I am taking a break from my North American series, although there is one more city, that I will show from my recent trip. This photo, however, was taken two days ago, and much closer, some 10km, to my home. It shows het Muiderslot, where I attended an open-air performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This photo was taken during the break, about half an hour before sunset.
Het Muiderslot is one of the, if not the, best-known castle(s) in The Netherlands. It is located in the town of Muiden, close to the mouth of the river Vecht, where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer).
It is uncertain when the castle was built, but it is often said Count Floris V built het Muiderslot around 1280. It was also here that Floris was murdered in 1296. A couple of centuries later, during the Dutch Golden Age, historian, poet and playwright P.C. Hooft lived in the castle and used it for his meetings with fellow scientists and writers, a group called de Muiderkring (the Muiden Circle). Het Muiderslot is a national museum nowadays and is internationally often branded as Amsterdam Castle in order to attract more tourists from abroad.
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PaulVDV (32599) 2015-09-12 0:32
Dit is wel één van de mooiste kastelen in Nederland, prachtig omgeven door een slotgracht.
Je nam de foto op een ideaal moment waarbij de rode steenkleur prachtig tot uiting komt met de blauwe lucht op de achtergrond.
Beide kleuren worden ook mooi weerspiegeld in het water.
Uitstekende presentatie vanuit een goede hoek.
Vele groeten, Paul
jhm (159925) 2015-09-12 0:42
Even op kastelen toer, door Jaap (caper, niet meer actief op TE) heb ik veel kastelen in Nederland leren kennen
Het Muiderslot is heel mooi en een bijzonder architectuur
De ingang met het brugje zijn ook heel mooi
Goed foto werk, bedankt
Mooi weekend gewenst,
besnard (57228) 2015-09-12 0:51
Une belle luminosité sur ce superbe château qui le met en valeur et nous permet de voir les détails de la construction.µ
Amitiés et bon week-end.
ikeharel (78229) 2015-09-12 0:54
An imposing edifice, a fortification surrounded by water to give extra protection in old times, lars.
Taken just before sunset, as you wrote - that's why we can see the beautiful water reflected on the red bricks wall.
Hope you enjoyed the play, as well with the photography session there.
Have a nice weekend,
carlo62 (54900) 2015-09-12 2:18
bellissimo castello e bellissima luce, il pov esalta l'impotenza delle mura.
Eccellente foto, di ottima qualità.
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2015-09-12 3:16
This is a very impressive castle and the view you have chosen along with the warm golden sunset light makes it look like something from an ancient legend. The building looks strong and imposing. I would not like to have to storm this place in an ancient time of war. Really great presentation of a very fine place
chrisnet (23062) 2015-09-12 4:12
I like the beautiful light on this nice castle, it's a wonderful architecture well taken.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2015-09-12 4:17
very nice castle and sunset light. great blue sky.
pajaran (65694) 2015-09-12 4:25
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst o dvorcu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lepo pakazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa stara arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Nice view, interesting and good article about the history of the castle and the description ...
Nice pakazana architecture and detail on the facade, good sharpness and contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful old architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
jean113 (5695) 2015-09-12 4:37
Helo Lars, the evening light with the setting sun has created a lovely glow on the brick walls and reflected on the small windows.
A good point of view taking in two faces of the castle.
Excellent sharp shot.
Fis2 (106292) 2015-09-12 5:59
Good POV and composition.
Excellent colors and light.
Nicou (150964) 2015-09-12 6:24
quelle image de ce château fantastique vue quel rendu des tons doux et les reflets sur l'eau superbe mise en valeur et image fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (88217) 2015-09-12 6:26
Quel beau château et quelle belle heure pour le mettre en vedette. Il est très beau tout entouré d'eau avec cette belle lumière rouge en diagonale.
Silvio1953 (152867) 2015-09-12 6:57
Ciao Lars, great view of fantastic castle, fascinating reflections, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (36343) 2015-09-12 7:31
I like the lighting of this castle especially the warm golden colors. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
marabu61 (11279) 2015-09-12 7:54
The beautiful late evening light has illuminated this impossing castle in a wonderful light. The castle looks quite strong and impenetrable with its position in the middle of the small lake. I bet the open air performance in this setting must have been wonderful. I recently was at an opera performance in a castle like this.
have a great weekend
rychem (42552) 2015-09-12 8:43
Fantastic castle on the water and fantastic light of setting sun, beautiful details of the castle are very wel shown, perfect POV an beautiful reflections
ChrisJ (117741) 2015-09-12 11:23
Wonderful reflections in the water with the multiple arched bridge at right providing a fine lead in line. Superb warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky and the sunlit yellow red walls of the old castle. Good sharpness and I like the angled pov showing 2 facades. Tfs.
