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Cityhall Damme IV

Cityhall Damme IV
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-09
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 LII USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/1.6, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-02-14 8:45
Viewed: 652
Points: 68
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A visit with my bike but 2012, this picture comes out of my archive

Damme is a town and city in the Belgian province of West Flanders.

Damme City Hall, in the Belgian province of West Flanders, is an example of Brabant Gothic.
When Damme was still a port and the Zwin had not yet been destroyed, the ground floor of the town hall served as a warehouse for goods. Administration, administration and administration took place on the upper floor. The Council Hall and the Vierscate are decorated with sculpted ball keys in 1465 made by Wouter van Inghen from Sluis. An arched double staircase with lions and the four corner turrets adorn the façade. In the tower a carillon of 39 bells was installed, of which two from the 14th century. Striking are also the city clock from 1459 and a sundial.

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Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy new day
I like the idea of visiting such
a place with a bike yes you did the
best by visiting such a town
in the Belgian province of West

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10365 W: 161 N: 17205] (131115)
  • [2018-02-14 9:54]

Witaj John!
Beautiful square, cityhall makes impression.
I like turret and clock.
Excellent frame, colors and light.
Very well done.
Good evening.

Dobro vece, gospodine.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazan trg i stara arhitektura. Lep trg sa spomenikom. Lepa fasada i detalji, lepa kula sa satom, lepa Gradska kuca.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam mirnu noc i dobar san, dve najbolje.

Good evening, sir.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Beautifully presented square and old architecture. Nice square with a monument. Beautiful façade and details, beautiful clock tower, beautiful city house.
Good text about the used technique and the elements of the image.
I want you a quiet night and a good dream, two of the best.

Hi John,
Beautiful city square which gives quite typical impression of Belgian architecture. Bigger cities have naturally bigger squares than this one. Lovely weather.

Hi John
I think you've posted this City Hall before right? it looks familiar, and i love it each time :)

you had a great day too, the blue sky, wispy clouds, fine exposure, and the silver/grey tones on the buildings exterior are so attractive. fine post with the short posts in the fg too. cheers

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-02-14 13:37]

Dear John!
Excellent town hall.
Wonderful architecture.
Fine flag.
Excellent square.
Good POV, exposure and capture.
Ideal quality.
Well done!

Ciao John
una bella architettura fotografata in modo pulito ed efficace.
Perfetto il tempismo nel fotografare la ragazza che attraversa la piazza.

Hi John,

The space in front of the city hall is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details of the city hall of Damme. The good luminosity is enhan cing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello John,
This is a classic, tried and true POV showing off a splendid building.

Good morning,
Nice capture of this beautiful building, a typical architecture style for your area. Well captured.


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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16204 W: 159 N: 28248] (148600)
  • [2018-02-14 23:06]

Bonjour John
Intéressante architecture, bien ressorti sous le fond bleu, la lumière, toute belle présentation
Belle journée

Salut John,
Intéressante architecture bien mise en valeur par cette photo réussie, bonne netteté et teintes avec également les drapeaux à gauche, bonne prise de la lumière du soleil.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-02-15 0:39]

Hello John,
what a beautiful presentation of Damme City Hall,with the blue sky to enhance the clarity as the sharpness of it.I like the excellent presentation with the whole presentation to be superb.


Hello John,
This relatively small city hall is a very beautiful building, and the surrounding streets also look nice. I like the small tower and the ornate entrance at the top of the two stairs. The red roofs of the neighbouring buildings and the flags flying in the square add bright colours, which are enhanced by the lovely light on this sunny day.
Kind regards,

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2550 W: 34 N: 4762] (26318)
  • [2018-02-15 1:32]

Dag John

Meer dan tien jaar oud, maar zo veel is daar niet veranderd. Wel valt me op dat er bijna geen auto's staan op plein. Dat is wel goed meegenomen voor de foto natuurlijk. (En die ene witte auto, die stoort niet, integendeel!)

Heerlijk blauwe lucht, zoals we de afgelopen dagen ook een paar keer hebben mogen zien. Nu is het alweer afgelopen daarmee...



