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Mechelen Reflections

Mechelen Reflections
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Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10894 W: 57 N: 18836] (70460)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-30
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot A75
Exposure: f/4, 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Reflection Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-31 7:01
Viewed: 9362
Points: 128
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mechelen Reflections

Yesterday I visited Belgium together with TE-member Steft. We took the train from Haarlem to Brussels (or actually several regional trains, for the international train was cancelled) and later on we also visited the city of Mechelen. Here is the first post of this day. When I took this photo the weather was nice, but most of the day we had grey skies.

Mechelen (French: Malines) is located in between the cities of Antwerpen (Antwerp/Anvers) and Brussel (Brussels/Bruxelles) and in the province of Antwerpen. The city has about 79,000 inhabitants.
Mechelen was mentioned for the first time in 870 in the Treaty of Meerssen. In the Middle Ages, Mechelen became a city of more importance, got city right in 1301 and got its best time in the 15th and 16th century, when it for example became the capital of the Low Countries (de Nederlanden, roughly the present Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). Later this political power decreased and moved to Brussels.

On this picture you can see the present town hall of the city, situated on de Grote Markt (Grand Market Square), but partly reflected in a little glass building (I actually don't know what it was) in one corner of the square.
The town hall consists of three parts. Here you can see the left part, which is het Paleis van de Grote Raad (Palace of the Grand Council). The other two parts are het Belfort (Belfry, unfinished, but an UNESCO World Heritage Site) and de Lakenhal (Cloth Hall).
Since 1914 the buildings are used as town hall.

Hope you like this photo, which will be added to my Reflection-Theme.

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Hi Lars,
Very interesting reflection. The man in the middle of the picture seems to be looking for the real other half of the place.
Nice composition.
Maria do Carmo

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  • cessy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 90 N: 2350] (13647)
  • [2007-08-31 7:17]

very good lighting, clarity and really nice reflection !!
excellent work, Lars
have a nice week end

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  • Tort Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 463 W: 79 N: 531] (2266)
  • [2007-08-31 7:18]

Hi Lars
Fantastic shot with wonderful reflect. Good composition symmetric. Very beautiful image, POV and clarity are very good. I like the colors and details on your photo. Well done and good note too.
Best regards
Juan Tort

This works very well. I imagine you had to position yourself with care to get the best result. Not quite symmetrical but an excellent reult. Well done for spotting the opportunity.

Hej Lars,

Excellent composition. Great architecture, I like the many details very well captured. The reflection is almost perfect, as a twin building.


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  • partha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1318 W: 85 N: 1306] (14023)
  • [2007-08-31 8:55]

This is something brilliant take.
Great choice of frame and the reflction u have include is a nice idea.

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  • john_c Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
  • [2007-08-31 9:13]

Hi Lars,
Magnificent architecture for this town hall, and unusually ornate. I like the POV, the fine lighting, and the symmetry of the facade arches, with fine graphism. The partial reflections do not detract but give this an artistic appeal. Very fine work. Cheers.

Hello Lars,
A clever point of view gives this intriguing image!
Amazing, great details and good colours too, awesome sharpness in the reflection...
A well framed situation!
Pablo -

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-31 10:07]

Hi Lars!
Good idea for this shot and perfect realisation.Nice mirror effect and the person in the center is good for the composition.Scharpness is great,too.

Bonsoir Lars
bien vu ces reflets ! j'aime bien le résultat que tu as obtenu. Belle lumière en plus pour réveiller le tout. Bravo.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-31 11:06]

Beaucoup d'originalité dans cette compositions Lars.
La qualité de la mise au point qui laisse apparaitre le moindre détail de l'architecture.
Les reflets sont de qualité aussi, nets comme la réalité.
Rien à dire sur les qualités techniques.
Bravo pour l'originalité.
Kind regards.

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2516 W: 81 N: 3653] (14641)
  • [2007-08-31 12:19]

Hi Lars,

Really exiting composition and great reflections even if they are not perfectly symmetrical. The style of this building is very similar to the the town hall of Brussels. TFS and have a nice week end!



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  • Steft Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1229 W: 128 N: 1584] (6109)
  • [2007-08-31 13:39]
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Hej Lars,
Tak for i går! 't Was heel gezellig.
Mijn foto's zijn wel aardig, maar er is er niet eentje die ik echt heel goed vind. De leukste foto's heb ik gemaakt toen we op die heuvel in Brussel stonden.
Wel, ik had hem al in 't klein gezien, maar het is een mooie foto. Mooi die blauwe lucht, die kwamen gisteren weinig voor. De stenen hebben ook wel een mooie, warme kleur en die man is een goed toevoeging.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1216 W: 65 N: 1883] (6735)
  • [2007-08-31 14:16]

Hello Lars,
Superb composition and alignment of reality and reflection. Very nice work! Regards,

An excellent reflection again with superb sharpness, although the original on the left remains a little sharper than the reflexion.

