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During a small stroll along the Belgian coast to Knokke on of the most fashionable city at the Belgium coast.
Breakwater as subject
This can be done as a reduction of wave height is sufficient and it is not necessary to be taken. All waves away because the construction is lower, much less material is required and the structure is also much more economical.
Additionally, there are the rubble-and-caisson breakwater combined: the lower part of the breakwater is then carried out with heavy stones, where on top of a caisson is placed. This can be done to save (cheap collapsed stone), yet there is a load is required.
Knokke-Heist is a municipality in the province of West Flanders and one of the most famous seaside resort on the Belgian coast. The sea forms the northern border and to the east lies the Provincial Nature Zwin as a buffer to the coast of Zeeland (Netherlands). On the south side of Knokke-Heist is Damme and west lies the port of Zeebrugge. The town has about 34,000 inhabitants.
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Firmware Version 2.0.4
ISO Speed 100
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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pajaran (45613) 2013-09-22 22:54
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Ineresantan tekst o mestu sa datim podacima ...
Dobar kompozicija i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar radm lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa posetiocima i oblacima.
Lepo mesto za setnju.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
besnard (50880) 2013-09-22 22:56
Très curieuse cette digue qui semble conduire la promeneuse droit dans la mer.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
jjcordier (70615) 2013-09-22 23:10
Jolie composition exploitant au mieux cette curieuse digue, le beau ciel et les promeneurs qui "l'escaladent".
macjake (49384) 2013-09-22 23:38
Haha....this one looks funny because it appears that the woman in blue is walking the plank straight into the ocean - as if shes on a pirate ship :)
But seriously, the cloud coverage is amazing and almost steals the show! Smart pov and composition, it works out extremely well to make it an interesting view.
papagolf21 (81722) 2013-09-22 23:45
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Attention terrain glissant, cette digue avançant sur la mer est emplie de pièges pour le promeneur. En revanche, il est fort agréable pour le lecteur.
Une image bien pensée et présentée.
danos (80977) 2013-09-23 0:58
Good morning George,
very nice the green 'carpet' as lead-in the sea.I like the good presentation with the woman from the back wearing her cyan jacket,to be the eye's catching of the scene.Excellent presentation of the snapshot.
Have a good week,Danos
Romano46 (15756) 2013-09-23 1:34
la foto, già nel minuto formato della miniatura offre un immediato impatto visivo e ciò si deve alla bontà della composizione che pone in primo piano questo pontile ricco di colore inserendolo a perfezione in un contesto di sabbia e di mare.
Le figure umane ci stanno bene e riescono a rendere più viva la struttura e ci si sofferma su di esse soprattutto sulla signora con il viso rivolto verso il mare e la nave lontana.
Ottima nitidezza accompagnano la bella composizione mentre il cielo è quello "giusto" per un simile spettacolo naturale.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
snunney (76508) 2013-09-23 2:24
A perfectly framed symmetrical composition. The walkers bring the scene to life, whilst the breakwater makes a superb pointer toward the distant ship, creating an immense feeling of depth. I like the soft light and colours. The image benefits much from the exceptional clarity.
gojo (1635) 2013-09-23 2:54
Interesting, different, well captured, natural colors, great sky!
subhendu_bagchi (24447) 2013-09-23 4:20
namaste John, it is really an interesting sight. You composed it superbly using the diagonal wisely. Like your chosen POV. The greenish structure is contrasting with the sand and the sea at back. Excellent depth and sharpness. Inclusion of those people on it made it lively. A very good one. Tfs.
pierrefonds (53358) 2013-09-23 4:50
The distance between the breakwater and the horizon is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the people is adding life to the scene. The priciple of the thirds has been respected, the sky, the sea and the beach. Have a nice day.
gervaso (9277) 2013-09-23 4:54
That's really curisou and interesting, and looks like a carpet that leads us to the sea! Very nice perspective to show it! The elements in the background give good depth to the image! Beautiful composition!
Noel_Byrne (17381) 2013-09-23 5:00
The lady in the center of the breakwater reminds me of a scene from a movie, but I cannot think which one, that will have me thinking all day! Beautiful depth across this shot from the very interesting POV you chose.
