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Broeltorens Kortrijk

Broeltorens Kortrijk
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-18
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon 7 D, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/10 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My best of 2015 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-08-07 10:32
Viewed: 2900
Points: 140
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2015 - All rights reserved. The photos taken by photographer John Maenhout are registered and copyrighted. Use in any form (web, paper publication, public exposure, etc.) is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. To contact with photographer please use TE Contact Me

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Three weeks ago I was in Kortrijk, special on photo hunt, the “Broeltowers” are real the proud of the city.
One side has a nice stroll path and bike path, one of my pictures will you see people make stroll around the city.

I place a second picture in workshop, I wait on you reactions.

Second picture horizontal

Broel Towers
These medieval towers are the last remaining vestiges of the old city fortifications. The southern tower, or Speyetoren (± 1385), was part of the ramparts of the Count's castle while the northern tower, or Ingelborchtoren (± 1413), was built to defend the city by means of primitive artillery equipment.
Only open during certain festivities. During the year only accessible with a guide.

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Dobro vece.
Lep pogled, interesantan tekst o kulama sa istrijom i opisom ...
lepo poakzano mesto sa mostom i kulama, dobra ostrina i kontarst, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa pesacima i oblacima koji dolaze.
Lepa arhitektura.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Hi John,
Although these towers would have had a very serious purpose, today they are like something from a fairytale. I really like this view, it really is magical. Great light and placement of everything in the frame.

Hello John,
These two towers are really beautiful, you have well framed her and I like the great perspective of the path, the persons give life, superb realisation.

Hello dear John,
All of your entries is been expected with interest !
Also this one is a masterpiece taken with perfect pov and layout.
And as allways in your case many interesting and usefull notes makes also this entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards

Hi John,

The length of the river or the canal is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the people is animating the scene. The point of view is showing the details of the towers and of the bridge. The good luminosity is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


Well captured perspective, John.
The bridge and the two similar looking towers on either side of the bridge makes for a well balanced composition. Wonderful clarity and sharpness. The greenery and the wonderful blue sky with lovely grey and white clouds is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi John
haha...i have to be honest, i think i enjoy the WS photo more! but its all personal choice.
and each photo is very good.
I chose the WS photo because it makes a stronger visual impact.
but others may choose this one because its a more people-friendly version.

lovely subject all around, its mixing old times with new modern times.

Hello John,
It's a very fine composition, elegantly balanced and with excellent light and colours. The towers are beautiful buildings, full of charming character. I like both photos but I prefer this one, mainly because of the people seen here.
Kind regards,

Hello John, a good lead in line with the pavement and bollards taking us straight to the bridge.
The towers are beautiful and look in good condition.I like the way that the sunlight is shining on the conical roofs emphasising their shape.
The people in shot add extra interest to your scene.
Lovely natural colours.
Regards Jean.

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
wonderful place to walk wonderful place
to think of history
i love the whole presentation
it seems so pleasant with good framing and
the greatest perspective
from samos island

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10510 W: 174 N: 17855] (79301)
  • [2015-08-07 17:39]


these two versions are very beautiful, maybe I liked the WS a little more. fantastic this bridge protected by these lower and strong towers. I liked the result


Hello John,
Your photo hunt has born wonderful fruit. This is an excellent photo with a terrific sense of depth and immaculate sharpness. The twin towers are quite photogenic.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-08-07 21:28]

Dear John,
Beautiful view, Interesting text about the towers with istrijom and description.
poakzano a city with a bridge and towers, good sharpness and contrast. well framed.
Have a good weekend.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3355 W: 0 N: 7688] (56033)
  • [2015-08-07 21:51]

Impressive towers, I like the symmetry of this fortification, beautiful photo from a perfect POV, excllent light and details
regards Ryszard

Hi John
What an interesting medieval towers seen from this pov. You have done a good job here with the sky does make the buildings stand out really well. Like the light falling on the stonework and also the present of the people. Well captured, Congrats
Best regards

Dear John Sir,

Superb twin towers of Belgium. I like the clarity which is superb and the composition is too nice. The couple in the left is adding beauty to this image.


