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Sunset Damme D I
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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: 2005-12-02
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, 18-55mm/f3.3-5.6
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Sun Set/rise, Beautiful Sunset, My best of 2005 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-05 1:47
Viewed: 5103
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 160
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A picture taken three days ago during my daily cycling trip to Damme on 3 mil .of Bruges and 6,20 mi of Netherlands borders.
My TE friend Hendrik (hdl) have yesterday a picture placed but without trees, happy on a other place.
I have this picture made with backlight, maybe not easy but I have an experiment done.

You can see the original picture in WS here

I hope you enjoy it.

I have cropped to left side a very dark part.
Also a format carper taken.
colour + 2
brightness + 2
contrast - 2

Shooting Date/Time
02/12/2005 16:05:56
Shooting Mode
Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
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18.0 - 55.0mm
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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-05 2:12]

Bonjour John,
Voici une photo sous des lumières moins habituelles, du moins au niveau de tes compositions. On voit maintenant ces rangées d'arbres complètement dépouills de leurs feuilles.
Belles diagonales dans uin excellent cadrage.

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  • kclai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 38 N: 500] (2267)
  • [2005-12-05 2:15]

Hi John
A cool and warm sunset againts the spectacular geometric landscape.
Cool, man.
The sunset beam through the lines of trees and make a picture perfect reflection onto the river. Whoa, what a place.
Well done, John.
Eric Lai

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  • alita Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 119 W: 2 N: 49] (477)
  • [2005-12-05 2:37]

Hi, John,
amazing colors and composition, I like the feeling it brings,

Good Morning John,
A splendid near sunset time with a partial hidden sun in the trees, diffusing the last rays light of the day. Fantastic perspective and geometric ngle vision of the beautiful place. Excelent and nice sky, wonderful sunset colors, repetitive patterns with the trees and their mirroring reflections on the water. Also the sun light water reflection is a super must. All perfect, quality picture and really a great work and composition that you present us.

Comgratulations and have a nice day.
Best Regards

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  • jinju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 87 N: 1576] (14265)
  • [2005-12-05 3:31]

Hello John,

the usual location but a very different photo. Again the geometry of this place is very strong. I think it is enhanced by the lighting which eliminates many of the fine details and leaves us with just silhouettes and lines.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 1034 N: 28588] (135918)
  • [2005-12-05 3:52]

Hi John

Spectacular sunset, with marvellous graphism, silhouettes, color, & repetition of the trees. Well done!

Hi John
This is a beautiful shot! I really like this kind of composition. The trees sihlouettes are beautiful and the sky is marvellous. The real plus on your image is this canal which gives a good perspective to your image and with a great reflexion on it. Well done

Le coucher de soleil sur et dans le prolongement du canal, c'est une très bonne idée. Les couleurs envahissent toute la longueur de l'eau , placé ainsi dans cette grande perspective, c'est magnifique.
Jean Michel

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 499 W: 13 N: 115] (1920)
  • [2005-12-05 5:50]

those trees are like a giants near the river in sunset! great perspective, reflections. excellent

Salut John,
Toujours une très belle perspective, détails des branches bien rendus et atmosphère intéressante avec cette luminosité bien captée.

A very powerful composition, with the lines of the canal and the verticals of the trees. Great sunset colours with the trees nicely silhouetted against the sky. TFS.

Hi John
Excelent POV and compo. I love the colours and sunlight and way you lead the trees into the horizon.....and eternity
well done.
greetings Albrecht

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  • Stan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 309 W: 11 N: 270] (2770)
  • [2005-12-05 6:53]

Hi John,
Very nice shot! Very well composed, great quality. i especially like the top of the trees. Great job.
Best regards

Hij is mooi John,
eigenlijk vind ik het orgineel in de ws nog beter. Zelf heb ik ook een ws gemaakt, maar als ik hem tegen Uw orgineel houd vind ik ze beide beter dan deze gecropte versie. Ik zal U de ws geven. Verder natuurlijk uitstekend werk.
gr. jaap

hi john
this photo is the defintion for quality... this one is beautiful than the original nature... nature may be jelous to you...
very poetic, superb in all its features...

great work here, I like the colours and the shadows and reflections of these lovely trees, very good dof, well done

Goedemiddag John, wat een heerlijke kleuren hier, waarlijk een spectacel. De hoek is goed ekozen en de kale silhouetten van de bomen stelen werkelijk de show, ze staan prachtig afgetekend. De crop maakt de essentie van de foto goed los. Knap werk!
Groeten uit een 2/3 bewolkt Rotterdam bij 5 graden. Goede week toegewenst,

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2005-12-05 9:24]

Quite a beauty John. The mist, the light, the varm colours, the silhoutted effect - everything work together in this very well made job.

