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Beguinage Ghent III

Beguinage Ghent III
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24405 W: 523 N: 40828] (175668)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-06
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2015 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-06-18 5:38
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Points: 136
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During a small stroll in the city of Ghent came I in the small Beguinage, I have a twenty picture made.
This is the first out of the series.

History :
The Beguine movement emerged in Western Europe until the 12th century.
The formation of Beguine communities in closed courts from the beginning of the 13th century is an urban phenomenon and is typical for a limited geographical area which is central to our region.
This form of society gave to single ladies the opportunity to be in a protected environment "churches and work" and the ideal of Christian perfection to pursue. Life in the beguinage was controlled by a set of rules, called the rule, specific to each inhabitants. In Ghent were about 1234, two major beguinages founded by the countesses of Flanders Johanna and Margaretha of Constantinople: the Great Beguinage and St. Elisabeth Begijnhof in the northwest of the city, the Small Beguinage south. Both beguinages remained Klein Begijnhof best preserved. It was founded on the Green Hooie, between the Hay Gate and the Five Wind Holes Port. Hence the name O.-Dame "to Hoyen". It leaned against the (partially preserved) city wall. This begijnhof provided shelter to beguines coming from the minor nobility, the bourgeoisie and the rich farming families. At the height of its prosperity there were more than 300 beguines.
The majority of the current building dates from the 17th and 18th centuries. She was in the 19th and 20th centuries only partial and rather inconspicuous modified or supplemented.

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Hello John,
This is a fine photo of beautiful houses and with the red details keeping the composition together. Along with the white parts, the brilliantly blue sky and the green grass they form a stunningly colorful photo. It is a picture that will be hard to overlook.
Kind regards,

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2015-06-18 5:47]

Hi John. Perfect blue sky creates a vivid background to the red and white of the buildings, plus nice addition of green.Interesting concept of the beguinage. I suppose it was like a convent, except that the women could leave when the family decided it was time to marry. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13813 W: 0 N: 16043] (169294)
  • [2015-06-18 5:59]


Le rouge sur les façades ressort parfaitement quelle architecture et vue quel ciel bleu et pur un tonalité parfaite et une sueprbe photo.
Bravo et amitié

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6077 W: 277 N: 11717] (90397)
  • [2015-06-18 6:32]

Hello John ,
So attractive architecture , and superb colors in the perfect blue sky . Harsh light , but very well managed for an excellent effect .

Bonjour John
Une belle architecture colorée qui ne peut qu'attirer le regard. Une belle luminosité, une grande netteté.
amitiés et bonne journée.

Hello John,

good image of this place, I like the vivid colors and light, the building architecture is interesting, well seen,

Best regards,


Hi John
Really enjoyable picture and I love the vintage feel to this, great composition with fantastic definition of the architecture benefited much from subtle light, tones
and the mouth-watering contrast. A fabulous image as always, smartly taken. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards

Hallo John,
Eerlijk gezegd, ik was nog nooit in het Begijnhof van Gent en ik weet ook niet waar het gelegen is.
Geen witte gevels daar zoals in het Begijnhof van Brugge.
Prachtig rood-blauw kleurcontrast!
Uitstekende scherpte en compositie.
Een prachtige trapgevel op de achtergrond.
Vele groeten, Paul

Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled na staru arhitekturu, interesantan i dobar tekst, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sa dobrim snom, sve najbolje.

Ciao John, great view of lovely place, fantastic bright colors, excellent clarity, splendid light and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello John, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition with interesting buildings and a wonderful blue sky, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good evening and happy weekend.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

Hi John,
The bright red walls look very good against the clear blue sky. Quite peaceful looking corner of this busy old town. Decorations on the foreground building certainly catch attention.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9593 W: 157 N: 15499] (124061)
  • [2015-06-18 12:20]

Witaj John!
Very interesting fragment of Gandawa.
Curious buildings and gate.
Good framing and superb colours.
Nice evening

Hello John,
the ornate architectural features combined with the red bricks make the buildings a striking feature beneath the clearest of blue skies.
The note is very interesting and informative.
Best regards Les.

Hi John,

The distance between the small fence and the house is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details of the houses. The qua;ity of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
I like these vivid colors of the houses and also the blue sky, good contrast and sharpness, a good work, thanks my friend.
Best regards

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2015-06-18 14:16]

Hello John,

As always, you have given us an interesting and informative note and a very fine photograph to illustrate it.

The presence of much red in this photograph really makes it stand out from my screen and your composition is excellent with all the buildings nicely arranged in the frame and with the red fence in the foreground holding it all nicely together. The light and colours are exceptional and the details and clarity in the buildings are wonderful. Perfect exposure and a sympathetic framing too.


