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Castle forest III

Castle forest III
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24614 W: 523 N: 41315] (177552)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.3-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My best of 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-30 1:43
Viewed: 3938
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 134
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture taken early in morning, two hours after sunrise, in it castle "Resinghe" forest in Maldegem. The colours are very beautiful through the trees, I like this wonderful nature, after the summer come the autumn with fog and rain, but all seasons have them lovely colours.
With backlight always very difficult taken suchlike pictures.

I hope you like it.

Shooting Date/Time
21/09/2005 8:42:59
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Hi John, the image is really beautiful , a really nice composition - good to have caught such a good spread of the light. I think for me the saturation of the colours is just a little too strong to my taste though, not much, it is a fine thing.

have a good day


Hi John
Fantastic colors ! I like the sun rays lighting the leaves. Very good exposure in spite of difficult lightness. Congratulations

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  • alainh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3770 W: 143 N: 6587] (33209)
  • [2005-09-30 2:44]

hello John
splendid light throught the forest. a little magic, but certainly very esthetic.
have a good day

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  • tars Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 10 N: 138] (882)
  • [2005-09-30 2:47]

Morgen John,
mooie foto, John, zeer goed van kleuren en vooral die mistige zonnestralen vind ik prachtig. Het weggetje geeft een nog beter inzicht op ons prachtige Reesinghe-bos. Goed werk.
Groeten .... Tars
(WS "toeval" al gezien??)

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  • AmiBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1626 W: 309 N: 526] (6042)
  • [2005-09-30 3:32]

Hi John,
good job, the rays of light are superb.
I like this kind of light filtered by the trees.
Beautiful colors as well.
Well done !

You are the one of the best on this kind of shot...perfect John. Wonderful colors and light.
Well seen and captured!

'Hi John
What a beautiful picture and atmosphere. i love that and made a lot myself. Wonderful colours and DOF.
Great shot.

Les rayons du soleil qui pénètre dans cette forêt sont magnifiques.
Joli sous bois.
Jean Michel

Hi John
Mooi gekleurde zonnestralen tussen de bomen door met een prachtig groen bos het jaagpad zijlings, deze is perfect belicht en perfect van scherpte, glasheldere kleuren. Een moeilijk onderwerp prachtig en vlekkeloos afgewerkt hier.

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  • Gix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 607 W: 1 N: 765] (3565)
  • [2005-09-30 4:12]
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Hi John,
really a nice picture!
Are the colors real, or a result of post proc. ? The red of the sunrays is amazing!
Compliments, a result of great effect! I have tryed many times to shot in these situations, in the forest, but never with satisfactory results.
Very nice, thanx!
ciao, Giorgio

Hi John,
Very nice light and colors.

Hai John, I like the sunray coming out from the trees. You make a simple photo looks stunning.

Hi John,
A difficult shot that you captured in so well your great style and experience. So wonderful with these beautiful sunrays in the forest. Fine luminosity, excelent colors and also a good angle of view.

Very well seen and done.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9293 W: 57 N: 15725] (58232)
  • [2005-09-30 6:17]

Goeiemiddag John,
Wat een fantastische foto van dit gouden licht door de takken van de bomen. Het werpt werkelijk een prachtig licht over het bos, zeer mooie foto, goed werk!

Dag John,
Het is prachtig hoe de zonnenstraalen door de bos breken.Heel goed werk met een mooie perspectief en perfecte Belichting.
Prettige weekend,

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  • HOBO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 836 W: 29 N: 1057] (5282)
  • [2005-09-30 6:39]

Hello John,
perfect, great sharpness togethers with those colored sunbeams entrering the forest, must have been a fascinating walk! Did you increase saturation afterwards?
Regards Knut

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  • huynt Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 847 W: 15 N: 931] (5079)
  • [2005-09-30 7:41]

Dear John M
Wow the very beautiful light rays. It is wonderful shot. You composed a paradise here. Thanks.

Dag John,

s-c-h-i-t-t-e-r-e-n-d ! Prachtige natuurfoto, er zijn woorden te weinig voor... Zou eigenlijk op AVS mogen geweest zijn.



Hi John

You have capture these sunrays with an excellent way! Very fine job!

