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Along Canal IX

Along Canal IX
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24025 W: 523 N: 40103] (172744)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-24
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
Date Submitted: 2017-06-08 8:59
Viewed: 829
Points: 70
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A picture taken, during a bike trip along the canal.

Along the Canal:
The Riante Polderroute explores the seapolders northeast of Bruges. This area between Knokke-Heist and Damme is one of the most beautiful polder landscapes of Flanders. For centuries, human beings gave a fight against the sea. In the Middle Ages, the Zwinkreek also provided a natural connection of Bruges with the sea. Old port towns like Sluis, Hoeke, Oostkerke and Damme still mark the course of the former sea-arm. Central to this trip is the Zwinstreek with the canal landscape of the Damse Vaart. Ancient seagulls, picturesque villages, historic hooves and a wide horizon are the main ingredients of this polder country. In addition, the coast with Duinbergen and the wooded inner courtyards of Het Zoute is affected.

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pajaran, holmertz, ikeharel, swapankumarroy, jean113, Fis2, papagolf21, PiotrF, mcmtanyel, COSTANTINO, snunney, Buin, PaulVDV, ChrisJ, claudeD, Periko, Cricri has marked this note useful
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Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicioja, lepo pokazan kanal i zeleno drvece, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa biciklistima.
Lepa priroda, lepo mesto za setnju i voznju bicikla.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.

Hello John,

Belgium and The Netherlands are renown for scenes like this and how well they work in photography.
You have positioned yourself well to get the best advantage from the receding lines of trees and the diminishing canal, they emphasise the flatness of the land and finish at a strong vanishing point.
The cyclists add a sense of calm leisure as well as animating and scaling the scene.
As always the colours and the details are very well revealed.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
It's one of your favorite motifs but you have done it well again. The cyclists mean a lot to this composition of the trees along the canal by adding life and creating a pleasant atmosphere. The green tones have a wonderful freshness of spring and the quality of the exposure is evident from the sky, with its fine nuances of the light clouds.
Kind regards,

Ciao John, great èerspective on beautiful trees, fascinating reflections wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 889 W: 0 N: 1231] (12121)
  • [2017-06-08 10:32]

john hello..this is what I call simply beautiful!!makes you want to get on your bike and ride!excellent POV my friend! dale

Hello John,

A magnificent beauty, the long row of trees beside the canal make it very amazing, nice composition and color by adding daily life.

my warm regards,


Hello John, a classical scene from Belgium; the beautiful tree lined canal, with the footpath, where a walk or a ride can be enjoyed.
The light and sharp quality are excellent.
Regards Jean.

Dear John,

However you photograph this place quite often, you can always show a new side of it. This time the human presence, the well-placed cyclist enhance the composition, which is perfect otherwise.

Best Wishes,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9175 W: 157 N: 14661] (120673)
  • [2017-06-08 13:24]

Witaj John!
Another view of the famous place.
Good POV and perspective.
Excellent colors and light.
Well done.
Good evening.

Bonsoir, cher ami John,
Ces canaux ont toujours un impact formidable sur le lecteur. De plus, vous avez fort bien placé la piste cyclable, un gros avantage lié à sa platitude (moins de fatigue pour pédaler).
L'image est belle comme d'habitude.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11422 W: 126 N: 20583] (106765)
  • [2017-06-08 15:19]

Salut John,orjamais tu sais quoi je pense de cettes perspectives....ehehe..seuelement mes compliments encore une fois...super! Bon WE et merci,Luciano

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3729 W: 2 N: 6081] (30938)
  • [2017-06-08 16:30]

Hello John,
Interesting and unique place. Great view of this place.Excellent perspective and depth. Good composition and quality. Intersting and detailed notes.
Fine presentation.

Hi John,

You have captured well the action of the cyclists. The length of the canal and of the parth is giving depth and perspective to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the trees. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
Your signature theme executed impeccably, once again. The presence of the cyclists animates the scenery.

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy weekend
wow!!!!wonderful landscape
a real Paradise for those who love Nature
great depth great composition
symmetrical presentation as always

Salut john,
Une belle réalisation avec cette perspective et une composition parfaitement équilibrée entre l'alignement des arbres, le canal et la route animée par les vélos. très belle luminosité et teinte verte.

