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Sunday I have made, a nice bike trip the first springtime day of the year with plus 20° Celsius.
Belgium has a new record, March 9 is the most warmest day, never was it warmer on March 9, out of the history in Belgium since the measurements in 1830.
It was enjoy after a long winter, for again a trip through the Creeks area, of this countryside village.
This picturesque village has 365 habitants, it are almost everything farmers.
The sun was almost above the horizon, I have these picture made with the sun in the lens, and the creek on the left side.
I hope that you can enjoy
Lapscheure is a farming village with its isolated location makes it an oasis of peace and not just for the people, also for animals.
The remains of the medieval creeks here are still present, what the necessary aquatic and migratory birds attracts.
Within walking distance of the village center is also an area ("Flat Creek").
Lovers of birds, amphibians and waterfowl, pull on your boots and keep those binoculars at the ready and foam inlets off.
You can pick up your heart here in abundance, each season brings something new.
The first mention of the village can be found in a letter from the period 1019 - 1030 the abbot of St. Peter's Abbey in Ghent.
Around 1200 Lapscheure became a parish, and in 1240 they built a church dedicated to the saint Christianus, at the place where it had previously been a chapel or church stood assistance.
During the 80-year war the Sluis rebels dykes of the Zwin strike in 1583, which church and village were destroyed.
This led creeks which the best known is the Lapscheurse Hole.
This creek forms the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. Along the Blue Sluis (1746) flowed into 1830, the surface water in the creek and on to the Zwin
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besnard (51999) 2014-03-12 0:01
Une très belle photo de ce paysage illuminé par un beau soleil et ses rayons. C'est très agréable à regarder.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
shreya2000 (811) 2014-03-12 0:01
The sun's position is extraordinary and very well controlled by you. I like it. The pic is very clear and sharp. Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (80586) 2014-03-12 0:01
Superb landscape with pleasant colors, green fiel and water, great light capture with this sun and these rays of light, well managed, tfs.
pajaran (48331) 2014-03-12 0:18
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na zelena polja i sunce ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Kod mene se vratila zima, temperature su ispod 0 C stepeni.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Good day, sir.
Interesting and good article about the place and time, with a history and description of the ...
A nice view of green fields and sun ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment.
When I returned to winter temperatures are below 0 degrees C.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
mesutilgim (79916) 2014-03-12 0:38
Another great landscape capture from Flanders with perfect pov and layout.
The starry sun is the a and o of your compo.
It must be quite joyfull to bike in this wonderfull landpiece.
TFS and have a nice day ahead
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-12 0:58
a picturesque atmosphere with beautiful composition and reflection, the colours and lights are splendid. Great view,
papagolf21 (83206) 2014-03-12 1:04
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Le soleil en pleine face, cela c'est de la photo.
De plus, la beauté du paysage est magnifiquement rendue à travers cette réalisation.
Très bonne journée.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-12 1:54
Beautiful view of the green fields from the country side. Expertly handled the strong light to bring out the beautiful natural colours of the landscape. I like the star effect on the sun. Nice natural framing of the scene with the tree on the left. Superb composition with natural colours and warm light. Clarity of the image is superb as well. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25240) 2014-03-12 3:06
another nice catch from you. I like how the sun is captured, glittering in one side of the frame. Excellent composition with that leafless tree at left. Great colours too. You managed the light masterfully. Great shot. Tfs.
snunney (79459) 2014-03-12 3:25
A fine composition of this peaceful and bucolic landscape. You managed the backlight very well to create a particular atmosphere that is most pleasing. Agreeable soft light and natural tones. Superb clarity.
Royaldevon (26429) 2014-03-12 3:38
Thank you, John, I am enjoying it!
You have done a remarkable job of capturing this backlit photograph. The sun appears like a star! There is a glorious light over the whole scene, which has good leads and natural colours.
We are experiencing unseasonably warm weather too.
It is wonderful! People are definitely happier and calmer in this weather!
Have a great day,
lousat (72137) 2014-03-12 3:46
Salut John,une photo qui semble capturee' depuis mon village,je vois la campagne ou j'aime me promener a la recherche des papillons,une image simple mais tres bien jouee' dans ce contre jour si bien expose',details et couleurs au top aussi.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
timecapturer (45095) 2014-03-12 3:59
superb into the sun shot this. Your control of the light is amazing, with not bleached out elements at all. A wonderful shot of this crazy period of weather, full of immaculate detail. Glorious!
