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700th Picture

700th Picture
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-06
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Canonn 5D, Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/12 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite pictures, Impressive Shots, My best of 2007 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-23 12:55
Viewed: 4969
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear friend on TE.
I up-lead my 700th picture, I've chose specially a interior shot. I took this picture in Bruges in the city hall, a wonderful decor, the paintings are extraordinarily.
Together with my friend Hendrik (hdl) he found a very well documentary about this lovely city hall.
I place a second picture about the same subject, second

After that a fire devastated the bell-tower of Bruges in 1280 the county prison ('Ghyselhuus'),that was no beeing in use at that time, became the new reunionplace for the alderman.
In 1376 Count Lodewijk van Male ordered the demollition of this building and its reconstruction into a prestigious town hall. It was erected under the command of Jan Roegiers, and it was finished in 1421. It becomes so the oldest late gothic town hall. It inspired the construction of several other town halls (Brussels, Ghent, Leuven...).It stand on a rectangular base. Also the Brugian span, that probably was used here for the first time, was to be copiied many times.

The late-gothic construction is witness-proof for the economic welfare of Bruges in the 14 th century.

There are many biblic and historical ( counts and contesesses of Flanders)statues in the fassade, under decorated baldachyn. These statues were renovated several times.Especially during the French Revolution many of the original statues were demollished. Different musea still posess some peices of the original statues. The statues were replaced by modern statues after many discussions.

The crenelated parapet is workes out with oriels. The saddleback roof has on its ridge a cresting with many roof niches worked out in it.

At the origin the left entrance was situated in the first span. It was relocated in 1766 in an entrance that was symmetrically situated to the right entrance.

A fire in 1887 caused lots of damages to the interior. Louis Delacenserie and Jean-Baptist Bethune made several renovations between 1895 and 1905 . The hall, now known as the 'gothic hall' was created by the junction of the small and large aldermanshall. This room is richely decorated and posesses a special double oak wooden ceiling. The boss contains medaillons with images of prophets, saints and evangelists. The corbelstone are then decorated with imaages of the seasons and the nature elements.zijn dan weer versierd met voorstellingen van jaargetijden en natuurelementen. On the walls there are paintings of the history of Bruges by the hand of Albrecht De Vriendt. These are such also as the chimneyhood, additionals in the neo-gothic style. The stone vault of the hall were replaced by a wooden constructionthat is supported by four composite orders.

I hope you enjoy it.

Canon EOS 5D
Shooting Date/Time
6/01/2007 14:38:56
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1/12 sec
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Centerweighted average metering
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EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
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16,0 mm
Image size
4368 x 2912
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
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To pboehringer: first one?jhm 1 2007-01-24 02:00
To dkeus31: allowed therejhm 1 2007-01-24 02:07
To UnTrained: even with F16jhm 1 2007-01-25 10:32
To cbrman: décorations de cette églisejhm 1 2007-01-27 05:33
To Nelu_Goia: taken in a churchjhm 1 2007-01-28 03:54
To wolf38: the inside of a churchjhm 1 2007-02-04 12:02
To branley: favouritejhm 1 2007-02-18 01:56
To ramesh_lalwani: Church interiorjhm 1 2007-03-05 07:04
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gefeliciteerd John,
fantastisch jubileum shot, prachtige kwaliteit, machtig lijnen spel, mooie details, goede note, gewoon prachtig werk.
groet. Jaap

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  • Paolo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 144 N: 8842] (41242)
  • [2007-01-23 12:58]

Happy 700th John, with a fantastic picture, so different from the usual your! excellent exposure, POV and quality.
great shot.
thanks, ciao

Hello John,

What an exquisite photo, commemorating your 700th post. Just as good as the image is the highly informative note. The composition and light, the color and exposure are all first rate. Regards from Virginia,

Helllo John,
Congratulations for this 700th! It's a very beautiful interior, the rich colors are superb, I can see many details here, very well composed. Great shot.
All my congratulations

