‘Ghent - a project for 1913’
Since the bad weather continues in Belgium, I go back to a sunny picture of last autumn. The photo was taken in the early morning. It was pretty cold but the sun lit up the building of the old post office very nicely.
I hesitated to show this picture because of the many tram wires in the sky.
For a moment I considered to crop them away. But thinking of the time necessary for that work, I realized there’s also life outside TE :)
So here it is, including all the wires. With a little imagination they can be wished away :)
Information translated from https://inventaris.onroerenderfgoed.be/dibe/relict/25159 and from http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oud_Postkantoor_(Gent) :
The Old Post Office of Ghent is situated in the historic center at the Korenmarkt (Corn Market).
The building was constructed between 1898 and 1910 for the World Exhibition of 1913. It was designed by the architects Louis Cloquet and Stéphane Mortier.
A beautiful storehouse in Louis XIV style that was standing in the same place, was demolished to make place for this post office.
It is built in an eclectic style with predominantly neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance influences. On the picture you see a beautiful octagonal tower with a conical spire and a gallery. The 52 meter high clock tower is also a distinct element in the skyline of the historic city center.
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emka (75011) 2012-05-05 22:27
Hi Paul, is there a life outside TE? There are wires, there are people when it would be better they weren't and cars and buses. All make the life of a photographers' harder. Indeed. I was lately in Netherlands and the weather was not good - cold, rainy most of the time. And hot and sunny in Warsaw in the same time.
The post offices were built like a palaces some time ago. And soon they probably become unnecessary.
Angshu (55035) 2012-05-05 22:30
Dag dear Paul
What glorious light bathes the Old Post Office building! The fact that the road in the FG is in shade adds to the beauty in this shot. You have handled the contrast well as I think exposure was tricky & you've brought out the details well. A small thing I like is the sinuous part of the tram lines glistening in the sun. Good picture accompanied by the good note!
mauro61 (52623) 2012-05-05 22:59
una bella immagine della città con questa architettura che sembra dorata grazie alla luce,
besnard (52449) 2012-05-05 23:27
Une belle luminosité sur cet édifice à l'architecture merveilleuse. Les fils donnent l'impression d'une toile d'araignée et ne nuisent pas à la beauté de l'ensemble.
Merci pour le partage et bon dimanche.
danos (84301) 2012-05-06 0:29
Good morning Paul,
nice the view of the old post office as dominates the historic center at Corn market.I like its neo-Gothic architectural style,with the colours of its façade to contrast perfect with the blue of the sky.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
SWEETFREEDOM (21994) 2012-05-06 0:48
you had a great light in this picture facing this beautiful building highligting the details. fine colors too
siudzi (32825) 2012-05-06 1:28
Wow! What a beautiful presentation of this wonderful building! Love the warm light on the architecture that shows all details perfectly and creates an amazing contrast with clear blue sky. The lines of the city trams look as a great and interesting part of your work. Very well done. TFS.
jhm (136638) 2012-05-06 3:08
De draden storen mij niet omdat ik echt vertrouwd ben met dit beeld.
Ja, er is veel verbetering sinds de Korenmarkt autovrij is, u had een beetje geluk dat u een van de oude tram stellen kon fotograferen, allee de moderne autobus past niet in het plaatje van 1913.
Gent is een voortdurende bron van mooie foto's, alleen even tijd nemen voor het juiste moment, het weer was echt gunstig in uw voordeel.
Zeer mooie foto, pracht werk. Bedankt.
timecapturer (46443) 2012-05-06 3:41
this is so attractive. The lines and light are so enticing and the mixture of warm and cold colours so appealing and effective. Flawless clarity that brings out all the detail so beautifully. Excellent image!
Enjoy your Sunday - all the best Brian.
npecanhuk (62474) 2012-05-06 4:46
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
It was very cold, wasn't it?!?!
TFS - congrats,
Jeppo (17639) 2012-05-06 5:28
I think we can survive to the tramwires to enjoy a sunny picture from Ghent.
