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Three skater - J XI -b
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24636 W: 523 N: 41354] (177684)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Event
Camera: Canonn 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1x
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favorite pictures, Dreamy Landscapes, 2009 Ice Beauty, My best of 2009 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-23 1:03
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am still in recovery after my accident, I can not make new pictures, I have different picture in my archive.
Thank you very much all the people that sent a mail or a reaction on TE.

This is the thrid picture out of the winter serie with skaters.

History of the place of the picture:
Although Hoeke doesn't have many inhabitants nowadays, it used to be a genuine town with town privileges, a town hall and a port. This little town on the Zwin estuary was founded in the 13th century by traders from Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen. The church was built in in the 13th century and until that time, Hoeke depended on the church of Oostkerke (as were several other settlements in the region). This place had the importance of a little harbour and was very prosperous in the 14th and 15th century and had a market for cereals and salted fish. When the period of prosperity came to its end, the small town of Hoeke merged with Monnikenrede and Damme in 1594.

I hope you like it.

Canon EOS 5D
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9/01/2009 12:26:19
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Bonjour John,

Une autre superbe vue hivernale avec un angle de vue très bine choisi et une très belle perspective. Des couleurs sobres et dans une belle harmonie. Les patineurs apportent une belle touche de vie. Un très bel effet graphique avec les refelts des arbres sur la glace. Une athmosphère à la Brueghel!
Vriendschappen en goede week,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5783 W: 95 N: 9355] (52989)
  • [2009-03-23 1:07]

Het waren voor de fotograaf mooie dagen in onze lage landen, John, die zonnige winterdagen.
Ik was toch wel heel blij met het sprankje lente dat we dit weekend kregen.
Prachtige compositie overigens met die strakke lijnen van het kanaal en wat een prachtig licht.
Groeten Gerrit

Good morning John,
Great capture with perfect pov and perfect light management.
Very nice overall pictorial geometry and nice soft colors.
And of course the three scaters (with different coloured coats) are the bonus of this capture.
TFS and best regards

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2009-03-23 1:14]

Hi John,
wonderful photo with great perspective,good light management and natural colors,
beautiful winter scene excellent captured and composed!

Hoi, John.
Prachtig hoe die superstrakke lijnen naar de brug en huizen in de verte leiden, en tegelijkertijd de witte bomen steeds meer in de lucht vervagen. Een juweel van een winters landschap, heel subtiel en perfect gepresenteerd. Grote klasse, bedankt! Ik wens je nog beterschap (zeer vervelend wat je allemaal moet ondergaan) en een fijne dag. De hartelijke groeten uit Amsterdam,

Hi John.

I hope you'll be fine in a few days of your accident. The worst of the accident are the boring recoverys! You can do...nothing.

About the picture...excellent. That 3 skaters breaking the frozen atmosphere are great!

Rgs, Oscar

Dag, John. Een mooi winterplaatje met een uitstekend perspectief. Het landschap is zeer mooi met de witte bomen en de schaatsers op het kanaal zorgen voor kleur en contrast.
Ik hoop dat u vlug herstelt want u moet kriebels krijgen.
Ik wens u een prettige dag,

Een heel mooie plaat, die ons herinnert aan een fraaie fotowinter! Mooi lijnenspel, zacht blauw: prachtig!
jammer dat je nog steeds niet op pad kunt om te fotograferen. De tijd is nu zo mooi.

Gelukkig voor ons heb je nog "oude" voorraad. Ik wens je het allerbeste en hoop dat je gauw weer met je camera op pad kunt!!

ciao John,
un'altra bella immagine di queste piste ghicciate con i pattinatori a dare colore in mezzo al biancore generale.
Ottima prospettiva dalla grande luce, complimenti
buona giornata

Hello John,
A wonderful deep perspective along the frozen canal. I like the soft light and colours and the detail in the frost laden trees, which seem to go on forever and make for some interesting shadow play. The colourfully dressed skaters are a nice bonus.

