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Every time I come in Ghent, and try find a new place for a good picture with a little bit historic value.
It Rabot is a very old place in Ghent, but you can see on the photo that everything become marred through ultra-modern buildings, absolutely required for the a lot new people in Ghent, + 125.000 the last 20 year, a lot people out of North Africa, Morocco and Turkish, but also out of East Europe.
I hope that everyone can enjoy.
The Rabot was built in 1489 at the intersection of the canal and the Lieve (a small canal) . It was built to commemorate the victory of Ghent against the 40,000 -strong army of Frederic the Second . It had a dual function of the water level of the Lieve arrange and also act as a defensive stronghold for the city . It was part of the city wall and then did well as a toll booth. As a result of the abolition of the patent rights on July 18, 1860 , the ramparts were demolished and cultivable land surrounding the Rabot was enlarged . Partly caused by the family Hemptinne , the de Smet , the brothers Van Hoecke , La Gantoise Liniere and others , who all family owned a plot of land outside the city walls (especially cotton manufacturers so ) emerged later Rabot
The Rabot had in the course of time several other functions . Thus, it was once a “Sashuis” , a powder magazine , an icehouse and electricity cabin. There are meeting and banquet rooms housed .
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besnard (52815) 2014-04-09 23:02
Une très belle photo lumineuse où se rejoignent l'ancien et le moderne.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
jemaflor (82874) 2014-04-09 23:14
Interesting architecture contrast, well composd with the baot in the Fg, light and colors are superb, bravo !
jurek1951 (41209) 2014-04-09 23:28
a picturesque photo of this romantic place, the composition is very nice, superb lights and colours,
fds (7750) 2014-04-09 23:31
Great flan des friend very beautiful picture from the very nice ghent
I Licke very much this composition with the tower the canal the little boat and great bulding in the background
Fantastic blu Sky and very beautiful satured colors and i love very much this great scharpnees
Great postcard forme ghent dear friend
jjcordier (75080) 2014-04-09 23:36
Une vision originale de Ghant avec ce mélange d'architectures anciennes et modernes. Bonne composition.
papagolf21 (84602) 2014-04-09 23:37
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Quel contraste ! Je sais qu'il faut vivre avec son temps, mais, parfois je me pose des questions.
Une image intéressante et réalisée avec talent.
SWEETFREEDOM (22172) 2014-04-09 23:45
a nice mix of ancient and new architecture, lovely the boat cruising on the canal and colors.
carlo62 (30409) 2014-04-09 23:49
fantastica contrapposizione tra l'antica costruzione e i palazzi moderni, condita da una bellissima luce, con la barca ad attirare l'attenzione e il suo bel riflesso.
Una foto ben pensata e ben realizzata.
pajaran (50356) 2014-04-09 23:59
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
dta (64852) 2014-04-10 1:08
Hello John ,
What an attractive composition ! A stunning contrast between the old castle and bridge , and the two modern buildings . MAy be this ones are not so beautiful , but for the composition , they are a very good element . The boat is perfectly placed in the picture .
Royaldevon (28329) 2014-04-10 1:25
Thank you for these interesting details.
To me, the structure resembled an English oast house, a building used for drying hops in the beer brewing process. Your information explains clearly what is was used for.
It is a very well managed composition to ensure that the photograph, of this scenic place, has a great impact. You have used excellent guide lines in which is situated the tourist boat, the first focal image. It as natural to move from here to the bridge and the very attractive, ancient building. Your exposure is sharp, the colours are well saturated and there are very obvious contrasts between the old and the new.
Have a great day,
federico (2179) 2014-04-10 1:44
hi john , a perfect photo, well composed, with the old and the new architecture matching togheter, good sharpness and vividness
mesutilgim (82178) 2014-04-10 1:50
Hello dear "master" John !
Another topclass capture with very good pov and layout.
The message here is very clear : Old and traditional versus modern architecture.
Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards from İstanbul
jacquest (18489) 2014-04-10 4:02
Your image shows a good perspective on this contrast of time and architecture. The boat with people adds an important element in the composition. The light is very good and allows excellent colors and sharpness.
lousat (74853) 2014-04-10 4:08
Salut John,une composition vraiment originale,le contrast parmi vieilles et nouvelles architechtures est impressionant.Parfaite prise de vue et qualite' au top,mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano
cargus (8094) 2014-04-10 4:11
Spectaculaire composition,belle architecture, de belles couleurs, bien encadré et rendu, image bien fait.!!
pierrefonds (56040) 2014-04-10 4:34
The length of the river is giving depth to the composition. There is a good contrast between the old and new buildings of Ghent. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
Fis2 (83856) 2014-04-10 4:38
A very interesting city!
