One year ago I was on vacation in Belgian Ardennes, I brought a visit to Bouillion a lovely small city.
You can see one of the different bridges, a pity these day was very bad weather.
Surrounded by a loop of the Semois river, withdrawn in the deep Ardennes forest, Bouillon, small medieval city is dominated by the Castle of Godefroid. Centuries have passed since the edifice was built, but it has preserved majesty and splendor.
The city is today one of the favorite destinations of holidays in Wallonia. Its numerous visitors are the witnesses of the reputation and of the quality of its hotels and campsites, the restaurants are renowned for their wide range of cooking’s and local specialties; local recepies and specialties of the Ardennes, smoked ham, snails, trout’s, delicatessen, game... Its many marked out walks in the woods for strollers and bikers, animal parks, tourist trains, fishing course, hunting’s and various sport and cultural activities will quickly transform your stay in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes into a pleasant moment of.
I hope you enjoy.
Canon EOS 5D
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
4368 x 2912
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rodgerg (55767) 2009-06-13 9:31
Goed avond John,
Une très belle présentation de Bouillon avec un POV très bien choisi. J'aime beaucoup le petit escalier à l'avant-plan. Les reflets des maisons, du pont et même des nuages dans la rivière sont magnifiques. Excellent travail photo.
vasilpro (40933) 2009-06-13 10:21
Beautiful composition of that old stone bridge with the stairs at right, the houses in the BG and the river with nice reflections and great atmosphere.
Buin (42330) 2009-06-13 10:42
Here you have chosen a truly intriguing point of view - creating these two diagonals of the stairs. This must be a wonderful place and this beautiful sight realle makes forget weather. These mirrored clouds are a lovely addition here!
Greetings from sunny and worm Westphalia - and have a nice Sunday!
jurek1951 (42158) 2009-06-13 10:52
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.Marvellous lighting and reflex on water.
tnahari (207) 2009-06-13 11:08
amazing mirror image.
wonderful view, well composed and captured.
perfect pov and dof.
papagolf21 (86746) 2009-06-13 11:27
Bonsoir, mon bon ami John,
Une vue estivale très agréable à contempler. Le reflet des maisons bordant la rivière et le ciel ombrageux rappelle les effets voulus par de grands peintres.
Bel effet de perspective en diagonale.
jasmis (57824) 2009-06-13 12:14
Fine place, amazing composition with smart reflexion.
martin_b (362) 2009-06-13 12:29
really great impression of a part of europe, i sadly never been. this little town invides to stroll around and after having a nice nice lunch. in i guess some of the excellent bistros there :-)
Silvio1953 (123561) 2009-06-13 13:15
Ciao John, great view of beautiful bridge, fantastic reflection, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
gilou530 (34) 2009-06-13 13:18
un coin de belgique que tu as bien immortalisé sur les pixels avec des reflets bien capturés, beau travail
jwmunro (286) 2009-06-13 14:42
Hello John -
You got me with the reflections! For a dull overcast day you have come away with an attractive image. The bright red umbrellas adds the much needed splash of color to make this a great travel image. Well seen and presented.
Thank you for sharing.
vmf-214 (1648) 2009-06-13 15:32
For the bad weather this is great nature image, Very nicely done on the sharpness and clarity, Wonderful reflection on the water and nice color contrast. Great job John.
bukitgolfb301 (36218) 2009-06-13 16:23
Hello my dear John
Nice and well calucurated composition.
Deep exposure with f/18 and wide focus lens is splendid.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
mvdisco (17774) 2009-06-13 21:27
Beautiful presentation and composition,
Excellent point de vue et détails,
jolies couleurs et lumières,
jolies réflections dans l'eau et belle lumière,
tous mes compliments
raszid62 (18583) 2009-06-13 21:29
Very nice photo. Beauty bridge i beauty cuty by on water. Fine reflex of sky on the river.
ChrisJ (99260) 2009-06-13 22:37
Wonderful reflections of the cloudy sky, with good sharpness & colour. The arched bridge makes a fine focal point. Have a nice Sunday!