All the best
timecapturer (41938) 2013-09-23 5:08
like this! It has a openness about it that makes it artistic and could make a striking album cover. Irresistible composition being perfectly balanced and nicely detailed. Original and compelling imagery. Looks a bit slippery too! ;-).
Have a good week - Brian.
ChrisJ (93442) 2013-09-23 7:19
The green carpeted structure seems a little incongruously positioned on the beach and looks more like a cricket pitch or a tarmac for light aircraft. Without the note identifying it as a breakwater I would be lost. Most are just piles of rocks, so it is refreshing to see one that breaks the mould. The people add scale. Tfs!
Nicou (111497) 2013-09-23 7:20
quel ciel et vue fantastique compo quelle perspective de ces personange c'est vraiment un drôle de forme sur ce salbe et ces lignées sueprbe vue immense.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (22868) 2013-09-23 9:48
a very surprising and interesting image with maybe a surreal touch to it. The sea and the skyscape are moody and captivating, they consist of many different silvery hues that create an impression of coldness, The breakwater breaks into this neat and cold enviroment in a stunning way, the presence and interaction of the people is delightfully puzzling and the same goes for the elements on the horizon. Original and attractive work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
krzychu30 (14996) 2013-09-23 10:38
I like your concept of this photo.A seaside scene seen a little bit differently,but the people add really nice element of life and dynamic to the scene.
Another aspect I enjoy are the cloud formations,which look so great here and which you captured so excellently.
Outstanding presentation and composition!
Have a nice evening
Fis2 (79866) 2013-09-23 10:41
Excellent composition and frame.
Have a nice week
Silvio1953 (111238) 2013-09-23 10:50
Ciao John, lovely scene, fantastic perspective, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Kugart (1776) 2013-09-23 11:32
Nice shot of the breakwater in Knokke.Good position of the horizon showing the lovely sky.People in the shot add interest looks as though the sides of the breakwater are quite steep.Nice composition.
Schnappilic (9682) 2013-09-23 11:45
An interesting place presented in perfect symmetry. Fine framing with relaxing atmosphere and great framing. I like the result!
pyffepa (625) 2013-09-23 12:34
A very nice picture where I appreciate the symmetry and the small number of colors. The central character is attractive for the glance.
The sky is beautiful.
A very good picture.
Gigidusud (12223) 2013-09-23 15:07
Nice scene on the beach with great graphic impact. Well done!
Alco (6068) 2013-09-23 17:22
Very nice composition with many details to observe.That breakwater leads our eyes to the background where are the ships and the lighthouse.That green breakwater offers a nice contrast with the water.The persons add life to your picture.Very well done.
Have a nice day.
elenimavrandoni (12047) 2013-09-23 20:39
John, a very impressive pathway to the ocean, moody colors but it is beautiful to see a path leading to the water like this..
nice symmetry, marvelous sky and of course a great composition..
Graal (94194) 2013-09-23 23:28
interesting presentation from the coast of Baltic Sea. Nice composition. Amazing green "carpet". Well done photo, good note about the breakwater.
Have a nice day.
Hansaphotos (6329) 2013-09-24 1:08
I think I remember this place from an earlier post of yours. This is a well composed shot from this interesting site. The presence of the people brakes up the symmetry nicely. A fine seascape too. Very nice work! TFS.
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Erling
ikeharel (48454) 2013-09-24 2:44
Good morning John,
Mentioning the breakwater, means high waves on rough sea's, probably on winter season.
Here the sea looks very calm and flat, as we can sea clearly the two cargo ships out on the horizon.
people gave good dynamic scale on the image.
Note explained well.
ifege (9963) 2013-09-24 3:14
A good photo that successfully breaks lots of so-called photography "rules". The very centred, symetrical image works well for a striking image.
Good luck with your new, good looking site.
rychem (16566) 2013-09-24 7:41
Very nice symmetry of the composition of this photo, great depth and well managed ligh, bravo
mkamionka (28444) 2013-09-24 7:46
very interesting beach scene. The summer seems to be over. We had a lovely summer like Sunday last weekend but it is wquickly getting cold again. People provide a good sense of scale here. I can spot some islands far on the horizon, or it may be just a large ship.