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2009-03-23 2:17]

Hi John! The beauty frozen the crystal trees the prospect and the composition impress Amazing atmosphere and place of imprinting

Hoi John,

Lekkere eenzaamheid hier op het kanaal. Helaas was het in Nederland drukker op de plekken waar ik op natuurijs heb geschaatst. Daar moest je echt je door de massa heen schaatsen.


Hello John,
Mijn beste wensen voor een snel herstel!
En dit is een mooie foto, met een strak perspectief, prachtige winterbomen, zachte heldere kleuren, en de sqchaatsers zorgen voor contrast en voor een idee van de grootte.
Nogmaals beste wensen,

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2009-03-23 3:24]

Good morning, John!
Again a breathtaking scenery and a breathtaking visual depth as well. Winter truly at its best and a day from book of fairy tales ... Congratulations to this picture and thank you for showing this!
I hope you'll get better soon! All the best to you!
Greetings from grey, wet and cold Westphalia!

John, speedy recovery please, I missed it somewhere I suppose but all the best. The spring is starting here so it is much easier to look at these cold winter shots and this one is colder than most with the frosted grass. Wonderful detail and colors for this one and a great note, great capture.


Hello John,
Perfectly selected POV, the diminishing perspective is fantastic.
I love the beautiful trees covered in snow, simply superb.
Glad you are getting better.

Hi John
This is just breathtaking, the colours of the ice skaters amid the whites and pastels blues really stand out, great POV. TFS

Hi John
hope you are well then!
nice perspective and light
all the best

Bonjour John
les archives sont très précieuses, très beau cliché que tu as bien capté et c'est le genre de patinoire où j'aimerais aller patiner, bravo.

mooie foto John.
uitstekend perspectief. goede details.Ja wat kan ik er meer van zeggen een klasieke Maenhout. goed fotowerk.
Ik hoop dat U snel weer mobiel zult zijn John.
ondanks alles toch een prettige dag toegewenst.
groet Jaap

Hello John,
Amazing perspective !
I like a lot your light and exposure control.
Nice job,
Have a nice day,

Bonjour John
Encore une très belle perspective ici sur ce canal gelé,les arbres apportent vraiment beaucoup à cette image à la tonalité très agréable.
Bonne journée

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  • mikeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1327 W: 90 N: 1756] (12129)
  • [2009-03-23 5:03]

Hello John,

What a lovely place! I would love to skate in such place! It must be an amazing feeling.
You have chosen great POV so the trees looks excellent in this kind of a row. Great those 3 persons were included into this shot, they add life to the photo.

Best greetings,

PS. Hope you are already feeling well;)

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-03-23 5:08]

Hi John,

you are a master of these infinite perspectives. What a lovely winter scene. Incredible light and definition. The inclusion of the people gives dimention to those beautiful tall trees. Great work!

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2009-03-23 5:10]

Dag John. Gelukkig heb je nog zo'n rijk gevuld archief met zulke mooie foto's zodat je je fotografie hobby toch kunt beoefenen. We hebben echt prachtige dagen gehad deze winter en deze illustreert dit heel goed. Verschillende lijnen verdwijnen hier in de verte en geven je een gevoel van ruimte; de keuze van de hoek geeft dan weer extra dynamiek aan het beeld. De bevroren takken geven het een feeëriek karakter en de schaatsers zijn ook een plus. Ja, dit moeten we je niet leren; prachtige uitvoering. Veel beterschap en vele groetjes.

hi john,
you certainly have a very good eye for this type of photography, the composition,perspectice, colours and light are just wonderful.

best regards

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2009-03-23 6:17]

Wjhat a great POV with such a fantastic perspective. I love the shadows of the trees on the ice. A beautiful image.

Hi John,
The detail of the ________ is just amazing throughout!!!

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-23 6:54]

Bonjour John,
toutes tes dernières photos sont vraiment fantastiques, je pensais qu'au point où tu étais, il n'était plus possible de t'améliorer, mais...je me trompais, tu fais encore bien mieux.
Les canaux gelés sont aussi beaux que sous le soleil de l'été ou sous les couleurs de l'automne.
Belle perspective fuyante.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14084 W: 0 N: 16149] (171804)
  • [2009-03-23 7:14]


Fantastique perspective sur ce nala gelé, avec cea arbre couvert de gel, , le patineurs au lion, grandiose compo.

bravoe t amitié


Dag John,

dit is inderdaad een prachtfoto van die prachtige witte dag. Mooi lijnenspel/perspectief. Ik lees dat je een accident had ? Hopelijk niet te ernstig ? Met de auto ?



