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2003 -2011 Eight Year TE

2003 -2011 Eight Year TE
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24405 W: 523 N: 40828] (175668)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Nature
Camera: Cannon EOS 5D, CANON 55-200mm, 1 GB Sandisk Ext II
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Favorites continue... #5, Bona Favorite Photos, CLODO's SELECTION XII, My best of 2011 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-12-14 23:04
Viewed: 8254
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 311
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2011 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

This is a picture for my eighth birthday at TE, 15.12.2003 I placed my first picture.
I present here eight years, nearly every day, with pleasure.
I also wrote a new intro.

This picture has been taken 2009 January 9 in the Netherlands, Sluis in Zeeland.
During a long period of strong frost, a very misty morning.
I stood above on the bridge for these picture, these morning it was forbidden for skaters to use the ice, but without control is this impossible.
This is one of the most beautiful canal out of these area

Thank you very much for viewing

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Tu es certainement un des plus anciens membres de TE....et le plus célèbre!Bravo pour cette fidélité au site et surtout pour les magnifiques photos que tu nous offres en partage. Celle-ci est tout simplement sublime!

Bonjour John
L'un des photographes les plus anciens sur TE et peut-être le meilleur. Bravo pour cette longévité que tu fêtes avec une très belle photo hivernal. C'est toujours un régal de te voir publier.
Bravo et bonne journée.

congrats sir!.very ideal photo with your title.long perspective with never ending row of snow covered trees and the passage indicates best of your creativity.wish to see more from you,so that we can be more inspired. have a nice day. greetings from india.take care.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-12-14 23:16]

Hi John,
congratulations on Your anniversary! Beautiful winter view here. Great perspective and composition. Photo I like a lot.
Have a nice day.

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  • aloyho Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1158 W: 68 N: 1693] (6798)
  • [2011-12-14 23:20]

Hi John,
A Happy Eighth Year at TE and definately many more to come. I admire the stamina and certainly the never fading interest in capturing the beauty on this earth. It does look cold but the thought of the approaching spring should be something to look forward to. I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry and Blessed Xmas.
I always love the perspective signature of yours.

Hi John
its very impressive that you have spent almost everyday here for about 8 years!
I sometimes find it hard, but your activity is an inspiration!
Its fantastic to see your photos because I feel that I have already traveled to Belgium! Although this is not a photo from Belgium...its lovely just the same.
whats not to admire here!
cheers, and I'm glad you're here!

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2011-12-14 23:28]

Hi John!
What an elegant and cold shot! It is delightful, delicious, the human presence is a plus here. I love it!!!

PD: congrat for your 8 years on TE!!!!

Dobro jutro.
Lepo secanje na jedan zimski dan sa snegom i zaledjenim kanalom ...
Dobar rad i secanje za stari jubilej.
Dobar trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lepa fotografija.
Lepo mesto za druzenje i rekreaciju.
Prijatan dan sa lepim vremenom, kod nas je i danas poceo topao dan sa suncem, meteorolozi najavljuju kisu i hladne dane.
Sve najbolje.


Goedemorgen, meneer.
Leuke herinnering aan een winterse dag met sneeuw en bevroren kanaal ...
Goed werk en het geheugen van de oude jubileum.
Een goed moment opname en perspectief, mooie beelden.
Mooie plek voor gezelligheid en recreatie.
Een mooie dag verder met mooi weer, hier is een warme dag vandaag begonnen met de zon, meteorologen aan te kondigen regen en koude dagen.
All the best.

Good morning.
Nice memory of a winter day with snow and frozen canal ...
Good work and memory of the old jubilee.
A good time recording and perspective, beautiful images.
Nice place for socializing and recreation.
Have a nice day with beautiful weather, here is a warm day today started with the sun, meteorologists announce rain and cold days.
All the best.

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  • bayno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1344 W: 297 N: 2538] (18348)
  • [2011-12-14 23:49]

Hi John, Congratulations on your 8 years in TE, your passion for photography makes you do crazy things, but also rewards you with images so beautiful, great perspective and depth, unique atmosphere, have a good day, valter

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1745 W: 292 N: 2671] (10163)
  • [2011-12-14 23:54]

Namaste John ~

Congrats for the day - 8 years in TE !!
This is excellent framing , and a well observed concept too.


Dear Master John!!

Congratulations on your 8th birthday...

You choose a great one to celebrate!!

Your personal point of view an graphics, as ssen on many different captures, so good...and this time dressed in white...realy wonderful, pure, fantastic!!

Thanks for all your captures and phto lessons...Thanks!!

We all hope to see your 8 next years!! ;)



hello John,

Bon anniversaire! bravo et merci pour ces huit années de partage sur TE.
Tu as choisi une fort belle vue presque monocolore pour cette occasion. Cet univers est féérique, presque irréel, en tout cas superbe. On imagine le silence du lieu.
En avant pour une 9eme année!

