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Winter in Flanders J - X
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24516 W: 523 N: 41040] (176536)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canonn 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
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Date Submitted: 2009-01-11 23:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friday morning minus 10 degree Celsius, a wonderful morning but a morning with a lot fog.
Around the clock of ten, I saw the sun through the fog, I took my car and was as a hunter look for a good picture.
I took more than hundred pictures on different place taken, maybe later more of this images.
A pity for us nature the lovely nature was a result of the bad condition of the air, these air come from Germany and perhaps further out of the East countries, also a little bit of us own industrial in Belgium.
In Flanders be allowed to the cars maximum 90km/h or 60 mile this for the smog.

Photochemical smog
In the 1950s a new type of smog, known as photochemical smog, was first described.
This forms when sunlight hits various pollutants in the air and forms a mix of inimical chemicals that can be very dangerous. A photochemical smog is the chemical reaction of sunlight, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere, which leaves airborne particles (called particulate matter) and ground-level ozone.

Nitrogen oxides are released by nitrogen and oxygen in the air reacting together under high temperature such as in the exhaust of fossil fuel-burning engines in cars, trucks, coal power plants, and industrial manufacturing factories. VOCs are released from man-made sources such as gasoline (petrol), paints, solvents, pesticides, and biogenic sources, such as pine and citrus tree emissions.

I hope you like it of these winter picture.

Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
9/01/2009 10:22:18
Tv(Shutter Speed)
Av(Aperture Value)
Metering Modes
Partial metering
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ISO Speed
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Focal Length
16,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
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Wonderful Winter picture, dear John !
Classic POV, great colours and perfect light management. Magnificent diagonal and framing. It goes to my favourites
Have a nice week

Hi John,
Beautiful winter scene.
the linearity of the trees and pavement looks great.
Nice POV and good framing.

Bonjour John.
C'est une photo à nous faire aimer l'hiver, son givre, sa glace et ses beaux ciels bleus. La perspective faite par le canal, les arbres et le chemin est superbe.
Merci pour une si belle photo !

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  • gary91 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1664 W: 334 N: 3131] (15348)
  • [2009-01-11 23:20]

Hello John,
This clear blue sky upon the frozen trees and canal give an icy atmopshere but so quiet and clean. I like the way you have used the different lines of the trees, the canal and the road to concentrate the look at the back of the image.
Well done !
Have a nice day.
Best regards, Christian

Hi John.

The fronzen atmosphere....excellent! I like the path and that trees in diagonal!

Rgs, Oscar

All the elements are nicely presented and I really like the diagonal line of the canal. And there is a pleasing light.
Best wishes,

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  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2766 W: 28 N: 3978] (26567)
  • [2009-01-11 23:51]

Hello John,

perfect winter-illusion with great depth and a perfect sharpness, like most the diagonal arrangement in your fabulous capture..

have a fine day, regards Bernd

Hi John,
Very good pov and great wintery scene very well captured. Nice pictorial geometry and soft nice wintery colors.
Very good sharpness and simple but nice framing.
Good usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

hi john,
amazing shot!!!
excellent light & sharpness!!!
tfs & have a nice week

Hi John, this was an excellent day for photography, I saw Hendrik's shot probably from the same canal and now comes yours... classical deep perspective and so beautiful hoar frost on the trees and grass... right now it all seems to be over...


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  • JLG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 0 N: 167] (2086)
  • [2009-01-12 0:33]

hello John
quelle belle perspective !!!!
tout est figé par le givre ,les couleurs sont juste et la lumiere parfaite
simplement magnifique
jean louis

Wow, superb winter perspective, John. Impressive depth, excellent details of the frozen vegetation, wonderful play with shadows. Beautiful the line of trees on the other side contrasting with the blue sky. Congrats.
warm regards,

Hi John. Good seasonal impresssion from this cold winter along he canals. In addition to the usual strong perspective effect, you get a good rendition of details here from the fine lighting, as well as an added graphical aspect from the tree shadows cast on the icy surface. Nice photo.

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2009-01-12 1:13]

Hello Dear John;
Wooooooowwwwwwww!Wonderful snowy way in a this view.Very beautiful,very original technic!
TFS!Have a good time,


Dag John,
A classic Flemish view brought very well. The laerge aperture of f16 allowed you to integrate all details of the frozen grass in the foreground.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2217 W: 153 N: 3554] (15929)
  • [2009-01-12 2:23]

Bonjour cher John

It is just stunning! No words to describe the beauty you have captured. A painting of the frost, in excellent perspective, bright color well balanced geometric view.

Compliments and TFS

Hello John,
I would like to profit from the same potential of winter photographs. It is an absolute beauty. I like the perfect light, white frost and these point of view and framing. Congratulations.
Have a nice day

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2009-01-12 3:30]

Hello John,

Cette fois-ci, on va pouvoir patiner sur cette glace. La perspective est comme toujours, excellente est semble s'étendre jusqu'à l'infini. J'aime beaucoup ce long alignement d'arbre gelés.
C'est superbe !