TopGeo (38204) 2009-06-14 0:04
Hi John fantastic captured,Very nicely scene on the sharpness and clarity splendid light and colors,A big prospect and reflection of city-region and characteristic bridge that gives this beautiful place Good detail and frame
jafadabret (56501) 2009-06-14 0:05
Cette photo est une réussite. Belle composition avec ce pont et cet escalier en pierres qui encadrent l'eau calme qui fait miroir.
Bon dimanche !
pastadog (13111) 2009-06-14 1:10
An excellent POV to catch the reflections of the houses and the bridge, good exposure (esp. the water), and an efficient compo with the stairway leading us up there and then thru the brige... I wasn't aware of this small picturesque town, so I'll take that into acoount...
coco (30439) 2009-06-14 1:21
What great and smart composition. The exposure and the reflections are very good, but maybe it is a bit oversharpened.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-06-14 1:36
Fine POV and reflections in this in this beautiful picture from Bouillion
I like the perspective, colours and details
TFS and have a nice Sunday
snunney (84887) 2009-06-14 2:43
A fine perspective on the old town bridge. The steps on the right help lead the eyes up and over the bridge to the far bank. Very good natural looking tones and excellent sharpness.
mesutilgim (85420) 2009-06-14 3:40
Wonderfull scenery very well captured. Perfect pov and wonderfull reflections.
Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards
yedirenk (11244) 2009-06-14 4:30
Hi dear John,
very nice scene with superb textures and colours of the old bridge and stairs.colours and reflections are impressive.nice details and interesting framed.well done.TFS
Have a nice weekend
belido (19934) 2009-06-14 6:25
I like your play with the reflection in this one. You made it the main attraction and we still see some details of the local architecture. I like this a lot!
nirvana73 (0) 2009-06-14 8:57
i like your POV and diagonal lines of the staris
i like reflections too
thanks for sharing
cbrman (21645) 2009-06-14 11:54
Tu as joué ici avec les effets d'ombres et de reflets.
Le résultat est une image très contrastée avec peut-être un léger excès de sharpening mais dont les reflets sombres du ciel dans l'eau sont assez attirants.
josepmarin (57823) 2009-06-14 11:59
Such a calm water of the river was offering you a few magnificent reflections of the city and of the bridge, with an elegant mirror effect that adds a strong graphism and a great aesthetic beauty to your composition.
Your good photographic eye has worked perfectly, this work is very nice.
nwoehnl (122) 2009-06-14 12:01
Hello John. This looks like a pleasant place that you are well presenting with the wide-angle lens that strengthens a feeling of depth and perspective, as usual in your photos. The contrast is also good, and the reflections are well utilized to amplify a quiet overall mood. I am however a little disturbed by two things: (1) the photo looks quite oversharpened, and (2) the framing/cropping is a bit unfortunate, leaving little space for the rooftops and treetops in the upper area, but instead giving a little too much attention to the not overly interesting foreground. I hope you don't mind my honest opinion here.
PaulVDV (22721) 2009-06-14 12:12
Mooie compositie met de trappen vooraan die leiden naar de brug. De bogen van die brug worden prachtig weerspiegeld in de Semois.
Ondanks de zwaarbewolkte lucht vertonen de weerspiegelde huizen mooie kleuren.
Beste groeten, Paul
alvaraalto (6177) 2009-06-14 14:06
Deze foto heeft een mooie en originele compositie. De trap die aan de rechter kant het beeld uitgaat maar ongetwijfeld uitkomt op de brug die ons over rivier brengt naar de kleurige huizen.
Amaz (11475) 2009-06-14 15:18
Hi John, well, again you give us an apportunity to admire nice Wallonia.
I remeber very good my visit in Liege and Stavelot, wonderful places.
You shot gave me a feeling and peculiar atmosphere of these places!!
Thank you so much, John!!
bakes888 (18499) 2009-06-14 15:55
Hi John. Yes a shame about the grey skies but the lovely calm water and reflections make up for them. Well composed to make the most of those flat waters, good depth also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
gunbud (34066) 2009-06-14 18:53
Good idea to crop out the sky and let those silver blue clouds do their wor, in the calm river.
The reflections here are stunning with great sharp details to the lovely bridge and village architecture.
I also see your trademark depth with the view uner the bridge.
bracasha75 (24583) 2009-06-14 23:36
This place looks like very quiet place with nice architecture and bridge over Semois river
Thanks for sharing
npecanhuk (66324) 2009-06-15 1:28
Well chosen pov and superb composition!