Beautiful bridge and architecture.
Excellent composition and frame.
I like colors and sharpness.
snunney (81673) 2014-04-10 4:40
Your image shows how the old has to accommodate the new for whatever reason. The tourist boat in the foreground introduces a third contrasting element. The point of view and composition are excellent. I like the light and colours; sharpness is top class.
timecapturer (47320) 2014-04-10 5:00
a stunning capture this. Such a superbly creative mix of old and new buildings and also a real sense of the atmosphere and beauty of this famous old City. Glorious blue skies and new spring greens to enhance the beauty further.
mvdisco (17752) 2014-04-10 5:12
Hi John, bonjour,
A beautiful pointo view of the old architecture and new.
good reflection on water an details,
Nice note of the sujet... beautiful tone of colors and light too,
all my compliments...Michel.
Sergiom (57641) 2014-04-10 5:42
Un beau mélange d'architecture moderne et médiévale. Le pont avec ses deux tours est de toute beauté sous cette lumière. Le bateau de touristes est bien placé dans l'image et les couleurs sont joliment saturées.
Romano46 (16586) 2014-04-10 6:58
una visione della famosa città delle Fiandre inaspettata per l'unione e l'incontro di antico e moderno.
Una scelta assai audace da parte degli architetti che però ha come risultato una proiezione verso la modernità della città antica.
Colori superbi e nitidezza impeccabile per una composizione bella e originale.
Ciao e buona giornata
ikeharel (55170) 2014-04-10 8:52
Good evening John,
Contrast the old onto the modern buildings, built three edifices on the bridge, is the most catching eyes elements.
The chosen POV is superbly taken, with good view of the painted wall on the new dwellings, and the boat in vivid colors.
All in good taste, fine DOF and clarity.
holmertz (39415) 2014-04-10 10:21
We don't often see this kind of Soviet style huge buildings in your photos, but no doubt they are inseparable parts of almost any European city, even in the western half of the continent. They provide a very mixed an interesting view in this photo, where we would rather rest our eyes on the much nicer Rabot, the bridge and the sightseeing boat. The weather was lovely, and so are the colours.
cornejo (29965) 2014-04-10 11:02
Hi John, very good shot of these interesting old buildings with modern. Very well captured with a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ourania (29263) 2014-04-10 11:06
this picture is marvellous, the huge buildings stand out in a striking way next to the old architecture of the city but you managed to integrate them in your neat and elegant composition remarkably well. There's an exquisite network of perspectives spreading all over the frame and the strong light has created wonderful vivid colours. There's very pleasing depth and delightful brightness in this view, the balance within your frame is perfect. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
chawax (19066) 2014-04-10 11:47
Impressive architecture contraste between this old castle and these ugly buildigs ! Good POV, very good colours.
Noel_Byrne (22669) 2014-04-10 13:08
Normally I would find those big blocks quite ugly, but the way you have composed and created this scene, they look quite appealing. Such a contrast in design of the structures in your shot, but oddly they work brilliantly together. I think perhaps because you have such pin sharp clarity and because of the lively vibrant colors, and of course the little boat full of people bringing great life to the shot. Very nicely done, another beauty of this incredible city.
taypejka (1457) 2014-04-10 13:18
Here we have a contrast of two different style of architecture. Very good quality photo with nice colours.
dekanski (2873) 2014-04-10 13:32
nice photo, and even nicer Note! TFS.
I'm always sad when such a beautiful and old buildings "being eaten" by ugly modern creations! But it is probably inevitable.
ChrisJ (95714) 2014-04-10 16:45
Bonjour, cher ami John,
The red stripe on the boat contrasts superbly against the reflected blue skylight in the water. Good sharpness and the old and new contrast in architectural styles is eyecatching. I like the mural on the dead space on the side of the new high rise building at left. Bon weekend!
npecanhuk (63440) 2014-04-10 19:16
Many, many details to be seen and enjoyed!
A very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all oustanding photo qualities that I really adored!
TFS - congrats,
omid266 (3914) 2014-04-10 20:34
Salam , Hi John,
It is an excellent work with nice colours , wonderful clarity , good sharpness and many informations and details within this place ,
also nice text , all the best and Thanks for sharing ,
Reply to your last message : i know as well , Mark Wilmots , Venice Enzo Schiffo the Captain of Belgium National Team in 1990,1994 FIFA World Cup ,
Good Luck , Sincerely
Alco (6850) 2014-04-10 20:39
Very nice mix of new and old architectures.Many beautiful details to observe.The boat add life to your picture.I like very much the saturated colors.Very well done.TFS.
