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2007 Reflections

2007 Reflections
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Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9610 W: 57 N: 16406] (60634)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-13
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot A75
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Reflection Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 10:16
Viewed: 3047
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
2007 Reflections

The year 2007 has almost come to an end and it has been a year with a lot of reflection photos for me, I even started a theme for all of them. That's why, I thought it would be nice to finish 2007 with... a reflection photo.

This picture was taken earlier this month on a clear and bright winter morning in Amsterdam. It shows you the reflection in de Singel, next to the bridge of de Raadhuisstraat (behind the Royal Palace) and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. The water was rather calm, which resulted in this view.
I was especially attracted by the traffic sign in the water (it was already there, I didn't throw it in the water myself ;-)) as well as the orange boat at the other side. That's also why I decided to keep the quay wall included in the top of the photo, (and also because of the shadow of the bridge).
I also made a rotated version, but I prefer this one.

I would like to thank you all for a wonderful photo-year 2007 here on TE and wish you "een fijne jaarwisseling" as well as all the best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year 2008.
Hope you like this photo and see you next year!

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he buurman, Lars
alvast de beste wensen voor 2008,
je laatste foto is een ardige reflectie foto en dat verkeersbord is een fraai detail, zeer goed gezien.
prettige dagen.
groet jaap

Mooi gemaakt Lars, zonnig dagje, mooie reflecties

Hello Lars! Wonderful picture. Wonderful reflection. Beautiful colors. Great effect. Cheers!

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  • aral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 5 N: 103] (1195)
  • [2007-12-30 11:01]

Hi Lars,

just the right disturbance of the water to give recognizable and deformed reflection.

Probably just personal opinion, but I find the floating traffic sign a bit disturbing (Not because of composition.)

Ha Lars, dit vind ik een mooie foto. Vooral dat oranje bootje rechtsboven in de hoek geeft wel een leuke vrolijke wending aan het geheel. Fijne jaarwisseling met oliebollen :-)

Ciao Lars ,
for me the reflected photography is a beautiful experience, allows to see the world turned over.
i love this photo .
All the best for 2008!

Bonsoir Lars
très belle compo. Les reflets sont impressionnants et de belle qualité. J'aime beaucoup le graphisme de cette photo. Bravo

Hi Lars,
Very nice pov. Great reflections, very nice colorfull capture.
TFS and a happy new year to you.
With my best regards

A very nice reflection to turn the back to 2007. I like the little bit of orange boat.

All the best,


Hallo Lars,

Ik heb deze foto nog even extra nagekeken op alle begrijpelijke en onbegrijpelijke regels, maar ik heb niks kunnen vinden. Alleen dat de foto een beetje rimpelig is, alsof ie in het water heeft gelegen, maar dat schijnt te mogen ;_)

groet Rob

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-30 15:39]

Bonjour Lars,
des réflections comme tu en as le secret maintenant, l'art de choisir les bons sujets, les belles scène et le bon angles.
Ca panneau qui flotte me gêne beaucoup.
Best regards.

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 3790] (25320)
  • [2007-12-30 16:26]

Very beautiful compo, Lars. The reflections in the watter surface results great. Very well done.



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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 262 N: 3084] (103038)
  • [2007-12-31 0:29]

Hi Lars,
good idea, amazing reflections. Fine colours. I like it.
Happy New Year!

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4755 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-12-31 0:56]

Hi Lars,
I like reflexions too... Nice bright and colorful one here, with floating thing well placed and adding interest. You missed a bit of the boat on top but not a problem!
Wish you and family a lucky 2008!

Hi Lars
Great picture to finish the 2007 !
I like so much reflections and this one is excellent.


I Wish You Much,
Peace, Love, Health and Happiness in 2008


Hello Lars,
Another first class reflection capture!
The usual rich colours and attractive framing...
And I wish a HAPPY NEW YEAR will come your way!
Seasonal greetings from Norway,
Pablo -

Hi Lars,
Amazing impression with great composition. Colours and details are splendid, Very well done!
Happy New Year to You and your family!

