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This is the last picture out of the series of this castle with add of a couple if extra dimension to, the picture.
This picture has been taken during a visit to a friend in these area.
Torhout a small city in West Flanders on 15km of the Belgian coast, three or four year ago was I here on the same place, I took these picture with a new camera (Canon Mark II) and other lens than then.
Neo-gothic castle: the Castle d'Aertrycke, surrounded by meadows in an area with a park pond.
The Bruges woodland is very diverse and rich in castles. This excursion combines two gems of the castles: Castle Wijnendale with his infamous role in the Flemish, Belgian and European history, and the Castle of Loppem, the only neo-gothic castle in Flanders, where the original interior has been preserved. Two very different castles, in terms of history, and museum-style approach.
Three castles tour
Add the unsurpassed Castle Ravenhof to the two Castles tour, and you make a tour of the three Castles. Ravenhof castle is home to the Museum Torhout Pottery, a unique collection of decorative pottery Torhout houses.
Discover the secrets of Castle Wijnendale, both intra and extra muros .
Wijnendale Inside includes a nice mix of nature and cultural experiences, with a culinary Torhoutse key as a bonus!
I thank everyone for your visit.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
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besnard (50025) 2011-10-24 23:15
Un bon choix d'angle pour mettre en valeur ce joli château coloré et son environnement boisé et verdoyant. Les promeneurs donnent de la vie à ta photo.
Bravo et bonne journée.
Guenther (10909) 2011-10-24 23:20
Good morning John,
a nice and colourful composition! The flags add colours, the people life to the beautiful architecture... very well composed image!
Have a nice day
bema (26179) 2011-10-24 23:22
Guten Morgen John,
a great pov to show us this impressive castle, and the visitors add a lot of interest to this charming picture..
thanks for sharing, see you around, cheers Bernd
Selmik (2911) 2011-10-24 23:25
beautiful composition, flags are the good colourful attractions with the couple walking towards us adds a nice livable character to the photograph.
Graal (92308) 2011-10-25 0:06
an interesting architecture of castle. Nice view with the flags before the facade. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice day.
csabagaba (6538) 2011-10-25 0:39
Pretty neo-Gothic castle and beautiful setting
It comes to cutting, because of the road, much closer to the main theme. Technically almost perfect blue of the sky a bit false. The two men gives life to the image, it helps to understand the proportions. (I was, if possible, avoid the presence of people when I was shooting buildings), of course, is when this thing is inevitable :-)
Have a nice day.
siudzi (27869) 2011-10-25 1:03
A very nice castle shot. Really great work for your series of the castles. Excellent POV, sharpness and light control. Like the shadows in the foreground. They make your image attractive. Well done.
cargus (7586) 2011-10-25 1:04
An excellent picture, picturesque architecture,successful color and contrast. Well done.!
erhan1958 (13773) 2011-10-25 1:04
earthquake is a very bad situation
I hope it will not be the number of dead, we are all sorry
world flags in front of a historic building, a beautiful display of colorful
ifege (9913) 2011-10-25 1:54
Great looking castle John and an excellent photo of it. Well balanced colour.
dale54 (5753) 2011-10-25 2:16
good morning john!beautifull castle,thanks too for the usefull note!fantastic looking place,lovely blue sky's too.i like the 2 people in it too.very well presented!have a great week my friend! dr
carper (96) 2011-10-25 2:20
mooie zomerplaat john,
van een plek waar ik ook al eens ben geweest, mooie foto fraai gemaakt goede verdeling fraaie kleuren.
sandpiper (6560) 2011-10-25 2:34
A lovely composition of this fine looking castle. I like the inclussion of the people on the left. Great architecture and colour
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-10-25 3:49
The composition is very well-balanced, between the architecture and the nature, between the shade and the light. An interesting, good quality photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Nicou (106237) 2011-10-25 5:07
fantastique compo e tiamge superbe iamge quelle architecture et iamge quelc adrage avec le beau chemin superbe vue et ces personnages ces fleurs, grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
ikeharel (44321) 2011-10-25 5:14
What a lovely small castle, well collected in photo with fine colors and contrast to bright blue sky's.
Lovely verdant surroundings, flowers and those flags adding vivid tone.
