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Saturday afternoon I was in Ghent a very nice old city with different narrow canals.
These picture shows the "Lieve" canal that now becomes use as touristic canal with small boats.
In background see you one of the most old buildings out of the medieval period.
Ghent has the last ten year a lot done for the city to make attractive
Thanks for viewing
The Lievekaai is a romantic place in Ghent , thanks to the many weeping willows that the water and the square overshadow here .
Photo is taken from the Augustinian Quay , in the background you see a piece of the Counts.
Now where the weeping willows are used to the turning basin - many ships coming through the Lieve van Damme , were too large to navigate the city (or were not allowed in because they were unfree skippers ) . They had to unload their goods here , turn around and return.
The turning basin was filled in around 1830 , because the trade Damme was the silting of the Swin ( and Lieve themselves ) insignificant . On the square (now the Children 's Square ) , the teamsters and movers got room to park . Their horse carts and trolleys
The neighborhood around the Lievekaai is well worth a visit : the Princes and Gewad poles going on , including the St. Anthony Quay is very picturesque
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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jemaflor (99123) 2014-03-18 0:19
Beautiful composition about springtime with interesting architecture of your country and some small green leaves on these branches, light is well managed.
shreya2000 (2637) 2014-03-18 0:24
The barren tree in the center is adding beauty to the picture. Nice place and good clarity. Thanks for sharing.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-18 0:45
an another beautiful photo of this splendid architecture, the composition is very nice, great colours and lights, the POV is attractive,
tyro (25936) 2014-03-18 0:49
Good morning John,
How lovely that spring has arrived where you are! And this picture really cheers me up. It is dull and raining heavily here in Scotland!
A beautifully composed photograph with the row of beautiful old buildings in the background and the foreground trees just starting to show some signs of life for the coming springtime. Lovely light and colours, good composition, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-18 0:52
Très jolie photo de Ghent que la lumière et les prémices du printemps rendent très photogénique.
pajaran (62548) 2014-03-18 1:01
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto, arhitektura i trenutak sa oblacima, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozoicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the place and time, with a history and description of the ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place shown, architecture and moment with clouds, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, a beautiful place and architecture.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-18 1:09
Beautiful view of the old town that you present here through these barren trees. The row of beautiful old houses with nice architecture presents a lovely old world charm. Perfect management of light in not perfect lighting conditions. Sharpness and colours are superb as well. Very good composition, thanks for sharing.
yquem46 (38752) 2014-03-18 1:12
Another one that you can be proud of !
Nice colors and light, good compo
papagolf21 (103834) 2014-03-18 1:21
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Une grande place solitaire entourée de bien belles maisons. Le saule attend avec impatience le printemps pour laisser pendre ses jolies branches.
L'ensemble bénéficie d'un ciel de toute beauté.
dta (79525) 2014-03-18 1:48
Hello John ,
Une trouée bleue dans le ciel sombre , et les rameaux de saule près à bourgeonner , ce sont les prémisses du printemps en Flandres .
Très belle composition .
claudeD (39873) 2014-03-18 2:33
yes spring is coming with big steps. Also here in Luxembourg we can see that. Very fine shot very well composed with good colors and sharpness. I like the view very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Royaldevon (40336) 2014-03-18 2:52
I am a real fan of winter trees. Here, you can see the lovely limb shapes of the trees but can, also, see the buildings beyond. You could not get this shot in summer!
This is a beautifully composed shot, taken from a good angle, with a sense of movement from left to right and with the trees strongly positioned. The red house is also attractive and equally strongly placed.
You have achieved a great sense of tranquillity but without the coldness, usually attributed to this time of year.
Have a great day,
snunney (101706) 2014-03-18 3:14
You have selected a fine point point of view to show us this delightful ensemble of architecture. The trees make an excellent pair of focal points and are so placed to draw the viewer into the frame. I like the lighting and pleasant pastel tones. Superb clarity as ever.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-18 3:35
a lovely shot this, sensitively heralding the arrival of warmer days and a beautiful mix of architectural heritage and nature's subtle change of livery. Glorious detail and clarity make it so captivating.
