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I brought a visit to Damme, the church tower could against a small payment become visited, 2 Euro
The climbing of the tower with a narrow stair (almost 200 steps)
On my age a very great performance but everything was excellent.
Above on the tower got I a wonderful panoramic view about the area.
I have different pictures taken and shall later more pictures show.
On these picture you can see the “Schelle” mill, along the canal Bruges - Sluis.
Thank you very much for your visit.
The mill Damme you cannot miss. He stands high above its immediate surroundings next to the Damme canal on one of the most picturesque spots of Damme. This makes it also one of the most photographed mills in the world.
At this place was since the creation of the town already a standard wooden mill, called the Schellemolen. This mill was owned by the Counts of Flanders; in 1267 these rights were Countess Margaret of Constantinople sold to the city. However, half of the proceeds should still be given to the graves.
The current mill was built in 1867 on the site where the wooden mill stood for centuries and remained in use until 1963. In 1971 he was bought by the province of West Flanders and restored in 1975-1977. It is a protected monument since 1975 and since its restoration, run in the summer the blades in the wind. Also note the more minus that on top of the hood is; a reference to the "legend of the mermaid."
Canon EOS 7D
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
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pajaran (59479) 2014-06-16 22:51
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa istrijom i opisom, lep pogled i trenutak.
Dobar rad i perspektiva, lepo pokazna arhitektura i zelena polja, lepe boje.
Lepa arhitektura sa crvenim krovovima i zelena polja sa drvecem.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve njabolje.
besnard (56124) 2014-06-16 22:59
Une belle vue plongeante sur ce paysage ensoleillé avec cet élégant moulin qui fait tout l'intérêt de la composition.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
jemaflor (95957) 2014-06-16 23:08
Good pov with this windmill perfectly situated in your composition, pleasant light and colors with this green.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-16 23:55
Ce beau point de vue méritait bien l'effort des 200 marches ...et les deux euros. Très jolie composition.
mohammad_H (9904) 2014-06-17 0:05
Pretty good quality image effects
Eye-catching and attractive
I love the pictures, fields and farms and gardens, and rural homes
I enjoy seeing your pictures
papagolf21 (99586) 2014-06-17 0:09
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Très belle prise de vue aérienne sur ce petit village et surtout ce moulin idéalement placé dans la composition.
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale de cette composition.
kasianowak (8739) 2014-06-17 0:56
Classic photo from Flanders. I like the L-shaped composition created with the houses and windmill. Red roofs look treat on the green background.
jacquest (18927) 2014-06-17 3:53
I like the downward view on the windmill ans the red roofs. There is a peacefull mood to this composition with the view on the fields. Colors are natural and sharpess is good.
pierrefonds (65244) 2014-06-17 4:16
The distance between the houses in the foreground and the ones in the background is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the houses. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-17 4:25
iconic Flanders image this. All the elements are here and look so idyllic and inviting in this beautifully executed and presented image. Superb!
Regards - B.
sabermonajati (11171) 2014-06-17 5:11
pleasant pay sage from buildings and fields you captured.
Sergiom (77253) 2014-06-17 5:43
Il y a quelque chose dans cette composition qui fait instantanément penser à la Belgique. Il y a quelque chose de différent dans l'air. Le point de vue est superbe sur le moulin à vent et l'ensemble jouit d'une luminosité parfaite.
serp2000 (43792) 2014-06-17 6:08
Very attractive and peaceful landscape! I hope to visit Flanders someday too. Marvelous scene, excellent vivid colors combination, perfect technical quality. Oh, yes, it was really great performance with a climbing of the tower indeed. Take care! ;)
Fis2 (95983) 2014-06-17 6:16
I like frame and colors.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice afternoon
Nicou (139940) 2014-06-17 8:32
Avec ces maisons en premier plan quelle vue ces toit ocres et le moulin e tla campange sueprbe ensemble et compo mervielleux.
saxo042 (37794) 2014-06-17 9:08
Like a beautiful and well composed painting. Very attractive colours and an interesting windmill.
ourania (44254) 2014-06-17 9:14
this is a lovely view from above, I like how we can have a close and detailed view of the buildings in the foreground while the background is deep, delightful and interesting as well. It's intriguing to see the mill with no sky as backdrop, only a thorough view of the surrounding landscape. The colours are vivid and lovely, the whole frame exudes an agreeable warmth. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-06-17 10:01
Beautiful landscape and it look so peaceful! I wouldn't mind living in this kind of place. And I like those types of windmills instead of the sterile and ugly ones that are dominating the desert landscape of Southern Nevada. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
carlo62 (46353) 2014-06-17 10:33
penso che ne valeva la pena di farsi qualche scalino per vedere questo paesaggio.