Sergiom (45842) 2011-10-25 6:10
Le regard ne peut faire autrement que de suivre le sentier dans l'image. Au passage, on salue le couple et on s'arrête pour admirer ce magnifique château tout de rose vêtu qui brille sous une belle lumière.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-10-25 6:17
Dbra ideas and beautiful colors and sharpness.
Lepre ad and display colors and sharpness.
Excellent frame and light control.
pajaran (41957) 2011-10-25 6:30
Dobar dan-popodne, gospodine.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o dvorcima i dvorcu sa mestom gde se nalazi ...
Lep pogled na dvorac i zastave koje leprsaju na vetru, lepa fotografija.
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast kojim ste istakli lepotu dvorca, dobra kompozicija, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst koji prati fotografiju sa podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elemntima snimka.
Prijatno popodne sa lepim vremenom, kod nas je dan sa sunce i duva jak vetar.
Zeer interessant en goed artikel over kastelen en kasteel waar sprake is van ...
Mooi uitzicht op het kasteel en de vlaggen waait in de wind, mooie beelden.
Goede scherpte en contrast beeld dat u hebt gewezen op de schoonheid van het kasteel, goede compositie, mooie kleuren.
Een goede tekst die de foto met de gegevens van de gebruikte techniek en elementen van het beeld begeleidt.
Gezellige middag met mooi weer, hier is een dag van zon en sterke wind waait.
All the best.
Good morning-afternoon, sir.
Very interesting and good article on castles and castle to where there is ...
Nice view of the castle and the flags blowing in the wind, beautiful images.
Good Sharpness and contrast image which you have pointed out the beauty of the castle, good composition, beautiful colors.
A good text that accompanies the photo with the data for the used technique and elements of the image.
Pleasant afternoon with nice weather, here is a day of sun and strong wind blows.
All the best.
prasun984 (5590) 2011-10-25 6:39
very nice architectural shot with a nice chosen POV through the road...like the textures of the wall of the Church with nice colorful flags in front of it...the walking couple in FG add a fine touch for this image...
good DOF controlled with nice light management...nice color tones & sharpness also...
good informative Note...
bayno (18338) 2011-10-25 7:03
Hi John, congratulations on your new purchase, also me today I bought a new obiective, the canon f/2.8 24/70, a hard blow but the passion is so much that I make some sacrifices. Excellent image with vivid colors and interesting architecture, good framing too, we can not see the Italian flag in this composition (although I'm not a nationalist) eheheh, warm regards, Valter
Longroute (19392) 2011-10-25 8:29
Another beautiful castle to be added to your collection!
The architecture is really superb and its warm colours makes a fine combination with that of the sky. The flag adds a touch of vivacity and the presence of the two people make the scene more real. As usual with you the composition is well arranged to give a fine sense of depth.
Your new camera Mark II served you well! I can see an excellent sharpness and contrast.
buscape (6219) 2011-10-25 8:39
nice capture of this castle with good sharpness and beautiful colours. I especially like your well chosen POV. Good composition.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-10-25 9:23
Goed avond best John,
An another excellent presentation of a castle with a POV well selcetd whith the way which learn the glance to the edifice. Beautiful play of shade and interesting element of human life. And for me, an another idea of visit.
Bluejeans (64243) 2011-10-25 10:14
Ola John ,
Bom ponto de visão em V com este castelo de fundo e com estas bandeiras de países , as bandeiras deram muito colorido a foto , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Fis2 (77174) 2011-10-25 10:48
Wonderful frame and composition.
The persons add savor of photo.
Best regards My Friend!
vasilpro (40565) 2011-10-25 11:26
Wonderful composition, excellent POV, beautiful building with interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good sharpness, clarity and contrast, very nice framework, the couple adds life to the view, TFS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
cornejo (22736) 2011-10-25 12:22
Hello John, a very good picture to show this charming and interesting castle, a good take with clarity and quality, a good and beautiful work well done, congratulations my friend. Good night and happy week.
npecanhuk (56450) 2011-10-25 15:51
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, contrasts and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (31303) 2011-10-25 17:32
another beautiful composition and framework as well. This architecture of the castle is impressive and beautiful. I like POV from where you were making this picture. Wonderful colors, sharpness, clarity, great play light and shadows. Fantastic image. International flags looks great in the fron of this castle. Perfectly well done. I like it a lot
All the best,
wolf38 (29128) 2011-10-25 23:03
Hi John. Here you have photographed a beautiful castle and representative. The flags are an eye-catching color. And the couple in the picture is well integrated. Overall, a watchable post. Rgds, Wolfgang.
pablominto (53744) 2011-10-26 0:07
Another charming Belgian castle..!
