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Shadows on ice
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35 mm f 2.8 L 11 USM, 1 GB Sandisk Ext II, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Images that i can't resist looking @, Otras fotos favoritas 2, My best of 2011 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-18 23:11
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© 2010 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use johnmaenhout@yahoo.com

This photo has been taken two month ago, 2010 May like morning, at the canal where I cycling and makes a good stroll.
The festive event are per year without cars or other motorized vehicles. along the narrow road of the canal.
Horses and cyclist are admitted.

The flat land of Bruges to Ghent had already been widely praised.
Think of Jacques Brel sang it in "Le plat pays".
By one of the finest pieces of nature is a twin channel as a green ribbon to Maldegem come of Damme.
Since separating the Leopold Canal and the Canal Schipdonk itself and continues its way to the last Zomergem.
Along the "Blinker and Stinker" citizens have united to take steps to preserve this unique area with no industry or push towing boats.
Quiet and peaceful, for parents and children

I hope you like it.

Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
9/1/2010 10:06:51
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ISO Speed 100
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length 16.0mm
Image Size 4368x2912
Image Quality RAW
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Hi John. A wonderful winter image. Sunshine, blue sky. Frost as far as the eye can see. Everything is very atmospheric. A good shot, in fact. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Bonjour John
Il est superbe ce paysage hivernal avec les arbres givrés qui sont du plus bel effet. C'est bien composé.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2011-01-18 23:23]

Hello John,
Always gorgeous your pictures of this canal.For me,what I like the most is the whiteness of all these rows of trees.You are very lucky to have such landscapes near your home.Superb perspective and beautiful colors.Very well done.

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  • Urs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1444 W: 83 N: 3294] (14082)
  • [2011-01-18 23:30]

Hi John

First of all, I wish you and your family a happy new year! For more then 4 weeks I was not online, it was holiday time the first time since many years and moreover the internet connection was too slow. Now I|m back.

Wow, what an excellent POV using the trees to set a compelling contrast to the deep blue sky and at the same time boosting DOF. Superb photo job.

Warm regards

Bonjour John,
Cette photo est d'une grande beauté et on comprend que les gens du pays n'ont pas envie que de tels paysages soient abîmés par des usines ou autres constructions. Une perspective d'arbres saisis par le givre de toute beauté !

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-01-18 23:35]

Hi John,
beautiful view. Amazing white trees. Fine perspective and composition. I like it a lot.
Have a nice day.

  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2762 W: 28 N: 3953] (26485)
  • [2011-01-18 23:51]

Guten Morgen John,

this capture is as beautiful as winter can be, sometimes the conditions are like these one here..
great work, my compliments!

have a nice day, see you around, Bernd


A wonderful winter landscape. The clear blue sky is a great backdrop to the white frost covered trees. Your pov is well chosen, using the tree lined bankings to achieve an excellent perspective.


Hello John,
This frosty landscape is beautiful. You have captured the detail on the trees very well and it is good to see the lovely horizontal line of trees in the background. I really like the way the frozen canal disappears into the misty distance. The blue sky is delicate and is a lovely backdrop for those fabulous trees.
Regards, Ann

Hello John, good morning,

this picture has a beautiful depth and clarity. I can feel the cold air while looking at. Great POV, tfs
Have a fine day

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-01-19 0:32]

Bonjour John,
ces canaux donnent chaque année ce spectacle magnifique et tu ne rates jamais l'occasion de fixer le moment et le partager avec nous.
Un travail soigné, naturel, une perspective magnifique toute imprégnée de blanc.
Mes amitiés.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2011-01-19 0:34]

Hi John, my gallery neighbour today!
You have great graphism of the frozen branches and their shadows on the icy canal. Stupendous perspective, of course!

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Une fois encore, le sujet est parfaitement traité et la beauté du spectacle est patent !
Très belle mise en image. La composition est très réussie.
Superbe !

