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Copyright: Eric Van Dael (Eric_vd) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 88 W: 12 N: 131] (859)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-02-16
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Fujifilm XQ1
Exposure: f/5.6, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Brussels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-11-09 10:07
Viewed: 1551
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The metal construction is a elevator from the Poelaert plein (Poelaert Square) near the palace of justice in Brussels, the elevator takes cyclist from there to the zwaanstreet (Swanstreet) at the Marollen and back.
It's faster and easier then taking the steep roads.
Or you just can enjoy the view over Brussels from one of the highest points of the city.
At the back you notice the South Tower the highest building in Belgium.

Thanks for looking.

PS you can't take this picture anymore, the telescope is gone :-(

ikeharel, PiotrF, pierrefonds, jemaflor, holmertz, jhm, sacimar, COSTANTINO, maloutim, ChrisJ has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To alvaraalto: Vak en fotoEric_vd 1 2017-11-09 11:11
To emka: The telescopeEric_vd 1 2017-11-09 03:04
To macjake: HDR or no HDR?Eric_vd 1 2017-11-10 04:57
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Hello Eric,
Pity there is no telescope mounted there now, it looks as one with massive magnifying capabilities. The surrounding is unusual for TE picture from this beautiful city - it well may be the first time I see a roof-top skyline scenery from Brussels. Most photos show the attractive street level architecture's.
interesting post.
Good evening,

Dag Erik
Een schitterend enigszins verwarrende foto. Ik kan me niet goed voorstellen hoe deze fietslift werk. Wel hoe de kijker werkt, maar die is er niet meer. Jammer, want het is focuspunt van deze foto, maar het is nu wel een unieke foto.
Groet Rob
PS Je mag mijn foto best gebruiken. Welk vak geef je?

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2017-11-09 12:43]
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Hello Eric,

And what has happened to the telescope? Was it stolen? Creative composition. Unusual view of Brussels from above. ASnd such an elevator is good thing, it allows for a nice view without the effort of climbing.

Kind regrad s Malgo

Dobro vece.
Interesantan pogled, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje,
lepo uhvacen trenutak sa oblacima. Lep stari durbin i mesto sa lepim pogledom na grad.
Zelim vam mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Interesting view, good text ...
Beautifully shown, good contrast and sharpness, beautiful colors,
a nice moment with the clouds. Nice old durbin and a place with a beautiful view of the city.
I wish you a quiet night, all the best.

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2017-11-09 14:42]

Hello Eric,
Interesting composition with the telescope in foreground.Perfect exposure and good color saturation.Interesting notes.
Nice presentation.

Hi Eric,

The telescope is ending my eye toward the South Tower which is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the telescope and of the buildings. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.


Hi Eric
It's awesome what you can find up there! I love the composition and perspective used with a rarely seen metallic thing of the past which brings this image alive. A shot enhanced by an impressive shooting point and closeness, and apart from that everything else looks great, awesomely detailed with the wow super metallic shiners there highlighting the overall beauty of this unique telescope. What a wonderful piece - now safely archived that looks so good- real cool- against the setting.

Credit also to your smart exposure control and pp treatment as this indeed looks so pleasant on the eyes. Great work, Congrats
Best wishes

Hi Eric,
Well presented and great result with this brightness for the metal, excellent sharpness, well managed your interesting photo, tfs.

Hello Eric,
This is an original composition with attractive colours, looking slightly desaturated. It's an interesting view without any of the most famous sights in Brussels, but the main strength of the photo is in my opinion the telescope. The way it is placed makes me think of a bazooka or some other kind of gun aiming at the tall building or maybe the elevator. It really looks a bit threatening, but I love the strong contrasts and the metal colours.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2017-11-10 1:56]

Salut Eric, le telescope n'est plus la bas,on a une image historique depuis Brussels de ce qu'on ne peu plus voir..ehehe...capture parfaite,une prise de vue gagnante et tres originale et aussi un travail de grande classe en PP,tres bien fait! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano

Hello Eric,

This is a photograph that immediately demands attention!
The telescope looks almost threatening in its commanding position over the city, perhaps because of its shape, though it could equally well be protective!
You look to have done quite a bit of pp work but that is not to its detriment, more to its attractive individuality.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2017-11-10 7:38]

Hallo Eric,
Een mooie foto hoog boven Brussel. De stad laat hier een mooie mix van huizen zien met de hoge toren die boven alles uitsteekt. De telescoop staat haarscherp in de voorgrond. Het zachte licht zorgt voor een mooie sfeer.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2017-11-10 8:12]

The telescope is eye catching but the main subject is of course the elevator, it is more attractive, nicely captured
regards Ryszard

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2017-11-10 8:37]

Dag Eric,

De stijle helling weet ik zijn, maar de lift weet ik echt niet zijn.
Lees ik goed dat de telescoop is verdwenen?
Wat zou daarvan de redden zijn.
We kijken eventjes een beetje boven Brussel.
Maar de telescoop is echt mooi gefotografeerd
Goed gedaan, bedankt.

Prettige avond,

Hello Eric,

good image of this place, I like the composition with the telescope, it is a pity that it is no longer there, it is a good view of the city, well seen,

Best regards,


Hi Eric
Is this HDR? looks like its HDR, or something very similar.
the details, contrast levels are outstanding. The way the blacks and greys stand out are very beautiful and striking.
Love how the telescope is the main focal point. cheers

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 34 N: 4648] (25804)
  • [2017-11-11 2:35]

Dag Eric

Hier zijn het de metalige texturen die de foto zo sterk maken voor mij. Opnieuw een proficiat & groeten.


Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy Sunday
yew I would like to be there and
enjoy the view over Brussels from
one of the highest points of the city
I red carefully your useful notes
most photos show the attractive
stee level architecturers

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2017-11-12 1:32]

Hello Eric,

For a moment I thought the telescope was a giant cannon. There is a similar elevator to take tourists to the hilltop St Carmel cathedral, in Lisbon, still in ruins after the 1700 earthquake. Tfs!

Hello, Eric!

Very nice view of the city with the inclusion of the telescope, which gives very good depth to the image! Excellent light, colors and sharpness! Wonderful composition! Very good job!

Indeed, you did well taking the photo when the telescope was still there, as IT really makes the photo !
The idea is great : The close-up on the telescope looking onto the city, or the far horizon or onto the sky !
The neat copper and black instrument stands out very well against the view.

bijzondere foto eric,
Mooi gemaakt goede uitsnede mooie compositie, moet een hele klim geweest zijn. Prachtig beeld.
gr. jaap

Olá, Eric!

A nitidez dessa foto é realmente incrível! O telescópio está bem posicionado, guiando o nosso olhar para o prédio mais ao fundo. A parte dourada do telescópio está bem bonita.
Ótimo trabalho!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8670 W: 4460 N: 15277] (61503)
  • [2017-11-18 10:22]

Hi Eric
Awesome composition and good repartition of the lights
Nice contrast
Well done
Best regards

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10389 W: 174 N: 18540] (82599)
  • [2017-11-20 23:37]


nice combination of elements. I like this angle showing the beautiful shapes of the telescope.
the urban landscape and the texture of the sky created an interesting mood too. very nice job.



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