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Crypt in Ghent

Crypt in Ghent
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.3-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2004 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-30 2:26
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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I have made this photograph in the Crypte under St-Baafs the cathedral in Ghent. It's very difficult a photograph without people, take because this Crypte is very visited. I find this a fantastic architecture photograph with cross vault.

The crypt contains two aisles from the Romanesque church of the 12th century and these still stand out clearly. The present Gothic aisles and the other chapels date from the 14th and 15th centuries. The wall paintings are from the 15th and 16th centuries.

In de crypte zijn twee beuken van de Romaanse kerk uit de 12de eeuw nog duidelijk te onderscheiden. De huidige gotische zijbeuken, koor-, zij- en kranskapellen dateren van de 14de en de 15de eeuw. De muurschilderingen gaan terug tot de 15de en de 16de eeuw.

16/10/2004 12:19:34
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This picture I have cropped to a better composition.

I hope you like it.

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Your picture could use to explain what the gothic architecture is .. very impressive & demonstrative to understand the system of broken-archs

Hi John, erg mooie foto, goeie belichting, en een prachtige hoek. Ik vind de ribben zo mooi uitkomen.
Jammer dat de graven afgedekt zijn, op de foto zou je dat toch niet kunnen onderscheiden, maar het zijn van die mooie deatils in zo'n kerk.

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  • Zanni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 152 N: 1266] (6108)
  • [2004-10-30 3:30]

Hi John, I see that your interior pictures are always better. I still remember your first one that was good too. I know what means waiting a lot of time before shoting inside a famous church. Too many turists and difficult light. In this case you worked very well showing us the all crypt and avoiding reflections of lights. The arcs of the vault look like the legs of a spider. This is a beautiful example of gothic style. Thanks for sharing us.

A lovely shot of impressive architecture John. The light is very well handled and your composition displays very nicely the beautiful lines of the crypt.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14481 W: 1045 N: 29259] (138344)
  • [2004-10-30 3:37]

Excellent interior architectural shot. Composition is enhanced by most lines converging on the vaulted ceiling, as well as good sharpness & tonal range. Well done!

fantastic architectural details; i really love the lighting in this picture and of course the angle shown. :) nice job done

Gives a superb lesson of architecture thorought the photo. Lights are so well employed. This is avery good composition.
Jean Michel

Hi John, in addition to this splendid architecture, I find the light management in your photo superb and the colors great !

Very nice,John.
skilfully managed the indoor light,I like the way you composed the lines,curved lines special in top,nicely composed and the colors sre great ,too.thanks for posting.
and good info,it's an admirable place in point of history.

This looks like a difficult room to master (photo technically). You managed that very well. I like the light and the details on the stone walls as well as your perspective. Great work.

I can see why this crypt is well visited you cuaght the beauty very well. This is a little special to me because I was in Gent yesterday for an whole hour on a worktrip and had to leave in a hurry to catch the evening ferry home. Now I realize a little more of how much i really missed. Thanks John

John, een fantastische mooie foto met een heel goed licht er in, moeilijk om te maken.
Mooie architectuur en een goede compositie, zeer mooi gemaakt deze !

Perfeitas cores, nitidez e enquadramento, muito informativo e criando otimos graficos com o desenho do teto. Otima composição John.

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2004-10-30 11:20]

Hi John
You made a fine piece of work in the crypt here. Good balance of the archs and the use of excisting light. A nice variant from your many outdoor scenes. Very good

Interesting shot John with nice architecture and repetitive pattern. Not a easy shot with light and you did pretty well, good work.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2004-10-30 11:48]
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Waaw John!!! Dit is werkelijk prachtig gedaan; ik vind dit misschien wel het beste wat ik van ja al gezien heb. Dit is zeker niet makkelijk en toch heel mooi geslaagd. Een mooi kader er rond en perfect afgewerkt. Een hele dikke proficiat!

Excellente photo d'intérieur, John. La voute du plafond est très bien cadrée et l'exposition choisie semble très bonne. Bien vu!

