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Leuven III
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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: 2014-08-20
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My best of 2014 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-08-24 22:51
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Points: 160
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Flemish pictures JHM

Thank for your visit.

During a small visit to these nice city but max 100 years old, see further in my notes.

History 100 years ago, you can see a work shop picture from this place hundred year ago, these picture can you find beside the building .

100 years ago

The Battle of Leuven began on August 4, 1914, when the Germans invaded Belgium. The twentieth Leuven was occupied. The occupation was peaceful expired. Or so it seemed. On August 25, the message went around that British and Belgian soldiers were on the move. Rockets fired - at one time were -. According to German soldiers Immediately afterwards there would be shot from some houses on the German troops, even from hotels where Germans were staying. The soldiers insisted that houses inside, shot down all who were they armed and set the houses on fire. The unrest lasted for several days, until the people had to leave, and was fired on 29 August. Town of Leuven Large areas around the station and in the centre were reduced to ashes. Only the town hall was protected. The hands of Professor Louis Scharpé near the Great Beguines could continue senseless destruction safeguarded. The result of the arson: 1081 houses were completely destroyed and 209 civilians were killed, including twenty women, six clerics, eleven children (one to six months) and three octogenarians.

Leuven today.
Leuven is a city and municipality in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. It's centrally located capital of this province and also the capital of the administrative and judicial district of Leuven. Leuven has an area of 5663 ha, has about 97,000 inhabitants (2013) and lies on the River Dyle.
Leuven is famous as the location of the “Katholieke Universiteit” Leuven, the oldest university in the Low Countries, the multinational Anheuser-Busch InBev (historic brewery Artois, afterwards also Interbrew and InBev called), the Farmers' Union and the University Hospital “Gasthuisberg”. Also several spin-offs of the KU Leuven, such as IMEC or Bio-Incubator, located in the city.
Because of the centuries-long presence of both the Artois brewery as student life Leuven is also called the beer capital of Flanders / Belgium called.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25979] (125663)
  • [2014-08-24 23:09]
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Hello John, I am a bit confused reading your note. Leuven 100 years old?? I was twice in this charming city. The City Hall in Leuven is the most beuatiful City Hall I have ever seen and the Beguinage is very nice too. These building in your photo are fine too. And the University is old and famous, of course. You probably mean that the town was destroyed and rebuilt. Looking like this, Warsaw is even younger, it is 70 years old, as was totally destroyed in the II WW and rebuilt. The wars are mad. Will they ever end?

Regards MAlgo

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Interesantan tekst o gradu sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pookazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi.
Lepa arhitektura.
Lepa fotografija u radionici.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dana, sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.

Cette ville qui a beaucoup souffert de la première guerre a été joliment reconstruite. Tu as fait une très belle photo de ces superbes bâtiments.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 0 N: 1619] (9669)
  • [2014-08-24 23:33]

Dear friend very beautiful composition and postcard from the very nice city of leuven when i dont visit
Very interested building under the fantastic and very suggestive blu Sky with the clouds
I Licke very much

Dear Sir,

Nice detail with good picture. I like the colours and sharpness of the picture.


Bonjour John
une très belle photo de cette architecture riche et colorée.
Amitiés et bonne journée.

Ciao John
conoscevo le bellezze di Leuven, ma non ho avuto il tempo per andarle a vedere, per questo che vorrei tornare in Belgio un'altra volta.
Le nuvole grigie del cielo e le parti in ombra ai lati della foto mettono in evidenza i magnifici palazzi.
Il sole illumina le loro facciate facendo apprezzare i dettagli all'osservatore.
Buon inizio settimana

Hello John,

When you see the beauty and the complications of such buildings, you wonder how anyone went about designing them!
You have photographed them at a most appropriate time when the shadows are long and the light is softer.
A very pleasing, sharp exposure, with a composition that leads naturally across the scene.

Have a lovely day.
Thank you for this,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
your picture is very attractive and, despite the tranquility of the area portrayed, it has quite a dramatic atmosphere due to the shadows, the clouds, the contrasts. An extraordinary cityscape, presented with excellent sharpness and colour management. It was theatre of another tragic war experience 100 years ago, the workshop picture is very useful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,

Hello John,
It really marvellous how many Belgian cities were reconstructed after the First World War to look virtually the same as before. This fine composition shows us the magnificent results in Leuven. A well framed image benefiting from an agreeable ambient light. Superb colours and clarity.

Hi John
Some difference between 100 years ago and today, how great to see that today its a centre of architectural beauty and not ruins. I really like that red brick building and its ornate roofs, it has a great sense of majesty about it. Great sky and light too.

nice building with illustrated architecture you captured.