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  • lukie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 852 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-05 10:34]

Dag John,

je experiment is toch wel geslaagd, vind ik. Het geeft een speciale sfeer weer.



Hi John, This is a beautiful shot with nice composition and excellent capture of the color and the mood. Good sharpness. An impressive shot.

Wow ... amazing photo, John, such a fine atmosphere captured at the end of the day by the canal. The cloud formations in the sky make an excelent decorative background, and the trees aligned in multiple lines are well shown. Also good to have the original included in the WS for a fine lesson in how to improve a photo by cropping.

Experiment succeeded! The sunrays are sinking into the water. I like the elegant trees' silhouettes. Great work.

Hi John,
A superb light in this wonderfull image.
Nice colors and perspective.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9146 W: 57 N: 15351] (56892)
  • [2005-12-05 15:13]

Goedenavond John,
Mooie foto van deze laagstaande zon in combinatie met de bomen en het kanaal. Erg mooie kleuren in de lucht. Prima werk! :-)

John, this is a fabulous sunset shot. I love the diagonal composition of the canal and the trees running along its banks. The gentle colours are very peaceful and there's an overall soft feeling to this picture.

Goeienavond, John. Een zeer goed perspectief en een mooie avondschemering maken van deze foto een geslaagd epereiment.

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  • Ann75 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1090 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-05 15:45]

Wow John! That's an amazing photo! The sunlight of a setting sun is fantastic. The trees in the haze is awesome. I love this photo. The composition is great and the reflection on the water is great. Well done, awesome shot!


Hi John
Beautiful sunset with great colors and contrasts.
I like the reflections of the trees on the water.
Very good job.Congratulations. Uğur

Hello, John!
very well selected point of view, which perfectly shows nice perspective of this place. I like the backlight of the sun and silhouetted trees growing along the canal and little foggy atmosphere in the background. Nice color of sky, too. Good job!

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2005-12-05 16:58]

Hi John.
Splendid composition and colours. The use of the light is really good, and adds a nice atmosphere.
That trees, between the wonderful sky and water (beautiful the colours) looks very interesting.
Well seen and also a fantastic capture.


John, beautiful angle and the focus is very well. I like the elements like the sun, the shadows, the tall trees and also the frame is very well.
The calmed scene is very representative and the reflections on the water looks very natural,

Hi John. I miss these amazing canal shots of yours. I don't remember too many that you captured at sunset. The good sharpness enhances the reflections. Beautiful shot John!!

Hi John,
What I especially like in this picture is the double rows of similar trees, but one "under" the other. Like a repetition of a pattern. I really think you made a right decision in cropping the left part of the picture. Beautiful colors of the blue and red/yellow sky. Good sharpening too. Superb!

Hi John, great view from the canal, the row of trees in the back with the sunlight is very nice, the sun reflection presented diagonally in relation to the lake very pleasant, very good work, well seen.

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  • PJE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2045 W: 133 N: 4148] (20758)
  • [2005-12-05 23:45]

Well John you capped the evening off with a real nice delight for the eyes. Amazing work and capture of light. This is one of your classic signature photos. Excellent capture in light!

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  • huynt Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 847 W: 15 N: 931] (5079)
  • [2005-12-06 2:29]

Hi John
Wow awonderful shot sunset. Well POV and DOF. Thanks for sharing. Huy

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  • tars Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 10 N: 138] (882)
  • [2005-12-06 3:39]

Goede morgen John
een dag te laat, maar toch mijn bewondering voor deze prachtige tegenlicht foto. Ik vind deze gecropte versie beter dann de originele, de (avond)-kleuren komen mij warmer over en geven meer een sunset weer. Ook de weerspiegelingen in het kanaal zijn prachtig, de nevelige achtergrond met kale bomen vervolmaken het geheel. Mooi werk.

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  • eco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 651 W: 36 N: 1] (112)
  • [2005-12-06 5:04]

Hi John

perfect composiotion, fantastic colours and reflections in wather, perfect place and perspective too, I like all,
best regards, rafal

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1558 W: 61 N: 2195] (9043)
  • [2005-12-06 6:15]

Hello John
This is simply beautiful
The naked trees without their leaves,in a diagonal lines along the canal under the lights of the setting sun are for a superb composition.
Have a good day

Dag John,
Prachtige kleuren en contrasten.Maar het grafische element van de donkere oeverstrepen maakt het zeker uitstekend mooi!
Prettige dag toegewenst,

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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2005-12-06 7:41]

Hi John. Prachtig shot op een prachtige plaats. dit is ene die heel goed gaat scoren en met reden. Groetjes.

