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field of opportunity
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Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2440 W: 34 N: 4354] (24493)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-25
Categories: Castles
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-05 1:23
Viewed: 741
Points: 34
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concluding my Sippenaken series


Sippenaken is a quiet countryside village of just a couple of hundred inhabitants. The castle of Beusdael is its most notable building. The oldest part is the keep, which dates from the 14th century.


This picture shows the castle with a tractor working the field in front. The farmer is cutting the high grass, laying it out in lines, later to be picked up and dried into hay. Here the machine is at rest (moveable parts up), he is driving from one part of the field to another.


song title reference: Neil Young

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Hello Benny,
It's back to where you started this series, with bright farming equipment in front of the old castle. Very eye-catching.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9175 W: 157 N: 14661] (120673)
  • [2017-06-05 2:20]

Witaj Benny!
Interesting combination of the castle-tractor.
Good frame and colours.
Castle makes impression.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13421 W: 0 N: 15997] (165864)
  • [2017-06-05 2:57]


Avec ce tracteur et sa herse quelle compo et image superbe il travaille ce champs devant ce superbe édifice fantastique captage et image superbe.
Bravo et amitié

Bonjour Benny,

J'ai comme l'impression que tu as eu beaucoup de plaisir à faire plusieurs fois le tour de ton sujet pour le prendre sous tous les angles possible et avec des avant plans différents.J'aime bien ce cadrage vertical.



Ciao Benny, great view of fantastic castle, lovely composition with beautiful tractor, good DOF, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6015 W: 277 N: 11502] (89165)
  • [2017-06-05 7:56]

Hello Benny ,
Yes , this was the oppotunity of an original composition . MAy be it would have been better with a horse cutting the grass ... but it is very rare nowadays :)

Hello Benny,

good image, I like the castle you present here, the building is beautiful, the composition with the tractor is interesting, well done,

Best regards,


Dobar dan.
Interesantan i lep pogled, lep trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazan traktor i arhitektura, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje. Lep traktor i radna masina.
Lep stari dvorac i zelena polja.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je poceka, srecno.

Good day.
Interesting and a nice view, nice moment, a good text ...
Good work and compositions, beautifully demonstrated tractor and architecture, good contrast and perspective, beautiful color. A beautiful tractor and working machine.
A beautiful old castle and green fields.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the new week, which is grace, good luck.

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 889 W: 0 N: 1231] (12121)
  • [2017-06-05 11:39]

to you hello benny...wonderful countryside scene,superb color,plus POV...bringing in this tractor really does it 4 me! dale

Hi Benny
so this may be a dumb question, but is that HIS castle? is this where he lives? I get the feeling its a no, but I thought i'd ask anyways.

Its a small thing, but i love how the bright yellow wheels of the tractor stand out so well, they make a huge impact. charming scene from top to bottom, really attractive. cheers

Dag Benny
Zo’n mooi oud kasteel met zulke merkwaardige torentjes lever altijd een prachtige foto op, maar in combinatie met het felle groen-geel-oranje van de tractor en de landbouwmachine daarachter komt de foto niet meer in aanmerking voor een plaats is de serie van Gert “nothing special”
Prachtig werk, Groet Rob

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24025 W: 523 N: 40103] (172744)
  • [2017-06-06 3:59]

Dag Benny,

Uw serie uit Wallonië heeft zeker zijn attentie niet gemist.
Het kasteel trekt de aandacht samen met de hooi omkeerder.
Het blijft een zeer rustige foto met mooie en aangename kleuren
Mooi foto werk, bedankt.


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8729 W: 57 N: 14632] (54130)
  • [2017-06-06 10:38]

Hallo Benny,
Wat een prachtig landschap, heel aantrekkelijk. Als het nu wat beter weer was zou ik zo zin krijgen om in de auto te springen en erheen te rijden. De verticale compositie vind ik erg goed gekozen hier en het kasteel, de glooiende velden en de tractor zijn daar mooi in geplaatst. Het licht was werkelijk prachtig hier.

Hello Benny,

A beautiful countryside, perfect vertical framing of the Church, excellent exposure control, very well done. like it.

warm regards,


Hi Benny
A most beautifully observed, composed, exposed and captured landscape image with interest, beauty, colour and depth. This kind of shot is so important to keep the memory of the occasion with you always - you thinking "wish I had more time there" and then smiling and thinking what a special time it was.....
Beautiful capture,
Best wishes

Hi Benny,
This looks like a very nice country-side, and reading from your previous posts of the area, I would really like to hear the dialect, mixture of Dutch, German and French. It must be quite interesting !
I like the architecture of this very old castle, but as you say, it's a pity it's privately owned and not open to the public :-(
I particularly like the very sophisticated roofs of the towers.
The red or gold stones give a great contrast amongst the green rolling hills. And the windows on the right building seem to be very ornate.
The presence of the tractor also adds a bit of colour and life.
TFS and have a good weekend.

Hi Benny,
Fantastic contrast between the old castle and the new machine. Everyday life passes like this tractor, but there are also permanent things...

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