This place obviously is a part of the tourist industry as judged by the flags outside, the couple also support that theory hehehe...
A well balanced composition, great details and a fine sense of depth!
dkmurphys (42699) 2011-10-26 4:06
A fine castle in a splendid place. I like the colors and the beautiful day.
Well catch scene.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-10-26 4:10
bâtiment typique de cette belle image, parfaite pour POV en évidence la beauté de l'édifice, dynamique.
félicitations et bonne semaine
Kielia (21597) 2011-10-26 8:35
you have found a very well working POV to present the beautiful architecture in this nice light. The flags are adding a certain dynamic to the impression that make it very attractive. And the composition is excellent. My compliments also for the nice note.
TRB (12962) 2011-10-26 12:10
People with a beautiful presentation of architectural beauty. The colors, clarity and super light.
pierrefonds (51168) 2011-10-26 14:37
The path is leading my eyes toward the castle which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the architecture of the Aertrycke castle. The early afternoon light is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
baddori (19133) 2011-10-26 22:33
Aspetto la tua foto con piacevole attesa .
Un ambiente come al solito sereno e piacevole , in un contesto tecnico e figurativo perfetto
josepmarin (56581) 2011-10-27 4:53
the flags provide a nice touch of colors, and the couple adds a good reference of the scale, as well as a good vital dynamism.
Nevertheless, the principal topic in your composition is this elegant castle, with a few discreet dimensions, but with a great architectural beauty.
The structure of the elements in the framing is very pleasant and very effective, and the image has a high aesthetic quality, a fantastic game of light and shades, and a great sharpness.
An excellent work, my friend.
siolaw (37642) 2011-10-27 7:35
Good view of the castle with favourable light.
The visitors add some life and movement to the scene!
Excellent quality picture.
geoant68 (2747) 2011-10-27 9:19
lovely shot with the castle and the lots of its towers to make the image so beautiful.The flags in front of the castle's facade with the existence of the couple to adds life in the image.
Schnappilic (9114) 2011-10-27 12:49
Great presentation of this castle into a good light. Congratulation for this best quality picture.
paololg (31446) 2011-10-27 14:59
Ciao dear John,
photo composed in a perfect way, not only for the architectural beauty of this fairy tale castle, but especially for the excellent photo quality and the pleasant presence of the couple walking in the street. Interesting choice of the POV, with these flags that contribute to give color and movement to the scene. Excellent work, as always! Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Friday!
Alco (5489) 2011-10-27 22:42
Very nice POV on that superb castle.I like very much its architecture.The junction of the two roads seperated by the green triangular in the middle of the picture creates an interesting effect and calls our attention to the flags and the castle.Very well done.
ChrisJ (91360) 2011-10-28 4:12
Very good sharpness & with punchy light contrasts yet still with good shadow detail and no oe in the white highlights. Colourful & well composed with superb graphism of the red brick church against the blue sky. The people add scale & context. Tfs!
stevesaba (8021) 2011-10-28 8:04
Beautifully done! I always love your square framing which works so well for your photos! The castle is gorgeous indeed! Great clarity and perfectly composed. Fine work, warm regards,
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-28 18:42
A wonderfully generous foreground caught my attention. And the low POV with two people comfortably dressed strolling on the path is very picturesque. The beautiful house dominates the scene. She is dressed and decorated in a most exquisite manner, in Neo-gothic style. I love all the flags dancing in the wind. One flag in particular is very personally eye catching. : ) The house is photographed with fine details. I personally like the spiky quality of the roof lines. How wonderful it must be to walk through this peaceful part of your neighbourhood. Photographing such beautiful edifice must be just as pleasurable of an experience. The image presented makes me nostalgic. Thank you John for this friendly image.
With my very best regards,
Have a very nice weekend, john
gunbud (34066) 2011-10-28 21:09
This splendid architecture is captured in optimal lighting conditions that exposes all its intricate design and sharp details.
The foreground shadows add a very peaceful mood as do the casual strolling couple.