Sergiom (56491) 2012-05-06 6:03
J'aime beaucoup le plan large sur ce bâtiment magnifique qui jouit d'une très belle lumière pour étaler ses beautés architecturales. La foule sur la place ajoute vie et mouvement.
chrislo (4151) 2012-05-06 7:59
Hoeveel deze bovenleidingen voor vele fotografen iets afschuwelijks kunnen zijn, geven ze hier echter eerder een zekere bekoring aan dit landschap. Samen met de tramsporen voegen ze zelfs grafische elementen toe aan het geheel. Ook mooi dat je die tram in de foto hebt kunnen vastleggen. Het oude postkantoor wordt geweldig mooi belicht door de lage herfstzon die de architectuurdetails goed tot hun recht laat komen. Door het verkeersvrij maken van de markt kunnen fietsers en voetgangers op hun gemak lopen. Mocht die geweldige gedachte eens goed tot de mensen van het stadsbestuur te Rijsel doordringen, zou dit onze levenskwaliteit ook kunnen verbeteren. Maar om even op jouw foto terug te komen : gewoon een mooi plaatje dat zin geeft om deze prachtige stad verder te verkennen.
Een prettige week verder met hopelijk een beetje meer zon en warmte.
lousat (73853) 2012-05-06 9:01
Hi Paul,light on the facades and shadows on the ground,the best moment to take the pic and to give importance at this fantastic architechture,great contrast whit the blue sky and impressives details too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
paololg (31448) 2012-05-06 9:31
Ciao dear Paul,
a beautiful image of this wonderful Post Office Palace, characterized by a great light that highlights all the architectural details. Also excellent the sharpness. The tram wires do not disturb, but help to show us the true scene of this square. I also agree with you that life is not only TE. :-)
Great shot, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
Janusz1974 (2814) 2012-05-06 13:40
Good composition with such magnificent building of Old Post Office.
Beautiful colors, good balance of light and a very sharp image.
carlo62 (29355) 2012-05-06 15:05
città fantastica Gent e qui c'è un esempio molto ben riuscito, complimenti.
shevchenko (19051) 2012-05-06 20:16
Attractive view in a sunny day, good contrast of color in between the vivid blue sky with the yellowish building, lovely old architectures, thanks for sharing a fascinating street view from the old city.
We are yen to make photographs in a sunny day while the weather is bad, hope the sunny day and blue sky will back to you soon.
marcan44 (6223) 2012-05-07 5:06
peccato per i fili tramviari, ma era necessario fruire di questa bella piazza e sopratutto di questo edificio grandioso che ospita l'ufficio postale di Gent.
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-07 10:21
ta note sur la vie en dehors de TE, et sur le temps que tu ne voulais pas passer à enlever les fils m'a bien fait rire.Et c'est vrai qu'avec un tout petit peu d'imagination, on peut en faire abstraction. Et cela n'enlève rien à la beauté de l'architecture, ni à celle de la lumière.
ChrisJ (95080) 2012-05-08 6:04
Looks a little like Melbourne in Australia! Good color, sharpness & framing with a wonderful blue sky to contrasts against the yellow ochre facades of the ornate buildings. Tfs!
abmdsudi (41152) 2012-05-08 8:40
The subtle light and colors make this shot looks so wonderful, a lively shot with that ornate grand architecture filling the frame proudly. You are right to include the group of people in the area where the eye is drawn. What I like most is the details of building, a pretty shot and subtle, is so well composed with the overhead lines to fill the negative space. Great capture.
yquem46 (38382) 2012-05-08 12:45
personnellement les câbles de tramway ne me gênent pas ici
J'aime beaucoup dans cette compo l'éclairage de la façade, d'autant mieux mis en valeur que l'avant plan est dans l'ombre et habité d'objets et personnes en noir
Cela lui donne bcp de relief, de même que cet éclatant ciel bleu
mkamionka (29732) 2012-05-09 8:54
It is a really beautiful town. Each of your last three photos although similar -they are showing the town in a bit different light. Here literally the light is beautiful. It seems to lit just what it the most important: the spectacular architecture. I would not worry too much about the wires. I do hate when the cars are completely blocking the view but the wires may add some extra charm and character as they do not hide too much anyway. Obviously I always try to avoid them too but if they happen to be there I keep them :)
Thank you for sharing it
macjake (53952) 2012-05-09 9:06
Wires Wires Wires!
leave them in!!!
I find that there are alot of TE members who are annoyed with the wires! I don't understand that...is part of the everyday life, part of the everyday scene, and part of the culture with the trams in the City...its Vital that they Stay IN!
