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Watch towers, Hiers-Brouage

Watch towers, Hiers-Brouage
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/1250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Charente valley [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-15 2:16
Viewed: 3586
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 24, 2007
Hiers-Brouage 170189 17320
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
45.850 -1.067 4 m

Ramparts of the fortress of Brouage, watch towers

Brouage is founded in 1555 like outer harbour of the village of Hiers. The economy of the city is then based on salt. The city is then located at edge of the sea, in the gulf of Saintonge.
In 1576, at the time of the sixth war of religion, the duke of Own way takes the city in order to supplement the surrounding of the Protestant place of the Small rock.
In 1586, Rochelais make unusable the port of Brouage.
The ocean is withdrawn gradually far from the city, and the bay is clogged. The rise of Rochefort makes forget the city as of the XVIIIe century.
With Revolution, the city is used as center of detention where several are piled up hundreds of suspects during 1793, then off-set priests come from let us bridge of Rochefort since 1794.

Jean-Armand of the PLESSIS, Cardinal of RICHELIEU was the governor in end 16th century.

Marie MANCINI, niece of the Cardinal of Mazarin, dépitée to be able to marry Louis XIV for reason of State exiled a few times with Brouage.

Samuel of CHAMPLAIN, founder of Quebec was born in Brouage.

Many commemorative plates are sealed on the walls of Brouage of which this one close to the decorated royal door of the weapons of France and Navarre:
"Born in Brouage towards 1570, cartographer and colonizer of world fame, Champlain departed from Honfleur in March 1603 , at the time of the first of a score of crossings between France and Canada. Five years after having weighed the anchor, it melted Quebec thus throwing the bases of the French empire in North America. Intrepid explorer, it traversed the interior of the continent and penetrated to the heart of the territory become now Ontario. The accounts of its voyages provide the first description of an area which was, two centuries during, principal trade route towards the Canadian west. Builder, administrator and defender of the colony, his untameable energy deserved to him the title of "Father of new France". It died on December 25, 1635 in Quebec where it was buried."


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  • lybil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 145 N: 56] (879)
  • [2007-09-15 2:21]

Photo interessante en terme de cadrage des 2/3 avec les lignes de fuites qui se croisent au niveau de la tours. Si je chipotais, je dirais qu'elle aurait pu être redressée au niveau de l'horizon. Ceci dit, c'est un photo claire et très nettre. Bravo.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4763 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-09-15 2:36]

Salut Joël,
Superbe vue bien claire de ces remparts et de leurs tours de guet, belle texture bien rendue de la tourelle moussue et des herbes se desséchant, indiquant la fin de l'été... Bon cadrage décentré.

Hello Joel,
A good composition of this watch tower on the wall overlooking the marshes. I like how the eye is taken from the tower in the foreground to the next one along the wall and thence into the far distance. Very good natural tones and clarity.

Hi Joel,

Excellent shot, very good strong colors and contrasts.Excellent sharp composition,

Hi Joel,
Good placement of the watch tower ... it effectively anchors the view of the lkandscape. Well captured and composed with good natural colors. Very good notes to to compliment the scene. Well done! tfs

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  • MarcT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2055 W: 428 N: 4747] (20964)
  • [2007-09-15 5:11]

Salut Joël,
belle photo et contexte historique très intéressant. De quoi éveiller la curiosité...

This is a very well composed image with the placement of the watch tower in just the right place on the left to allow for easy reading of the scene. Our eye hops to the further tower and then to the landscape beyond. Well done

Salut, Joel,
Il est tres sympa ce cadre. J'aime bien la composition.Les couleurs sont douces malgre l'heure brillante.
Bravo et merci
Bon samedi soir

Salut Joel
Ta photo me fait penser au Désert des tartares. Une tour de garde isolée devant cette plaine immense sous ce ciel superbe. Il y a un sentiment d'attente dans cette photo bien construite.
Un joli coup d'oeil et une bonne note.
Beau travail, amicalement

Bonjour Joël,
Photo impeccablement nette et bien composée. La note est très intéressante - ça vaut la peine de lire, absolument!
Merci pour le partage,
Maria do Carmo

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-09-15 7:55]

Belle image, superbement composee, tres graphiques avec les differentes lignes, j'aime les lichens et leur couleur.

Bonjour Joël,

Une bonne prise de vue des ramparts et de la tour d'observation de la forteresse de Brouart, la photo a une bonne composition, profondeur de champs et de belles couleurs. Bon weekend.


bonjour joel,
pas tres present ces derniers temps, j'étais en randonnée dans le Cantal avec gilou 530, ta composition met en avant ces tourelles, les couleurs sont douces et le resultat final, interessant.

a+ didier

Bonsoir Joel
Belle mise en page de tous les éléments sont bien représentés dans leur teinte naturelles.Tout est bon dans le cliché,la pierre,la douceur du vert et la beauté du ciel.
Bel ouvrage.
Bonne soirée.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2007-09-15 11:09]

Hallo Joel!
An interesting picture and note as well - in the sense of TrekEarth. Hard to believe that here a harbour has been centuries ago ... really very interesting! I like the wideness shown in this picture.
Greetings from Germany - and have a nice weekend!

Bonsoir Joël,
J'aime la position de ces échauguettes, ton cadrage est bien fait, et les nuances du ciel sont parfaitement rendues, j'aime aussi la texture de ces vieux murs. Du bon travail.

Hi Joel
One more historical place again and good note for this
My compliments for bolt

Salut Joel,
Une image bien construite géométriquement, avec une belle profondeur.
Bien vu,
Bon dimanche,

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2007-09-16 2:07]

Bonjour Joël,
Manifica toma de este fuerte con un encuadre muy logrado con la torre en primer plano dándole mucha profundidad.
Excelentes detalles y color natural.
Buen domingo.

Salut Joël,
green and grey as one of my favourite colour combinations here as often wall and nature, but new as this watch tower on the walls. Good POV for depth and also a wide view, added by some interesting historical facts.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Joel, this is awesome, where do I sign up for the tour that takes me here... seriously though it looks to be something to try and see if I ever get back to the hexagon. Great color and detail as always, and a nice note. Well seen and captured.


Hello Joel,
Interesting history of Brouage. Nice perspective of the fort & lookout towers. Good lighting & colors. Greetings. Latiff.

salut joel
un bon POV de ce rempart bien cadré,une bonne lumiére un bon travail conclu avec une note bien compléte

Hi Joel,
Interesting and spectacular historical place, composition is impressive. I like the fine colours, clarity and sharpnes excellent, note as well. Splendid image, Have a nice week

Salut Joel,
Bonne qualité pour ta photo lumière et netteté, bonne plac du point fort dans la composition.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15712 W: 159 N: 27487] (144170)
  • [2007-09-17 6:20]

Salut Joel,
Zut je suis en retard......
Trés belle image des remparts, une belle lumiére sur la tour qui permet de voir les moindres détails de la pierre, belle vue profonde de la vallée
bonne journée a toi

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2007-09-23 15:47]

Hi Joel!
Somehow I was loosing this one. I lke it, especially the pov showing this little tower in the foreground and then the other one so far away. The wide fields, the stormy sky. Good composition!

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