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Thanks for viewing.
I took has been this picture summer 2007 during a vacation day with my bike together my wife.
A very clear day with a lot sun and strong blue sky.
These "Priory of O.L.Vr of Betanie" is situated on 8 km of Bruges and 10km of Ostend, the small village Loppem as rural area with a very quiet atmosphere.
I took different picture, maybe later shall I places, the next of the series.
I have found a small history of these very nice priory, you can read in next text.
The priory is accessed via a tarmac lane and situated on a triangular and park. Square plan with four wings around a cloister garden. The church and the refectory are in line with each other on a central axis, the power of mind and body symbolizing. Symmetrical and well-balanced facades. The west wing also contains the private chapel, sacristy, guest quarters and reception area. The south wing is largely arranged as guest quarters and a conference room. The east wing houses the cafeteria and reading room for the boarders, laundry and kitchen area. In the north wing housed his library and scriptorium. Against the wall is a square bell tower under tent roof. On the first floor the former monastic cells now serve as bedrooms for the interns.
Despite the different construction phases the architecture of the church, the refectory and the four wings radiating from a unit. The buildings are constructed in pink red brick under saddle or pent roofs (slate). The Romanesque Revival style is inspired by the Basilica of Saint Lawrence-outside-the-Walls in Rome and the abbey church of San Miniato in Florence. Typically, the extensive use of the archway at the gates, doors, whether or not linked window openings and arched galleries and between the circulating levels frieze with herringbone interrupted by crutches crossing.
The church (1935-1936) is designed according to the principle of the golden section, the plan provides originally two towers, left and right of the portal but they are not implemented due to lack of money. Balanced and sober architecture with dominant octagonal crossing tower under conical roof with crowning wrought iron cross.
The facades are enlivened by ornamental brickwork as the circulating list meander motif under the eaves, the latticed brickwork in the gables of the west facade and celebration list of arms and diamond pattern at the crossing tower. The linked arched windows in the west wall and crossing tower rest on stone or brick columns and capitals have white stone die.
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danos (100922) 2013-04-28 23:08
very nice the view as the presentation of this beautiful place with the impressive buildings to dominating the scene.I like the foreground
grass 'carpet' as creates a more charmy environment.
Have a good week,Danos
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-04-28 23:11
nice and interesting building, good p.o.v. and sharpness.
have a good week.
pajaran (63520) 2013-04-28 23:15
Dobar dan, gospodine.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep popgled na staru arhitekturu i zelenu travu ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto i stara arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Good day, sir.
Very interesting and good text with the given data ...
Nice popgled the old architecture and the green grass ...
Good picture, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice place and shown the old architecture.
Good article on the used technique and elements of the image.
Have a great day, all the best in the new week that started.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-04-28 23:19
Une belle lumière et un bon cadrage pour cette présentation très réussie de cet intéressant prieuré.
papagolf21 (105410) 2013-04-28 23:45
Bonjour, cher ami John,
Une photographie qui n'a pas pris une ride tant la beauté architecturale est en vedette.
Très belle mise en image.
Composition très réussie.
Royaldevon (41062) 2013-04-29 0:05
Good Morning John,
You had beautiful weather when you took this shot.
I like how you have used the merest suggestion of bushes, to frame your shot and promote the sense of depth. The carpet of grass makes a tempting element to lead towards the focal buildings, which are sharp and interesting.
Have a lovely day,
carlo62 (52174) 2013-04-29 0:14
un'architettura interessante, accompagnata da una nota molto dettagliata.
La luce è forte, ma ben gestita, ci mostra al meglio la costruzione, dando rilievo anche al giardino.
Una bella ed interessante condivisione, di un luogo di cui ingnoravo l'esistenza.
tars (882) 2013-04-29 0:47
Eindelijk nog eens een foto op TE, John. Een plaats die mij ook bekend is.
Scherp licht en schaduw spel aan gebouwen,met paar witte schapen wolkjes aan fel blauwe hemel in mooi contrast met het groene grasperk. Tof archief shot.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-04-29 0:48
excellently considered and perfectly executed shot.Once again beautiful rural side of Belgium-the architecture presented here is really magnificent(I´m a huge fan of houses made of red bricks).You chose also outstanding POV to present us the whole beauty and uniqueness of this place.The greenery in front of the buildings add some nice feeling to it.
