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Winter 2015

Winter 2015
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24394 W: 523 N: 40801] (175578)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-01-02
Categories: Nature
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/11, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2015 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-01-04 22:21
Viewed: 5223
Points: 162
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New site December 2014

A bike trip on second day of January, a wonderful soft winter day, no clouds, only a blue sky.
The Leopold canal was for my a place out of my childhood.
A lot time for fishing and swimming during the summer time as children, the water was then nice clear, a lovely time but very long time ago!

I hope that all visitors can enjoy of the picture.

History of the canal:
The digging of the canal ran from 1843 to 1854 but would never completely follow the original plan. The hand-dug Leopold Vaart does not result in the Ghent-Terneuzen but suddenly stopped somewhere in the territory of Boekhoute. As a result of a new agreement between Belgium and the Netherlands was in 1920 through the newly dug Isabella Channel with the Braakman and so connected with the Scheldt, dammed up the Braakman in 1952 and was largely reclaimed. The drainage function was maintained.
In addition to the drainage function would be there at that time also give an immediate military function in the case of the Netherlands would again come to a war, which is why the channel roughly follows the boundary Belgium-Netherlands. However, it never came to that. The only time that the channel has played a military function was at the end of WW II. During the month of October 1944 fought several Canadian and British divisions in Operation Switchback around the canal heavy fighting with the Germans, who insisted on keeping control of the Scheldt estuary.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13692 W: 295 N: 27269] (109493)
  • [2015-01-04 23:16]

Good morning John,
excellent the creative perspective from the canal with the side trees to make the whole scenery even more effective.The light and the colour management as the created reflections on the calmly surface of the water makes the image even more effective.

Have a good week,Danos

Good morning dear friend John Maenhout
and have a nice new week
as always you presented to us this
wonderful postcard with symmetrical
details perfectly executed this capture
with the canal divorsing the photo into
two parties
the greatest beauty are the reflections
of the trees on the surface of the water
shadows and lights play together

Très belle photo de ce canal bordé d'arbres et parfaitement éclairé par la belle lumière d'hiver. Très bonne composition.

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Lep pogled, interesantan tekst o kanalu sa datim podacina i istorijom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazan kanal i drvored.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje i refleks na vodi.
Lepo mesto za setnju i omor na klupi.
Imajte lep dan i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10118 W: 144 N: 25314] (123311)
  • [2015-01-04 23:19]

Hi John, Winter but without snow. But in this way you can go for a bike trip. I can imagine the joy of the children when they swim and fished in this canal.
Beautiful photo, similar to some other photos of canals in your gallery. As always, fantastic depth and excellent composition amnd colours, nice reflections.

Have a beautiful week


Hi John
haha...are you sure this is winter?
looks like a lovely spring day :)

is this one of your famous winter locations we sometimes see from you, where its all frozen?

love the depth and the strong repetitive patterns of subjects

Hi John
This is something perfect lead line from third crystal clear canal, and it has reflected some beautiful colors. The view seems to stretch off into eternity. I live the you included the bench too,it gives a cool extra 3d effect

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Les canaux de Flandres bénéficient toujours autant de charme. L'effet de perspective est très réussi.
Très bonne journée.

Dear John
Very nice place taken in wintry condition.
Nice reflection,colors and perfect lighting.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Kind regards

Hello John,
What a wonderful image to start the New Year with. Depth and perspective are superb with the repeating motifs of the leafless tree lining the canal. Very nicely illuminated with agreeable natural tones. Landscape photography at its best.

Hello, John!

Wonderful view of these trees, with excellent perspective and beautiful reflections of them on the water! Excellent light and colors! Very nice composition! Well done!

Hi John,
Superb view along the canal. Great colors and high quality! Well taken scene.


Hello John,
a very lovely winter view, the light, the shadows and the reflections create wonderful effects and enrich your well structured, dynamic composition. The sweeping perspective and the well balanced arrangement are so enjoyable and interesting to study. The sharp textures make the scenery even more vivid, the quality of the colours is exquisite. Your note enhances our interest in this lovely place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,

Hello John,
The rural canals are obviously among your favorites during your photo safaris in your neighbourhood. You have many photos similar to this, but you always capture these views with a lot of elegance and perfect depth created by the trees lining the water. The light is perfect and the trees are beautifully reflected in the very calm water.
Kind regards and a Happy New Year,

Well, motive does not match the title, but those are probably now the winter!
A great depth, excellent composition,


Hello John,

I have to say, this doesn't look like winter, with the green grass and the blue sky, only the leafless trees give a clue!
Your photograph is beautifully composed, guiding succinctly from the corner to a strong vanishing point, creating a lovely sense of perspective. The mood is one of complete tranquillity, a desire to stop and linger on the bench!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hi John,

The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The length of the canal is giving depth and perspective to the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the trees. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello John,

You have a good light here to present this canal in an oblique view. I like the very sharp refelctions of the trre trumps on the water. An image with greta deepness.

