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Ooidonk Castle  8-10
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24512 W: 523 N: 41034] (176508)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-25
Categories: Castles
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk EXT.III4GB, B+W 82mm 010 UV-Haze
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Architecture II, My best of 2011 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-31 23:09
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This picture has been taken during a visit previous year to Castle of Ooidonk on 15 km of Ghent
I took seven year ago almost on the same place a picture and placed these on TE..
Against a small indemnity have I brought a visit to the interior, it's nice but not the wonderful ceilings as I would think.
The owner will the next years do a renovation but everything is very expensive.

This very beautiful castle which once belonged to the Count of Horn, was involved in urban conflicts in the 14th and 15th centuries and are often involved in religious wars of the 16th century. The current view was about the castle in 1595 with Martin della Faille. Around 1870 the castle was adapted to "modern life" and in 1958 opened to the public.
Ooidonk is described as one of the finest castles in the country, often as a jewel of Spanish 16th century Flemish architecture. The exterior of the castle with many turrets, gables and chimneys conjures up an image of the Loire Valley as Chambord. The interior allows you to rare pieces of furniture, historical items, carpets and unique collections. The successive owners, including the current Earl Juan t 'Kint de Roodenbeke have always sought the countryside views around the area to preserve. The 45 hectare park is beautiful and certainly a visit.

I hope you like it

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Bonjour John
Un très bon cliché de ce superbe château élégant et coloré. L'angle choisi pour inclure la pièce d'eau et les reflets est judicieusement choisi. Bravo.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

Hello John

What an amazing building. You have chosen a great time of the day to capture this scene. The lighting is nice and emphasizes the shapes of the building. The ripples and the reed in the water creates a wonderful painting and adds good depth to the scene. Colours and sharpness are excellent. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

Best regards, Erling

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2011-03-31 23:28]

John, très belle image de ce superbe château entouré de belle nature. J'aime la clarté et les couleurs de cette belle vue.

Bonne journée!


Goog morning John,

what a splendid view! Like in fairy tale... Wonderful light, colours, details and especially beautiful foreground with the scattered reflections...

Have a nice day

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2011-04-01 0:06]

Hello John! A very attractive well composed scene with a number of different elements that are all worthy of attention. The composed is well balanced and has a pleasing atmosphere. The detail in the background architecture is well rendered under a good light colours and reflections. Good morning and weekend.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6096 W: 277 N: 11782] (90803)
  • [2011-04-01 0:23]

Hello John ,
belle présentation de ce superbe château coloré . Bon éclairage et intéressant reflet dans les nénuphars .

ciao John,
l'ambientazione è molto bella come pure l'architettura dell'edificio.
Grande naturalezza di colori in una immagine gestita e presentata con maestria,
buona giornata

Hello John,
the orange color of the magnificent castle is in good contrast to the pond and green lawn in FG, and blue sky aloft.
excelent perspective well collected in view.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11871 W: 126 N: 21327] (109549)
  • [2011-04-01 1:12]

Salut John,la meilleure prise de vue et la meilleure lumiere pour capturer le chateau avec ces reflections et ces couleurs au top! Travail de grande classe comme d'habitude,tres interessant.Mes compliments et belle journee',LUCIANO

Hi John,
A splendid capture, very picturesque place. Perfect postcard with beautiful colors and contrasts.
Enjoy the weekend.

Hello John,
It is a castle of fairy tale. Its forms and its situation in the middle of the greenery are exceptional. The light, the colors, the quality are excellent. The magnificent reflection is the icing on the cake. Bravo.
Have a nice day

Hi John,

I am amazed at this shot. What a view, what a reflection. Great castle with superb colors and clarity.


Hi Dear John
Wonderful landscape with wonderful colors,sharpness,contrast,light management etc.
Very interesting and nice historical castle that has excellent architecture. Reflections over beautiful lake are very sweetly.
A four-stanza photo quality in all respects as always again.
Sincerely Regards.
Selamlar ve sevgiler.

mooi kasteel john,
erg fraaie foto, goed genomen fraai werk weer.
goed weekend.
gr. jaap

Hi John,
this one is a magnificent postcard in order to show us the elegance and the architectural beauty of this castle.
The image has a great sharpness, a spectacular light, a few saturated-well colours, and in addition it offers us a few beautiful reflections on the lake, which build a really attractive composition.
An excellent work, my friend.
Best regards,

Hi John,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The trees are framing well the castle. The point of view is allowing me to distinguish the details and colors of the architecture of the Ooidonk castle. The late morning light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9647)
  • [2011-04-01 4:56]

very beautiful castle in this very nice image with great colors

splendid castle you captured in excellent frame.