Have a nice day
ChrisJ (116676) 2013-04-29 2:29
The domed bg building looks vaguely Byzantine or Ottoman in architectural construction. I like the angled green turf in the fg. Well composed using the rule of thirds in the composition with excellent sharpness and saturation. The reddish pink colour contrasts well against the blue sky too. Tfs!
ourania (48838) 2013-04-29 2:57
a wonderful way to present this beautiful place exalting its features and details and rendering it even more interesting. Your composition has excellent balance and dynamism, superb depth and definition of details and textures. Your light and contrast management is admirable, there's great clarity both in the lit and the shady areas and the colours are most agreeable. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-29 3:32
A very nice shot. What a beautiful place. Very well framed the composition. The clarity, sharpness and lights superbly managed.
Have a nice week.
JFS (32459) 2013-04-29 3:34
Impressive POV to show us this amazing brick architecture, the whole place seems to be really nice. Thanks John!
jacquest (19005) 2013-04-29 3:50
A fine image to present us with this interesting architecture. The distance on the grass creates deepness and the good light enhances the colors in an image of very good quality.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-04-29 3:52
le tue immagini sono sempre molto curate nella composizione e questa non fa certo eccezione.
Come al solito hai trovato un bel soggetto e lo hai ripreso al meglio.
Molto belli anche i colori che sfruttano un bel cielo.
Ciao e buona giornata
tyro (26138) 2013-04-29 4:17
You have given us an interesting note about this priory and a stunningly clear and sharp photograph by way of illustration.
Despite the brilliant and strong sunlight, you have still managed to preserve good detail in the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image. The colours are vibrant but true and the details and sharpness exquisite. A fine and pleasing composition.
snunney (103361) 2013-04-29 4:18
It is very attractive this priory and you have been able to capture it under a sympathetic ambient light. I like very much the point of view looking diagonally across the well kept lawns toward the focal point offered by the dome and towers. Lovely natural tones and good sharpness complete a most pleasing composition.
Bluejeans (64251) 2013-04-29 5:04
Ola John ,
Beleza esta lugar muito bem cuidado , gostei do ponto de visão com este bico da relva , bom contraste de cores , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
sabermonajati (11321) 2013-04-29 5:27
wonderful frame you captured.this building has a excellent architecture.
Sergiom (84569) 2013-04-29 5:27
J'aime beaucoup ce carré de verdure qui semble pointer en direction de ta lentille. J'aime aussi la superbe lumière qui illumine le dôme, la grande netteté des détails et la composition.
dkmurphys (62129) 2013-04-29 5:59
Very attractive image in lovely colors and warm sunlight. Everything looks great in strong lines and contrasts. Well taken.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-04-29 5:59
an exquisite composition and gloriously sharp image of this fascinating place. The diagonals and light give such depth to the image and your execution is just perfect and effective at making the view so attractive. Wonderful!
Have a good week - Brian.
macjake (70519) 2013-04-29 6:13
we don't get to see alot of 100% architecture from you, mostly you enjoy posting the nature scenes :)
so this is a nice change.
its a beautiful structure, strong and bold personality.
I like the contrasts in the flat facade, the round domes and the composition with the triangular grass in the lower fg.
pierrefonds (68955) 2013-04-29 7:56
The wideness of the lawn or garden is giving depth to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Priory. The goood luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-04-29 9:00
That is a wonderful building, and you have chosen a wonderful point of view to show it in all its glory. The strong colours and the contrast of light and shadow through the whole image are beautiful. I feel like I could step inside this shot and sit in the sun on that well kept lawn!
All the best
cornejo (44743) 2013-04-29 10:47
Hi John, very good picture of these beautiful and interesting buildings, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Best regards from southern Spain.
holmertz (56241) 2013-04-29 11:18
A fine composition with a good foreground with the green square pointing a corner towards us, dragging us rapidly towards the priory. It is a magnificent building with very interesting architectural features. This is also a technically faultless photo.