Hi John, beautiful light your presenting today through these as well beautiful trees, peaceful moment of walking in the nature, thanks for sharing, well seen.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2005-09-30 8:57]

Good morning John!
Very well taken forest scenery. The colorful, with fantastic light, artistic photo.Congratulations.

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  • jinju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 87 N: 1576] (14265)
  • [2005-09-30 9:35]

I think theres something extra here John. You put in some spirituality and magic into this photo. Amazing streaking light.

Bonjour John.
Magnifiques ces rayons qui passent au travers du feuillage, ils donnent une légère dominante bleue qui apporte une atmosphère à la photo.
beau travail

Hola John. Una foto muy bonita. Me encanta el efecto de la luz al penetrar entre los árboles da una sensación de amplitud que ayuda mucho a la apreciación de la foto. Además los colores son muy intensos y alegres lo que permite observar la foto de forma agradable. Muy buen trabajo, felicidades.


ik vind hem mooi John,
die lichtval maakt het helemaal, goede compositie, prachtige kleuren, hele goede foto, goed werk.
gr. Jaap

Hi John,
Very good pov and incredible light on this image; a little bit mystic.
I like this one a lot

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  • MarekP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 797 W: 49 N: 1145] (4750)
  • [2005-09-30 13:23]

Hi John,
Nice light effect that I can often see in forests, but have never managed to capture so well. Perfect exposure.


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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2005-09-30 14:08]

Hi John.
Splendid colours and great play with the light. A great capture of a very beatiful place.
Well done.

Hi John. It looks so simple at first but upon closer look, the "lightbeam" effect with the rays of sun breaking through between the trees is what really makes this photo sing. Nice and moody work.

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  • MON Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 79 W: 2 N: 10] (135)
  • [2005-09-30 16:48]

You have got an amazing lighting. I like impressive colours and the picture is sharp.

Wow John!! Most impressive. The way the rays of sunlight is shining through the forest is magical. I am impressed with your ability to capture this spectacular moment John!

  • jinbo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 2 N: 18] (319)
  • [2005-09-30 22:00]

beautiful photo! I especially like the colors!

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14479 W: 1045 N: 29249] (138304)
  • [2005-10-01 3:48]

Hi John

I like the gorgeous backlighting, streaming & filtering through the trees. Excellent color, lighting, & sharpness. Well done!

Woooww John!
Let me be silent and look and enjoy from your photo. Tanks for posting.

Goede morgen John, Ik ben nog zo'n bezige bei dat ik heb geen tijd om de photos te bekijken. Ik spaar toch een paar minuten voor deze. Prachtig licht. (verondershuldig me vor mij slecht Nederlands, Ik wou alleen maar jou laten weten dat ik het versta.) Philippe

Hi John, A beautiful capture of the sunray in the forest. This is an impressive shot with nice color and contrast. A well seen and well captured picture.

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2005-10-01 17:14]

Hi John.
The sunlight rays through the trees were very well captured. One of the most difficult picture to take is with the sun light against you, here you got very good results. Good work. Nice colours and contrasts.

Hi John,
Je hebt die prachtige kleuren die door het zonlicht ontstaan uitstekend gevangen. Ze spelen een schitterend spel met al het groen.
groet Rob

Beste John. Dit is werkelijke een prachtige foto! Lastige lichtsituatie, maar je hebt er werkelijk alles uit weten te halen wat er in zat. De zonnestralen zijn erg mooi en scherp, terwijl het bos zelf ook erg goed belicht is. Bravo!

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1558 W: 61 N: 2195] (9043)
  • [2005-10-01 22:29]

Hello John
So beautiful it is unreal.
You did capture a special moment,thanks for sharing

Ahhh! Another priceless forest photo from you, John! Very good, I really like the rays of the sun coming out from the center! I also like how you included the pathway, as the viewer can relate on your strolls along the forest! very good colors and sharpness! rgds.

And as always, I'm visiting you too:-))
Here's one with a heaven's light making a wonderful picture with some fine colours, especially the green in the bottom in the left-corner, a beauty, John !

Nice taken, i like the sunlights and the scene is great. The saturation looks very well and the little road is good.
Thanks for sharing

Hi John
La lumiere fait la grande force de cette image.
C'est tres bien saisi

Heel mooi licht in deze foto, werkelijk heel goed gedaan. Een beetje teveel saturatie zodat de kleuren nogal onnaturlijk werken, maar de compositie is heel geslaagd.