Bom dia John

The view of this castle is very attractive. The reflections make a nice effect in the water. Superb picture. TFS

Ola John ,
Que belas cores com um forte contraste entre elas , ficou lindo o reflexo do castelo neste lago , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Bonjour John,

Le beau lac en premier plan guide le regard vers le vert de la pelouse en ensuite vers le château qui prend parfaitement sa place dans l'image.Il est parfaitement illuminé et est magnifique.



Hi John,
Wonderful view. The palace is really charming and its red color goes well with the blue sky and green garden around.
Excellent chosen POV with the water providing occasion for a beautiful reflection in the foreground.
Excellent capture, congratulations,

Hello John.
If I had known this lovely castle was so close to Ghent I would surely have visited it. You present it superbly as always, with a well proportioned crop and great colours and light. I like this lily-covered pond with its reflection shimmering, and of course the very bright strip of green. The sunlight on the round towers is well captured, too.

- Superbe mise en scène sur ce très beau château John, c'est vrai que la pièce d'eau devant t'a aidé pour celà, en tout cas le résultat est très réussi, jolie couleurs vives et lumière chaude, toujours une très bonne qualité technique, bravo !
Passe un bon week-end.

* Merci de ta visite sur mon post, le nom des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer est dû aux deux saintes chassées par les Romains et qui s'enfuirent de Jérusalem pour débarquer ici, les reliques vénérées de Marie Jacobé (sœur de la Sainte Vierge), de Marie Salomé et de Sara leur servante devenue la Vierge Noires des Gitans sont renfermées dans la crypte de l'église et sont sorties et promenée dans la ville lors du pèlerinage Gitans tous les ans les 24 et 25 Mai, des dizaines de milliers de Roms, Manouches, Tsiganes et Gitans arrivent des quatre coins d’Europe et même d’autres continents pour vénérer leur Sainte.

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-04-01 8:18]

Bonsoir John,

Il est magnifique ce château, qui d'ailleurs, semble faire son entrée sur TE !!! Ces tours à bulbe rendent toujours intéressantes l'architecture de l'édifice. Belle prise de vue sous cet angle surtout avec ce reflet qui apporte de la profondeur à l'image. La luminosité estivale du matin est très agréable et donne de jolies couleurs. Bon panorama John et merci pour la note instructive.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et un excellent WE,


Salut John!

Encore une pépite! Excellent POV! T'as su tirer le meilleur parti de cet étang qui te sert de premier plan. La netteté au niveau du château est parfaite et j'aime aussi l'équilibre entre les éléments. Very good job my friend!

Je te souhaite un excellent week-end!


Hello John,
excellent presentation of this beautiful castle.The POV is great for this composition.It shows us the castle from a distance,but still with many details to be seen in good quality.The pond in the foreground fills beautiful the whole composition and reflections adds some charming and tranquil mood to it.I like also these strong,vivid colors and splendid contrast between particular color shades.
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)
  • [2011-04-01 10:15]

Bonjour mon cher John
Belle ambiance lumineuse qui met bien en valeur ce château original.
Je note une bonne profondeur d'avant-plan qui donne une intéressante profondeur d'image
Bon weekend.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13917 W: 0 N: 16108] (170320)
  • [2011-04-01 10:17]


Grandisoe compo et iamge, superbe, quel reflet, quels tons doux, superbe compo.

Bravo et maitié


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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2011-04-01 11:07]

Hello John,
A very nice castle with a beautiful architecture.Excellent point of view with the water and the reflections in the foreground,the nice green grass in the middle and the trees in the background.The colors are superb.Interesting note.Very well done.

John cordials greetings. A photo wonderful of this castle beautiful. A image wonderful technically very well. A great shot and excellent work, congratulation. Have a happy weekend, thanks for sharing.

