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This is another castle, in Flemish Belgium, we have not so much castles if in France, but I want of all castles make a picture, but not all owners give permission, I ask always their permission.
But this castle is of the government, free visit.
Thanks for visiting.
Approx. 1561-1571 : the Big Map of the Liberty of the hand of Pieter Pourbus is the height of the area to see an irregular oblong blue stain. This spot may indicate a pond or at least a floodplain that is the result of years of peat mining going back at least to the 13th century .
1860-1870 : Gustavus Baron de Coninck the Merckem late on his newly acquired domain Blankaart a particularly rich eclectic castle build Nov architect Joseph Schadde ( Antwerp ) . It is an L - shaped volume of five bays and two storeys with the corners two semicircular towers and a rear extension with a neo-Gothic chapel and a higher sloping polygonal tower . Simultaneously with the construction of the castle is also a fairly hermetic castle park laid out in the English landscape style to the street stables , a coach house , a gardener , a walled kitchen garden and greenhouses .
At the end of the 19th century, the Blankaart Pond , along with the further development of the park forest , deepened and fitted with an artificial island and a decoy . In the castle park is also still a fishing lake and an icehouse built . This domain has bags were developed for on the pond with arched bridge . Already in 1900 stood near the Blankaart known as an exceptional natural area with high botanical and ornithological value because of the extensive reed beds and floating hems .
1914-1918: the castle during World War destroyed the extent that only the front left standing by the close location to the front line . Also, the forest park is heavily damaged .
1925-1929 : the castle is in a smaller and more sober version rebuilt Nov architect J. Grace ( Ostend) The general view of the castle with its two round towers , the chapel volume and polygonal tower will be respected. The park itself is not reconstructed in its original state , allowing a plurality of bags disappear.
1940-1944 : During World War II , the roof of the castle damaged . The cone-shaped spiers of the two round towers not be restored. .
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EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
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fabbs99 (15659) 2014-06-04 22:52
Tremendous shot of this Belgian Castle.Great architecture of old times.Fine natural colours and good composition. Very well done,TFS.
jemaflor (79872) 2014-06-04 23:00
Superbe château et quelle belle mise en valeur, la luminosité, les teintes et l'angle de la prise de vue donnent un excellent résultat photo.
fds (7232) 2014-06-04 23:06
Dear friend very beautiful castle with fantastic colors and scharpnees
Great document very interested for my
jjcordier (72548) 2014-06-04 23:12
Remarquable photo de ce superbe château. Une très belle luminosité et un cadrage parfait.
mesutilgim (79256) 2014-06-04 23:15
Hello dear John,
Another nice capture and TE entry in your gallery.
Perfect pov, layout and light. Interesting the unusual long chimneys on both sides.Very good light management and as allways many interesting notes.
TFS and bes regards
besnard (51772) 2014-06-04 23:15
Un bon cadrage, une belle luminosité pour mettre en valeur ce joli château coloré.
Bravo et bonne journée.
pajaran (47732) 2014-06-04 23:22
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan tekst o zamku sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ....
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura sa detaljima na fasadi.
Lepo mesto sa zelenom travom i dvorac.
Dobar rad, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu arhitekture, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, sir.
An interesting article on the trap with a history and description, a nice view and a moment ....
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the place and architecture details on the facade.
Nice place with green grass and a castle.
Good work, nice captured moment of light that pointed out the beauty of the architecture, beautiful colors.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
resat1972 (7134) 2014-06-04 23:29
presentation of these buildings are doing very well
a great photo
light, colors, framing is very good
shreya2000 (769) 2014-06-04 23:32
Wonderful picture. Very nice colours. Green, Blue and a very beautiful architecture. I like it.
Hanssie (10273) 2014-06-05 0:08
Such fine sharpness and clearness.
Beautiful light too making a very nice photo
carlo62 (26722) 2014-06-05 0:29
il castello è molto bello, ha un'architettura molto particolare, sembra una classico palazzo francese reso originale dalle due torri cilindriche e dalla scalinata.
Bella foto, molto ben dettagliata.
papagolf21 (82942) 2014-06-05 0:29
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Il faut les trouver ces trésors architecturaux, en France, même les propriétaires privés ne souhaitent pas que l'on photographie leur château.
Un grand merci de bien vouloir jouer les photographes reporters.