Regards - B.
holmertz (55007) 2014-03-18 3:36
A beautiful square surrounded by elegant buildings and fine trees. It's surprisingly empty but the colours, the trees and the glimpse of the old bridge still make this a very nice view.
pierrefonds (68143) 2014-03-18 4:19
The wideness of the square is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the détails and the colours of the old buildings. The cloudy sky does not hurt the output of the colours. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (82891) 2014-03-18 5:28
Tu as bien fait de saisir cette photo en hiver. L'arbre sans feuille ne cache pas les belles maisons derrière. Le léger contre jour est parfaitement contrôlé.
dip (23890) 2014-03-18 6:17
it's a wonderful and very good qualitative image with great clarity and sharpness,
the red house behind is an eye catcher in picture,
I also like the contrast of branches against the sky,
I saw the canal only after I read your note :)
very well captured and composed!
sabermonajati (11281) 2014-03-18 6:35
pleasant view from trees and buildings with nice cloudy sky you captured.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-18 8:08
simple scene but the way you decided to compose it makes the picture very attractive. I like the chosen POV and the presence of the willows which delicate branches add plenty of subtlety to the image. The colors are properly saturated yet somehow the whole photo seems to be kept in pastel tones and that reminds me of some painting.
very nice work!
Thanks for sharing
ikeharel (73555) 2014-03-18 9:39
An amazing phenomenon Isee her, John: The naked tree branchs, where it has a clouds as background - looks in brown/grey. Where the branchs has the houses as background texture - the tone becomes orange.
fabulous and well taken shot. Spring is just around the corner (yet I can start hearing some birds in Israel that I know they come on late winter. Soon it will be great spring around).
A fine clear shot on town.
ourania (47844) 2014-03-18 10:13
a great view of this lovely and elegant city on a quiet winter day. I like very much how effectively you adjusted your composition to the style of this part of the city, to the characteristic trees and the transient, dramatic aspect of the sky. The ample foreground makes trees and buildings rise higher within the frame and look more imposing. Trees and architecture are very attractive and complement each other wonderfully. I love the contrast provided by the blue sky to the overall warm colour palette. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-18 10:23
Masterful composition of the old town with excellent clarity and lovely natural colours. The inclusion of the foreground has brought out the best in terms of depth and also displays the fine details of the paving. The contrast of the predominantly warm tones of the buildings and the trees with the clouded sky is very pleasing. Thanks for sharing this superb picture.
adramad (46986) 2014-03-18 10:46
A stunning composition, with this group of charming houses with their varied and attractive facades, the two large trees, give great charm to the composition, plus a nice graphics.
Very pretty color, which gives a lot of life to the image.
A magnificent brightness management, sharpness also
is perfect for enjoying the details.
Very well seen and well taken.
PaulVDV (29845) 2014-03-18 11:32
Dit is echt een sublieme foto!
Prachtige architectuur, nog goed zichtbaar achter de winterse bomen, een prachtig licht, mooie kleuren, een goede compositie en een goede beeldverdeling.
Vele groeten, Paul
Noel_Byrne (32108) 2014-03-18 13:16
The images from Ghent that you have shared shows this as a very beautiful city, and this is another to add to that. I like the idea of this scene in Springtime, I guess in a few months tome, this large old tree will block out most of the view in this square. An interesting tree too, its soft shape goes nicely against the strong lines of the various buildings.
All the best
Alco (7485) 2014-03-18 20:51
Beautiful springtime picture.The bare tree in the middle is very nice, I like its round shape.Nice buildings in the background with beautiful architecture.I also like the 4 small trees along the wall in the background. Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice day.
COSTANTINO (66581) 2014-03-18 22:35
Good mornin dear friend
lets hope that the spring will arrive soon
because the emperatures here in Greece
are about 25 degrees like summer
nice composition showing Lieve Canal
that now becomes use as touristic
canal with small boats
those trees in the middle of the
shot without leaves give autumn
sharpness and classic colors are superb
have a nice day
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-19 2:16
spring time can be really picturesque time of the year,what you shows us well in this shot.
This is very nice combination of architectural and nature shot,with well kept balance between these two aspects.
I like also the color scheme of the scene and light,which together create so lovely mood of the scene.
Have a nice day
mesutilgim (95834) 2014-03-19 4:42
Hello dear John,
Another perfect capture with all the elements of your "trademark" !
Even without looking to the owner, on thumbnail seen I said it's John's work.
A mazestic cloudy sky as background allows us to see every single detail. Many interesting notes and as allways perfect sharpness. Nice framed.
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (100734) 2014-03-19 5:18
Beautiful willows, curious buildings.
Excellent composition and colors.
Have a nice afternoon
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-19 6:51
here is another beautiful composition in your gallery. Love the warm light. Like the architectures with such a nice sky at top. The tree with its nice textures added a lot to it. Excellent one. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (146725) 2014-03-19 7:26
Ciao John, lovely composition with fantastic tree in FG, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-19 9:15
una bella immagine della famosa città delle Fiandre con nitidezza e colori impeccabili.
Un quadro molto curato in ogni dettaglio, come tua abitudine.