I’ll be damn! Oooops!
This is the most beautiful picture taken in a church I have ever seen.
Nothing else to comment.
Great job, John.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13797 W: 0 N: 16043] (169134)
  • [2007-01-23 13:06]


magnifique intérieur de cette église, les coupoles son magnifiques et je perçois sur le côté des toiles bien belles.



nice POV and colors. the sharpnes is a litle to forced but the pic looks ok.
well done!
all the best,dany

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  • teutza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 995 W: 227 N: 1994] (10590)
  • [2007-01-23 13:20]

Hello John,
congratulations for such a beautiful nuber of images:)
your work is very good, i enjoy looking at your pictures!!
good choice for this one!!it looks like a great building!!

Congratulations on your 700th upload, John. A beautiful wide-angle photo of this splendid interior, it looks like a banquet hall that is all ready and decorated for the TE members to arrive and to congratulate you :-). The diagonal perspective together with the wide-angle lens enforces a strong impression of depth, and the exposure is very well balanced to convey the atmosphere with the lights. Fantastic retention of detail in the elaborate decorative elements, well done.

superbe photo comme j'aimerais en faire une dans ma vie. la netteté des détails est impressionnante.
Un grand bravo pour cette composition exceptionnel.


Olá John, congratulations for this 700th upload. It's an amazing number! Great shot of this rich interior. The details are impressive and your perspective is very well chosen. I also love the ws, with the central composition and the fantastic yellow ground leading to the background. Excellent work!
Best regards,

Hi John,
700 photos! Congratulations, my friend. You have a beautiful and impressive gallery.
This photo of celebration is a perfectly realized interior shot, with a great quality in the image, the lighting and the colors.
The setting is perfect to catch with a beautiful and deep perspective the interior of the city hall, and shows us with great wealth of details the splendid decoration and the wall paintings.
The architectural details of the roof, with the vaults in wood, are really beautiful and very original.
Great photo of a beautiful lounge.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9127 W: 57 N: 15319] (56770)
  • [2007-01-23 14:07]

Goedenavond John,
Gefeliciteerd met dit prachtige en indrukwekkende aantal geüploade foto's! Deze 700ste is ook weer van grote schoonheid. De kleuren en details van de architectuur zijn bijzonder mooi. Alle rijen stoelen zorgen samen ook voor een leuk effect. Uitstekend werk!

Pretty, sharp, amazing light in this fantastic indoor shot, John! And congratulations for the 700th - and also for the 20400+ critiques that you wrote, thanks for you valuable contribution to the site and the members, regards, Daniel

Congratulations John -

This is a very beautiful building and your image does justice to the beauty. This image is very sharp capturing all of the decorative details of the room. The exposure is spot as is the DOF. I feel like I am standing next to you as make the exposure. Excellent image! Well done!

Thank you for sharing


Félicitations John pour cette 700ème qui s'inscrit parfaitement dans le reste de ta galerie : tu es le roi de la perspective et cette photo nous le montre à nouveau. Bravo pour cette belle lumière et bonne continuation

Dag, John. Gefeliciteerd met uw 700ste foto. Het licht is hier uitstekend verdeeld over de hele foto. De details zijn heel goed en het perspectief uitmuntend. Ook een zeer goede diepte.

Happy 700th post Jean Charles and compliments to the choice, excellent view and perspective with beautiful quality and interesting subject, all the best, well done.

Hello John,
I did a similar shot in June, but was not sure that is is allowed there.
Good sharpness and nice wilde angle.
Congrats for 700 pictures here!

Hello John!
Lovely perspective and great colours! Good sharpness and contrast!
Excellent done!

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
  • [2007-01-23 16:40]

I good choice for the 700th John. Quite a lot not only of photos but also time spent at/for TE. Top sharpness and outstanding pov. Good work - and all the best for the continuation..

