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Ghent Celebrations J-09
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24629 W: 523 N: 41334] (177626)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-27
Categories: Event
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, 1 GB Sandisk Ext II, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictures 2010 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-18 22:57
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This is the second picture out of the series boat and music on water, Ghent as city has always something specially for tourists.
This spectacle can everyone see in a real Middle Ages area middle in the city centre

The City Archive keeps the kilometer-long archive of the city of Ghent. The oldest piece dates from 1178, the most recent from 2005. The City Archive shall make these documents available to the researcher.
The old archive is from the 12th century to 1796 and is one of the main urban archives of Western Europe. In the modern archive is the operation of the city administration after 1800 saved.
There is also an extensive art collection of drawings, engravings (engraved print of a wooden or metal plate), watercolors (paintings in watercolor), postcards, photographs and posters.

I wish all visitors a nice weekend.

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Dag best John,

An image very well composed with the sympatic bota in the FG and the beautiful Ghent's houses in the BG. Very good contrats in the FG, I like too the flowers which give interesting coloured elements.
Have a nice We,

The Flemish version of the gondola! The very interesting detail are the spiky pieces of wood on the side of the boat, which I can only explain as preventers to avoid dumping into the pier. But perhaps you have a better explaination.
And the facades of the buildings behing are superb.

All the best,


Hi john
on the boat's an interesting idea
nice presentation

Une très bonne composition avec ce bateau fleuri original en premier plan et la superbe ville de Ghent en arrière plan. belle photo!

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2010-06-19 0:02]

Good morning John,
really Ghent city must be a very attractive and pleasant destination especially when taking place all these attractions that you have described in your informative note.The traditional houses with the boat on the foreground is a sight for sore eyes.Well done.

Have a nice weekend,Danos

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2010-06-19 0:17]

Hi John,
nice scenery and good reportage. Very nice old architecture in BG. Good note, fine quality of photo. I like it.
Have a nice day.

ciao John,
immagine ottimamente composta con la barca in FG e la magnifica architettura alle spalle.
Perfettamente bilanciata la luce.
un caro saluto

ik denk dat Gent als oude stad heel goed kan wetijveren met bv Brugge,wwat een geweldige blik op de rivier en de koopmans en gemeentehuizen.
De gondelier lijkt wel een beetje Venetie.
Complimenten John

Dag John,
Een schitterend perspectief op de boot met de mooie huizen in de achtergrond, een feestelijk zicht.

Hi John,
very nice p.o.v. i like the characteristic houses, and the boat.
great colors and sharpness.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14077 W: 0 N: 16143] (171732)
  • [2010-06-19 1:21]


fantastique gopndole, on a vriment envie d'aller s'assoir sur une de ces chaises et d'admiere ce décor de re^ve, grandisoe captage et cadrage.

merci et maitié


Bonjour, cher ami John,
Gand est à la fois une ville historique et contemporaine. Le quotidien moderne de ses habitants actifs se déroule dans un splendide décor. La ville de Gand respire, vit, travaille et se divertit, jour après jour.
Une très belle image, un pur régal une fois encore.

Ola John ,
Que beleza de foto fantástica com este barco e o remador em grande plano o barco tem umas lindas flores brancas se destacam pela sua cor , os edifícios de fundo são lindos tem belos detalhes de arquitectura , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Bom fim de semana

Hello John,
Wonderful composition, beautiful Venice style atmosphere, excellent POV, interesting architecture, lovely colors, very good light management.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.

Hello John,
A fine capture of this mobile stage. I like the point of view encompassing the lovely background architecture. Good light, colours and sharpness.

Hello John,
This is a remarkable composition with the fine boat in front of the spectacular row of characteristic house gables. Excellent sharpness and colours.

Hi my dear John

Wahooo another great masterpiece !!!!!!!
Maginificient framework, well organized composition, bright color contrast and so deep focus description are marvelous.
Congratulation on your fine job!
Thanks for your sharing and have a good Saturday evening! Best regards from muggy Tokyo,

Ciao John,
photo de large je respire, le soin des détails te distinction, tres belle image, la netteté et les couleurs sont excellentes. Tres beau travail. Bon fin semaine et amitié.