Ciao e buona serata
fritzi007 (11161) 2014-03-19 14:08
sehr gute Fotoqualität, perfekt!!!
kato (11630) 2014-03-19 19:11
You're capturing well this place in Ghent by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the tasteful/beautiful buildings in medieval times which is standing along the canal and wide square with big tree. The whole is harmonized artistically by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination. It looks like the postcard.
mvdisco (17794) 2014-03-19 21:03
Hi John, Bonjour,
A beautiful point of view and architecture,
nice tone of colors and light,
Beautiful trees and place too,
very well done..Michel
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-03-20 4:01
Lovely and charming urban environment and architectural details!
Beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
TRB (14116) 2014-03-20 4:07
Sharpness, color and light are excellent.
Spring time is no longer a nice sharing.
lousat (93684) 2014-03-20 5:10
Salut John,un primtemp sans soleil tu montre nous,mais avec des details impressionants sur les saulx qui commencent a changer la couleurs,une capture tres tres jolie et poetique,completee' par les magnifiques facades en arrier plan.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
rychem (38193) 2014-03-20 8:33
Very, very nice, beautiful architecture and fantastic color combination, very well composed photo, perfect light and sharpness
Nicou (145224) 2014-03-20 11:05
quelle belle place avec ce pavage quelle mise en valeur avec les saules pleureur et en fond ce merveilleuse maisons et cette architecture sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
tedesse (25135) 2014-03-20 13:01
She came astronomical spring already!
Good POV, nice colors and excellent sharpness.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-03-20 14:29
John, we usually use the term "picture perfect" when we want to describe something very beautiful and flawless...now I want to describe your picture and it is hard to find the words to describe the beauty of this postcard so I will just reverse the above little phrase and I will tell you that this is a perfect picture!!
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-20 16:13
The hanging tree almost seems sad, as if it doesn't want to change seasons...I'm sure it will perk right up in no time though. :) Appears to be a ghost town at this moment in time, but despite only having a minimal human presence, there's still an attraction to this corner of town. The two colorful buildings to the right add a splash of bolder color, and compliment well the patches of blue sky above. Spring is in the air, it won't be long now when this spot will be filled with life. Soft light and a hint of warmth, the anticipation is well conveyed through this imagery. Enjoy the weekend ahead. All the best.
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-03-20 19:16
Spectacular shot of springtime in Ghent.Lovely colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
photoray (13981) 2014-03-20 19:39
Attractive Ghent architecture along the canal, and visible with the weeping willows leafless. Good resolution and natural color.
abmdsudi (55658) 2014-03-20 20:06
A nice town scene, great touch of blue sky and excellent clarity vivid in detail and colours. A well worked composition with good diagonal touch providing nice perspective and point of interest. Excellent capture, TFS
mirosu (16273) 2014-03-20 21:55
Excellently composed photo. Perfect view from the town square to nice weeping willow tree and the beautiful houses in background. There is also excellent contrast against blue-grey sky. Must be a very nice place to leave.
Very well done.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-21 3:16
Wonderful POV, with the denuded tree providing a sharp focus.
Lights are beautiful.
Kielia (24077) 2014-03-21 5:59
you have caught the essence of the season, the beautiful light and the gentle colors – spring is a great time of the year for the photographer. And what I like most is the excellent perspective. My compliments!
rbassin (23417) 2014-03-21 10:24
Une très belle place,avec les grands arbres encore nus, et les façades formant un bel ensemble architectural.
ChrisJ (116108) 2014-03-21 12:01
The deserted fg piazza has a forlorn and melancholic mood but it is no doubt packed in summer. The few people in the back add scale and sharpness is excellent. I like the warm cold color contrast between the yellow leafed willows and the blue sky. Tfs!
Graal (103034) 2014-03-21 12:58
nice spring in Ghent. I like the composition with the tree in center. Interesting place and old architecture. Also nice colors. Very well done photo.
Have a nice WE.
Miguel82 (27646) 2014-03-21 20:31
Dear John, a winter season picture, nobody on that plazza and quays, I can admire the architecture, superb presentation and perfect sharpness as usual, regards
mcmtanyel (24567) 2014-03-21 21:01
Yes, when the willows get this color, you know it is spring time. What a lovely corner of Ghent!
omid266 (6748) 2014-03-21 21:05
*** Salam , Hi dear friend , John,
Thanks for Congratulations and Wishes for New Persian Year and Norooz (Nowruz= New Day) , the same Hope for you and your family, :)
This image from Springtime and this beautiful city and historic buildings and Touristic places is really beautiful
attractive with your masterful art work in photography,
very well done and Thank you for hunting this Peaceful picture and sharing here with us ,
** Willst du gesund Sein ?!
Vergib den kochtopf !!