Hello John.
Congratulations on your 700th post...that's an astounding number of superb shots of the most consistant quality. One can never fail to be mesmerized by the pictures that pop on the screen when entering your gallery.
You've done an outstanding job here. The exposure is dead on. Each detail from tip to tip, floor to ceiling, comes through. Good perspective as well, takes this shot past the ordinary super symmetrical interior pictures.
Good day to you friend,

Hi John, I'm following your posts for almost a year and in some occasions I looked into your extensive collection and I don't recollect seeing an indoor picture. Is that your first one? Anyway, this one looks absolutely great. Even the overexposure of on of the lamps is a minor thing and doesn't compromise my impression of this shot.
Great!!! Aiming for the 1,000st?
Regards, Peter

bravo pour ce chiffre de 700 belle fidélité et une hyper belle image pour cet anniversaire, une vue magnifique de cet intérieur avec une lumiere top

Hallo John,
Gefeliciteerd met nummer 700. Ik heb nog een lange weg te gaan. Een verrassende keuze om daarvoor naar binnen te gaan. Maar natuurlijk wel met de kenmerkende JHM-kwaliteit. Er ziet een prachtige dieptewerking in deze foto.
Groet Rob

Hi John,
Congratulations for 700th shot. Fantastic composition with excellent exposure, POV and colours. Well done my friend...
Best regards...
Ali Rıza

Impressive interior of this beautiful church, that's a real masterpiece of architecture and photography in Brugge - masterpiece itself.
congratulations on your 700, your gallery is fantastic, you show Belgium so skilfully! regards, Hanna

Hi John

Very fine shot for your 700th post in TE! Wonderful interior shot from this fine hall. Excellent balanced exposure and colors. Well done.

We're waiting for more!

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2007-01-23 20:52]
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Dag John, gefeliciteerd met dit ongelooflijke aantal. Orachtig licht en geweldige scherpte in dit majeatueuze interieur van deze charmante kerk.
Groeten van Gerrit

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  • jinju Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2444 W: 87 N: 1576] (14265)
  • [2007-01-23 21:47]

Congrats on 700 uploads John!

And you did it with style. Your style:) Wide angled, beautifully colored and (usually) without people:) And wisth such magnificent detailing.
Great work John.

Hi John. Well I sure am glad I didn't miss this important upload. Congrats on this impressive milestone! You picked a highly detailed picture with perfect exposure management. That lens was perfect for this situation to allow you to get so much wide-angle. Congrats again John!

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  • jmcl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
  • [2007-01-23 22:05]

Hi John.

Congratulations on your 700th post.

This is a stunning image .. the depth .. and all that ornateness set off by the simple chairs is really thoughtful and striking.

wonderful image.

take care,


Hi John,

Congrats first of all. Second of all, this shot is very well exposed, I can imagine the conditions were very difficult. It is very sharp with excellent composition.

Kindest regards,


Hello, John!
Very nice picture for celebrating the 700th post! I like this detailed and beautifully coloured interior very much. Great quality of the image, beautiful place with rich and interesting history. Thanks a lot!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 458 W: 115 N: 422] (3004)
  • [2007-01-24 2:58]

hi John,
pour la 700ème c'est superbe, quel intérieur travaillé, vraiment il y a avait du talent.
Superbe exposition, aucune zone ni trop sombre, ni trop claire, et un cadrage dans l'angle extra.


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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2007-01-24 3:28]

Hi John,

A superb image to celebrate this 700th photo. A very beautiful work taking into account the difficulty to photograph the interiors. The light and clearness are extraordinary and allows us to admire the smoothness of the sculptures and decorations. Thank you for these 2 beautiful images and the interesting note.
Still all my congratulations for this beautiful work throughout these 700 photographs.