Hi John
A very good one almost monochromatic and such a mild light affording pastel colors
Really a good choice to celebrate your 8th anniversary on TE with this perspective, as long I hope as the numbers of excellent shots you'll post in the next years to come
Thanks for all your splendid images on this site
I think it's time that I rectify my omission to have you in my favorites
All the best

Regards Darko

gefeliciteerd John met U jubileum.
eentje om trots op te zijn, vooral aan dieze kanaal foto's en natuurlijk Uw kastelen en gent -brugge foto's,
onderscheiden U geheel eigen stijl. Wij kennen elkaar al sinds het begin. U werd fan van mij ik werd fan vsn U, wij hade critieken op elkaars foto, welke resulteerde in nog betere foto's. Ik ben momenteel geveld door een behoorlijke buikgriep welke mij al 36 uur bezig houd en mij al 5 kilo lichter heeft gemaakt.
We spreken elkaar nog.
gr. Jaap

Hello John
cohgratulations for your anniversary. Marvelous composition and great sense of depht using also human elements in great right placement. Just amazing shot. Bravo ihsan

Hi John
Happy TE Birthday, 8 years: you an historical member. I enjoy to see your pictures. it's always beautiful like this one. A great winter sceene with frozen trees and the ice. Wonderful perspective.
Best regards.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14263 W: 1034 N: 28570] (135852)
  • [2011-12-15 3:11]

Hi John

My commiserations on the grenade attack in Lieges. On a happier note, it's wonderful to see you still posting on TE after 8 years! Looking forward to the next few years! Tfs this superb winterscape. Love the partially silhouetted human figure at right! Tfs!

wonderful and illusionary paysage you captured.

Hello John,

Congratulations for your 8th years on TE. To celebrate, you chose a very nice scene with a lot of deepness by the line of the canal. A very good control of the light over all this white. The fobidden skaters add life.

Best regards


Hello John,
wow, 8 years on TE with more than 1000 uploads and more than 100 000 points. Congratulations to your impressive jubilee. You have chosen a well known scene for your jubliee. I like the winter version with a perfectly chosen POV and great depth. One of your masterpieces.
Best wishes,

Hello John,
Congratulations for, during 8 years, to have made share to the members of TE your excellent work. The framing of the photo is skillful. The light, the soft colors, the neatness, the depth are excellent. Congratulations still.
Have a nice day

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11756 W: 126 N: 21145] (108879)
  • [2011-12-15 4:09]

Salut John,j'ai connu toi il y a 5 ans avec ces photos magnifiques,il y a ta signature dedans aussi sans l'ecrire,spectaculaire capture et perpsective,un gros gros merci pour ton travail sut TE et pour tes photos toujours de tres haute qualite'! Belle journee',Luciano.

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  • lpi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 335 W: 0 N: 42] (4857)
  • [2011-12-15 4:09]

Bonjour John!
Félicitations pour ces 8 années passés sur TE!
Une très belle photo pour cet anniversaire, comme toujours la composition est magnifique! excellente gestion de la lumière, j'aime cet personne sur cette immensité de glace.
Bonne journée et encore Bravo pour ces jolis clichés que tu nous présente chaque jour!

Bom dia John

Congratulations. This road represents a expectation for more photos, surely. Very beautiful photo.TFS

Hello John,

My hearty congratulations on your 8th anniversary. Your contributions are priceless. This one is very beautiful. I see the trees icy branches leading the eye all the way back where they appeared to be converging. The image is very beautiful with lots of depth.Those two people give an idea about the size of the trees. I love this wintry atmosphere.


Hello John,
Wow !!! Awesome !!! this image is wonderfuly executed, interesting and a very attractive. Marvellous quality and skillfully picture. Excellent presentation of this picturesque place at winter time. An amazingly beautiful work. My congratulation.
I cordially greet,

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4392] (24697)
  • [2011-12-15 4:40]

Gelukkige TE-verjaardag, John.
Een klassiek plaatje om het te vieren
(maar ik zou het niet erg vinden als we dit zouden overslagen dit jaar).



Hi John,

Congratulation for your eight years on TE, the length of the frozen canal is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the action of the skater and the details and colors of the trees. The misty morning has a special effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Ola John
Está brutal esta tua foto de inverno com este canal congelado , gostei muito de ver a pessoa a patinar no gelo dá uma bela noção de escala das árvores são enormes , boa profundidade de foto, boa luz , parabéns pelo 8 ano no TE !!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Hello John,
Wow... Is this truly a photo? I could have sworn it was a painting. The shades of white, grey and blue are outstanding, the depth you created is superb and the two very small persons who are the only sights of life are absolutely perfect details.

What a nice way!...good shot, TFS...

Hello John,
Stunning freezing canal view, amazing how one can walk on ice like a pavement - that is something i never experience in my life my friend.
Beautiful photo with great winter show.

Hi John,
Again those Bruegel style captures. Amazing place, beautiful shot!
To more years on TE!

Bonjour John

C'est une façon très impressionnante de célébrer ton huitième anniversaire sur TE. Cette image est impeccable et ferait un très beau tableau. Une très belle profondeur et un balance des blancs impeccable.



