Hanze town (seatrade with Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic) and a very beautiful town grew, cut through by an extensive system of canals (rei-en) and encircled by protective “vesten” lined by wind mills. The development of Brugge was decelerated and came to a stand still by the silting up of the access to the North Sea in the 16th century. After that, unlike most other old Hanze towns, the town almost completely missed out on the industrial revolution of the 18 & 19 th century. The result is that Brugge has still its old middle-age structure and buildings and that when you walk there and manage to look past the throngs of tourists, you have the feeling that you didn’t enter the town by train but by means of a time machine. Totally fascinating from an urbanist and architectural point of view.
We navigated through the town by means of a city map and directions that my oldest TE friend John / jhm (I’m not talking ‘bout age but seniority here ;-) ) gave.
Displayed here are houses and their reflection on the Gouden Hand Rei. The entrances of these houses are on the Gouden Handstraat. With this pic I tried to convey the feeling of tranquillity we got by walking along the rei-en of Brugge. On those which are not close to the centre (formed by the Burg & Market) you can walk without encountering a soul and taking in the wonderful historic atmosphere, and on some there aren’t even any tourist boats. These boats roam the rei-en in Brugge and have public-adress sound systems ;-)
PS-E2 tech: tilt & perspective distortion corrected, cropped, saturation (master, reds, yellows) boosted/altered, adjusted levels & contrast to the builings, water & sky differentially, USM-ed, frame added and saved for the web.
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dkeus31 (27735) 2004-11-19 6:05
Nice reflection, composition and colors.
maphoto (8082) 2004-11-19 6:07
Image claire et belle réflection, une belle présentation, intéressant de découvrir le haut des bâtisse dans l'eau, la parfaite symétrie n'y est pas mais le résultat est très bien, bravo.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2004-11-19 6:08
Great image - like the clarity :)
Hanssie (10886) 2004-11-19 6:11
(en ik zit nog te denken, ik heb net John/jhm gehad.....)
Beautiful shot with a "special touch" from you, always trying to be different and also here, you succeeded! Sharp, good colours and I like the reflections, which are beautiful, John will like it too!
supereira (9576) 2004-11-19 6:15
Great reflections in the water.I like a lot the colors and the contrast between them.Great composition and framing.I like the textures,light and sharpness.Well done!
PixelTerror (0) 2004-11-19 6:59
Hi Bert, it's a great water reflection, for sur our specialist will apppreciate ! I do too, and the calm water acts as a nice mirror, I would say the water part looks even better than the real one. Your note is excellent.
jhm (159006) 2004-11-19 7:21
Ho Bert, ik ben echt blij dat u dergelijke mooie beelden meegebracht heb uit Brugge, het is werkelijk een prachtig spiegelbeeld van deze erkers, zaterdag was een stille dag waardoor het water bijna niet bewoog, alleen de kleine eend bracht wat leven in het water. Bert, de gele Chrysanten zijn een mooi detail bij al de andere schitterende kleuren.
Bedankt voor deze.
carper (96) 2004-11-19 9:19
leuk weer eens werk van je te zien en dan onder begeleiding van ons aller John. Ik denk dat John alle plekjes daar wel weet te vinden. Heel mooi genomen op je eigen stijl, de kleuren zijn goed en de weerspiegeling uitstekend. Goed werk
nwoehnl (122) 2004-11-19 11:58
Nice tribute to John with this appealing reflective shot, Bert. I like how you cleverly cropped this above the white window, in order to show much more in the reflection off the canal. The colors and details are beautiful, and the subtle distortions added by the water surface are great. If you crop this to show only the water part, it's almost a sister shot to my older "Duck swimming in art" photo. Well done.
Spoony (3539) 2004-11-19 13:50
I like this image bert... very peculiar place! Should be a challenge to live under that conditions... but funny too! ;)
Well seen and captured.
sunny (3069) 2004-11-19 13:53
Wonderful composition of two parts, Bert! I like very much the reflected colours and shapes, together with the nice grapfic the details are forming here. The mirrored deep blue sky brings lovely depth and variety too. Very well done!
Tweety (4546) 2004-11-19 14:18
Image très nette et superbe réflection, un travail digne de cette superbe ville !
Isabelle (9046) 2004-11-19 14:39
Hi, Bert :) I pleasure to read your notes, your comments, as usually.
this image is sooooooo absolutely beautiful and poetic!
I must confess i am a bit mesmerized by the reflections in the water - for me, they´re stronger than reality in this case, and, because of this, i dare to make a ws to show you. (your version, of course, is already part of my private gallery! ;))
Georges (11185) 2004-11-20 16:12
Le reflet attire toute mon attention mais je vais poster un WS pour montrer ma vision sur la prise.
Bravo pour le coup d'oail Bert.
pamastro (7290) 2004-11-21 1:12
Nice view and really interesting reflection. The details are nice and the reflection certainly is like that of a painting. Perhaps, though, it seems too sharp. I like sharpness but here it seems to harsh looking. Perhaps a result of mix of contrast, saturation and sharpening. And perhaps, to me, it seems awkwardly cut off at the top. A nice idea would be to go with only the reflection. It is nice, clear, sharp but not too much and has really nice depth. It's a nice little play here, though of harsh reality and soft reflection.
elroyie (2750) 2004-11-22 16:51
Very good ccolours and very beautiful picture, I think that you should focus more on the reflection and only to leave a hint from the reality, because the reflection is awsome!
ma-tibou (4568) 2004-11-23 10:23
bonjour Bert, un joli jeu de miroir pour cet endroit plein de charme, de bien jolies couleurs.
c_kyr (1810) 2004-11-25 0:12
Great reflections and sharpness!
Very well done!
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13366)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-11-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ, 28-140mm/2.4-3.2 int, SanDisk CF 512M
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Tributes to TE members [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-11-19 6:01