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I want at the Turkish people my condolences show, with the victims and the families of the mine disaster
I brought a visit to Damme, the church tower could against a small payment become visited
The climbing of the tower with a narrow stair (almost 200 steps)
On my age a very great performance but everything was excellent.
Above on the tower got I a wonderful panoramic view about the area.
I have different pictures taken and shall later more pictures show.
These picture is specially the city hall and the houses around the city hall.
I wish everyone a very nice weekend.
History from the Townhall:
In the marketplace of Damme you cannot miss the town hall . This building was initially founded in 1241 and was rebuilt in 1464. The building, which was founded in 1242 was actually a hall that also served as a town hall . It was Earl Thomas of Savoy, Countess Joanna of Constantinople that the city gave permission to build it. Halle The present Town Hall was founded in 1464 on the site where the hall stood . Halle which would have been about twice as large as the current City Hall .
At the front there are six nis images representing people who were important in the development of the city : Philip of Alsace , Johanna of Constantinople , Margaret of Constantinople , Philip of Thiette , Charles the Bold and Margaret of York .
At the top are the Vierschaere ( where justice was spoken) and the ships hall , down the hall halls ( where goods were previously stored ) . That hall rooms have a beautiful archway . The interior is worth visiting . You can still find many original features from the 15th century , such as the wooden entrance door , a Gothic fireplace in the ship hall , beams , floor , a wooden Gothic banquette , ... but also antique pieces from later periods . Besides all that , there are also weapons to see such good day , and cross - bows , and more of that scum .
The building is crowned with a beautiful tower with a carillon with 25 bells , a sundial and a clock from 1459 (the oldest clock tower in Belgium ? ) There . Indeed , a sundial and a clock ! Matter to be sure ? Damme had in fact already a clock tower in 1392 ! The two oldest bells in Flanders are located in City Hall, namely: the Victory Bell ( 1398) and the clock of Négoces ( 1392 ) . These bells hung for the last restoration ( 1978-82 ) still in the tower of the town hall .
Text of our friend Hendrik De Leyn member of TE (hdl)
Camera Model Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
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photographer_sg (3003) 2014-05-16 23:13
this is a beautiful composition with a great POV. A very interesting note too on the historic building. I especially liked the space in the centre surrounded by the attractive buildings which gives a 3D like effect. The lush green trees provide an excellent background.
thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend.
besnard (52073) 2014-05-16 23:18
une bonne idée d'avoir pris de la hauteur pour nous faire découvrir cette ville aux toits rouges avec les maisons typiques groupées autour de l'église.
pajaran (48543) 2014-05-16 23:21
U Srbiji i dalje pada velike kise, vodostaj reka je poresao maksimum, elemtarna katastrofa.
Interesantan tekst o zgradi sa istrojim i opisom, lep pogled na crvene krovove ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje i panorama.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, sir.
Serbia continues to drop heavy rain, the river water level is poresao maximum elemtarna disaster.
An interesting article about a building with istrojim and description, a nice view of the red roofs ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, good architecture is shown.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors and panorama.
A good article on the technique and elements of the image.
Have a nice day all the best for the weekend, good luck.
emka (73391) 2014-05-16 23:37
Very nice panorama of the town square, taken from a high point. Great performance to climb so many steps but it was worth, the result is beautiful. Beautiful composition.
WArm regrads MAlgo
fabbs99 (15747) 2014-05-16 23:38
Beautiful shot of the colored rooftops from Damme.Nice colors and sharpness.Excellent POV.TFS.
omid266 (3304) 2014-05-16 23:54
** Best wishes and Prayers for all people of Turkey and other regions**
Dear my artist friend,
Thanks for notes , another very very nice shot,
very nice view of buildings and interesting roofs that in my country less used in this shape unless in North region
wich has enouh Rainfalls used,
Very well hunted with camera and Thanks!
jjcordier (73344) 2014-05-16 23:56
Joli point de vue surélevé sur cette ville de Damme et de ses maisons typiques proches de l'église.
mohammad_H (8772) 2014-05-17 0:01
Excellent clarity and sharpness beautiful, eye-catching and pleasant
Good job with adequate recording time
A good weekend for you
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-05-17 0:11
a picturesque view with spectacular composition and beautiful details, the colours band lights are very nice,
papagolf21 (83264) 2014-05-17 1:13
Bonjour, cher ami John,
La vue plongeante sur la ville est de toute beauté. L'édifice principal ressort magnifiquement.
