Sometimes I visit the small town Malmedy in Belgium.
In the past I was mountainbiking there, now I love it to walk there and to make some pictures like this small but lovely waterfall.
In this case I chose for the simplicity and the open
space (right in the picture), to make the picture
Canon 5D MarkII - 17-40mm L4 - Tripod
For those who loves history, read the following below:
Malmedy (German Malmünd) is a municipality of Belgium. It lies in the country's Walloon Region, Province of Liege. It belongs to the French Community of Belgium, within which it is French-speaking with facilities for German-speakers. On January 1, 2006 Malmedy had a total population of 11,829. The total area is 99.96 km² which gives a population density of 118 inhabitants per km².
Some old sources spell the city's name "Malmédy" as this accent was intentionally added when being part of Prussia and Germany, but its official website lists it as "Malmedy", with no accent. In 1919 the city was annexed by the treaty of Versailles from Germany to Belgium, along with the neighboring city of Eupen, it formed an area of a German speaking community of Belgium. From 1940-1945 Malmedy was re-incorporated back into Germany, which was reversed after the war.
Under the complex administrative structures of Belgium, which has separate structures for territorial administration and for language community rights, Malmedy is part of the Walloon Region and of the French Community of Belgium. But since it has a significant German speaking minority, it is one of Belgium's municipalities with language facilities (or "municipalities with facilities"). Malmedy and Waimes are the two municipalities in the Walloon Region with facilities for German speakers. The population of Malmedy is approximately 80% Francophones (French speakers) and 20% German speakers. The variety of German spoken there is Moselle Franconian.
The main church of Malmedy was built in 1777 and served as a cathedral from 1920 to 1925. It still holds the title of cathedral. Malmedy was historically part of a clerical microstate, the Principality of Stavelot-Malmedy, but was annexed by France in 1795 and by Prussia in 1815.
At the end of the First World War, Malmedy and neighbouring Eupen were subject to a plebiscite to determine whether the region would be separated from Germany and annexed to Belgium. The plebiscite ballots required registration of the names and addresses of the pro-German voters (the others were assumed to be pro-Belgian), and the German-speaking population of Eupen and Malmedy was intimidated. Both were formally annexed on March 6, 1925.
In 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the area was the site of the Malmedy massacre, where 84 American prisoners of war were executed by German SS troops. Moreover, on 23, 24 and 25 December 1944 the city was bombed repeatedly by the United States Army Air Forces despite the fact it was actually under control of U.S. troops. Approximately 200 civilians were killed in the tragic attacks, while the number of American casualties has never been revealed by the United States Department of Defense.
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BennyV (13058) 2011-09-16 9:51
Heel knap hoe het glinsterende water contrasteert met de rest van de foto. Heel puur. Misschien moet ik eens op reis in België... Who knows...
Nog een fijn weekend.
ricochet (9696) 2011-09-16 13:15
Beautiful waterfall, perfect long exposure management and lovely tones.
An excellent photographic work!
jjcordier (67146) 2011-09-16 22:36
Belle photo de cette petite chute d'eau, très esthétique et techniquement très réussi (composition et filé de l'eau)
siolaw (37640) 2011-09-16 23:34
Bo crowds in sight there!
You got a nice flowing effect on the water with this long exposure. Good off centered compo too .
macjake (45556) 2011-09-17 9:08
like you said, there is a calmness and soothing relaxing atmosphere that you captured.
having the waterfall begin left of the 1/3 spot, but then descending down to that 1/3 spot is great composition.
well done, excellent shot.
SteveH (6187) 2011-09-18 0:37
Hi Robert, well chosen long exposure has created a calming image. Composition works well too, with the waterfall flowing into the image from the side. Cheers, Steve
ravinmb (1236) 2011-09-18 1:39
A beautiful shot with low exposure making the water so smooth. Warm colors and beautiful composition.
Have a great day.
jhm (127883) 2011-09-18 3:47
Malmedy en omgeving, zal u verschillende mooie plaatsen vinden , ook landschappen zijn zeer aardig daar.
Opnieuw de zachtheid dat u hier illustreed, de waterval zorgt voor helde kleur n de rotsen voor een afwillseling tuseen groen en rotskleur.
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.
Nard (6915) 2011-09-18 6:45
A dreamy place which contrast with the sad story concerning the war describing in your notes. Good choice of framing and exposure that gives to the waterfall a luminous aspect and nice texture, that stands well out the rock and the brown water.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-09-19 7:03
Somehow he meocan rays and a beauty.
