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Cooking on solar energy

Cooking on solar energy
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24390 W: 523 N: 40796] (175552)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-07-18
Categories: Daily Life
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, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2015 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-09-25 3:51
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Points: 120
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Two month ago I was in Kortrijk, special on photo hunt, the Boda bridge (close to the centre of the city) was a décor for cooking during a sunny day, cooking on solar energy, everyone was welcome.

Cooking on solar energy: electronically controlled barbecue
The design itself is built around a parabolic form of reflective material that is bent into a parabolic shape. The result is a focal point.
The solar rays are hereby brought together so that a high bake temperature of 220 ° C is achieved.
In this construction, it is necessary that the sun's rays always fall at right angles to the device. By means of sensors and the necessary electronics parabolic structure is automatically directed to the sunlight and it works completely autonomously.
The energy to drive the motor is also drawn directly from the sunlight via photovoltaic cells.

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Hello John,
An interesting daily life scene with the parabola glistening under the sunlight making a most unusual focal point. I like the juxtaposition between the man relaxing in his chair with the group chatting whilst the lady in the green top tries to make eye contact. Also, the oblique placement of the flower boxes, which makes for a strong composition. Very good technical quality as always. Thanks also for the interesting and informative note.

Hi John,

Nice picture with great colors and sharpness. Good composition too.
Tecnology offers new lifestyle ... did you taste the meal? was good? sure it was :-).
Have a nice weekend and thanks for sharing.


Bonjour, cher ami John,
Une façon de bénéficier d'un chauffage gratuit ! Toutefois, si pas de soleil, pas de cuisson !!!
Très bonne composition comme à l’accoutumée.
Très bonne originalité.

Hello John,
Nice daily life scene, I like the oblique placement of the flowers boxes, nice vivid colors and sharpness, well done.

Good morning neighbor,

J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Il y a de la vie et beaucoup d'action dans cet espace fleuri de la ville. J'aime la position de l'artiste dans le cadre ainsi que la beauté de l'arrière plan.



Hi John,

There is a lot to see in your picture. The presence of the people is animating the scene. the distance between the man in his chair and the buldings is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the parabolic device and of the buildings. Have a nice day.


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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6075 W: 277 N: 11708] (90353)
  • [2015-09-25 4:53]

Hello John ,
Not a remarkable architecture here , but the whole scene is full of colors and very interesting , especially with the solar barbecue .

Hi Bonjour dear John

Yes we have to prepare such cooking set each house in order to stop the greenhouse problem! Nice snap shot via so clear and sharp presentation. whatever you take, all outputs are masterful outputs.

All the best and have a goood day! Takero

Dear John Sir,

We can see many things in your picture. Excellent lighting conditions are there. I like the man in the center busy doing his job. The solar panel in the center and the flowers are very god maintained. Architectures in the foreground are also very good. I like it.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9579 W: 157 N: 15495] (123923)
  • [2015-09-25 6:03]

Witaj John!
Interesting scene.
Very curious cooking on solar energy.
What price this device?
Good framing and composition.
I like colours.
Have a nice weekend

Hello John! Amazing title. Superb scene. Fine people. Nice flowers. Fantastic colours, ideal lightness and brightness. Good shot. Regards!

is wel heel origineel,
Mooie straat foto john, goed fotowerk weer.
gr. jaap

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13797 W: 0 N: 16043] (169134)
  • [2015-09-25 8:21]


merveilleuse image et compo superbe vue quelle coupole brillante et ces personnage assis et toutes ces belles fleurs une splendeur superbe vu et compo fantastique.
Bravo et amitié

Hello John,
This is an unusual view from the street, something we don't see every day but should be more common. The flowers line the bridge very beautifully and it is the more pleasant to see them going on a diagonal. There is a nice ambience in the street and the colours and light are superb.
Kind regards,

Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst o solarnoj energiji i kuvanju sa opisom ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posetiocima.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak demonstracije upotrebe solarne energije.
Lepo cvece i arhitektura u pozadini.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Hello John,
your composition is elegant, balanced and harmonious, you moderated the colour contrasts in an excellent way too. You found a great angle with interesting perspectives, architecture and daily life scenes to offer the viewer. There are so many diversities of styles and elements that represent different eras and moods. A scene that's very pleasant and interesting.
Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,

very interesting frame you captured.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3963 W: 2 N: 6648] (33048)
  • [2015-09-25 12:55]

Hello John,
A beautiful summer day in Kortrijk, interesting daily life scene.
Good framing, clarity and sharpness. Very well composition, lovely presentation.
Interesting notes.