With all my friendships,


Congratulations for 700 th posting and for your impressive gallery!!!!!!!
What a beautiful place ....And you do your part of the job very well in depicting the scenery to our benefit... Your POV is very good, and you capture the essence of the interior... In particular the very pleasing details in the roof.Great colors and details!
All the best

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-01-24 3:44]

Congratulation on your 700th! This is a fantastic picture where you managed inside light so well. There is some kind of radiance coming from so many spots within this place. Very well done.

hi john
congratulations for your 700th picture, it is a lot of work and time spend on TE.
I never get tired of seeing shots from you, especially when they're as well taken as this.
good job and carry on to enjoy me eyes

best regards

later -:))

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2007-01-24 4:05]

Dag John
What an amazing shot John...Wide angle, beautifully colored and the magnificent details. The empty rows of chairs provide wonderful graphism. I like the centrally composed shot in the WS. Just superb! A big congratulation on your 700th post John!
Best Regards

Hi John,
thanks a lot for that, it is a beautiful and artful city hall. Like the one in Bremen it is a merchands time document together with a lot of others buildings from the time of the Hanseatic League. I am astonished about the wonderful way you managed to get the whole one in one shot, even with F16. Excellent work and worth to be the 700th. Your note is telling us about the history and changes, thanks a second.
Regards, Ulf

Een prachtige foto. Gefeliciteerd met je 700. Alles is er zowat goed aan, de nelichting, het perspectief, de dieptescherpte en de nota. Nog een prettige dag,

Congratulations on 700 photos John. I'm glad I stopped by and read your new introduction, too. This is a wonderful interior shot, with wonderful perspective and all distortions removed. The lighting and colour are exquisite, and you did a great job with the slow exposure and small aperture. A very fine view of this amazing interior. And thanks for the time you took with the notes.

Cher John,
Félicitations pour votre 700ème publication. Merci, John, de nous offrir un tel spectacle, c'est tout simplement grandiose.
Merci, également pour la photo présentée en atelier : un pur régal.
Bravo et continuez à nous émerveiller.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14252 W: 1033 N: 28524] (135700)
  • [2007-01-24 5:18]

Helllo John

Congratulations on your 700th! Superb colour & sharpness, with well managed interior lighting & good contrast. Tfs!

Hi John,
Bravo for all your photos, always a plaesure to see ... and what a great one for your 700 ! A very lovely architecture a fine decoration and a perfect light capture to see details and colours. Well done as usual.

Hi John!

This is a great capture. Very good DOF and POV. Excellent!. This one goes to my favorites. TFS
Kind regards

Hi John,

Congratulation for your 700th pictures, a good POV of the interior of the city hall of Bruges with these nice paintings, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Happy 700th pictures.
This is wonderful picture with great POV and colours.


Congratulation on Your great 700th post,John!
congratulation for create a nice gallery in TE,Well done John,
as always a great interior space you worked,with wonderful details indeed,excellent one with sharpness and details with its colors,amazing result and I like it very much,
the way you composed it,is great,no doubt,
Best Regards

Hi John,
Congratulations on your 700th post, it is an achievement very few have achieved. Excellent POV, great inddor shot with fantastic details.
With Greetings from India

Incredible architectural shot! Beautiful colors, strong compo and great details. A real winner!

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-24 10:06]

Hello John,
félicitations pour cette 700e photo, j'imagine, en connaissance de cause, le temps que tu as consacré à TE pour en arriver là , celui aussi passé à écrire les plus de 20000 critiques.
Intérieur somptueusement coloré, aidé par un éclairage intérieur parfait et bien rendu.
Tu as très bien choisi le coin d'où prendre la photo, difficile à cadrer sans rien couper.
C'est vraiment superbe.
Best regards.

Hi John,
*** Congratulations for this 700 post...! ***
Excellent picture in the city hall, very good point of view and very good details.
Very beautiful architecture and good perspective, very pretty coulours, I like much this picture...bravo John..!
Best regards,
Bonne soirée à toi.

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  • huahoa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 327 W: 2 N: 730] (3698)
  • [2007-01-24 12:54]

Hi John,
Fantastic inside shot !
Many and many interesting details to watch.
I like also the perspective of chairs rows and paintings on walls.
Continue to surprise us !