Kugart (1778) 2013-04-29 12:37
Great shot of this very interesting building.Good composition,POV,colour,lighting and sharpness.Love the sky with the fluffy white clouds above.
siudzi (34141) 2013-04-29 14:04
Indeed, the day was very beautiful and you used the light perfectly to present this amazing place in such a great composition. Clarity, sharpness and saturation were executed on top. Very well done. Like it!
Alco (7511) 2013-04-29 18:45
Very effective point of view on that priory.I like the addition of the grass in the foreground and the hedges which complete the numerous shapes of the architecture of the building (rectangles,squares,triangles,etc.)Very nice composition and superb colors.Very well done.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-29 20:19
Exquisite and sharp image, John! The clarity here is simply amazing - I think even at this distance I can count individual bricks! Lovely POV and good light on a most interesting piece of architecture, well described in your note. Thanks!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-04-29 23:20
Hello John, back to admire your fabulous work!
the architecture is spectacular, the colors beautiful and bright, very sharp picture, great angle used.
I can go on and on...you know that!
thank you for your kind message and for your support
I do appreciate that very much!
hidibyendu (929) 2013-04-30 0:11
Sometimes I imagine how you make simple places so beautiful in your captures.
Beautiful composition this is. Nice architecture and that green carpet is looking great here.
Nice soft tones.
I need to take some lessons of photography from you. seriously.
mjw364 (1464) 2013-04-30 1:25
Nicely framed and composed with a good POV. A clear, sharp exposure that is a trademark of your work. A subject well presented.
jemaflor (100223) 2013-04-30 4:10
Interesting and beautiful architecture, light is perfect like these colors, well framed with this triangle in the FG.
Nicou (146902) 2013-04-30 5:32
Merveilleuse image quel triangle du pré vert en premier plan et cette vue sur cet édifice avec cette fines architecture la coulole verte qui ressort avec la tour carrée splendide ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
robmal (2247) 2013-04-30 13:32
great shot with this interesting architecture, colors, sharpness and lights are perfect, I like it, congratulations.
bukitgolfb301 (43650) 2013-04-30 16:25
Hi dear John
Sorry for my mistake for tyour name before, I sincerey approzige for you. Another wonderful and fantatsic arachitecture image via great panfocus and low appraoch! So well done as usual! Vivid and comfortable color contarst is so wonderful to see.
Thanks a lot and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
npecanhuk (75770) 2013-04-30 20:08
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, grey borders, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Silvio1953 (148613) 2013-05-01 7:12
Ciao John, fgreat view of lovely place, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (74825) 2013-05-01 7:26
Good evening John,
Bright daylight enhanced the beautiful outlines of the edifice, and the garden around.
Fine green of the well cared lawn.
Interesting history told in the note. Fine shot, as always.
mcmtanyel (25654) 2013-05-01 20:26
I am sorry you are having problems with your PC. I am glad you managed to upload this lovely photo. You must have backed off as far as you could to take it all in, I like your POV. Nice, lush colors, too. TFS.
I hope your PC problem does not recur.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-02 4:47
Very good capture with amazing colors and saturation.Also excellent lightning usage and POV.Well done!
claudeD (40377) 2013-05-02 7:23
very fine architecture shot with a very good composition, fine colors and clarity. Really a picture full of calm.I like the picture very much.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
kato (11630) 2013-05-02 7:23
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the beautiful buildings and the courtyard with green lawn. The building looks like a good design, and it's interesting in the roof of a pinnacle and a dome shape, too. And, it uses a good outer wall constructed in pink red brick.
carper (96) 2013-05-02 10:19
heel fraai oudje John mooi gemaakt
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-05-02 12:03
Great shot . Excellent perspective and light, beautiful reflection. Well done!!
eldancer1 (36343) 2013-05-02 13:26
Very unusual design for a church and thank you for the wonderful information. I like your pov and it has good dof with sharp details. Good lighting and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
fritzi007 (11573) 2013-05-02 13:27
he photo and the comments really good, congratulations!