Very well spotted,
Waylim (24562) 2013-09-24 14:53
From this POV, it look really strange and I guess I have to see it from a different perspective to get a better idea of this really is. It does look like a large ship is ready to launch into the sea and sail away.
Excellent quality photo as always and those cloud really enhanced the composition beuatifully.
mvdisco (17504) 2013-09-24 16:34
Hi John, Bonjour,
Jolie perpective de cette digue qui avance vers la mer,
Paysage de la mer qui est magnifique et bien composé,
Excellent point de vue et détails avec un ciel de toute beauté.
tous mes compliments.
mohammad_H (8152) 2013-09-25 1:36
The concept of this picture, beautiful view of the beach, and along the deep background, blue sky and clouds beautiful, eye-catching and spectacular, unmatched clarity and good quality, good job
Best wishes to you and wife
mesutilgim (76920) 2013-09-25 1:45
Hello dear John,
Amazing capture enriched with many interesting and usefull notes.
Very good pov and perfect layout.
TFS and have a nice day
resat1972 (6680) 2013-09-25 3:50
derinlik çok güzel
kato (11140) 2013-09-25 4:46
You're capturing well this breakwater by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the curved breakwater covered deep green plank, sands and calm sea. Thw whole is harmonized well by a beautiful color combinations. And, some visitors draw out a good effect in this image as well as ship in the distance.
clic (13268) 2013-09-25 7:10
Hoe gaat het John ?
I have the impression of "sailors" walking on the catapult area of an aircraft carrier, given the unusual strange view of this rounded breakwater set right on beach!
Many thanks for the instructive note and illustration depicted by the rules book!
You will receive my panning test very soon"
eldancer1 (23162) 2013-09-25 7:53
Looks like a nice beach to go for a walk and those people have the right idea. Love the cloud formations. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
gildasjan (40250) 2013-09-25 9:31
Image très originale avec cette perspective du premier plan et cette femme qui avance.La mer est toujours un sujet apaisant.
mcmtanyel (8303) 2013-09-25 9:45
One fleeting moment and a masterpiece is created. That lady walking her dog toward the water has made this photo, big time! (Actually, I think the two other walkers are lessening her effect.) This photo epitomizes the difference between journalistic photos and works of art. I must confess, most of my photos are just journalistic: I was there, I saw this interesting and/or beautiful and/or strange (etc.) thing and I am going to share it with you. But this photo goes beyond that - it stirs up the imagination, it evokes emotions, it spawns allusions. Where is that lady going? Is she going to stop or continue walking right into the water? Is she depressed? Will she walk on water to reach that distant cargo ship?
What an exquisite photo!
rbassin (15098) 2013-09-25 12:04
une image d'un bel impact; cette digue qui avance dans la mer.
Une digue d'une conception assez curieuse et méconnue.
fabbs99 (14499) 2013-09-25 22:52
Great colors in the image.Exposure is excellent.TFS.
aliabazari (10530) 2013-09-26 9:20
Hallo lieve vriend John
Verzend een mooie vertoning. Belichting en kleur, goed gedaan.
claudeD (28958) 2013-09-26 12:51
I stood there a few month ago during my last visit at Knokke.Very well composed shot and excellent sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
photoray (8514) 2013-09-26 17:06
Interesting view of the breakwater structure leading the eye towards the ocean, walkers, and dramatic cloudy sky.
In California typical breakwaters were created using giant boulders stacked on top of each other, which are called jetties. I fished often from the Seal Beach jetty with my Dad in my youth.
bukitgolfb301 (33772) 2013-09-26 19:25
Hi Bonsior dear John
Another great panfocus image of so clear and sharp image by deep exposure (F22). Very poetic, artstic and imaginative image full of implication byb your own originality.
All the best and have a good day! TAKERO
Sonata11 (32261) 2013-09-26 19:55
what I can say more, just perfectly well done like always an amazingly beautifully done it. Tfs. I love it.
All the best,
mjw364 (6522) 2013-09-27 2:54
I love this! Great symmetry in your composition and the people really make it a great shot. It reminds me so much of a Magritte shot - slightly surreal!
TFS have a good day!