SWEETFREEDOM (19970) 2011-10-29 2:33
i like this different view, very nice building, good sharpness and colors. like also the two people on the left adding life to the scene
subhendu_bagchi (21364) 2011-10-29 3:37
it is really a beautiful castle and you composed it superbly with nice light and colours. Those international flags increased the interest of it. Great composition, a really colourful one with warm light. Tfs.
Buin (42128) 2011-10-29 8:49
What a beautiful little castle - in beautiful surroundings! The forest in terms of clour gives a very good backdrop and makes the building stand out wonderfully and these people bring some life in the scenery. A feast for the eyes!
Greetings from autumnal Westphalia - and have a nice weekend!
anokutan (15097) 2011-10-29 12:53
A lovely composition of this fine looking castle.Great architecture and colour.
PaulVDV (17485) 2011-10-29 13:12
Je kasteelfoto's zijn ondertussen legendarisch.
Ook deze is vanuit een mooie hoek genomen met de grintweg die zich in twee splitst en waarschijnlijk helemaal rond het kasteel gaat.
Mooi gepresenteerd met de rij bloemen rechts en de takken bovenaan links. Prachtig hoe de vele torentjes afsteken tegen de blauwe lucht.
Vele groeten, Paul
jafadabret (56497) 2011-10-30 0:59
Très belle composition avec un équilibre entre l'architecture et son environnement !
J'aime les couleurs et la présence des visiteurs.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-10-30 1:46
a beautiful photo of this elegant castle, the composition is very attractive, I like the architectural details and the picturesque environment, slendid shot, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes vasárnapot kívánok!
danos (78330) 2011-10-30 1:51
Good morning George,
nice presentation of the castle with the variety of the flags to make it even more effective as attractive too.I like the excellent presentation,the light management,as the existence of the couple as adding life in the image.Well done.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
bukitgolfb301 (32746) 2011-10-30 2:08
Hi bonjour my dear John
Sorry for my late reply as so crazy-busy weekday.
But I still enjoy your finest gallery very much.
Your new posting this time is another wonderful and shot as your style. I am very hapy to see the Japan's flag. Sharp and clear descrition is admirable via your appropiate exposure and shutter speed. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Sunday evening, Best regrads.
Takero from a little cold Tokyo
Hansaphotos (6131) 2011-10-30 2:49
A well framed photo of this beautiful old and apparently well maintained castle. The surrounding greenery provides a good colour contrast to the red building. Very nice composition using the road as a lead towards the castle. Great work:) Have a nice Sunday-
Best regards, Erling
ManuMay (34009) 2011-10-30 5:54
Another perfect shot, perfect sharpness and definition, perfect colours and contrasts...and a good composition using the couple to give scale and depth to the capture...very good...Another good lesson...Thanks!!
Have a nice day...
kato (9673) 2011-10-30 23:40
You're capturing well this castle by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive and intersting to this beautiful/elegant castle with Neo-Gothic style and surrounding greenery. It seems to direct the splendid world. And, it's interesting in international flags in front of castle.
papagolf21 (79762) 2011-10-31 5:11
Bonjour, mon cher ami John,
Encore une image qui fait plaisir à contempler. La beauté architecturale et ces drapeaux flottant gaiement au vent embellissent le décor général.
Comme à l'accoutumée, l'image est très plaisante.
clic (12515) 2011-10-31 7:23
Thanks for your kind words Mr John
As a pedestrian, I would feel "let-downed" for not walking on a rose-petals-floored walkway
around the Castle that you captured with a perfect technique that suits to it's first magnitude!
My best regards.
eldancer1 (20918) 2011-10-31 10:20
Very nice capture of this beautiful castle! Good idea to include the people for sense of scale. Such an intricate design. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-10-31 15:18
A beautiful castle with nice architectural details. The people walking bring life to the peaceful atmosphere. The flags from different countries add interest to the image. Well composed with superb colors and sharpness.
Silvio1953 (105966) 2011-11-02 14:33
Ciao John, great POV on fantastic castle, lovely composition with a lot of flags. splendid light, excellent clarity and fantastic colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (27187) 2011-11-02 15:15
beautiful architecture it is a real pleasure to watch it. Great presentation: simple yet very efficient foreground. I like the walking couple present here, they add some life.
Excellent high quality postcard -just as I like it.