Una foto ben composta, con il mulino ben posizionato e bene in evidenza, mi piacciono questi paesaggi, sono molto tranquilli e rilassanti.
cornejo (41303) 2014-06-17 10:59
Hi John, great view of this interesting and beautiful landscape typical of the place, very well captured with a great pov with pretty good picture. An interesting picture of lovely scenery, very good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Noel_Byrne (30459) 2014-06-17 11:03
A beautiful and very picturesque scene, the mill being such a strong point and perfectly composed in the scene. The red roods of the houses are very striking against the vivid greens. Beautiful place,
thanks for sharing
All the best
PaulVDV (28215) 2014-06-17 12:44
Die kerktoren is een fantastisch uitzichtpunt en je kan er mooie foto's in de vier windrichtingen maken.
Het kanaal tussen de huizen en de windmolen is verborgen achter de daken maar verderop krijgen we wel een prachtige lappendeken van velden te zien.
Ik was er eerder in de lente en alles zag er nog niet zo frisgroen uit als op deze foto. Dus ook nog niet zo'n sterk contrast tussen de velden en de rode daken.
Prachtig helder en zeer kleurrijk beeld.
Vele groeten, Paul
Graal (102570) 2014-06-17 13:04
very nice landscape with old windmill there. Good POV, composition and pleasant spring colors. Interesting informations. Solid photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
abmdsudi (52963) 2014-06-17 16:08
it's wonderful how effective you have placed the eyecatching windmill to rest the eye there, then progressively leads viewers into the whole scene. A well captured green farmland stretching the view deep into the horizon offering such depth and perspective blended with lot of interest. The brown and white split the colours superbly. Clarity is fine and pleasantly exposed throughout lending a pleasing image. Well done shot, Congrats
jcpix (13914) 2014-06-17 19:46
I admire your everlasting zest to obtain just the right point of view, even if it means climbing so many stairs. :) This is a great elevated perspective which shows us in detail the lay of the land, the natural colors and a nice focal point of the windmill within this frame. Certainly worth the climb and small fee to get this shot, and as usual, it comes with a wonderful result through your lens. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Nice win by your countrymen today, a fun and spirited comeback.
Alco (7327) 2014-06-17 21:20
Congratulations for your courage to climb all these steps. The sight is fantastic from the top of the tower. Very nice mill and beautiful houses in foreground. Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice day.
omid266 (6735) 2014-06-17 21:23
Dear my friend, * Congratulations for great result for Belgium team in last match * :)
wonderful result after 1 goals and changing to 2-1 ,
what wonderful and spectacular picture,best POV, excellent colours and clarity,
very well done after 200 steps , a great experience,
Thanks as always and Good luck for your next races of Belgium,
Hope Belgium and I.R.Iran go to the next stages until final :))
Hanssie (10756) 2014-06-18 2:13
Bijzonder mooi, John, zo'n overzicht !
Ook een fijne compositie om Damme voorin te leggen en het weidse uitzicht van de landerijen daarachter, erg mooi !
holmertz (51100) 2014-06-18 2:31
A very pleasant view of the differently designed villas and the windmill in the foreground with the vast fields behind. I like the contrasts of red and green and the pattern created by the many fields of different colours and sizes.
ikeharel (69765) 2014-06-18 7:52
What a pleasent sight, John, amazing scenery taken from a high point.
The windmill and the lavish green surrounding worth the effort climbing and 2 Euros paid.
Favorable daylight brought an excelent contrast with the red roof-tops.
Cheers for the climb and well done photojob.
danos (96688) 2014-06-18 9:39
very nice the panoramic viewof the picturesque place from the church tower.The windmill is the eye catchinng of the scene,with the red roof tiles of the foreground houses,to create a perfect contrast in the image.
rychem (34507) 2014-06-18 21:08
The view is impressive indeed, excellent work, fantastic clarity and depth, compliments
mirosu (16041) 2014-06-18 23:52
You've captured this scene very well by a good composition and bright tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see white windmill with elegant shape. The whole is harmonized well by beautiful color and light balance. And, the red roofed houses in foreground draw out an additional good atmosphere, too.
Very well done.
izmirli (3989) 2014-06-19 1:54
MERHABA MY FRIEND JOHN....