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2685 W: 1337 N: 3016] (38591)
  • [2011-01-19 0:53]

hello John

A vey low POV to increase the perspective and the height of the frozen trees against the blue sky.
No one outside, it's too cold, except a photographer!

ciao John,
splendida prospettiva che si sviluppa sulle tonalità del bianco e dell'azzurro.
Ottima l'inquadratura e la definizione.
un saluto

Dag Best John,

Ik ken deze plaats maar in zomer. Mooi in zomer maar nog mooier in winter. Een zeer prachtige beelt met details, zeer mooie licht, diepte.


Hello John,
beautiful winter scenery composition,although I already miss the summer a little bit.Very good POV and perfect angle shows well the infinite avenue of trees and frozen river.Excellent lighting and superb colors.The blue of the sky contrast beautifully with white,covered with snow trees.
My Best Regards

Hi John,
Wonderful winter scenery presented here. Looks very interesting. Great colours,point of view and details of winter season.

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  • lukas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 61 N: 285] (2067)
  • [2011-01-19 3:11]

Dag John,
Het was te verwachten dat er met die sneeuw prachtige foto's gingen volgen. Je hebt wel een heel goed moment gekozen. De foto heeft een zeer goede lichtbalans en een uitstekende omkadering. Ook de lange schaduwen over de sneeuw zorgen voor een contrastrijk effect. Niemand zou dit beter op foto kunnen vastleggen. Hopelijk zal deze plaats nooit verdwijnen.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 51 W: 94 N: 33] (790)
  • [2011-01-19 3:13]

Hello John,
You have in your wet climate in winter hoarfrost on trees very often. In such sunny day frosty trees look very beautifully. You perfectly used light.
Regards, Pawel

G'Day, John,
This is a very nice photograph, the angle of trees is fantastic,the colour is great,very well composed.
The water in centre tricked me, like an optical illusion, it looked like a giant hole on first glimpse, Thanks John
Regards Mike.

This is a great shot! The wonderful blue sky provides nice contrast for the frosty scene. The angle of the shot is great with the converging trees and canal creating a good diagonal composition. The eye is lead from right to left by the repeating pattern created by the trees. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.

Hello John

What a lovely scene. The trees look like crystal trees.

You are indeed lucky to be able to take a bike ride or stroll along this road. Beautiful.



Frozen canal looks on winter very very different from it's green on summer, John.
I recon an excelent DOF collected, fabulous icey trees.

Bom dia John

Superb photo. It has a magic and wonderful beauty.I really loved it so much. A picture to keep, surely. Parabéns.

Hello John,
What a wonderful long perspective down this icy canal with the rows of frost covered tress either side. The light is lovely and helps produce some interesting shadow play from the trees. Superb colours and sharpness. Excellent work.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2011-01-19 4:59]

Hello John

I only saw frosted trees like this 2-3 times last winter & not at all so far this winter. I did not have such a marvellous blue sky as a backdrop either! Well seen & nice repetition & sharpness. Tfs!

Ola John ,
Que profundidade de foto fantástica , lindo este canal coberto de gelo , sem dúvida a luz lateral criou umas belas sombras no chão , acho lindas estas árvores cobertas de neve , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hello John,
ottimo POV per questa immagine invernale.
Bello il viale delineato dalla fila di alberi, ottenendo un grande DOF.
Luce ben gestita.


Hi John,

The trees are framing well the canal. the point of view is sending my eyes toward infinity which is giving depth and perspective to the composition. It is also showing the trees coverd with frost. The reflection of the light on the ice and the snow is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Namaskar Johan Maenhout,
It is realy wonderful Picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
Nilotpal Patra.

frozen trees exist astonishing paysage and you captured wonderful moment.

hi dear..........
nice image and good pov and nice frozen river.........

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10510 W: 174 N: 17855] (79301)
  • [2011-01-19 5:45]


it is ever a pleasure to see this place covered with ice, against this marvelous blue sky. The softness of the frost branches created a marvelous visual effect. precious light and framing.TFS



Hi John,
Fine frozen composition. Everything looks like sugar. The sunlight is amazing. Well done, nice scene.

