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horses of the sun

horses of the sun
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Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4388] (24669)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-25
Categories: Castles, Nature
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-05-30 10:45
Viewed: 838
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
same castle, different angle


Sippenaken is a tiny countryside village of just a couple of hundred inhabitants. It used to belong to the Duchy of Limburg, but these days it lies in the north of the province of Liège.

The castle of Beusdael which you see in the background is the most notable building in this part of the valley. The oldest part of the keep dates from the 14th century.

For the castle fans, I'll post some closer shots later.


This picture shows the gently rolling countryside around the castle of Beusdael. No tractor this time, but two horses. They wear protective head masks, one of them thinks he's a zebra.


song title reference: Bat for Lashes

ChrisJ, holmertz, daddo, PiotrF, PaulVDV, ikeharel, Cricri, macjake, jhm has marked this note useful
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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 894 W: 0 N: 1293] (12345)
  • [2017-05-30 10:47]

benny hello..this is total beauty..plus these 2 horse's in FG! love it! tfs dale

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14151 W: 1033 N: 28239] (134648)
  • [2017-05-30 11:00]

Hi Benny

Well composed using the rule of thirds with good sharpness & excellent color and saturation. The white horse is well placed on the vertical 1/3 axis and the skyline horizon well placed away from the centre. The reddish brown horse at right balances the composition and the bg castle completes the scene. Tfs!

Hello Benny,
I have to say that horses are even more beautiful than tractors and other agricultural equipment, just less colourful. These two are perfectly placed, facing the right direction and framing the view of the castle very nicely. Also considering the weather a rural view couldn't look much better.
Bat for Lashes? Never heard of them. I must be old ;-)
Best wishes,

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6061 W: 277 N: 11670] (90149)
  • [2017-05-30 12:46]

Hello Benny ,
A great blue sky in Belgium for this splendid scene , perfectly composed , with exquisite sharpness and details .

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11636 W: 126 N: 20917] (108071)
  • [2017-05-30 16:00]

Hi Benny,with the horses is better,now it seems a very old pic and a jump in the past..ehehe..lovely capture of this country castle,bright colors and the usual top sharpness,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6342] (28678)
  • [2017-05-30 16:27]

Lovely composition Benny and bright light and lively colours make this an attractive image. The horses are more interested in you than in the castle. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3853 W: 2 N: 6383] (32138)
  • [2017-05-30 16:37]

Hello Benny
A great rural landscape with a beautiful castle in the background.I like amazing point of view and nice composition.Nice colors.
Great work.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9989 W: 144 N: 25031] (122263)
  • [2017-05-30 19:55]

Hello Benny, I have left China The trip wsas fantastic, as you can well imagine. I will miss the Chinese script ;). Beautiful horses.

Kind regrads MAlgo

Hallo Benny,
Een prachtig vredig en groen landschap.
De paarden kijken allebei in de goede richting met het kasteel mooi tussen hen in.
De compositie is goed en van de baan krijgen we enkel de mooie bocht te zien.
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15344 W: 159 N: 26871] (140816)
  • [2017-05-30 22:53]

Bonjour Benny
Ils sont beaux ces chevaux qui cadre le château, la lumière et les couleurs sont belles, bon POV
belle journée

Good morning,
Very nice composition with the beautiful horses and the background castle. Well taken scene.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13679 W: 0 N: 16021] (168114)
  • [2017-05-31 2:21]


Un cheval blanc un cheval brun clair dans ce beau champs et en fond cet édifice quel bel ensemble et décor splendide.
Bravo et belle journée

Hi Benny
placing the horses on each side like that extends the frame, or it at least gives the false sense that it does, I like that. The Castle seems almost secondary, as the landscape, horses, and warm light steal the show. sweet shot.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24277 W: 523 N: 40588] (174734)
  • [2017-05-31 3:44]

Dag Benny,

In Wallonië zijn heel veel mooie plaatsen zoals ik reed in eerdere foto heb gemeld.
Bij deze foto straalt de rust eraf, de twee paarden in de voorgrond en het kasteel maken uw foto echt aantrekkelijk.
Heel mooi foto werk, bedankt.

Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,

Bonjour Benny,

J'aime beaucoup plus cette scène avec les beaux chevaux en avant plan que celle avec le tracteur de la photo d'hier. Le château lui, est toujours aussi beau.



Ciao Benny, lovely bucolic composition with nice horses and fantastic castle, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 76 N: 1263] (11477)
  • [2017-05-31 22:45]

Beau paysage, de belles couleurs, bien cadré et rendu, l'image bien fait.!

Hi Benny
Nothing nicer than seeing these adorable animals that you've got an excellent image of these horses seem to be enjoying themselves. Looks so crisp & clean
with a bonus of scenic verdant surroundings and the catchy little castle. I think you achieved what you were after. Impressive capture, Congrats
Best wishes

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