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Sorry, three days without PC, crash hard disc
i180 new pictures from Belgium
I wish every visitor a very nice day.
Last friday almost a springtime day.
With my electric bike almost twenty kilometres, almost forty go and return.
For my a very good trip for my health, with a lot sun.
You can see the results on these last posted picture, almost all terraces were filled, with coffee drinkers in January sun.
Difficult to find a good place, but I drank certainly my afternoon cup of coffee.
History of these old city, almost completely new after WAR II:
Sluis was probably founded around 1280 by the Flemish Count John I of Namur and was originally the name Lamminsvliet . In 1324 , however, Sluis got its current name . The city has its origins due to the silting up of the Zwin . This allows the direct connection of the important commercial city of Bruges to the sea was blocked and Sluis became the main port of Bruges . In 1290 the village received city rights , and its strategic location was a fortified town in 1382 . In 1340 at the mouth of the Zwin had been the Battle of Sluis occurred which was the prelude to the Hundred Years War . In 1385, started the construction of the Castle of Sluis , which was heavily damaged during the French invasion in 1794 and finally demolished in 1820 .
From 1387 Sluis was the main Burgundian fleet harbor . On January 7, 1430 the marriage took place here between Philip the Good and Isabella of Portugal. This gave the importance of the city at that time. The heyday of Sluis lasted until about 1450 , after which a rapid decline intradiscal due to the silting up of the Zwin .
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dta (82914) 2014-01-30 23:51
Hello John ,
Une jolie localité sous une douce lumière d'une belle journée d'hiver . De très beaux reflets dans le calme plan d'eau . La partie gauche de l'image aurait fait une belle image aussi .
emka (107671) 2014-01-30 23:55
hello John ,
I am so addicted to computer that three days without it would be real disaster. But we are three persons at my home, with three computers, laptop, netbook and ipad. But it could happen that there are no connection with Internet. And what to do then?? You have like spring here, not traces of winter. Nice view of the city on the canal.
WArm regards Malgo
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-30 23:58
yes,we´re also waiting for the real winter in Cologne(now it´s more like a spring:)
But concerning the scene you captured here-it´s really fabulous.The soft,warm light in combination with these reflections gives magnificent result.It looks so pleasant and peaceful.
Have a nice weekend ahead
pajaran (66294) 2014-01-30 23:59
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na deo grada ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa refleksom na vodi.
Lepa arhitektura i trenutak sa svetlopm koje naglasilo lepotu i dala lep refleks na vodi.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i lementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend.
saxo042 (37968) 2014-01-31 0:07
A beautiful view over this very peaceful and attractive cityscape. Excellent reflections in the calm water and attractive colours against the blue sky.
carlo62 (55660) 2014-01-31 0:18
una giornata fantastica per essere gennaio, la luce è splendida e di conseguenza, i colori sono molto belli e il riflesso è meraviglioso.
jemaflor (103585) 2014-01-31 0:19
Superb panorama and great depth effect, light is very pleasant and these tones too, Good photogenic aspect with thes ereflections on water.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-31 0:27
Lovely view of the waterway and these colourful houses on a clear bright day. I like the perfect reflections on the calm and still water. The bright and clear blue sky is contrasting the scene beneath very well. A perfect capture of the town with excellent clarity, vivid colours and wonderful warm light. Thanks for sharing.
papagolf21 (110262) 2014-01-31 1:10
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Une photo toute fraîche et très joliment réalisée.
Avec ce ciel d'un beau bleu, il est difficile de croire que nous sommes en janvier.
Un cadrage très bien pensé comme à l'accoutumée.
rbassin (24343) 2014-01-31 1:13
LE point de vue est très bien choisis, le canal et les maisons forment un V, accentué par les magnifiques reflets.
Les couleurs et la lumière sont très agréables.
Royaldevon (43865) 2014-01-31 1:40
Good Morning John,
What a delightful little village!
With this gorgeous, winter sunshine, it bathed in light.
I applaud your viewpoint which uses the canal to great effect, not only leading unhurriedly into the scene but, also, capturing the reflections of the white house on the right and the colourful houses on the left.
Your use of the tree in the f/g gives connections with the trees on the opposite bank and creates a good sense of depth.