Idée très originale de cadrage.
Encore une composition très réussie.
carlo62 (27798) 2014-05-17 2:05
bellissimo pov e bellissimo panorama, si vede molto bene la parte centrale di questa città.
Splendida la piazza con le persone a dare vita alla scena.
Mi piacerebbe tornare in Belgio e godermi questi paesaggi tranquilli e pacifici.
snunney (79767) 2014-05-17 2:17
Your high vantage point gives a wonderful perspective over this part of the town. You have the framed the shot perfectly to produce a pleasing well-balanced composition. The image is ideally exposed and has excellent colours and clarity.
timecapturer (45309) 2014-05-17 2:42
beautiful rooftop shot this. It gives us such a delightful view of the history and architectural gems in this wonderful old town. A real sense of its setting too with the red roof tiles contrasting with the greenery in the background.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
dip (23520) 2014-05-17 3:39
beautiful panorama view with many interesting details of architecture but also of daily life,
the climb of 200 stairs was worth, the point of view is amazing!
thanks for sharing,
siudzi (32385) 2014-05-17 3:52
You have found and selected a good POV for taking this interesting panorama of Damme. The old colorful architecture is impressive from that angle and created a charming sight. Very well managed image. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
jacquest (18187) 2014-05-17 4:38
The view over the roofs is beautuful to see with the green background as a good contrast. I like to see the animation on the place. The over all light is very good and gives well rendered colors with good architectural details.
Noel_Byrne (20902) 2014-05-17 5:10
A beautiful town, so perfect it looks like it could be part of a childs train set! The red roofs are always beautiful to see, and there are many designs and lines to occupy the eye of the architecture fan like me :) The church is composed in a perfect position.
Thanks as always
Sergiom (54693) 2014-05-17 5:12
Je ne connaissais pas cet endroit. En le voyant on peut savoir immédiatement dans quel pays il se trouve.L'architecture est remarquable et très rigoureuse. Le point de vue est imbattable.
pierrefonds (55002) 2014-05-17 5:15
The trees are framing well the town. The high point of view is allowing me to see the details and the colors of the roofs and some of the buildings. The good luminosityu is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
ourania (26560) 2014-05-17 6:23
this city view is very lovely and interesting. You combined your elevated point of view with great perspective, elegant framing and excellent clarity, so that we get a precise and delightful description. Details are superb and the green background quite soothing. I also like very much the way you managed the brilliant sunshine and the vibrant colours. It's great to celebrate the climbing of the 200 steps with such a fine photo, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
Nicou (116564) 2014-05-17 7:12
quelle vue et iamge quel graphsime de toits ocres sueprbe iamge et cpatage quelle compo avec la place les personnages cet églis et son clocher qui ressortent mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
rychem (19523) 2014-05-17 7:49
High class photo, fantastic panorama of this town, it looks like lego bricks, great work
marabu61 (7405) 2014-05-17 7:55
Very nice view over what looks like a very pleasing little town with the historic old town nicely intact. There is a distinct mood of calm and tranquil in this little town and the greenery around it adds much to the charm.
have a great weekend
cornejo (28129) 2014-05-17 10:50
Hi John, very good view of this interesting town, very well composed and captured with a good pov, in this beautiful photograph. A nice picture with good sharpness, depth, pretty light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
holmertz (37149) 2014-05-17 11:29
This is a very good view from above of the neat little square and the fine buildings surrounding it. I like the contrast made by the dense park in the background and how you made it cover the entire upper third of the composition.
photoray (10247) 2014-05-17 12:08
Beautiful 'birds-eye view' of Damme, with the Town Hall and its steep roof line and ziggurat architecture dominating. Would love to hear the bells ring and visit the history here.