Regards - B.
jacquest (18169) 2014-03-12 4:22
I like the star like rays of the sun which is well placed in the image. The canal is well framed by the tree branches and the overall light is very nice.
pierrefonds (54880) 2014-03-12 4:28
The length of the fields is giving depth to the cmposition. The trees are helping to frame the scene. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the fields. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (54331) 2014-03-12 5:44
Vous avez déjà un bien joli printemps. Les champs gorgés d'eau sont déjà d'un très beau vert tendre.J'aime beaucoup l'effet étoilé que ton choix de profondeur de champs à donné.
dip (23516) 2014-03-12 6:56
what can I say about the light management?
you captured the scenery perfectly against the sun!
the colors are natural and the whole scenery seems really amazing and sharp with all details.
very well done!
eldancer1 (25085) 2014-03-12 7:33
Basic elements of life the sun and water. Nice capture of this soggy field under a bright sunshine. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Giustiniani (2684) 2014-03-12 9:27
un très beau paysage mis en valeur belle lumière. Superbe capture.
PaulVDV (20375) 2014-03-12 11:48
Het was inderdaad een prachtig weekend en het duurt nog even verder (zodra de ochtendmist opgeklaard is).
Een mooi vredig landschap hier met de zon in prachtige stervorm op de juiste plaats.
Een uiterst rustige natuurscène heel kwaliteitsvol vastgelegd.
Vele groeten, Paul
cornejo (27915) 2014-03-12 12:17
Hi John, great view of this beautiful landscape, very well captured in this very nice photo. An interesting image of a nice place with good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ourania (26236) 2014-03-12 12:39
a wonderful picture of a fine and peaceful landscape. There's a very agreeable sense of space and the elements and textures of the scenery are described with superb precision. Although the trees are still bare, there's a very delightful warmth and it really feels like spring is decidedly emerging from her sleep. The light gives warmth to the colours of the ground and depth to the blue sky. The playful effect of the sun is most enjoyable. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Silvio1953 (115815) 2014-03-12 12:43
Ciao John, fantastic bach light, lovely and peaceful landscape, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (51208) 2014-03-12 14:13
Hello dear friend
wonderful composition with the sun shining like
a star the suns position is the best really
extraodinary adding beauty and great lightness
nice natural framing of this scenery perfectly
executes as always the green fields offer
a fresh and pleasant view to our eyes
Fis2 (81838) 2014-03-12 14:13
A very nice view.
I like frame and super colours.
Very impressive sun!
chrislo (4151) 2014-03-12 15:25
Mooie zonnige foto van dit stukje polderlandschap met het vaartje naast de groene weide omgeven door bomen. Prachtig standpunt heb je hier ingenomen waardoor fraaie diepte ontstaat zo met dat water als kijklijn. De plaat is qua compositie ook mooi in vlakken verdeeld. Zo te zien kan je hier vooraan ook nog een modderbad nemen ! ;) Ook mooi is de belichting en het gebruik gemaakt van een klein diafragma, waardoor de zon een ster is geworden (het feit is dat de zon eigenlijk een ster is !). Overigens een rustgevend plaatje van een mooi stukje Vlaanderen met heldere en natuurlijke kleuren, precies zoals het hoort. Erg goed werk.
Alco (6552) 2014-03-12 18:00
Very nice picturesque countryside landscape.Nice composition with the rows of trees and the small canal. That sun with its rays is a superb addition to your picture. Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice day.
jjcordier (73182) 2014-03-12 23:05
Une très belle réalisation où notre soleil étoilé joue les vedettes. Une belle maîtrise technique pour cette image très esthétique.
Didi (54945) 2014-03-13 8:49
Intéressante présence du soleil dans ce contre-jour avec un grand angle
L'exposition est très bien contrôlée et les lumières très bien réparties
ikeharel (52153) 2014-03-13 10:17
Wet field shine under the bright sun rays, John.
Used well the filter, and result in a very clear shot, with no excessive glare on.
DOF and clarity immaculately applied.
Good evening, and cheers for the photojob done.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-13 14:56
this picture is a nice result of the bike trip. The first thing which strikes me is the way you managed to capture the sun - it looks very much like a star and adds plenty of charm to this scene. I like the colors which indicate the spring coming and nature waking up after winter sleep. Good composition and very nicely handled light.