Belle prise de vue de ces deux tours majestueuses de Courtrai. personnellement, j'ai une petite préférence pour la version du WS.

Bonjour, cher ami John,
Très belle présentation de ces deux tours à poivrière avec ce vieux pont aux contreforts.
Le tout bénéficiant d'un bel effet de perspective avec le fleuve en point de mire.
Très bonne journée.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10139 W: 144 N: 25364] (123503)
  • [2015-08-07 23:41]

Hello John,

Both picture, this one and in WS, are beautiful. Wonderful thick round towers, guarding this old bridge with the statue. Nice stroll along the river. The railing gives nice depth. Excellent colours, pleasant holiday mood. your hunt was successful. :)

WArm regard s Malgo

Hello John,

Two stunning photographs Kortrijk.
You had a beautiful day for your visit, reflected in the good light and the summer clothing worn by the people.
I would have struggled to choose which one to use as my main post, for each has its own high quality. The clarity is superb with good leads and a fine sense of perspective.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
The river offers an effective lead-line towards the bridge guarded by its massive towers. The passers-by enliven the scene and provide scale. The lovely sky makes an agreeable backdrop to the whole. Good choice of the square format resulting in a pleasingly balanced composition. Top class technical quality as ever. Have a pleasant weekend.

A marvelous view onto the two imposing towers from the WS and this photo, John.
Those “Broeltowers" looks well restore and kept through time, fine clear day for taking photo of this kind.
My best regards,

Hi John,
A nice photo with these two towers well presented, good POV with water in the FG, perfect light, tfs.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2015-08-08 5:48]

Hello John,

A very interesting note you have written as well as showing us two beautiful photographs of these lovely towers at Kortrijk.

Both photographs are excellent but I think I prefer your main photograph on account of its pleasing square format and the fact that it clearly shows people enjoying a walk along the footpath beside the water. But the light and colours in both pictures are delightful, your exposures perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.


Kind Regards,


Hello John! Wonderful bridge, amazing twin towers. Fine woman and nice pair. Good point of view. Good composition. Perfect quality. Nice colours. Regards!

Bonjour John,

Je me souviens très bien de cet endroit. Mon hôtel était tout près et je suis sorti en soirée pour prendre ces deux superbes tours de nuit. Elles sont très belles de jour aussi.

Bon samedi


Hello John,

Very charming place my friend. Lovely POV with these two towers and the stone bridge.I like the colors and sharpness too.

Best regards


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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42578)
  • [2015-08-08 8:20]

Hallo John!
Both photos are worth seeing but I like this one better , especially because of the point of view including these people and the river side wall which leads the eyes to the wonderful towers. Also the green trees here add a lot to the composition - and there's only one modern building visible.
Are the roofs made out of slate or sheet metal ?
Greetings fro ;-) warm and sticky Westphalia!
Have a nice weekend!

Both are nice John, but this one is a little tilted to the right?


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9146 W: 57 N: 15351] (56892)
  • [2015-08-08 12:00]

Hallo John,
Kortrijk is een stad die ik graag nog eens wil bezoeken. Dit is een prachtige foto van het water en de twee torens. Het groen van de bomen zorgen voor een mooi contrast met het steen. Het zonlicht was ook heerlijk hier.

Hello John,
a very interesting site within the urban scenery, I like the clear and straightforward presentation through this composition that gives us a glimpse of the wider setting. The people seem to add interest and strengthen the perspective. Although the angle of the light was difficult to handle, you achieved superb definition and colours both in the scenery and in the sky. The alternative composition in the workshop is very appealing too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,

Ciao John, lovely composition with fantastic Towers on beautiful river, wonderful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2015-08-09 4:11]


quelle image avec ces deux belles tours avec leur toit gris superbe vue et captage ces personnage le long du quai le rendu sur le plan d'eau fantastique compo.
Bravo et amitié

