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Hoeke Canal VIII

Hoeke Canal VIII
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-17
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/11, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Best of 2017 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-05-18 10:45
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Points: 94
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Yesterday the first summer day in Springtime with almost 30°C. the warmest day ever in Belgium on May 17th
I took this picture during a bike trip in the area.

The Damse Vaart is about 14 km long and provides a connection via the water between the cities of Bruges and Sluis over Damme, Oostkerke, Hoeke and Lapscheure. The channel originates in the early 19th century. Napoleon undertook an attempt to connect Duinkerke and Breskens (at the Westerschelde) in 1810 through a canal. The existing Duinkerke-Veurne-Nieuwpoort-Plassendale-Bruges can be completed with a new Bruges-Damme-Sluis-Aardenburg-Breskens canal. Local workers and Spanish prisoners of war dig for the "Damse Vaart" or the "Napoleonic Channel". Portions of this new channel are laid in the beds of existing rivers

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Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazan kanal i drvece na obali, dobar kontrast i perspktiva, lepe boje, lepo uhavcen trenutak sa refleksom na vodi i oblacima.
Lepo zeleno drvece i refleks na vodi.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje, srecno.

Ciao John, great view of fantastic canal, superb sky, fascinating reflections, wonderful colors, excellent perspective, good clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 1693] (13957)
  • [2017-05-18 11:27]

hello john..man,belgium is so beautiful,love this reflection,nice POV and crisp! excellent..tfs dale

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2017-05-18 11:39]

Salut John. Pas besoin de lire le nom de l'auteur de cette image...eehhe....une nouvelle photo depuis tes canals,saison differente mais le resultat est toujours magique,bien fait! Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Bonsoir, cher John,
Cette composition est très belle et les reflets perturbent le cerveau.
Très joli moment de ce canal bordé d'arbres (ce ne sont plus des peupliers ?).
Une réussite.

Hallo John,
Ja, het was gisteren echt wel warm. Vandaag al heel wat minder ...
Dit is één van de betere kanaalfoto's van deze streek.
Heel mooi met de lange diagonale lijnen van de boomtoppen, de oevers en de weerspiegelingen. Deze laatste zijn prachtig in het lichtjes rimpelende water.
Wat dacht je van iets in te zoomen om het moderne huis in baksteen en de auto's te vermijden? De woningen met hun witte gevel passen mooi in het plaatje.
Ook heel mooi zijn de wolkjes bovenaan. Zij vormen een zeer aantrekkelijke achtergrond.
Echt kwaliteitswerk !
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2017-05-18 12:19]

Hello John
A amazing capture of fantastic canal. I like great perspective here, food composition and superb reflection in water. Fine presentation.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2017-05-18 13:11]

Witaj John!
Excellent frame and perspective.
Good colors, sharpness and light.
Canal makes impression.
Well done.
Good night.

Dear John,

What a beautiful reflection! Your photos of these channels can often show something new.

Best Wishes,

Hi John,

I like the reflections on the water. The length og the canal is giving depth and perspective to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the reflections and of the trees. Have a nice day.


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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6343] (28698)
  • [2017-05-18 15:48]

Hi John. Nice off-centre composition which makes the reflections stand out in all that blue. Lovely light and incredible DOF. As usual, a pleasant and calming scene with lots of depth and detail. Regards. Klaudio.

Hello John,
Look, a double-lane canal! I love the effect generated by the reflections of the tree tops in the middle.

Hi John,
So beautiful, interesting and photogenic photo; Great depth result with these lines and lovely water reflections, well framed.

Good morning John,
Perfect POV of this beautiful canal. I love the colors and the peaceful atmosphere of this sunny day. Well seen.


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2017-05-19 0:28]

Hallo John,
Prachtige foto van deze lange vaart, het perspectief is heel mooi en wordt nog eens versterkt door de dubbele rij bomen, die ook nog eens heel mooi weerspiegeld wordt in het kalme water. Heerlijk zonnige foto.

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 34 N: 4648] (25804)
  • [2017-05-19 1:07]

Een klassieker, John. Perfect pov, en toch weer een beetje anders door de bomenrij rechts die onderbroken wordt en het huis dat er achteruit komt piepen.


Hi John
Tranquility is the word that springs to mind when I look at this. The stillness of the water hold the refection of the rows of trees superbly, colours as usual spot on.
Super capture, Congrats
Best wishes

prachtige kanaalplaat John,
mooie compositie fraaie spiegeling prachtige plaat John.
gr. jaap

Hello John,
I don't need to see the signature to know this is one of your photos. It's one of your favourite motifs and hardly anyone can capture these canals and lines of trees better than you. The photo has a wonderful clarity, an impressive depth and fantastic reflections.
Kind regards,

Hello John,

Oh, this is a cracker of a shot!
You have positioned your camera perfectly to get maximum effect from that double line of trees and the intervening canal. The eyes travel down this canal, following the converging lines, at the speed of a racing car!
On returning to the f/g, it is time to take a more leisurely view and appreciate every aspect, from the light and the reflections to the neatly placed houses.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello John, very good view to the infinity of this interesting channel, very well composed and captured in this good and beautiful photograph. An interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and beautiful work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thank you for sharing this interesting work.