Thanks for sharing,
jmdias (52728) 2014-05-17 16:11
nice view of this group of red roofs. we can see marvelous façades and buildings here, excellent quality of image. TFS this different pov and town.
Alco (6594) 2014-05-17 19:33
Superb view of the town hall and the houses.It was not easy for you to climb all these steps but it's worth seeing.The town hall has a beautiful architecture.Nice colorful houses.Very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
mcmtanyel (10591) 2014-05-17 21:54
An excellent photograph dedicated kindly to the memory of the accident victims of Soma.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Mat. 5:4)
COSTANTINO (51421) 2014-05-17 22:03
Good morning my dear friend
as always here we can see a wonderful
panoramic view about the area with
the red roofs creating contrast
with the greenery in the background
I liked your climbing on the tower
and I am sure that you did it perfectly
greetings it was worth the climbing
shreya2000 (829) 2014-05-17 23:27
Dear John sir,
Very fine pic showing the city. The roofs are just like similar with similar colour!!!
Well seen and well taken pic.
Thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (80828) 2014-05-18 0:58
a good pov on the town with this monument in a focal point, good exposure for colors of these roofs and facades, tfs.
mesutilgim (80146) 2014-05-18 3:56
Hello dear John,
Very nice birdseye view from Damme.
Good layout and perfect sharpness. Many interesting notes but mor than this the hommage you've shown to the disaster my country has faced.
TFS and have a nice Sunday
ikeharel (52433) 2014-05-18 4:12
Worth the effort taken to climb the tower, John, a rewarding beautiful town in view.
Red roof-tops and the square in front of the church's facade, provided a fine scenery. Green forest beyond in fine contrast.
have a nice sunday afternoon,
saxo042 (36912) 2014-05-18 9:50
This place gives me an impression of a model, maybe this could have been Madurodam? A very attractive view and an interesting note.
abmdsudi (39716) 2014-05-18 9:52
A cute lively old town scene with the elevated view point showing the immaculate detail, brightly exposed and pleasant clarity with enough interest around and wealth of colours. The bright brown roofs is an influential colour breaker, creating a point of focus and enriching the whole scene. It's a pleasant shot easy on the eyes, Congrats.
Fis2 (82028) 2014-05-18 10:16
Interesting POV and composition.
Excellent colors and light.
sabermonajati (8919) 2014-05-18 11:19
pleasant view from red shard roofs you captured.
and you show amazing texture.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-05-18 11:26
John, with picture it seems that you are having a beautiful springtime in Belgium, so very beautiful view and colors and the forest with the deep green color as a background!! a lovely scenery!!
kato (11630) 2014-05-18 14:43
You're capturing well this town by a good angle and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see many buildings built in medieval times as fairy tale. It's also tasteful for the roof with the triangle shape and red tile. It's lovely place. And, the green wood in back pulls out a gentleness to this town.
dale54 (6313) 2014-05-19 9:55
john hello..beautiful shot..excellent POV..i love it! dale
PaulVDV (20491) 2014-05-19 10:22
Zowat een jaar geleden stond ik ook boven op deze toren. De panorama's en het zicht op Damme zijn van daarboven werkelijk prachtig.
Hier zoem je mooi in op het stadhuis, een heel mooi gebouw. En er zijn nog meerdere mooie huizen in Damme.
Meerdere fietsers hebben zich op het plein verzameld. Ik heb vorig vastgesteld dat dit echt wel een fietsersstreek is. Veel meer fietsers dan wandelaars gezien.
Een mooie scherpe foto van het centrum. De vele bomen zorgen voor een schitterend groen decor voor het historische stadje. Mooi contrast met de rode daken.
Vele groeten, Paul
adramad (35433) 2014-05-19 10:27
This splendid panorama from the top of the tower, which gives a spectacular vision, this charming population, where all the buildings have a harmony of style, the City stands on the set, perfect all that woodland next to the village.
Very nice colorful tones very effective.
Good management of light and good sharpness.