Büyük Usta,
Bulutlar,iki eski kule ve köprü kompozisyonu ile Belçika'ya yeni bir belgesel.
Netlik mükemmel (zaten sizin özelliğiniz) Üç insanında bulunması günlük hayat fotoğrafını tamamlamış.
Selamlar Bodrum'dan

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9599 W: 157 N: 15505] (124145)
  • [2015-08-09 7:09]

Witaj John!
Beautiful stone bridge!
I love bridges.
Good POV and colors.
I like towers.
Nice sunday afternoon

Hi John,
Such wide, round towers ceratainly make an unmistakeable landmark for that town. Great old architecture and very nice river landscape on summer sunshine.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11760 W: 126 N: 21153] (108907)
  • [2015-08-10 3:26]

Salut John,une parfaicte carte postale depuis cette ville avec un nom tres difficile a lire pour un italien...ehehe...les tours medievals sont magnifiques,et le pont aussi.Perspective gagnante et qualite' au top,tres bien fait! Belle semaine et merci,Luciano

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2015-08-10 4:13]

Mooi inderdaad die Broeltorens. Mooi genomen met het water dat er tussen stroomt. Ik vind de mensen op de foto wel goed; het geeft een referentie voor de grootte van de torens en het brengt een beetje leven in het beeld.

Hello, John!

It seems to be a very pleasant place for a walk and, of course, for many photos! The two towers by the bridge side are beautiful and were captured with very good light, colors and sharpness! Wonderful composition! Well done!

Hello John,

I like your contribution to TE here very much. I prefer the wider view because we can observe in this panoramic view more details and I think that the shot is perfectly balanced with the wider view. TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3022] (20624)
  • [2015-08-10 7:47]

Dag John
You show with elegant symmetry the Broeltorens and the beautiful short bridge over the river Leie, itself decorated by the Standbeeld van Johannes Nepomucenus standing on top
The whole picture depicts an interesting impression of a voyage back in time. Admirable picture quality as usual!
Met vriendelijke groeten.

Simple and neat. The two towers create a very nice composition and the perspective gives value to the bridge and the sidewalk by the river. All with well balanced colors and elements. Good work, congratulations!

Beautiful river scene! I always wanted to take the canal trip around Europe, maybe someday. Good pov showing those two towers with good lighting and sharp details. Very well done, tfs.

Hi John,
beautiful spot, I like very much the repeated motif of the two towers and they have such a nice shape.
People may have different preferences: I like better the workshop photo with no people and with a more emphasized sky -the clouds are quite enhanced over there. But people walking the street add a lovely touch too so I can imaging many people would prefer this one here.
Excellent work, both of them,

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2015-08-11 8:23]

Hello John,
nice view of bridge and the two towers. Interesting presentation here and in WS (other POV). Perfect quality. I like it.
Have a nice evening.

Hello John,
these are two fine pictures of the medieval Broel Towers,both are very well balanced and portrayed with sharp,clear details and natural attractive colours.
The people in the main picture add a nice touch of movement and human interest.
Best regards Les.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2015-08-11 11:56]

Hi John,
This looks like a nice city with a lot to offer tourists. I like the beauty of the two towers and the bridge who connecting them. It is a well balanced shot with warm light and rich colors, well done!

Have a nice evening/

Hallo John,
interessantes Foto und Kommentar, gut gemacht!
(ich werde irgendwann auch belgisches Bier probieren!!!)

Viele Grüße

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  • Alco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 3 N: 630] (7559)
  • [2015-08-12 8:50]

Hello John,
Beautiful presentation of these two towers. The sidewalk on the left add depth to the picture and people add live. Sharp and clear picture. I also like very much your horizontal picture. Very well done. TFS.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 700 W: 129 N: 1121] (7483)
  • [2015-08-12 14:31]

Hello John
These two towers are a beautiful and interesting vestige of past times. The architecture is really nice, as well as the tones and the sky.

All the best

Howdy John,

Good image stimulus to visit the Broel Towers in person, strolling the countryside and a guided tour.
And it appears the banks of the stream return to Nature beyond the towers, dense trees instead of the concrete wall bank in the foreground.