Dag John
Een prachtig statieportret van dit schitterende stadhuis van Damme. Zo’n mooi historisch gebouw moet de ruimte hebben en dat heeft het hier ook in ruime mate. Je plaats het gebouw hier uitstekend op de centrale positie.
Groet uit een somber en kil Haarlem, Rob

ja mooi John,
en dat bijna zonder auto's, fraaie compositie,
mooi licht en kleuren goed werk John.
gr. jaap

Hello John,

For anyone who loves to see old buildings, you have captured the details with excellent clarity so that it can be appreciated. It is interesting that the steps lead to the first floor, a characteristic that I have witnessed in many other old buildings in France and the Netherlands, too. In the U.K. such a feature would be for protection. I wonder if that was the case here or if it was because of fear of flooding.
Whatever, it is a fine shot with good textural details of the f/g, with the three billowing flags creating a sense of movement.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hello John,
A splendid city hall, whose size we can estimate courtesy of the person stood in the square. It is well captured under a sympathetic ambient light with very good colours and sharpness. The framing flags add some pleasant splashes of contrasting colour.

Hello, John!

Beautiful gothic architecture of this city hall, captured with excellent light and sharpness! The flags are a beautiful detail of the image, and give more colors to it. Wonderful composition! Very well done!

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-02-15 14:49]

Hello John,
Interesting view of Damme City Hall with old buildings.
The point of view is showing nice details.
Fine presentation.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3684 W: 0 N: 8616] (60509)
  • [2018-02-15 15:55]

High quality photo as usual, great view of the city hall and the square, excellent light and details
regards Ryszard

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1887 W: 417 N: 6871] (27676)
  • [2018-02-15 23:44]

Hello John,

A fascinating and informative note about this City Hall and a beautiful photograph of it from your archives.

This is a very fine and bold composition, the city hall centrally placed across the cobbled square, nicely flanked by colourful flags on the left and a main street on the right and beautifully portrayed against a wonderful blue sky.

Perfect exposure, lovely colours and exquisite details and sharpness.


Kind Regards,


Ciao John, great view of fantastic town hall, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-02-16 2:43]


Merveilleuse et place et vue quelle image et ce gris ce rendu sur le sol superbe ces bornes et les chaînes superbe et quel édifice en fond avec la statue ce Hall quelle architecture avec la statue devant superbe ensemble et image.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-02-16 8:12]

Hallo John,
Wat een prachtig raadhuis op een mooie, zonnige dag, waarop de architectuur mooi verlicht wordt. Wat een geluk dat het plein niet vol auto's stond, maar dat de plekken allemaal leeg waren. De gebouwen aan beide kanten en de vlaggen vormen een mooi decor waar het raadhuis de show steelt.

Hi John.
Sensational as highlights this wonderful City Hall building in the wide square, in a very harmonious environment with the houses we see, the flags give a touch of color.
A beautiful color, which enhances the image.
Magnificent management of brightness and sharpness.
Well seen and done. I like it.
Have a good weekend.
Very best regards.

Mooi beeld, met het gebouw iets uit het midden en de paaltjes en parkeervakken in de voorgrond. Geven mooie diepte!

Groet, Jan

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-02-18 17:22]

Hi John,

The 3 flags at left add a vibrant splash of color. Good sharpness and the city hall with its clock tower provides an excellent focal point. The fg fence acts as a border and adds depth and layering to the composition. TFs!

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2018-02-19 11:08]

Hallo John!
What a somehow proud building, towering the other houses! The centered view here rella does justice to this cityhall. A worth seeing architecture photo.
Greetings from still rather cold Westphalia!

Hi John,
what a lovely postcard like photograph!
The architecture is beautiful and so well presented. I like the pattern made by the fence in the foreground. The sky was attractive too.
Fantastic reportage!!

Hallo John,
Toen ik er was, stonden er heel wat auto's geparkeerd. Hier kan je het mooie stadhuis de volle aandacht geven.
Het gebouw oogt in zijn geheel heel mooi en elegant en heeft een bijzondere toren.
De vlaggen links voegen kleuren toe aan deze mooie foto.
Vele groeten, Paul

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10495 W: 174 N: 18817] (83639)
  • [2018-03-03 5:54]


amazing sample of architecture very well shown in this compo where the sunlight is perfect. nice quality. very beautiful place.

take care

Hi John,
What a magnificent architecture,spectacular point of view and light management,excellent details and colors,very interesting as usual!
Best regards

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