COSTANTINO (47840) 2013-09-28 2:53
original version with useful notes
the title could be as following the eternity
this green carpet leads the eyes away
towards the horizon
it is a symmetrical composition perfectly
have a nice weekend
bayno (18340) 2013-09-28 4:16
I really like the photo, some minimal but with human presence to enrich the composition, fine details and framing, the picture hangs a little to the right...
have a good WE...
Buin (42246) 2013-09-28 10:31
A somehow striking photo - with an interesting "construction". This curved breakwater looks like a real foreign body in this "archaic" landscape. Well seen!
In three days I'll also be on the shore of the North Sea.
Have a nice weekend!
corjan3 (2003) 2013-09-28 11:14
'n, Vir my, baie ongewone foto en ek verstaan nie veel daarvan nie. Het al baie golfbrekers (breekwaters) gesien maar niks soos hierdie nie. Ek sou graag wou sien hoe dit van die kant lyk. Die oppervlak lyk of dit van "Astroturf" of soortgelyke sintetiese materiaal is. Ek neem aan dit is ter versiering. En ek verstaan nie hoe dit in hierdie posisie as breekwater dien nie. Baie interessant en beslis my punte werd. Beste groete.
NS: Jammer vir my afwesigheid hier. Ek was baie besig en dit is lekker om weer met jou te kommunikeer.
carper (96) 2013-09-29 9:17
weer een klassieker john.
ik wens U hier vandaan heel veel sterkte, morgen.
groet jaap en teunie
PaulVDV (19395) 2013-09-29 13:34
Het is me al opgevallen dat foto's van de kust in andere landen nooit zulke golfbrekers tonen als wij kennen aan de Belgische kust.
Deze golfbreker heeft een prachtig groene kleur.
De dame met het hondje lijkt naar het schip te willen toestappen.
Je hebt hier echt wel een fantastisch prachtige lucht vastgelegd.
Vele groeten, Paul
holmertz (34757) 2013-10-02 2:02
This is an unusual and surprising composition that actually makes me think of a painting by a surrealist artist. It is a very strange combination of green hill on the brown beach by the blue sea. It's also the combination of the two persons climbing the "hill" and one walking away from us towards the water. There are also some features in the sea at the horizon that i find surprising. Altogether it's an excellent composition and you also captured the clouds with all their fine details.
Didi (53447) 2013-10-08 11:32
Intéressante perspective qui pointe vers le navire au loin
Belle ambiance sur la mer du Nord
EstudioChispa (1846) 2013-10-09 11:47
I love your color composition, John -- the central green and the great blue sky. The placement of the people is also wonderful!
josepmarin (57277) 2013-10-13 9:32
you looked for a good POV and for a symmetrical perspective in this composition.
The green breakwater with people leads our eyes towards the horizon line of the sea and the ship, in a nice organization by thirds of your framing.
The final result is a beautiful and dynamic photo, full of vitality and with a nice soft light.
A great work.
Hanssie (10183) 2013-10-16 0:53
I don't like people in a photo only when they are useful and here they are, especially the woamn with her dog,
this is a good shot !
jmdias (50391) 2013-10-16 17:08
very nice use of these diagonals and these personages. a compo well done and very beautiful.TFS.
sevy (15009) 2013-10-17 8:21
I like those view with such breakwater. If one day I come to visit this place, I will for sure perform a lot of photos.
Here you got a nice sky and in the far background something to keep the look on the horizon line: the boats.
jcpix (9324) 2013-10-20 1:19
Tough call on this one I can see...keep the horizon level and throw the foreground perspective off balance, or keep the people upright and have a small angle out to sea. No matter the decision, something would inevitably be a bit "wonky," and sometimes there's just nothing that can be done about it!?
Regardless of that minor fact, the end result gives us a fine look and a strong lead in, and to, the far distance. The sense of depth is strong. Looks to have been a pleasant day for a walk along the beach, and the cloud filled sky turns up the atmosphere of the sand and surf. Smooth execution as usual, a splendid day along the coast with a view to enjoy for all. :) Have a great week ahead.
branley (3681) 2013-10-28 4:05
Lovely perspective John, it leads the eye directly through the lady (Jenny?) to the ship on the horizon. Good balance with the people coming in from the left and the marker on the right, it's a very fine shot indeed.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (131986)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- 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/22, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-22 22:49