Angshu (52966) 2011-11-03 22:18
Good view of the castle with the flags of 5 different countries fluttering! The POV is good with the path providing a good lead-in. The couple provides scale here. Framing done with the tree also works well. Good work!
mauro61 (52545) 2011-11-05 2:08
perfetto angolo di scatto con il bellissimo edificio ottimamente reso.
Presenza umana a dare vita allo scatto tra gli alberi e il verde del giardino di questo castello,
s_lush (16062) 2011-11-10 9:39
The colorful and multicolored flags are very good elements of decoration of this magnificent architecture. Due to the couple at the left, the scene looks even more interesting and attractive. Your photo series of this castle is a very good presentation of this picturesque place with such a beautiful landscape design and architecture. Perfectly good job!
serp2000 (33405) 2011-11-12 10:37
Every your post is an event for the TE. Fine photo story, good composition and an interesting photo. Well seen, wonderful old architecture and good bonus of the modern flags.
SNOOP_Chan (3664) 2011-11-14 10:36
Hey John, i really like this one here, the compo is perfect too bad for the street sign, i guess there wasn't something to do about it. Good idea to include the people in it. Also the contrast of the beautiful building with the sky is nice.
sacavem (18604) 2011-11-28 9:07
What a picturesque view, the composition is beautiful, amazing colours and details. Romantic and spectacular photo of this castle. Congratulations.
kennyblack (4207) 2011-12-03 7:23
Hello John, this picture does not fail very own anything, everything we could stay is perfect in this POV: Very nice management of lights and shadows and 'inclusion of the two people who rejoice in the' image.
A greeting and good wishes for the weekend ... Marino
abmdsudi (32717) 2011-12-03 22:05
An elegant architecture and well framed by the shady trees in its tranquil environment. Simply stunning, the exposure has brought the detail beautifully with excellent depth full of vibrance and the image pop out in medley of colours and lots of greenery. The visiotrs are perfectly placed to add life. Excellent take, and love the neatness of the shot and a so pleasing shot, Well done and good note. My congrats
kordinator (14797) 2012-02-19 0:00
Great places composition.
This photos is excellent with so spontaneous scene.
Flags are the good colorful details.
The couple walking around is amazing too.
Quality of the image is perfect.
Best redards my friend
mohammad_H (7488) 2012-03-11 10:26
Exceptionally attractive trees and blue sky picture of the relaxation. Magnificent mansion and pleasant. Masterpiece did. Congratulations.
have a nice night
ourania (18956) 2012-09-22 13:16
this picture is beautiful and strikingly vivid. Depth and perspective are very powerful and attractive, the couple walking on he left gives a captivating sense of movement and offers balance in a discreet and very effective way. Sharpness and clarity are remarkable, the rendering of details, colours and contrasts is very lovely and interesting. Lighting is really skillful offering great definition in the lit parts and excellent clarity in the shade. A very attractive image, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
Noel_Byrne (13666) 2012-11-11 6:20
Thanks for the very interesting note, and the exquisite picture of this castle. If I had to choose only one subject to photograph, it would be castles, and this image reinforces that. The beautiful details in the architecture are a treat, and how you can get so many different views from the different sides, thanks for the spires and pinnacles. The flags there are a wonderful addition of colour to the scene too.
All the best
elenimavrandoni (10091) 2013-02-11 20:19
Hello John, one more amazing Castle to your collection!
Very intersting gothic architecture and great historical background as stated in your very informative note! I would prefer not to have the tourist couple walking in this beautiful picture...
macjake (45832) 2013-02-11 20:44
what can i say about this one?
having never been to Belgium, i can only guess, but it seems as if the architecture looks very simiar to what I see here.
lovely building, just beautiful.
has a romantic edge to it too
fabbs99 (11396) 2013-06-15 12:01
Another great shot from your collections.Excellent choice of your angle this gives perspective and depth to the image.The DOF, saturation and exposure were managed perfectly. Great work! TFS.
mcmtanyel (5516) 2013-07-20 12:13
Thank you for your interest in my gallery. The castle shown here is very elegant, taken from a good POV. I can recognize the EU, Japanese, German & Belgian flags. I am not sure if the second from the front on the left is the French flag, I can see the red and white vertical stripes, but I can't tell if the third color is blue or black. And the front flag on the left has French colors, but the wrong orientation to be French.
You gave us a nice quiz question!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (128287)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-05
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-24 23:05