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Carriage Bruges

Carriage Bruges
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24737 W: 523 N: 41586] (178542)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-12
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/0.9, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-01-09 7:57
Viewed: 636
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2017 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

JHM New site Aug 2017 – 2018

A visit with my bike but 2011, this picture comes out of my archive

Panning picture.

Panning is a technique that can produce amazing results (if you perfect it…. or get lucky) but is also one that can take a lot of practice to get right.
The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background.
This gives the shot a feeling of movement and speed. It’s particularly useful in capturing any fast moving subject whether it be a racing car, running pet, cyclist etc.
I’ve found that panning seems to work best with moving subjects that are on a relatively straight trajectory which allows you to predict where they’ll be moving to. Objects that are moving side to side are challenging and can result in messy looking shots as the motion blur can be quite erratic.

Camera Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shooting Date/Time
12/02/2011 14:23:04
Owner's Name
Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
ISO Speed
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Focal Length 32.0mm
Image Size 5616x3744
Image Quality RAW
Picture Style

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hello John
une très belle prise, la scène est très bien saisie avec cet effet de mouvement.
Bonne soirée

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14577 W: 1049 N: 29621] (139627)
  • [2018-01-09 8:18]

Hello John

Good use of motion blur to convey movement with the horse and carriage reasonably sharp and the bg blurred. Excellent color and framing with good saturation. Tfs!

Dobro vece, gospodine.
Interesantan pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazan fijaker, dobar kontrast i ostrina naglasena na motivu, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lep konj i fijaker, dobar nacin za obilazak grada i uzivanje u voznji.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam mirnu noc i dobar san, sve najbolje.

Hi John,

You have captured well the action of the horse carriage. The point of view is showing the details of the horse and of the carriage taking tourists around Bruges. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello John, very good picture of this interesting scene of everyday life with the carriage in Bruges, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9979 W: 157 N: 16383] (127565)
  • [2018-01-09 10:24]

Witaj John!
Excellent shot, beautiful carriage.
Scene makes impression.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Interesting background effect.
Very well done.
Good evening.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9391 W: 57 N: 15948] (59054)
  • [2018-01-09 10:48]

Hallo John,
Het pannen is zeer geslaagd hier, paard-en-wagen en de passagiers zijn haarscherp in beeld en steken daardoor extra mooi af tegen de wazige achtergrond. Fantastisch fotowerk.

Hello John,
Very long ago I used to go to horse-races and tried to take perfect photos of trotters by panning. The ideal was to capture them with all four hooves in the air. Sometimes I was lucky. I can't quite judge if this horse is "flying", but you did the panning well anyway, with good sharpness on the horse and carriage and a slight blur on the background. They seem to be doing quite a good speed, so you did well with such a good composition.
Kind regards,

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new day
this scenery seems like a scenery
from the movie from old times
you captured perfectly the
action of the moving carriage

Ciao John
questi carri sono molto caratteristici, ricordo che mentre ero a Bruges ho pensato che questa città era visitabile in molti modi, con bici, barca o carro, non credo che esistano molte città con queste possibilità.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10457 W: 146 N: 26238] (126499)
  • [2018-01-09 14:51]

Hello John, Excellent panning picture. We see the people in the cab sharp and blurred background. I have never succeed with such technique. I like the result here very much.

Kind regrads MAlgo

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3476 W: 0 N: 8071] (57789)
  • [2018-01-09 21:39]

Perfect technique to take the motion of the horse carriage, all details are sharp, only the BG is blurred, excellent photo, I like it very much
regards Ryszard

Bonjour, cher ami John,
C'est vrai qu'il fallait se tenir à la voiture lorsque le cheval commençait à trotter !
L'image est excellente (cela n'est pas nouveau).

Hi John,
Superbe effet avec ce panning bien réalisé, parfaite netteté pour cette calèche avec ce flou tout autour, une bonne impression de mouvement.

Good morning John,
Attractive dynamic scene from the old streets of Bruges. Great shot, good quality.