Hi John
Another little marvel of compo, light and colors
Postcard quality, except for what looks like a few dust points in the sky. nothing really serious !
have a nice WE

the lighting is nice and the whole
scenery is fantastic,the castle
looks very interesting and it s
reflection is unique like a picture
this castle is a castle from afairy
tale?may be...
have a nice week end

Dag Best John,

A master's peice, an another excellent shot in your rich gallert. The large FG with the lake leran the glance to the superb castle and its beautiful reflections in the water. Beautiful chromatic contrast too.
Best regards,

Cioa John,
le tue immagini hanno un marchio inconfondibile, una bellezza stratosferica ed una qualità fuori dal comune. Scegli sempre soggetti meravigliosi componendo immagini memorabili. Hai la forza del grande fotografo, complimenti.
Un caro saluto

Hi John,
un perfetto formato quadrato per questa bella immagine ben costruita nella composizione.
La luce è ottima ed esalta la resa cromatica dei vari colori in armonia tra loro.
Bello anche il riflesso del castello sull'acqua.

Well done and TFS!

Bonjour John,

C'est une magnifique image de ce château. J'adore le choix de ce cadrage carré, très judicieux, ainsi que du POV excentré.

Tous les éléments sont présents, l'étang, la verdure, le pré très vert, le château, offrant ainsi une belle profondeur d'image.

Tout simplement splendide, bravo.
Excellente journée,

Hi my dear John

Wonderful shot indeed, that makes me remind the greatness of your country and Europe.
So marvelous presentation by complete stable framework and sharp focsuing in the so detail.
The delicate color description is so remarakable and comfortable.
Thanks for your sharing fine work and have a good Weekend!

Best regards,
Takero from Tokyo getting warm

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 74 N: 2530] (11917)
  • [2011-04-01 20:09]

Beautiful one John

Une photo splendide de ce magnifique château superbement éclairé. Les reflets au milieu des plantes aquatiques sont splendides.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2011-04-01 23:42]

Good morning John!
Great, simply great - the castle and the photo as well!
You have had a favourable ligh when taking this picture and you took advantage of it. The rendering of the buiding nearly has a 3D effect.
Really beautiful - and in addition with the excellent note an exemplary contribution!
Have a nice weekend! Greetings from sunny and warm Westphalia!

Dag John,
Het kasteel van Ooidonk ziet er hier met zijn vele torens wel wat uit als komend uit een sprookje. De rode kleur schittert prachtig tussen het omringende groen en het blauw van de lucht en van de vijver. Het met vele planten begroeide water vertoont magnifieke weerspiegelingen.
Vele groeten,

selam JOHN
these photograph, witness to history
clear and beautiful light quality has been a shooting
have aa nice weekend

Hello John
summer is coming
also after the beautiful photos coming
very good use of reflections
looks great
very good point of view
(selamlar):) (I liked your word use. very nice, Thanks)

greetings from Turkey

Ciao dear John,
this is a castle like those in the fables! Splendid architecture that, as you tell in the notes, remembers the Spanish architectures of the 16th century. Excellent choice of the POV, with pleasant reflexes and a beautiful side light. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice weekend!

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  • tober Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 18 N: 683] (8797)
  • [2011-04-02 5:15]

Hello John, although being a small-scaled country, Belgium is full of such architectural beauties. Actually it is rare to find such a sunny weather in Benelux geography. In that regard, it is a very timely shot that displays the beautiful garden and the palace under a beautiful sunlight. Best regards, Tolga

Hi John!
That's such a beautiful Castle!
That's such a wonderful picture of it and its surroundings!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, contrasts, squarish format, black & white borders, composition with that lovely reflection and overall pp are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
(Um ótimo fim-de-semana prá ti) Have a great week-end,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13722 W: 295 N: 27332] (109787)
  • [2011-04-02 7:53]

Hello John,
beautiful the panoramic view of Ooidonk's castle,with the warm afternoon light to bring out the details of it,and the reflections on the foreground pond, to complete this excellent presentation.A well management shot with the light and the colours to be superb.

Have a good weekend,Danos

Hi John. Terrific. This castle with many turrets and towers, is an eye-catching first class. The colors of the photo I like very much. High quality technical and informative text. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Bonjour John,
Tu as su attraper une belle lumière sur ce château bien singulier. J'aime les reflets et les belle couleurs.