All the best,


Lars, encore une réflexion bien réussie. J'aime l'effet de double perspective que tu as su donner à ta photo. La limite de la partie verre est imperceptible ce qui donne un double de cette belle architecture des plus intéressants.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2007-09-01 0:31]

Hoi Lars,

Uw vader had laten weten dat u in Mechelen was, en ik had onmiddellijk aan deze foto gedacht, dit is de blikvanger in Mechelen.
Ik hoop dat u ook de Begijnhoven heeft bezocht en de barok kerk.
Wel iets speciaals van gemaakt met deze reflecties en dit valt best mee, is gewoon mooi gevonden. Bedankt.

Prettige weekend,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15527 W: 1055 N: 32393] (150784)
  • [2007-09-01 0:46]

Hi Lars

Good pov & a wonderful mirror reflection. The man adds scale. Superb sharpness & pov, with attractive pastel colours. Tfs!

Olá Lars, spectacular capture of this reflection, may be one of my favorites of the theme. The architecture is magnificent and its duplication to the right made a fantastic set. The colors are great and the blue sky is enhancing. Nice to see the person in the centre as well, which curiously is not duplicated - he's an important detail. Excellent shot.
Have a nice weekend,

schitterend gezien Lars,
prachtige reflectie, zeer kunstzinnige foto, prachtig werk. prettig weekend.
groet Jaap

Hallo Lars,
Hier kun je zien dat een spiegeling nog meer alure aan een gebouw kan geven. Inplaats van een stadhuis lijkt het nu wel een kathedraal.
Mooi werk.
groet Rob

Hi Lars
it would have been really perfect if you could have captured the reflection directly in the middle instead!
But still a good one.

Hi Lars,
I like your idea about the reflections. Excellent details, colours and sharpness. Very well seen and done
Have a nice weekend

Hi Lars,
I like those rich architecture on the coasts of Europe to the North from the time of the Hanse. It is a beautiful buidling and the capture with the reflection is a great variation with a good angle for perspective. It is a luck that there is some life visible, but no crowd. Excellent sharpness and contrasts. A bit more wind would be nice to unfold the flags as colour spots.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Quite a millimetered symetry.... and you have worked well in finding the POV to frame this.
I like it, the Belgium 's architecture is great and detailed.
Whole quality is very good and so for the perspective.
Jean Michel

Hi Lars
Impressive building, plenty of interesting detail. Good doubled capture.
Have a nice day.

Cher ami Lars,
Tout simplement excellent ! Rien de plus à ajouter, du beau, du très beau, et du très ingénieux travail !
Félicitations, mon ami.
J'aime ce genre de réalisation.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8664 W: 4413 N: 15279] (61569)
  • [2007-09-02 4:32]

Hi Lars
Very interesting idea, better than a stitch.
The architecture is magnificient I appreciate very well the sharp details.

Hello Lars,

I like very much this imaginative perspective, of a East-west reflection. One usually sees North-South reflections in still water; the only one that I've seen East-West-North-South was shot by your father, in Quadruple Reflections. Have an enjoyable Sunday,


Hoi Lars,

Wow, wat een prachtig spiegelbeeld en hele mooi reflectie.
Het effect, de scherpte, compositie en kleuren vind ik erg goed.
Knap gedaan!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-09-02 9:52]

Fantastic reflection, beautiful picture where light is very well mastered. Excellent details and colors. A very good work.

Hello Lars,
A great architecture shot based in a interesting idea to compose!I like very much that you include the reflection to the frame.Works very well and adding very much to enjoy!

Have a nice week,

Hi Lars,
Splendid impression, again. I like the creative realization and the beautiful details. POV is original and spectacular, excellent shot, Well done! Have a nice evening

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-04 0:36]

Belle photo de ce batiment de toute beauté et de sa réflexion dans cet autre batiment de glaces,les détails sont superbes,l' angle de prise de vue aussi, il donne vraiment l' effet que ce batiment se dédouble.Très jolies couleurs et grande netteté Amitiés Thomas
je reviens

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  • king Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 407 W: 61 N: 510] (4242)
  • [2007-09-04 23:23]

Hoi Lars
Wat een verrassende foto is dit. Het meest grappige element: de man midden onder. Hij lijkt heel duidelijk op zoek naar zijn spiegelbeeld, maar dat lijkt verdwenen.

It's a womderful reflection! Also perfect point of view and very creative composition! The colors, the light and the details are wonderful too...
Take care Ana:)

Hi Lars, amazing reflections, great light and wonderful colors, great composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2007-09-05 13:09]

Hola Lars.
Excellent shot with a superb reflection, captured with a very good POV, nice colors and lighting. By the way, it's a beautiful architecture. Well done. TFS.
Best regards.

