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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2017 at 20:26
Sorry to steal more of your images Neil, but I'm sure you have plenty of eye candy left for us that I didn't see or shoot. So I'm not too worried.

Thanks for the comments Steve.

Michel, I actually learned from visiting that the battle at Waterloo was basically fought to defend Brussels. The Dutch (incl. the Southern Dutch/Belgians) wanted to be separate from Napoleon/France and he was marching towards Brussels to "teach them a lesson". However the Oranges found help in the English and Prussians and together defeated Napoleon there just south of Brussels before he could reach the city.


p15: Lots of steps to reach the Lion



p16: Part of the battlefield from ground level



p17: The farm Hougoumont, fiercely and successfully defended by the English to protect their south flank



p18: The inner court of Hougoumont


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2017 at 20:38
Very nice series Pieter! Gives a good impression of the scenery and some nice details. #15 is a great for the compo and colurs. It's my favourite so far, although personally I might have considered to crop the bottom part with the shadow in the grass.
TFS and looking forward to Neil's congribution as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2017 at 21:46
At last!! So, after much delay and effort, here's the start of some of my images and interpretation from the day:

n01 - Marching On



n02 - Weary of Battle...



n03 - Artillery model



n04 - Hand weapon - Short Range Only



n05 - Napoleon's 'Titfer'*



n06 - British Belt Buckle



n07 - The Hard Climb Ahead...



n08 - Almost there



n09 - Up Close and Personal



n10 - Pieter in Macro Mode



n11 - The Steps Less Climbed



n12 - Corners



n13 - Monument to Victory



n14 - Staple



n15 - Now To Descend



n16 - Pieter in Safe Mode



More to follow shortly!

* A little 'rhyming slang' courtesy of my grandfather: "Titfer" - Tit for Tat => Hat. simple....

Best regards, Neil.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2017 at 07:02
It was well worth the wait, Neil. Great to see these soldiers on display, looks they were well dressed for the man-to-man fights. So very different from what happens now..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2017 at 13:09
Indeed well worth the wait Neil, and I think we're even now. You stole some of my pics as well

It's another high quality series from you with eye for detail and careful composition. n12 is my favourite, so simple and effective.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2017 at 13:28
Thanks Pieter - I am now going to try and get ahead:

n17 - The Proud Lion of Waterloo



n18 - Amongst the Clouds



n19 - Stairwell



n20 - The Image from THAT Shot of owenn01



The panorama of the battlefield was really impressive; lots of detail but also depth to them. The following are some examples round the display:

n21 - Panorama 1



n22 - Panorama 2



n23 - Panorama 3



n24 - Panoram 4


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Wonderful photo essay. Those images of the battle scenes remind me of the Soviet era movie "War and Peace" made in the late 1960s, for which which no expense was spared. Thousands of Red Army soldiers dressed authentically in period costume, and accurately deployed on the battlefield in box formations, with clouds of cannon fire drifting across the field of battle and sweeping cavalry charges, some of the footage filmed from helicopters and other scenes gut wrenchingly close up at ground level. War of that era seemingly waged like a gigantic chess game, including lots of sacrificial pawns.
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For you, Joe, a few more specific sections of the panoramas (with suitable placed foreground items in some as well):

n25 - Think of the Horses



n26 - Battle Smoke



n27 - Halting the Charge



n28 - In Massed Ranks



I will likely move on to the scene of much of the critical part of the fighting next - Hougoumont Farm

Thanks for looking and commenting everyone!

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You're indeed getting ahead Neil, nice second series. Your panorama shots of the panorama came out quite well!

Playing catch-up

p19: Worried looks at Napoleon's headquarters

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p20: Neil, waiting at the bottom of the stairs while I made my safe decend

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p21: Inside the chapel at Hougoumont

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p22: A view on the lion while walking back from Hougoumont

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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2017 at 18:44
Lots of excellent images in this story!

My favorites are p09 and p10 - light and mood are outstanding - as well as n01 - the view from the back appears to be so realistic! - and n25. The latter one is really very special because it shows some "faux terrain" that goes with so many panoramas (the painted, not the photographed ones)!

Thanks for sharing, Pieter and Neil - great work!
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Lovely photos, and great to 'see' you both again (in the first shot ), looks like you had a good day. I worked in Waterloo Brussels for four months but am ashamed to say I never made it to the battlefields or museum. Of all the photos, apocalypse definitely strikes a chord with me - great composition.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2017 at 11:46
Simon - we lived in North Wales for 5 years and it wasn't until the weekend before we moved that we went up Snowdon! I think it's a 'too close to my own doorstep' type of problem if I'm honest! Thanks for the comments on both our work - more to come below...

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p23: Here you see how the new (underground) visitor center is integrated with the panorama building and the lion mount

A7 + MC Rokkor 58/1.4, Lightroom stitch of 4 portrait orientation handheld shots


p24: No photo's please, or I'll chop your head off

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p25: Starting positions on the battlefield

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p26: View on the panorama building from the Lion mount

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n29 - A Small White Farmhouse - this may be of the era of the battle; if not, it's awfully close



n30 - On The Road to Hougoumont (awfully like Pieters!)



n31 - A Killing Field (like so much of Flanders unfortunately)



n32 - Hougoumont Death Wall - difficult to imagine how many lives were lost trying to breach and defend this wall during the battle



n33 - Church and Restored Farm



n34 - Church - the 'Castle' that once existed here is no more unfortunately (Hougoumont was a fortified Manor farm originally)



n35 - Much weathered Memorial Plate



n36 - Church Interior and Simple Memorial



n37 - Memorial Alter



n38 - Door Screen



n39 - Hougoumont Through The Gate



n40 - Memorial to the First \Regiment of Foot Guards, Hougoumont

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