I specially enjoyed and I'd like to point out the awesome reflection you got in here!
TFS - congratulations!
Have a very good week!
pierrefonds (57509) 2009-06-15 2:38
The mirror effect in the water is an asset to the composition. The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the different buildings. It is also taking our eyes toward the forest in the background which is giving depth to the photo. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
delkoo (68) 2009-06-15 3:44
The composition is well planned with a nice perspective, in spite of the dull light you have achieved a great sharp shot.
gildasjan (41628) 2009-06-15 7:21
Voilà un joli lieu de Belgique,superbe reflet avec cette eau très calme et qu'il est beau ce vieux pont de pierres.Les stores rouges en haut à gauche donnent une bonne touche de couleur à la composition.
carper (96) 2009-06-15 10:15
heel fraaie foto john,
ik kan me dezer plaats goed herinneren. vorig jaar heb ik hier nog gelopen, samen met teunie op dezelfde plek.
mooie compositie, want ik weet dat je daar op het goede moment moet zijn voor de juiste perfectie.
uitstekend werk vriend.
ik worstel en kom boven, dat staat geloof ik, in het wapen van zeeland.
jemaflor (85476) 2009-06-15 11:17
Good angle to have reflection on water and the détail of the strairs on the right site, well composed to give a good photo.
sacimar (25975) 2009-06-15 11:45
good picture, the reflection in the water is excellent, great perspective, I like the escalator on the right, well done!
Have a good day!
Emile (20350) 2009-06-15 13:00
Spectacular reflection. Good diagonal POV capturing the stairs, bridge and the buildings of the small city creating a magnificent view of this beautiful place. Very good light management despite a cloudy day.
Fis2 (86283) 2009-06-15 13:13
A very interesting bridge and super reflection.
Good frame and perspective.
I like the colors.
Photo is very sharp ;)
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-06-15 14:33
Excellent reflections! I also like that stairs in diagonal breaking the compo.
Clementi (52514) 2009-06-15 14:53
beautiful presentation of this place, good pov and fantastic reflexes in the water. very beautiful also the job of PP
paura (47166) 2009-06-15 17:38
Excellent technical settings and pp treatment to show the beautiful photo composition. Well done.
Graal (97857) 2009-06-15 23:42
nice composition, good presentation of town by river. I like the reflections and old architecture of bridge. Well done photo.
adramad (38563) 2009-06-16 2:39
A nice presentation of so attractive place, very good the reflections the river that looks like a mirror, I like the color confirmed well to minimize the incident of such a gray day.
Giorgio (11279) 2009-06-16 3:34
- Sumpathetic little town John, peacful ambience and slow light by this bad weather, but a wonderful mirror effect on the river, excellent shoot, well done!
eungbongsan (152) 2009-06-16 4:51
Beautiful Bouillion and a beautiful photo! How a splendid sharpen and beautiful symmetrical composition in the image ! The lovely reflections on the river, the beautiful perspective and attractive and amazing details... I really appreciate your well composed shot.
Thank you for the sharing and the notes as well.
il_corsaro_nero (1373) 2009-06-16 11:43
your pictures give a magnificent view of Belgium. It is a country that I do not know so much, but I am considering to visit as soon as possible, given the beauties that I see here.
Il Corsaro Nero
john1 (4028) 2009-06-16 12:31
Goed avond john,
tu as mis l'accent sur l'eau , trés beau reflet du pont et aussi du ciel. Belle profondeur aussi l'escalier. Du bon travail john.
Alco (6974) 2009-06-16 18:36
Very nice picture in spite of those grey clouds.Great sharpness and beautiful colors.I like the reflections under the bridge,they look like a big pair of sunglasses.TFS.
pablominto (53744) 2009-06-17 2:01
This is a fine afternoon atmosphere, where you make well use of the quite low light!
All details have outstanding sharpness, and I like the strong diagonal element in composition...
A well composed presentation, where the calm water draws attention!