Good morning John,
Another perfect capture along the canal. How great those trees are! Well taken.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13421 W: 0 N: 15997] (165864)
  • [2017-06-09 2:37]


quelle vue et ocmpo quelle perspective fantastique captage et image avec ces tronc ce canal la route avec les cycliste les roseaux et les reflet sur le plan d'eau quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,
Nice weather for a cycle ride. You present us with a lovely long perspective along this canal that runs straight as a die. The repeating trees help create amazing depth and are very attractive to behold. Beautiful lights and colours and exceptional clarity.

Hi John
A delightful canal scene neatly arranged, and abound of interest to attract the eye which is so pleasantly composed when lighting is at its best. The regimented trees on both sides provide you with excellent framing, clinched by people's presence. A picturesque view subtly captured, Congrats
Best regards

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2440 W: 34 N: 4354] (24493)
  • [2017-06-09 6:24]

Weer een pareltje, John. Vooral die rij bomen links vind ik hier heel mooi gerealiseerd.

Groetjes, geniet van het goede weer straks.


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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3176 W: 0 N: 7206] (53465)
  • [2017-06-09 8:50]

Beautiful photo with fantastic summer feeling, majestic rows of trees, very nice long perspective and perfect quality
regards Ryszard

Dear John,

Thanks to you, I have come to enjoy the beauty of the canals and the relaxed atmosphere of West Flanders. You ride along the canal, enjoy the clean air, and live a very long and healthy life. Just keep your bike out of the traffic where someone can cause an accident.

Warm regards and have a good weekend,


Hello John,
An awesome canal picture as the rows of trees made excellent depth to the compo.
Clear sight as each tree and reed shown distinctly.
Enliven by the three bikers on the trail.
Altogether a fine take.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4252 W: 48 N: 10770] (42576)
  • [2017-06-09 12:30]

John, this is a most inviting region - and photo as well.
Having an excursion there must be pure fun. I like especially the wonderful light in the picture and the optical depth is nearly breathtaking. Simply great ... and one of your best landscape photos!
See you!

Hallo John,
Je kanaalfoto's zijn toch altijd een tikkeltje anders, steeds opnieuw verrassend en heel mooi.
De foto toont hoe ideaal het er is voor wie graag fietst (dit is niet altijd heel evident in Brabant).
Mooi vind ik ook het diagonaal lopende vlak van de lucht tussen beide bomenrijen.
Prettig weekend, Paul

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8729 W: 57 N: 14632] (54130)
  • [2017-06-10 1:05]

Hallo John,
Het perspectief is prachtig in deze foto, zoals het door het fietspad, de vaart en de dubbele rij bomen wordt gevormd. Het groen van de natuur is zo fris en aantrekkelijk, zeker in die fijne zonlicht. De fietsers geven een extra kalme sfeer aan de foto.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10283 W: 175 N: 17333] (76847)
  • [2017-06-10 1:43]


here the tilted trees added another kind of beauty to the traditional view of the canals. nice light and inclusion of bikers.



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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13943 W: 1031 N: 27619] (132214)
  • [2017-06-10 8:16]

Hello John,

The three cyclists add a focal point at right and animate the scene. Good sharpness and excellent color and saturation with amazing repetition of the neatly spaced trees lining the canal. Tfs!

Hello John,

very fine picture from West-Flandern showing this amazing canals. Very fine composition to show this peaceful scenery animated by the bikers. I like the view very much.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 692 W: 129 N: 1115] (7421)
  • [2017-06-11 10:36]

A very peaceful scene, John. I would go cycling here, day after day.
This is a fabulous picture, as usual. The row of trees with its greenery is a feast for the eyes. Good work.

Best regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15138 W: 159 N: 26468] (138792)
  • [2017-06-11 23:42]

Bonjour John
Excellente perspective des arbres aux bord du canal, la profondeur du chemin, un plaisir pour les cyclistes ....encore mieux quand il y a un moteur :-)
belle journée

Hi John
this is classic JHM :)
I know we all enjoy these shots from you, no matter how often you post it and what season its in.

this may be one of your best, love the texture on that far right tree trunk, the long pathway, the greens and blues, its just beautiful! well shot my friend!!!

heerlijke kanaal foto,
eentje waar U bekend mee bent geworden john,
prachtige balans mooie foto John.
gr. jaap

Hello, John!

The lines formed by the trees are beautiful and give very good depth to the image! Perfect light management and sharpness! The people give more life to the scene! Wonderful composition! Very nice job!

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