Best regards


Ciao John
una foto recentissima che rende omaggio ad un paesaggio colto in maniera eccellente, con grande senso della composizione e colori, luminosità e definizione impeccabili.
Ciao e buona giornata

Bonjour John,

La verdure est omniprésente dans cette composition hivernale. Elle conserve ses couleurs estivales même si les arbres ont perdu leurs feuilles. J'aime cette magnifique ligne de fuite.



pleasant pay sage with excellent perspective you captured.
colors are vivid and attractive.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3344 W: 0 N: 7655] (55867)
  • [2015-01-05 8:31]

In Januar we can expect the snow, but it is a spring photo, wonderful sunny day, excellent photo, technically perfect as usual
regards Ryszard

Hi John,
Apparently no ice yet on the canal, this still looks like autumn. A great perspective with the lines from trees , canal and bench meeting in a distant focal point. A very peaceful and pleasant view!
Kind regards

Hi John, lovely view of this interesting canal, very well captured with a great perspective on this good and nice photo. An interesting image of a lovely place to visit, very good sharpness, depth and quality. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from the south of Spain.

hello John
cette composition est superbe, bon cadrage avec comme résultat, une très bonne perspective.

Superb Composition and fantastic sharpening.
Happy NY JHM

Ciao John
ho visto molte foto di questo luogo, in ogni stagione e tutte bellissime e di grande fascino. Un luogo che ami molto e che fotografi con cura, mostrando tutti i dettagli nel migliore dei modi, come la panchina o i magnifici riflessi.
Il primo dell'anno ho preso anch'io la mia bici per fare una passeggiata sulle colline dietro casa mia, ma farei volentieri una bella passeggiata in bici anche in questo luogo.

Hello John,
Another one of your typical, beautiful works! I love the reflections and the leading lines.

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  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 76 N: 1267] (11491)
  • [2015-01-06 2:05]

Superb landscape, beautiful colors,superb reflections in water, well framed and rendered, image well done.!

Olá John,
essa perspectiva é bastante comum em suas fotos, e boa pois dá uma profundidade interessante. Inverno aí, verão pras bandas de cá. Belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9583 W: 157 N: 15497] (123957)
  • [2015-01-06 6:11]

Witaj John!
Familiar place ;)
Excellent POV and perspective.
I like colors and light.
Well done.
Nice afternoon

Hello John,
I like the light, lovely atmosphere with this splendid colours. Well done.
best wishes,

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2015-01-06 9:01]

Bonjour mon ami
Excellente luminosité latérale et bonne perspective du canal qui guide le regard vers le lointain
Une image de bonne qualité
Sincères amitiés

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2015-01-06 11:34]

Hello John,
winter without snow is in my country, too. Landscape here is very nice. I like the perspective. Pleasant colors also. Superb quality.
Have a nice evening and Happy New Year!

Hi John!

Once more time you show us the beauty of your country, specially of this place. Lovely perspective and DOF here. I like also the colors of this vegetation and the inclusion of this bench on the right.



Hi John!
Always a pleasure to see that place, specially when photographed by you!
It seems that winter is not too tough this year.
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov, dof, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3967 W: 2 N: 6661] (33090)
  • [2015-01-06 14:51]

Hello John,
Nice view of this place with excellent perspective and depth. Beautiful reflections of trees in a clear canal.I like amazing composition , good POV and perfect natural colors. Nice shot.

Salam dear John,

Hope and Pray you and family , friends have very nice times in this Holidays,

this is another dramatic picture, one of most fabulous landscape in your gallery,

very nice note that you telled with us about your childhood and the playing here,

yes, every one like me agree that childhood is a beautiful period of our life with nice memories and playings,

excellent work and Thanks!

Warm regards, ***

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2015-01-06 20:38]

Hello John,
Fantastic shot of that canal. The temperature seems to be very nice and not cold at the beginning of January in your region. Are you expecting to have snow in the next weeks or are you enjoying an exceptional winter temperature. Beautiful lines formed by the canal and the trees along it. Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice day.