Très bonne mise en image.
daddo (22308) 2014-06-05 0:31
Hi John. Magnificent building with lovely architectural features. Very sharp image with lovely light. The sunshine gives the place a pleasant look. Best wishes. Klaudio.
danos (82615) 2014-06-05 1:48
nice hte view of the castle that looks like more as a mansion than a castle.The brilliant light of the day enhance the vivid colours as the beauty and the clarity of the image.
snunney (78641) 2014-06-05 1:52
The façade of this castle is most attractive captured here under a lovely ambient light. The point of view is well chosen to show the delightful architecture to great effect and provide some lovely contrasting greenery as a frame. I like the light and colours very much indeed. Clarity is top rate.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-06-05 2:53
That is a nicely built castle. And your photo is clear and sharp.
Loved the POV.
Have a nice day.
rbassin (15806) 2014-06-05 4:14
une magnifique photo de ce château, couleurs et lumière sont bien rendus.
Cadrage agréablement fait.
jacquest (18073) 2014-06-05 4:14
The point of view is well chosen to show us a doubl perspective of this nice castle which stands well over the blue sky. The light gives good colors and nice architectural details.
Sergiom (53605) 2014-06-05 5:21
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue très bas, presque à la surface de la pelouse qui entoure ce très beau château. Il donne de la profondeur et de l'ampleur à l'ensemble. La lumière est magnifique et fait bien ressortir les détails.
mohammad_H (8659) 2014-06-05 6:02
Hello dear friend
As always, the image of freshness and vitality, joy and tranquility to the viewer
Beautiful blue sky and the clean air and healthy
Recording, very good looking you are curious
Excellent clarity and sharpness
Have a nice evening with family
eldancer1 (24665) 2014-06-05 6:35
Older buildings were designed beautifully and built to last for hundred of years. Modern buildings are boring and lack of personality. Good pov and good lighting to capture those ornate design. Sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Fis2 (81453) 2014-06-05 6:44
Excellent POV and composition.
Lovely colors and light.
I love it.
Have a nice afternoon
ikeharel (51369) 2014-06-05 7:43
Good evening John,
Marvelous sight of the castle, surrounded by the green grove and lawn, looks well cared edifice.
Light management and DOF superbly collected.
The cylindrical towers on side's, are miost attractive element on the castle. Charming place, wonderfully applied photo.
Nicou (115124) 2014-06-05 7:45
quelle vue de ce château sueprbe iamge et captage quelle compo et iamge fantastique avec le beau parc cette architecture c'est merveilleux superbe compo.
bravo et amitié
cornejo (27345) 2014-06-05 8:11
Hi John, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with this beautiful and interesting castle, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Romano46 (16576) 2014-06-05 9:55
ancora Fiandre e ancora foto di qualità eccellente.
Bel soggetto, composizione impeccabile, nitidezza di qualità superiore.
Un'altra delle tue tante belle foto che illustrano in maniera superba questa regione del Belgio.
Ciao e buona serata
Noel_Byrne (19957) 2014-06-05 10:49
I like this one a lot, it has a unique appearance, a combination of classical manor house, great palace and a castle, all in one! Very unique design. I love your composition on it too, showing its depth, breadth and height so well, and placing it so well on this oh so green grass. The sky was kind too, creating a perfect backdrop and allowing through the really lovely light that falls across the scene.
Thanks for sharing this amazing building and image.
ourania (25396) 2014-06-05 11:14
it's striking that, after several centuries, this castle was heavily damaged in the World Wars and now is standing in this glorious park so elegant and as good as new. I like very much the upward perspective and the view of the façade and a side of the castle. A very vivid presentation with excellent details and marvelous, clear colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Hansaphotos (6415) 2014-06-05 13:03
A beautiful architecture shot. A well chosen angle to show us this lovely building. Excellent shaprness and lots of interesting details. Fine light and well rendered colours. Very nice work:) Thanks.
Have a nice evening.
pierrefonds (54534) 2014-06-05 14:56
The wideness of the lawn is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the architecture of the castle. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (60106) 2014-06-05 19:16
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Alco (6438) 2014-06-05 20:33
Very nice castle with a superb architecture.The light is very good and it allows us to observe the détails of the castle.Magnificent colors.Very well done.TFS.
Have a nice day.
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-06-05 20:44
John, I'm amazed by the architecture on all your pictures, so many styles and greatly reformed Palaces...and I'm very impressed by your fabulous composition!! the point of view and the colors are extraordinary!!
Periko (2209) 2014-06-05 21:58
Amazing subject for a great picture.
Magnificent building, nice surroundings, splendid light and good viewpoint.
Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (44265) 2014-06-06 3:38
a shot that is just perfect. Your POV and execution are just flawless and the result a beautiful and inspiring image of this amazing castle. A text book piece of photography that is both inspiring and a yardstick for the sort of quality imagery this site encourages. Well done John.
Have a great weekend - B.
fritzi007 (2395) 2014-06-06 6:04
wieder ein sehr schönes fehlerloses Foto von dir, gratuliere!
rychem (18729) 2014-06-06 8:39
What a fantastic castle, a castle from a fairy tale, beautiful brick architecture, rich details, great dept
claudeD (30113) 2014-06-06 8:58
excellent architecture picture showing this wonderful old sactle. Excellent light managment and sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
abmdsudi (38738) 2014-06-06 9:38
This grabs me from the thumb, a real cool shot of a pretty castle in tranquil setting with cutting edge. What a brill deep blue giving the high contrast, I like the way you've filled the frame, the sharpness, detail and colours give this shot real spark. Such a charming image and relaxing, Well done, tfs
gildasjan (40738) 2014-06-06 10:28
Encore ici une très bonne lumière pour magnifier ce château dont les couleurs se complémentent parfaitement avec le bleu de ce ciel.
Bonne soirée et bon weekend
COSTANTINO (50543) 2014-06-06 10:31
Hello dear friend
wonderful presentation of this castle
in Flemish Belgium perfect pov
and a very good light management
I liked the historical details
you are the master of all of us
you have your own personality
and your shots bring your stamp
have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-06-06 12:06
If you only have a few castles, it becomes even more of an ideal to photograph them! I'm glad it was free for you to capture this one!
The light is lovely, dappling the lawn and the building, adding extra interest by its light and shade.
There is nice balance from the trees, whilst the focal building is pin sharp.
My warm regards,
jmdias (51881) 2014-06-06 17:28
interesting the style of this castle, the carvings and adornments in white in its façade are very interesting. very beautiful angle showing it with the best details. TFS.
mirosu (12266) 2014-06-06 23:38
Accept my congratulations on this excellent quality photo. I like the landscape format which highlights the character of the composition as well as very smartly chosen POV. The multiple arches nice building is in excellent light its fine details make one study this image for longer. The excellent color contrast adds very much to the composition in elegant and subtle way.
Very well done.
PaulVDV (20233) 2014-06-07 2:08
Nog een echte lentefoto, genomen voordat de bomen een vol gebladerte hadden.
Je laag standpunt is goed omdat we zo een beetje op kijken naar het kasteel en ook omdat we op die wijze dicht bij het weelderig gazon met zijn vele bloemetjes zijn.
Het weer was prachtig waardoor we een mooie blauw-rood-groene combinatie krijgen op de foto.
Hoe vind je eigenlijk al die kastelen ? Ik heb hier nog nooit van gehoord. Gewoonweg al rondfietsend ? Of spoor je ze eerst op een andere manier op en rij je er dan naartoe ?
Vele groeten, Paul
Silvio1953 (114943) 2014-06-07 12:32
Ciao John, great view of fantastic castle, lovely composition, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Graal (95007) 2014-06-08 0:24
very nice monumental castle here. I like the architecture. Interesting towers like basts on corners. Facade and entrance is excellent. Good informations and photo-work.
Have a nice day.
lousat (71321) 2014-06-08 2:36
Salut John,petit et tres tres joli.Quelle merveilleuse architechture,vraiment elegant et capturee' depuis une excellent prise de vue,bien exposee' aussi la facade en ombre.Bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano
wolf38 (30140) 2014-06-08 8:28
Hi John. A great photo with one typical handwriting - and best technical quality. Not to mention, the fantastic colors and great light. TOP!
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
Robert1969 (6832) 2014-06-08 10:15
Opvallend bij deze foto zijn de mooie warme
en tegelijkertijd frisse en heldere kleuren:
dat maakt het kijken extra plezierig. De
gekozen standpunt en de opbouw zijn zoals
altijd zeer verzorgd. Mooie extra is de
uitwaaiering van de wolken, dat zorgt voor
extra diepte in de foto.