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2011-04-02 13:47]

O castelo é daquelas construções de rara beleza e você o mostra em excelente fotografia. Lindo trabalho.



Hi John,
beautiful the panoramic view of the castle with the warm light to make it even more attractive.The foreground pond adds depth in the image.


Hello John,
Wonderful composition, beautiful castle with interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, very good contrast and reflections, excellent POV.
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.

Hi John
this may be one of my favorite photos of yours.
absolutley love the peach colored water reflections.
beautiful colors and the castle has a strong/bold presence within the frame.
well done

Pracht foto in dit vierkante formaat, met het kasteel net iets uit het midden en een zachte reflectie.

Was er zelf ooit in de herfst en vond het toen ook prachtig.

Groet, Jan

This wonderful fairy tale palace in quite an amazing red color, contrasting beautifully with the surrounding countryside. This beautiful pond in the foreground. Great colors and perfect sharpness.

Is this were you live? Very nice capture of this real castle. The only I've ever seen are the Disney type of castle, fake. Great pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. I like the reflection on the water. Well done, tfs.

Hello John,
What a pleasant image with beautiful colours, perfect exposure, lovely composition and great quality. Well done.

Ciao John, fantastic castle with fascinating reflections, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dobro vece gospodine.
Lepo mesto i pogled ...
Veliki dvorac, treba mnogo para da se odrzava i sacuva.
Lep pogled preko refleksa u vodi na stari dvorac, dobar prikaz lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Dobar trenutak snimka sa svetlom koje je naglasilo lepotu dvorca i mesta.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, moje cestitke na dobrom radu.
Prijatno vece sa lepim vremenom, sve najbolje.


Goedenavond meneer.
Leuke plek om naar te kijken ...
Een groot kasteel, zal veel geld te onderhouden en te bewaren.
Mooi uitzicht over de reflexen in het water van het oude kasteel, een goede weergave van kleuren en prachtige fotografie.
Een goed moment opname met een licht dat de schoonheid van het kasteel en plaatsen benadrukt.
Een goede tekst en samenstelling, mijn felicitaties voor het goede werk.
Gezellige avond met mooi weer, al het beste.

Good evening sir.
Nice place to look ...
A large castle, will be a lot of money to maintain and preserve.
Nice view over the reflexes in the water of the old castle, a good display of colors and beautiful photography.
A good time recording with a light which stressed the beauty of the castle and places.
A good text and composition, my congratulations on the good work.
Pleasant evening with nice weather, all the best.

Bonsoir John
Une magnifique demeure ce château.La lumière met superbement en valeur cette composition dans le format carré.
Bravo et bonne soirée

Hi John, What stunning architecture & the grounds are out-standing, great light & strong colours, there’s some beautiful onion domed towers & the reflection is very easy on the eye, kind regards Wilson.

Bonsoir, cher ami John,
Voilà un joyau architectural qui a fière allure. La lumière vient frapper avec délicatesse les vieilles pierres et briques du château. La pièce d'eau reflète à merveille les tours gracieuses mêlant plantes d'eau et un environnement qui force l'admiration.
Très belle réalisation.

Hi John
Fandtastic image! The light, colors, framing are superb. Real magnificent old castle.
Fine colors and nice reflection as the red-bricks well in contrast in the green setting and brilliant blue sky.
A delightful image, Congrats
Best regards

Hi John,
Just another great work a la "jhm" !!
Again very good crop and perfect light. Wonderfull reflestions and many interesting and eduactive notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-04-04 5:26]

Hi John,
great castle, good shot and presentation. Friends all told You. Superb photowork. An interesting note also.
Have a nice day.

HI John
A superb photo.I like the reflections in the water and the layer of green between the castle and the water.The architecture on the castle is excellent.
Best Wishes

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9719 W: 157 N: 15685] (125127)
  • [2011-04-04 6:22]

Witaj John!
Beautiful castle.
Wondeful composition.
I like colors and reflection in water.
Nice week.

Hello John,

Impressive old castle indeed!
The pond full of water plants makes a fine lead to the castle, and the moment is very well chosen concerning the light...
Pin sharp architectural details, a lovely colour palette!

