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Flight over the Grand-Place

Flight over the Grand-Place
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4553 W: 17 N: 10825] (44050)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05-20
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-05-24 12:22
Viewed: 602
Points: 56
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Tournai - Flight over the Grand-Place

No, I didn’t fly over the Grand-Place of Tournai and this isn’t a drone picture!

On my previous photo you could see the oldest belfry in Belgium that is 72 meters in height.
When you climb its 257 steps you get this view and also the ones in the WS.

The belfry has been built at the end of the 12th century.

The church at the end of the market square (behind the stage) is the Église Saint-Quentin.
Its nave dates also back to the end of the 12th century.

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Hello Paul,
Nice birdseye view from Tournai perfect captured.
Very good layout and sahrpness.
The red roofs creates a perfect eyecatching effect.
TFS and best regards

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10331 W: 161 N: 17195] (130841)
  • [2018-05-24 13:41]

Witaj Paul!
Great view from the bell tower to the interesting square.
Excellent POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
Very impressive picture.
Good evening my friend.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9725 W: 57 N: 16632] (61522)
  • [2018-05-24 13:59]

Hallo Paul,
Oh, wacht, Tournai heet in het Nederlands natuurlijk Doornik. Onder die naam staat deze plaats al een tijdje op mijn lijstje met plaatsen die ik nodig eens moet bezoeken. Deze en je vorige foto laten ook wel zien waarom. Fantastisch zicht op de markt met alle terrassen en een mooi hokjespatroon. De vele oranje puntdaken omlijsten het plein heel mooi. Zo te zien is er ook nog een festival gaande.

Ciao Paul
mi piacciono molto queste foto dall'alto, le apprezzo anche perché io ho molta paura dell'altezza e non riuscirei mai a salire fino qui.

Bonsoir Paul,

L'étendue de la place crée de la profondeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails des immeubles et des église. La lumière met en valeur la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hi Paul
love it, I always make sure I climb towers in cities. When I was in Poland (forget the city name), i once climbed the tower 3 times in 2 days, and paid each time hahaha

great views, caught my attention right away for sure.
awesome that it leads to the top of the frame with that building facing us directly. Fine ws photos as well. glad you climbed up, well worth it. cheers

Hello dear Paul and have a nice tie
and a happy weekend
greetings for the inspiration and the
right timing you captured the red roofs
perfectly from the bell tower I suppose
showing so many details from Tournai
flight over the Grand Palace
the truth is that thhe
red roofs create a fantastic eyecatching

Great view from the top of the Belfry, Paul.
There was action on the big and wide road, restaurants and cafe's were full with people, and clearly shown the gathering on the far side stage.
Also, good view of the flat-landscape till far as the eyes can see.
Have a nice friday,

Bonjour, cher Paul,
Cette vue plongeante sur la ville et sur la place est impressionnante.
Toutefois, il faut avoir le courage de gravir les 257 marches pour atteindre le "nirvana" !
Merci pour ces vues qui donnent le vertige;

Salut Paul,
Impressionnante vue plongeante sur cette place et ces toitures, de quoi avoir le vertige ! Bon rendu des teintes, la luminosité du soleil est bien capturée.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10743 W: 146 N: 27061] (129607)
  • [2018-05-24 23:47]

Hello Paul, I saw quite a lot while in Belgium but a pity I haven't visited Tournai. I see it is very beautiful and interesting town. It was well worth the effort to climb these 257 steps. Fantastic view, it looks really like made with the drone. spectacular composition, awesome sharpness. Such a wide street and a big square and without the cars or parking. Fantastic! I like it very much.

Have a nice day


Spectacular panoramic view of the square. The city looks great, I hope you had a great time there.


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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6139 W: 277 N: 12022] (92254)
  • [2018-05-25 1:43]

Bonjour Paul,
Point de vue magnifique , mais il ne faut pas souffrir du vertige !