Hi John!
Very beautiful picture!
So many nice and interesting elements all over!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all outstanding features in this photo!
TFS - congratulations!
Have a great week-end!

Hi John.
I will never tire of photos of the old centre of Ghent. And this is yet another fine one from you. It has an almost Venice-like atmosphere to it, with the boatman steering the boat from the rear. Great angle of view, and rich colours, plus strong light and shadow. Great wide angle view of those marvellous buildings beside the river.

Dag John,
Buitengewoon mooie foto ! Echt wel een plaatje dat mensen kan aansporen om Gent te bezoeken.
De compositie is perfect met de roeispaan links onder en de hoogste geveltoppen in de rechter bovenhoek.
De foto is kleurrijk en toont de prachtige oude architectuur te samen met het leuke ontspanningselement, het bootje waarop de muzikanten verwacht worden.
Prettig weekend, Paul

  • riclopes Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6857 W: 151 N: 10359] (35577)
  • [2010-06-19 4:19]

Olá John, very charming scene on the river and absolutely wonderful set of facades in the background. It's a bit like Venice in Flanders...Beautiful traditional boat with a surprising big oar. Lovely reflections in FG too.
Wish you a great weekend,

Hallo John. Heute zeigst Du ein Motiv wie aus dem Bilderbuch. Das Photo zeigt viele Details. Ich habe solche Boote mit Stühlen nicht in Ghent vermutet. Ohne die Häuser im Hintergrund hätte ich an Italien gedacht. Insgesamt ein schönes Photo, - in gewohnter meisterhafter Qualität. Gruß, Wolfgang.
... ein schönes Wochenende.

Bonjour John

La composition de cette image est parfaite. Ce batelier ouvre l'image sur ces magnifiques bâtiments en arrière plan. Les couleurs et la netteté sont parfaits.

Bon weekend


Hi John,

The boat in the foreground is helping to frame the scenery. The point of view is leading my eyes toward the buildings which is giving depth to the composition. It is also allowing me to see the details and colors of the buildings and of the boat. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a good weekend.


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  • lgir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 621 W: 71 N: 1652] (7363)
  • [2010-06-19 7:58]

Hello John,

beautiful image colorful and well staged this "gondola for musicians".
good work

Hi John!

Yesterday I come back to Belgium, and really you have a very beautiful country, in specially Ghant and Brugge.
About the photo, the is perfect for your serie about the music,boat and water. The buildings with the roofs in stairs and the sky complete the scene very good.

Congratulations for this photo and for your country!!!

Ciao John, lovely composition with splendid boat full of flowers in FG and beautiful facades, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello John
Pretty interesting presentation of the boat, and the panoramic view of the magnificent facades of buildings. This boat is somewhat like the Venetian gondola. Nice, clean and strong colors.
Best regards

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2010-06-19 9:00]

wonderful imaging as always...fantastic timing the caught boat!all the best,


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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2010-06-19 9:54]

dear John
wow, this one is real beauty. excelent composition with extreme DOF thanks to boat in foreground and houses in background. great sharpness and beautiful warm colors. photo for postcard. bravo!!
regards, vojko

Hello John,
this new type of gondola does not have anything to envy those of Venice. It misses only the musicians. A spectacular image, and also an excellent architectural image. excellent quality. Congratulations.
Have a good evening

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2010-06-19 10:24]

Hi John,
Incredible sharpness. I like depth and colors. Well framed .
Greetings my friend.

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2010-06-19 18:15]

Hi John

That is almost a painting, a real postcard, it looks like you could touch the boat and the buildings like in 3D. Fantastic shot with vibrant color hues and fine sharpness. Well done, my friend. Thanks for your critique of my sunset over Penang.

Best regards and have a nice Sunday

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2010-06-19 20:07]

Hello John,
What a beautiful place to present to the spectators a show on water.The boat in the foreground is very nice with all these flowers.I like very much the architecture of all these buildings in the background.Beautiful colors and great sharpness.Very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2010-06-19 23:54]

Bonjour John,
Gent et Brugge, sont deux villes que j'aime beaucoup, elles sont proches des villes des Pays-Bas comme Delf ou Amsterdam. Il s'y passe souvent quelque chose.
Une photo nette comme d'habitude et très bien contrastée.
Excellent dimanche.