Periko (2557) 2014-04-10 22:32
This is an interesting mixture of architectural styles, new and old. Beautiful composition, soft lighty, Sharp image.
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-04-10 22:54
Excellent composition of the rocking boat in the canal with colorful surroundings.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
Didi (55963) 2014-04-11 0:41
Bonjour mon ami
Intéressant contraste entre deux sortes d'architectures
Les immeubles ressemblent à celui que j'habite à Orléans, le style est identique
Je préfère quand même le château :) et la scène du canal
rbassin (17235) 2014-04-11 0:49
une composition intéressante opposant un endroit très charmant et agréable à une architecture de mauvais goût. Bien vu, bon choix de l'angle de vue.
COSTANTINO (53577) 2014-04-11 0:51
Hello dear friend
delicate postcard presenting this wonderful
place a very old place in Ghent
interesting architecture capture
with claccic warm colors
I liked this boat with romantic people
in such a romantic place
this fantastic blue sky creates
the contrast with those modern and
welldone and wellseen
have a nice weekend
Graal (96372) 2014-04-11 3:47
view is interesting and very nice. Amazing comparison of old and new architecture. Good POV and composition. Fine presentation. I like it.
Have a nice WE.
Nicou (119293) 2014-04-11 5:03
Quelle tonalité et image sueprbe avec le b^'ateau e tle plan d'eau et ce contraste d'architecture entre l0'ancien et le moderne fabule3use vue, bravo.
Merci et amitié
dip (23532) 2014-04-11 5:45
you captured this beautiful scene very nicely,the quality is top!
thanks for sharing,
sabermonajati (9175) 2014-04-11 6:23
pleasant pay sage with excellent composition you captured.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-11 9:21
La photo montre un grand contraste d'architecture. J'aime bien ce point de vue sur cette porte avec ces deux tours. La photo est bien cadrée et la présence de l'embarcation lui donne de la vie et de la couleur. Très bien fait.
mohammad_H (9069) 2014-04-11 9:43
I always natural landscape, blue sky and cloud background, the image shows more interesting and more subtle
You're scenery always used the idea
Eye-catching and beautiful
Clarity, sharpness good
I hope you enjoy every moment of life.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-04-11 14:20
John, amazed by the contrast in your image!! traditional past and exciting future in a very beautiful bond, living together in perfect harmony!!
your presentation is superb in every aspect!!
thebest (4276) 2014-04-12 0:37
What a talented photographer you are - the clarity is sensational - the overall content of your image is excellent... Well done I like it very much.
jmdias (54003) 2014-04-12 1:35
excellent contrast between the modern and old buildings, the light and the presence of the boat in the canal is fantastic. nice details of this urban landscape.
tedesse (25055) 2014-04-12 2:45
Wonderful postcard of Ghent.
Excellent POV, beautiful colors and good sharpness.
Have a nice weekend
Buin (42268) 2014-04-12 7:43
A wonderful and really interesting place. The contrast between old and modern architecture here is stunning. It's incredible that this old building somehow also has been a functional buildings - like the high-risers in background. What a different opinon of architecture ... !
Thank you again for the informative note!
Greetings from a wonderful sunny and warm spring day in Westphalia! Have a nice weekend!
photographer_sg (3529) 2014-04-12 8:30
Masterful composition with great framing and perfect control over the exposure. The boat in the water with the people makes a fine focal point and the oblique view along the water leads us to the charming old building. The great skyscrapers in the background also curiously fit into the overall picture. The colours are vibrant and superbly handled. Thanks for sharing with us this magnificent photograph.
best regards and have a great weekend.
p.s. Thanks for taking a look at my pictures and offering valuable critiques.
rychem (21571) 2014-04-12 8:56
Superb photo, there are so many beautiful elements, great contrast between the old and new architecture, splendid photo
jcpix (13338) 2014-04-12 16:00
Your note details so much of why you've been successful...even with multiple visits here, you're always trying for something new and original. Certainly not something I would have expected to see from this city, the contrast of traditional and modern style is quite a sight. The immediate impact it has on the visual senses shows Ghent in a much different way...and whether or not one likes the old and new together, you've done well to show an original side of the town. Bright, colorful and well balanced as always. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take good care.