Cher John,
Vous avez un art confirmé pour transformer vos photographies en oeuvres d'art, ce n'est plus une photo, mais une peinture.
C'est un vrai bonheur que de regarder ces très belles prises de vue.

Bonjour John
C'est toujours aussi beau. Extraordinaire même.
J'aime beaucoup cette double rangée de silhouettes d'arbres. cadrage superbe, couleurs aussi.
Du très beau travail encore une fois.

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  • HOBO Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 836 W: 29 N: 1057] (5282)
  • [2005-12-06 10:10]

Good evening John,
three rows of trees and the canal melting together in one point under a perfect illuminated sky - spectacular colors!
Have a nice evening!

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  • john_c Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
  • [2005-12-06 10:49]

HI JOhn,
A stunning shot of this picturesque area. Wonderful symmetry with the trees, superb reflections, and the backlighting is just right. This is first rate work, John. Well captured.

What a great decision from you to post this in a square format!
It really works very well, we get to see everything in exquisite detail.
You outmastered even yourself!
Those trees are really lucky to have such a photographers picture them over and over again.


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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2005-12-07 16:43]

Hi John - a very fine way to give us this sunset at the chanel - the PP done well.
I like the way the sun reflect in the water and the golden touch at the horizon - My compliment with a great job.

Da's mooi, John, gewoonweg mooi, een sterk perspectief en rythmiek als structuur in functie van die kleurrijke avondgloed weerspiegelend in het water, ik zou zo zeggen dit is werkelijk één van de mooiste kanalen, je hebt jezelf hier enorm overtroffen weer, pro !

Classic scene but really spectacular lighting ofr it here. Funny how I missed this the other day.

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  • bazal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2104 W: 106 N: 2261] (7900)
  • [2005-12-08 4:41]

Hello John.
This composition is superbly built with all those great diagonals. The work on shadows and lights is great too and you've managed to capture all this beautiful colors. Great composition, really !

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  • jpages Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 367 W: 51 N: 457] (1670)
  • [2005-12-08 12:27]

Hi John,
from your last page of photos, this one is the most beautiful to me. The light of the sunset creating the orange and blue zones in the sky, and the two lines of trees, with an impressive contrast with its silhouettes, as we can see perfectly all its branches. I add, this view have something of romantic and peaceful feeling.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your work.
Best regards.

Hi John,
Your shots on trees are always captivating and I am always impressed by your skills. The two rows of trees in different tints are really attractive and the sun peeping through the branches gives that little punch visually. Superb colours and tonal qualities. Congratulations!!! Best regards.

This is one of your best indeed,John,from a scene where we know there by you and you had not posted a shot from the place in this time and moment and this time you did and post it EXCELLENT,really great and Congratulation for this poetic and lovely scene and very beautiful sunset shot that you worked nicely and skilfully,too,great and a perfect composition,Thanks,John,

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  • Steft Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1271 W: 128 N: 1579] (5975)
  • [2005-12-11 8:44]

Een soort droom deze foto. Erg mooi licht, mooie vormen, lijnen - gewoon erg geslaagd. Jammer dat sommige details van de bomen, met namen de fijnste takken, wat vervaagd zijn. Maar het blijft een geslaagde foto met een zeer warme gloed.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2005-12-14 5:15]

Good morning John!
Very artistic capture of the sunset.As usual your composition is excellent, the colors are amazing.Very well seen and done
best regards

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  • kent_s Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 399 W: 56 N: 411] (1911)
  • [2005-12-14 14:35]

Hi John
Ok I'm away a lot but still I don't understand how you can be so productive posting all these wonderful pictures. They are all a pleasure to watch like this wonderful sunset over a straight canala i Vlandeern.
Well done

Bonjour John,
Superbe image !! Ce soleil couchant est superbement pris le long de ce canal.
Les arbres et les couleurs sont vraiment impressionnants!

Lekkere plaat, John. Mooie kleuren en de bomenrij en het kanaal zijn een goede "invoerende" lijn in de foto. Je ogen worden op die manier op een prettige manier door de foto geleid.