Bonjour John
rien à dire d'autre que WOW DE TOUTE BEAUTÉ

Dear John,

Another fabulous photo, but in this case it is the presence of the lone skater that makes the photo very special. He creates a special mood while providing scale to the size of the canal. Warm regards, John,


Hi John.
My hearty congratulations on your anniversary with this trademark 'JHM' photo! You have been a great stalwart of TE for a long time, and established a superb collection of pictures from Holland and Flanders. This one is an 'archetype' of your gallery - strong perspective, elegant composition and wonderful morning light on the icy trees. I love the inclusion of the human figure - he looks so small, dwarfed by nature around him. I imagine that next month you will be taking more shots like this one, when the snow falls. I wish you a happy and healthy Christmas period and another 8 years on the site!

Bonjour John,
Félicitation pour tes huit ans avec toutes tes photos.

Ciao John,
complimenti per questi otto anni trascorsi in TE, io ti conosco solo da tre anni e dalle tue foto ho molto imparato, la tua galleria è " eccellente" in ogni aspetto.
complimenti e buon compleanno
peppe------------------------------------------------------------ Ciao John,
félicitations pour les huit dernières années dans les TE, je sais que vous seulement trois ans et j'ai beaucoup appris de vos photos, votre galerie est «excellente» dans chaque aspect.
Félicitations et bon anniversaire

Dear John - How does one congratulate a person who has been a member of TE for 8 years? Such an achievement and so much dedication both to the site, the other members and to photography! Thank you.
Your celebratory shot is simply beautiful. You have captured the grandeur of the scene so well, the towering trees, the size of which are emphasised by the size of the man. I love the soft winter light and the delicate colour. Excellent.
I have not had time to look through your large gallery but I did go back to your very first upload. An excellent start to an eight year journey. With warm regards Rosemary

Hello John,

Please do accept my sincerest congratulations for your 8th anniversary with TE. It is easy for me or for us to say this but 8 years is a long time.
The presented image is so clean. The slightly bluish tone of the white snow makes this image truly an image representing the winter season. The icy trees are like an expensive fur coat. It is simply and surpassingly beautiful. The autumn season is now over; your region must be expecting a day like this very soon. TFS

With my very best regards,
Have great days ahead, John

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 1375] (12685)
  • [2011-12-15 10:26]

wow,i mean WOW!this is one great winter photo,you could use this for a christmas card,beautifull! have a great day! dr

Beautiful photos.
A good display of colors and sharpness.
Excellent angle of shot, the perspective and
quality as well as excellent depth and quality.
The professional image.

many wishes for more photos...
greetings for all those photos
you presented to us,great
inspiration full of beauty
its a miracle of the snow

ciao John,
bella la scena con tanto bianco sulla pista e sugli alberi.
Otto anni di splendide immagini e di un modo unico di presentare gli ambienti in cui vivi con grande tecnica e maestria.
Un esempio per molti di noi.
Un caro abbraccio amico.

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2011-12-15 12:28]

Hello Dear John, congratulations for your 8th year. That means you are one of the most seniors among us here in Trekearth. I wish your stay will last longer and longer like this row of trees. Despite the freezing weather conditions, that'a a heart warming composition with its wonderful ambience. The presence of the black coated guy adds life to the composition. Congratulations, Tolga

Hello John

Congratulations on 8 years with TE but also on posting such a beautiful and seasonal photo to celebrate.

Best wishes


Hello John,
Cette photo est magnifique comme toutes celles que tu présentes.Bravo pour les 8 ans sur TE et pour la qualité de ton travail.
Une toute bonne soirée

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2011-12-15 13:04]

Hello John,

Eighth years at TE sounds really impressive! Congrats!
The photo, you submitted today, is absolutely great captured with so perfect sense of perspective. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

Warm regards,

Hello John !
First of all congratulations to your 8th anniversary at TE ! I am only 3 years younger than you (I mean at TE).
And this wintery scene, with all it's top photographic elements is a real masterpiece. Nothing comes from nothing. Hence, your 106.000 points is well earned.
And I am proud that I'm listed also together with you, within the fist page of "most popular" members :-)))
TFS and best regards; of course many many anniversaries to follow.

Hello John,
I remember discovering your gallery some 6 or 7 years ago... I was fascinated by the beauty of Flanders and Netherlands mostly through your lens.
Great winterscape and a marvellous photo for celebration. You have become a TE classic through these 8 years.
Best regards,

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  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 28 N: 3948] (26471)
  • [2011-12-15 13:14]

Hallo John,

congratulations also from me for this really long and effective or sucessful journe here on TE.. 8 years, really an great landmark!!

have some more years, hope to see a lot more of your famous captures !

best regards Bernd

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  • Jeppo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1804 W: 10 N: 1772] (17645)
  • [2011-12-15 13:25]

ciao john,

8 years! that's incredible! congrats for your passion and dedition to this website.
wonderful winter landscape....I'm freezing when I look at it


Hi dear John,
8 anni su TE sono davvero tanti e tante sono le belle foto che ci hai proposto.
Bellissima questa dove si respira tutta l'essenza dell'inverno.
Davvero magica l'atmosfera. Una foto perfetta per festeggiare il traguardo raggiunto.
L'elemento umano dà un'idea di scala sulle dimensioni degli alberi.