Hello Paul,

I seriously wondered if you had bought a drone!
I love to see places from unusual viewpoints and this shot works very well, providing a strong guide line from the f/g which then splits to offer two lines of exit. I followed the curve and went left initially; I wonder how many people chose the opposite exit first!
The terracotta roofs make this a warm and welcoming scene and we can easily appreciate the alfresco mood on this day.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25053 W: 520 N: 42301] (181212)
  • [2018-05-25 5:36]

Dag paul,

Ik ben niet op de toren geweest destijds.
Maar een heerlijk geslaagde panorama foto.
Iedereen zou het geloven dat u mee vloog met een vliegtuig
Uw panorama beeld is echt heel mooi gemaakt
Goed foto werk, bedankt.

Prettige dag verder,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14489 W: 0 N: 16395] (176049)
  • [2018-05-25 6:13]


la rue très large et la grande place quelle compo du ciel et vue ces toits ocres et les personnes en tout petite ces terrasses la scène en fond fantastique compo.
Bravo et amitié

Hello, Paul!

This is a great POV to show the city from above, and it really seems to be taken from an airplane! The orange roofs give more colors and make the image even more beautiful, and the people down there look like little ants. Wonderful photo, taken with excellent light and sharpness!

Hello Paul, excellent view of this interesting square of the beautiful city, very well captured with a great pov in this very good and beautiful photo. An interesting image with interesting buildings, very good sharpness, depth and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

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

Intertesantan i lep pogled, lep trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepi crveni krovovi i trenutak, lep deo grada.
Sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-05-25 14:48]

Hello Paul,
Great picture from the drone :) An interesting and very high belfry.
Picture with nice sharpness and very good quality.
Fine presentation

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14860 W: 1055 N: 30543] (142985)
  • [2018-05-25 19:40]

Hello Paul,

I took a similar shot from Verona Tower overlooking the piazza. God to see the temporary stage and people out enjoying the day and entertainment. Tfs!

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3659 W: 0 N: 8592] (60259)
  • [2018-05-25 21:05]

I like such photos from above very much, you have an overview of the city and all details look differently, a very good photo, my compliments

Hello Paul,
I have a lot of similar photos of brick roofs from above from my latest short journey, but mine didn't look quite as neat and carefully maintained. The red roofs form a nice frame around the grey square where obviously nobody needs to stay hungry or thirsty. The church at the far end is quite beautiful. Tournai is a fairly anonymous place to me, not featured on TE as frequently as many other Belgian cities. Maybe that is a very good reason for a visit.
Best regards,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16186 W: 159 N: 28223] (148454)
  • [2018-05-29 5:42]

Bonjour Paul
Bravo pour avoir monter les 257 marches, un effort bien récompenser, la vue est tout simplement belle et intéressante, bon format et lumière extra
Bonne journée

Hello Paul.
Wow ...... superb perspective of the Grand Place of Tournai, from the Belfry, I loved this city when I visited it, but I did not climb the 257 steps and I lost this great perspective.
Colorful, sharpness and luminosity are captured efficiently.
Very good composition, magnificent presentation.
Have a good day.
Warm greetings.

P.S. I regret not having contrasted Vilnius University's information about its antiquity, which appears in the internet information, now I see what
absurd of it, when precisely this year the University of Salamanca here in Spain is celebrating its 800th anniversary, since it was founded in 1218.

Hi Paul,
your high point of view from the belfry offers us a breathtaking panorama at bird-view over the city.
The old architecture of the buildings, the huge market square, the deep perspective, the green landscape in background, and the great sharpness of the image, create a very beautiful composition.
It's an excellent work, my friend.
Kind regards,
P.S: thanks a lot for your kind words about my recovery.

Dag Paul
Gelukkig zijn er voor mensen met vliegangst of zonder drones nog voldoende hoge torens beschikbaar om ook een beetje aan luchtfotografie te doen. Helaas worden er ook wel van deze oude torens voor publiek afgesloten omdat ze te oud en te gammel zijn geworden en het geld ontbreekt voor een grondige restauratie. Zo is het al weer lang geleden dat ik de toren van de Grote Kerk in Haarlem mocht beklimmen. Zo’n fraaie foto als deze kan ik zonder drone (die daar natuurlijk ook verboden is) dus niet van de Grote Markt maken.
Groet Rob

Hello Paul,
I like all the orange roofs, and how tiny everything looks below. The warm sunlight brings out the different hues, and some nice shadows, too. Great POV in this one.

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