Urs (14082) 2013-05-02 16:41
And there was sunlight, where ever you looked, that is the first reaction I had, when looking at your shot. And the sun brought out the best of the colours, which are vibrant. Excellent POV as well. Good photo job
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-05-02 22:50
De architecten destijds hadden in mijn ogen een
betere smaak dan wat nu rond loopt. Het gebouw
is mooi, heeft vormen (soort speelsheid) en is
warm. Foto is genomen van een mooie standpunt:
de foto is overzichtelijk en de diagonale
lijnen in de foto versterken de diepte. Net als
alle andere foto's is ook deze heel mooi belicht.
P.s. ik zie dat u een polarisatie filter
bovenop je UV filter doet. Min of meer
is dit dubbelop, ook een polarisatie
filter heeft een UV functie in zich.
Daarnaast: hoe minder filters, hoe
minder last van vignettering. Uiteraard
altijd voorzichtig zijn met het wisselen.
Sonata11 (33969) 2013-05-03 0:27
very beautiful composition and framing with fantastic execution of this place. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV are fabulous. Like it. TFS
Graal (103036) 2013-05-03 0:37
very nice place and village here. I like the architecture of church. Interesting informations and very good photowork.
Have a nice WE.
tedesse (25135) 2013-05-03 12:35
Excellent POV and composition, showing the beautiful religious buildings. Great colors and light, excellent sharpness. An interesting note.
Buin (42468) 2013-05-03 12:49
This church somehow looks really old - though it isn't old at all. You could photograph it in a wonderful light and - by help of the play of light and shadows - it nearly looks three-dimensional. All the lines and diagonals of the lawns provides an interesting contrast to the architecture.
An impressive and well-kept place!
Greetings from Westphalia where spring still backs off!
Have a nice weekend!
batalay (39567) 2013-05-04 4:17
Superb shot as always, with an ideal composition and flawless resolution. As usual, your note is highly informative and appreciated. I just returned from a lengthy trip, and will try to catch up with TE.
Have a good weekend, John.
emilbo (22616) 2013-05-04 10:06
Une magnifique carte postale prise dans un bel éclairage qui donne un résultat parfait. J'aime bien l'architecture. Les verts sont superbes et belle harmonie de couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés,
jcpix (13930) 2013-05-04 14:55
I really like the way you've composed this shot, the triangular "head" in the foreground from the portion of grass is a strong point of focus, but also allows the picture to open itself up for the grand view of the priory. The colors are superb, a pleasant combination of blue, green, and some rustic tones from the building itself. I'm intrigued most by the shapes presented from this arrangement, the angle taken provides some solid definition and dimension. Very well managed, the light is balanced throughout for detail in every facet. Great viewpoint and presentation. Thanks for sharing this look. Hope you're having a nice weekend. :)
All the best from the U.S.,
agulberk (3794) 2013-05-05 3:38
Wonderful architectural and historical buildings with your super perspective to get good viewing square in baauty details.
Have a happy weekend.
clic (17607) 2013-05-05 5:31
Your note testifies of your passion for historic architecture and describes the minute details of Priory for an interesting explanation of this magnificent picture wich contrast is enhanced by side lighting, for a result of a 3D-like depiction.
s_lush (16596) 2013-05-05 6:24
This architectural complex is rather different on its design from other monastery. You have chosen a very good point of view to show these unusual architectural details very clearly. Excellent presentation of this lovely place!
Fis2 (102462) 2013-05-05 7:04
Curious church, interesting architecture.
Excellent composition and frame.
Super colors and sharpness.
UlfE (14641) 2013-05-05 11:32
To be quite frank I am not very fond of the the Romanesque architecture. However, you have taken a perfect photo of it. Excellent lighting, sharpness and colours. Your POV is also very good. The corner of the lawn works very well as a lead in to buildings in the background. TFS and have a nice evening!
Angshu (56760) 2013-05-06 22:11
Very unique architecture I must say, not very Flemish. Thanks for sharing this unique place 6 years after you took this shot. The angled POV works well and the FG grass enhances the depth. Very nice work!
Corry (4508) 2013-05-07 5:15
Belle prise de vue de ce prieuré aux formes arrondies avec son parc verdoyant. Belles couleurs et luminosités.
serp2000 (45072) 2013-05-07 10:45
Your outstanding photo reminds me my latest emotions from the old Spanish towns. Clever composition, perfect quality and very informative note. We remembered your works on the TE-meeting with Luis and Manuel.