Very well done! My best compliments! TFS!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9593 W: 157 N: 15499] (124061)
  • [2011-12-15 13:45]

Witaj John!

My congratulations on the occasion of birthdays!!!

Wonderful winter climate.
Good frame and beaytiful perspective.
Very impressive picture!

Hi John, an excellent and beautiful photo that we offer in this lovely natural ice rink, a charming take technically very good, good and lovely job very well done, congratulations for all my friend. Good night and happy weekend. Tfs.

Best Regards


Hi John...

Another diagonal perspective, and amazing perspective! I like a lot, the depth is very very strong, and fanastic. This snowy landscape make me smile, because I find out them (and specially this one)fantastic, and give me memories, feelings. Amazing too the lonely man... Beautiful!

And very happy birthday (a few later, I'm sorry)... Your gallery is beautiful, full of magnificent pics.. :-)

Dag John,
Mooi mooi mooi, wat kan je er aan toevoegen ? Misschien zou ik proberen het blauw uit het ijs te halen om een witter oppervlak te krijgen ?

very nice white world

hi john,
congratulations on your 8th year. a great feat of endurance and stamina. your picture is excellent. beautifully composed with the rows of trees. the light touching the tops of them is fantastic. nice inclusion of the skater.

Hi John,
*Congradulations for your eight years on TE.*
Beautiful composition and presentation of this lovely place with a strong frost..
Nice perpective and details with a great picture and landscape,
Amazing point of view..
all my compliments

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2011-12-15 21:28]

Hello John,
Congratulations for your eight years on Trekearth.You have chosen a wonderful winter picture to celebrate that great moment.I am always filled with wonder by such a picture.Fantastic composition with these rows of frosted trees.Very nice colors and great sharpness.
Continue your fantastic work on TE.
Best regards

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10131 W: 144 N: 25349] (123439)
  • [2011-12-16 0:02]

Hi John, Unusual anniversary - eight years! - and fantastic phboto to celebrate it. amazing view of the icy canal and this rows of snowy trees.
This year still no opportunity for making winter photos in Poland, we haven't had any snow yet.

Warm regrads


Hi John. Frost and most beautiful light and colors. Your photo shows the atmospheric winter at its best. Perhaps (and with some luck) it looks like for Christmas. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Dag best John,

Firts congratulations for your eight years TH, an excellent participation with many excellent post!
This on is too excellent with a nice harmony in the white color, a great depht with the large prospect open. The two peoples give life and too an interesting idea of the important sacle of the place.
Goed WE,

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2685 W: 1337 N: 3016] (38587)
  • [2011-12-16 5:47]

Hello John

Thank you for your anniversary present rewarding your active presence on this site for so long. But 8 years are 8x365= 2920 days, and only !!!! 1082 pictures, so not an everyday post. Thankfully because elsewhere you should get 1 000 000 smileys!

Hi John,
I had to check the date when this photo was taken, obviously some time ago;) A very calm and peaceful scene with afeeling of an handpainted postcard of many, many years ago. A very beautifullt composed picture with excellent colours! Impressive period of TE membership, congratulations!
Kind regards


A winter scene is so appropriate for this time of year. The figure on the frozen canal brings scale and helps the viewer to appreciate the height of these trees. The perspective is excellent, similar to a tunnel effect. Very well done.


Merhaba John.
Sincerely congratulations of the 8 th anniversary. This is a great winter photo of a concrete indication of the 8 years of experience and craftsmanship. A great depth of field and a wide-angle shots with a dazzling, excellent composition and superb presentation.
With many years hapiness, Healthy and peace-filled life together to your family, friends WWith many years hapiness
and your loved ones together.
Greetings and love ...
Adnan Gülberk

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 0 N: 868] (6619)
  • [2011-12-16 12:26]

Een geweldige manier om je jubileum te vieren John,de misterieuse wandelaar in het zwart is een zeer welkome gast.
Wat prachtig die rijen bomen in het wit het geeft een moii lijnenspel weer.
Ik mag van harte hopen op een goed gezondheid voor je
zodat we nog heel lang van je werk kunnen genieten!.


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  • TekAli Gold Star Critiquer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 2] (1361)
  • [2011-12-16 13:04]

Selam.Hello jhm

Nefis bir derinlik hissi uyandıran bir manzara netlik ve kompozisyon harika tek kelime ile mükemmel.Teşekkürler.Thanks jhm.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2011-12-16 15:48]

The same geometric structure like your previous photo, but quite diferent atmosphere. It is winter of all winters! Bravo John!


Hi John!
Congratulations for your 8th year here with all of us!
You celebrate this occasion by giving us a gift... that place is so beautiful and this picture is very attractive, with excellent photo quality!
We'll all be looking forward to your photos!!! Let them come!!!!