Hello John,
Superb scene from the Bruges City Hall. I love the light, colors, and detail of this magnificent composition. And congratulations on this 700th posting. What a milestone. Regards. Danilo

Hello My friend John,
My heartiest congratulation on your 700th posting! My inspiration always..
Perfect with sharpness on this one with superb colour, very details and lighting!
best regards always

Hi John
Are you the most productive TE member? :)
Congratulations. I don`t think I upload as much photos untill I retired...
Great lit interior. Lovely and very interesting details. Nice colours too.

Hi John,
I would rather name it 'The 700Th beauty'. The clarity, the colors, are so nice it is almost surreal. The pov and the composition are very very nice indeed.
Best regards. Salvator.

With your 700th you show us how perfect images could be. I had learned a lot about photography looking to pictures how you select colours and find the optimal point of view. Thanks for sharing with us - hope to see many more of your beauties.
Best wishes

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2007-01-25 8:41]

Hi John,
Congratulations for consistently posting quality pictures !
A beautiful indoor picture with fine light management and nice colors, good depth and perspective

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  • ivo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 124 W: 0 N: 51] (376)
  • [2007-01-25 10:50]

Hello John,

Dit is wel een heel speciale uit het Brugs stadhuis, dit is toch op de eersqte verdieping nietwaar, kan inderdaad door bezocht worden door tourtisten als er geen raad is! Prachtige breedhoek foto, goed gedaan!


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  • john_c Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
  • [2007-01-25 10:55]

Hi John,
Congratulations on your 700th post. This interior shot of the church is outstanding, with a special luminescence that gives the scene much ambience. I like the clarity of detail and depth. A crisp clear shot, unusually so for an interior scene. Thank you for the wonderful note.

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  • Ann75 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1090 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-25 12:13]

Hallo John,

Wauw, wat een prachtige foto! En al aan nummer 700...PROFICIAT! Ik vind de kleuren schitterend en de details zijn overweldigend knap. Het zichtpunt waar van je de foto hebt genomen is zeer goed gekozen. Knappe compositie met prachtige belichting en kwaliteit! Excellent werk, John!


Dag John,
Shitterend !!!
The POV is perfect gekozen en de kleuren zijn zo natuurlijk.
Proficiat voor de 700ste

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2007-01-25 16:36]

700 pics ! This sounds like a moutain to me !!
An original post with this interior. The realization is perfect (as outside) especially for the light and the sharpness. Excellent.

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  • Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)
  • [2007-01-25 16:38]

Hi John

Congratulation with your post #700 - You captured that beautiful room and view the very best way. The use of a "wide" lens gives us the perspective and dimension of the city hall - good to see the inside as well - thanks - my compliment.


Hi John,
Wow....700th image eh? Congratulations and keep up the good work.What an impressive interior with all its intricate artwork, splendid decorations and its complex wooden ceiling.A long exposure and from what I can see without a tripod....a steady hand.Seems to be a touch oversharpend as i feel maybe a slight lack in texture...but impressive all the same.Enjoyed the note....take care.
Regards, David

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2007-01-26 2:21]

Hi John,
congratulations for your 700th picture my friend. this one is great good light control and sharpness. thanks for all your beautiful picture.

WOW John!!! Many congratulations on your 700th posting. This is perfection. Perfectly composed, perfectly exposed, perfect white balance and colours. EXCELLENT. I love it.
Best wishes and looking forward to the next 700,

Helllo John,
Congratulations for this 700th, the rich colors are beautiful, very well done. Great shot.

Hi John
Congratulations on your 700 th. I can't imagine it's twice my uploads at this time.
Splendic shot of this church with good details and clarity. Very sharp.

Hello John,

Félicitation pour ta 700ème photographie qui de plus est très belle !
Cette prise de vue intérieur est parfaitement réalisée et la lumière met parfaitement en valeur le plafond magnifique et les superbes décorations de cette église ! Bravo pour la netteté qui est remarquable !



