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Mirror of trees

Mirror of trees
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24399 W: 523 N: 40812] (175612)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.3-5.6
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2004 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-01 2:21
Viewed: 3747
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 97
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An hour after zons rise I have yesterday tomorrow made this photograph, of the canal "Schipdonk" at Maldegem on 200 metres of the Belgium Netherlands borders.
This photograph I have especially dedicated to Carper "Jaap" he expects long a photograph of the canal with fog.
Hallo Jaap, hier is hij dan de lang verwachte foto met een beetje mist, ik heb er wel moeten vroeg voor opstaan om deze te kunnen nemen, gelukkig ging juist het winter uur in voege.
This canal much more is not used for ships, only for detritus water from France. Water arrives in the North sea, but its altitude different there to differ, and these are treated by sluices.

This picture I have cropped to a better composition.

The colours are really, only a green frame and name.

I hope you like it.

Shooting Date/Time
31/10/2004 8:02:31
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18.0 - 55.0mm
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To Zanni: Favoritejhm 1 2004-11-01 06:35
To oochappan: Mooi antwoordjhm 1 2004-11-02 05:53
To apazevedo: Favoritejhm 1 2004-11-14 11:19
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  • Zanni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 152 N: 1266] (6108)
  • [2004-11-01 2:34]
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This is one of your best theme, John: the fog, the long diagonal of tall trees towards a vanishing point, the canal: all in a moody atmosphere: the real Autumn. I'd like to have a poster of it. One of your best.

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  • adind Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 53 N: 112] (738)
  • [2004-11-01 2:56]

Mystic picture..nice reflection..good work...it appears that it goes into the horizon...


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  • sekl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 0 N: 175] (2063)
  • [2004-11-01 3:00]

Wonderful picture, John!
Did you stand in water risking to catch cold ? :-)
I can't call the shot calming, for there is something uneasy in fact that the crossing of lines is so close to the edge of the picture.

Just stunning. The colors are marvelous, the trees are marvfelous, the reflection is marvelous everything is jsut beaytiful.
Only thing I would change is the frame I'm not a big fan of frames and yours I feel takes a bit away from your stunning composition.

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  • kaud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 360 W: 58 N: 439] (1840)
  • [2004-11-01 3:34]

Two things are observed : (1) reflected imagery (2) the mist.
This two completed the geometry.

Wow...what amazing perspective you got here John! The fog is creating a great atmosphere and mood...and I love the way that the trees line and the reflection is "disolving" in it at the depth of the frame!

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • [2004-11-01 3:41]

Stupenda composizione, di grande realismo, ottimo paesaggio autunnale, nebbia di atmosfera, esposizione perfetta!

Beautiful autumn scene, perfect repirtionof the trees. Does someone trim them, how come they're all exactly the same size.

John, if it were not for the frame, this would be one of your best. The long diagonal of tree vanishing in the fog,the quietnes of the scene..so realistic you can almost feel thedamp coldness of an foggy daybreak in Autumn.
De frame is natuurlijk een kwestie van smaak. Maar de foto is heel mooi.

it's beautiful shot. but you should remove the green frame

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14257 W: 1033 N: 28549] (135778)
  • [2004-11-01 4:39]

Hi John

Moody & atmospheric with the mist, & with good linear perspective from the converging lines to going to the right. Well captured reflection too!

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2004-11-01 4:57]

Good foggy mood captured here John. The kanal makes a fine lead and perspective and of course the fog is essential for the specail mood. Well done.

Very nice water reflections I would have crop the right edge.
Very good geometry.
Well done

John ik ben vereerd,
Dit is een super foto. Dit is waar ik je eigenlijk voor het eerst, echt goed ben gaan waarderen. Je kanaal foto's. De atmosfere is geweldig goede duidelijke kleuren wegkwijnend in de mist. Uit een hele goede hoek genomen. Wat ik bij deze ook zo mooi vind, zijn de bladeren in het kanaal gevallen. John erg goed werk. Als ik er tien mocht geven gaf ik je een 9.

Une peinture que n'auraient pas reniée les peintres flamands.
Des couleurs qui font chavirer les coeurs de ceux qui aiment la nature. La brume enveloppant ce canal est d'une beauté féerique.
Un grand merci du partage John..

Le canal qui disparaît à l'infini, c'est le genre de photo que tu préfères mais celle-ci me semble la meilleure de toute. Il n'y a pas de surexposition et l'ambiance est bien rendue. Bravo, John!

Nice perspective, reflection and fog.

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  • HOBO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 836 W: 29 N: 1057] (5282)
  • [2004-11-01 6:53]

The trees, the water and the sky are melting together in the same "color", perfectly done John!

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2595 W: 86 N: 4067] (21833)
  • [2004-11-01 6:53]

You are wielding your magic here again. Very good photo brought about by good POV and composition, and clear colors and textures. The only think I don't really like is the green frame (which is a matter of personal opinion),

All lines centering in one point here. Colors disappearing in the fog. The reflections are even more clear than the originals. Composition and point of view are spot on. Great one, John. I like it. (frame is a bit dominant but that's only a personal opinion)
Very good image.

HI John, in addition to the diagonal and the beautiful reflection in the water I like here how it becomes foggier as you move away from the objective...