Hallo John,
Veels geluk met die prestasie van agt jaar op TE en wat 'n pragtige beeld om dit mee te vier! Ons is nie bekend met hierdie soort verskynsel van riviere en kanale wat oorys word nie en met eerste oogopslag het ek gedink dit is darem 'n buitegewoon breë pad. 'n Baie skoon toneel met uitstekende diepte en waarlik 'n plesier om dit hier te geniet. Groete.

Hi John,
beautiful frozen landscape, very nice the sun over the trees in bg, great d.o.f. i like the people skating on the ice on the right

Hello John,
I have to comment on this beautiful image not only because it celebrates eight years but also because it is a superb picture. I feel cold just looking at this! The hard frost is extraordinary and emphasises the long lines of trees disappearing into the misty distance. The small figure on the ice is super.
A first class image to mark your amazing contribution to TE.
Kind Regards, Ann

Hello John,
Congratulations for your 8th anniversary on TE!!!
Superb composition to celebrate that event, thank you for your wonderful photos that you shared with us!
Cheers, Vasilis.

Allereerst proficiat met je TE verjaardag!!

Wederom een fraaie compositie van je met ritme, symmetrie en dieptewerking, en dat in bijna monochroom.
Een meesterwerk!

Groet, Jan

Hi John,
eight years here, taking part regularly and sharing a good photographic work. Congratulations!
The photo of celebration is absolutely attractive; I like its soft tonalities and the dominant white in the ensemble of the image, due to the snow on the landscape and the frozen canal.
The skater adds a nice vital touch and a good reference of the grandeur of this place.
It looks like a painting, is a superb work.
Friendly regards,

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-12-17 8:55]

Bonjour mon cher John
Image admirable parfaitement cadrée.
En décembre 2010 j'avais la possibilité de photographier une image similaire, mais les routes étaient dangereuses à cause de l'importance du verglas.
Sincères amitiés

Maestro John,
En zor çekim olan 'beyaz'ı fotoğraflamanın nasıl başarılı yapılabileceğini göstermişsiniz.
Mükemmel bir zor fotoğraf.

Detaylar harika.
Tebrikler Usta.
Selamlar Ataman

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2011-12-17 22:55]

Dear John
Congratulations for eight year . you share with as beautiful picture during this time . thanks for friendship . i am waiting for another eight year from you
Great Sunday.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13813 W: 0 N: 16043] (169294)
  • [2011-12-18 0:50]

Hello my Friend,

quelle compo pour cet anniversaire grandisoe, toutes mes félicitations tu as une galerie fantasitque d'une rare beauté, superbe iamge quelle glace quelle perpective et compo ave cle personnage qui patine fantastique image, bravo et bravo.


Dag John,
Dat zijn inderdaad al heel wat jaren dat je hier foto's presenteert. En zulke prachtige foto's nog wel. Proficiat met deze verjaardag!
De foto van het kanaal in Sluis is weer zo'n uitzonderlijke. De witte en blauwwitte kleur overheerst zowat heel het beeld. Enkel de boomstammen, de baan aan de overkant en de eenzame schaatser doorbreken deze kleur.
Het grafisch effect van de lange bomenrijen is prachtig. De foto straalt iets oneindigs en tijdloos uit. Het heeft iets van een winterlandschap van de oude meesters.
Beste groeten, Paul

Hi John.

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...what a beauty!!!! Excellent picture with this frozen atmosphere.

MY COMPLIMENYS and happy 8th year!

Incredible and great period on TrekEarth.Congratulations and I wish you all the best in the world!!!This picture is great too.
Friendly regards.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10502 W: 174 N: 17843] (79251)
  • [2011-12-18 6:06]


just amazing textures and the white hues we have here, excellent view and framing, even the small personage is nice there. TFS.



Hello John,

Amazing winter picture to celebrate your 8th year of TE. I want to congratulate you very much for this respectable work here for all this years presenting wonderful pic's.I surely want to see more of your shots.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hello John,
Marvelous composition and great sense of depht using also human elements in great right placement.Regards.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2011-12-18 10:26]

Hallo John!
A photo which really is qualified to celebrate your 8 years membership here on TE! What a wonderful mood! This must have been a day from the book of fairytales. The impressions of cold and wideness here are stunning. A photo really to look at a bit longer ...
Greetings from snowy Westphalia - and congratulations! You are one of the columns of this site!

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46935)
  • [2011-12-18 17:08]

Hi John!
Congratulations!That's really a long time, and lots of great photos also:)! This is wonderful,with the white snow covering everything and the two lonely persons there. A wonderful winter shot and a great pov to show it!

Congratulations on 8 years on TE! And a very nice post to commemorate the occasion. Awesome capture and composition but it look so cold! Nice to have the person for scale. Very well done, tfs.

Hello John,
Heartiest congratulations on your completion of 8 yrs in TE. I am sure just as many photoghaphers have benefitted from your critiques, you have also jelled with a lot of them in a friendly way. i've read your revised intro, and I fully agree with your views. I am sure to see you presenting many more interesting perspectives in future.You are only 70 yrs young.
Sorry for the delay in visiting, I was travelling.
A fantastic picture to celebrate with.
With best wishes to you and your family,


Hi John,
lovely shot with nice framing by the ques of snow covered naked trees...the skaters on the freeze canal add a human presence here...nice peaceful situation here...
nice chosen POV with good light management...superb clarity with nice color contrast & sharpness...