Kind Regards,


Hello John,
A well composed shot of this splendid beguinage with excellent detail and colour. The red and blue in particular are so vivid and attractive. The elaborate stone portal with its bunch of pink flowers adds charm to this beauty. I really like the lighting and the very good sharpness. A very appealing architectural ensemble captured from a good POV.
Best regards,

Ciao John
purtroppo non ho visto questo, ho visto quello di Bruges.
Questo sembra che abbia dei colori molto più accesi, sono aiutati da una luce molto bella e tu ne hai approfittato benissimo.
Una foto bella e interessante.

Hi John
now those are some pretty bold colors :)

Ghent is certainly a city thats on my to see list for sure. but this is not the scene that we're used to seeing from this charming town.

i really like those rooftops and the type of tiles they use, i wish we could see those here in canada.

bright and vivid colors, i need my sunglasses the light is so bright :)
cheers on this one

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3350 W: 0 N: 7673] (55973)
  • [2015-06-18 20:27]

The contrasting colors make this photo so attractive, beautiful buildings with many beautiful details, clear blue sky and colorful walls of houses, compliments

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-06-18 22:03]

Dear John,
The red on the facades perfectly clear what architecture and seen what a pure blue sky and perfect tone and nice picture.
Have a nice day

Hello John
The sky was really blue that day, and the houses were really red. What a strong contrast. Then there's the green piece of lawn and the red rail. Fine graphical elements. The doorway of the right house is fantastic. Dutch rennaissance, maybe?
Good balanced composition and cropping.
Cheers Frank

Hi John,
Fine capture of those attractive houses. I like the colors and the POV, lovely result.
Have a nice weekend.


Hello John! Amazing colourfull work. Fine architecture. Marvelous sky. Perfect brightness. Good POV and DOF. Ideal quality. Fine frame. Regards!

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14263 W: 1034 N: 28570] (135852)
  • [2015-06-19 3:04]

Hello John,

Wonderful warm cold color contrasts between the red and blue with superb saturation. Perfect density levels that have given clean whites and solid blacks along with ideal lighting contrasts and graphic elements. Perspective has been well managed. Tfs.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
J'admire ces architectures si particulières du Nord, la maison présentée datant du 17e siècle est joliment dressée à tous points de vue.
Une bien belle réalisation.
Très bonne journée.

Bonjour John,

J'aime beaucoup cette composition. J'aime surtout la superbe lumière qui fait ressortir les beaux détails architecturaux de l'endroit. Les couleurs ressortent dans des contrastes très forts entre le rouge et le bleu.



Hello John,

What can I say!
This is just so attractive with its ornate decorations and its predominance of red, which flows through the whole scene, binding everything together.
The light is bright, bringing out the colours nicely and, also, providing shadows for contrast and textures.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hi john
Beautiful landscape with a beautiful sky background, use of colors, eye-catching and attractive angle image capture, for better sight
Have a nice day

Bright day picture, with distinct details of the architecture's design of the buildings, John.
A well saturated composition, contrast of colors most notable.
Most interesting note about the Beguine movement since 13th century, something I only learn here on TE.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello John,

wonderful colorful picture from Ghent , this amazing city that I like very much. Very good composition, fine colors and perfect blue sky. Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2015-06-19 10:49]

Hallo John!
I once visited the Beguinage in Bruges which is quite different. All these really well-kept old buildings offer many beautiful details which one can admire thanks to the excellent quality of your photo. The blue sky gives a wonderful contrast to the red colour of the walls. A worth visiting place!
Greetings from at last rainy Westphalia! We need the rain!
Have a nice weekend!

Bonsoir John
Du rouge et du bleu claquant qui créent un bon contraste avec les parties blanches de l'image.Ça claque sous cette lumière !
Bonne soirée

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10502 W: 174 N: 17843] (79251)
  • [2015-06-19 17:43]


wonderful colors. a compo well done, showing well the shapes of this architecture. I liked the precious details we can see here. TFS.



Hi John!
Beautiful details!
Attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

Très bonne photo de ce béguinage de Ghent très coloré qui contraste très bien avec ce ciel d'un bleu limpide.

Hi BOnjour dear John

What a vivid and so eye-catching color contrast it is?
Deep blue sky strengthens the wall of tasteful red.
So marvelous postcard at all as usual.

All the best and have a good weekend! Takero

Beautiful architectures! I like their design and colors. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.

Hello John,
The colors in this photo are quite pleasant. The predominantly red buildings go well with the deep blue sky. This is a pretty corner of Ghent.

Greeting dear John,

firstly, Thanks alot from all of your useful and helpful comments, critiques and notes about my images

from when i became a member of TE,

And then,

This is really a worth seeing pic. from a new series in your gallery,

So attractive view with very top quality of shot from the buildings with fine text like always,

Best Thanks and Best Congratulations!