Meilleurs voeux pour 2008 à toi également !
J'aime cette photo de reflets. Les maisons sont superbes en graphisme dû à la réflexion et en couleurs en opposition avec le bleu du ciel.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24946 W: 520 N: 42061] (180286)
  • [2007-12-31 3:59]

Dag Lars,

Dergelijke weerspiegelingen zijn altijd zeer mooi om aanzien, doet mij altijd denken aan een water schilderij, toen wij met koffie moesten schilderen, ja dit werkt perfect.
Goede samenstelling en goede presentatie.

Prettig eind en gezond nieuw,

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2007-12-31 4:51]

Hi Lars,
beautiful colours and clarity,excellent captured the scene!
I wish you a Happy 2008!

I'm not sure how well you understand the nuances of the English languages. You speak/write it very well. Reflections can have another meaning which is very appropriate for the end of the year. You can reflect on(think about)everything you did in 2007, so your image has a double meaning.
It's another beauty with the sunlit ripples being most attractive. It's interesting how just under the boat there is a reflection of something red & white which echoes almost exactly the traffic sign.
Well done and Happy New Year to you too.

Hej Lars,
wonderful colours and great impression. The good sky is telling about good weather and the red-white sign is just a thing to ask yourself what you see.
A "een fijne jaarwisseling" also to you and all the best for 2008.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Nice idea for the end of the year, and wel done spoting the floating sign, gives an odd edge to it, with a load of obscure interpreations.

Happy New Year.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14778 W: 1052 N: 30252] (141903)
  • [2008-01-01 1:19]

Hi Lars

A nice abstract view, of the colourful reflections, with good lighting & contrast. Happy New Year!

Hi Lars,

Joli miroir ! Jolies couleurs.
Bonne année à toi aussi.

Hello Lars,
This is an excellent image for the wishes about the new year!Which I wish all the best for you with health,love and peace!
Love the reflections...some kind of art again...in photography!


Hej Lars, Wat een mooie en op verschillende mannieren passende wijze om het jaar af te sluiten! De juxtapositie van de boot en de te water geraakte verkeerspaal maakt deze heel spannend - zeer sterk werk!
Een zeer Goed en Gezond 2008 toegewenst!

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  • atus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2152 W: 208 N: 4536] (15856)
  • [2008-01-02 2:15]

Hej Lars,
once again, a very nice abstract shot of this fantastic reflections. Great light control and strong and well exposed colours here.
I wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous 2008!

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3653] (14641)
  • [2008-01-02 3:02]

Hi Lars,

A very nice reflection shot. The traffic sign in the water does disturb me at all. On the contrary it a real eyecatcher and the placing is perfect in the corner. Excellent clarity and very nice colours. TFS. All the best!



Bonjour, mon ami Lars,
Très bien vu ce reflet et particulièrement cet élément de signalisation qui ajoute à l'ensemble un effet très particulier.
Comme toujours, vos notes sont parfaites.
Que la Santé t'accompagne tout au long de 2008, que l'Amitié te côtoie chaque jour, que l'Amour s'installe dans ta demeure et y reste, que la Joie se sème partout où tu passes.. et surtout .... pense à partager tout ça autour de toi.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8670 W: 4460 N: 15277] (61503)
  • [2008-01-02 6:44]

Hi Lars
I say it in Egyptian Kolo sana wa enta tayeb, every year with happyness and good health.
Very nice refections on the foreground, you are excelling well in theese kind of pictures.
Well done.

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  • Truja Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 661 W: 89 N: 1457] (4953)
  • [2008-01-02 9:12]

Hola Lars,
great idea to make a photography from the reflections in the water. Excellent work.
Beautiful colors and tonalities in an attractive and different sample from architecture.

Salut y 1 abrazo:

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  • gary91 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1663 W: 334 N: 3131] (15348)
  • [2008-01-02 23:49]

Hello Lars,
2007 reflections or reflexions ? using this reflection to look back at 2007 and think of all what happened during this past year ? I like the symbolism... and the graphical aspect of your image. It is very colorful and well composed. I like the inclusion of this floating road (river) sign.
I wish you as well for you and the ones you love a bery happy new year.
Best regards, Christian

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2008-01-03 2:41]

Hello Lars,
impressive the reflections on the water that creating colourful shapes.The boat and in the background adds a stroke in your shot as the little object that float in the foreground.
Informative your note too.