Pablo -

Bonjour John,

I have no words....is a wonderful picture
I really like what you got in the frame,colors, framing, composition are perfect.

Have a nice day,

Hello John,
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The trees are framing well the castle.The late morning light is bringing out the colors.

Namaste John ,
a nice composition. Beautiful architecture surrounded by greeneries. Reflection is just superb. Like the colour tone of this image. Very good light and high sharpness. The depth is superb here. Great shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10589 W: 174 N: 18011] (80029)
  • [2011-04-04 7:42]


a marvelous castle. I liked the colors of it and its shapes. the light, sharpness and framing are perfect too. good the waters in front of it. nice job



Hello John,

Beautiful presentation of this castel. Fine reflection, good light and clarity, best framing. Congratulations!

Best regards,


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  • TRB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1021 W: 15 N: 510] (14138)
  • [2011-04-04 13:41]

Merhaba John,
Reflections, colors, sharpness, and frame, perfect. It's beautiful, successful presentations.
Tebrikler, selamlar

A lovely view across the water to this superb structure John. Wonderful colours and great reflections. A very pleasant place to spend a few hours I would imagine?

Good Morning John,

I really enjoyed viewing this photograph.
The castle is a most attractive building but made even more so by the light, which produces a fine palette of hues. The f/g and the m/g are interestingly linked by lovely, warm reflections, appearing, as if by magic, from beneath the water plants.
Excellent sharpness.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hi John.
A wonderful composition, very well chosen POV with the pond in the foreground that shows a soft reflections, the image of the castle is superb in this building with a variety of volumens and many turrets.
As in all your work very carefully the light, beautiful colors and great clarity that always makes us enjoy so well chosen images. Well done. TFS.
Have a nice afternoon. Best regards.

Maestro John,
Yeşil ve mavi ilk çarpan renk.
Sonra binanın rengi muhteşem bir yansıma ile suya
'Merhaba' diyor.
Suyun içindeki bitkiler,elle özel olarak yerleştirilmiş sanki.
Usta,gene Usta'lığını göstermiş.
Tebrikler,sağlıklı günler.
Bodrum'dan selamlar.

Hi John,
lovely photo, a great architecture, beautiful light and reflections, well presented, tfs.

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2011-04-05 13:27]

Hello John,
Very beautiful and contrasting colors of this image.
Great architecture of the castle and perspective.
Excellent detail and very good light and reflections.
Best regards,

Hi John,
a picturesque view with elegant composition and beautiful details, the POV is superb, excellent lights and colours, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!

Hola John,

What a superbe shot at the right time to capture the reflexions
Never see such a very beautiful and fine castle
All is perfect and the note add interest



Dear John,

With the warm colors created by the brilliant light of August, you've created a remarkable photo of this fairy tale castle. The architecture is unusual with the onion domes, the step gables and the multiple cylindrical components. Thanks to your informative note the place comes alive. I feel as if I were standing there.

Warm regards, John.


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  • Waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • [2011-04-05 23:46]

Hi John,
Another really beautiful square format photo, good composition, good light, nice saturated colors and the reflection in the pond full of vegetations adds depth and dimension to the image. Thanks.

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2011-04-05 23:48]

Hello John,
This beautiful old castle looks even more beautiful in your picture due to its compositional placement between the wonderful blue sky and the blue water with the very aesthetic reflection. In addition, the castle is nicely framed with the fresh green vegetation and captured with the unbelievably high quality. Excellent capture and very informative and interesting note!
Best regards,

Hi John
Lovely vivid colors in this great picture of the Ooidonk Castle
Fine reflections and contrast
Regards my friend

Hello John,

beautiful castle indeed, I like the building itself and its reflection on the water, the light and colors are excellent, well done,

Best regards,


Hi John,
impressive the beauty of this castle and field. I like of the colors of your picture and reflections on the lake. Great job, my friend.

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-04-07 0:09]

Bonjour John,
une photo bien plus nette que la précédente qui me décevait un peu d'ailleurs.Bonne idée ici que de garder les reflets complets même si ils ne sont pas francs dû au frisotement de la surface de l'eau.
Jolies couleurs, verts, rouges et bleus en harmonie.
My best regards.