Ciao John, lovely composition with beautiful carriage, great panning, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14181 W: 0 N: 16220] (172770)
  • [2018-01-10 2:38]


Cela donne du mouvement quelle vue quelle calèche qui avance et est figée et en fond le mouvement sur les façades ces beaux chevaux superbe vue.
Bravo et belle journée

Hello John,
I don't think there is any doubt that you are a panning expert. This is a superb example with a wonderful sense of movement in the horse and carriage. At the same time we get a flavour for the beautiful surroundings being experienced by the people in their horse and carriage drive.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2734 W: 1353 N: 3117] (39521)
  • [2018-01-10 4:03]

Hi John

the motion is well understood, the carriage is really moving, sharp on a blurred background. Well tried and succesfull
Happy new year

Hi John
I like the pov you chose for this by placing the moving horse carriage at the right spot, and sharp in focus illustrating the realistic motion effect. The light is just right with excellent natural colours and glimpse of background features. Superb action capture, Congrats
Best wishes

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3145] (21126)
  • [2018-01-10 8:04]

Dag John and all the best for 2018 to you and your relatives.
You realized again a superb motion-blurred backdrop that helps concentration on the carriage. SO today I ask you to reach London for the future wedding parade of Prince Harry and take such specialized masterworks of the royal couple aboard the horse-drawn carriage! Groeten

Excellent capture of the carriage while in motion, John, and one girl and her father were looking at you in action.
The horse looks magnificent, well cared and fit.
Like this picture a lot. Good evening,

Good spanning with the chariot, very well done. The sharpness of the vehicle was perfect, giving a nice feelling of movement and wind. Very well done, congratulations!

Hello John,
Great panning job - the stationary objects are blurred but the moving carriage is sharp as a tack. Bravo!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15832 W: 159 N: 27658] (145228)
  • [2018-01-10 22:39]

Bonjour John
Bel effet dynamique, la netteté de la calèche et le flou du reste de l'image, c'est vraiment une très belle réussite, compliment
Belle journée

mooie speed fraaie actie plaat John,
heel mooi met die beweging ering mooie details prachtige foto.
gr. jaap

Hello John,

good image of this carriage, I like the movement effect you got here, it is a different and original photo, well done,

Best regards,


Hello John,

I can almost feel that the carriage is moving across my screen!
The combination of sharp main feature and blurred b/g creates this fine effect!
It's a great shot to note the movement of the horse's hooves and to study the appearance of the passengers. They don't actually look very pleased that you are photographing them!

In reply to your critique of my photograph, where I live is not a area for bicycling unless you are very fit! My husband and I sometimes take our cycles to the canal towpath where it is nice and flat but not around the hilly lanes where we live!!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Dag John
Fraaie foto, goed gefocust op de snelle sjees door de Brugse straten. De vage achtergrond laat goed zien dat er snelheid gemaakt wordt. De man kijkt of hij hoopt dat je deze foto niet op facebook gaat zetten. Maar gelukkig wel hier op TE.
Groet uit Haarlem, waar net een heel flauw zonnetje probeert het grauwe weer te verjagen. Rob

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-01-13 1:44]

Dear John!
Amazing carriage. Fine people.
Superb dynamic take.
Splendid effect.
Ideal light and natural colours.
Sophisticated background.
Good work, very good image.
Well done!


Hello John

A very good panning shot. The main subject is very sharp whilst the background is slightly blurred. It`s a beautiful horse and carriage. Fine presentation. Lovely work:) TFS.

Greetings, Erling

Hello again,

Excellent shot with the motion blur effect.

Best Wishes,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10226 W: 174 N: 18232] (81207)
  • [2018-01-20 4:53]


excellent result with the chariot very sharp while we have the urban landscape blurred. nice sense of velocity and daily life.

take care


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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 722 W: 129 N: 1160] (7673)
  • [2018-01-24 18:48]

Hello John
The panning is excellent. The carriage looks sharp against the blurred background in this magnificent picture. Well done, as usual.

My best regards

Hi John,
This is an incredible photo taken as the elegant horse was trotting !
Great dynamic created by the pace of the horse and the blurred buildings at the back.
Congratulations on this capture !

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