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2010-06-20 4:31]

Hi John! The other version of the gondola! The very interesting detail and POV And the facades of the buildings BG Scene with are superb this new type of gondola . A spectacular image, and also an excellent characteristic architectural image! excellent quality. Congratulations.
Have a good evening

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2010-06-20 4:45]

Hello John,

Voilà qui donne un petit air de Venise à cette cité.
La prise de vue est pleine de contraste et est très originale. J'aime bien le rythme créé par les splendides façades en arrière plan.
Bien vu !



Hello John

Impressive long gondola-like boat in the foreground. The long row of houses with typical Belgian architecture makes a truly beautiful background. Very nice composition with good perspective. Great job John! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice Sunday.

Best regards, Erling

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  • Fante Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 615 W: 62 N: 1030] (5429)
  • [2010-06-20 8:49]

Hi John,

beautiful photo with extraordinary composition. Amazing colorful boat in foreground and impressive and very spactaculare houses in background. Nice vivid colors, perfect sharpness with many details and excelent view. Bravo
Regards, Sasko

Dobar dan-popodne, gospodine.
Odlican motiv i uvodni tekst.
Vrlo interesantna konstrukcija broda za muzicare i lep pogled na grad sa bogatom starom arhivom, dobar prikaz odlicnim radom i fotografijom, cestitam vam.
Lepo je ovo gledati i doziveti trenutke uz lepu izvornu muziku.
Prijatno popodne i lepo vreme, srecno, Paja.


Een goede dag in de middag, meneer.
Uitstekende thema en inleidende tekst.
Zeer interessant bouw van het schip voor muzikanten en een mooi uitzicht op de stad met een rijke oude archieven, een goede weergave van uitstekende prestaties en fotografie, ik feliciteer je.
Het is leuk om naar te kijken en dit moment te beleven met een mooie originele muziek.
Een leuke middag en hebben een leuke tijd, gelukkig, Paja.

A good day in the afternoon, sir.
Excellent theme and introductory text.
Very interesting construction of the ship for musicians and a nice view of the city with a rich old archives, a good view of excellent performance and photography, I congratulate you.
It's nice to watch and experience this moment with a beautiful original music.
A pleasant afternoon and have a nice time, happy, Paja.

Namaste John,
it is always pleasant to see a boat in river, but here is something extra with it. The well decorated boat by flowers, the superb buildings at background and a nice sky... incredible composition with perfect light and superb colours. Very well captured shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9869 W: 157 N: 16070] (126527)
  • [2010-06-20 12:01]

Witaj John!
A beautiful scene,
wonderful buildings.
I like the frame and superb colors.
Sharpness is good :)

Hello John,
Very nice pov, i like the characteristic houses, and the boat.Great colors and sharpness.

Hi John,
great atmosphere, the composition is splendid, I like the beautiful architectural details and the atmosphere of the photo, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
György (George)

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2010-06-20 18:44]

Hi John wonderful shot that seems to be lost in a different time with now evidence of 21st century man.
The lovely traditional canal boat decked with lovely flowers and that massive steering paddle is very impressives as is the backdrop of splendid architecture and blue sky.
Very nice reflection from the boat in this ver pleasing scene.
Regards, Tom

Hello John,

A beautiful traditional wooden boat works well as an eye-catcher in front of the ancient architecture!
A fine frame with many interesting details, a lovely colour palette and the rippled reflection adds interest value...
A fine postcard with good depth..!

Pablo -

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  • cayden Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 264 W: 4 N: 100] (2183)
  • [2010-06-20 23:35]

Hi Jhon,
It is wonderfully presented, vivid, contrasted and sharp image. All in one photo.
Thank you

Hello John,
Superb impression of this harbour. Sharpness and contrast are fine in this composition.
best wishes,

Hi John.