Bonjour John
De jolies teintes bleutées en douceur pour cette superbe perspective d'un paysage hivernal.Bien vu le personnage à droite dans cette composition.
Bonne après-midi

Dear John,
My warmest congratulations! Yes, times gonna fly. Eight years are serious part of life. We value your contribution to the TE! We love your artistic photos and very interesting notes. I value your friendly comment to my photos.
All the best wishes,

Dear John
Lovely snowy minimalistic scene.
Excellent perspective, beautiful images.
Elegant and cold shot.
Amazing quality of the image.
Best regards

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27287] (109585)
  • [2011-12-19 8:38]

Hello John,
congratulations on your seven years on TE.I wish you more end even creative shot to upload on the site like this spectacular one.I like this Wintry scenery with the trees to are 'decorated' from snows and the frozen surface of the canal to create depth in the image.Well done.

Have a good afternoon,Danos

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2011-12-19 9:00]

Hello John,
congratulation on the occasion of your unique jubilee. Hopefully the next years here will be as fruitful as the first eight years.
Concerning the image I can assure you that you have chosen a typical “JHM”! Excellent photo work, the perspective is as usual fantastic. You have a very interesting gallery with charming impressions of your world that is so rich! My compliments!
Warm regards

Hello John,

Wonderful winter landscape that makes me yearn for snow has not arrived. The composition and the perspective are great!

Best regards,


Hi John.
Old profile to the TE to me clear.
I made new, I hope to have this more luck.
Greetings from Serbia-Senje.

Hi John,
Congratulations for your anniversary and your fantastic collection!
This is a splendid winter atmosphere with beautiful composition and details, the perspective of the photo is superb, great view, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2011-12-19 18:44]

Hello John,

I admire very much that you have contributed almost everyday here for about eight years! Many members of TE will be helped and encouraged by you. We expect that you continue playing an active part from now on.

This is so memorial photograph in winter season. The spectacle in which the sequence of a grove stands in a row on both sides of the frozen canal is magnificent.
Colors is unified and beautiful by white, thin cian and thin brown. And, the shadow projected to the canal draws out good atmosphere in this wonderful image as well as a man walking on the canal.

Warm regards,

Hello John,

this looks like a winter postcard! all the white trees in a row and this one person ice skating, very romantic picture. i like the river starting exactly at the diagonal of the lower left corner! Well done my friend, merry christmas, F.

Hello John,

Eight years, more than a thousand wonderful photos, where you in your brilliant way tells the story of the place where you live and its surroundings!

Please accept my most heartfelt congratulations, as you are one of a few true veterans here in TE!

And the image you choose to mark the milestone is a real John Maenhout, an image with your very own style and trademark!

Pablo -

Hello John.
First of all my most sincere congratulations for the eight years that have made us enjoy with wonderful images, such as that now you show us, I hope we continue to enjoy many more, with such wonderful work.
Ideal winter atmosphere of the composition, with a very beautiful light and atmosphere reminds me of great paintings, the presence of these two people, gives us the grand scale of the picture. Wonderful DOF, sharpness and brightness. Congratulations.
Have a great evening.
Best regards.

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  • TRB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1021 W: 15 N: 510] (14138)
  • [2011-12-20 9:25]

merhaba John,
Point of view, perspective, super-
I loved the view of snowy trees.
Has created an excellent effect in white and black models.
Wonderful, wonderful photo of a winter.
Congratulations, good luck


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  • cavli Gold Star Critiquer [C: 204 W: 0 N: 246] (1876)
  • [2011-12-21 5:48]

Hello John,
Congratulations on your 8 years in TE :)
Marvelous composition and great sense of DOF. very good persfective. I like the man's effect very much. This gives us how tall is the trees and width of the canel. tfs

Hello John,

congratulations for your 8 years on TE and for this wonderful image, this is an impressive place and excellent picture, well done,

Best regards,


Hello John,
What a magical winter scene!! I love the rows of frosted trees that stretch out and disappear into the distance. The different shades of white are beautiful, and I also like the skater that you included. This photo would make a wonderful painting. :-) Congratulations on eight years with TE, and a very Merry Christmas!

Hi John, and congratulations on your 8th anniversary on TE !
This is a perfect photo, with the subdued white-bluish colour, the composition in diagonal, the perspective given by the tree-lined canal and the little eye-catcher of the little skater , which gives some life and dynamism to the scene.
Best wishes for many more years on TE !

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2011-12-22 0:08]

Hi John,
You are an early member, 8 years is a long time, thanks for being around!
That picture is superb, as you know already! Nice whiteness all over and strong depth and perspective, a trademark of yours!
Best regards

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-12-22 0:21]

Le genre de photo que j'aime beaucoup John,et tu es maître dans la capture du froid et du givre.
Excellent choix pour le POV, perspective et profondeur se conjuguent.