Hello John,

This is an image of great quality to present us this wonderful and rich architecture. The framing is well done and the cloudy sky is superb.

Best regards


Hi John,

The principle of the thirds is respected, the sky, the buildings and the street. The point of view is showing the details of the architecture of the buildings. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi John,
Fine scene with that spectacular architecture of any city of Flanders or Wallon. I like the colors and the beautiful clouds. Well taken.


Bonjour John,

Une belle image de très grande qualité. Le point idéal pour mettre en vedette ce superbe immeuble sur le coin de la rue. La lumière est superbe et fait bien ressortir tous les détails. Le ciel est magique.



Hello John,
As always a very well composed photo. The richly ornamented buildings are beautiful and the clouds are nicely shaped. You framed the view in an amusing way by balancing the tree to the right against the shade on the left side.
Kind regards,

Hello John,

Beautiful composition and an well position where you shoot this historical monument with background of deep blue sky and white clouds made the image more vivid and sharped. Very nicely captured.

with deep regards and have a nice week,


Hello John,
Splendid architectures on the background blue sky. Impressive the archives in the WS. Well done!
Best regards.

Hi John, very good picture of this interesting composition with beautiful buildings, beautifully captured in this interesting image, good light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9297 W: 57 N: 15732] (58268)
  • [2014-08-25 12:34]

Hallo John,
Prachtige foto van dit stukje Leuven. De rijk versierde gevels zien er prachtig uit in een schitterend zonlicht en met een mooie wolkenlucht als achtergrond.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2014-08-25 15:51]

Hello John,
Interesting note, very nice picture. I like the detail of architecture - a very good composition, wonderful colors. Very good job.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11904 W: 126 N: 21539] (110347)
  • [2014-08-25 15:55]

Salut John,une capture excellent des ces facades depuis cette ville qu'en Italie on connait comme Lovanio,qualite' super des details et couleurs dans la meilleure lumiere! Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

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  • dcole Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 32] (281)
  • [2014-08-25 19:21]

Greetings John,
A lovely photo of this beautiful building. Very good sharpness and color. TFS and have a wonderful week!

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3793] (14030)
  • [2014-08-25 21:10]

Hi John,

Would it be too obvious to point out that a lot has changed over the past 100 years? :) Sure has been a nice renovation, or I guess a better description would be "renaissance." You've framed a delightful section of the city with these two buildings, each one having distinct characteristics, but appear as brothers sitting side by side. Great colors to compliment the blue sky above, and the clouds add another level of interest and help fill the space. The couple of people also give a nice touch of human spirit to the scenery. As always, a fine blend of style and form. Enjoy the new day and soak up some of that sunshine. :) All the best.

Friendly wishes,


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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2014-08-25 21:35]

Hello John,
Very good presentation of those very nice buildings with a superb architecture. Great sharpness and beautiful colors. Interesting note. Very well done. TFS.

Hi John dear
The architecture is beautiful and attractive. Lovely dyes. Depth was awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Hi John!!

Too much time!!

I´m happy seeing your still posting wonderful captures and giving lessons to all of us!

Brilliant definition and play of contrasts and colours, perfect match and composition...always great...Thanks!!


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2014-08-26 5:53]


quel édifice superbe quelle architecture et compo ce rouge avec le traces blanches ces tours avec la première qui fait l'angle et qui est tout effilée merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,
Nice clouds in the air makes good contrast with the clear details of the buildings. Very successful image, tfs!
Best regards,

Hello John,
This is a great panoramic view of this fine architecture. Your POV is great showing the buildings from an angle that creates depth and direction. The lighting is fine and the photo has excellent sharpness and detail.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9856 W: 157 N: 16038] (126419)
  • [2014-08-26 8:54]

Witaj John!
Beautiful building.
Wonderful tower!
I like POV and colors.
Well done.
Nice afternoon

Hello John
De superbes couleurs pour bien mettre en évidence cet imposant édifice.
Belle réalisation et beau travail!!

Dag John,
In deze foto is goed te zien hoe de Vlaamse en Hollandse architectuur met elkaar verweven zijn. De Vlaamse architect Lieve de Key heeft zijn stempel op Haarlem gedrukt. Een prachtige foto met een schitterende Hollands/Vlaamse lucht.
groet Rob

Hi John!
Very beautiful buildings!
Very attractive urban & architecture picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov, black borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

Salam, Guten Tag John,

Dear my Lucky friend,

Very Thanks for this beautiful post,
another old city shown here with excellent POV,

All the BEST and Good Luck!