HOW ARE YOU..?
WONDERFUL LANDSCAPE ..WELL DONE...
FRIENDLY GREETINGS FROM ISTANBUL..
claudeD (38074) 2014-06-19 4:34
very fine picture from Damme with a very good sharpness and realized from a high pov. Very good colors and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Kielia (24077) 2014-06-19 5:30
an excellently composed impression of this interesting village accompanied by very interesting notes. The light and the gentle colors create a fascinating mood. Your high POV works very well. Thanks for sharing!
PiotrF (16854) 2014-06-19 7:02
Nice photo from Flanders.Good framing and lovely natural colors. Clarity and sharpness are perfect made.
Very well composition, lovely presentation.
mursaloglu (8682) 2014-06-19 8:05
great amazing countryside scene marvelous landscape and very charming setting. Bravo
Silvio1953 (140700) 2014-06-19 9:56
Ciao John, great POV on beautiful mill, lovely composition with beautiful houses, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fritzi007 (10411) 2014-06-19 10:23
sehr schönes Foto, ich hätte das Foto ein bisschen verkleinert, damit man mehr von der Umgebung sieht, es schaut sehr idylleisch aus, gratuliere Dir!
clic (16885) 2014-06-19 15:33
Seen from a paraglider point of view, this is the best picture of a windmill I ever saw in my life, because it shows the iconic monument of Damme 'in full glory', standing amid its natural green environment.
Quite different of the usual views of windmills showing the sky as backdrop.
Many thanks for this exotic bucolic view and to your good health for having climbed so high in the steeple!
Dank u wel, het ga u best.
Sonata11 (33763) 2014-06-19 19:50
Dear John, Wow! another very beautiful composition. Wonderfully composed image. Like it. a lot. Best regards, Barbara
jmdias (63350) 2014-06-20 6:43
a very beautiful view of the flat fields with cultivated areas mixed with houses, the mill is the big star in the compo. TFS.
macjake (66972) 2014-06-20 8:08
you're leaving the city life for this photo, well worth the effort too.
its a beauty. Its super clear and sharp, and lots of fine details. Love the way the colors blend , tbe greens are so beautiful. Of course the windmill helps too :)
wolf38 (31296) 2014-06-20 9:55
Hi John. A windmill is always an eye-catcher. Windmills were once in, and they are once again in the form of offshore wind turbines in. I like the informative text.
gildasjan (43442) 2014-06-20 10:35
L'image est agréablement composée avec ce moulin à gauche.La lumière est très bonne et bien en valeur tous les éléments de cette réalisation.
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-20 12:15
Vanuit de kerktoren kreeg je een prachtig uitzicht over een deel van de stad en het omringende Vlaamse platteland. De witte windmolen staat mooi tegen de groene omgeving en is ook een markant punt in dit landschap. De compositie is uitstekend, verlicht door een prettig, zacht zonlicht, met mooie natuurlijke kleuren. Een echt Vlaams plaatje dat zomaar in een toeristische folder zou kunnen staan. Heel mooi fotowerk.
Ik wens je alvast een heel fijn en hopelijk zonnig weekend toe.
mcmtanyel (21810) 2014-06-20 19:03
Very nice view of the mill, with the red roofs in front of it and the green fields behind. This is an excellent tower-top view.
mvdisco (17794) 2014-06-21 9:06
Very nice point of view and great composition,
Nice tone of colors and light,
Très jolie avec ce moulin à vent,
I like the bird view..and green colors too,
COSTANTINO (64130) 2014-06-21 23:09
always your photos have a particular
delicacythe chosen point of view is
excellent and according to your
useful notes you climbed on a church
tower from a narrow stair
I love this beautiful landscape
with the greenery the fields and
people who love down there must be very
lucky there is apeaceful mood to this
composition thanks a lot dear friend
have a nice time
williewhistler (16372) 2014-06-22 11:27
red tiled roofs,green fields and an attractive windmill add up to a lovely scene so it seems that the small price of two euro was money well invested to capture such a pretty view.
Colours and clarity are both first rate.
Best regards Les.
resat1972 (7576) 2014-06-23 12:02
beautiful shades of green looks great
mill with a very nice frame
very good light and colors
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-06-24 5:42
now this is super charming rural scene! I like the row of the red roofed houses hiding among the trees and the beautiful windmill which makes this scenery even prettier. Good framing and well planned composition, Nice and fresh colors as well as excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
photoray (13981) 2014-06-24 16:13
Attractive scene with the classical mill dominating, the village lined up in the foreground, then the pastoral background of open fields.