Thanks for sharing,

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2015-08-13 1:18]

Bonjour John,
Many thanks for your nice comment, I appreciate it very much. I’ve decided to post some more photos from my files, I hope that all TE Members will like them.
Now to your beautiful photo.
Excellent arrangement, superb view to beautiful town towers.
Fabulous photo in superb light & clarity, nice colors, nicely framed in landscape format.
Very well done.

Hello dear John.
The pride of Kortrijk - the 2 towers are indeed a beautiful motive and well worth a hunt. I too sometimes go on expeditions to make photos of something I decided earlier.
other times I just let the motives find me.
The photo is as always good craftsmansship and could be used in a public brochure.
Cheers and have a fine evening

Hello, John,
I like the words, that an architecture is a solid music. If it is true, so this composition is old classic symphony, I think so. Very eye-catching towers, perfect details, my congratulations!

Best regards,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13704 W: 295 N: 27294] (109611)
  • [2015-08-14 2:51]

Hello John,
nice the view as the presentation of the two towers as dominating on the edges of the small bridge.Well chosen the POV as the creates depth in the image.


ziet er fraai uit daar, mooie foto John,
goede compositie, wel vraag ik me af waarom ze een flat achter deze mooie poort zetten.
groet jaap

Hi John.
Splendid view of the canal, which highlights great beauty with the twin towers and the bridge that unites beautiful sky is a great bonus to the magnificent composition.
Great photo, beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love.
You enjoy a good day.
Best wishes.

Mooie plaats, denk ik....
Moet er toch eens naar toe:-))

Ciao John
la foto del ws è molto bella, una vera cartolina, ma preferisco questa, la presenza delle persone e anche (purtroppo) delle auto, la rende più veritiera, più reale.
Ottima prospettiva creata dalla linea della ringhiera.

Bonjour John
Une bonne inscription de ce pont et de ces deux tours dans le format carré.Bon rendu naturel des couleurs sous ce ciel agréablement chargé.
Bonne journée

Hi John,

These are very attractive towers, complementing the stone bridge. A picturesque town on a nice sunny day. I think this photo is better than the workshop because it has more green trees which add some color to the photo.


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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2015-08-19 8:45]

Bonjour mon ami
Belle vue sur ces deux tours de part et d'autre du pont
Très bonne luminosité estivale ambiante
Sa seconde image est toute aussi belle
Sincères amitiés

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2015-08-19 23:55]

Hi John,

The bridge is well positioned towards the back near the vanishing point and the canal adds strong lead in lines and linear perspective. Good sharpness and the people provide scale and animate the scene. Nice symmetry between the 2 towers. Tfs.

Dear John,

I examined both photos. I think I prefer this one 51-49% over the one you put in the workshop. Both are excellent. The one in the workshop has the more conventional rectangular format, which I like. But this one shows a little more of the life surrounding the beautiful area in Kortrijk, with its iconic towers, and the pedestrians. Even in a small country you have so much to see. Your note is superb as usual.

Warmest regards and have a good weekend, John.


Hallo John,
Ik zou denken dat de foto in de workshop een iets klassieker zicht op de torens is.
Hier creëer jij meer diepgang met het voetpad naast de Leie en met de voetgangers op verschillende afstand.
De auto's aan het uiteinde geven ons een goed beeld van de afmetingen van de torens die toch zo prachtig rond zijn.
De mooie wolkenlucht zorgt voor een aangename achtergrond.
Technisch alles weer heel perfect.
Vele groeten,

Hello John, very good picture of these beautiful and interesting towers, vestige of the old fortifications. Very well captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.

Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.

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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2015-08-24 22:40]

Imponente encuadre con gran perspectiva y profundidad...encantadora foto¡¡ saludos John

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3987 W: 2 N: 6715] (33282)
  • [2015-08-27 16:28]

Hello John,
Nice view of impressive towers. Very good symmetrical composition.Interesting notes.Very good composition and quality, fine presentation.
Nice shot

Hi John,
perfect shot and good light.
Splendid image,

Lovely image John with a fine perspective and wonderful colour....

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