John_F_Kennedy (42843) 2009-06-17 2:33
I like this image very much. Great sharpness and I like the clear reflections on the water. Well done.
macondo (18623) 2009-06-17 4:26
Great shot of the river, on a cloudy day, with the reflection of the clouds in the water being the highlight. The composition of the photo showing the steps, and the colourful houses, shows you can make a good shot even if the weather is bad. Well done.
aadilj (18102) 2009-06-17 6:04
Hi John, I love the serene calmness and the still waters with those lovely reflections. You have composed the scene very beautifully
chrkont (4005) 2009-06-17 7:33
Lovely composition with great colors and light. I little over sharpen for me, but it's ok.
UlfE (14641) 2009-06-17 12:48
It always a pleasure to visit your gallery and have look at your latest post. What impresses me here is the calm water and the very attractive dark grey colour of it. It is sometimes difficult to take good pictures on a cloudy day. However, this is a perfect photoo-job! TFS and have a nice evening!
stego (24030) 2009-06-17 16:40
You didn't let the weather stop you from getting a great photo that features an amazing compo, very strengthful graphically and making a masterful use of the light, which actually looks wonderful.
Tue (27696) 2009-06-18 6:47
Mooie foto van dit stadje, leuk om de focus op de brug en de rivier te hebben hier in plaats van op de lucht, die toch maar grijs was. Mooie, licht vervormde spiegelingen in het water. Bedankt!
lucasgalodoido (21093) 2009-06-18 9:38
beautiful shot, with perfect reflection on the river and interesting bridge here. Great shot.
luighi (5297) 2009-06-18 11:38
Hi Jhon , felicidades por este excelente reflejo.
Buen encuadre y efectivo mannejo de luz .
ymrk (14955) 2009-06-18 12:40
Firstly,How are u today?I'm O.K!
Excellent viewpoint,impressive management,fabulous reflection on water.I've liked a mirror,do you know? :p
ciakgiak (30421) 2009-06-18 13:39
this is a magnificent and superb view.
The composition is excellently done, with the stairs on the right, the reflections on the left and the nice bridge in the center. Superb quality too.
jmdias (56127) 2009-06-18 17:32
nice view, the shapes of the bridge are very nicely shown and I liked the reflections here. The weather was bad but you managed the things to get the best
greek (7594) 2009-06-18 22:52
very nice place,light and atmosphere,beautiful grey tones,nice landscape,galantis
Waylim (25360) 2009-06-19 0:17
Very good sharpness and great contrast even when the light isn't ideal. Goo compostion and the reflection is the show here.
Nicou (123236) 2009-06-19 1:41
Le reflet est merveilleux, de toute beauté, comme ce contraste entre le plan d'eau et le pont, la recherche de cadrage avec le bel escalier de pierre, la touche colorée de maison, superbe ensemble.
Merci et amitié
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-06-19 6:44
In spite of execrable time, a very good catch of the photograph and a great work of postprocessing, create a beautiful image pleasant to discover. congratulations.
Have a nice day
bertolucci (13358) 2009-06-19 13:35
Hoi John, sterk hoe je hier het beeld hebt opgebopuwd rondom de mooi weergegeven reflectie van de grijze lucht. De omnringende kleuren spreken nu des te meer. En door de gekozen hoek is er ook ruimtelijk veel te beleven. Een sterke en mooi gepresenteerde plaat, John.
Een fijn weekend uit een bijna duister en bewolkt Rotterdam bij 18 gr.
chinchini (31529) 2009-06-19 14:35
Bonsoir mon cher John,
Un POV intéressant qui permet de profiter des jolis reflets sur une surface d'eau lisse. Le ciel gris apparait ainsi dans ce joli miroir.
Bien vu mon Ami
batalay (35743) 2009-06-19 17:29
Hello Dear John,
When I visited Luxembourg three decades ago, while flying on LuxAir, I was told that Luxembourg is the "Land of Bridges." Indeed, hee is a lovely bridge, and the large area of reflections of the clouds in the river makes this an unusual and beautiful photograph. The red flowers in flower boxes hanging from the bridge, and the red awnings in front of the shops adds color highlight. In presenting the steps going up to the bridge you give us an idea of the wall on the other bank of the river.
Warm regards and have a good weekend,
berek (39521) 2009-06-19 21:58
nice reflections and perspective my friend. I love dark atmosphere with pastel colours. well framed picture
Have a Nice Weekend.
argycon (2769) 2009-06-20 5:18
Very nice architecture composition from a great POV!