There, i've said my peace :)
and yes, it does look cold with everyone wearing winter jackets and hats, but it doesn't actually look cold because of the warmly lit sun.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-05-09 17:55
I completely missed seeing this place. Very historic post office glittering like gold due to the light. The blue sky makes a nice color contrast. Like that tram in black and white colors. The people makes it more lively.
Graal (95974) 2012-05-09 23:19
the Old Post Office of Ghent is beautiful. I like the ghotic details. Fine light and presentation. Photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (47628) 2012-05-10 2:54
Lovely building, just like mine spotted in Cluj. European architecture is the best!
Well taken, enjoy the day.
sacimar (25975) 2012-05-10 3:47
this is a beautiful building, I like the architecture, the light is excellent creating an excellent postcard, well done,
mesutilgim (81320) 2012-05-10 11:48
Very nice capture from Gent !
Very good pov and perfect light management. Perfect sharpness.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-05-10 12:33
Very good presentation of this beautiful architecture into a soft light of the fall. Great effect!
All the best,
Fis2 (83138) 2012-05-10 12:49
Beautiful building, curious tower.
I like frame and perspective.
Excellent colors and light.
bayno (18342) 2012-05-11 0:05
magnificent building Gothic style , very nice light that illuminates, perfect light management with clear details even in the shadows, animated scene well framed, good job...have a good day...
Gigidusud (14001) 2012-05-11 1:28
Superbe architecture éclairée d'une belle lumière dorée.
Excellent POV et cadrage.J'aime beaucoup.
Bonne journée .Amicalement,Ghislaine.
jaywalker (16095) 2012-05-11 14:07
Hi Paul, What great architecture & superb detail, this photo shows the building off brilliantly, it's just a shame about the wires, but theres little you could do about that, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
marina7 (8051) 2012-05-12 12:14
very beautiful and sunny picture, amazing architecture. Very sharp and graphic, it even looks like an HDR. Unfortunately wires are everywhere these days, you can't just get rid of them:)
My best regards
pajaran (49602) 2012-05-12 23:48
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o staroj zgradi ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar trenutak snimka u jednom hladnom danu i kompozicija, moje cestitke.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
Kod na poceo hladan dan, 14 C stepeni.
Good text with the given data on the old building ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and display of beautiful colors.
Good time recording in a cold day, and composition, my congratulations.
Have a nice day of rest, all the best.
When the day began to cool, 14 degrees C.
PecoBud (3824) 2012-05-14 12:44
Beautiful and masterful photo on so many levels Paul. I could go on and on about all the details, but I'm not, just that it's BEAUTIFUL!!
TFS..........Your Friend from California..........Buddy
josepmarin (57623) 2012-05-15 1:07
I like the warm effect of the light of the early morning on this wonderful architecture, and its contrast with the cold atmosphere that we can see in this urban scene.
There is a lot of graphical wealth in the elements of the composition, and a good dynamism because of the people and the streetcars.
The wires that are outlined on the blue sky increase the three-dimensional sensation of the ensemble.
A beautiful work.
UlfE (14641) 2012-05-15 11:15
I really like that you kept the electric lines. This is just what it looks like in Ghent. I also think it is very good that you included the tram and the tramway rail. Everything is there and you do not need to doubt that this is a tram city. Besides you have positioned the electric line well in your composition. TFS and have a nice evening!
adramad (36261) 2012-05-15 13:10
Well, that's fine, leave all the cables in place, then so is the real image of the city, the building looks magnificent with the early sun, the sky is blue cleaning and ideal, certainly an impressive building, which has captured flawlessly with your good work.
Have a nice day.
Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-05-21 6:07
Showed a good angle to congratulate my friend
With best wishes.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-06-06 5:24
very good POV...beautiful building...
the shadow & the bus add to the beauty in this composition...
nice attractive colour & good contrast...
gunbud (34066) 2012-06-10 17:31
Stunning architecture with the two-sided presentation looking especialy nice in this wonderful light.
I love how the golden tones of the fine building are so richly complimented by the vivid blue sky.
fabbs99 (16147) 2012-08-13 8:32
What am amazing view of this stupendous piece of architecture.The wide angle view of this colorful building with the curvature of the tram tracks makes the image really super-duper.The blue sky add more flavour to the scene.