gildasjan (43824) 2015-09-12 13:27
La couleur brique éclairée crée un bel accord de couleurs avec le bleu de ce ciel.Une agréable demeure avec ce plan d'eau.
lousat (97515) 2015-09-12 15:34
Hi Lars,magnificent capture of this castle from Netherlands.Not often seen on TE as i remind,and taken from a perfect point of view and the magic light of suset,perfect exposure,and bright colors too,interestint post! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
pierrefonds (71077) 2015-09-12 15:58
I like the reflections on the water. The point of view is shwing a double perspective of the architecture of the castle. The sunset is giving nice colors to the scene. Have a nice day.
macjake (72491) 2015-09-12 17:59
so this is where you live? haha
great looking subject!
easy to see why its one of the most popular in your country.
I wonder how the man was murdered and under what circumstances?
excellent pov and angle to shoot it at, we get a hint of the reflections, and the colour combinations are attractive too.
berek (50508) 2015-09-12 21:34
I have not been here yet. I did not actually notice this castle. The architecture of the castle is very interesting in the wonderful water. a successful composition.
have a nice Sunday.
emka (106662) 2015-09-12 23:58
Fantastic castle, I love such medieval castle on water. impressive building, spectacular presentation in beautiful light.
Have a nice Sunday
ourania (51079) 2015-09-13 2:22
this is a wonderful castle, it must have made a superb setting for the open-air performance of the Merchant of Venice. I like very much the way you combined perspective and framing, rendering the castle so elegant and imposing. The warm light gives it a very special allure, you captured colours and atmosphere masterfully, without any exaggeration. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
fds (9569) 2015-09-13 3:20
dear friend lars very very beautiful picture with this ancien castle with great sunset light
great document for my
Graal (103038) 2015-09-13 23:55
very nice brick castle. Good shot from fine POV. Amazing basts and defensive walls. Nice presentation.
Have a nice week.
Royaldevon (43325) 2015-09-14 1:59
I suspected immediately that this was a break from N.Y !!!
What an impressive castle, especially with the low sun reddening and patterning its walls and creating a fiery reflection in the moat! Although a normal approach would have been to use the bridge as a guide, you definitely took the right option, capturing the light effects!
It must have been a stunning setting for the play.
I have been to such outdoor performances which certainly add to the atmosphere. I suppose the real problem can be the weather!
Have a great week,
papagolf21 (109194) 2015-09-14 2:11
Bonjour, cher ami Lars,
Un château protégé par des douves, il y a un aspect défensif du temps de la féodalité.
Je suppose que l'accès était également protégé par une herse et un pont-levis.
Très belle lumière latérale magnifiant l'ensemble.
holmertz (59044) 2015-09-14 10:58
This is a fantastic castle, like a child's dream of a fairytale come true. The setting sun has given one side a wonderful warm tone. Obviously you couldn't have found a better angle, at least not at that time of the day. The photo is excellently exposed and has a beautiful clarity.
mkamionka (39937) 2015-09-15 13:24
lovely castle with charming unique architecture and you have captured it in a great light. Low light and so quite challenging but the outcome is fantastic. The subtly touched by the warm sunlight architecture looks great set against the blue sky here.
mcmtanyel (28962) 2015-09-17 18:33
The light in this photo is extraordinary. The reflection of the evening sun has done wonders on the south side of the castle. The wonderfully blue sky contrasts the castle most pleasantly.
Matyas (0) 2015-09-22 0:50
Hello Lars! Amazing castle. Fantastic brightness and colours. Good exposure and capture. Superb contrast and sharpness. Well done!
PiotrF (22898) 2015-09-23 12:43
Amazing view of this nice castle, beautiful light and nice warm colours. Interesting architecture. Interesting and detailed notes.
Very nice work.
fritzi007 (12414) 2015-09-24 9:43
super photo, the last rays of sunshine, excellent sharpness, very good comment, I'm thrilled!
adores (46363) 2015-09-28 16:51
The castle is beautiful and the light is just great, you chose the moment really well!
jmdias (68615) 2015-09-29 16:06
I liked these golden hues of sunset enhancing the beauty of the architecture of the castle. nice job.
dip (23892) 2015-10-07 11:58
wonderful image of the impressive castle,well captured and composed,
thanks for sharing,
iainsp (3298) 2016-12-24 5:21
An impressive building and you have got a shot with beautiful light on it (the deeper red of the reflection in the water works particularly well). I am impressed how few people are in the frame given that this was shot during a public event - nice patience I would imagine.
- Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) (43386)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2015-09-10
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC HX400v
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Gooi en Vechtstreek [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2015-09-12 0:25