Have a Happy New Year,Danos

Hi Lars. Seasons greetings and all the best for the New Year. Great photo. I love the colours and the distorted patterns. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-04 1:36]

Belle photo de ces reflets sur cette eau calme, votre titre me fait réfléchir, réflection sur l' eau, sur l' an 2007, sur l' an 2008, plusieurs possibilités s' offre a nous et je pense que je vais réfléchir sur toutes ces choses auxquelles vous me faite réfléchir, belle réflection non.Merci de vos réflection

Je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur et de prospérité pour cette année 2008, quelle vous soit profitable au point de vue santé et que vous ne manquiez pas d' argents pour mener a bien vos projets.
Amitiés Thomas
Je reviens

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2008-01-05 10:22]

The warm colors are ok and the boat enhances these tones (despite you cut its top). The light is OK too.

G'Day Lars,

I like this scene; I believe it captures the essence of Amsterdam in one shot - canals and beautiful brick houses all under the one roof. The traffic sign, well some may like it's inclusion, I am not particularly impressed with it I sort of tears me away from the subtlety of the reflections, but some may think of it as making the image unique so I can understand its importance. Perhaps you could have included all of the boat? It really is a pleasant photo, saturations and contrast is managed well and there is good clarity and sharpness. Thank you for posting this one.


Olá Lars, good idea for the last post of 2007. It sure is a great adition to your theme. Love the distortion of the beautiful architecture and I find interesting the iclusion of that sign at right corner as an intruser observing the impressionist painting. I also like the boat on top although I find it a bit too tight in the composition.
I wish all the best for 2008,

Great idea Lars, I like the folating object and the distorted reflections, but I can't decide if cropping the extreme top portion would be better.

Hello Lars,

This complements your father's photograph beautifully. In two of the modern photographs the National Geographic has selected to integrate into my new book on Leonardo da Vinci, only the reflection of a building (either on a well-polished car hood/bonnet or in a puddle of water). This appears to be a new an original approach to showing reflections, one that I had not thought of before. Excellent composition, colors and resolution.

Warm regards,


Hello Lars,
It seems you are a specialist as reflections are concerned.
This shot is really nice.
I am glad to read that you did not throw the traffic sign in the water just for the pleasure of a nice and original shot;-)

Hi Lars,
While the floating road sign may appear distracting but considering your title and intention I think it did add and strengthen the essence of this composition - reflecting on the past and using the road sign to navigate the future. I enjoyed the feeling of movement and the lovely array of tones and colours. Great shot and what a way to end the year!!

Regards and a great 2008.

Hej Lars
Beautiful reflections ... they are so clear. The image is sharp and the colours nice and rich. Nice work.
Best wishes

Hi Lars
The reflection is beautifull and keep very nice colors.
A clever composition.
Well done

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2008-01-16 13:46]

Hola Lars.
Finally my computer was repaired so now I can continue with visit to your excellent pictures.
This is a superb shot with an amazing reflection, nicely captured with good colors and very good composition. Well done.
Wishing you and your family the best for 2008.

Hello Lars
Composition, cadrage, reflection, colours and sunlight are wonderfull in this photo.
Best wishes from Ankara

Très intéressant jeu de miroir de ces façades colorées sur l'eau des cannaux d'Amsterdam.

Hi Lars,
Great POV ... I like the way you composed the image with just the reflection with the boat in the top left to give some perspective. The traffic sign is a good inclusion to create interest in the foreground. Well seen and captured with good resulting image quality. Excellent work! tfs and have a nice weekend.

Well done, Lars, the small Canon keeps producing wonderful reflection photos, here besides the reflections of typical Amsterdam canal houses the two elements on the right bring much balance and interest...


Hi Lars,

Well seen and framed, excellent colours too. TFS


Hi Lars, the building dipped in the water works very effective.
The very small waves makes it more impressive.

merhaba dear lars
excellent reflections.excellent colours and composition.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hello Lars,
This was a beautiful way to close the year 2007. The reflections have painted a lovely impressionist picture. You composed the photo very well, we will forgive you for having thrown in the traffic sign. (No matter how much you deny it, I saw you throw it in.)

The boat and plaque on right side bring the viewer "back to reallity", lars, and yet - the reflection is outstanding photo.
Well placed POV with good clear sight.
Have a nice new day,

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