kato (11630) 2014-04-12 18:42
You're capturing well this city by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the city which an old and new architecture is intermingled and harmonizes across a calm canal. It's also impressive that the surrounding lush green wrap this place gently. And, the boat/tourists in canal draws out a good impact.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-04-13 6:05
Amazing juxtaposition of nice old world buildings among the ordinary and mundane looking modern skyscrapers. The tourists enjoying a lazy boat ride adds nice spots of colour to the composition. Nicely finished off with the clear blue skies and the trees with fresh green leaves to add to the beauty of the photo. A fine shot with lovely colours and excellent clarity as usual. Thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (119453) 2014-04-13 9:23
Ciao John, lovely composition with beautiful boat in FG, fascinating reflections, great contrast between old and modern architecture, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
boa (5939) 2014-04-13 12:05
an excellent example of how new modern architecture can ruin beautiful areas totally! I know that people need somewhere to live but it is a pity to build houses like this in such wonderful historical environments. A good shot taken from a perfect angle to show us this comparison with old and new. Beautiful light and colors, well done my friend.
chrislo (4151) 2014-04-13 14:24
Door je fraaie standpunt is hier het contrast tussen oud en nieuw nadrukkelijk opgezocht en het is het eerste belangrijke aandachtspunt op deze foto. Modern en oud kunnen heel goed samen, maar dit heeft totaal geen harmonie. Ongelooflijk hoe men zo’n gedrochten ooit heeft kunnen laten bouwen. Het is echt een schande dat men geen rekening hield met de erfgoedwaarde van het historische monument. De brug markeert als het ware de grens tussen de oude en de nieuwe wereld. De boot is een leuke toevoeging, perfect geplaatst, en de mensen geven bovendien nog wat extra kleuren en leven aan de foto. Een zeer mooi samengestelde foto, met schitterende kleuren en een strakblauwe lucht om van te genieten. Prachtig gedaan, John.
mcmtanyel (12017) 2014-04-13 20:49
Buildings old and new, with lovely reflections on the water - an excellent photo. Thanks for this stupendous postcard from Ghent.
Kielia (23261) 2014-04-14 4:59
you are a fantastic advertiser for this well known city. What I like best about this one is the excellent perspective and the contrast between old and modern. Thoughtfully composed it is a stunning photograph. My compliments!
abmdsudi (41936) 2014-04-14 5:32
A wonderful sight by the canal with the eye catching elements and gorgeous range of colours. Nicely composed and exposed, so well set off against deep blue sky. Beautiful!!
claudeD (31695) 2014-04-14 10:33
another very fine picture from Ghent showing this wonderful location. Perfect composition and fine colors.I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mjw364 (7242) 2014-04-14 12:44
I like the contrast between the old and the new architecture in this image. It shows two sides to the city and highlights and complements the reasons for these two sides of the city as explained in your note.
macjake (54824) 2014-04-15 1:42
Oh my, this is a beauty!
why have you not shown us this one before!!!!!!!!!!
what a beautiful collection of contrasting architecture.
the colors, the exposure, the light, the arched bridge...it has everything.
adramad (36869) 2014-04-15 8:35
An excellently composed image, the same for me has two very distinct parts ..... a love for beauty and romance is nice door with the channel, but the two behemoths of modern buildings, dream away the place.
Beautiful colors, with really natural tones.
Very good brightness, and sharpness.
Very well done.
Have a nice day.
Very warm greetings.
carper (96) 2014-04-16 14:03
dit is een hele fraaie foto van gent John,
mooi gemaakt man super ik vind hen mooi.
ik zocht de fav. button maar kon hem niet vinden
gildasjan (41342) 2014-04-18 10:25
Bien évidemment,j'aime beaucoup le contraste d'architectures de cette image.L'image est d'une excellente qualité.Le contraste est saisissant et ce cliché est soigneusement cadré.
Passez une bonne soirée
fabianoleite (9373) 2014-04-18 11:42
Wonderful mixture of old and new, from a great and well-thought perspective, with all elements very balanced. I really liked the result. Congratulations!
batalay (35125) 2014-04-19 19:06
Ghent, like Bruges, appears to be a veritable living museum. I like very much the juxtaposition of the very old and the very new. You had excellent light to produce this photo, and of course the composition is superb.
Warm regards, John, enjoy Sunday.
fritzi007 (4075) 2014-04-20 23:18
ein Foto zwischen dem alten un d neuen Ghent, sehr gute Bildqualität, ich bin begeistert, gratuliere!
Hanssie (10397) 2014-04-21 1:14
What a combination, John !