Bonjour John,

Un coin de Flandre que j'aime beaucoup mais que je n'ai jamais vu en période de grand froid. C'est encore plus beau qu'en été. Un excellent travail avec un POV bien choisi, une belle perspective et des détails très bien captés. Somptueux.
Bonne semaine,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14376 W: 1040 N: 28881] (137024)
  • [2009-01-12 3:48]

Hi John

A good catch of the frozen winter wonderland. I like the repetition of the ice encrusted trees, along the canal. The blue & white colours go very well together. Tfs!

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13723 W: 295 N: 27336] (109803)
  • [2009-01-12 3:56]

Hello John,
great the perspective and the POV of this Winter scene with the frozen canal and the lines of the snowy trees to lead the eye on the far distance.Excellent the contrast of the colours, in spite of the very low temperatures.Well done.

Have a nice week,Danos

Dit moest ervan komen, he... Prachtige foto, John, met een heerlijk eindeloze diepte en wat zijn die bomen toch mooi. Ben je speciaal vroeg opgestaan om de schaatsers voor te zijn? (Of was dat ergens anders?)



zeer mooie foto John.
op het journaal van de BRT zag ik de tochten die er werden gehouden. Dit is een klassieker John, zeer fraai. Prettige dag nog.
groet jaap

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2009-01-12 4:03]

Dag John,
Dat ziet er uit als een prachtig kanaal om flink vaart te maken op de schaats en zonder de files die in Nederland gebruikelijk zijn.
Prachtig winters plaatje, het was een geweldig weekend om foto's te maken.
Groeten Gerrit

Hi John,

The diagonal line of the canal and of the path is an asset to the composition. The trees are framing well the scenery. The point of view leads our eyes to infinity which is giving depth and perspective to the photo. The picture is clear and precise. The reflection of the light of the frost is enhancing the colors of the scenery under a nice blue sky. Have a nice day.


Hi John
tous ces arbres gelés le long du canal donne un image tout simplement féérique, de toute beauté, bravo.

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-01-12 4:11]

Hi John,

stunning winter photography. The perspective is perfect..nice to follow the pathway until the infinite. Excellent light management and very natural colors. Great work!

Helo John
The Belgium winter is very beautiful to thry your lens my friend and very nice trees ands canal in frozen day

Hello John,
What a splendid winter perspective along the frozen tree lined canal. I like also the contrast between the frost free road running parallel and the icy waters of the canal. The trees covered in hoar frost are so beautiful against the lovely blue sky. Magnificent light and colours. A fine presentation.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2009-01-12 4:27]

Daar is de foto waar ik naar zat uit te kijken: eigenaardig dat we dezelfde dag op bijna dezelfde plaats waren. Het is weer een prachtige realisatie met duidelijk de jhm handtekening. Alles staat perfect zoals het moet; de kleuren zijn heel aantrekkelijk. Kortom een schitterende compositie! Wel erg dat dit op het eerste zicht mooie beeld dat we dit weekend hadden niet zo onschuldig is als het lijkt; dank voor de nota over photochemical smog. Ik heb weer iets bijgeleerd. Groetjes.

very strong perspective lines leading the eyes to the vanishing point, the contrast between the blue sky and the frost is amazing, beautiful and graphic scenery ^^

Nice one John, it really makes the cold of the day come through to the viewer. Great color and detail as always.


hi john,
The composition is well planned with a nice perspective and pov which brings out the depth and the textures so finely.


Hoi John,

Ah, ik hoor voor het eerste dat dit koudefront deels te wijten is aan vervuiling!! Ja, ik kan me er op een of andere manier wel bij voorstellen.
Dit is wel je favoriete foto-plek geloof ik, want ik heb dit perspectief al eerder voorbij zien komen met deze rij bomen. Maar ja, het is een mooie positie, ook zeker met de sneeuw erop!


Hi John,
beautiful shot! These white trees look great, just as the blue winter sky. Exposure is spot on and the line of trees create some depth. A beautiful, refreshing winter image, very nice one! Thanks for sharing!

Take care

Excellent perspective,wonderful winter view,fine colours and good sharpness.
Good note.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10593 W: 174 N: 18016] (80057)
  • [2009-01-12 6:26]


marvelous light, pov and soft colors. contrast between the blue and the whites is fantastic, a vision full of poetry and beauty. fantastic work, congratulations



Hello John,
A wonderful winter composition with informative notes. Thanks.
Best regards,

Hi John
good perspective on this frozen canal!

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2009-01-12 7:11]

Hi John,
Despite of snow absence you have managed capturing beautiful wintry scenery. The intensely cold weather and humid air have made their job decorating trees and grass with white frost. The contrast of white branches against the blue sky is perfect. Very well done! Thanks for very interesting, informative and useful note!
Best regards,

Hello John!
The place is already pretty interesting and photo-friendly, however you have chosen such a wonderful winter moment to take this one! Those frozen tress and their dark trunks and branches are superb in this picture! A wonderful contrast with the bluest sky too! The shadows of the trees on the waterway is something nice as well!
I really loved it!
TFS - Congratulations!
Warmest regards,

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  • Cormac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
  • [2009-01-12 7:45]

Beautiful shot! Having the frost and snow on everything certainly changes the view, making it lighter and quite different than the usual green and blue. Hope you are staying warm in that cold weather!