What a pity the driver wasn't looking at you...a really pity for sure.

Anyway, excellent picture with the city in the background.

Well done!

Hi John,
beautiful work! The boat with its driver adds so much interest here. I like that the paddle crosses the front of the boat diagonally making a cross -it creates a nice element. The scenery is wonderful, the architecture magnificent.
Very well captured, excellent quality

Hi John,

Flowers Ship. :)
A wonderful idea.
Perfect framing, colors, light and clarity is really great.
a very good job.



Hi John,
this boat looks like a gondola that filled the foreground with its forms and its details, but does not hide the beauty of architecture in the background.
The fantastic light and the high quality colors, creates a composition very attractive to the eye, you've made very elegantly.
Excellent work, my friend.
Best regards,

Hi John
Very nice picture and very good colours and POV.
Very well composed the boat with those magnificent buildings.Fantastic fasades.
Best regards

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2010-06-21 8:56]

Dag John. Da's wel origineel; 't is precies een beetje Venetië! Mooie foto met een goeie opstelling; prachtig decor achteraan. Heel goed gezien en gedaan.

Hi John, good reportage photo and very nice scene. Excellent composition and colors.

TFS and regards,

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-06-21 10:19]

Hello John,
Great composition and very beautiful this boat ready for musicians and willing to walk that they want for the channel.
Excellent view of the beautiful buildings and very good depth and colors.
Best wishes,

Hello John,
another masterpiece of yours, a really great composition with the boat on FG anf a superb landscape on BG. The quality is excellent as always. Best regards.

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2010-06-21 11:09]

Bonsoir John,

Il faut certainement avoir une certaine dextérité pour manier cette grosse gondole, surtout quand on voit la pagaie qui la fait avancer !!! Et attention qui s'y frotte s'y pique, étonnant ces bouts de bois acérés sur la coque qui doivent remplacer le traditionnel pneu je pense. Une belle photo sur ces festivités avec un bon traitement de l'image. Ces architectures sont vraiment exceptionnelles, merci John.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne soirée,


  • svefay Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 135 W: 0 N: 31] (810)
  • [2010-06-21 11:16]

colours of the city and composition with the man on the boat are very good, TFS and good evening...

Beautiful flowered boat, and from Venice. This boat is simply amazing. The magnificent buildings in the background. Very good colors and perfect sharpness. Tremendous shot.
Best Regards

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  • silah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 288 W: 0 N: 252] (2798)
  • [2010-06-21 12:30]

Wonderful shot which has perfect colours and composition. Super duper shot. REGARDS, Salih.

Hallo John,

Op het eerste gezicht dacht ik even dat je in Haarlem op bezoek was geweest. Dit had gezicht vanaf het Spaarne kunnen zijn. Zo gek is dat ook weer niet, want o.a. heeft de Vlaamse architect Lieve de Key zijn stempel op deze stad gedrukt.

groet Rob

Hi John,

this seems to be another wonderful place to visit. Excellent effect by the presence of the boat in the FG.



Bonjour John,
Cette photo est très réussie avec cette barque en premier plan et les vieilles maisons au loin. J'aime les couleurs et les formes.
Un régal !

Hello John! Amazing boat, wonderful gondolier, superb tenement's houses, excellent architecture. Good POV and composition, very good capture and exposure. Ideal frame. Good information. Well done!

Hi John,
I visited Gent 1 mounth ago, before celebration of music on the water... a nice town, also if there are many works in action on the roads, not so good to turisme.

A great composition in this picture and a perfect management of lights and colours.

Have a nice evening

Hi John.
That beautiful image of Ghent, I love this city I've visited twice. Your original composition with the boat-musical in the foreground and the beautiful buildings in the background is a great image. Excellent use of light, with beautiful natural colors contrast well. Very well done.
Have a nice evening.
Best regards.

Ciao dear John,
unbelievable the sharpness of this photo, absolutely fantastic! The pleasant and interesting architecture of these houses is the only difference with Venice. Compliments for this masterpiece!
Ciao, have a nice day!