Thanks for sharing
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-14 0:52
Brilliant sun shot.
The weather is balmy, no wonder that you took the bike ride.
wolf38 (30276) 2014-03-14 2:48
Hi John. In this landscape photo, the light plays the main role. Overall very balanced, nice and up to date. A few more days and the trees have green leaves.
mirosu (12514) 2014-03-14 3:29
This photo of Lapscheure landscape is very nice for both the composition and very precise framing the landscape, perfectly favouring the canonical rules of photography, but especially for the colors of spring nature. The sun star shape is also very nice.
Very well done.
Kielia (22913) 2014-03-14 8:32
it was a pleasure reading the notes and it is really a pity that the weather is changing now.
I like the idea of this image very much because there is something very special in the air that you have captured very well. The composition is outstanding. My compliments!
janneman (2474) 2014-03-14 11:16
Mooi met die winterse lentezon als een stralende ster boven het landschap!
ChrisJ (94756) 2014-03-14 13:53
I like the starburst sun well positioned right of centre. The channel at left provides good lead in lines and natural looking linear perspective. Nice warm cold color contrasts between blue and yellow green with splendid sharpness. Tfs and have a great weekend!
ngk (2411) 2014-03-14 14:30
What a wonderful composition. G r e a t light management, amazing colors!!!
kato (11630) 2014-03-14 16:44
You're capturing well this counryside by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the flat firmland with greenery and branch creek with water grass. It's also effective that the sun have emitted synchrotron orbital radiation. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and tasteful color combination.
UlfE (14639) 2014-03-14 23:12
Very nice scene. I could see that spring has arrived in Belgium now. The ditches full of water contribute to the feeling of spring and they are well positioned. The most impressive though is how you have captured the sun. It looks really great. TFS and have a nice weekend!
fabbs99 (15681) 2014-03-14 23:33
Great shot. Very well captured . Thanks for sharing.
Buin (42260) 2014-03-15 3:17
Nice to read your report about this wonderful excursion by bike - after this not very hard but endless winter. I really can understand your joy about this ride.
Your picture really transmits the atmosphere of a day in spring and the sun, this star in the sky is the "cherry on the cake" here.
Greetings from today rainy Siegen - after 10 wonderful sunny days!
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-03-15 9:33
this star effect around the sun is just masterpiece and it certainly helps you to make the scene even more beautiful and unique.
But there is much more about the scene I like.For example this soft,warm light,which creates here so lovely,pleasant mood or the clarity of the image making all details visible so well.
Have a nice weekend
rychem (19383) 2014-03-15 9:35
It is not easy to take a photo against the sun, the photo is very well managed, excellent control of light and colors, compliments
Sonata11 (33137) 2014-03-15 13:08
very beautiful capture of nature scenery. Very well taken and presentation. I love the great management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity like always perfect. Congrats. Tfs.
Best regards and have a great Sunday, Barbara
TRB (13559) 2014-03-15 15:00
For a long time I could not look at your photos.
There are very nice sharing.
Again very nice, successful framing.
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2014-03-15 17:20
Hi Bonsior dear John, how are you? Sorry for my late reply as so busy weekday.
Very artstic image via the best usage of delight sun light in panfocus wide angle. No frame and ghoust against back light is your high skills and technique, I am sure.
All the best and have a good Sunday! TAKERO
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2014-03-15 17:42
John, after the rain always is nice to enjoy the countryside and it looks that spring is right around the corner there where you live..the timid light and the shy colors start to wake up and soon we'll see your marvelous spring compositions again!!
on my last post "The final light" I have not used HDR, not even a simple program to saturate the colors...what you see is all natural and this is one of the reasons why California is so famous about its sunsets..more to come..
jcpix (11398) 2014-03-15 22:10
You have the eye to find the beauty in even the simplest and seemingly routine of settings. Aside from the sun, there really isn't any particualr point of focus or subject that stands out.
That being said, you've done a wonderful job in creating an attractive and noteworthy image. The starburst effect from the suns emits rays of light and infuses the picture with style and flare...but not lens flare. :) Composed most effectively, the creek leads us into the distance with ease. The horizon may be on a slight tilt, but we still experience the warmth being projected. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take good care.
danos (83031) 2014-03-16 3:14
nice the landscape view during the first days of March with the canal to adds depth and perspective in the scene lead-in the eye on the far end of it.The created 'stars'from the sun make the image even more effective.