Splendid image. My compliments.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
Have a great week,
PiotrF (4528) 2014-05-19 14:45
This is a beautiful panoramic view. Lovely composition , fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity. Thanks for sharing,
jcpix (11478) 2014-05-19 19:42
A great way to stay in good shape, yeah...riding your bike and climbing towers? :) It certainly paid off well to obtain this view over the city. From this height and perspective, it almost looks to be a miniature version of itself. I really enjoy how you've composed this to show the surrounding natural landscape and how it relates to the towns proximity. Lots of bold shapes, pattern and color to enjoy with this section of town. Clear, sharp and well defined. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
A very nice acknowledgment and dedication to the miners as well.
mirosu (12576) 2014-05-19 20:54
Excellent view down to beautiful houses. The viewpoint is really perfect and the arrangement with the green trees in BG excellent. You have very well included in the picture the small square with some people around.
Very well done.
p.s. thanks for your comment to BF tulips. Of course they cannot beat the Keukenhof beauty, but they are grooving at higher altitude under completely different climatic conditions. But see my latest photo, also tulips, also from the same location from Black Forest, a bit closer to Keukenhof?
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-20 0:04
This is a wonderful POV. The rooftops are so distinctly and beautifully pictured.
Very clean and sharp.
Have a great day!
eldancer1 (25250) 2014-05-20 8:54
The mine disaster was a sad event for the people of Turkey and I hope the family recovers from this tragedy.
I like your high pov of this village, nice view of the architectures with good details. Love the different colors. Well done, tfs.
Kielia (22913) 2014-05-20 9:01
this village looks so cozy and sedate at the same time with these nice houses surrounding the impressive town hall. Very well working POV on the roofs and beautiful light and colors. Really a very pleasant impression! My compliments also for the notes!
fritzi007 (2804) 2014-05-20 13:17
schöne Ansicht auf Damme, sehr gute Perspektive!
clic (14168) 2014-05-20 14:12
By climbing so high in the bell tower, you thought you were the Quasimodo of the legend of Notre-Dame in Paris!
That guy spent most of his life perched up-there, watching from his vantaged point of view all the activities in town.
Your efforts for going up there produce the impression of a miniature historic city for Lilliputians, masterly captured to show the best of it!
Many compliments for the straightened verticals that provide a non-distorted look.
Didi (55119) 2014-05-20 16:01
C'est un avantage d'avoir un point de vue dominant
Les toits du village sont bien représentés ainsi
Tu as pu profiter d'avoir monté une tour ou un campanile
Sans relief la meilleure solution actuelle, c'est le drone, mais son utilisation est réglementée en France, cela comporte des risques en cas de chute
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-21 1:13
very nicely taken view from high POV. I like this type of framing which focuses on the architecture. The greenery at the top frames the image nicely and adds some contrasting color to the red roofed buildings. Very nicely presented with excellent quality of the sharpness, contrast and colors.
Thanks for sharing and all the best
batalay (34765) 2014-05-22 6:15
Thank you for the thoughtful message of sympathy. The tragedy is compounded by the indifferent response of the politicians. Take a look at the gas masks provided to the police in Turkey in distinction to the gas masks given to the miners.
The photo is excellent. All the bicycle riding has kept you in very good shape.
Warm regards, John,
emilbo (22262) 2014-05-22 15:49
Très jolie vue sur les toits de la ville et de l'église. Tu as choisi l'endroit idéal pour prendre cette photo. 200 marches à monter c'est sûrement un bon exercice. Le coeur bat fort rendu en haut mais il te restait encore assez de force pour pour prendre cette magnifique photo. Excellent rendu des couleurs et beau contraste avec l'arrière-plan.
branley (3681) 2014-05-23 23:39
Well done my friend, 200 steps is good and shows your fitness is returning, well worth the climb to capture this fine shot of the town below. The colours are lovely and there is much detail too.