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  • lilito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 511 W: 94 N: 394] (3534)
  • [2011-12-22 14:26]

Bonsoir John
Bon anniversaire!
Belle image pour fêter un si bon parcours, bravo!

Hello John

First of all, congratulations with your anniversary! Posting this picture is an excellent way to celebrate, a capture that obviously carries your trademark. There is kind of timelessness over this winter scene. The human presence is great and give us a great idea of the dimensions here. Wonder perspective and white brances.

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Best regards, Erling

This photo brings to mind the old Flemish and Dutch masters of paintings which show Winter fun at the Dutch ice-bound channels. Beautiful course, but cool colors in color. Perfect quality.

Ciao dear John,
even if a little late, accept my most sincere congratulations for this milestone, 8 years in TE in which you have delighted us with your beautiful photos. Also this beautiful image demonstrates your skill and your experience. You are truly the number one in TE! Thank you for sharing with us the suggestion of this frozen channel, captured perfectly.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and happy festivities!

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2011-12-24 2:45]

Hi John. I never tire of seeing and inevitably admiring your images of the canals in all the seasons and light conditions. Superb work -words are superfluous. Time to wish you and family a merry Christmas and a 2012 that is healthy and happy. I appreciate your visits to my gallery. Klaudio.

Wow John, This is fantastic, congratulation on your eight years on TE, Love this with the insignificant man, pushing the boundaries, with the splendid winter scene on this frozen river.Merry Christmas to you and your wife, All the very best for 2012. Cheers Iain.

Hi John
Well it's that time of year again and a lovely soft snow picture, That looks very cold and frozen, but pleasant view and the winter mood is so well depicted here of this beautiful place. A well chosen POV nice inclusion of the contrasty figs in the foreground to fill the emptiness and guide us through. This is great capture fulfilling the moment, calm and peaceful, spirit of the ocassion. A splendid capture and seasonal greetings to you and your family

Have a wonderful White Christmas to You and Yours
Warm regards

Seasons Greetings John!

I do remember this image you've posted before but in a different season. Now, it looks awesome and more different covered in white. This is wonderland! Love the cascading of trees and the graphical effect that it creates. Happy Birthday to you, hope you had wonderful 8 years here on TE like I do. Wishing a Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a great day, enjoy this season! Godbless!

Warmest regards from the Philippines! =)

Hi John,
Superb seasonal view that you have captured magnificently. There were plenty of views like this one last year but this year so far it has been all went and boring.
Thanks for sharing


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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2011-12-29 4:50]

Hi John
Happy TE Birthday, 8 years excellent presence going for you is a dynamic member.yes know, This is one of the most beautiful canal out of these white area
Splendid captured, nice composed, Very well done, TFS
good luck and Happy New Year

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  • Nard Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 384 W: 5 N: 971] (6972)
  • [2011-12-30 5:40]

Hi John
What a splendid pastel picture. Light and atmosphere are very sweet and I like the white tops of the threes under the light. An excellent POV also with this perpective.
Whish you all the best for 2012

Hi John,
I like a lot this picture... a minimalist shot, very actractive, where the two diagonals of trees give great depht to the landscape.

I wish you a happy new year 2012.


Bonsoir John,

Joyeux anniversaire, ce 8 ans déjà... et toujours autant de plaisir à passer par ici, bravo pour tout ce partage!
Une vue spectaculaire sur le canal gelée, où régit un silence idyllique, presque irréel.

À l'aube du Nouvel An, de tout coeur les voeux les plus chaleureux pour une année exceptionnelle.

This is a wonderful shot with great depth from a fine angle. I'm pleased the people disregarded the order not to skate as they give the image scale. Another superb capture John.

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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2012-01-05 4:00]

Impressive!!!!!!!!!!! nice nice..and excellent image!!!! Greetings!!

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  • Ricx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 994 W: 51 N: 2900] (13495)
  • [2012-01-07 0:39]

Morning John. a wonderful image to celebrate 8 years on TE. You must have seen many come and go and then come back again.. This is a beautiful frozen image.. I was just saying this morning we have had a mild image and like you digging into the archives for winter photos.. I hope you had a good festive season and a Happy New Year to you. Rich

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3017] (20598)
  • [2012-01-09 7:09]

Many thanks John and happy new year!
You've been blessed by The Above for that ice pellets "seasoning" allover the majestic scenery!
It conveys intense subtlety to trees lineup as well as soothing serenity.
Many compliments for this high pointer!!
Best regards.

Hello John, 8 years on TE a fantastic effort, congratulations also for this very beautiful & spectacular winter image. Love the colouring, almost two tone. Compliments

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  • ybx Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 53] (251)
  • [2012-01-11 10:27]

Ciao John, lovely image of frozen landscape!
The right choice of POV did give depth to scenery, while the pastel colors, the low contrast and the soft background gives a mystical touch to the image.

Best regards


Hi John

This is so awesome, so completely different to anything we see in Australia. Beautiful composition and exposure


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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2012-01-13 12:55]

Hello John,
This is a wonderful photo, well deserved the points you have been given.
It really looks like a painting and the characters in the picture give veracity to capture.
Beautiful frozen landscape with great depth and perspective. Bravo!
Best wishes,

Hi John..

