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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2022 at 20:11
Thanks for the comments Howard, I tried a letterbox crop of the week 46 ceiling of the Grote Kerk, but I find the image becomes too "flat" that way, so I like it better with the arches. But it was certainly an interesting experiment.


Week 47 - Architecture

The remains of the Fort of Lier, completed in 1890 and not more than a derelict ruin these days.

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This was shot through a closed fence, and in winter when the bats hybernate there you can't get any closer



Week 47 - Landscape

Morning mood in the Merksemdock

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It's a small dock but a very important one with a key role delivering grain to the different industrial grain mills located around it



Week 47 - Macro/Closeup

Cherry tomato with a fungal hat

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Week 48 - Architecture

Main entrance of the completely restored left caponniere of Fort 3 (Borsbeek). The rest of the Fort (main front, right caponniere and reduit) still look very much like Fort Lier (see week 47 above)

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Week 48 - Landscape

Birch forest in the Peace Wood near Bizory in the Ardennes, visiting veterans of the US forces that fought in the December 1944/January 1945 battle of the Ardennes can plant their own tree there with a little nameplate

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Week 48 - Macro/Closeup

Doorknob of the of the little chapel on the German War Cemetery near Recogne in the Ardennes
The cemetery holds graves of 6807 German soldiers who died in the battle of the Ardennes with ages ranging from 17 to 52.
"The only thing we seem to learn from history is that we don't learn from history"

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 December 2022 at 19:54
An interesting set on this page, Pieter.

The contrast between the ruined and restored sections of two forts couldn't be greater - is the new section used by anyone or for anything?

That structure in the dock looks unbalance, but I guess it has been there a long time with no problem, and the fungus growing on the cherry/plum tomato is nightmarish.

And a pair of thoughtful photos from the Ardennes to round things off ... very strong together.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2022 at 15:53
Thanks for the comments Howard, the restored section of Fort 3 is used as a clubhouse for some small clubs and I think it has a larger space for music/theatre performances. But I haven't been inside yet to know for sure.

Rest assured, we didn't eat the cherry tomato which had grown a wig, but I had never seen one go bad like this.

I spent a whole day around the Bastogne area in the Ardennes (together with 4 other photographers of which one is also a Dyxum member) so you can expect more from that visit as I find time processing those photos.



Week 49 - Architecture

3 photos of a fully renovated house in Oostende, converted to four appartments.

Version 1:



Version 2:



Version 3:


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This was an experiment to see if there are any significant differences between photo with a shift lens vs. one which is perspective corrected with software.
I don't have a shift lens, but by keeping the camera straight/vertical and cropping the top part you get a kind of "poor man's shift effect.

Version 1 was taken at 10 mm, camera kept vertical and then cropped a lot from the bottom/left right to have the building fill the frame.

Version 2 was taken at 16 mm and the camera pointed upwards

Version 3 is the perspective corrected version of version 2 using Capture One.

When pixel peeping you can see the effect of the lower resolution due to cropping in version 1 and the effect of pixel stretching in the upper part of version 3 but perspective wise the differences are minimal. I also tried perspective correction in Lightroom, Photoshop and PTLens. Capture One gave the best result, allthough any of the other three were perfectly acceptable as well.




Week 49 - Landscape

A misty sheepscape close to where I live


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Week 49 - Macro/Closeup

Winter rose with dew drops in our front garden

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Without pixel peeping I think the first one looks a bit wonky, as if it leans a tiny fraction to the right. The third version is better but I get the sense that the top floor is bigger than it ought to be. This may be unavoidable when the camera is at ground floor level. The building is a curious hodge-podge and I don't think the rook conversion works, but that isn't a critique of the photography!

The rose is plain gorgeous - lovely surfaces captured there!

Congratulations on getting to week 49, I have to get my photos done this afternoon!
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You've taken some excellent pics since my last visit Pieter.

So in terms of comments,

47/1 Fort Lier- I like the decay of the structure here, the shot has a lot of textures and a gloomy feel.

48/1 Fort 3- that's an example of some wonderful restoration work, and the oodles of symmetry in the shot enhances it.

48/2 Landscape- That Peace Wood photo is very atmospheric, nicely done.

48/3 Macro- a sombre image enhanced by the black-and-white effect.

49- the colours and creative styles of the buildings make for a great subject. I like the 1st and 3rd versions the most.

49/2 - You can't go wrong with sheep, and the mist adds something to the overall effect.

49/3 - Excellent close up of the rose, enhanced by the droplets clustering on the petals.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 December 2022 at 21:03
Thanks for the comments Howard and Kai, much appreciated!

Howard, regarding my shift/correction test I was mainly interested if the pixel stretching of the software correction changed the relative sizes of the windows ground floor vs top floor. It did only to a very small extent. The windows of the top floor indeed look unnaturally large, but no significant difference between the shifted and the software corrected version. I think this is caused by the fact that in a rectalinear projection of a wide angle lens items near the borders are always elongated because you're looking at them from an angle. That's also for group shots of people a wide angle lens might get everybody in the frame, but the people near the sides will not look their best.


And now my final week 50 with 3 more photo's to complete my 150 challenge. That's two years in a row I made it to the end. I don't know if I am going to do another next year, I have two weeks to make up my mind what I will do (or not do).


Week 50 - Architecture

Het boshuisje (little forrest house), a mid 19th century inn in the Zoerselbos (Zoersel forrest). An iconic location that features in the novel "De Loteling" by the famous Flemish writer (and teacher) Hendrik Conscience.

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Week 50 - Landscape

A morning forrestscape

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Week 50 - Macro/Closeup

Hoar frosted leaves

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Some nice pics to end the challenge Pieter.
Once again, your eye for architecture excels, and the Het boshuisje looks striking, especially with the black and white conversion. Very interesting background either.

The morning light gives the landscape shot a welcome boost also.

Congratulations also on completely the challenge two years in a row. More to the point, you've managed to get some very nice photos along the way.

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A strong week to end with, Pieter. The house/inn is intriguing - does it still operate?

And I like the hoarfrost too; I tried that a week or so ago, and I think monochrome suits them.

Congratulations on getting to the end!
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