Hello John,
Amazing view and incredible frozen colours. I really like symmetry with these trees. It is a pleasure looking at this picture. Well done my friend!

Hello John,
Amazing photo, beautiful diagonal composition with very nice contrast and colors.
Best regards, Vasilis.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2009-01-12 8:27]

Hallo John!
The others have said all - this one simply is breathtaking and most impressive!
Greetings from still cold Westphalia (-4°C) - but tomorrow: rain! Ouch!

hi JOhn
your images are getting nicer and nicer,
here the pov is great, excellent sharpness,


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  • MarcT Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2055 W: 428 N: 4747] (20964)
  • [2009-01-12 10:07]

Bonsoir John,
Une occasion à ne pas manquer et bien saisie ...
Cela n'arrive pas tous les jours que nous soyons plongés dans la glace. Tu as su transmettre toute la beauté d'un univers tout blanc.

salut john
merveilleuse perspective de ces arbres givrés sous la lumière un paysage qui fait réfléchir a sortir par un froid pareil, allez hop dans les favorits

Hallo john,

Tja, dit hadden wij dus niet hier in het noorden. Beetje vorst en dat was het dan wel. Ik kijk dan ook met jaloerse blikken naar dit schitterende landschap. Daarbij nog mooi in het perspectief gezet dus al met al een mooie plaat.

Prettige avond,


Hi John,
wonderful sunny winter image with excellent perspective and POV
i can feel cold)
have a nice week

Hello John,
Wonderful snow landscape, colors and shadows excellent, well done.

Hello John,
Despite we know that this situation is due to pollution, its an amazing phenomen to take photos of frozen trees and landscape. Great perspective wich seems to go to the infinite. Congratulations,

Merhaba John,
Wonderful winter composition! Very nice POV, superb colours and good lighting. I like it.
Have a nice evening.

Hi John,
Such a low POV and the diagonal of the canal and the trees frozen by the fog have a wonderful perspective, in a chill winter atmosphere, but under a beautiful light and a few elegant shades.
It is a superb composition, my friend.
Best regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9722 W: 157 N: 15686] (125163)
  • [2009-01-12 13:39]

Czesc John!
Beautiful winter landscape.
I like the frame and perspective.
Fantastic colors.
Well done

The perspective here is paramount and the eye is surely led to the fog in the far background. The white trees are fantastic and the light on them is terrific. This is a true winter picture. Well done.

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  • lukie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 852 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-12 15:16]

Dag John,

deze mag ik zeker niet aan me voorbij laten gaan, wat een parel ! Verleden week donderdag geen Michel op AVS ?



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11875 W: 126 N: 21337] (109585)
  • [2009-01-12 15:34]

Hi John,no comment,the TE's people love you!!! Fantastic! Thanks for share,Luciano

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2009-01-12 16:25]

Hi John,
This kind of PoV and compo, so characteristic of you, makes me think that you are like a very good chef - serving many times the same dish doesn't mean at all that the meal is less delicious. Actually the metaphor isn't so perfect because you don't exactly repeat yourself and that is quite evident here, where the frost produced a stunning effect. Congratulations!
Regards, José.

Hi John,
Seems to me I've seen a shot like this in warmer weather? Wow, the frost adds a gorgeous touch to this landscape and your capture with long diagonal lines and shadows is absolutely stunning. TFS. Gerald

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2009-01-12 20:07]

Hi John,
Beautiful shot along this arrow straight path that lines the frozen canal.
The trees and tall grass shrouded in deep frost contrast so beautifully with the lovely blue winter sky.
Love the bit of mystery from the morning fog and the great depth of this fantastic composition.
Regards, Tom

Hi John,
Wanderful Winter picture and landscape,
Excellent POV. and great perpective,
great colors and sharpness,
Very well taken and done.
All my compliments.

Hello John,

This is another extraordinary photograph by you that would be the masterpiece of 99% of other photographers, but just another ordinary Maenhout shot. The note also is highly informative and well written.

Warm regards, dear friend,


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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-01-12 23:06]

Bonjour John,
J'aime beaucoup cette fuite avec ces lignes, ces diagonales qui se rejoignent.
Cette rangée d'arbres givrés et ce canal gelé sont de toute beauté et contrastent bien avec le ciel bleu.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 77 N: 406] (6289)
  • [2009-01-12 23:58]

Une belle vue hivernale bien mise en évidence par le choix de la focale.
Bonne journée.