Met vriendelijke groeten,
mcmtanyel (9993) 2014-06-08 18:39
Photographing all the castles of Flemish Belgium is a laudable ambition and I wish you success in your project. This is taken from an excellent POV, showing both the front and the side of the castle with impeccable detail.
jcpix (11018) 2014-06-08 20:27
Looks like someone needs to get on the landscaping crew to mow the lawn....a little overgrown there. :) You may not receive authorization to photograph every desired castle, but you sure have a fine collection just the same! Another one to include in the long list of beauties, and another one which has been photographed to show its best features and surroundings. You definitely have a very pleasing and impressive way with composition to proudly showcase your subject and perspective. Lush green grass, rustic colors of the castle itself, and a clear blue sky all come together to form a lovely and well balanced result. Have a great week. All the best.
batalay (34571) 2014-06-09 4:04
You had brilliant light and chose an exquisite angle to frame the 16th century architectural marvel. The very tall chimneys and the circular towers become the defining focal points, along with the staircase in front. Just a very beautiful place and photographed perfectly.
Warmest regards, John,
mkamionka (29153) 2014-06-09 6:32
this is such a beautiful architecture. You have presented it very well with a lovely sky and well saturated grass. The colors are amazing making the picture truly eye catching.
clic (13922) 2014-06-09 7:49
This excellent depiction on castle's darker side makes me think of an HDR (High Density Range) fusion in Photomatix 4 of three or more takes on the same target that evens harsh contrast for showing the best of the elaborate architecture of this castle.
Of course a full-frame sensor helps showing that much subtlety!
A piece of art in your gallery!
Met vriendelijke groeten.
adramad (34863) 2014-06-09 8:23
Another sensational and elegant castle, captured a magnificent POV, showing both the facade as a side, a very nice combination of red brick with white stone, decorating windows and facade, beautiful surroundings with greenery of gardens and woodland both sides.
A gorgeous image with good color, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a good week.
All the best.
Buin (42254) 2014-06-09 8:51
Hallo John! Here you show us again an architectural gem in your part of the world. All the details here are most interesting.
You have had a really favourable light that day. It makes the castle positively stand out against its surroundings and the blue sky - a nice effect.
Thank you for the really informative note!
Greetings from hot (34°C today) Westphalia!
PiotrF (3868) 2014-06-09 14:34
very beautiful architecture, excellent captured, composition, colour and presentation be superb.
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Very well done
photoray (9793) 2014-06-09 17:17
Attractive grassy green view of the mansion castle, impressive corner round towers, large art windows, columns, and the ornate attic windows, all add up to a wonderful architecture.
Thanks for sharing,
omid266 (2997) 2014-06-09 21:08
Dear my good friend,
Really an excellent and brilliant picture like others in your collection,
very very nice POV,excellent colours, fine details,
very well done and Thanks!
Good luck , God Bless , ****
carper (96) 2014-06-10 3:12
ja deze ken ik nog John,
heel mooi op foto gezet goed werk zoals we van U gewend zijn.
Kielia (22913) 2014-06-10 8:28
a wonderful presentation of this fascinating building, taken from an excellent POV. I like the perspective and the beautiful light a lot. The composition is also outstanding. This is really a very interesting photo. My compliments also for the notes!
siolaw (38018) 2014-06-11 8:00
A nice little castle from ideal POV, with sharp detail and well controlled side light. Well composed photo here!
Didi (54651) 2014-06-13 23:22
Bonjour mon ami
Belle vue sur ce château où l'on peut apprécier le volume de l'architecture comte tenu de ta bonne position
Belle luminosité ambiante
siudzi (31641) 2014-06-14 2:38
Excellent architectural study this! Smartly selected moment of a day and your POV gave a superb result of this presentation. Lovely vivid tonality and bright lights made it so charming and eye-catching. Well done!
Have a nice weekend!
macjake (51264) 2014-06-15 9:18
another stunning piece of architecture in Belgium.
Does it ever end? :)
There seem to be many such buildings around to photograph.
Imagine living in this beauty!
fine colors, fine angled stance which i enjoy the most.
bright light and i like how the green grass seems to be glowing.
Indrasish (2695) 2014-06-16 23:57
Excellent shot here.. i like your composition and great architecture.. Superb image quality and nice warm colors too.. Very well done..
Good morning and wish you all the best..
dip (23510) 2014-06-19 3:11
impressive architecture indeed,
very well composed,
informative note as well,
thanks for sharing,
Haymotion (2629) 2014-06-26 0:33
Magnifique et impressionnante bâtisse.
Photo aux couleurs attrayantes et de très bonne qualité.
Luminosité bien géré et cadrage qui donne une belle perspective du bâtiment.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (134384)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-16
- Categories: Castles
- 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: 2014-06-04 22:48