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7909 W: 56 N: 3830] (25796)
  • [2007-09-06 3:54]

Very interesting composition in this photo from this beasutiful construction. Architecture details are very nice.

Well done.


Hi Lars, This is one of the best reflections I have seen on TE, it is truly outstanding, excellent balance &, superb light, however the architecture in both the reflection & the actual building is beautiful & captured brilliantly, great photo, kind regards Wilson,

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2007-09-08 14:41]

Hej Lars
En meget fin spejleffekt du har fanget her - "knækket" i spejlet betyder at personen ikke kommer med og det giver faktisk et indtryk af en stor bygning.
tak for synet

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  • kLe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 113 N: 540] (2196)
  • [2007-09-11 7:59]

Very interesting reflection, which composes a very simetric picture and makes the building to appear bigger as it is. I am also impressed that such a not very big city (79'000 inhabitants seem to me to be a few) can have so wonderful buildings.
I must recognize that the name of the city Mechelen (Malinas in Spanish) is known for me because a football club won of this city won the European Cup Winners Cup, againts the mighty Ajax Amsterdam in 1988. Ajax had won the Cup on the previous season and probably you know that this cup has never been won twice in a row by the same club.

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  • elmec Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1495 W: 64 N: 762] (12210)
  • [2007-09-12 9:27]

Hello Lars!
Great idea! Perfect catch reflections without damaged points!
Perfect work!
Best regards!

Hi Lars,
You played here with the reflections in a perfect way and your result is very creative and original. Excellent composition and splendid work!

Regards John

Hej Lars ,
This is a real cool picture and you have used the reflection from the building to the right in a very good way.
Another good thing is that the man in the middle only apper once.
well done

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 96 N: 1988] (6804)
  • [2007-09-18 13:33]

Hello Lars!
It's an outstanding composition, which creates a virtual architectural creation. More than that, it is an artistic achievement as well. You can be proud with such a photo.

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  • Mikos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 958 W: 0 N: 896] (4326)
  • [2007-09-21 8:55]

Dag Lars!

I coul not help telling you how great is this image, such an awesome composition you have created playing with this perfect reflection that it seems to build a whole building!
You have had not only a good eye, as well you have taken the idea to an excellent job!

Cheers, and enjoy your weekend!


hello lars,
This is a very unusual composition playing with reflects. the symmetry created is great . excellent work.
Best regards

Hi LArs, very good reflection!
i like a lot the symmetrical geometry here and the exquisite architecture!
the people walking add a lot of life to the compo..
good eye!

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2007-10-04 11:39]

Wow, that's well seen. A good visual impact, with some disturbing and funny effect. Well done.

salut Lars
tres bonne inspiration, pour faire parfait, il aurait fallu se decaler encore un peu, mais bon, je suppose que c'etait impossible, sinon tu l'aurais fait...

bon travail


Hello Lars!
Incredible reflexion!
Great colours, light and detail!
Perfect picture!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

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  • trips Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 2 N: 101] (1602)
  • [2007-10-30 3:27]

Hi Lars,
Very interesting composition. I like very much relfexion's pictures and this one is super!

Hi Lars,

Vraiment très bien vu, ce reflet !

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 262 N: 3084] (103038)
  • [2007-11-15 1:31]

Hi Lars,
unusual reflections, good idea for shot and realization. Well quality. Friends all told You. I like this work also.
Gr., Aleksander

Great work, Lars, a shot I would like to take! The symmetry here is stunning. Mechelen is a fantastic place, I know that...


Hej Lars
This is a very good idea and is very well seen. You've made it work well. Nice one.
Best wishes

Salut Lars

Cette photo me fait penser à des photos de Seb82 , ou ...
Belle réalisation, bravo

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  • zmey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 95 N: 1748] (7335)
  • [2008-01-31 5:37]

hello lars

a beautifully envisioned and presented reflection. fantastic detail on the fasade and the reflection does a great job "doubling up" the viewing pleasure.

my compliments and TFS

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  • Jardim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 500 W: 176 N: 400] (3243)
  • [2008-03-17 15:31]

Olá Lars,

Good composition and POV. Is like "the others", This is one part reality and another part the unreal.

Júlio Jardim

Greetings Lars,

A stunning PoV - with a good sharpness to both the object and the image. What absolutely makes it for me is the pedestrian close to the mirror line who only appears in one side. A great shot, thanks, Iain.

Hi Lars
Splendide l'architecture , l'effet de miroir est excellent, super bien réussi a tout point vue, magnifique

Hello Lars,
You have achieved beautiful symmetry with these reflections, great composition, excellent sharpness, and terrific light management, bravo!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11219 W: 174 N: 20535] (90568)
  • [2017-12-21 5:07]


an interesting use of these reflections creating a triangulare façade in our imagination. nice details and excellent result.

take care


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