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  • hdl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1402 W: 14 N: 1577] (7035)
  • [2007-01-26 7:39]

Dag John. Een magnifiek gebouw, ook binnenin. Ik ben blij dat je dit hier ook eens toont. Die neo-gotische zaal met al haar kleuren en schilderingen komt hier prachtig tot uiting. Proficiat met je nummer 700!

quite simply imposing, it is splendid like photograph.

Cheer for the framing and the clearness of the stones.
your 700ème is successful very very well,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1219 W: 65 N: 1883] (6735)
  • [2007-01-26 13:12]

What others have said John. It's perfect. Congratulations on your 700th!
Best wishes,

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  • imrek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1165 W: 62 N: 1264] (4)
  • [2007-01-26 15:36]

Hi John,
an interesting interior in great light and colours, very good angle and well chosen pov...good work!!!

Merhaba John,
Congratulations for this 700th! Perfect colors, light and very good POV...
Have a nice weekend.

merhaba dear john
700 picture,congratulations,my friend.
wonderful lights and wonderful colours.
good composition.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi John. Nice capture, this is a very ornate building and very well maintained. Well composed, you the perspectives under control. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Cheers, Paul.

Hi Jhon,

Congratulations for this 700th, it is an impressive number, the image is perfect for this celebration, good composition and a rich variety of colours and contrasts, the WS also is interesting, the people contribute to the scene greater dynamism. Good Work.


Happy birhday John, 700 is a good quantity, and knowing the quality of your picture this is a real performance.
I like this rich place here, colors, details and with a great light for the ceiling.
jean Michel

Congratulations for this 700th shot !
Magnificent interior's picture with fantastic sharpness and colours. Very well managed the light. Great graphism, POV and perspective
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday

Hello John,
Seven hundred! That is a lot of images!
What is more important is the quality, that hardly can be any better...
Like this one shows us!
Congrats with this fine achievement, great work!
Pablo -

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  • bazal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2104 W: 106 N: 2261] (7900)
  • [2007-01-28 11:30]

Hi John.
An incredibly successful work on the light management for this church indoor shot. I've tried several times the same kind of picture and never managed to obtain such a result!
I like the perspective and the quite high POV, and all the details that we can enjoy looking to the picture.
Thanks for sharing and also for the very detailed info note...

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  • Bandit Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 284 W: 28 N: 309] (2360)
  • [2007-01-28 14:26]

C'est superbe ! As-tu utilisé la technique du HDR ? Car tout est très bien exposé !!
Bravo Magnifiique !!!

Félicitations pour ta 700ème !
J'aime cette photo d'intérieur qui ne manque ni de couleurs ni de grandeur. Des deux photos c'est bien celle-ci qui me paraît la meilleure avec une double perspective qui donne plus de relief. Continue à nous régaler avec tes photos toujours très soignées.

Hello John.

Excellent perspective, very good details and colors.
Happy 700th post.

Jose Luis.

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  • parbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 15 N: 3160] (11092)
  • [2007-01-29 15:05]

Hi John,

Congratulation for your 700th photo at TrekEarth and best wishes for next more hundreds and thousands.

Your interior view is like a lesson for light management too. Excellent usage of wide lens is increase perspective effect while adding lined chairs and floor tiles to your frame. Paints and motifs on wall, especially precise handwork on ceiling are spectacular. Congratulations.

Best Regards,


This is not the 700th picture I will criticize here, but a very good inner picture, with a exciting diagonal point of view, and a good light despite the mix of elecrical lighting and natural one through the blue windows. The inner details, for the walls and the ceiling, are very sharp. Thanks for sharing,


Hi John
Excellent light
Also a nice POV in this church
It's a really beautitll work

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-01-30 2:55]

Hi John,
congratulations of 700th picture in TE!
Great interior of church, superb quality of photo. Interesting informations in documentary. Friends all told You. I like this job also.
Gr., Aleksander

Hi John.

Firstly, my compliments for your 700th post.

Secondly, when I was there I couldn't visit the city hall and it was a really pity.

And finally, these picture are always difficult (and usuall from you..) but the colours and the light were lovely.

