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Bagpipe player

Bagpipe player
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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: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-12
Categories: Event
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, hama HR UV 77 IV
Exposure: f/4, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-12 9:45
Viewed: 609
Points: 68
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Again a picture out of my archive.

This is a regional player but also known in Flanders

The photo was taken during the visit of the King of the Belgians
Adegem to Diederik De Jaeger (61) will be extra stress on Sunday. He has been playing bagpipes for fourteen years during the annual ceremony. "In 2004 I was allowed to do that for Filip, who was still a prince at the time. Now he comes back as king ", says Diederik. "Of course I am nervous about that: I like to admit that. I always try to play as well as possible on my bagpipes, but on Sunday no single note can sound false. I also have to play a song while marching around the monument in the cemetery. I've practiced that constantly during the past week so that I know how many steps to take. "As a child, De Jaeger was already looking at the annual ceremony at the cemetery. "Then that was still with Canadian soldiers and with real pipers. My predilection for the bagpipes then arose. So it is a great honor that I can now do this for our king on Sunday! "
I hope you can enjoy.

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Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
12/09/2010 11:15:02
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Manual Exposure
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ISO Speed 200
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
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Hello John,

I thought you had paid a quick visit to Scotland, when I saw this guy with bagpipes and a tartan braid on his hat!
It is a splendid photograph. The piper is pin sharp against an oof b/g and it is easy to see how much effort he is applying to get the full sound from the pipes.
I love how his bagpipes follow a complete diagonal across the frame.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-06-12 10:04]

Hello John,

Quite a few Scots emigrated to Australia so it's not uncommon to see pipers here. But in Belgium it must be very unusual. Perfect sharpness and a nice shallow dof. Tfs!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-06-12 10:05]

Hallo John,
Een schitterend portret van deze doedelzakspeler in actie. Het is een apart instrument waarbij de wangen van de bespeler vaak flink bol staan om lucht de pijpen in te blazen. De man heeft een mooi klassiek uniform aan en de scherptediepte is zeer goed.

Hello John,
Another topclass capture in your gallery.
Most probably this quite photgenic bagpipe player did't have such a wonderfull portrait before !
Everything here -including the rich notes- is at it's best.
With other words, your leadership within TE members is well earned !
TFS and best regards

Dobro vece gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa uniforma i gajde, lep trenutak sa ceremonije.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 964 W: 0 N: 1742] (14191)
  • [2018-06-12 11:12]

hello..good evening john,this DOF shot and close crop really and to this whole shot that you give us to enjoy today! tfs dale

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-06-12 11:30]


fantastique portrait et vue quel joueur de corne muse sueprbe vue et cpatage quel souffle il a quel portrait etattitude ilmanque que le son superbe.
Bravoet amitié

Hello John,
It's an excellent portrait of a man at work, but a different kind of craft from what we would usually see here. The interview quoted in the note is very interesting and gives us a perfect complement to the photo. The sharpness and exposure are stunningly good. All that I am missing is a sound file. ;-)
Kind regards,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-12 11:43]

Hello John,
nice the 'portrait' of the Bagpipe player with the excellent light and colour management to enhance even more the beauty as the details of it.I like the excellent timing of the snapshot.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-06-12 12:38]

Witaj John!
A very nice portrait.
Bagpipe player are impressive.
Excellent colors and light.
I like depth.
Well done.
Good evening.

Ciao John
molto bello questo ritratto, l'uomo è impegnato con la sua passione e ce la sta mettendo tutta.
Il tuo scatto ha colpito nel momento giusto, l'impegno dell'uomo è stato ripagato.