Good afternoon and happy weekend.
All the best from the south of Spain.

Hello John,
Wow! A superb long perspective along this placid canal with its delightful reflections. Ideally exposed with superb colours and clarity. Beautiful sky.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2017-05-19 6:51]


quelle profondeur et perspective fantastique vue3 et ocmpo quel alignement de ces arbre et quels reflet sur le canal tout dori et ces talus bverdoyant une mervielle sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié

Bonjour John,

Quelle jolie composition.Ton point de vue est remarquable, comme si tu avais les deux pieds dans l'eau. Superbe ligne de fuite, très beaux reflets et un paysage de rêve.



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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11966] (91892)
  • [2017-05-19 12:42]

Hello John ,
A classical jhm ! and so well realized . With fantastic clarity , colors , sky and reflections .

Hi John,
wow, the reflection turns it into a real spectacle! I like very much the resulting geometry with the diagonal lined meeting in the centre of the image. The reflection is almost 100% perfect!
Amazing well saturated colors as well.
Beautiful rural scenery!!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2017-05-19 23:59]

Bonjour John
Superbe paysage, la profondeur du canal avec les reflets, le ciel est beau, vraiment une belle réalisation
belle journée

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2017-05-20 0:56]

Hallo John!
Here you have had really ideal weather conditions - a blue sky with fluffy clouds and still air - and you really took advantage of them. This photo in several respects is fascinating. Especially the visual depth here hardy could be surpassed. What a beautiful sight ... !
Greetings from cloudy and cool Westphalia!

We learn new things on TE every day, John, thanks for your latest critique on the Susita.
Fabulous reflection picture of the canal, strait lines trees gave an impression doubling the sight with its mirror view.
Chosen a super POV, bravo.
Wish you a nice weekend,

Hi John

Fantastic view with impressive depth, beautiful colors and reflections. Lovely light too.

Best wishes


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2017-05-20 10:39]

Ciao John,

Fantastic symmetrical reflections in the mirror like water of the canal with nice repetition of the evenly spaced trees. Tfs!

Hello John

Splendid shot from this canal. A very nice mirror effect in the water. The almost endless perspective provides a good sense of depth. The colours are lovely and well rendered. Beautiful:) TFS.

Greetings, Erling

Hello John!
Wonderful details!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, contrasts, chosen pov and composition with superb symmetric reflections are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

Hi Jon Sir,

A masterpiece !!!

Fantastic view and great superb composition. Lighting and contrast is awesome. Great image. Nothing to say.

I can certainly hang it on my wall.


Wederom een mooie perspectief foto met bomenrijen en weerspiegeling. Je maakt ze vaak en ze zijn altijd mooi.
Het blijft een intrigerend onderwerp voor de fotograaf.

Groet, Jan

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new week
excellent capture with excellent reflections
good clarity and excellent sharpness
first shot quality
the question here is which is the
original one?nobody can understand
it because it is very difficut

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2017-05-22 8:16]

This is one of the classic photos of canals, simply fantastic, the water was so stil and the day without wind, splendid photo
regards Ryszard

Hi John
beautiful! This is certainly a place i'd like to see in person and to photograph. Is this one of the places you photograph in the winter when its frozen?

easy to see why people would like to view this one. striking clouds, blue sky, depth and long lines, not to mention the water reflections...beauty! cheers

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10389 W: 174 N: 18540] (82599)
  • [2017-05-24 7:20]

I can recognize the canal, but here we have an different view, the waters looks like a giant mirror. very nice angle and reflections. perfect these diagonals. very beautiful.



Hello, John!

The vanishing lines formed by the river and the trees are great here, and the sky reflected on the calm water is a beautiful detail! Excellent colors and sharpness! Wonderful place and composition!

Bonsoir John,

Magnifique, j’aime le profondeur de champs que tu offres dans cette photo…a s’y perdre. De plus, ton image reflète un calme et une sérénité formidable. Bravo !

Bonne soirée


Hello John,

wow! what a wonderful picture of Hoeke Channel. Perfect composition, fine light managment and amazing reflections in the water. Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Of all your images the canal shots, bounded by trees, are my favourites, winter and summer. A beautiful image with lovely colours, clarity and depth, Wonderful John...

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2017-06-11 23:40]

Hello John, Marvelous view of this canal. Fantastic depth and reflections of the tree in water. You were lucky with fantastic weather - blue sky and no wind, so the reflections are perfect.

Kind regrad s Malgo

WOW John,

Absolute salutation to you, i bet you gotta get your feet wet to take this invaluable shot!!!

Perfect mirror image from the long stream of river, nice trees, nice houses, nice scenery with blue sky

Love it

Keep posting

Ciao John
che magnifica prospettiva, il riflesso non fa che aumentare queste bellissimo effetto.
Buon we

Ciao John,
Beautiful use of leading lines on this canel. The perspective couldn't be better. TFS

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