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Huidevetterplein Brugge

Huidevetterplein Brugge
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/1.8, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-06 8:41
Viewed: 618
Points: 54
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2007, this picture comes out of my archive


The Huidenvettersplein in the center of Bruges is mainly known as a tourist place, largely furnished to that function.
The square can be reached along the Burg, via the Blinde-Ezelstraat, and along the other side, via Braambergstraat or Rozenhoedkaai. Because of its closed character and its dimensions, one thinks it is more like a courtyard than an actual public place.
The Huidenvettersplein used as a small fish market, so called because the cheaper fish was sold. The surrounding houses were arranged as inns. It was the ordinary people who supplied themselves, the richer people went to buy fish on the neighboring Vismarkt.
In the second half of the 20th century the fish disappeared and the stalls with souvenirs, drawings and paintings came, for the ever-growing tourism in Bruges. The existing jetty at the canal boats continued to grow.
The surrounding houses were almost all shops and restaurants of different levels, with or without a terrace. The Craft House of the Guild of Tanners, built in 1630 and rebuilt in 1912, is still there.

I hope you can enjoy.

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Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
17/11/2007 14:34:11
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3679 W: 0 N: 8609] (60441)
  • [2018-02-06 8:59]

Interesting historic square, a very nice view of the old architecture and people enlive the scene, perfect sharpness and depth, my compliments Ryszard

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-02-06 9:31]

Witaj John!
A very interesting squqre (courtyard)
Beautiful buildings.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
I like light and shadow.
Well done.
Warm regards.

Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano mesto i stara arhitektura, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenuta.
Lepa fasada i prozori, lepi krovovi i dimnjaci, lep trenutak sa prolaznicama i senkom.
Zelim vam mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening, sir.
A nice look and a moment, interesting and good text ...
Beautifully displayed place and old architecture, good perspective and contrast, beautiful colors, beautifully captured moments.
Nice façade and windows, nice rooftops and chimneys, a nice moment with passersby and shadow.
I wish you a quiet night, all the best.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-02-06 10:00]

Bonjour John
Note intéressante et présentation, bonne profondeur, le jeu ombre et de lumière, un endroit très vivant a l'architecture ne manquant pas d'intérêt, belle présentation de ce coin de Bruges que je ne reconnaît pas !!
Belle soirée

Hi John,
That sunlit part really makes a difference on this shot. It gives highlights to the nearest passerbys And brings also attention to stone pavement of this square. Again an excellent view of this charming city.

Hi John,

The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the houses and of the buildings. The light is giving good colors outpout. Have a nice day.


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-02-06 14:11]

Hello John,
nice the view of this part Bruges's center with the with the people to add scale in the scene.I like the creative perspective with the excellent light and colour management to enhance even more the clarity as the sharpness of the scene.


Hallo John,
Het grootste deel van het plein en de gevels bevindt zich in de schaduw.
Toch alles zeer helder en geen overbelichting van de personen of de gedeelten die zich in volle zon bevinden.
De groepjes mensen zijn goed verspreid over het plein en de lange lijnen van de schaduwen vullen mooi de voorgrond waarop niemand is.
De ramen links weerkaatsen prachtig het licht.
Vele groeten, Paul

Ciao John
la giornata non doveva essere molto calda, ma la luce era bella, le persone passeggiavano tranquillamente e tu ne hai approfittato per comporre una bella foto.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-02-06 16:31]

Hello John,
Interesting picture from your archive.
The point of view is showing nice details. Nicely captured with good lighting control.
Good work.

Hi John
First rate detail! A pleasure to see so much to enjoy and take in. That's the delightful scene with its ornate olde buildings and a great view so amazingly bright with inviting colours. A shot heightened by presence of people giving the image a great visual impact Congrats and tfs
Best wishes

Good morning,
Nice atmosphere of that old square. A genuine Bruges scebe, well captured.


Hello John,
The buildings are very attractive and there is a nice ambience among the people in the square. It was a pleasantly sunny day in late autumn, so the light is very good and you managed the colours well.
Kind regards,

Ciao john, great perspective on beautiful square, lovely composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-02-07 2:16]


superbe place avec l'animation et les personnage quelle vue et iamge quel rendu sur le sol et ces édifices qui entourent la place ces tours ces cheminées les reflets brillant dans les vitrages quelle vue.
Bravo et amitié

ja deze hoek ken ik wel.
mooie en goede straat foto john,
fraaie kleuren en goed belicht.
gr. Jaap

Hello John,
Excellent perspective on this attractive square. I like the pleasant soft lights and colours and the animated atmosphere. Superb rendering of the detail in the beautiful brickwork.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-02-07 8:32]

Bonjour John

Good shadow detail with the long streak of fg sunlight adding graphism and tonal range. Superb sharpness & nice repetition of the square flagstones. Tfs!

Hi John,
Beautiful daily life scene and interesting historic architecture of the buildings.
Very good colors and sharpness.

Bonsoir, cher ami John,
tu as bien fait de fouiller dans tes trésors pour nous présenter de superbes images.
Je prends beaucoup de plaisir à la découverte.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-02-07 23:43]

Hello John, Interesting square with this long brick building. Another nice picture from your archive.

Kind regrad s MAlgo

Hello John,

This is so beautiful!
The patterns of the cobbles seem to be repeated on the walls of the hostels.
I wonder if it would be touristy to restore the fish market, people do like historical reminders!
You have take great care with the composition, ensuring the the corner of the buildings is on the thirds line and the f/g figures are equally, strongly placed.
You have controlled the differences in the lighting well.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello John

I remember this little square so well, and have posted at least one image from here. Your photograph gives a clear overview of the place on a lovely sunny Winter's day.



Hello John,
The people add color to the grey cobblestone square and animate the scene. It was a fine fall day to take a stroll.

Dag John
Niet alleen die prachtige gebouwen uit de gouden eeuw maar ook die historische namen spreken erg tot de verbeelding, zoals hier het “Huidenvettersplein”. Ook deze namen vertellen veel over het leven in de 17e eeuw.
Een heerlijke foto met die slenterende mensen op dit plein.
Goed weekend, Groet Rob

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1887 W: 417 N: 6871] (27676)
  • [2018-02-10 3:24]

Hello John,

How interesting that this area was once a fish market but has now been transformed into a tourist place with shops and a variety of restaurants.

And this looks to be a delightful place in your fine photograph. You have composed this photograph superbly well to make good use of the areas of bright sunlight and shade: I like very much how the little group of people on the right are brightly lit and stand out well against the distant view of the buildings.

Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10489 W: 174 N: 18802] (83583)
  • [2018-02-23 15:32]


nice idea to use these façades in L shape while we have personages well positioned going in different directions. I liked.

take care


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