Best Wishes by Heart and Soul, ***


Dear John Sir,

Very good picture especially the colours are very sharp and excellent. Light management is very good. composition is nice. Nice architecture shown by you.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11756 W: 126 N: 21145] (108879)
  • [2015-06-21 1:55]

Salut John,architechtures merveilleuses dans une composition tres jolie,details impressionants dans la meilleure lumiere,la saturation des couleurs et une peu trop haute mais donne un effect gagnant a la composition.Bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano

Hello dear John
what a beautiful photo with the greatest
sharpness and ligtness amazing clear and
dynamic blue sky in contrast with the
deep red color of the houses
perfectly executed
your notes are interesting and useful
about the history I like the simplicity
in combination with the vivid colors
of this composition

Hi John,
beautiful spot, I like very much the attractive architecture. It is so elegant. The colors are fantastic of course and they make the picture really eye catching!
I like the well saturated blue sky and the red houses.
Excellent work!

Bonjour John,

ce béguinage à un aspect accueillant car il est haut en couleur sous un ciel d'un bleu dense .

Christian .

Hi John,
Very beautiful architectural view.Good POV, colours and perspective.TFS.


heerlijke kleuren mooie compositie,
de censor moet wel weer gekuist worden, mooi werk john.
gr. jaap

Hello John
The red houses and the perfect blue sky form a stunning pair indeed. The two prime colors are beautifully completed by the little green patch in the middle. This is an eye catcher in the true sense.
have a great Sunday

Hi John,
Lovely photo with interesting architecture and so beautiful light capture, pleasant vivid colors and contrast.

Hallo John,
sehr gute Präsentation des Beginenhof, sehr schöne Farben und Bildschärfe, gut gemacht!

Viele Grüße

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10131 W: 144 N: 25349] (123439)
  • [2015-06-22 23:12]

Hi John,
What a fantastic blue sky! I has been in a few beguinages and they are wonderful places. This also looks beautiful. I like the vivid red buildings very much. Stunning colours and sharpness. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from there.
WArm regard s MAlgo

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2015-06-23 9:58]

Bonjour mon ami
Jolie prise de vue sur ces belles architecture, image bien cadrée
Je remarque deux tâches sur le ciel à gaucheà côté du toit de la maison, c'est très facile à masquer avec le correcteur localisé de Photoshop
Sincères amitiés

Ik houd van de combinatie rood-wit-blauw in foto's. In deze prachtige compositie komt dit schitterend bij elkaar!

Groet, Jan

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 1375] (12685)
  • [2015-06-23 11:53]

john hello!! lovely colorful scene to enjoy..very interesting buildings from ghent..just beautiful..tfs...have a great week! dale

Kleurrijk met zo een prachtige blauwe hemel erboven,
heel mooi, John !

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27287] (109585)
  • [2015-06-24 7:07]

Hello John,
saturated and very brilliant are the colours of the scene from this section of the city of Ghent.I like the contrast of the colours with the brilliant light to enhance the beauty as the details of the constructions.Well done.


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3017] (20598)
  • [2015-06-24 11:44]

Goedenavond John
What a nice day it was over the beguinage when you took that picture with nice details!
The word beguinage is quite new to me, so I went on internet to learn more about the subject; I read there is another one 'fortified' in Bruges.
Quite an interesting and instructive note about those single women living apart from the society.
Met vriendelijke groeten.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 700 W: 129 N: 1121] (7483)
  • [2015-06-27 19:15]

Hello John
Magnificent architecture, well saturated colors, great light and the best viewpoint.
Belgian cities are great places for taking pictures, as I can see.

Kind regards

Hello John,

Thanks for your comment on my photo.

Wonderful picture. The Incredible blue sky which contrasts with the color red of the classical buildings. Beautiful color structure.

Congratulations on the photographic work and the note.

Greetings from Brazil.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2015-06-29 22:43]

Dag John
Beautiful architecture of the Beguinage with tehe eye popping red contrasting well with the clear blue sky. Great light makes for a fine image here
Best Regards

Hi John,
nice architecture, i like colors and light management.

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2015-07-07 13:46]

Dag John,
prachtig hoor dit begijnhof met zijn strakke kleuren en de felle blauwe lucht. Heel mooi van samenstelling ook.
groet, Gerrit

Hello John,
what an attractive urban setting, it looks fairy tale-like and is loaded with a particular graphic charm. I find it perfectly natural that you took a lot of pictures there and I'm sure you'll return. I like how you have arranged the buildings in this picture, how the three facades pick up the strong light and how rich and vivid the colours are. Your bold contrast management has proved very effective. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3978 W: 2 N: 6692] (33192)
  • [2015-07-14 15:32]

Hello John,
very nice picture of this beautiful buildings. I like the detail of architecture and wonderful composition.Interesting notes.
Nice presentation

Hello John,
This is a stunning picture of these buildings with the red theme holding the composition together very well. Even the red railings are important. The saturated colours suit the image and it is pin sharp.
Kind Regards, Ann

I like this shot very much. Wonderful angle and saturated colours. A super shot John....

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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2016-06-04 12:17]

What a beautiful place with such interesting old architecture. The red just catch the eye.

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