Hello John
what an amazing sight and such beauty. You have captured the very essence of the scene in this stunning shot. Wonderful POV and composition. A class image, well done!

Brian D.

Bonjour John,

Le cours d'eau gelé et recouvert de neige guide le regard entre les rangées d'arbres saisis par le frimas. La lumière est magnifique dans ce beau contre jour.



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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4392] (24697)
  • [2011-01-19 6:33]

Mooi zicht, maar ik ben zo blij dat de sneeuw weg is...
Voor fotografen is deze miezer natuurlijk weinig goeds, maar toch. Klassiek werk, mooi oog voor compositie (fantastische diepte) en natuurlijke volle winterkleuren. Proficiat, John.


Hello John.
Great winter photo with super low POV and composition, fantasic colours and light, congratulations.
Regards Robert.

Hello John!
That place always captivates me, specially in wintertime!
You always take excellent and beautiful pictures of it, like this one, once more!
TFS - congrats,

Tout simplement magnifique! Lumière, composition, couleurs et bien sûr ces arbres givrés magnifiques, tout est parfait!

Hi John, Not often does a view down a road look as stunning as this, but the gorgeous blue sky & the frosty white on the trees blend beautifully together, there is also wonderful strong light & great detail, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

mooie foto John erg fraai gemaakt,
mooi licht en schaduw fraaie foto, fantastisch perspectief. prettige avond.
gr. jaap

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2011-01-19 8:46]

pozdravljen John
nisem bil med prvimi, ki bi komentiral vašo novo pravljično fotografijo. meni osebno so taki motivi resnično enkratni. imam občutek, da človeka pomirijo in relaksirajo. čestitam za izjemen občutek za motiv in seveda tudi za realizacijo, kakršna je ta!! bravo my friend!! zelo lepo!! tfs
prijeten večer želim, vojko

Ciao John,
grande composition, ces beaux arbres, la neige blanche, une lumière très spéciale et une grande profondeur.
excellent travail comme toujours.

John greetings. A lanscape very nice, and cold. A beautiful photo. Very good perspective, sharpness, light and colors perfect. Excellent work. Congratulation. You have a nice day.

  • LOOOK13 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 775 W: 0 N: 1941] (19046)
  • [2011-01-19 11:52]

Bonsoir John.
Absoluty wonderfull!!!!
A great winter shot.
Great cheer.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9599 W: 157 N: 15505] (124145)
  • [2011-01-19 12:21]

Witaj Przyjacielu!
A very interesting frame and perspective.
I like colors and sharpness.
Curious shadows and reflection.
Well done.
Best regards

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  • diomed Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 32 N: 2491] (13926)
  • [2011-01-19 13:28]

Hi Jhon,
a superb image captured as a "Jhm stile": impressive glaced trees' perspective, wonderful light, amazing soft colors, lovely play of light and shadows, mastery POV. TFS
NIce evening

Hi dear John,
this is a great white beauty under the perfect blue sky.light,depth and framing are eye catcher.very good view angle..nice painting..TFS


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10139 W: 144 N: 25364] (123503)
  • [2011-01-19 13:48]

Hi John, it is such a wonderful picture. Two rows of the white trees, looking like a frost on the window. Fantastic winter atmosphere of the cold but sunny day. Fabulous shot!

Warm regards


Hello John
A wonderful winter composition and effective presentation. Perspective of ordered trees goes to infinity in long and fine way. Snow over branch on trees has very magic beauty.

Hello John,
a picturesque winter atmosphere with beautiful details and composition, splendid lights and POV, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2011-01-19 20:57]

Hello John. This flat land and rows of trees in Ghent in a frosty perspective like this is a real eye catching photo. This is premier landscape photography. Excellent work John.

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2011-01-19 21:56]

Hello John,

Très jolie perspective qui nous fait plonger dans cette image. La surface gelée est superbe avec cette lumière.
On ne peut visiblement pas encore y patiner...
Très belle prise de vue hivernale.