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  • dexy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 44] (341)
  • [2011-04-07 11:21]

Pozdrav John.
Lepo mesto, refleksi u vodi i stari dvorac.
Lepa fotografija.

Salut JOhn.
Great cheer.

Hi John,

A magnificent castle set up in a wonderful landscape. I like the partial reflection on the lake among aquatic plants and the way the light splash on the facade, showing details and adding dimension.

Have a great weekend!


Hi John, Fantastic photo of this super castle, love the colours. Have a nice day. Cheers Iain.

Really wonderful shapes and colors, I like the contrast of the orange with the dark blue of the waters. The framing is perfect, too. Congratulations!

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-04-10 0:33]

Dag dear John
I seem to remember the earlier picture of this place from you...the pastel shade of the castle looks good standing between the green grass & the blue sky. The subdues reflections have also come out well. Good light & fine clarity for this good work!
Best Regards

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  • Nard Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 384 W: 5 N: 971] (6972)
  • [2011-04-10 4:07]

Hi John

Nice shot of this beautiful castle. Light and sharpness are really good. I like how the castle with his gloden colors stands out the landscape and the reflections on the water.
have a good WE

Good morning, John,
This view reminds me an old historical movie.
Somewhere In Time. Impressive architecture, nice shapes and excellent colours!
Have a great week!
Warm regards from Russia,

Hello dear John
As usual lovely composition of an old castle.
Great perspective nice positioned subject and perfect light managment.
Colors are so lively.
Fantastic presentation.
Great job my friend

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2011-04-14 5:06]

Hello John,
a wonderful photo of the castle,very good point of view and framing,
colors,lighting and clarity are amazing!

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  • bayno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1344 W: 297 N: 2538] (18348)
  • [2011-04-17 4:58]

Ciao John,
I really like this picture, the blue water and in the middle of the green strip of land with the castle. The exposure are well managed, and the sharpness is excellent. The 16/35 is great, but the eyes of the photographer too.
The place is beautiful.

Hi John. This castle is really beautiful and you made a nice composition to show it. The light is beautiful and provided some amazing colors. Great the inclusion of the foreground water with very nice details and reflections. A very fine work my friend.
Have a nice day.

Quando entro nella tua galleria sempre "delcatessen" ....
Ho appena lodato SAm l'amico che tu hai appena salutato ....farà successo in TE .
Auguri a te e famiglia ed allieta ancora questo sito ...

Hallo John,

Net als je bij je andere foto's is bespeur ik een heerlijke enthousisme in je, die aanstekelijk is voor de kijkers. Je weet heel goed de plekken te vinden, idem de standpunten en keer op keer bouw je de foto's verzorgd op. Ook vind ik het groots dat je ook veel tijd besteed aan anderen...oftewel: je hebt een fan erbij.

Vriendelijke groeten,

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2011-05-12 2:41]

Hello John,

You're capturing well this castle and pond by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive to see elegant castle with good shape and interesting tower. And, the water plant of pond in front of lawn draws out a tasteful atmosphere for the whole as well as the shadow projected to the pond, I think.


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2701 W: 0 N: 3043] (20732)
  • [2011-05-18 9:48]

Many thanks for your visit, John, and my compliments for your "graduation" as the VIP-of-VIPs of highpointers!!
Side light depicts many terracotta shades on walls of this glorious architecture that appears as a royal crown put down in a green velvet case and the long reflective foreground conveys an impression of an unreacheable jewel!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 0 N: 868] (6619)
  • [2011-05-19 12:48]

Een wel zeer fraai en klassiek gebouw John,vlaamse architectuur is alijd verfijnd en en zeer hoogstaand,
ook een mooie tuin eromheen!.


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  • Peterl (82)
  • [2011-05-20 7:59]

nooit gezien maar komt wel indrukwekkende over
prima kleuren, leuke spiegeling ook in het water
Prachtig in zijn geheel !
een goed weekend

Hi John,
a beutiful place, light colors and sharpness are very good, i like the p.o.v. you have chosen.

Hallo John!
Wunderschönes Foto, wirklich ein Juwel und gute Beschreibung, gratuliere!
Viele Grüße

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  • sevy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2022 W: 320 N: 9] (58)
  • [2011-06-30 5:47]

Hello John,

The almost square frame makes me think about some former posts of Casper. Very good composition here, but it is mainly your management and the rendering of the light which makes the impact of the view. I understand the success you met with this photo.