Have a lovely w/e,
jurek1951 (42198) 2014-01-31 2:27
a spectacular photo of this place with attractive composition, the colours and lights are beautiful,
dkmurphys (65112) 2014-01-31 2:45
Superb atmosphere along the canal. I love the colors and the reflections. Well taken scene.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-01-31 2:51
The serene water and the reflections therein make this so interesting. Great!
snunney (107401) 2014-01-31 3:04
The light was perfect to capture this picture postcard scene complete with the beautiful reflections. I like very much the point of view and the perspective along the river. Also, the superb colours and excellent clarity.
jacquest (19047) 2014-01-31 3:52
This is a beautiful view on the river and it's banks with good deepness. The superb light is giving enhanced colors and sharpness. The strong and well defined reflections on the water add to this wonderful composition.
pierrefonds (71649) 2014-01-31 4:27
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The length of the canal or the river is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the houses and buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-31 4:58
one of my favourite little places just over the border from your wonderful country. This town has a charm all of its own and your image captures the very essence and beauty of the place. Glorious light and clarity make this so attractive as an image. Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Sergiom (89205) 2014-01-31 5:48
Merci à toi de me faire connaître cet endroit. C'est vraiment très beau et possède un petit côté Bruges très affirmé.C'est un secret bien gardé. La lumière qui fait briller les maisons est magnifique.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-31 5:50
Un très beau point de vue sur les quais de cette ville avec les maisons qui se reflètent dans l'eau calme. La lumière rehausse les couleurs des maisons. Bien fait.
yquem46 (38752) 2014-01-31 6:38
Well in your usual line of quality and flawless compo
Perfect colors, luminosity and clarity
A typical JHM shot !
Best regards, have a nice WE
mohammad_H (10126) 2014-01-31 7:20
Eye-catching and very pleasant reflection in the water, attractive
Beautiful view with clarity and good light
Beautiful background with beautiful clouds
Have a nice evening
ikeharel (79099) 2014-01-31 7:51
Good evening John,
Hope you will catch-up the missing time on TE.
Beautifully composed the waterfront view, with afternoon light on the left half on pic. space, while the other side under shade. Good contrast, and superb sight of the houses on the promenade, and their reflection.
DOF and clarity, as usually done immaculate photojob.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-31 7:56
this is lovely view and it gains a lot from the POV you chose. The light has been managed perfectly and the colors got nice and warm tones thanks to this afternoon sun. I guess it was nice to drink a cup of coffee admiring this panorama.
I like how the more colorful left side counterbalances the right one.
Thanks for sharing
Golbstone (0) 2014-01-31 8:01
Good day Sir.
Nice work, you've got a lot of points.
You are very successful here.
I'm new, today I joined.
I like your work. It's very good.
Greetings and all the best
ngk (2413) 2014-01-31 8:24
Wonderful composition. Amazing colors, nice light management, beautiful reflections !!
Alco (7537) 2014-01-31 9:12
Magnificent panoramic view.You are lucky to ride your bike on such a beautiful winter day.The reflections on water are very nice.The lighting was perfect to offer all these beautiful colors.Very well done.
Have a nice day.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-31 9:27
I liked the wonderful reflection of those colorful buildings on a nicely curved water-space. Light management is great and so are the colors. Fantastic composition as usual.
A fabulous landscape with minute details excellently recorded.
Thanks for sharing.
With best regards,
Noel_Byrne (33714) 2014-01-31 10:45
The colors and buildings are wonderful! The red on blue is always one of the most beautiful combinations to me, so of course I love this, but the fact that you caught it with this excellent reflection too is just a huge bonus. The sky has a magical type of cloud that makes this look a place from a story book.
Thanks as always
ourania (51103) 2014-01-31 10:45
I hope everything is ok now with your computer and am glad you made the most of the lovely weather, enjoyed a long ride on your bike and worked with such a brilliant light. Real view and reflections in this picture are superbly defined and beautiful. You've rendered the scene with great sense of harmony, excellent light and colour management. The blue backdrop is delightful and sets off both the sunny and the shady part. I like very much the golden reflections on the windows of the white building. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
cornejo (47242) 2014-01-31 10:56
Hi John, Great photo of this beautiful and interesting composition with the canal in the foreground and in the background the villa, beautifully 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.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (32665) 2014-01-31 11:29
Mooie sterke kleuren in een zonovergoten dag.
Zo is de winter wel echt prachtig!
Heel klare weerspiegelingen, zowel van de gebouwen die het zonlicht opvangen als van de andere in de schaduw.
Goede keuze van standpunt. Uitstekende scherpte.
Vele groeten, Paul
dekanski (6090) 2014-01-31 12:17
It's very cold here, with snow and a strong, stormy wind, I can only envy you! Photo confirms that you have a nice day!
Thank you for the story of Sluis!