Hello John,

Terrific feeling of depth here!
The trees add a great repetition effect in the composition, and the frosty naked branches tell the story of winter...
The mood is well captured, it is about a zillion years since I went skating but this is tempting!

Pablo -

Hi John!
This place is always pretty photo-friendly but your talend does good to it as usual!
Excellent sharpness, exposure, pov and composition!
TFS - Congratulations!
Best regards,

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2009-03-23 9:59]

The attractive! :P
Wonderful "natural" graphic details with view in the same time symmetric factors!
Very well composied,


Hi John,
Nice depth with these lines, beautiful light on this icy landscape, well taken.

An excellent snowy photo,delicate and sensitive
with a nice perspective..The colours are the best,the lightness and the sharpness also
The three scaters give life and movement to the shot,good composition

Hello John,
A fascinating shot this too! The sense of depth and perspective are amazing. Very skilful control of light and lovely colours. Congratulations!
I wish you fast recovery.
All the best,

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2009-03-23 12:24]

Hello John,
What a marvelous place to take photos.I envy you for having done such beautiful pictures of that place.The atmosphere created by those white trees is fantastic.The mixture of a nice place and the talent of a very good photograph give superb results.

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2009-03-23 12:35]

Hi Mr John, the quality of your photos is visible even from their thumbnail versions. Despite being a winter-hater, I am speechless in front of this magnificient view. I am just watching. Best regards, Tolga

P.S. I hope you are recovering well after the accident.

Helo John
This place is art.It is no meter if there is sommer ,spring, autumn or winter it is always beautiful
Thanks for sharing

salut john
une photo a la jaap avec cette perspective et ce paysage gracial d'hiver, une lumiére toujours aussi magnifique

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2217 W: 153 N: 3554] (15929)
  • [2009-03-23 15:07]

Really Stunning, John

A painting, an artistic impulse that was so well manipulated and expertly presented. The great masters in photography. congratulations for sure. A pity I can leave only two smileys


Hi John,

The diagonal lines of the road and of the canal are assets to the composition. The presence of the skater has an effect of scale. The trees are framing well the canal and the road. The point of view takes our eyes to infinity which is giving perspective to the photo. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi John,
Wow, what a skating rink....I went skating with my little grandsons on the weekend in a local skating rink - would it have been special or what to be in a place like this. The perspective here with long diagonal lines create amazing depth and beauty. Very well done and TFs. Gerald

I just hear about the accident John, but i'm glad you are OK now. About the picture, this really a great photogenic place for photographers, the tones, colours and all the details are very beautiful. Your compo is great, specially with the inclusion of the skaters. Maybe just suggest to step back to include whole the left trees. Nonetheless its a nice shot, thanks and be careful...


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2009-03-23 21:25]

Hi John,
successfully capture with perfect point of view and perspective here.
I like line effect and cold atmosphere .well framed picture my friend. have a nice week.

Hello John, first how are you? how is your recovery going? much damage?
When I first looked at this I thought I had seen it before but I was wrong, similar but different, you must hundreds of photos in your archives.
Lovely winter scene & one that I'm jealous of, looking at this other winter shots you have posted has convinced me to go to the snow this winter even if it is a three hour drive.
A lovely winter scene, enhanced buy the skaters & your informative note.

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  • cbrman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3098 W: 263 N: 4835] (21675)
  • [2009-03-23 22:45]

Hello John,

Une très belle perspective qui s'éloigne dans cette lumière matinale.
La blancheur qui domine dans cette image la rend très agréable à regarder.
J'espère que tu te remets de ton accident et que tu pourras bientôt refaire de nouvelles photographie pleine de perspective.