Silvio1953 (116071) 2014-05-25 22:13
Ciao John, great POV on fantastic architectures, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
gildasjan (40918) 2014-05-26 9:47
Une image bien exposée et ici le point de vue met bien en valeur tous les éléments de cette composition.
mkamionka (29259) 2014-05-27 3:49
beautiful view from above. I like very much
the presence of the square here surrounded by lovely buildings on all sides. The architecture is very pretty it seems a great place to visit. I like the all natural background for the composition.
Very well spotted,
tenretin (2301) 2014-05-29 0:56
J'aime particulièrement les clichés pris en hauteur. Le votre est superbe. Avec un POV parfait.
mvdisco (17660) 2014-05-31 16:34
Hi John, bonjour,
A beautiful point of view and great details of the architecture,
Nice tone of colors and light,
A great shot and composition with a lovely place,
daddo (22710) 2014-06-01 3:52
Hi John. Charming collection of rooftops surrounding the town square. We can look down from your POV on the people enjoying the sunny day, some on their bicycles. Great DOF. Best wishes. Klaudio.
carper (96) 2014-06-01 7:43
mooie view van Damme john, fraaie kleuren en contrast
mooi werk weer.
Periko (2379) 2014-06-03 13:42
Taking pictures from above is favorable.
Nice to see these red roofs between the green surroundings. Interesting architecture to me.
Hanssie (10325) 2014-06-05 0:20
Deze is wel heel erg mooi, niet alleen de oude daken maar het zicht op het plein vanaf hier....
TRB (13561) 2014-06-08 2:46
A great perspective.
A perfect image, the effects of colors is superb.
very nice very successful ..
chrislo (4151) 2014-06-09 12:00
Het uitzicht was inderdaad de moeite waard om die 200 trappen op te gaan en eens vanaf de toren naar het landschap te kijken. Je standpunt van boven biedt ons een fraai blik over de daken van dit kleine schilderachtige stadje aan. Je zou bijna zeggen dat het een miniatuur dorpje is ! Met zijn typische trapgeveltjes straalt het stadhuis een bijzondere charme uit. De relatief lage hoogte van de meeste huizen, de geplaveide straatjes en het klein pleintje geven de stad een gezellige sfeer. En met het groen van de bomen rondom en de rode dakpannen is het kleurenpalet compleet. Prachtig licht, fraaie kleuren en heerlijke details. Schitterend werk !
Angshu (54763) 2014-06-10 7:01
Indeed a commendable achievement climbing 200+ stairs..we get a fine panoramic view as a result of your efforts. The city hall stands out for its distinct roof...very nicely done picture!
macjake (52264) 2014-06-11 15:30
who doesn't enjoy rooftop photos!
I know I do.
this is a nice addition to your gallery. not only is it the rooftops, but more specifically its the steep angled rooftops that i like here.
good to have some people in the frame too, just for reference and scale.
lovely city/town shot
rsabhijith (111) 2014-07-16 9:29
A very interesting shot of an interesting township. Nice colors captured. The design of houses and other establishments look different from other parts of Europe, and they are really beautiful. A very good POV, TFS.
rigoletto (34197) 2014-08-03 11:40
hello john dede :) you usually have the blue sky in your photos, this is one of the rare occasions where you exclude it and i like it so much. now there is more space for the beautiful flemish architecture. great high vantage point, and the tiny people increase the charm of it.
aliabazari (11803) 2014-08-07 23:55
Hi John dear
Beauty shot of the ceiling. Exposure clarity and well performed. Congratulations and thanks for sharing
swapankumarroy (844) 2014-08-14 3:53
Very interesting article and good composition with nice POV. Roof of all houses made a nice geometric structure, with lush green background. You have very much efficiently all the parameters like color, light and composition.
MOST IMPRESSIVE AND WELL EXECUTED WORK.
best of all and thanks for sharing.
Tue (26264) 2014-08-15 3:33
Wat een prachtig gezicht op de daken van dit stadje vanaf een heel mooi punt. Prima compositie en de bomen vormen een mooie groene achtergrond.
GFSSD-1 (3215) 2014-08-21 14:37
very nice architectural composition with an exquisite fit and integrity of shapes.
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (135294)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-16 23:03