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-01-31 13:01
Beautiful place with nice architecture splendid light and great reflections on the canal. I like it!
Have a nice Week-end!
npecanhuk (78901) 2014-01-31 15:45
Very beautiful place!
Wonderful picture with oustanding sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal foramt, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition with very attractive symmetrical reflections!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-31 22:07
La lumière est magnifique, particulièrement sur la partie gauche de l'image.Une petite ville où il doit être bien agréable de faire une pause-café!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-01 1:45
another beautiful shot from you. Fabulous colours. Great reflection. The sharpness and depth are just superb. A very good quality image. Very well done & Tfs.
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-01 3:35
Nice to see that you are again operable. I love this outstanding photo. Excellent view to nice town houses in superb warm light. The composition with the trees in front and the high tower in BG is perfect, the reflections on quiet water are beautiful.
Very well done.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Graal (103038) 2014-02-01 4:04
very nice view of city, like in spring season. I like the reflections, colors and composition. Interesting informations in note. Very good photo-work.
Have a nice WE.
tyro (26142) 2014-02-01 4:41
Your electric bike is proving to be a wonderful device to allow you to travel so far from home and capture some wonderful views! I'm pleased too that you managed yo have your computer fixed.
A most interesting note about the old city of Sluis and a very fine photograph with delightful reflections on the calm water. Perfect composition, lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
sabermonajati (11435) 2014-02-01 7:00
fascinating view from buildings and reflect on river you captured.
Didi (60590) 2014-02-01 7:58
Bonjour Mon ami
Belle luminosité ambiante bien équilibrée avec les eones à l'ombre
Une vue très bien cadrée
Fis2 (107346) 2014-02-01 8:23
Excellent composition and frame.
I like colors and reflections.
Buin (42522) 2014-02-01 9:18
This photo simply is gorgeous and it shows a wonderful and somehow cozy atmosphere - even doubled by the natural mirror. The low afternoon sun brought a nice warm light for you - and you really took advantage of it. The beautiful and only belfry of the Netherlands brings back nice memories to me. I have beenn here in 2008.
Greetings from cold, rainy and grey Westphalia! Brrr!
Have a nice weekend!
carper (96) 2014-02-01 10:47
hele fraaie plaat van sluis John
erg fraai gemaakt mooie verdeling en balans.
TRB (14134) 2014-02-01 14:38
reflection and clarity is excellent.
framing is superb, very very nice sharing.
liked it very much, congratulations
Nicou (151958) 2014-02-01 22:01
quels merveilleux reflets fantastique vue et compo sueprbe quel plan d'eau avec les murs et de chaque côté ces façades de maison la pureté des tons fantastique.
abmdsudi (58218) 2014-02-01 22:43
A cheery & colorful image abound of subtle detail and light quality with love row of grand old buildings grab attention. Lovely framing and view point leads the eyes throughout the scene and the mirror water reflection boosting the visual effect. Delightful riverscape, Congrats and TFS
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-02-01 23:54
An excellent composition showing this part of the city Sluis. It looks like a pretty village. The coffee shops are all on the sunny side of the canal .
Beautiful light, beautiful colours and nice reflections.
shreya2000 (2799) 2014-02-02 0:44
A very good pic showing the clear blue sky with a good angle. Reflection of the building is very good.
siudzi (34141) 2014-02-02 1:16
What a nice view you have discovered for taking this shot! The water reflections and warm lighting gave a charming result for the composition to make it eye-catching and so charming. Well done!
Have a nice Sunday!
macjake (73057) 2014-02-02 5:01
another very fun visual from your camera lens.
you often find the best sight lines.
this one is the same :)
excellent angle, excellent V shape to guide us inwards.
lovely light and calmness in the water.
its a beauty
ricardomattos (8327) 2014-02-02 8:26
Wow! What a beauty of place. Lovely and colored architectures that you registered in double. I like the lightning here and the tree on left against the blue.
adramad (49946) 2014-02-02 8:45
Spectacular view of this population full of charm with these beautiful buildings, among which the fantastic tower, its wonderful reflections on the canal, definitely the best POV to show all these charms.
Superb lighting management, also sharpness.
Colourful very natural, with this warm light, enhances the image very well.
Well done. I love it.
Enjoy Sunday afternoon.
All the best.