Bonjour, cher John,
Très belle composition où le blanc sonne comme un silence, un rien avant tout commencement. Merveilleuse photo où la poésie rime avec photographie. Une grande et belle prise de vue.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2009-01-13 1:40]

Dag John
-10 degrees!!! Superb winter scape in the frosty conditions...everything seems to be dressed in white! The white grasses look great & I like the long shadows across the frozen canal. The clear blue sky caps the wonderful winter scene. Excellent!
Best Regards

Hoi, John.
Simpelweg schitterend hoe je dit allemaal in het perspectief hebt gezet.
De sterke schuine lijnen zijn verantwoordelijk voor enorm veel diepte en het licht is zondermeer perfect te noemen, met veel zeer subtiele accenten in het schaduwspel. Chapeaux, vriend, En bedankt! Ik wens je nog een fijne dag, de hartelijke groeten uit Amsterdam, Tot gauw,

These long boulevards with rows of trees give and infinite sense of the depth an distance, a type of landscape we don't have here, but when all that is enriched by the frost all around grass and trees becomes a masterpiece of beauty.
Most pleasurable.
My best compliments,

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  • mikeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1327 W: 90 N: 1756] (12129)
  • [2009-01-13 5:01]

Hello John,

What a lovely winter! Amazing POV and absolutely perfect colours. Great diagonal composition.

Good job!
Best greetings,

- Another miraculous landscape photo, as some of your previous posts, frost it over on trees and grasses, frozen lake and of course, the marvellous perspective of the whole, the colour almost bichromic in white and blue, make a superb composition, well done!

Een heel mooie foto John. Een prachtige bomenrij en een eindeloze diepte. Gefeliciteerd.

Dear John,
What can I say in front of a similar masterpiece?
This photo is very spectacular, with an excellent POV and depht of field, and with this fantastic combination of colors, white and blue sky.
Great work.
My best regards.

Hello John,
Thank you so much for this quality snow winterland from your part of the world!
you had the best pov in depth with perfect exposure and focus as well!
I loved the lighting across the beautiful land! also the nice colour contrast against the clear blue sky!
much appreciated

Ola John ,
Que profundidade de foto fantástica , ficou magnifica estas árvores alinhadas ao longo deste canal congelado , gostei muito do contraste de cores, bom jogo de luz e sombra , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

ciao john,
una foto stupenda...inutile aggiungere parole.
un capolavoro, bravissimo

WOW John, fantastic winter commposition with superb frozen trees, splendid light and wonderful perspective, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo John,

Ik kan me voorstellen dat je in dit schitterende winterlandschap binnen de kortste keren een paar honderd foto’s hebt gemaakt. En het moet ook wel snel want dit duurt nooit langer dan een paar dagen. Vandaag was het tenminste alweer een grauwe grijze dag met volop dooi. Schaatsen moest vandaag weer op de kunstijsbaan en dat is toch wel even wat anders dan hier op deze rechte vaart door het Vlaamse landschap.

Groet Rob

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-01-14 0:10]

Hi John,
friend all told You. Great work, beautiful perspective and composition. I like it a lot.
Gr., Aleksander

Hello John. Very nice picture. Wonderful depth and sharpness. Very nice the effect of the frozen trees and vegetation. I love the perspective with all the elements converging to the same spot. Perfect. Great note. Best regards. Paulo

Hi John,
What an amazing view of Hoeke.The depth of the snow and the trees create a real paradise.
Congrats and have a nice day,

hi John,

superbe perspective mis en valeur par cet alignement d'arbres enneigés, on voit parfaitement les lignes de fuite, la lumière et les couleurs sont vraiment agréables

Hi John!
Another perfect work. Amazing landscape. Ideal sharp. Beautiful colors.
Greetings from Poland!

Hi John,
Superb winter picture with great perspective and very nice capture.
Excellent work!

Hi John,

I love your perspective and I find that this version with frozen nature is ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY!!! One of the best in your great great gallery!

Very well done!


Olá Jhon,

A very good shot.
In my country one does not see images of these.
A wonderful winter scene presented here. The image of the winter are always very spectacular and lovely for looking,but pitying for the cold period:)

Best regards

Hello John,
It is just stunning! No words to describe the beauty you have captured.Wonderful sunny winter image with excellent perspective and pov.Regards.

This is a fantastic winter image! The lighting and colors are outstanding with fine sharpness and DOF. The angle of the shot works well giving the scene a good sense of depth and direction. The pathway leads the eye through the shot nicely. The iced trees form a great repeating pattern throughout the shot.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 96 N: 1988] (6804)
  • [2009-01-14 10:23]

Hello John,f
This beautiful shot is an excellent compensation for the winter colds. The multiple converging diagonals of road and trees presents an artistic feeling of composition.
Best regards,

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  • Isa-M Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 264 W: 54 N: 61] (4026)
  • [2009-01-14 12:55]

Hello John...

very good composition in this winter shot!
Excellent photos in your gallery !
Congratulations !

