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hell bent for leather
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Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2547 W: 34 N: 4748] (26254)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-02-25
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D3200, Tamron AF18-200mm 3,5-6,3 XR Di II E 6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictures of Home - part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-03-17 6:51
Viewed: 1417
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
a city still

Several things of note in this shot from the city.

The location is the ASTRIPLEIN. This is one of the main squares in Antwerp. It is located in front of the Central Station and is an important transport hub in the city.

The two streets along the hotel are interesting too: on the left is Antwerp's Chinatown and the street on the right is (used to be?) the centre of Antwerp's gay scene. Right around the corner is where Antwerp's black African community lives, behind the Central Station lies the Jewish part of town.

The colourful building in the backdrop is the RADISSON BLU hotel, a piece of postmodern architecture by Michael Graves. Its style echoes gothic elements found elsewhere in the city, and also plays with its location directly opposite the Central Station.

The MEN IN LEATHER posing for pictures were in town for some kind of gay leather thing which was held over the weekend. Not my scene, but I don't mind.


song title reference: Judas Priest

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To jmdias: thanksBennyV 1 2018-11-05 12:10
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Hello Benny,
That's quite an original building, but I like it - design as well as colours. The men in leather provide quite an original foreground, but the man in red is more eye-catching. I like the strong contrasts between brightness and dark shade.
Best regards,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-03-17 10:23]

Hello Benny,
nice the view of this part of the main square in Antwerp.The Radisson blue dominating the scene this sunny day as is the eye catching of it.


Hello Benny,

Nice nothing special with sharp contrast. The YMCA guy is a nice addition.

Best Wishes,

Hi Benny
Urban shot with interesting variety of tastes and hard shadows! the intense eye piercing red of that guy juxtaposed by the oozing colour of the building add lot of 'drama' For me this is how you visualise the strong focal inviting to us explore to whole depth. Excellent effort, Congrats
Best regards

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10756 W: 146 N: 27092] (129723)
  • [2018-03-18 16:09]

Hello Benny, Nice composition with interesting details. This Radisson hotel has fine architecture and striking colours. The guy in red is eyecatching. Nice view of the bare tree against the blue sky.

Kind regrads MAlgo

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-03-19 1:02]

Dear Benny!
Fine place, gorgeous people, amazing architecture.
Excellent shafowplay.
Good coontrast and sharpness.
Perfect exposure and capture.
Superb quality.
Fine effect.
Nice frame.
Well done!

Hello Benny,
Very nice capture of this famous Hotel building in Antwerpen taken with perfect pov and light management. Very good sharpness.
I had problems to find the answer of the title you've given to this entry but at the end I found it :-)
Many interesting and joyfull notes and nice framing.,
TFS and best regards

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2763 W: 1361 N: 3179] (40141)
  • [2018-03-19 2:14]

Hi Bennt

Gorgeous pure colors in the sun ray, the black building in the shade and the perfect blue sky without clouds are a jewel box for this cityscape
Have a nice day

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10483 W: 174 N: 18790] (83535)
  • [2018-11-05 11:43]
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I liked a lot the colors and the light of this compo. perfect sample of local architecture and nice personages adding movement and life. excellent.

take care


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