Book from (Helmut Wndmaker / 1916 - 2007 )
** Have a long and successful Life , **
Buin (42468) 2014-03-22 10:39
Yes, this a bit green veil in the willow tree shows that spring is just around the corner. I like all these different styles of architecture in your photo. Also the vivid sky adds a lot to the scenery. A beautiful place ...
Greetings from wet, grey and cool Siegen!
Have a nice and hopefully sunny Sunday!
branley (3681) 2014-03-23 2:41
It certainly looks a very attractive place John, the old buildings are delightful, the sky is moody and the trees will soon be in full bloom. Excellent and thank you for visiting my Ipernity site my friend, it is always appreciated.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-23 5:47
Yes, spring is here and so are the beautiful flowers and my allergy! Soon those trees will green and beautiful. Nice capture of this scene with good details. Well done, tfs.
boa (7493) 2014-03-23 12:01
Ghent is a beautiful place with a lot to see and within a few weeks there will be a lot tourists here. I like when i see pictures from famous places, captured in low season. Good pov here, it is a good overview of this part of the city. Peaceful atmosphere and Spring not faraway, well done!
Have a nice Sunday/
williewhistler (16398) 2014-03-23 14:45
the interesting and very attractive architectural of the buildings along the canal are clearly visible through the boughs of the naked winter trees.
You have exposed the scene perfectly taking full advantage of a most pleasing sky.
Best regards Les.
carlo62 (50872) 2014-03-24 1:36
un inizio di primavera nuvoloso, ma ricco del fascino di questa città.
Molto bella questa piazza con i suoi palazzi eleganti e con questi alberi in attesa di vestirsi di verdi foglie.
Immancabili le biciclette che caratterizzano questi paesaggi.
carper (96) 2014-03-24 8:13
heerlijke plaat John,
Ja lente hij geeft voor vannacht - 7 graden op. fraaie kleuren mooie foto,
mkamionka (38393) 2014-03-25 3:32
fantastic ambience with the extraordinary light. I like the hole in the clouds with the blue sky creating a nice addition to the composition. There is also a nice contrast between the elegant town houses and the lovely trees which are so huge and seem to dominate the scene as if it was not a town square but somewhere in the nature.
jmdias (65587) 2014-03-27 2:24
these nude trees created like a curtain or a fog where the façades are almost hidden. very nice visual effect you got here.
halikarnas (7694) 2014-04-01 9:04
Büyük Usta John,
Nefis fotoğraf. Nedenmi? Gri bulutlar içinde kalan mavi gökyüzü,Ortadaki büyük ağaçın simetrisi muhteşem.
Fotoğrafı tam yerinden çekmişsin,mükemmel bir kadraj.Eğer sağdaki ağaç arkadaki donuk tonlu kırmızı eve yarım maskeleme yapmış olması mavi gökyüzü görüntüsüne harikalık vermiş.
Tabii bunların başında böyle bir net görüntü ilede imzanı atmışsın.
İsterdim ki senin lisanın ile yazayım,hislerimi daha ıyı anlardın.
Sizi tekrar tekrar tebrik ediyorum.
Angshu (56760) 2014-04-08 23:45
Nice picture from Ghent with the willow tree creating a strong interest as are the beautiful houses in the Lievekaai area. Light was not the best, yet the colours look good. Well done!
adores (45889) 2014-04-15 15:25
A beautiful winter shot with these bare trees in foreground, the bike and the old and colourful houses, so well preserved. I like the sky and colours are very good.
berek (50504) 2014-10-16 21:35
As always a beaoutiful picture. quiet, relaxing atmosphere here. very impressive , especially the blue sky appearing through the clouds. take care
unclehotshot (4000) 2014-11-25 3:29
I found this photo here! A very fine square - typical Flemish scenery. The tree in the center is a good element in the whole construction; a willow tree it seems. Beautiful light and clouds. The colors are super .. the red and the yellow houses are beautiful. And we don't disapprove of the coppled stones either, do we.
Matyas (0) 2015-06-04 1:59
Hello John! Food work. Perfect exposure and capture. Ideal saturation, contrast and sharpness. Fine effect. Good cut and frame. Well done!
Periko (5610) 2015-08-16 18:26
The trees look great in front of those houses, perhaps because of its lack of leaves. The partially cloudy sky over the group of houses and the cobbled area is beautiful as well. Good work.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (155330)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-22
- Categories: Architecture
- 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/11, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-18 0:00