Schnappilic (9692) 2014-02-02 12:05
Very good presentation of this little city in a beautiful frame with low light, reflections and vivid colors. I like the result!
mcmtanyel (29608) 2014-02-02 21:28
Hello John, Master of Reflections,
Although all your photos are top notch, this one stands out, you've reached a new height - congratulations. I think it's the combination of the lovely colors and the curvature of the shore lines.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-02-03 1:00
i like the reflections and the light you had. very nice colors and p.o.v.
mesutilgim (97712) 2014-02-03 4:36
Hello dear John,
Another "masterpiece" in your gallery !
Everything here regarding photohgraphic qualities is absolutely at it's best.
TFS and have a nice day
Miguel82 (27752) 2014-02-03 5:04
John, I hope you don't loose many datas. The reflection on the water of that canal is remarkable, bright hues, perfect definition and pov, good record about that city in Zeeland region, all the best, have a nice day
jmdias (69196) 2014-02-03 5:15
a marvelous urban view. I liked the colors and the light here. I would prefer to take an image in vertical format with the view of the area at left, but this option in nice too.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-02-03 5:44
How are you? I hope you are OK, if you can do so great photos again. Excellent landscape, very nice reflection, perfect quality, as always.
Best wishes from Russia!
berek (50508) 2014-02-03 8:43
a great day to be January, the light is beautiful and as a result, the colors are beautiful and the reflection is perfect.
Have a nice Week.
rychem (43282) 2014-02-03 9:01
Splendid photo of a picturesque płace, beautiful light on a sunny day, great mirror effect
claudeD (41844) 2014-02-03 10:14
wonderful picture from Sluis showing this amazing colorsa, clarity and sharpness. I like the reflections in the water very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
chrislo (4097) 2014-02-03 14:06
Ik zat zaterdag met mijn vrouw op het terrasje van het restaurant Balmoral die ik op deze foto goed herken met zijn zwarte afdak. We hebben er koffie gedronken en een heerlijke warme appeltaart met ijs gegeten. Wat een mooie kleurrijke, zonnige opname hier ! Heel zorgvuldige compositie, en er zit een zeer aantrekkelijke helderheid in deze foto. De curve van het kanaal trekt je lekker mee het beeld in, en de weerspiegeling van de huizen in het stille water vind ik heel fraai. Ook goed gebruik gemaakt van de takken op de voorgrond om diepte in de foto te creëren. De kleurrijke huizen steken mooi af tegen de prachtige blauwe lucht. Heel goed werk.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-03 16:25
what a marvelous colorful reflection John, great light and contrast too!!
one more fabulous postcard!!
all the best
photoray (13981) 2014-02-03 18:01
Fine Sluis view with the historical buildings mirrored perfectly in the glassy water, and in good resolution and natural colors.
And a bonus with your historical note summary.
batalay (40521) 2014-02-03 22:27
Your photograph is, as always, perfect in every way. The composition, colors, depth... make this scene a pleasure to behold.
I sympathize deeply with your computer problems. My email account was recently hacked. I was away in the South Pacific from 6 January until 20 January, without access to the internet. But on January 15 all my contacts received emails from me endorsing "Wealth Management." I know about "A-subjects" (art, archaeology, atomic physics, astrophysics... and a little about the "B-subjects," but nothing about the "W-subjects" (wealth...)
Warm regards, dear friend,
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2014-02-04 5:06
This was really well-seen and framed. Excellent perspective along the river with view to the lovely houses. Fantastic colours and details.
omid266 (6750) 2014-02-04 7:36
** Salam John,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo ,
I hope you have nice moments in Netherlands ,
Very nice view of this old city ,
Nice captured ,
All the best , Best wishes from Iran in a snowy weather
williewhistler (16496) 2014-02-04 8:26
as is usual your attention to detail has paid an excellent dividend,from a well chosen viewpoint and in a lovely warm light you have captured the buildings and their reflections perfectly.
The colours are delightful and the overall clarity first class.
Best regards Les.
danos (103212) 2014-02-04 8:57
beautiful the view as the presentation of this section of the town with the canal to adds depth and perspective in the scene.I like the warm light and colours of January,with the creative reflections to make the image even more effective.
jcpix (13950) 2014-02-04 18:35
Sorry to hear about your computer, I've experienced that two times in the last few years...always a big problem. Glad to see you're back though to share with us more impressive photos, and another one here that doesn't disappoint. I'm surprised at how well this composition works with the abundance of sky, but the blue color greatly enhances the colors seen elsewhere. Under a warm glow of sunshine like this, it's no wonder people would want to be outside, the atmosphere is incredibly appealing. Super reflections on both ends, it all looks so very attractive. Enjoy the day ahead. Take good care.
fabbs99 (17179) 2014-02-04 23:12
Awesome colors and tone in this image from Sluis.Truly very sharp and crisp.Very well captured with good lighting.Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
clic (18542) 2014-02-05 7:16
You show a fine jewel of south Netherlands that no expert painter can depict so faithfully; every building on both sides of pond compete to show their best reflexions to the facing neighbours!