Congratulations on your 8th birthday...

Great concept & execution..The light management , the soft colors, the neatness, the DOF are excellent. Excellent image..very well done

Best regards


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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2012-01-18 10:04]

Hi John,
when i see canal pictures i will allways think about your excellent shots, especially your winter shots. This shot is also an good example of your art, incredible depth and frosty trees captured from a perfect Pov. Wonderful!
Have a nice evening my friend!

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2012-01-18 10:41]

Hi John!
Master of dutch canals and frozen trees!!!
Your well choosen POV creates a fantastic composition with amazing depth and the loneley skater is at the perfect position.
Great shot,my congrats!!!!
Best regards,Leo

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2012-01-20 1:44]

Dag John
Fantastic view of the canal frozen in winter...the perspective works well as always. The small skier provides scale. Congratulations on your eight years in this site...with excellent shots from your country!
Best Regards

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  • MJR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 251 W: 69 N: 763] (3360)
  • [2012-01-20 14:32]

Brilliant - its simplicity is its virtue !
You make all your local scens seem so enticing, you have a wonderful eye for making the ordinary seem extraordinary.That twinkle ofl ight on the further trees is just beautiful. Well seen. Well done. Great 5D !!
Congrats on 8 yrs too !


beautiful winter shot! the picture really makes me wanna visit that place...great perspective ,sharpness and contrast....very good work!

thanks for sharing! my greetings!

Hoi John,
Wat een prachtige winterplaat in uw beste traditie! Prachtig licht hier en heel mooi hoe op de plaats waar het perspectief afgesloten wordt het wit van de sneeuw en het ijle blauw van de lucht in elkaar vloeien. En de eenzame wandelaar op het ijs is de vsueele kers op de taart!
En mijn, zij het verlate, felicitaties met deze mijlpaal !
Groeten uit Rotterdan waar het (eindelijk) vriest nu,

Merhaba John,

this excellent image of yours is really a great fun to observe. One can't help admiring the endless repetition, kind of infinity created by trees.

Acht jaar....
Ik heb er een paar gemist maar nu ik hier weer ben na zes jaar voelt dat heel goed:-))
Prachtige "witte" foto, John en zoals altijd, in het welbekende perspectief waar u zo bijzonder goed in bent !

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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2012-03-26 18:49]

Hi John,

concerning winter photos, this one is between the most beautiful I have seem. With the man for size perspective I note how big are these trees. I don't have words to express my feelings about this fantastic view.

Thank you

Magnificent picture specila for your eigth years here, for me is a peace of art, is an amazing composition, I love the details the deep of the effect, the angle, you can see the person in the canal and (his or her) foot prints, for me is a magical picture. I really love it.



Hallo John,

Een foto de knap is belicht. Der zachte
overgangen maken het kijken tot een
plezier en heeft iets weg van een schilderij.
De diagonale lijnen die de foto rijk is
zorgen voor een mooie diepte en is alles
heerlijk verdeeld.

Vriendelijke groeten,

Hello John,
a fantastic artistic creation. This picture has marked a great anniversary for you on the site and it is really unforgettable. It has amazing depth and perspective combined with marvellous elegance in the delicate natural patterns and the subtle hues that also evoke subtle movement. The light and the atmosphere are mesmerizing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovelu weekend,

Hi John

Just spotted this in your gallery - what a fantastic photo! Technically, the framing, lighting and composition are all well done to capture the subtle shades and give a sense of a cold, sunny winter's day. Furthermore, the fact that this is a canal is simply unbelievable - a great illustration of how our world differs from one place to the next.



Hi John
Impressive street of ice. The frozen trees create a beautiful alley and the walking man indicates how strong the ice is. Not exactly a Bruegel painting, because it would show many ice skaters, but an atmosphere which describes quite well the winter ion our imaginative world.

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  • knips Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 33] (172)
  • [2012-12-03 13:52]

Hi John
an amazing picture. Almost like a panting. The trees look like they are in a fairytale.
Thanks a lot for sharing!

Hi John,
Happy belated 8th year. I was going through some of your older work and came across this. This is beautiful! I love the vanishing lines, I love the overall color. I have found that most winter scenes are better fit for B&W photography. But somehow, the color is just right in this photo.

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2013-04-19 20:47]

Hi John !!
Great photo..... simple but..... so much to show
A scene that I will never see here in Australia... so many white trees.
Have a nice week end.

Very nice and peacfull winter view.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3978 W: 2 N: 6692] (33192)
  • [2015-01-02 10:52]

Hello John,
This is beautiful picture of this place . I like very much mild light and wonderful pastel colors.
Very well done

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 107 N: 906] (525)
  • [2018-03-22 16:24]

Dear John!
Amazing landscape, wonderful place.
Fine point of view.
Marvelous long perspective.
Ideal composition, ideal cut.
Perfect exposure and capture.
Very good sharpness.
Fine frame.
Interesting note.
Well done!

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