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2015-01-07 0:10]

Hello John,
This view looks almost like a spring not a winter one!:) Truly beautiful and eye-catching presentation due to the perfectly executed vivid colors and soft lights. Excellent pic as always!
All the best in 2015!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11746 W: 126 N: 21116] (108775)
  • [2015-01-07 3:11]

Salut John,j'ai connu toi il y a 7 ans et je me souvien tres bien des cettes images,il y a ta signature dedans aussi sans la lire,un joli retour chez cettes perspectives et un resultat toujours magnifique et gagnant,simplement super!! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2015-01-07 5:05]

Hello John,

You have been having much more pleasant weather in Belgium than we have been having in Scotland: here it has been dark, cloudy and windy with lots of heavy rain. But not at all cold.

Your composition here is delightful with the line of the canal leading the eye perfetcly into the depths of the picture and the bare trees standing out beautifully against the clear blue sky. The reflections in the calm water are divine and your composition is nicely anchored by the bench seat in the right foreground.

Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


Hello dear John.
This is an impressive array of trees.
Lovely landscape, ideal for long walks and relaxation.
Very nice POV, great light management and colour balance.
Superb work.
Thank you for sharing, have a nice evening.
Greetings from Greece.

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

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10498 W: 174 N: 17824] (79159)
  • [2015-01-07 15:25]


I have many images of the sunrise from my window and you have the same from this canal, and never it is the same. haha. very nice view, here with an angle something different and with a curious cold mood. very beautiful moment and light.



Hoi lieve John
Neergeschoten zeer mooie en interessante verslagen van het kanaal. Belichting en compositie was uitstekend. De mooi en rustig. Bedankt voor het delen

La perfezione delle linee in un conesto idilliaco per canali, filari di alberi. Il palmares delle tua/e gallery. Complimenti ancora.

Hello dear John,
Most probably you've sent the snow to İstanbul as this capture taken on the second day of the year is quıte "springy" !
Again perfect pov and well balanced layout and nice reflections.
TFS and best regards from snowy Istanbul

Hello, John,
I think the North and the South of Europa just change the places. When Romania was covered by snowfalls Belgium had have clear blue sky and green grass. Amazing comparison!

Best wishes to you in New Year!

Beautiful scene especially for winter unlike the U.S. Midwest which is freezing with temperature below zero. I like your pov and it has good details. Well done, tfs.

Hello John.
A wonderful view, to which both the channel and the rows of trees, provide an incredible, beautiful perspective reflections in the water and gorgeous contrast, dry grass, with the other so green.
Very nice picture, beautiful natural colors, good sharpness, and excellent brightness.
Well done. I like it.
Have a good day.
All the best.

hi dear iohn
Scenic and pleasant.
Beautiful views of the charming landscape
Fine detail and quality,
Best wishes to you and wife

Hello John, the light was just perfect for you on your bike trip, giving beautiful reflections of the trees on the flat water.And lovely shadows across the grass.
Excellent perspective, the depth of field is amazing.
Regards Jean.

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  • pili51 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 28 N: 493] (1853)
  • [2015-01-08 10:45]

Hello,friend John!
First of all, my best wishes for the year 2015, to you and your loved ones.
A great shot to start with the year with.
I love the streight line formed between the two rows of tall trees, and the canal, all align in an optimal focus point and depth of view.
Magnificent and perspective, the depth of field is infinite!!!! A real beauty! Thanks a lot John!
Excellent work!!! TFS

Best wishes. Pili

Hallo John,
sehr gute Fotoqualität und Farben, sehr gute Information!
Viele Grüße

Hello John,
by your imaginative composition you have achieved a fine perspective with the naked winter trees receding far into the distance.
The agreeable light has been well used with the exposure settings very suitable for this attractive picture.
Best regards Les.

Dear John Sir,

Awesome picture shared by you. The line of the trees is very beautiful indeed. Good formation. Colours are natural and very good. Full marks to you.


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-01-08 21:57]

Dear John,
a recent photo that pays homage to a landscape caught in an excellent manner, with great sense of composition and color, brightness and definition impeccable.love it my friend.

Hello dear.
good color in your image.
Simple but quite nice this tree landscape scenery.
Nice framed.
TFS and best regards

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13800 W: 0 N: 16043] (169174)
  • [2015-01-09 1:16]


Grandiose vue comme d'habitude quelle perspective le long de ce canal superbe quel graphisme de troncs et vue ces arbres dénudés l'eau dans le canal avec les reflets ce banc fantastique bravo.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John Maenhout,

The shot was very good and complete. We have all the elements, a beautiful sky, a lawn for walking, dry trees that refer to autumn and the small stream in half to complete the beauty of the place.