Very beautiful shot and I like the diagonal perspective. Great point of view - superb perspective of this frosty canal. Well done.
Best wishes,

Salam John
Wao, excellent framing and composition, great light management, beautiful shadows! Bravo!

John, Hi:

Marvelous, my friend, really marvelous. Congratulations, very nicely done.


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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2009-03-24 9:41]

Hi John,
It's intriguing how those 3 little figures manage to stand out. As usual, the compo is first rate, superb! A very attractive wintry view!
Regards, José.

Hello John,
Great picture with incredible DOF and excellent point of view.
The perspective is spectacular. A breath of fresh air for me :)
Sometimes sun and frost creates some magic effects. Congratulations!!
best regards,

Salut John
great perspective and POV with excellent sharpness
my compliments

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2009-03-24 13:13]

Hello John,
one more impressive shot with the frozen canal to be used and be enjoyed by the natives making skating on the ice.Great the perspective and the POV,as their colourful clothes create contrast in the scene.Well done.


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  • bona Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1288 W: 106 N: 2869] (13831)
  • [2009-03-24 14:23]

What a beautiful scene. Love the freezed channel with the kids playing there. The trees covered with snow and the great depth here complete this perfect shot.

This ice skating view remains as pleasant of the previous ones.

Take care of yourself.


Hi John,
This must have been a wonderful winter for all enthusiasts of skating, and I believe this would include quite a lot of Dutch people! This really looks like perfect condititions, and the skaters here really catch the eye with their colours. The perspective and POV is outstanding!
Kind regards

Hello John,
another winter view with an incredible perspective and a superb DOF. I like the shadows of the trees on the ice.
A very beautiful shot.
Best regards.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14496 W: 1047 N: 29318] (138554)
  • [2009-03-24 20:16]

Hi John

Good sharpness, with a superb colour combination of blue & white, in this marvellous winterscape. Excellent sidelighting, perspective, & repetition of the trees. Tfs!

Hi John,
just having seen the miniature of the photo already there is guessed that it is a photo of yours. Your so personal style working skilfully with the perspective and the escape of lines of the canals and the trees is unmistakable.
The light and the cold winter tones on this beautiful place, and the skaters on the frozen canal create a very attractive image at sight.
Excellent composition.
Best regards, my friend,

Ciao John, fantastic perspective on wonderful frozen trees, splendid winter composition, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi dear John
Amazing view of this natural sky lane. Fine POV, great diagonal and tones.
Magnificent sharpness and depth
Quick recover from your accident
All the best

Ola John ,
Que linda foto de inverno este canal congelado rodeado de árvores até ao infinito , gostei muito das pessoas a patinar no gelo , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Espero que melhores e fiques bom para continuar nas boas foto :)

Olá John,
um estilo de imagem bem característico de sua galeria, em bem interessante, gosto de evr essa estrada rumo ao infinito, e ficaram boas as crianças brincando no gelo também. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço

Hi john,
really hope that you recovery very soon from the bad accident, but in the meanwhile, continue to give us your archive pictures, so nice and rich of atmosphere, thanks to your ability to catch good views, good lights and good colors.

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2009-03-25 13:25]

Hola John, hope you will be fine and be able to go out very soon to get more of your magnificent shots.
Great perspective in this one, nice winter image with the frozen trees and canal, the three skaters produces a nice motion in your excellent picture, good light, colors and POV.
Best wishes.

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  • guytoc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 14 N: 491] (3614)
  • [2009-03-25 13:47]

Goedenavond John,

Always the same power in the lines leading the eye up to the same final point. The very law winter light shows much efficiency. A great shot as usual.
Hartelijke groeten uit Namen Streek.

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  • gunbud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
  • [2009-03-25 18:39]

Hi John,
Another stunning image from Holland's cold Jan. days.
The long straight canal framed by the evenely spaced trees creates superb depth while the frost clinging to trees and canal contrast beautifully with the powder blue sky.
The three brightly clad skaters add a lovely splash of color to this lovely winter landscape.
Regards, Tom

Hi John - I hope you'll soon be fully recovered and back into photo action. This one, a classic perspective by yours, in special winter feeling, in beautiful winter sunlight and lovely dynamics and mood provided by the skaters, which also give a touch of color on the white road, cheers, Daniel

Olá John,

So beautiful!Good photo of the daily life, good moment.Excellent compo and POV, very nice colours, and light.