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new day
wow!!!fantastic view of this unique photo
no more comments this portrait seems
almost alive anc according to your
useful notes this is a regional player
but also known in Flanders

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-06-12 14:35]

Hello John,
A very nice picture from Oost-Vlaanderen, interesting daily life scene.
I like nice colors, good composition and sharpness.
Thank you for informative note.
Good shot, fine presentation

Hi John,

You have captured well the action of the musician. The point of view is showing the details of the uniform, of the bagpipe and of his physionomy. The light is giving good colours output. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
This is a spectacular portrait. Very well done, congratulations. I am glad you dug into your archives to find this beauty.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Le musicien y met tout son coeur pour faire entendre la musique de son instrument;
Un portrait de haute volée !

Hi John
Great shot without clutter, looks a real charmer and the intensity of concentration and passionate about his bagpipe are well defined. Excellent impression he's obviously doing his best that i can almost hear his music. Lovely shot, Congrats
Best regards

Hi John,
Perfectly photographed this musician, excellent sharpness and photogenic attitude, I imagine the music, tfs.

ciao John,
perfect portrait whit calibrate colors, perfect POV and composition, I like it,
ciao, Giacomo

Ciao John, great portrait of bagpipe player in intense action, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi John,
Very nice capture of this musician. Great lighting with good sharp details. Well done
Best regards

Dag John
Deze heerlijke foto van een doedelzakker in een prachtig uniform (helaas kunnen we niet zien of er een kilt onder zit.) doet bij denken aan mijn laatste bezoek aan Ottawa waar zeker wel 40 doedelzakspeler van all over the world zich in een park hadden verzameld. In het begin klonk het heel leuk, maar na een half uurtje ging het toch wat vervelen. Ga straks mijn foto’s ervan nog eens bekijken.
Groet uit een fris Haarlem waar de zon probeert door te breken, Rob

Bonjour John,

On dirait Boris Becker, l'ancienne gloire du tennis qui s'est recyclé en jour de cornemuse. Le portrait est excellent surtout au niveau de la bouche et des joues rebondies.



Hi John,
It is surprising to find such a dedicated bagpipe player in Belgium. Excellent action portrait. Side view and darkish green background work so well.

Hallo John,
Niet een Schot maar een Vlaming die doedelzak speelt.
Een heel mooi portret vanuit een goede hoek genomen waarbij we de verschillende pijpen van het instrument goed zien.
Deze man lijkt al heel wat eretekens ontvangen te hebben.
Ik hoop dat je van de muziek genoten hebt.
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-06-14 9:27]

Bonjour John
Super portrait du musicien, un souffle fort dans sa corne muse, excellente netteté , couleurs , DOF
Bonne soirée

Aujourd'hui pluie et soleil ( 16° a 18h30)

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  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1441 W: 76 N: 1338] (11941)
  • [2018-06-14 10:31]

Bonne prise sur ce caractère, expression et les traits du visage bien joué par le jeu de la lumière et la couleur, une image claire, un portrait de succès.!!

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2763 W: 1361 N: 3180] (40157)
  • [2018-06-15 4:33]

Hi John

He is fully concentrated on his instrument and is blowing to fill the bag. The general diagonal of the picture gives also some dynamism to the scene
Have a nice WE

Marvelous close up on the piper, John.
Pity the picture has no music - I can only imagine the tones he produced.
Face expression made all the picture "needed", and has a fine outcome.
Good afternoon,

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10489 W: 174 N: 18802] (83583)
  • [2018-06-15 13:14]


I liked the intense aspect of the musician playing and his passion and effort well evident here. a perfect portrait, you is a master on this.

take care


Dear John,

What I really like is the concentration on his face.

Best Wishes,

die staat er goed op John,
goede actie plaat mooi gemaakt weer.
gr. jaap

Hello, John!

Great capture of this bagpipe player, with perfect use of this shallow depth of field! The details are very sharp and the blurred vegetation provides a beautiful background to the scene! Wonderful job!

Olá, John!

Foto perfeita, o fundo desfocado ficou bem interessante e a nitidez da foto é impressionante! A roupa, o chapéu e o instrumento do homem possuem texturas muito boas. Luz excelente.
Ótimo trabalho!

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