** Warm Regards, **

Yours Sincerely,

Hello John,
The intricately decorated buildings are very pleasant. A brilliant postcard, as usual.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2014-08-27 2:34]

Hello John,
very nice architecture in Leuven. Fine light and contrast. Beautiful details. Good note and photo-job.
Have a nice day.

Hello John.
splendid composition with wonderful architecture, the architectural details are decorative and rich.
Beautiful colors and superb sky.
You have had a wondeful light and a gorgeous sky this day and you took advantage of both. These building truly are magnificent. A great sight!
Very well done,

Thank you for sharing..... Have a nice week,

Hello John
Another masterful composition and great addition to your gallery! The grand architecture is displayed with excellent photo qualities. The background sky is fabulous!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
best regards

Dag John,
Het rood-witte contrast op de gevels komt hier heel goed tot uiting.
Prachtige en scherpe voorstelling van de mooie architectuur.
Er is iets dat ik de laatste tijd wel wat vreemd vind. Heel mijn leven heb ik over beide wereldoorlogen gehoord. Over de eerste (de 'grote' werd die indertijd genoemd) vooral van mijn grootouders. Maar recent heeft men het veel over de wreedheden van het Duitse leger tegenover de burgers, o.a. in Leuven zoals je hier omschrijft. Maar ook in andere steden als Aarschot, Dinant, enz.
Ik kan me niet herinneren dat hierop vroeger zulke klemtoon gelegd werd als tegenwoordig bij de herdenkingen en daarbij vraag ik me af waarom had men het daar vroeger niet over ... Of laat mijn geheugen me zodanig in de steek ?
Vele groeten, Paul

Hi John
I know to always visit your gallery to see some beautiful architecture in Belgium :)

and here we have another perfect example of that.
and look at those clouds filling up the frame too, its picture perfect.

love the colors and the building. wonderful photo

Amazing transformation through 100 years era, John.
The two pic.s show the difference of war and peace.
The archi.-design of red and white bricks, made a beautiful sight on the magnificent edifice with the high tower, though I reckon every house a some sort of a turret.
Charmning ands well applied photo.
Good evening,

Hi John.
A splendid picture of these beautiful buildings, the image of the WS, is terrifying and comparison is impossible, it is certainly one of the many European cities that have risen from its ruins.
Very good color, which gives much strength to the image.
Superb light management, sharpness is also perfect to enjoy the details of the beautiful facades.
Very well seen and well taken.
Magnificent the article.
Have a nice day.
Best wishes.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2014-08-28 8:36]

Hi John
The gray clouds of the sky and the shadows on the sides of the picture highlight the magnificent palaces.
impressive architecture my friend. love vivid colors .
best wishes

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2014-08-28 11:31]

Hi John,
an interesting note to this fine picture from Leuven. As many other people i love and admire old architecture, unfortunately not built anymore. You have chosen a good spot for taking this shot, good overview and a fine glimpse from Leuven. Tfs!

Have a nice evening/

Hi John,
beautiful architecture perfectly framed, nice presentation with the good visual impact between the red walls and the blue sky, sharpness is perfect, tfs.

Hi John,
beautiful picture, i like colors, details and of course the buildings. Amazing the ws.

Hi John
It's a beautiful postcard material that makes for a very eye-catching image with all the right elements are there. Clarity, mix of rich colors are all really pleasing with superb contrast. Well done, tfs
Best regards

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
  • [2014-08-29 5:20]

Hi John,
very nice the view as the presentation of these beautiful building of the town of Leuven with the domes to outlined perfect against the blue and cloudy sky.The brilliant light of the day enhance the vivid colours as the details of the scene.


Hello John,

very fine picture realized at a perfect moment. Excellent colors, sharpness and clarity. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Love those old buildings, and I'm glad this city fully restored it's a shame how war destroys everything including human lives. Nicely captured with good lighting and sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Bonsoir John
Toute la beauté de cette architecture est ici bien mise en valeur sous ce très beau ciel.L'image est bien détaillée,cest un plaisir pour nos yeux.
Bonne soirée

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2014-08-29 10:14]

Bonjour John,
You have found a great viewpoint which not only leads towards the building tower, also shows both beautiful buildings rising. The light and shadows create fine contrasts to the colours and the textures. This fine exposure is incredibly sharp so that the details are perfectly accessible.
Very well done.