Hallo John's
Zeer mooi schot. Blootstelling duidelijkheid en goed gedaan.

Met vriendelijke groet ...

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3339 W: 0 N: 7644] (55825)
  • [2015-09-25 22:48]

A very nice idea to organize such an interesting event, I think the dishes were not complicated, but the idea is very good
regards Ryszard

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9127 W: 57 N: 15319] (56770)
  • [2015-09-26 0:35]

Goedemorgen John,
Een heel vrolijke foto met deze aangename kleuren in het fijne zomerlicht. De bloemen maken het geheel extra fleurig. Interessante installatie op de voorgrond. Deze voegt bovendien nog wat mooie spiegelingen toe.

Nice scene spotted and beautiful surroundings collected on, John.
Sun rays can be a great solution, if efficiently used. Flowers pots on the bridge railings gave a nice decoration to the whole.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi John,

does it mean eating fresh and healthy ?

Very nice street scene, enjoyable for the eye and the stomach alike. Some sort of new culinary trick on solar cooking, hope it will become available to every household very soon. Attractive colours and the copy is spotless, great POV arrangement. TFS.

Have a nice week-end too

Hi John!
Lively urban atmosphere!
Attractive details!
Beautifuul picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14252 W: 1033 N: 28524] (135700)
  • [2015-09-26 5:57]

Hello John,

Great idea! I just wish more governments, especially Australia, which has 7 deserts, would utilise more solar power and less coal, gas and oil. A superb daily life scene with excellent sharpness and good color saturation. Tfs.

Hallo John,
super Foto zum Umweltschutz, Solar und Fotovoltaik Energie gehört die Zukunft!

Ein schönen Wochenende

Excellent combination of interesting houses, colorful clothing people, and flowers, in a very rich composition. Good work, congratulations!

Hi John,
Nice photo very colored and well composed, good effect with the fence and people in FG to give depth at the view.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2015-09-27 5:45]

Hello John,

How nice that these people have brought their equipment to demonstrate solar cooking for everyone in this town. So far it doesn't appear that they have quite started the cooking though the man in the foreground is sitting patiently at his table waiting for some food!

This is a finely composed photograph in which the silvered parabolic reflector takes pride of place and is clearly seen. The reflector also has some beautiful reflections of the nearby flowers and buildings!

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


Kind Regards,


I think that's a very good idea and we should all embrace clean energy to preserve the earth. Climate change is a real problem unfortunately some politicians in the U.S. are in denial. But I'm glad Pope Frances is bringing the subject to the forefront. Nice capture of this wonderful scene with good details. Well done, tfs.

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy n ew week
a pleasant postcard remitted to all of us
from you describing the timing with very
useful notes but the flower boxes
create a fresh and pleasant atmosphere too

Hello John,
there are a good many interesting features to peruse and enjoy in this colourful picture with the electronically controlled barbecue taking centre stage.
The flowers across the diagonals are also very attractive.
Regards Les.

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2015-09-27 11:48]

Hi John,
Cooking on solar energy is news for me, but why not, it could be worth a try! A interesting daily life scene indeed! The man with the hat is well captured with colorful flowers and a relaxed attitude. Well done!

Have a nice evening/

Dag John,
Een opmerkelijke wijze om te koken en je mag zeker geen ruimtegebrek hebben of je neemt gewoon het voetpad in zoals hier.
Een zeer aantrekkelijke compositie met de verschillende horizontale lijnen, goede diepte, uitstekende scherpte, kleurrijk en fleurig én levendig.
Vele groeten, Paul

Hi John

A real class of clean energy use and a beautiful photo.
Both are fantastic and nice. I was interested about this technology because here in Brazil is hot and sunny and the people enjoy barbecue very much.

Best regards


Hello John,

very interesting daily life scenery from Kortrijk perfectly composed and with very good sharpness and clarity. I like your fotojob here very much.Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 295 N: 27258] (109453)
  • [2015-09-28 4:20]

Hello John,
nice the snapshot with the solar technology to be used to cook.I like the beautiful scenery with the old people to enjoy their presentation there with the lot of the colourful flowers to enhance even more the beauty of the scene.


Hi John,
beautiful picture and a very interesting title and subject. I bet it would not work in North East England due to the lack of the sunlight...
Nice street scene well captured with several colorfully dressed people. I like the abundance of flowers too. Great sunny day.
Excellent work!

Ciao John, nice relaxing scene, lovely composition with nice people and a lot of flowers, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2015-09-30 5:40]

Hi John. I presume this was a demonstration and not food for sale. The salesperson looks totally relaxed and the passersby a little puzzled. Where is the cooking actually done as I cannot see the hotplate?Beautiful setting on a beautiful day. Glorious flowers. Best wishes. Klaudio.