Hi John
I really like the composition, an excellent viewpoint. The lines, light, soft shadow and colours all looks so very good. Superb shot with fine details and great perspective all leading into the horizon. Rich blue sky intensity the effect of this picture. Stunning short, another top drawer. Well done.
Warm rgds

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  • hispic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1191 W: 368 N: 1784] (9652)
  • [2011-01-19 23:59]

Hi John,
Frost flowers on trees shining in the morning sun are truly beautiful. it's composed with a picturesque framing.
Regards, Hisashi

Hi John,
You are a master at this kind of photography, playing with perspective and with the diagonal ones, to locate the vanishing point on one side of your framing,
The resulting view is very deep and leads our eyes far away, through the alignment of the trees.
The winter effect created by the frost on trees and frozen canal is really aesthetic, and there is a beautiful blue color on the sky, and a lovely luminosity as well.
A great composition, my friend.
Best regards,

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2011-01-20 6:53]

The natural decoration is superb John. Your inspiration is evident. Many thanks fro sharing this privilege, friend.


Hi John,

beautiful image, I like these frozen shadows, this place is amazing, excellent captured,

Best regards


Hello John,
Wonderful winter scenery presented here. Looks very interesting. Great colours,point of view and details.

Hello John
Amazing winter scenery presented here.
Fantastic winter composition.
Wonderful forest,sunshine blue sky.
Great colurs And light.
Excellenrt point of view and details.
Great job.

Hello John

An attractive winter photo with an amazing perspective and depth. Wonderful snowy branches and a nice light. It must be a pleasure to have a stroll in this area. Very well taken. Wonderful work, John! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice evening.

Best regards, Erling

Hi John
I skipped this one but I'm sure that I wont be the last in the line of the fans !
I was in Africa at that time, then I wish you and your family an excellent 2011
Best regards

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-01-20 11:20]

Bonsoir John,

Petit matin frisquet, mais quel merveilleux paysage magnifié par ta très belle photo et notamment le choix du point de vue. Le contraste avec ce superbe ciel bleu est superbe, j'aime beaucoup cette perspective givrée, c'est très agréable à regarder, merci John.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une excellente soirée,


une perspective que j'aime beaucoup avec les arbres tout blanc et le canal gelé...
une bien belle presentation

Hello John,
Superb wintry composition, excellent POV, lovely light management and beautiful colors, wonderful frozen atmosphere, very good contrast, fine photo work as usually.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.

If i am not mistaken, probably already seen this channel on one of your earlier photos, but at other times of the year. Beautiful winter - a channel coated with a thin layer of ice and frost on the grass and twigs of trees. Wonderful POV, colossal colors and perfect sharpness.

Hi John,
I have only one word for this shot...."PERFECT".

Love the blue sky above white trees...this is one this which am not able to get in my Picture :).

Warm regards,

MErhaba John.

Harika bir Atmosfer.Ağaçlara beyaz çok yakışıyo
dallarda ki görüntü muhteşem. Güzel bir kış

hi John
i must admitt, your winter shots are my favorite.
you do a fantastic job of creating long perspective lines and depth.
the crystal blue goes so well with the crisp white frozen branches.
excellent work John

Namaste John,
a nice composition here. The snow covered tree line is beautiful and love here the shadow in the snow covered land. Great exposer and nice clarity. Very well done. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Hi my dear John

Yes coming, the best of week from your posting!
Another great shot by presenting the beauty of winter perfectly. Best framework by low angle, so tasteful vivid color, clearly sharp focusing and very well considered composition as usual. Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good last day of a week and best regards,


Hi John,
excellent winter landscape.
I am so jealous that you have both winter decoration and a blue sky. If there is some snow in Ireland the weather is usually very cloudy and not photogenic.
Great framing with the frosted grass. Very original composition,

Hi John,
great winter landscape, i like the frozen trees and canal, d.o.f. is amazing.