And glad you made it to the church top for this wonderful view.
Thanks for sharing,
dip (23888) 2014-06-25 15:32
I see that the climbing of the 200 stairs paid off,the point of view is really very good,
very nice capture!
thanks for sharing,
siolaw (38292) 2014-06-26 8:48
Well composed image from a high POV, with suitable placement of all elements in the frame.
Good general quality and subject.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-27 8:34
Jihn, this is exactly the opposite of where I am right now...here is a constant celebration on a 24 hour basis..non stop fiesta...and your pictures is a calming and peaceful setting that soothes the eyes and the soul!! great colors and a fantastic panoramic point of view!!
all the best
Didi (60588) 2014-06-28 18:39
Bonjour mon ami
C'est un très bel avantage de pouvoir photographier à partir d'une hauteur
Si j'avais les moyens j'achèterai un hélicoptère :)
J'apprécie la qualité de l'image
daddo (26534) 2014-07-03 4:16
Hi John. Very attractive countryside this time of the year when the grass is green and sunshine plentiful. Lovely POV of a land which is still kept in a productive state.Glad you did climb the 200 steps as the scenery is special.Best wishes. Klaudio.
branley (3681) 2014-07-04 22:13
You have lovely depth in this fine shot, given by having the farm close in the foreground. Lovely colours and I can't get enough windmills, fantastic.....
aliabazari (16154) 2014-07-09 0:20
Hello dear friend John
The landscape is very beautiful and lovely. Colors and good exposure.
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-07-11 12:49
Superb shot of the beautiful windmill.I love to see the strong contrast against the background greenery.Very well done.Keep sharing.
Buin (42464) 2014-07-12 11:16
This photo was worth the effort of climbing the steeple. All the different greens in the landscape and the red roof provide a beautiful picture - and the windmill is the "cherry on the cake". Great!
Greetings from warm, sticky and thundery Westphalia!
dekanski (5098) 2014-07-13 11:30
I have nothing to add!
Just - Like it.
mkamionka (35788) 2014-07-14 7:58
great POV to present this windmill in an interesting context of the fields and village. The weather was not perfect I guess a bit more sun would not harm, but you did a fantastic job in these circumstances.
Angshu (56750) 2014-07-16 5:10
Fine panoramic view indeed you get from the top. I especially like the windmill and the fields behind. The houses in the FG are also attractive. Nice work!
ChrisJ (112259) 2014-07-16 6:28
Missed this one. I like the high pov and superb sharpness and colour saturation. The windmill makes a good focal point. The bg row of trees at top makes an unusual border. Good composition with the neatly manicured chequerboard fields competing with the fg houses. Tfs!
carper (96) 2014-08-04 10:04
gave view heel mooi gemaakt zeer gaaf beeld John de moeite waard even naar boven te klimmen iets wat zeker niet mee viel maar de foto is het waard.
Periko (4886) 2014-08-17 19:18
The red roofs, the windmill and the greenery make a great team. The composition, seen from such a POV is nice.
berek (49684) 2014-08-23 21:50
Beautiful natural photography in this small town and especially this mill ideally placed in the composition.
I love the overall feel of this composition.
Have a nice Sunday
stego (24132) 2014-09-16 15:01
A very nice and accomplished compo, that is a great presentation of that beautiful landscape. After many spending years rarely using long focal lengths, I am rediscovering now the potential of them in some situations; and this looks like one of those cases that probably would be difficult to get a good photo with shorter focal length.
TFS, Regards, José
Selmik (3366) 2014-09-21 20:20
Lovely rural scenery with good depth, details. Peaceful and relaxed, very good sharpness and perspective of the capture. Every small detail is clearly seen.
Very well done!
swapankumarroy (2847) 2014-10-22 21:58
You have perfectly placed this windmill in your frame with a vast green agricultural farm land to make it wonderful composition, very calm and soothing view, I like your POV and well detailing.
with deep regards,
Miguel82 (27674) 2015-03-07 14:10
That snap really highlights the Flanders country and its land settlement John
the ancient wind mill still belongs to the landscape as well as farms, fields and hedges
Matyas (0) 2015-10-13 0:32
Hello John! Wonderful high and long perspective. Amazing countryside. Excellent windmill. Nice lightness and colours. Good composition. Good sharpness. Ideal frame. Regards!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (151376)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-16
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-16 22:48