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  • ukasz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 2 N: 130] (803)
  • [2005-12-21 12:50]
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wow, anothier stunning photo of yours, lovely sunset, beautiful repetitive pattern of the trees and impressive water reflections :)beautiful composition! i like it a lot, added to my favourites:) greetings

a very nice sunset picture here,and beautiful reflections.loved the light in your compo,and the line of the trees really adds here.

Superbe composition et superbe cadrage , rien a dire sur la photo , elle est magnifique , bien vu .

Hier een JHM-perspectief, maar dan met de bomen als hele mooie silhouetten in dit romantisch verlichte geheel, heel mooi allemaal !

An amazing shot, John; I love this atmosphere and light, the way the trees form a nice diagonal, the reflections, everything. Another favourite!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 209 W: 62 N: 189] (944)
  • [2006-03-26 15:36]

Hi John,
gosh fantastic folio,
your a leagend here on TE :)
awesome work here aswell, great compo. and expo. lovely framing,
I wouldn't be doing justice if I didn't call this picture Awesome :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

The trees look like they are alive and are just out for thier morning stroll. well Done. Richard.

Hi John,

A good POV of the sunset on the canal and the trees which is giving special colors to the photo. It has agood composition, perspective and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi John,
Excellent perspective with warm colours of the sunset.I like the way you make a simple shot look so attractive.The ripples of the canel looks so beautiful.Tfs and regards,

Hello John,

I always look through your gallery and I'm always at a loss as to what to choose, there are so many wonderful images. I settled on this one because of the wonderful light, excellent sharpness and golden tones you've captured. It's a very peaceful scene, one worthy of sitting on the bank and letting lifes woes (not that I have any but if I did...) just wash over me. Another superb photograph my friend, simply stunning.

Warm regards


salut John
pas mal du tout cette image..
le cadrage est tres bon, et de belles couleurs..
bien vu


Hi John
I have to catch up with this splendid one that I of course missed since I was not on TE yet at the time it was posted
I just have to add myself at the long list of praises
Best regards

Fabulous golden dusk color prevails, John.
Trees standing like centries along the canal, and giving much depth to image.
Another fine canal shot of your's.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2012-08-20 21:54]

Dag John
A very old post of yours (before even my first post in TE), but perhaps in my humble opinion, one of your best shots posted here! You've posted lots of shots with the canals, creating strong perspective, shared with us pictures from various seasons, but if I am not mistaken, not many taken during sunset. The sublime light apart from the perspective & depth with the barren trees is what creates a fantastic shot!
Best Regards

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2013-08-31 16:48]

Hi John !!
what a beautiful photo... I noticed taken at 4PM with 400 ISO..... probably with the last light of the day.
The profile of the trees against the orange background of the sky looks sensational.
I photo that you can be very proud of having created.
Happy Sunday.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2013-08-31 17:02]

Bonjour mon ami
Waw ! Je dis chapeau pour cette belle image
Je note une étonnante perspective du canal et un parfait contrôle de l'exposition au lever du soleil
Je suis heureux d'avoir pu trouver cette image publiée il y a bien longtemps
Sincères amitiés

Hello John,
Your specialty in the sunset colors, an extra feast to the eyes. TFS!

Dag John,
Een heel romantisch en sfeervol beeld!
De bladerloze wintertakken zien er prachtig uit met die subliem gekleurde lucht er tussen door. Mooi ook dat je zo twee rijen bomen hebt, ééntje met de takken op een blauwe achtergrond en de andere met een roze lucht er achter.
Ook het water kleurt wondermooi en geeft een uiterst lange weerspiegeling van de ondergaande zon.
Heel goede compositie!
Vele groeten, Paul

Dobro vece.
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Lep zalazak sunca.
Priroda stvara jedinstevene i nezaboravne trenutke.
Dobar tekst o tehnici i elementima snimka.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Good evening.
Beautiful view and a moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, a beautiful place and demonstrated a moment, beautiful colors.
A beautiful sunset.
Nature creates of a unique and unforgettable moments.
Good article on the technology and elements of the image.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-08-11 6:55]

Dear John,
Here is a picture under less usual lights, at least at the level of your compositions.impressive perspective again.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15450 W: 159 N: 27003] (141836)
  • [2017-10-20 10:15]

Hi John
Une vraie merveille, la perspective, les couleurs, les reflets, le rétro éclairage , une réussite a tout point vue
belle soirée

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10510 W: 174 N: 17855] (79301)
  • [2018-05-31 13:02]


a triple treasure here, the canal, the sunrise and the fog, everything in the same image. excellent result. I liked the quality of the image.

take care


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