I repeat again, that's true that your winter series are superb John, splendid perspective! Light and sunny atmosphere in spite of winter is superb also, bravo!

Hello John!

Fantastic winter landscape, fantastic winter scene and feeling, like a setting for a fairy tale! Technically impressive, excellent composition and framing, your well known diagonal perspective and perfect light managment! Congratulations!


Hello John,
Your files are a mine of pearls. The light, the colors, the sky, white frost, and the subject of the photograph, are put perfectly in image. The bright colors are attractive and pleasant. congratulations.
Have a nice day and a good recovery

Hello John,
Thank you once again for this excellent image from the snow wonder land with skaters enjoying the snow!
perfect pov with the most beautiful lighting across the place with beautiful colour as well!
many thanks for the sharing
hope you can fully recover soonest!
take good care and my warmest regards always

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9879 W: 157 N: 16092] (126587)
  • [2009-03-26 11:20]

Witaj John!
Nice winter climate.
Good frame and perspective.
I like the light and shadow.
Well done.

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-03-26 11:51]

Bonsoir John,

Cette patinoire naturelle sous ce beau soleil latéral est superbe, j'aime beaucoup la texture de la glace. Quel plaisir de faire de la glisse dans un décor pareil et avec si peu de monde. La perspective et profondeur de l'image est magnifique. De la très belle photo, bravo John et j'espère que tu retrouveras vite la forme...

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne soirée,


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  • parbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 15 N: 3160] (11092)
  • [2009-03-26 12:35]

Dag John,

Hope you can recover soonest and start again to take new impressive photos freely.

Your skilfully selected point of view created splendid graphical effect with walking path, canal and of course with fantastic trees. I liked matted surface of frozen canal also with reflection of huge tree bodies. The long shadows, frozen tree branches are extraordinary. Congratulations.

Best Regards,

PS. Sorry for my late visit, I was at abroad for an assignment.

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4763 W: 618 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2009-03-27 0:24]

Hi john,
This is quite a stunner! Superb strong lines giving an off centered perspective, great subject with smal skaters giving the scale and sweet and soft clean colors.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2009-03-27 6:52]

Hi John,
beautiful winter view. Great composition. Friends all told You. I like it a lot, too.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-27 12:15]

Belle photo de ce canal gelé ou les gens font du patin.
Jolies couleurs, belle longueur donné par cet excelent POV.
Ces arbres bien alignés de chaques côté, givrés,avec ces troncs nus sur une partie, donnent un aspect magnifique.
Encor un très beau partage.

Amitiés Thomas

Hi John,

Get well soon, Great angle you captured and beautiful winter scene with frost covered trees and frozen channel. Great job on the colors and like the capture of the three people ice skating. Nice use of the lighting and the shadows of the trees on the channel. Great job John.

Have a great weekend.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2255 W: 203 N: 2719] (12516)
  • [2009-03-27 12:35]

Hi John, Another fine winter outdoor view of this frozen canal. I always like the perpsective and clarity of your canal photos, whatever the season. Hope you are fully recovered soon, you bring a smile to many. TFS. Murray.

Hi dear John,
very fantastic atmosphere with three skater and snowy details.soft light,depth and fine sharpness are extra quality.a nice moment.like a superb old painting.well done.TFS
Best Regards


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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2009-03-27 22:20]

Hi my friend
Very beautiful picture with nice prospect and beautiful atmosphere
That 3 skaters are the center of your photo
Well done
Best regards

Hello John
very nice plave
i have never seen like this place
very nice trees
i like diagonal lines
thanks for sharing
best regards

Bonjour John,
Encore une admirable image dans ta déjà longue série sur les canaux !
Tous mes compliments pour cette prise de vue que j'adore.
Excellent weekend mon Ami

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Les soleils couchants revêtent les champs, les canaux, la ville entière, D'hyacinthe et d'or.
[Charles Baudelaire]
Une belle oeuvre picturale qui rendrait jaloux de nombreux peintres.
Une réussite totale.