Greetings from winter Poland! :)

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2009-01-14 13:34]

Hola John.
Beautiful winter image with the trees and the canal covered by snow and ice, very nice sky color and very good depth. Your POV is very good as your frame. Lovely picture.
Best wishes.

Hello, John!
Very pure image- both composition and white balance are supreme! I also like perspective - road and trees perfectly underline the direction of watching this image. Beautiful winter!

Ciao John,
really a good shot, well composed and framed.
I like the beautiful play of the frost on the icy road.
Nice colours and light.


this beauty seems like never-ending... what a perspective that is john... poetic and impressive... all the best my firend...


The blue sky makes a perfect background for theses white frozen trees, and the canal seems to be frozen too! Nice view also for the frost of the grass in the foreground.

All the best,


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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-01-15 0:30]

Bonjour John,

Je pense que tu as du apprécier la ballade dans un tel décor et "mitrailler" le paysage avec ton Canon !!! Splendide perspective comme tu sais nous les présenter, cet alignement d'arbres sous le givre sur fond bleu est un régal, j'aime beaucoup. Et en plus tu as profité d'une très bonne lumière matinale, merci John.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne journée,


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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2009-01-15 0:33]

Fantastic, I like that you have show us this same place at different time of the year. This scene is so beautiful, love all those lines of white trees. Supper clarity and sharpness. Absolutely stunning and COLD. Thanks.

Hi John,
as your signature I recognize it very well !
and this one is more beautiful and very attractive.what a white beauty !
the clarity and the sharpness is amazing and can look at the photo in a long hours.
The triangles towards the depth in this perfect composition are well managed and composed.ah,it's cold but amazingly it gives an energy to me !
nicely done !
Best Wishes

Fabuleuse photo que je découvre seulement maintenant. bien sûr, le givre, le ciel bleu, tout cela est très photogénique mais cela ne suffit pas s'il n'y a pas le génie de la composition du photographe. Bravo!

salam John
Marvelous effect in this picture.A beautiful, refreshing winter image, very nice one!
Original idea and excellent final result.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2009-01-15 8:48]

Bonjour mon cher John
J'apprécie beaucoup cette composition givrée avec une belle double perspective du chemin et du canal gelé.
Très bon contrôle de l'exposition avec cette excellente luminosité.

Hi Hohn,
Very nice all this ice on trees, good perspective with this lines formed by the road, good light and white for the ice.

Hi Dear John,
This is an extraordinary photo.depth,light and ıcy details are very incredible.amazing and eye-catcher composition.also nice sharpness.well done.TFS
Best Regards


Hello John.
Wonderful winter shot in such fine sunshine. The perspective is very strong, as usual in your canal photos. Here, the long shadows are what appeal to me most, as they reach across the frozen water. The frost on the grass and trees is almost unreal, a sight one can never see here in Australia. But also we have very little smog! You have been rewarded for so many photos on one bright morning, with this gem.

Hello John,
Un paysage magnifique,tu étais là au bon moment.
les couleurs sont superbes et le rednu de cette photo est génial.

Very beautiful scene. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13924 W: 0 N: 16117] (170354)
  • [2009-01-16 7:08]


Fantastique vue hivernale, quel effet ce givre sur les abres, cette mgnifique perspective, ces ombres de arbres sur la galce, grandiose image...

Bravo et amitié


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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2009-01-16 12:05]

Amazing photo and place my friend John
Congratulations. It is wonderful
Best regards

Hello John:

Surely that is a very spectacular picture and deserves all the positive comments. The depth of field, with trees lined up in a diagonal position, produce a great perspective. Congratulations

Greetings from Colombia, John

An absolutely magical image, John. With lively delicate textures and a real feel of winter. I like to look at it, but would never want to experience it again. regards Kevin

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2009-01-17 3:02]

Hi John

Lovely view of a landscape and weather which seems very rear around here - even since Denmark and Belgium not that far appart.
I like the soft colours and perspecive. Thanks for sharing.

Hi John,
Great shot with spectacular composition and perspective. The snowy trees are beautiful, the atmosphere is tranquil and romantic. Congratulations. Have a nice weekend!

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  • Dyerco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1748 W: 46 N: 2392] (10185)
  • [2009-01-17 18:26]
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Hi John
I see why you have so many points for the magnificent shot. The POV and the lines and shadows make for a fabulous composition.
Very well done. This going to my favs.

Hi John,
Fantastic composition...i like the superb winter mood.Excellent perspective,superb sharpness and light.

Salut John,
C'est une image blanche rare dans ta galerie. L'effet de froid est saisissant avec ce givre sur la végétation et la glace qui recouvre le canal.
Beau temps, belle PDC et excellennt POV.
Mes amitiés depuis Calvi sous le soleil et ses 15°C aujourd'hui ;o)

Hi John,
Probably an unusual sight in Belgium, I hope the ice here is thick enough for skating (at least 10 centimeters). This frosty perspective is very attractive and particularly I like the lines the shadows are making across the ice. They continue very fine in the trees across the canal!
Best regards

Bonsoir John
Superbe perspective qui se termine au bon endroit de la composition et excellent rendu du blanc sur ce beau bleu ciel.
Bonne soirée

Hello, John -

Fascinating mix of diagonals and the shadows making counter-diagonals. The parallelism of the frosted trees and the frosted vegetation in the fg is lovely. Great use of minimal colors, too. The smog is barely noticeable.