Hi dear John,
very impressive and very successful shot..a masterpiece work..very rich composition,this one is wonderful postcard from Belgium..well done.TFS


Hello John
Great composition very well captured and framed.
Very characteristic houses, and the boat.
Great colors and sharpness.
Excellent job.

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  • TRB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1021 W: 15 N: 510] (14138)
  • [2010-06-23 13:23]

Merhaba John,
Rich detail, color, light and a great frame excellent image, very interesting. Congratulations, love

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4763 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2010-06-23 23:12]

Hi John
It has something of Venezia! Strong FG with the boat and a magnificent architecture in the BG.
Light and colours are fine.

very nice angle and colors. you sure did seen a great beautiful event scene. the architecture is also amazing. well done.

Hi John,
Very beautiful composition with these beautiful houses and this boat, good effect with the mouvement and these reflections on water.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2010-06-25 4:30]

Dag dear John
Interesting picture with the gabled houses of Ghent in the BG and the old type boat in the FG, waiting for a musical performance...very beautiful!
Best Regards

Hello John,

I've been away lately and I missed all your last photos... This is a splendid composition, so well framed and with wonderful colours. The façades of thoses old houses are superb and the gondola makes the scene so interesting. An excellent work.

I'll be away most of the time during this summer so I'll stop or reduce most of my activity here in Te.
I wish you a happy summer holiday,


Hi John
Great Picture of this series of boat and music on water
Excellent POV, lovely colors and details
Have a fine weekend

een plaatje John,
erg fraai genomen foto, heb ik eigenlijk niet veel over te zeggen. Ik vind hem bijzonder goed genomen, fraai werk. prettige avond.
groet jaap

Bonjour John,
Very nice presentation of the Ghent Celebrations ,
Excellent caught of view and great details,
Great architecture of the house on background of Ghent,
a great composition,
very well done and all my compliments.

Bonjour John
belle image de cette grande gondole sur les eaux de cette Venise du Nord. Le Point de Vue est très beau et bien sûr on admire l'architecture de la ville derrière
bien amicalement

Hi John, A nice low POV & this offers up a lovely background of simple architecture, the boat is a wonderfully eye catching sight, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

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  • xramm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 66 N: 125] (1831)
  • [2010-06-30 4:29]

Hello John,
Extremely vivid colors around boat, nice composition with good pattern is made of buildings and balanced exposure and sharp details as usual ;)

Olá John,

Excellent compo and POV, very nice colors, and light.
Beautiful postcard from Ghent.

Um abraço,

Hello John, When I looked at the thumbnail my first impression was Venice, I realised very quickly the very different architecture. & boat of course. Nice shot with the festival atmosphere well captured.

Hi John
Congrats on reaching 90K points!
i really love this type of architecture, its so photogenic, and you don't even need perfect lighting or sky to compliment it as it stands strong by itself.
the large boat in the FG adds depth for the BG.
well taken as usual

  • xuaxo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4896 W: 319 N: 4862] (6854)
  • [2010-07-03 7:10]

Several cities want to be called Venetië van het Noorden, like Amsterdam or Helsinki, but that title applies very well to your photo of Gent.
Very nice presentation.

Hello John,

Ik ben Franstallige, maar ik spreek ook een beetje Nederlands. Het is een erg mooie foto, zeer informatief over de gentsefeesten. De compositie is perfect met veel details, ondanks de zon.



Excellent composition and pov.
A fantastic "look to learn" image..

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2010-07-05 17:36]

Good evening John!
Beautiful postcard from Ghent. Very well taken and composed scenery with very impressive view at the row of the buildings and boat with flowers waiting for musicians. My compliments
best regards

Hi John,

Very good Photo, i like that POV , composition, colors and sharpness.

Have a nice day


Hi John

Beautiful architecture. Perfect composition, Great colours and sharpness.


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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2010-07-11 9:36]


very nice view of this curious boat and those beautiful façades ahead. nice framing, sharpness and light. Good compo, congratulations



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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2010-07-12 4:54]

Hi John. A charming and colourful image. Beautiful buildings (like intricate dolls' houses),. Obviously a city that is much loved and one with a long history and traditions. It gladdens the heart to see people enjoying themselves in this festive atmosphere- beautifully captured by a sensitive photographer. Regards dear friend. Klaudio.