Hello John,
This is a great idea, but there doesn't seem to be much space to cook more than one item at a time. I can imagine cooking hamburgers this way, but it looks like it will do one at a time and where do the juices and fat drain?
The photo is is very pleasant, showing off the device, its spectators and the beautiful surroundings in one nice composition.

Hi John
A pleasing street scene where there's more than enough interests - in particular that shiny innovative cooking stuff- around to hold attention in, a colourful sight with effective eye popper and harmonious giving so much for the viewer to absorb. A balanced composition well shot, Congrats, TFS
Best regards

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2015-10-01 4:41]

Hello John.
A good catch of the scene and that unusual artifact. The light, colours and POV make it also a very nice image aesthetics wise.
Regards, José.

Hello dear John,
This is something I had tried in my weekendhouse in Sile some years ago and was quite succesfull !
The captur itself is again -regarding photographic qualifications- at it's best -as allways-.But my favorite detail are those beautifl flowers over the bridge's fence.
Again many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards

Ciao John
che bella scena, curiosa e luminosa.
Questo signore sta facendo una cosa molto originale, contornato da fiori colorati in una bella giornata soleggiata, attirando la curiosità dei passanti.
Ottima cattura.
Buon we

Dear John,

By choosing the best vantage point to photograph the solar barbeque, you've also presented a slice of daily life, strollers chatting with the creators of the contraption. Colourful and very sharp image, showing the flower boxes on the bannister against the somewhat muddy river below. The small plates on the table, are they samples for sale or are they free samples for the people strolling by.

Warm regards, John,


(Y) :)


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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2015-10-03 23:28]

Sus fotos son de lo mejor de èsta página... èste es un buen ejemplo,,perfecta composición,color,profundidad y ambiente..muy buena..saludos John

John Hello, very nice picture of this interesting scene of daily life, well composed and captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thank you for sharing this interesting work.

Good evening and happy week.
All the best from southern Spain.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11746 W: 126 N: 21107] (108743)
  • [2015-10-08 4:19]

Salut John,j'ai vu moi aussi cette curieuse chose dans une exposition "ecologique" dans mon village il y a quelque annees,vraiment interessante la capture dont on peu comprendre ce qui tombe,100 points merites! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 700 W: 129 N: 1121] (7483)
  • [2015-10-08 16:46]

Hello John
This composition has several interesting focal points and a good lighting. People, flowers and buildings make a very balanced scene. I really like it.


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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10497 W: 174 N: 17819] (79135)
  • [2015-10-12 15:50]


very interesting view of the artifact and the urban scenery and daily life around. I imagine there isn't so much sunlight in Belgium most part of the year.



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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-10-12 22:07]

Dear John,
I love this composition. There is life and plenty of action in this flowery space of the city. I like the artist's position in the frame as well as the beauty of the background.

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2015-10-13 4:53]
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Alternative energy at work :-) Mooi beeld, alleen vraag ik me af of die gebarbecuede worstjes even lekker smaken.

Hello John,

Excellent composition of the Cooking on solar energy.Very well composed photo with excellent natural colors.Keep sharing.TFS.


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2687 W: 0 N: 3017] (20590)
  • [2015-10-25 12:03]

Goedenavond John
A much-instructive note and poster you show to explain in a sumptuous urban decor the ingenuity to save energy.
Your picture pinpoints minute details to the extend I noticed tapered wedges under the device legs for proper alignment with the natural heat source.
Thanks for showing.
Tot Ziens.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2015-11-07 2:23]

Il y a le theme, il y a la composition, il y a quoi a voir. Et c'est la photo que je n'ai pas quite facilement, cher ami John. En plus, c'est une facon de voir les choses qui m'est tres proche.

Amicalement et bonne continuation!


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10114 W: 144 N: 25302] (123269)
  • [2015-11-20 9:36]

Hi John, nice summer picture. The bridge is beautifully decorated with geraniums. Nice view. But interesting is here these using solar energy for cooking. I saw such device also high up in Tibet monasteries. Very pleasant scene.

WArm regards Malgo

I'm not sure about the technique of cooking on solar power, but it made for an interesting photograph my friend....

Hello John
I don't know why I missed to see this one. It's a well constructed picture with an interesting story and many fine details to observe. I'm wondering why the man has placed himself on a bridge in a public street.The sharpness is exelent and there is depth and perspective.
Well done.
Dear John; Let me wish you and your family a merry christmas.

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