A wonderful treatment of light, John, despite the hard conditions. I like the way that all the arches are connecting in this single point at the top of this frame. Very good note, too.

Very impressive, John. I love this kind of interior shots, and you did very well mastering the challenge of getting the exposure right. Very good retention of detail, and the arches with the lines converging towards one point in the center of the ceiling makes for a beautiful compositional element. Well done.

John dit is een pronkstuk alle lof,
Deze foto maakt van U een ware meester. Het is namenlijk eens wat anders dan een kanaal of een stadsgezicht. Deze foto is voor mij een meesterstuk, waar bij ik verder geen critiek hoef te geven, John alle lof, prachtig genomen. Een waar meesterstuk, proficiat. Een vriend.

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2004-10-30 18:32]

You capture this crypt with a lovely light and the centre at the floor becomed realy special to watch - thanks John.

  • mikoyen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 41] (1180)
  • [2004-10-30 19:20]

Very nice picture John, very well done. An impressive place that churhc, I like the doom, the details.
Best regards

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  • Piotr Gold Star Critiquer [C: 886 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-10-30 20:56]

Interesting crypte and story, technically perfect picture with nice lights
Regards, piotr

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  • orme Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1694 W: 114 N: 1605] (7219)
  • [2004-10-31 0:49]

The lighting in the shot is excellent, John.
Beautiful architecture - especially the arched ceiling. Good note. Well done.

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2595 W: 86 N: 4067] (21833)
  • [2004-10-31 1:44]

Very good colors. Well-composed and very clear. This is a very professional shot of this place. Postcard-quality because of these attributes.

Superbe ! L'exposition est bien maitrisée , les détails sont apparents et l'ensemble des lignes forme un régal pour les amateurs de géométrie !

Une très belle réalisation un magnifique endroit de beaux détails joli travail.

I like the details obtained in this pic, very good work and the colours are very nice too, well done

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  • DonQ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 458 W: 95 N: 554] (2625)
  • [2004-10-31 8:36]

Zeer schone foto met prachtig lighten en contraten hier John. Nog haarscherp daarbij en van mooi hoek genomen! Het was niet makkelijk, en het kan niet beter dan u het gedaan hebt.
Zeer mooi composition.
Regards, Don.

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  • cyril Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 557 W: 19 N: 247] (2748)
  • [2004-10-31 14:18]

Hi John,
I really like crypt and gothic architecture and your shot is just wonderful.
Good composition to see the overall place, sharp details and good light.
Very good work

Pretty Gothic but well lighted and capture Jack. The shadows and lime lights, somehow generate a pleasing but solemn atmosphere to the crypt.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • [2004-11-02 4:49]

Grandissima immagine di questa cripta spettacolare, hai reso bene l'illuminazione!
(hai cancellato qualche persona? Hai fatto bene!)

good shot , i like at the left the appearance of some green , i have been there also , really it is very difficult to find it without visitors , but we , photographers sometimes , one of our best skills , is patience to wait for the right moment , is it not ?

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2005-09-21 16:36]

Hi John.
Great job with the light and the composition. Very fine.

Hi John,

A nice image of the crypt of the St-Baafs cathedral, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2010-02-24 1:54]

Nice capture, my dear John!!
Superb compo and amazing colours!!

Very well taken!!


Fonf regrads,

Hello, John,
Outstanding postcard from Ghent! Good balanced photo, excellent colours and shadows. Perfect quality!
My compliments! Good heritage! TFS!
Have a good weekend!

Hi John,
A fine light collected indoor's of the church.
Outlines and sharpness were fine managed.
The 6 archs are magnificent in view.
Have a nice sunday,

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2013-08-23 17:14]

Hi John !!
This is not an easy shot to take because the illumination is irregular....... and you have done very well.
I love the arches and all the architectural details.... it is indeed a very nice Crypte and worthwhile your effort.
Have a nice week end.

Hello John,
That ceiling forms wonderful curves. Well seen and rendered.

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