This is a nicely composed shot with the foreground placement of the boat. The angle of the shot is great giving the scene a good sense of direction. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness and DOF.

Very nice John, the detail on the boat is wonderful. Boats that are not plastic are wonderful. Overall this looks like a postcard, the sky even cooperated well.


Hello John,
Excellent sharpness and beautiful composition.
BR Giedrius

Lovely perspective John and I like the way the boat almost fills the frame. Great colours and sharpness as always and another fine capture my friend.

hello John,

Jolie scène, riche en détails et en couleurs.
Bonne journée

Hello John,
I remember the earlier photo with the grand piano in a gondola. ;) This photo is lovely with the truly beautiful big gondola, the wonderful façades of the houses and the river side full of life. Good colours and clarity, excellent sharpness. A beautiful capture - TFS!

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2010-07-26 5:46]

Hallo John,
Magnificent shot of this beautiful scenery. You have captured the moment masterly, managing the light perfectly and getting a depth of field excellent. Good work!


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  • quillo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2087 W: 415 N: 1878] (11858)
  • [2010-07-26 10:27]

Hola John ~~~~~~~~>

Una imagen bonita y agradable de Gante,
bien encuadrada y bien conseguida,
me gusta .... felicidades.

Un saludo y hasta pronto amigo.

Hallo John!
Gratuliere dir zu dieser großartigen Arbeit!
Viele Grüße

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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2010-08-16 5:12]

REaly like this compositionwith the intersting boat at the fg and the wonderful Ghents architecture as bg. Well saturated colors bringing the textures more forwoard
Best regards

a nice,excellent postcard from this amazing
city with the wonderful buildings,
the architectural details are wonderful
it looks like a poem

Hello John,

Wonderful picture with a good composition, sharpness and contrast. Good job!

Best regards,


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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 929 W: 0 N: 1511] (13233)
  • [2011-11-17 5:49]

john hi my friend! this is a knock-out shot,everything is managed well,very nice day.i like the reflection of the boat!! have a great day john! dr

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2012-11-13 18:09]

Great photo, you've captured a bit of Venice in Belgium. Love the composition that features the boat but still shows off that classic architecture as it stretches down the waterway. The colors are strong but natural, and the resolution appears crisp. I really like this one John. Bravo!



Gondola of Belgium, John, with special chairs for the musicians.
The flowers decoration and colors of the houses on far back, made a beautiful sight.
Marvelous picture applied.
Good evening,

Hello John, how can anybody comment a picture like this? No words can describe all what I would really like to say to you!When the image speaks for itself, I am so helpless...There is elegance, there is style, there is a romantic point of view, there is tradition highlighted, there is great architecture, there is a great background, a beautiful boat,an extraodrinary scenery!
It happened so you were passing by and this is the result of a great photographer's work!
My best compliments and regards,

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2013-04-06 0:29]

Hi John !!
I can see extremely attractive buildings..... a beautiful boat with flowers, only the colour of the water is a bit detrimental.
However the photo is great, I like the distribution of the elements in the foreground and the background.
Fantastic presentation.
Have a nice week end.

Hello John,
this is an exquisite picture, the word perfect is also flashing in my mind:) I could apply it to many parametres of your image, like the clarity, sense of depth, arrangement of perspectives, light management, colour and texture definition. I love the chromatic harmony on the boat and on the beautiful scenery. The sky adds interest, light and contrast completing the composition superbly. There's also a fascinating 3D effect! Wonderful work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

Hello John,

Great shot of the boat.Lovely colors and good sharpness. Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation.TFS.


Dear John,
I like to walk in your wonderful gallery. Today I find another masterpiece. Superb photo! I take off my hat again.
Best wishes from Russia!

Hello John,
It looks like a huge gondola. I's very well framed and the buildings in the background are pretty.

Hello John! Amazing boat, fantastic gondola. Superb architecture in the background. Fantastic sky. Good POV and DOF. Perfect quality. Regards!

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