Hello John,
The show is superb. No need to dwell on the very high technical quality of the photo. You knew to use the light and sky blue. Congratulations.
Have a nice day

Dobro vece gospodine.
Stari kanal i nova fotografija u zimskim uslovima sa injem na granama drveca ...
Dobar ugao snimka i kompozicija.
Dobar rad i prikaz lepom perspektivom, bojama i fotografijom, uzivanje je gledati ovaj lep trenutak koji je napravila priroda, moje cestitke.
Prijatno vece i lep vikend, kod nas pada sneg, zima se vratila.
Sve najbolje.


Goedenavond meneer.
Het oude kanaal en nieuwe foto's in de winter met rijp op de takken van de bomen ...
Goede hoek geschoten en samenstelling.
Goed werk en mooi uitzicht perspectief, kleur en fotografie, plezier om naar te kijken dit mooie moment heeft gemaakt dat het leven, mijn complimenten.
Gezellige avond en een fijn weekend, bij ons is het sneeuwt, is de winter terug.
All the best.

Good evening sir.
The old channel and new photos in winter with frost on the branches of trees ...
Good angle shot and composition.
Good work and nice view perspective, color and photography, pleasure to watch this beautiful moment that has made life, my congratulations.
Pleasant evening and a nice weekend, with us it's snowing, winter is back.
All the best.

Ciao John, superb composition with fantastic frozen trees, splendid perspective, wonderful soft colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello John,
what a superb view! The perspective is splendid, the light, the clarity and the colors are really magnificent, it's a dreamy landscape. Congratulations and TFS.
Best regards.

Hi John,

Très bon choix ce point de vue assez bas d'une perspective d'arbres saisis par le frimas. Le calme règne au fil de l’eau juste après le lever du soleil est très reposant.
Voilà » Le plat pays « imprégnée de blanc de toute beauté!

Mes amitiés.

Bonjour John!

Cette photo est une réussite! Les arbres sont très beaux ainsi coiffés de blanc et invitent à la tranquillité! La profondeur est exemplaire comme à ton habitude et enfin la lumière rend l'ensemble très harmonieux! Bravo!


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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2011-01-22 8:22]

Hi John, what a wonderful street with this beautiful white trees. This is color of the leafs or they are freezed?
Great light and deaph of field.


Hi John.
Tremendous depth of field of the image, where the line of trees were lost in the distance, the beautiful composition of the image is ideal, with these trees white with frost, prices also the projection of shadows from the trunks of trees .
Then you have a blue clear sky and beautiful, making this unique image, brings together all the ingredients to be a wonderful image.
Have a nice weekend.
Best regards.

Hi John,

You present to us a simply magical place. The temperatures have created a very memorable landscape. I would find this to be so very removed from the scenery I am used to, in the heat of home. I can see with the clarity in this photo the many frosted trees well into the distance. Excellent work, John.


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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2011-01-23 4:11]

Hi John.
Your photo is great my friend
Very beautiful colors and nice prospect.
Well done
Best regards

Hi John,

Oh was very cold, nice composition with frost and blue sky.
Great POV!!!



Any piece of your work it's a piece of art.,
ty INDEED John.

Maestro John,
Bodrum'da oturunca böyle bir kar manzarasıda insanın özlemi oluyor.
Her zamanki gibi ölçülü,düşünülmüş hazırlığı yağılmış bir çekim.
Seni kutluyorum.Sağlıklı günler.

Hello John

Wonderful winter scene. You captured very well the cold. Good framing and composition. Well done.

Best regards,


Ciao dear John,
looking at this photo is possible to understand because you are one of the best and appreciated photographers of TE. Perfect the quality, but above all perfect perspective that has allowed you to get an endless depth. These trees embroidered of white are beautifully. Congratulation, is always a pleasure to comment images as this!
Ciao, have a nice week!

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2011-01-23 12:54]

Hello John,
Although the picture is from last year, I imagine that with temperatures this winter is giving us, I'm sure these beautiful landscapes are repeated.
A beautiful picture of the channel filled with ice and frost trees.
Great composition with very good depth and perspective.
Best wishes,

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  • TRB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1021 W: 15 N: 510] (14138)
  • [2011-01-23 13:39]

Merhaba John,
A magnificent beauty, pearl-like .. An excellent view of the snow. Wonderful, very nice framing. Good week
Tebrikler, selamlar

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-01-23 13:56]

HI JOhn!
A great shot of this frozen canal and trees.
Amazing depth and a good composition with this frozen grass in the foreground and sun.