Hello John,

Fist of all I would like to thank you again for the last posting. Your review was very helpful.
What strikes me about you photo above, it is in its clarity, and the brilliant colors. I don't think anyone can argue about this. And the composition of its subject. It is all naturally there as if they are meant to be photographed from the particular POV. I have been looking at your photos, and try to learn from them. Your photos have this dynamic qualities, on the other hand, my photos are rather timid in nature. I often caught up in the minute details of things and tend to forget the larger issues. It is going to take some time but I keep trying.
Thank you John once again for your help.

Very best regards,
From hot and humid Tokyo,

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 501 W: 9 N: 1206] (5739)
  • [2011-07-07 15:58]

Hi John,
There is a beautiful palace seating on the edge of the pond. Although the pond is partially cover with the water plants you still get nice reflection. The palace with the identical four towers on each corner and main tower at the entrance had very attractive design. Great capture with an amazing colors, light, sharpness and interesting note.
Best regards,

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2011-07-16 14:35]

Hello John,
This is great shot of this wonderful castle. Really like the way you have built your composition with a soft light, intensive tones and perfect sharpness. Well done.
Cheers, Malgorzata

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  • Selmik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 346 W: 4 N: 668] (3631)
  • [2011-10-30 20:47]

Hi John,
beautiful old architecture, excellent *framing* by blue sky and blue water of the lake, nice attractive point of the green lawn in front of castle and trees along with greens in the foreground completes this outstanding composition.
Have a great coming week,

I'm thinking sense there are water plants, there are fish in there. Love to fish, and to have this as my background, it would be just fantastic.

Excellent POV, very well thought out and presented perfectly, with gorgeous colors and awesome light management. Clarity and shadow play is masterful, creating a classic TE photo for sure, great job John!!

TFS..........Your Friend from California........Buddy

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2012-11-08 19:11]

Hi John !!
You have been showing us beautiful picture of your country and this one may be one of your best.
It is a sensational Castle and captured it to perfection.
It is time to start preparing your selection for best of 2012.
Have a nice week end.

Hello John, my opinion is that pictures like this one belong more to a very special collection or exhibition, where people pay lots of money to see them and admire them and finally buy them by paying top dollar.What a great symmetry, what a great combination of colors, shades and light!What an extraordinary capture of bird movement, what a great representation of a historical impressive Castle! This is an amazing picture!

Hello John,
great point of view and composition offer us a lovely image and a comprehensive and comfortable view of the impressive castle and its distant reflection in the lake. You've captured very effectively the warm light as well as the details of the architecture and the surrounding natural environment. Clarity is excellent and the contrasting colours very vivid and appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Tuesday,

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2013-09-13 19:50]

Hi John,

Sometimes it's rather difficult to choose a photo from your gallery, there are so many which stand out...and different ones each time!? :) Before even seeing the date this was taken, I had the impression it was near this time of year where we are now. I don't know if it's the light, or the colors, or what exactly...but it has very much an Autumn appeal. A regal castle, and photographed befitting its beauty! Another gorgeous setting where I would like to simply sit and stare at this view for a good, long while. So very pleasing and inviting. Have a great weekend. Take good care.

Friendly wishes,


Hi John,

a magnificent castle. Color, sharpness and contrast are perfect as expected from Canon's L lenses. The composition of the picture is - as always - of the finest.

All the best


Hi John,
This is a very elegant building with graceful reflections of the water through the lilies. Excellent tone and clarity.
Merry Christmas to you, too,

Nice view featuring Ooidonk castle John, a snap taken during a clear day, water hyacinths or maybe a close species paralyze that pond, harmonious tons, high definition

Hello John! Amazing work. Wonderful theme. Superb architecture. Marvelous natural scenery. Fantastic weather. Beautiful lightness, brightness and colours. Perfect sharpness. Splendid work. Well done!

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-02-14 22:50]

Dear John
A very good shot of this beautiful and elegant and colorful castle. The angle chosen to include the pond and reflections are judiciously chosen.
Have a nice Sunday.

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