Greetings from Madrid!
bayno (18344) 2013-05-09 4:23
a perfect performance for this shot, very interesting location, wonderful sunny day tith a clear sky and beautiful light, fine details and vivid colors, nice job...
jusninasirun (17162) 2013-05-09 9:01
You are right about the beauty of this place. Love your framing with carefully manicured lawn in the foreground with good contrast against fine architecture. Superb holiday image against the beautiful sky.
Thanks and kind regards.
raszid62 (18515) 2013-05-10 15:43
Very beautiful and also very impressive this monastery with a beautiful church. Perfectly beautiful well-kept lawn. Very nice composition in wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.
adramad (47714) 2013-05-11 8:53
Superb POV to show this wonderful convent, which I love their varied volumes and forms, especially with the large roundabout and its dome surrounded by semicircular chapels.
Good perspective that gives us this courtyard with grass and trees touch, beautifies the whole.
A very nice day, which gives a beautiful range of colors.
Great management of light and perfect sharpness.
Enjoy the weekend.
Didi (60590) 2013-05-11 11:21
Bonjour mon ami
Une très belle architecture originale.
Belle luminosité ambiante
Une vue très appréciable
Waylim (25502) 2013-05-13 16:36
Beautiful summer time shot. Makes us wish for the warmer day already, even though spring is in full swing. Lovely light and great colors, full of life and energy. Good technical quality as expected from you and great composition.
bartekp (4746) 2013-05-14 3:06
Perfect composition! Golden rules with lines :-) Interesting place. Building in the middle catch eye.
Have a nice day
branley (3681) 2013-05-14 5:55
A perfect composition, what's striking is the corner of the grass pointing directly at the camera, a complete contrast to the domed part of the building. Lovely colours and perfect sharpness John, it's a really fine shot.
mkamionka (39201) 2013-05-16 4:28
very unique architecture which I would expect more from an eastern country and not from Belgium. Nice presentation with well thought through composition.
Very well done!
josepmarin (58359) 2013-05-22 7:32
this 6 years old photo keeps its great luminosity and its beautiful colours.
The chosen framing is efficient and provides a good visual angle to the composition, enhances the beauty of the building and stands out the nice geometry of the gardens.
It's a wonderful work, my friend.
freakywindow (233) 2013-05-22 8:48
Excellent image with nice composition and colors.
jmdias (66403) 2013-05-25 2:44
curious shapes of this church. I liked the angle you choose to show it, with a perfect framing catching the lines of the lawn too. TFS.
drt100 (2095) 2013-06-24 1:19
I like that you add a perspective point in many of your photos. It adds eye sight lines that draw the viewer into the scene. The grass in this one does this very well. drt100
Miguel82 (27648) 2013-07-04 11:09
Good evening John,
An excellent presentation, colors and quality
Superb monument in the bg
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-11-01 2:00
namaste John, a very good photo here. Great composition. Like the castle at background, it is beautiful. Great POV chosen. Like the graphic presentation of the lawn-side paths. Great catch. Tfs.
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-10-05 7:49
Very well narrated and informative article about this beautiful priory, an excellent composition maintaining a large foreground and shot it an angular view under the blue sky with white clouds to make it more beautiful and charming, I like your composition and perfect shooting position.
deep regards and have a nice week,
abmdsudi (56380) 2014-12-04 19:24
A superbly composed photo showing this elegant building but very well balanced by the lawn at the bottom with its green equivalent to the eye catching dome. The sharpness is perfect, the light is superb, rich color tones and the contrast is so outstanding against the sky. A subtle capture, i think you certainly have done great justice with this shot. Awesome capture, and thanks to your useful write-up. Congrats
Matyas (0) 2015-11-11 0:53
Hello John! Amazing architecture. Wonderful church. Excellent meadow. Nice nature. Fine point of view. Original compposition. Perfect shot. Fine frame. Interesting note. Regards!
- Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) (156594)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, CompactFlash 256 MB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
- Exposure: f/16, 1/350 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-28 22:54