Ciao John, great view of fantastic building, beautiful light, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo John,
perfektes Foto, gratuliere dir!
Wünsch dir einen schönen Tag

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2014-08-30 2:27]

Hi John,
Excellent presentation of this fantastic place. The colorful old buildings build such a unique mood of the view which I like the most. Well seen and taken image. TFS!

Have a nice weekend,

Howdy John,

Fine view of the baroque Leuven classical architecture with the light color trims contrasting with the earth tones. Very ornate details in the design, especially the tall corner tower.

And hopefully war and bombs will never return.
Only the Military Industrial Complex benefits from war.

Thanks for sharing,

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2014-08-31 2:08]

Hallo John!
I never have been in Leuven - we say Löwen - but I think on my next visit in Belgium it will be one of the destinations I'll visit. What a magnificent and well-kept architecture! You have had the luck of a gorgoeus sky as backdrop and it enhances the picture wonderfully. A real invitiation to Leuven ...! Thank you for the informative note and the impressive workshop picture. However, people obviously do not learn from history ...!
Greetings from cloudy Siegen! Have a nice Sunday!

Hi John,
Great architecture shot with lovely colors and lighting. Superb sky too. Good notes.
Best regards

Dear John
Amazing composition and marvelous setting. Wonderful sky makes this pic more attractive. Bravo

Dear John,

I've known about Louvain for many years because of its famous university. I'm glad to see his gorgeous photo in brilliant sunlight and as sharp as obsidian glass. I assume Louvain and Louven are the same place.

Warmest regards, good friend,


Hi John,
in this good composition you've mixed efficiently a very elegant and beautiful architecture and a very aesthetical cloudy sky, and have played skilfully with the light and the shades, as well.
The ensemble is very appealing visually, I like the quality of image and of colors.
A splendid job, my friend.
Best regards,

Goeienaand John,
Pragtige kleure, patrone en vorme in uitstaande skerpte in kontras met die wolke en blou lug in die agtergrond. 'n Plesier om te aanskou. Beste groete.

Hello, John,
Another wonderful photo from Leuven. This very nice architecture reminds me some buildings in Graz and Vienna . I am not an expert, but these towers here and in Austria have got a lot of common details.
Best wishes,

Beautiful architecture with a wonderful backdrop. The colours and the detail are excellent my friend.....

Hello dear friend
according to your useful notes here we have a history
100 years ago excellent architectural centre of
beauty and history I like the cloudy sky
touching the towers of the buldings
the colors and the sharpness of the
buildings extraodinary city scape
welldone and wellseen

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2014-09-05 2:18]


I liked these patterns and decorative motifs created with the tiles. a marvelous architecture with fantastic details to enjoy. excellent use of the framing and light. well done. TFS.



een stad waar ik nooit geweest ben john mooie foto goed neergezet weer fraai werk weer.
gr. Jaap

Hello John. A photo with your typical handwriting. Best composition, light and colors. And also a very informative text.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2014-09-06 13:53]

Hello John,

Another pretty view of those charming buildings, under those photogenic clouds and with that amazing light of all your photos. I see only one thing less well: it is slightly tilted to the right.

TFS, regards, José.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2653 W: 0 N: 3109] (20986)
  • [2014-09-10 13:12]

Goedemorgen John
I consider those dramatic clouds gathered for a closer look at this magnificent 'laced' architecture of the central building that achieves a decisive victory, elegance-wise, over its neighbors!
I will now drink a Stella Artois beer to celebrate the high quality of this beautiful picture!
Met vriendelijke groeten.

Hi John,
beautiful architecture. I like it very much. You have selected a very impressive corner here and the lovely sky adds a great decorative touch as well with the blue sky complementing red bricks.
Excellent work,

Hello John

Great shot of the street scene with some nice buildings in view.Very well captured in nice colors.Keep sharing.TFS.


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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 715 W: 129 N: 1144] (7625)
  • [2014-09-14 15:49]

Hi John
These facades show many details and the tower is superb.
Thanks for sharing this impressive architecture.


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2014-09-16 21:38]

Dag John
I believe the city was destroyed 100 years back and was rebuilt. The marvellous buildings we see here look old and in the same style of many Flemish houses in other cities. Fine sharp picture with exquisite details and colours!
Best Regards

Dear John
An amazing architechture you captured.
Nice detail with good picture.
Excellent colors and sharpness of the picture.
Excellent coomposition and presentation.
Best regards

Hello John! Amazing architecture. Wonderful buildings. Fine weather, lightness and colours. Good sharpness. Well done!

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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2016-04-29 2:10]

A city that is still on my list to visit. And this photo show well why.

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