Hi John,
Beautiful winter landscape. I love especially strong light there and nice colours.
Excellent perspective, but I wonder, maybe more central position of photographer could be beneficial?
Anyway - excellent work!
Greetings from Dublin!

Hi John, my dear friend, Again a beautiful one !
I liked most the row of white trees against a wonderful blue sky. The frozen lake is also wonderful, with water underneath showing itself here and there. I can see the road on the left. What a unique way to see things !
Well framed. Very well done.
Best regards,

Hi John,
Impressive display of white trees and I like the good control of the highlights and the radiating lines draw my attention right into the distance. I also find the patch of grass in the foreground interesting as it helped to give contrast to the otherwise open space. Great shot!!

Have a good week ahead.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2011-01-24 4:37]

Dat was echt een exceptionele dag om foto's te nemen. Dit is echt weer een heel schitterend beeld van de Damse Vaart. Heel mooi met die heldere hemel waartegen de bevroren takken tegen afsteken; mooi hoe de vaart in de verte als het ware in de mist verdwijnt en die schaduwen die diagonaal over het beeld lopen. Ja, dit is er eentje om in te kaderen.

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  • zanzi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 396 W: 103 N: 737] (13690)
  • [2011-01-25 12:23]

Bonsoir John
What a sense of perspective ! What a depth !
Looks almost like an infrared shot.

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  • Corry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 0 N: 695] (4508)
  • [2011-01-25 20:51]

Bonjour John

Superbe photo de ce magnifique paysage où le givre est omniprésent.

Félicitations !


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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2011-01-26 23:49]

Hi John,
I always enjoy the images of the frozen Canal, as much as I enjoy the tulips and windmil of the Netherland.

this is again a fantastic shot, with great light and the blue sky contrast perfectly the frosted treeline. It also reminded me of Jaap square format photos. Have not seen him in a while.

Thanks John,
Have a great day.


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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-01-27 4:14]

Bonjour mon cher John
J'apprécie beaucoup l'orientation de la lumière qui donne un relief intéressant à ce beau paysage d'hiver.
J'apprécie cette qualité de composition.
Sincères amitiés.

Beautiful capture. I like your pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Great colors and contrast. Well done, tfs.

Howdy John,

Excellent winter composition for the path lined with snow encrusted trees receeding away into the distance, all in low level lighting and fine resolution.

Congratulations, cheers,

Hi John
I like the wonderful winter scenery. Fantastic perspective and colours!
Have a nice weekend,

Hello John,

The composition is characterized by the great lines and strong perspective!
And I notice this was a fine winter day with superb light, that magnifies the impact from the frozen trees...
The point of view is effective in producing an eye-catching image!

Pablo -

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-01-30 0:35]

Dag dear John
An excellent picture of the frozen canal with superb depth & perspective. Yes, the shadows are excellent in creating impression across the canal. Fine contrast between the frosted trees & the blue sky. Fine work!
Best Regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11760 W: 126 N: 21153] (108907)
  • [2011-01-30 1:01]

Hi John,this is truely fantastic,a frozen world taken whit your impressive class,these are the pic that made you famous on TE....and this is another wonderfull example of your class.My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2011-01-31 8:23]

One of the most beautiful photos in TE I've seen most lately. The row of trees, the frozen channel and the blue sky at the background look impressive. The path on the left side is very convenient to have a stroll just for resting the mind. Congratulations and best regards, Tolga

Hi John. The depth provided by this long perspective shot is amazing. The row of white trees make a wonderful effect. Good framing, beautiful colors and a sharpness that has your mark on it. Well done.
Have a nice evening.

Bonjour John,

I love straight diagonal lines and I am very well served by this photo. Great deepness in this frozen landscape inspiring peace and tranquility. Well done !

Best regards


Hi John,

I really loved the composition and DOF.Great work indeed.