My compliments!

Rgs, Oscar

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  • Muse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2048 W: 149 N: 6385] (35010)
  • [2007-01-30 10:43]

Hello John,
Toutes mes felicitations pour ton 700è post.
Cette photo est très belle, très nette, ce qui permet de voir beaucoup de détails très intéressants.
De très jolies couleurs et un tout bon cadrage.

woow.. you've captured excelent details of the place. Very intresting note too. The lights and colors are the best. Excelent work

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2007-01-31 12:53]

Hola John.
Congratulation for your 700th hundred shot posted in TE.
I think that everything have been said about this superb shot. Congratulation and hope that you will post 700 hundred more, you are a very special person and good friend here in TE. Thank you also for your critiques.

Hi John

Coongratultions for 700th picture. I enjoy with your gallery, and I hope more pictures.

This shot is well composed and perfect contol to lights. Good diagonal compo to chairs and sharpness.

Nice work

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  • coco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5177 W: 140 N: 6388] (30439)
  • [2007-01-31 17:42]

Late but let congratulate you for your 700th photo.

Hi John.

The exposure not was easy but you managed in a good way the light and also your shot have a very composition.


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  • tcht Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1198 W: 65 N: 1267] (7565)
  • [2007-02-01 10:31]

Hi John
Congratz for your #700!! This is stunning interior work. Great angle + superb light management, this city hall is very beautiful, looks more like a church to me. The colours and details are excellent, thanks for sharing this and all your previous wonderful postings ;)
Hv a nice day

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  • alainh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3770 W: 143 N: 6587] (33209)
  • [2007-02-02 2:35]

hello John
and what a 700 th !!!
splendid, great light, perfectluy framed, the good angle: a very nice one as the 699 others !!!
have a nice week-end John

Hi John,
A belated Congratulations on your 700th!! It is a great accomplishment and I can understand the hard work you put in but I guess the satisfaction is worth all the trouble. A great way to celebrate with this exceptional shot which I enjoyed a lot together with the informative note. A dynamic POV and the superb clarity makes it really attractive. Brilliant shot!! All the very best.

Dear John,
Superb shot with outstanding quality. The higher F-stop has given excellent details all over the frame. Beautiful architecture and fine art work. Nice POV and framing.
Well done
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello John. I admire again and again your pictures of dreamed landscapes. Now you photographed the inside of a church with the wide angle objective. And one must say, the photo became fantastic. I look forward already to your future photos. Best regards, Wolfgang.

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-05 15:56]

Hi John!
Maybe too late to congratulate,but not too late to tell that this a fantastic shot.
Good composition and excellent lightmanagement.Amazing sharpness and nice details in this fantastic hall.

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  • t0mmm1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 815 W: 4 N: 782] (5442)
  • [2007-02-06 16:40]

Hi John,
wonderful picture for this kind of celebration ;)) I like the colours and the play of the shadows very much here. I like also the WS version very much, but this one is a real masterpiece.
Happy anniversary,

hi john,
terrific and very beautiful photo.
regards sincerely

Hi John
Firstly congratulations on your 700th post.
The lighting here is superb and brings out so many details of what is a beautiful building. The wide angle works so well here and creates a lot of depth especially with the chairs lined up and the different tiles.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2007-02-09 14:16]

Bonsoir John
Félicitations pour cette 700ème.
J'apprécie beaucoup cet intérieur historique.
Je note une bonne luminosité incidente qui donne un très bon effet 3D sur cette composition.

magnifique intérieur de cette église au niveau peintures, architecture et tous les détais sont importants et riches dans cette composition

Hello John,

belated wishes on your 700th post. This is superb, the colours are rich, the light is perfect, it's pin sharp and your perspective is spot on. Probably the finest interior photograph I've ever seen and one for my favourites. Congratulations my friend, it's a magnificent capture.