John toch, je brengt ons alle in verlegenheid, je laatste drie foto's stralen zulk een hoge kwaliteit uit op alle vlakken zoals hier de werkelijkheid van kleuren, de diepte van de vertekening gradueel in de mist oplossend, je standpunt om dit mooi convergerend naar de zijkant toe in perspectief te brengen, de zachte contrasten en heerlijke reflectie in het water. In alle nederigheid en ere wie ere toekomt ben ik trots dat je dit Vlaanderen met het juiste timbre in beeld weet te brengen.
Uitstekend !

Hi John - I think this is one of your best. It's really beautiful how in the foreground you retained a crystal clear reflection, while towards the back the whole setting vanishes into the autumn haze. The leaves on the water contribute to the pleasant autumnal atmosphere. Very good.

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  • hojper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 123 N: 863] (2832)
  • [2004-11-01 11:02]

Superb Shot of the autumn mist here. And of course the calm of the water and the perspective lines of the trees and the reflection add up to a very spooky scene with a fantastic atmosphere. The leaves on the water add a special touch.

Surprenante photo d'un canal baigné de brume..
C'est plein de mystère, avec un ambiance feutrée.
Les reflets en miroir avec les feuilles mortes sont spectaculaires..
Well done John!

Werkelijk een hele mooie, John !
Heerlijk zacht door de mist, oneindig, de vele bladeren in het water, heel mooi.
Ik vind alleen het frame niet zo, maar dat is weer persoonlijk...


What kind of words do you want I write here?!John!
Let me to take a deep breath.

Wow, a great composition of the foogy canal, John, and an excellent capture. The green frame looks a bit strange, but I trieed without it and I have to admit that this photo looks better with this frame. Excellen, very well done.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2004-11-01 15:32]

Toch eigenaardig dat we op hetzelfde moment aan hetzelfde dachten: mist = het kanaal... Ik zie dat jij er toch blijkbaar ietsje eerder bij was. Prachtig shot; die bladeren in het water, die mist, de bomenrij die langzaam verdwijnt... 't is heel mooi.

Superbe cadrage et atmosphère d'automne parfaitement rendu. Bonne lumière. Quitte à mettre un cadre, autant en mettre un noir.

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2004-11-01 16:51]

Oh lovely and moody shot - I been trying to take some similar shots here on hazy mornings - but not with very much luck - thanks John for sharing this fine view and work.

The leafes at the watersurface makes this a fine autumnshot.

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  • orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
  • [2004-11-01 22:25]

Great shot, John. The perspective is excellent and you have captured the mist perfectly. I like how there seems to be a person standing on the right bank - it adds a touch of mystery to the composition. Very well done.

Very good work John and nice framing, great diagonal and wonderful reflection of the low end part of the trees, great mood, well seen.


This is such a familiar sight to me, as I live pretty closeby. You have done a wonderful job in capturing the serene atmosphere of a misty morning along the canal. The fallen leaves on the water surface are a special bonus! This deserves at least two points.

With this pucture the viewer have a perception if "inifite" illimited

Your picture has already been much analysed and praised. It deserves it. I'm surprised no one spoke of Simenon about it. The picture carries deep sadness and lonelyness that ar only contradicted by the neatness of the reflection in the foreground.
I'm not sure the framing or the frame color was a good idea.

Very attractive, misty, photo. I'm sure that in all the comments everything has been said but I had to add to it since this is really amazing. It has such a light and mysterious atmosphere to it. Perfectly calm and quiet with the fog shrouding everything in mystery and the leaves in the water. And matched with a nice, deep, perspective that dissolves into nothingness. Excellent job.

hummm,i supposed the fog here was the big hero of this great work~ it blur the background and created the gradully fading of the colors and sharpness,nice that u left a little of the right band,which kept the ballence of the foto,

I love fog, John, so I stopped to look at this one. Fantastic perspective and depth, colour and detail, the trees form an excellent diagonal and its reflections are marvellous. This one goes straight to my favourites!

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  • arth Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 316 W: 0 N: 162] (1454)
  • [2004-12-13 13:57]
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Ben eens op verkenning gegaan John in Uw archief.
Deze is echt geweldig ,werkelijk perfect.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 68 N: 1359] (4403)
  • [2004-12-22 21:01]

Beautiful... I love how the trees reflect in the water and the leaves float on top. Well done. TFS, Janice

:-) SUPER!

WOW , what a beautiful view, and what a beautiful pic. i love this kind of picture.
Good Job


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  • Bujar (0)
  • [2005-07-07 7:22]

Really good shot,i like the way fog starts and the way it ends,and reflection in water.Very relaxing photo.


Everything is said... before me :)
I'm here to give you a smiley


Hi John,

A nice image of the canal with the reflections of the trees in the water under foggy condition, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Have a nice sunday.


Very nice water reflections.

Hello John,
You are the expert in beautiful canal scenes surrounded by trees. The mist has added a pleasant mysterious air to the photo.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13692 W: 295 N: 27272] (109507)
  • [2016-08-21 23:36]

Hello John,
nice scenery with the fog and the created reflection to make it even more attractive.The well chosen POV adds depth and perspective in the image.Well done.


Greetings John,

I have been looking back through some of your older works and something clearly happened between 2003 and 2004. Your 2003 work contains a few too many run-of-the-mill shots, but in 2004 you start producing a high percentage of stunning, quite artistic shots. This work is stunningly composed, with a contrast of vertical and diagonal lines, with the mist really working in your favour with the vanishing point really vanishing. A small criticism: I am not sure that the green you have used to frame this shot is the best possible framing colour, but otherwise a brilliant piece of work. Iain.

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