That contest creates a piece of fine art.
Met vriendelijke groeten.
mkamionka (40079) 2014-02-05 12:00
this is so beautiful! I like very much the light which created such vibrant colors. Everything is so clear and sharp, it is a pleasure to look at. The reflection makes a wonderful foreground. Great exposure balance with areas well lit and those covered in shadow well exposed.
COSTANTINO (70166) 2014-02-09 3:22
Good morning dear friend
fantastic view and it gains from the pov
you have chose the beauty is the amazing
blue sky dominating the biggest part
of this shot contrasting the scene beneath
everything is in order and calm
the reflections add depth to the shot and the
delicate details have been perfectly executed
you are the master now and we follow you
its a superb panorama
thanks again for your unique postcard
have a nice evening
corjan3 (2109) 2014-02-11 11:22
Ek hou baie van hierdie rustige skoon toneel met 'n sterk sosiale aspek. Uitstaande gehalte in alle opsigte en baie goeie komposisie. Jou nota is insiggewend. Dankie en groete.
halikarnas (8092) 2014-02-12 8:23
Çok etkili bir netlik,harika ışık.
Sizden öğreneceğimizçok şey var.
Angshu (56760) 2014-02-12 21:59
The light is delightful...as the buildings on the other bank are beautifully illuminated by the pastel colours. The perspective is well drawn with the canal.
A fine shot froma place I didn't know of before!
irek1 (861) 2014-02-13 2:06
The composition of that photo is really perfect. I love these colors and contrast between buidings and clarity of the sky. Nice perspective & sharpness.
Picturesque view of the old town.
ChrisJ (118817) 2014-02-14 6:03
Good density levels which have rendered both the highlights and shadows perfectly. Nice reflections with superb sharpness and the dual sides of the canal tapering off into the distance add marvellous perspective. Good warm cold color contrasts too. Tfs!
Hanssie (10886) 2014-02-15 2:41
En dan nog even over de grens,
erg mooie view ( ik moet ook maar eens naar Zeeland )
en alles in prachtig zacht licht.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-02-19 14:54
Beautiful and peaceful looking scene with good capture of the reflections in the smooth water. Good colors with good saturation. Sharp details. Well done, tfs.
chrisg76 (917) 2014-02-20 7:19
Very beautiful town and great scenery.
I love the vivid colours and the sharpness of your photo.
Have a nice evening!
kato (11630) 2014-02-21 13:43
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the calm winding canal and a row of lovely buildings along it. The whole is harmonized well by a good arrangement and beautiful color combination. And, the reflection projected to the canal draws out a good effect. Here looks like the peaceful town.
Hansaphotos (8739) 2014-03-25 13:39
Superb shot from this beautiful place. The calm water provides painting-like reflections. Especially the row of colourful houses on the left side stands out very well with excellent lighting. Excellent work:)
andywo (4725) 2014-04-01 11:46
Very nice and peaceful view to the charming town. I like the reflections on the water, great blue sky and interesting composition.
tedesse (25135) 2014-05-02 5:35
Wonderful postcard from Sluis!
Excellent POV and composition, beautiful colors and reflections in the mirror of water, perfect sharpness.
mjw364 (1466) 2014-05-02 8:09
Nicely exposed and composed. The light is warm and wonderfully enhances the colours in this shot. Almost still water creating artistic reflections.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-09-16 10:27
a crisp winter image with great colors.
Simply beautiful! In other words: Perfect!
All the best
Matyas (0) 2015-06-16 1:54
Hello John! Superb point of view, interesting place. Nice reflection. Good exposure and capture. Good contrast and sharpness, marvelous focus effect. Ideal frame. Well done!
PiotrF (23132) 2015-12-04 16:28
A amazing picture from Sluis with interesting reflection in water.Picture with beautiful colours and good composition.
Periko (6374) 2016-05-28 23:15
Beautiful cityscape with wonderful colors and light, and a magnificent architecture as well. The water is like a mirror. Excellent work.
TFS & regards
GiovanniG (3637) 2016-10-27 16:19
Most pleasant your POV displaying the community and it's reflection in splendid detail.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (160851)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-24
- 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/22, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My best of 2014 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-30 23:48