Have a nice day.
axiotea (21647) 2011-09-19 22:55
thank you to bring us in such a peaceful place which you've "immortalized" nicely for the pleasure of the eye ;D
The colour tones, especially on the rocks look beautiful. I also like the contrasts between the warm & cold tones and the position of the water fall in the frame.
Have a nice day
danos (78036) 2011-09-20 8:39
nice the placement of the fall in the scene with the rocks to surround the backdrop of the image.I like the tranquility of the place as the harmony too.
fds (6307) 2011-09-20 9:23
very fantastic attractive
but i love the very nice colors of the water
timecapturer (36972) 2011-09-23 3:23
this is so beautiful. Your execution and presentation are just exceptional, the whole shot has such a magical quality and atmosphere about it. Awesome!
serp2000 (33057) 2011-09-25 9:44
Nice to see your photos again!
Outstanding composition, amasing title.
Hmm, I wonder by this landscape in Belgium. I think, this is not typical landscape for this country.
Have a great new week!
elkab (4939) 2011-09-25 10:44
What a beautiful and lovely place fantastic presented. I will stay there for long time. Excellent capture with a peaceful atmosphere. Impressive light balance
fabianoleite (9162) 2011-09-27 19:20
Beautiful falls. You gave a nice touch to the falling waters, great effect. Congratulations!
npecanhuk (56350) 2011-09-28 2:41
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Selmik (2911) 2011-09-28 20:57
beautiful scenery, fantastic colour tones and very successful experiment with shutter speed which lead to a very nice *milk* effect.
Waylim (23310) 2011-10-06 15:41
It is very nice of you to share such a refreshing little corner of the world. I love the tranquil setting and peaceful atmophere, off course your photo quality elevated that mood even more. Love the smooth texture of the waterfall and the little rock look like fishes swiming up stream.
Lovely composition and I love the rich tone and colors.
La_Tulipe (2794) 2011-11-15 3:47
Magnifique composition avec ce filé d'eau capté de façon talentueuse. Un joli coin de nature sous de très bonnes lumières
dta (56526) 2011-11-15 3:58
Hello Robert ,
Superb effect of teh long exposure , here . That gives a mysterious atmosphere to this amazing place . Like a lot how you have composed the picture , too .
Fis2 (76908) 2012-01-16 3:17
Wonderful place, interesting waterfall.
Good frame and composition.
I like water effect.
Greetings from Poland happy 2012!
ifege (9899) 2012-02-06 14:32
Great one Robert - a beautiful little waterfall surrounded by good rock and water colour.
RhodieIke (9247) 2012-04-01 23:22
Morning Robert, This is wonderful, love your close up to view and admire the beauty in these super falls,we can even see the fish swimming around. Well managed and presented. Love it, Cheers Iain.
jemaflor (74014) 2012-04-02 4:17
Well taken with this time of exposure for the result on the water, interesting dynamic effect. Well composed also with the place of the waterfall in your shot.
abmdsudi (32471) 2012-05-04 22:22
Thanks for all the wonderful words lately. You are blessed with natural beauty like this, I need to drive up north abt 100km the to the nearest waterfall since there is none in my small urban country. This a graceful shot with such rich tones and I think the shutter speed is about right to soften the water movement not too cotton wooly. This image creates a beautifully tranquil atmosphere and love the effect you achieved in wonderful calm setting. The silky smooth water as strong focal with the stark rocks is so appropriate and effective, beautifully composed. Evocative shot and it's so cool shot my friend, Congrats, TFS. Have a good week end
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2012-11-18 15:16
Bedtime stories and nymphs come to mind, beautifully executed shot, the rock and the reflection on the water are amazing, the falling cascade is the natural highlight of a nature's well kept secret!
jcpix (6504) 2013-02-20 15:43
You're spot on, there definitely is an air of calmness about this photo. The long exposure creates a soothing waterfall and is also a fun effect on the movement of what I assume to be fish?? If not, maybe some leaves being swirled around? Anyway, it's a lovely display of natures beauty. I especially like the placement of the waterfall in this frame as it starts up in the corner and cascades down on the left third of the image, then opens itself up on the pond below. Rich color and sharpness abound. Another pleasing shot from your gallery.
Cricri (92041) 2013-05-24 11:11
Un joli filé de la chute d'eau, la transparence de l'eau et des couleurs toujours merveilleuses, belle réalisation et endroit de mon pays :-)