Fantastic reflections and atmosphere.
Excellent sharpness, really nice natural colors!!
mauro61 (52623) 2009-06-22 3:06
la mancanza di luce nel cielo ha esaltato la bellezza dello scatto facendo risaltare riflessi e linee.
un caro saluto
darek1978 (13361) 2009-06-22 8:51
This is a nicely composed shot using the reflection to add depth and balance to the scene. Excellent sharpness and details. Well done!
Angshu (55914) 2009-06-24 20:41
I had visited Bouillon for a day as well! Beautiful small place, almost frozen in time. Unlike your recent posts, this seems to be a bit oversharpened. The bridge & the reflection looks good here. Well done!
JCG (35129) 2009-06-24 22:04
Très agréable piqué sur cette photo qui donne une netteté vraiment appréciable au reflet de ce pont sur le fleuve. Je me rappelle être passé dans cette belle ville il y a quelques années et je crois aussi avoir bu leur célèbre et excellente bière... La faible luminosité donne une ambiance intéressante, merci John.
Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne journée,
mkamionka (30694) 2009-06-25 7:47
very simple place but a stunning composition. This is the real art to present something in a way that it exceeds the reality. I really like all the lines: diagonals, stairs, reflections... fantastic work,
emjleclercq (15780) 2009-06-26 12:59
Grey sky, but nice framing to underline the good reflections.
All the best,
skippy007 (12510) 2009-07-05 4:53
Hello John, Not sure what PP work you have done on this but it is eye catching and very effective. I like your POV & perspective, the reflections are a real bonus especially the clouds.
anesugur (18789) 2009-07-11 13:51
Perfect colors, light and good clear photo.
Best regards. Uğur
xuaxo (6846) 2009-07-29 3:57
Despite the weather, the picture is well presented, with the stairs leading to the bridge.
Interesting, when I was in hospital in Nederland they gave me bouillon, a kind of soup.
BilboCA (734) 2009-08-01 21:46
Interesting that you express disappointment about the weather. Perhaps your visit wasn't as nice as it might have been. But I think that you have used the cloudy weather nicely to your advantage in this photo.
In the thumbnail, what caught my attention was the lovely reflection of the clouds in the foreground of the river. On looking at the full photo, that initial impression remains a strong positive element.
With purely diffuse lighting from an overcast sky, some different features are emphasized than would be the case on a sunny day. For example, I think the small red details might stand out even more sharply in this weather condition.
I like, too, the way that the reflection of the bridge in the water is so strong to almost make it look like links in a chain.
Very well done, as usual!
giorgimer (34868) 2009-08-14 6:56
wonderful view, the mirroring water surface is really surprising, good POV.
riclopes (35577) 2010-07-16 23:16
Olá John, the weather wasn't favorable but the reflections on the water are fantastic. In spite of being a grey day, the image is very clear and sharp. Very nicely composed with the inviting stairs showing us the way to the other margin.
pajaran (52602) 2013-08-28 10:18
Interesantan tekst o gradu, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na stari most i reflekse na vodi ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep stari most.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Kod mene je hladno i pada kisa.
An interesting article about the city, with the given data ...
A nice view of the old bridge and reflexes on the water ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place shown.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful old bridge.
Good article on the used technique and elements of the image.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
For me, it is cold and raining.
ikeharel (58195) 2014-01-10 7:57
Good evening John,
The perfect "eye-glasses" reflection of the bridge, was first to draw my attention when opened the thumbernail.
Than, saw the small town along the river and the lavish green hills and forests around.
Nicely combined scenery, inspite the grey clouds also seen on water's mirror.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
ourania (32083) 2014-04-21 2:06
this is a great picture, you made the cloudy day and the difficult lighting conditions look like good luck:) There's a wonderful, consistent chromatic palette and there are certain eye-catching details that help the cityscape become more lively. I like very much the smooth dynamism of the composition, the fine, contrasting textures and the calm mood. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Easter week,
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-06-08 15:52
a tight crop, a cloudy day but yet this is a beautiful composition! the reflection and the colors take credit and you get the compliments for the point of view!!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (140054)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canonn 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/1.8, 1/20 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bridges / Pontes / Most - 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-13 9:29