Bonsoir John,
J'admire ce fantastique paysage, haut en couleur et en finesse. Une remarquable réussite!

Hi John,
Another amazing picture. The way the sun rays come from the trees it's amazing. Superb atmosphere you captured here. Congratulations.
Regards, António

Hi John, what a stunning photo. I love seeing the sun's rays shing through the trees, and the red plants seem to shine as they reflect the sunlight too. An excellent composition, very well done, thank you.

Lovely poetic shot,full of colors,light,hope,life,air,...lovely capturing you did,indeed beautiful,very well captured and composed,nicely done,John,

Best Wishes

Hello John! Ik ben terug van Indenosië... C'est une magnifique photo prise au début de la journée. Les couleurs et ces rayons de soleil sont superbes. J'aime aussi la présence du chemin en bas à gauche. Bravo!

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  • kclai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 38 N: 500] (2267)
  • [2005-10-03 4:38]

Hi John
Interesting image. From the lonely sunbeaming thru the green forrest, it give such wonderful and playful color toning.
I M P R E S S I V E ...
Well done, John.
Eric Lai

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2005-10-03 22:55]

Mr John Maenhout you rascal! Whay are you punishing me with glorious lighting in the woods. Its no fair for me to have to be at work early while you wander in the woods so joyfully snapping photos of dynamic light bursting through trees and then posting it so every one on Trek finds out that your photos become so famous! I have to get a job on afternoon shift so I can get up early every morning. Arrrggghhh!!!
I love this John! . Its magical in evey way. Cheers ~ Paul~

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2005-10-04 10:49]

Schitterend hoe dat licht door die bladeren speelt! Prachtig genomen en dat zonder overexposure; het werk van een pro.

Dag John,
De zonestralen capteren is altijd moeilijk. Jij deed het op een prechtige manier.

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2005-10-04 17:51]

Wow - what a catch - I often seen this but and is still hoping to get a image like this one day - Congratulation John with this lovely job.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2005-10-07 6:05]

Bonsoir John
Une merveilleuse forêt enchantée, j'entends déjà les oiseaux gazouiller.
La luminosité du soleil filtrée par les arbres est très appréciable.
J'éprouve une sensation de bien être et de fraicheur.

C'est "la forêt". La photo nous place au coeur de ce que la forêt a de meilleur. Le soleil joue à travers les arbres et réveille tout ce monde. Merci.

Hello John. Fabulous light and colours here. Good saturation and detail in the trees. I like the small path to the left, it makes me wonder, where does this lead?

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  • rabani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1133 W: 1 N: 3217] (9645)
  • [2005-10-10 21:10]

Simply breathe taking scene John. really thank you for posting this. Inspiring scene as well with the morning light coming through like that.


Beautiful indeed .Like a fairy tale or magical forest. Nice mood and composition. Perhaps may be the greens are too saturated, but it does not spoil the picture.

Enjoy your well deserved retirement.....


Olá John Maenhout! Esta foto esta perfeita, dispensa comentários, Lindo, Bravo!!!

- Vraiment une très belle image, tant par sa composition que par sa couleur, un plus pour la maîtrise de sa lumière, le piqué, excellent, ajoute encore au relief de l'ensemble, bravo !

Tres belle photo de foret, avec de superbe couleur.


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  • sebcz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 667 W: 149 N: 348] (2345)
  • [2006-11-05 6:32]

Hi John!
I found this splendid shot among your works (BTW, the idea of Best Photos included is nice, I have something like that as well).
Lovely rays and saturated colours, these reddish bunches are particularly fine.

Hi John,

A good POV of the small path, the rays of the sun are giving a special effect to the photo. It has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello John,
Another forest shot with lovely light, congrats & TFS.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2016-01-09 23:23]

Dear John,
These beautiful rays that pass through the foliage, they give a slight blue cast that brings an atmosphere to the picture.
Have a nice Sunday.
Burak Erek

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan pocetak novog dana u sumi, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lepo uhacen trenutak sa suncevim zracima koji se probijaju kroz grane drveca.
Lepa priroda i pocetak novog dana.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka, vrlo poucno.
Lepo popodne za odmor, sve najbolje.

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