Hello John,

wonderful winter scene youi are presenting here.I have added it to my favorites.My congratulations for a first class fotojob.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hello John, Minus 10, I can only imagine what it would be like, freezing I'm sure, but it makes for excellent photography, this is an excellent & very beautiful winter scene you have captured, the trees look unreal & contrast well with the clear blue sky.
Expertly realised.

Excellente capture de tout cette nature «frimassée». Les points de fuite dirigent le regard vers l'infini.

Dans quelques heures tout sera vraisemblablement fondu.


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  • ryno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 766 W: 0 N: 281] (6861)
  • [2009-01-19 18:39]

Hi John, I love the freshness of this scene - the empty road and the fairy-like trees, as well as the crisp, clear foreground. Perhaps a lone humsan figure in the distance would have enhanced the mood of the photo, but it's great anyway.

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2009-01-20 5:24]

Hi John.

Superb quality for this landscape... well, that's something usual.
Your composition is good, and the DOF as well.
The light is very good too.


A wonderful amazing wintere scenery..
Frozen tress,frozen branches,frozen atmosphere I can almost feel the cold..
There is alos perfect light management..
the point of view you took this photo is amazing

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  • jmcl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
  • [2009-01-22 16:54]

Hi John,

Striking white and blue .. these canals provide such wondrous perspective .. I love the further back white trees in the depth of the image .. beautiful .. very nice. take care, John

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2009-01-23 9:07]

Masterpiece, as simple as that - amazing photo!

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  • Hunkar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 940 W: 5 N: 36] (7440)
  • [2009-01-23 14:59]

A great perspective..
A nice endless road scene ..
Best regards,

Hi John
Beautiful capture. Great winter canal and trees, excelltnt perspective and light. I assume that yuo were on your bike? :)
Have a nice day.

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  • lukas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 61 N: 285] (2067)
  • [2009-01-25 1:50]

Dag John,
Ben al een tijdje niet meer op TE geraakt, maar deze foto kan ik toch niet laten voorbij gaan. Ik zat al uit te kijken naar jouw sneeuwfoto's,. Dit is een uniek exemplaar met veel wit op de takken en struiken en een mooi perspectief. Een postkaartje! Knap werk.
Veel groeten uit Halle.

Ciao John,
Stupendous photo, captured by a low POV that has given an unbelievable depth to the image. Sharpness and brightness are perfect. You have done a masterpiece of photographic art, compliment!
Ciao, have a nice time!

Hi John, What a truly wonderful winter photo with the white frost covering the whole area, I love mornings like this over seen by a clear blue sky, great long shadows & wonderfully created depth, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

Hello John,
Very nice perspective! I like much this winter scene, very good light and sharpness. A very good shot.

Hi John
what a wonderful photo the blue sky and white snow colour are perfect, following the lines converging to an endless point far far away give us a sensation of quietude, its simply fantastic. best rgds - JCarmo

Hello John. A very interesting and truly beautiful winter scene! That's a beautiful and pleasant picture! Regards Piotr.

Hello John,
I had a look at your beautiful gallery... and it was quite difficult to select one photo to comment!
I will start with this one. They are so many elements I like here (perspectives, colours, light, composition), alltogether, they create an excellent photo.

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-02-09 0:23]

Hi John!
The perfect winterimage.Wonderfulperspective and amazing depth.I like this composition with only three colors.

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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-02-09 11:36]

Un regalo para la vista...diagonales, perspectiva, profundidad, composición...todo excelente...saludos

Hello John,
what an an amazing perspective and beautiful frosty trees and ground! As already said, this is a masterpiece of photographic art! Bravo!
Best regards,

Hi John,

what can I say not already said about this great shot... Great use of the lines...



Hello John!
Les multiples diagonales sont carrément très fortes et dirigent mon regards inévitablement vers la droite. The frosted trees and herbs are magic. Amazing colours and details. The point of view is incredible and it is well chosen. I really like the atmosphere out there.
Best regards


Wonderful White World....

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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1347 W: 122 N: 2844] (13739)
  • [2009-03-18 13:24]

Has the trees white leafs or is it covered with snow?
Great POV and depth. I seems a nice place for walk and forget the problems.

Hi John,
Very good POV and amazing details.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2009-03-25 14:33]

Hi John,
well..what can you say about a perfect photo..Respect !
Thanks for sharing !
Bestregards from Sweden

Hi John,
With a gallery like yours and the more than 100 comments in this photo, what else can I say?
The perspective and balance of ligt is great.
beautiful photo!!
Do you wear gloves while shooting?