Ajinkya Potdar

This one has to be printed on an expensive calendar and to be selled in a card-shop.....
Such a beauty, John ! ! !

Ciao John!
E' uno dei tuoi soggetti che preferisco! Bellissima inquadratura che esalta il fascino del paesaggio! Bello il taglio che mette in evidenza il bellissimo filare di alberi innevati e cristallizzati da gelo a destra, magnifica la luce che accende il bel blù del cielo su cui si staglia il bianco degli alberi!
Saluti e buon week-end! Nino.

What a perfect winter image John. The contrast between the white of the snow and the blue of the sky is wonderful, the shadows draws the eye from left to right and the convergence of the trees leads us right through the image. I like the little bit of foreground interest and also the pool of water middle left. Another fine shot my friend.

Hi John
A marvel of landscape.The most beautiful season is winter


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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2011-03-21 9:10]

I have a picture of this channel on my gallery but without snow. I ealy would like to see it with my own eyes this beautiful scenery.
Thanks for sharing

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2011-04-04 14:06]

Hi John,
one of your beautiful winter pictures at the canal once again. Wonderful winter day with frost in the trees and a blue sky ! Great composition and an incredible depth - i like your canal pictures a lot especially from winter time, Tfs !
Best regards.

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  • bayno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1344 W: 297 N: 2538] (18348)
  • [2011-04-12 6:03]

Ciao John, Beautiful photos, I like the angle, sharpness and color.
Great composition.
Have a nice time.

Hello John,

This is a great composition is so many ways: the angle shot, the shadows across the road; the pureness of the snowy white trees against the shadowed ones lined on the left, and the gradation of the blue sky tone.

Very well done!


Hello John,

I am convinced by looking through your gallery that I would like to comment on every single one of your photographs. The crispness and the clarity of your images are almost reality. I can almost reach out and touch them. I can feel the cold but freshness of the air as if I am actually there. And I like the title " shadow on ice " Rhythmically planted trees and stripes of the shadows on the street echoes back and forth. It is certainly an image of the winter season, but there is no hint of sadness. It is contrary, Your image of the winter season is full of life.
I thank you for sharing this image with us. Far away from Japan , I thank you.

Very best regards,


Bonjour John
Une superbe image d'hiver. La composition est impeccable, et la sensation de froid ne peut pas être plus présente. Bravo

Hi John, its a beautiful scene and well shot, trees like so alien in their white cover. Beautifully composed and well framed, with natural colors, a small intrusion of grass from below completes the framing.

Jugnu Toor

Hello John, I strongly believe that except of an exceptional photographer you must be a poet a painter and an endlessly romantic person!Your pictures go to show what I am talking about!
You always have a "poetic" look when you take a picture and your pictures are like romantic poems, like, look like paintings and bring out all the best of nature, scenery, daily life or any other subject!
My sincere compliments to the photographer, the poet, the painter, the romantic person that you are!

Hello John,
the beauty of this winter scenery is mesmerising and the way you've captured it is art. I love the perspective you gave to your composition from a low point of view. Clarity is perfect and the irresistible depth together with the fascinating repetitive patterns and the amazing play of light and shadow prolong our delightful experience of this place. The luminous blue backdrop offers stunning contrast. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,

Hello, John,

Often I am not comfortable criticize your work...
Because they are so professional and good that I had just acknowledge these facts. Another masterpiece. I really like this work.

Best wishes from snowy Ural!


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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3987 W: 2 N: 6715] (33282)
  • [2015-01-04 11:22]

Hello John,
A wonderful winter scene with amazing white trees. I like perfect exposure and fine composition.Wonderful long perspective.Nice work.

Hello John,
Splendid capture with strong leading lines. The detail is so perfect from near and far. Love the balance of trees on the left that provide such strong balance. Well done sir.

Hello John,
I wonder if I have seen another photo of this frozen canal with skaters on it. At any rate, i wouldn't advise skating on it now as the ice looks to be thin. Lovely sense of depth with beautiful frosted trees.

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