Hi John,
Picturesque and peaceful mood with beautiful composition and superb depth. The snowy environment is beautiful, excellent colours and lights. Enchanting mood. Have a nice weekend!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2009-03-28 4:11]

Bonjouur John
J'apprécie particulièrement cette image où la perspective joue un grand rôle.
Je note aussi une parfaite gestion des lumières.
La scène est très intéressante car le patinage sur un canal est un évènement rare voire inexistant en France.
Amitiés et bon weekend.

Buongiorno John,
incredibili questi canali, bellissimi in tutte le condizioni e in tutte le stagioni. Questa visione invernale è davvero formidabile con i pattinatori inquadrati in quest'ottima composizione.

Bonjour John.
C'est un vrai plaisir de tomber sur une photo aussi belle. Cette perspective des arbres givrés sous la belle lumière avec en plus des patineurs sur ce canal gelé, tout cela fait une très belle photo.
Bon rétablissement !

  • Docarmo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2915 W: 313 N: 4253] (9767)
  • [2009-03-28 20:47]

Hi John,
I was looking at your gallery and I found it very beautiful. This one is fantastic, the depth is very strong. People with their coloured chothes are an excellent element in the composition of the image, I like it a lot.
Thanks for sharing and I hope you recover quickly to show us more beautiful places.

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  • [2009-03-29 3:00]


you are right to show this amazing view more and more. the softness of the white in the trees and the diagonal line and people there makes it a fantastic subject. very beautiful



Hello John,
Great capture with perfect pov and perfect light management.
Very nice overall pictorial geometry and nice soft colors.Regards.

Hi John,

You have picked the three skaters really well against the white snow. Their tops are striking in colors. The light and trees lining up the road are just brilliant creating excellent depth in this shot. Very well done indeed and best regards.


Hi John. Wow! Spectacular frost and ice. Well captured, excellent colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.

Perfect framing for this splendid winter scene. The delicate and elegant drawings of the trees that look in blossom, plus the fine light and colours make the picture charming and incisive. And of course the perspective is great as in most of your photos.
Have a nice day,

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2009-03-30 12:15]

Hi John,

Marvellous skating picture. I love your POV and your play with the lines. Beautiful lighting and colours. A superb photo job.
TFS and have a nice evening!



Hi John, A very gorgeous photo with a lovely winter feel, the light is beautifully clear & the soft blue sky perfect for the scene, the line of white topped trees are a stunning feature, brilliantly sharp & great prospective, TFS, kind regards Wilson.

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2009-03-31 10:08]

Hello John,
I could not resist commenting on this fantastic photo.
The long row of trees along the river ice is great.
Beautiful image with great perspective, light and depth. Bravo!

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  • alainh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3770 W: 143 N: 6587] (33209)
  • [2009-03-31 21:25]

hello John
graphic, and natral colours, i like a lot. the ice give us another world. the diagonal of the trees and this little road under this light are a true pleasure. splendid
a nice day for you John

Bela e criativa foto que demonstra domínio da técnica. Excelente trabalho.

José Vescovi.

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  • Amaz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2921 W: 346 N: 2836] (11475)
  • [2009-04-02 15:36]

Wonderful perspective with pale colours of Flamish winter. It reminds me Pieter Brueghel's pictures.


Hello John:

Simply amazing. This image deserves all the points and all the :)

I like the graphics much caused by the outlooks provided by the chain of naked trees and the ice rink. The sensation of a cold is very intense and youth skating motorie give dynamism to the scene.

Great balance in the composition. Congratulations.


Hello John,

What a lovely composition!...
Sharp, light managment and of course color is perfect..


merhaba my friend john
how are you?
excellent winter picture and composition.magnificent colours and details.well done.
friendly greetings from Istanbul.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi John. Faboulose lighting and deep perspective. Happy Easter.


I must thank you of your critique to my last post John, without it I would not have had the occasion to watch at your gallery of images and discover this superb one, wonderful picture indeed, compliments, I put it into one of my preferred themes, thanks again.