It must be very nice for a walk in this park, beautiful place.


Hello John,
A bright winter day and you caught yet another wonderful canal scenery.
Raws of trees in strait parallel line leading the viewer till far as the horizon.
DOF and clarity, light and colors all superbly composed.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello John

I come originally from the county of Essex, which is similarly pancake-flat, so I can easily see the beauty in such horizontal scenery. There is a real sense of distance here with the canal retreating to infinity. I may have chosen to move forward a few paces to remove the modern seat from the frame, and to foreground the mooring posts.



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  • silah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 288 W: 0 N: 252] (2798)
  • [2015-01-10 6:58]

Hi John

The colours in photo look so beautiful. Also wonderful graphical effect in shot. Shadows in water make the photo more attractive too... DOV is well made. TFS, GREETINGS, Salih.

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2015-01-10 7:44]

Hallo John!
This trip with your bike must have been a wonderful journey into the new year. This sunny day in all these grey and wet days of this winter somehow is balm for the soul. This view along the canal, the row of trees is a real feast for the eyes as the green grass is. One hardly can believe that this is a winter day ...
Greetings from stormy and very wet Westphalia!
All the best to you!

Hello John
I have been away from TE for a couple of weeks but it is such a joy to return to perfectly composed and executed pictures like this one! Wonderful perspective made by the line of trees, the canal and the bench. Perfect exposure and exquisite details!
Have a nice weekend and a great New Year ahead.
Best wishes from India.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14254 W: 1033 N: 28539] (135736)
  • [2015-01-10 23:10]

Good morning John,

Wonderful repetition of the trees with good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. The dual banks of the canal add superb lead in lines and diminishing linear perspective. Nice reflections of the blue skylight and excellent textural and tonal details revealed by the superb lighting. Tfs!

Hi John,
wonderful weather, good d.o.f. and nice reflections. perfect colors.

Hello dear John,

Magnifique prise, j’aime bien la diagonal de ce canal bordé d'arbres. La qualité et la profondeur sont superbes. La composition est remarquable, bravo.

Bon dimanche,

Hello John,

Very good light,and a shot with a beautiful brightness.I like the strong graphic effect and the nice colours of a sunny day in winter.
I wish you an happy new year,all the best and also a lot of beautiful images like this one to share with us on TE.

Hello John,

another wonderful picture from Belgium showing this perfect composition, fine colors and sharpness. I like your contribution to TE here gery much. TFS.

With regards from LuxembOurg


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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46935)
  • [2015-01-11 14:33]

Hi John!
Great dof! The canal seems endless! Really beautiful composition, I like the place and the fantastic light!

hele fraaie kanaal foto John,
mooi standpunt genomen, goede compositie mooi man.
gr. jaap

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2015-01-18 8:22]

Hello John,
I like the overall atmosphere of this fascinating place. You have captured a very pleasant view. The gentle colors and the light makes the image very attractive. My compliments!
Warm regards

Another of the famous JHM canal shots. Lovely perspective and of course great depth.....

Büyük Usta,
Bize gene bir perspektif dersi verdin.
Fotoğraf çekmeyi öğrenmek için yanınıza gelmek lazım.
Herşeyi ile harika bir baş yapıt.
Bodrum'dan selamlar

Hi John,
this one is a new sample of your know-how in these kind of photos of the canals in your country.
The sense of depth is great, and I like the non-centred point of fugue of lines.
The quality of image, of light, of colors, and the reflections on the water, gives a high aesthetical level to your photo, as a painting.
A superb work, my friend.
Best regards,

Hi John,

a wonderful atmospheric image with great clarity and beautiful colors. Perfect composition. A great moment at a nice place.

Have a wonderful day


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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2015-02-01 21:07]

Dag John
The mellow light enhances the scene with fantastic perspective. The bench in the FG pivots the shot well. Good work!
Best Regards

Hallo John,
Weerom een prachtig winters zicht met mist in de verte maar met een zeer helder en kleurrijk beeld vooraan.
Magnifiek met het kanaal tot in het oneindige, de lange rijen bomen en zeker met de korte maar heel klare weerspiegelingen van de boomstammen.
Prachtige kleuren en uitstekende compositie.
Vele groeten, Paul

your pov provides us an excellent depth, nice perspective
high trees were planted on both side of that canal
I like the reflection on the water

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