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  • emilbo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2051 W: 498 N: 2162] (22616)
  • [2007-02-20 10:42]

Bonjour John,
Je suis en retard mais cette photo es superbes et bien choisie pour ton 700th.
Une merveille d'architecture et de décoration. Les couleurs sont magnifiques et ta note est excellente.
Bravo!... pour ta belle galerie,

hello John

Congratulations for all these superb picture, i am sorry to do not comment them as often i d like to. here you had choosen a particular one. this is perfect to my taste.
well done

Dear John
I am sorry to have missed your 700th.As mentioned earlier I fond of Church interiors.
Here you have chosen a different POV as against symetrical.Lovely colors.Green check flooring and golden ceiling look lovely

Hi John, I'll joined the other to congatulate you for number 700, wow this is a lot of picture......and a nice one to celebrate !
Special place from a different point of view, well presented, thanks for so many great pictures !

Wow!..A marvel here....
So much balance & almost a fantasy....
Your POV, ligght & colour are simply mindblowing!....
The second shot seems to thow details on the face & fantastically aligned.
It is pleasurable to see both the photos.

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  • sowhat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 1 N: 197] (1004)
  • [2007-03-22 12:51]

Excellent, excellent interior shot, you have managed the colors perfectly and I know that this is not easy ...
Happy 700th photo anniversary (better late then never)
TFS, Ioana

This is fantastic shot John......well done

HI John,
I marked this photo as one of my favs some time ago.. and I had forgotten to give a critique!!
This is a wonderful photo.. I wonder if you used HDR or not. The quality is great

Helllo John, very good indoor photo of this lovely city hall.
Superb colors and composition.



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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2008-12-25 16:40]

Hi John, friend,

in front of this wonderful picture I stress my wishes for you in 2009! Continue to be so photo-creative!


Hello John,
A colorful indoor take on the church, decorated with rich in paintings and other wonderful art elements.
Good lighting's and phopto details.
Enjoy your weekend,

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  • gus72 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 1 N: 969] (3719)
  • [2012-10-22 22:41]

Hi John !!
What a good idea to separate & present the best photos for the year...... and I just so this one which was your 700 th. ..... never late to congratulate you.
The photo is magnificent with fantastic control of the light and with vibrant colours.

Hello John, your notes are always so complete and informative with great historical details and traditional highlights and explanations.
But sometimes I think that maybe you should not put any notes at all because your pictures are beautiful storytellers!!!
Just by looking at any of your pictures and behind all this beauty there is also a voice telling people their amazing story!
This is an extraordinary picture, my words would be very poor and not good enough to desrcibe or even to comment a picture like this!
My best compliments and regards,

Dobar dan, gospodine.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj arhitekturi, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na unutrasnjost Gradske kuce ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazana unutrasnjost i detalji.
Lep enterijer.
Dobar tekst o upotrebljenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day, sir.
Very interesting and good article on the old architecture, with the given data and history ...
Nice view of the inside of City Hall ...
Good composition and perspective, nice interior and details shown.
Nice interior.
Good article on the used technique and elements of the image.
Have a great day, all the best.

Hello John,
A belated congratulations on your 700th, which you uploaded back in 2007! I love the sharpness and definition of this interior shot. the colors are wonderful, too.

Hello John
I found this photo to comment today. The # 7000!!!
I guess you picked a good one. It's really a fantastic room. The city hall of Bruges. You always make me want to visit Belgium and Flanders again.
The light has been managed with great skill. It's an impressing level of quality and a great pleasure to watch.
Cheers and have a great day.
PS: the waitress was not really my first portrait. There have been a few before; Buller, Allan, a goat...

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10497 W: 174 N: 17819] (79135)
  • [2016-05-09 17:09]


marvelous this interior. I liked these details a lot, good view of the painting at side and these arches and other adornments so beautiful and well presented here.



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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13685 W: 295 N: 27258] (109453)
  • [2016-08-31 1:00]

Hello John,
nice the interior view of the church in Bruges to celebrate your 700th upload photo.The excellent light and colour management enhance even more he details of the paintings as the others too.


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