The beautiful old Rabot against the modern and ugly buildings and all perfectly composed. The boat is the fine detail.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-21 2:51
somehow I missed this one! Super stunning picture and very interesting too. The old architecture mixed with the modern one creates very special effect but I like the result. The composition has been beautifully planned and organized and the POV couldn't have been any better. The colors are bright and perfectly saturated to enhance this pretty view.
Great quality and no wonder it got so many points!
Well done and enjoy the rest of your Easter!
serp2000 (39244) 2014-04-21 5:07
Wow! I just don't remember the modern buildings on your photos. Frankly speaking I live in a similar "skyscraper". And I also like this medieval foreground. Amazing combination of new and old! Very nice composition, perfect quality! Thumbs up!
ricardomattos (4388) 2014-04-21 11:19
A true postcard of this place. A feast for my eyes all these details and colors. Very nice view . I love it.
clic (14712) 2014-04-24 5:49
This juxtaposed view of modern and ancient architecture makes up a feast for the eyes, especially because the allover soft lighting reveals the minute secrets in your picture with appealing pastel colors.
Met vriendelijke groeten.
eldancer1 (26690) 2014-04-26 14:07
A nice and harmonious combination of old and new architectures. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
mkamionka (30068) 2014-04-30 6:07
modern buildings spoil a bit the atmosphere of this charming view but they add here an interesting contrast between old and new. Also the little boat adds a nice and colorful touch. These must be immigrants from eastern Europe who are just sightseeing the new town they will live in ;)
Beautiful weather resulted in pleasant well saturated colors. I like the asymmetry which works very attractively here.
rigoletto (34237) 2014-05-01 6:35
sorry to hear that the immigration to your country makes it necessary to build such buildings near historical ones. i guess they had to build those blocks behind that bridge, as there were no other places left to build them. the light, colors and composition are pleasant as usual in your photos.
zanzi (13622) 2014-05-05 11:40
What a contrast between old and modern !
Love also the deep saturated colors.
branley (3681) 2014-05-08 0:34
A fine juxtaposition of old historical buildings set against the new ones required to meet the needs of the 21st century. An excellent capture my friend......
mirosu (13135) 2014-05-22 21:12
This is a very interesting photo, an excellent combination of beautiful old architecture and modern building without beauty. You have taken it from excellent viewpoint. The arrangement with nice water reflections and the small boat in foreground is superb.
Very well done.
Lefteris13 (300) 2014-05-28 3:02
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adores (35576) 2014-05-31 8:16
This is a really beautiful shot! I like the combination of old and modern here, we can even see some urban art on one of the modern buildings. Very well composed, with the little boat so well placed. Colours are great!
Miguel82 (22267) 2014-06-03 8:30
At the first sight John, these high towers are definitely not integrated in the landscape but their purpose is to provide an accomodation to many people, neat picture, the rest of the architecture on the frame, and the canal have a patrimonial importance for sure, greetings
Hansaphotos (6593) 2014-06-05 13:08
The old buildings and the bridge creates an interesting juxtaposition against the modern buildings. The boat is a nice additon to the scene. Lovely shot my friend!
asajernigan (21066) 2014-07-18 9:12
This is a great shot of the Rabot. The inclusion of the people filled boat is a definite plus. Your composition is great with good borders and framing. The only draw back is the modern looking buildings in the background, but there is nothing you can do about that. I plan on spending a little time in Ghent next July, I looking forward to seeing some of the scenes that you present.
PiotrF (6622) 2014-07-20 15:05
A stunning contrast between the old castle and the modern buildings.Wonderful light and colours, perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.
berek (36321) 2014-07-20 22:19
a mixture of modern and old architecture. i liked the quiet relaxing atmosphere.
Have a nice week.
NorthernLight (2133) 2014-07-26 12:56
what a contrast! Old and new so close together in another great picture with beautiful colors and great clarity.
Very nicely presented. The image makes us think about how impermanent everything is.
All the best
dcole (281) 2014-08-01 18:20
What a beautiful image you have captured here. I really enjoy the contrast of architecture. The colors are so vibrant and composition pulls me into the scene. Well done!
swapankumarroy (2745) 2014-08-20 10:34
An excellent sharped image and deep blue skyline made this image so beautiful, good composition of high rise modern architecture with a nice boat in this canal. Color is very natural and well POV.
with deep regards,
gervaso (9765) 2014-11-20 3:34
A very interesting contrast of the different architectures on the same image, showed with excellent colors and sharpness! Wonderful composition! Perfect job!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (137502)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-05
- 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/16, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-09 22:52
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