Hi, John,

This is indeed a special image. I like very much views that contain a strong vanishing point. This one is superb in that respect. You've done a wonderful thing to place that vanishing point where you have, in the middle of the frame vertically, but near the right edge.

What makes the vanishing point so special here is the several different lines that converge, each interesting in its own regard. The path on the right, the frozen grasses, the frozen pond, and finally (and most specially) the frosted trees.

I like your discussion about air pollution in the photographer's note. (And you got the main points exactly right!) But I don't see the connection of the air pollution problem with your photo. The visibility here seems spectacularly good (which means that the particle levels during shooting were low).

Kind regards,
- William

Hi John,
Very good pov and great wintery scene very well captured. Nice pictorial geometry and soft nice wintery colors. Good usefull notes



I am sure there is not much I can say that has already been said ...This is just beautiful!!! Everything about this image is top notch. And like Hen Meijer would say this is a Velvia Moment. Wow!

Thank you for sharing.


Hello John,
amazing hoary perspective.
Extra tree shadows , light and colours.
Peace of art!
Cheers Tomasz

Beautiful picture. never seen trees like this. Heavy snowy trees? Once again beautiful shot. Superb...
Best wishes
Zia Ur Rehman

Hi John,

If you don't write critique on my photograph, I will be unfortunate to see the great photographic shots taken and posted by you. Though I have not seen all the photos of your gallery, but the quality and composition of the photos are superb. You are an inspiration for the new photographers like me. Congrats.

Hello John
How very beautiful Winter capture
I like the perspective and the light!!
Your hunt was great!!
Greetings from Argentina ( almost frozen now)

Hi John,

Wow... breathless photo... Unfortunately when I was in Belgium (Grimbergen) it was summer and I was working - no time for photos ! Congratulations from Brazil.


Hi John,

I have never been in temperatures like you have mentioned but this is an incredible shot...the perfect symmetry and pristine white of the trees is breathtaking and the light is beautiful. I really like your pov - brilliant!


The angle is very nice, the combination of blue and white delicious, the shadowos intiguing and finally the perspective beautiful to say the least.

A few sensor dusts are a detail. Maybe a grain filter like Neat Image could soften the sky more.



Image parfaite, académique, certainement, mais tellement estétique. Cela ne peut que toucher l'âme. Et puis ce que tu en raccontes nous "glace le sang". L'air qu'on respire et tout le sens que ce simple geste porte en lui, devient un poison, vital et, aujourd'hui parfois, mortel...par notre faute !

Merci de nourrir cette reflexion avec ta belle image...



vbery magical. the lines all leading down to a point, but then you start to see other lines, like the tree shadows across the ice, and the combinations of textures of different vegetation, and then at the centre it becomes mysterious as the mist becomes fog

Hello JOhn
A great picture.I like the pavement as a lead-in to the picture.A lovely line of trees.T.F.S.
Best Wishes

magnifique photo, tout est figé par le givre et vous avez utilisé une très belle perspective, bravo !

Hi John,
I really love this one..
Really well composed, beautiful colours..
The colours of the trees look like the colour of infra red photography.
Great photo!

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  • Derya Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 38] (919)
  • [2011-06-23 13:42]

Dear John,
I love this one..
thanks for your shairing

Hello John,
I had missed this beauty, and I can't help but commenting it even out of season :-)
What an incredible marvel of nature linked with the work of man : These perfect diagonal lines of trees planted along the canal, adorned by the magnificent frost in such a pure, blue sky.
A great capture indeed with a very good depth of field. Did you use any kind of wide angle at all ?
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.
PS. I am surprised about your note telling us about the beauty of nature being caused by the pollution of the air. I don't seem to notice any pollution, apart from the far end maybe ?

Hello John, Superb image typical winter with frost clinging to the plants. Photos framed and very well presented with beautiful colours that you know to capture. Congratulations for the post. Best wishes for a good night ... Marino

Hi jhm
Love the snow pics I am very attractive and pleasant photo crave a lifetime for both. good luck

سلام دوست من
عکس زیبا یی است از یک طبیعت برفی و درختان بلند .
جاده ی برفی بسیار زیبا است .
آرزوی بهترین ها

Hello John,

What a beautiful image the frost covering everything except the path & tree trunks - wonderful composition & the diagonal view of the trees fading out in the distance - a very sharp & excellent image congratulations John.

Kindest regards,

Hi John,

Another outstanding photo. Love the sky colors and how the eye is drawn with the line of frost covered trees. An excellent winter scene. Simply beautiful. Regards,


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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2012-05-05 1:45]

HI John !!!
I am very impressed by your message in your profile..... I totally agree..... it is in the righ spirit.
I saw this photo & chose to issue a critique...... only then I saw that it has collected 333 points to date
it is a classic...... sure one of your best
Well Done
Cheers from Australia

Dear John,

This is PERFECTION with photography and an inspiration to me. Hope I will get there or near one day.
Technically I know very little still.

Thank you very much for sharing all your photos.