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-03-16 8:14
A beautiful spring frame with a sun like a star. I like the light, colors and atmosphere. Great work!
adramad (35251) 2014-03-16 8:56
Great as you could capture the sun still quite high with this high quality and precious star forming its rays, an ideal and relaxing rural landscape with these green flat fields and the brook that adds charm to the place.
Magnificent this range of soft colors.
Very well run sharpness and optimum sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice Sunday.
fritzi007 (2662) 2014-03-16 11:05
endlich Frühling, auch wenn jetzt die Sonne untergeht.
Dein Foto ist perfekt, gratuliere!
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-16 18:52
Lovely recording of a peaceful meadow and the rays from the sun, John. You've done a nice job capturing early morning light on grass and water here. Thanks.
abmdsudi (39470) 2014-03-16 20:22
This is a lovely capture shooting right into the bright sun like this - but, you've done well with wonderful colors and composition. The starburst effect makes all the different really adds the finishing touch. Congrats
Nicou (116138) 2014-03-17 3:17
Ce soleil qui brille comme un belle étoile avec ces branche quelle vue et la belle campagne qui renaît après l'jiver fantastique cpatage et vue sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
Graal (95343) 2014-03-17 3:41
very nice landscape. I like the spring atmosphere. Good shot under the sun light. Good finally effect of star.
Have a nice day.
tedesse (25045) 2014-03-17 6:18
Bold glance opposite the rising sun!
Beautiful landscape in wonderful colors showed.
I cordially greet
clic (14098) 2014-03-17 8:01
I feel like following the Three Wise Men of the Bible, guided by the brilliant star towards the pure serenity of this farming villge!!
Met vriendelijke groeten.
mcmtanyel (10392) 2014-03-17 11:06
A very pleasant view of the countryside on this extraordinarily warm March day. The field looks to be flooded. I like your filter's effect on the sun.
boa (5618) 2014-03-17 11:44
yes, the temperatures in Europe this Winter has been very pleasant compared with the previous years, but i don´t complain:) A sunny winterday with snow can be beautiful but don´t beat a nice summerday in my opinion!
This shot is taken in a beautiful day and it is easy to see that Spring is not faraway. Attractive composition with good light and colors, well done my friend!
omid266 (3202) 2014-03-19 21:49
با سلام خدمت جان عزیز دوست گرامی
این یک تصویر بسیار زیبا از فلاندر بلژیک است
ممنون بابت اشتراک گذاشتن
موفق و پیروز باشید
** Salam John,
This is a brilliant image like Sun in your gallery, very nice shown , very well done , very well seen,
beautiful Nature of Flanders , Thank you for hunting this image with camera and sharing with us ,
Good Luck ,
** Look Younger , Live Longer **
Benjamin Gayelord Hauser (1895-1984),
Regards , Omid
mkamionka (29169) 2014-03-20 4:46
lovely composition with the sun making a very strong point here. I am glad that you have included al the info about the exposition it may be useful.
This is a lovely landscape with some water aspect and so wild far from civilization. Beautiful work, congratulations!
halikarnas (6481) 2014-03-22 3:10
Muazzam bir ışık gösterisi.
Yeşil rengin tonu harika.
Gene ders verdiğin fotoğraflardan biri.
branley (3681) 2014-03-23 2:38
Beautiful John, the waterway leads the eye down the left side and then the trees take over and lead us from left to right. It's a wonderful scene and the sun is perfectly placed. Lovey image indeed, and so pleased you finally have a warm day in your part of the country.
carper (96) 2014-03-24 8:12
prachtige tegenlicht plaat John,
goede balans fraai fotowerk hier, heel mooi.
jmdias (52472) 2014-03-25 2:05
marvelous view with the sun like a giant star. impressive how the view of the sun and its light doesn't spoiled the details around, showing well this beautiful rural landscape . very nice framing and quality. TFS.
Angshu (54689) 2014-04-01 21:50
The light is sublime and pastel, which creates a beautiful painting like picture. Thanks to the narrow aperture, the star effect of the weak sun is beautiful...lovely shot in fine light!
mohammad_H (8736) 2014-05-22 6:16
Hello dear friend
The most important factor for the beauty of the image, the sun's rays and radiation
River reeds in water and small, for me, an eye-catching
Excellent resolution and frame
good day and evening to you, and wife
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (135042)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/640 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-11 23:52