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-04-18 23:30]

Hi John!
A fantastic winterimage!!!
Amazing depth and good composition with these three skaters.

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2009-04-20 4:31]

Hello John. I have to admit I am more attracted to this setting of winter wonderland beauty than your latest posting on the singer. This photo is simply stunning to view and very well executed. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-04-20 16:10]

Hi John,

this is your speciality and your favorite subject. There you are the king in photos! All compliments for this wonderful capture.

So glad to see you again,


Hello John.
Congratulations for this magnificent photography, I like the POV the great depth that they believe the line of the trees and the road, up to converging on the distance. The most beautiful these soft colors and the nice winter light.
Best regards.

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  • zanzi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 396 W: 103 N: 737] (13690)
  • [2009-05-10 9:57]

Hi John
The perspective is just awesome.
The frozen effect is also beautiful.

Hi John,

beautiful picture and beautiful place, I like the series of white trees, excellent perspective and very good details, great shot!

Best regards


  • xuaxo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4896 W: 319 N: 4862] (6854)
  • [2009-06-05 11:46]

Hi John,
I don't like snow nor ice and I'm not used to such cold winters.
However, with these conditions, you produced and present us an outstanding photo. Great work!

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  • aadilj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2494 W: 64 N: 2604] (18102)
  • [2009-06-22 4:57]

John, I wish i could learn directly from you tyhe way you nucne the varying hues. I love this pastel ambience my freind

Beautyfull winter and skating rink. Three children over there adds a many alive this picture. Splenid geometry lines, splendid colours and light.
best Regards

Hi John!
Amazing canal, amazing skaters. Three musqueteers! Nice light and colours.
Greetings from Poland!

Hello John,
Beautiful softness like a sugar tress , very nice photo good atmosphere .... very nice ...
My best Regards

Hi John
I've noticed you have a few pictures like this, with long straight lines of perspective. I think you enjoy this type of shot. And why not - you do such an excellent job of it!
Great composition and clarity
Thank you for sharing
Take Care

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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2009-09-14 14:59]

LOVELY SHOT!! The mood and the light and lines are just perfect.
Best regards

Dobar dan, kod nas je danas malo toplije.
Kanali daju dva dobra, leti plovidba a zimi sport na ledu ...
Odlicna perspektiva, pravi trenutak snimka sa senkama i drvecem u zimskoj odeci, odlican rad i fotografija, uzivam.
Prijatan dan, lep vikend, zeli vam Paja.


Hello, here is a little warmer today.
The channels provide two good sailing and flying in winter sports on the ice ...
Excellent perspective, great time recording with shadows and the trees in winter clothes, great work and photos, enjoy.
Nice day, nice weekend, wish you Paja.

  • riclopes Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6857 W: 151 N: 10359] (35577)
  • [2010-07-15 2:27]

Olá John, this is an image that excites me. Fantastic winter perspective, marvellous play of light and shadow in that polished frozen pist. Amazing depth and nice bonus from the 3 skaters.
best regards,

Hi John,

I see you have many great comments and points for this one already but I had to also say that I think it's a really classy image. It would make a good Christmas card. The subtle grey, brown and blue tones run throughout and the 3 skaters add excellent perspective with an great vanishing point leading the eye right through.





Hello John,
a wonderful composition, with the perspectives and the main characteristics of the scenery excellently arranged in the frame. The repetition, the gradual softness towards the distance, the perspectives converging to the side of the frame, the balancing shadows and the beautiful soft colours, compose a unique picture. I also like how the space is filled with light and how the people add interest and reference with their discreet presence. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Hello John,
Those three skaters are the icing on the cake of an already beautiful photo, TFS!

Hello John! Superb take. Fine skaters. Fine trees. Amazing landscape. Good long pesrpective. Wonderful bright and colours. Good cut. Hi Fi. Well done!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15720 W: 159 N: 27508] (144240)
  • [2017-08-21 4:30]

Bonjour John
Excellente perspectives, un joli décor donner par la neige, le ciel bleu pastel et la lumière douce, une merveille
belle journée

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