Beste groete uit Kaapstad :-)

Hi John,
This is such a perfect winter scene, it is really special. The lines of the path and the trees lead us in beautifully and I can almost see my breath as I look at this, such is the sense of cold it conveys. Beautifully done.
Best wishes

Hello John, I feel very fortunate for you visiting my little gallery and for your nice comment! There is no limit to my admiration for your extraodrinary work and this picture is another great example of the amazing miracles that a professional amateur can do!The frozen stilness of nature's winter moment is being captured beautifully! When God's hand creates scenes like this one,a unique photographer's eye completes His work!

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2012-11-19 14:25]

Hello John,

Braving the bitter cold temperature has paid off with this photo. The exposure is virtually spot on to show the detail of the snow & ice covered landscape without making the sky too dark. For such a frozen scene, this still looks like it would make for a nice walk. I really like the lines and shadows as they seem to cross throughout. Nicely done!



What a nice picture! For us, where there is no snow, it's a new view of the nature.

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan tekst ...
Lep pogled na stazu, drvored i smrznuti kanal ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Lepa priroda i trenutak.
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day, sir.
An interesting article ...
Nice view of the track, and an avenue frozen canal ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good lyrics and compositions, shown nice moment.
Beautiful nature and timing.
Good text with the given data for the used technique and image elements.
Have a nice day, all the best.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9647)
  • [2013-03-25 10:47]

dear friend great image with fantastic ice great canal and with trees with fantastic suggestions

Hello dear ,
A very nice picture !

Thank you John ,

With Best Wishes and Prayers for you and your family!

Hello John,
Excellent perspective, deep view
splendid winter landscape, clear shot
Good evening

that's pure linear symmetry. . .

Just a beautiful scene here...with all these snow-dusted trees lining up far to the horizon. A very lovely winter scene you've captured here...and feels a bit cold, too...I am sure. Very nicely done!

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 706 W: 129 N: 1137] (7543)
  • [2013-09-03 15:30]

Hi John
Beautiful white & blue landscape with very clean colors and a superb sharpness.

Best regards

H John, A magnificent snow scenery with great composition and natural colours. The shadows of the tree branches and the clean road decorated the image so well. Wonderful POV which enhances the depth of the composition. Thank for sharing

Bonjour John,

Un hymne à l'hiver, excellente lumière.

Bon dimanche

Hello, John,
Great! This is really one of the best your photos on the TE! I love this sunny winter daily view of the frozen chanel, outstanding composition with good perspective.
All the best wishes,

Hello John,
this composition is wonderful, it adds even more charm and interest to this lovely wintry scenery. I really enjoy the way so many perspectives converge towards a single tiny point in the distance and how they are settled within your frame. The textures of the icy grass and branches are enchanting and you've achieved a wide tonal range on each of the three colours that define this view. The atmosphere is eerie and inviting at the same time. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,

Hello John,
This is a marvelous frosty photo. Familiar features of your fall summer photos look quite interesting with frost.

Soon winter will again prevaile your photos, John, but what a sight - something I never have in Israel.
Frozen bushs and trees made a beautiful graphic efgfect on the bright day photo. DOF and clarity are excelent.
Special cleared path for bicycle riders, fine element on photo.
Good evening,


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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4099 W: 2 N: 6989] (34318)
  • [2015-02-20 16:27]

Hello John,
Wonderful snowy way in a this view. Impressive depth, excellent details of the frozen vegetation. Nice composition.Interesting view of this place, unique scene.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-07-31 0:01]

Dear John,
This is a photo to make us love winter, its ice,and beautiful blue skies. The prospect made by the channel, the trees and the road is superb.
All the best

Dear JHM,
fine work, amazing winter, nice colros, verry nice bright, good sharp.
Thanx for sharing.

Hello, John!

That's a wonderful winter scene, with the trees so white, which may be difficult sometimes to photograph, but you did it perfectly, with excellent light management! The perspective is also great! Wonderful composition!

hi John
thanks for your attention
Islam is a religion of love and friendship
The Prophet of Islam said. Gabriel has so order about neighbor
That the man inherits them.
I'm following your photos and they are so beautiful you

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15569 W: 159 N: 27221] (142928)
  • [2017-08-20 10:02]

Bonjour John
Une beauté cette image, c'était le bon temps ou la neige faisait un décor magnifique au paysage, la preuve ici, excellente perspective , contraste du bleu et du blanc, compliment
Agréable soirée


A superb winter landscape, with lined trees and and a canal. Beutiful sky and shadows of trees on the ice. Well done


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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2017-12-12 1:25]

Dear John!
Superb Winter in Flandres!
Amazing snow and frost.
Superb long perspective.
Good exposure, very good capture, ideal cut.
Fine effect.
Well done!

Büyük Usta,
Muhteşem bir fotoğrafınız daha. Sitenizde gezinirken gördüm.
Harika bir Kış manzarası, Fotoğrafın bütün inceliklerine sahip.
Tebrikler Usta!
Selam ve Sevgiler.

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