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Holland rescued by Hans Brinker

Holland rescued by Hans Brinker
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Humorous, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 880
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/724 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-08-12 10:08
Viewed: 11235
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here we see a puppet 'Hans Brinker' .. the *HERO* of Holland ! ??
That is .. Hans never realy existed in real life other than in the mind of the author: *Mary Mapes Dodge*

It is said that 99% of the Americans know this so-called Dutch legend about the courageous 'Hans Brinker', mainly by reading the book at school, or hearing the tale from their parents.

In the past, many American tourists left the Netherlands in disappointment, because none of the Dutch natives could point out the dyke where Hans Brinker saved the country.

Take me for instance Folks.. I never knew about this story, untill I did vissit the US years ago and people asked me about it...
More about the brave Hans click here

This photo was made at the entrance of our cute vilage in mini

Good weekend and kind regards Folks:

John T

PS..I had a question from tl member *wenqing* This puppet is on a replica Dyke..See WS for the 'RAW' version (Thanks Xu!)

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Hi John
Nice shot with good light, colours and composition. I like you note too.
Very good work.

interesting story and photo here john :)
i can't quite figure this photo out...was this on a wall?
interesting composition :)


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  • andrei Gold Star Critiquer [C: 254 W: 1 N: 226] (1664)
  • [2006-08-12 10:39]

Good colour in this photo.

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  • GlenC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 2 N: 99] (797)
  • [2006-08-12 11:24]

Thanks for the photo John. Very informative...


Hi John,
how do you do this shot?
It's misterious for me and I like it - waterdrops - jea jea!
It's wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello John,

Sorry for not understanding the quality of this picture...It's not sharp at all!

The only reason could be becouse off the falling drops, but they are just a fraction of your composition.

Regards Jerry

Ken die van Prins Bernard die het Juliana Kanaal afdichte, John?
Very nice scene, Big Smile.!

  • darkito Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 0] (36)
  • [2006-08-12 14:10]

I am agree with Jerry,but will add my opinion-I could not to found some interesting here.Even the colours are not really(look WS)
no points sorry!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2006-08-12 14:35]

Hello John,
a very beautiful photo, it pleases me much is very original and with much details.

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2006-08-12 14:45]

Hi John
Well I did not know of the story either till a few years back English friends talked about it and I was so surprised lol. Good to let the 'world' know its a fable. You cropped this super nice and looking to the workshop the PP is very good. TL is a place where opnions can be various :-) Great Johnny and have a good weekend. Doei

  • Lionel Gold Star Critiquer [C: 801 W: 1 N: 289] (4)
  • [2006-08-12 17:24]

une belle photo pleine de couleur et de lumière.
Bravo pour cette belle prise de vue !

Demain les points.

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2006-08-12 18:14]

Good composition, nice colors.



I know the story. My kids had a picture book with stories from al over the world and this was the story from Holland. Well not exactly the same. In the storybook the main character was a little piglet and not a boy. I agree with Dave people don't read the notes and you gave a link to the website.

Hi John,
Great PoV, excellently composed. Sharp and clear. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hi bro! Very well done! I was wondering how he held on, if he layed flat (horizontally) or vertically, now I know by your ws.

Very interesting, I never heard of him before. I put your Holland link in miniature in my favs!

Well composed, colours well saturated!

Take care, sis :)

p.s. Many thx for your review on "Hilton Hotel Swimming Pool, Lake Leamy ". You have a great idea, I will propose them my photo ;)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2006-08-13 3:34]

And I thought this was YOU saving your country! It is a story I remember hearing at school, a few years + ago. Now the tourists can go home and say, that yes, it is true. TFS John

Very nice composition and POV. The colors and lighting are very good and your note informative!
TFS, Greetings, Vassilis

Hi John,
a Very good photo,beautiful compo.Congratulations!!
Best Regards,Deniz.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2006-08-13 13:46]

Hi John,
This is very interesting story. I am part of the 1% of American which did not know it story, but, I have an excuse, I am french canadian!:) Your photo is well composed and your PP work enhanced the colors of the grass. I like the projected shades and beautiful curve of the water jet. Very well done! Annie

Hello Oom John,

Once again I see some writing critiques without bothering to read notes or look at the links. I think those 'some' are thinking that this is indeed a real life figure and not a miniature.
Considering all of the above and reading the rather interesting notes (another fable destroyed just like Father Christmas and the Tooth Fairy), I think you have done a good job of the cropping and the PP work.
Expect a visit to the Netherlands soon of a delegation from here in Launceston who are studying ways and means of flood control. They are at the moment in Fran's city of New Orleans. TFS and I just noted that it is placed in a 'humorous' category, I wonder if that was noted by the negatives?
Many thanks for your comment on
King's Bridge

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-08-13 16:23]

Hi John,
Very nice photo and very informative notes to accompagny it. I never heard of this legend before. I like this curve of water drops just over the head. Well done.

This is really funny.
I knew about the story but not the name.
Great colors and I agree with Refugee about the negative comments. The note says a lot about the picture and the situation.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2006-08-14 4:08]

Heel speciaal en nooit van gehoord..en
dat in een buurland!

Hi John, nicely composed and lit photo, matched by your informative note. We could do with some of your water over here if you've got some to spare!

hello john!
great shot, very funny.

points tomorrow

Hi John,

I couldn't quite work out which way up this one was either my friend, as the water was flowing in a strange direction :) After seeing the WS though I now understand. I like both the this one and the WS John. Great accompanying note too mate. Well done!

OOF, compression artifacts and poor composition. Colors also appear to be oversaturated.

Hi John,

I can't say that I've heard of Hans. Still, lucky for the WS because I couldn't workout the photo very well. Especially the water..lol.. Nice tight crop & POV!

Well done & TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2006-08-14 10:42]

hi john
interesting story about this hero but i have got less information... lovely model and good exposure. composition, pov, colours, details and frame are great. i see ws and it is beautiful also.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-08-14 13:06]

Hello John,
intersting story you telling us here. A dutch legend and the dutch don't know about it *grin*
Nice shot to accompany your tale.

Very nice John
Classic Dutch scene photographed it beautifully, well framed and presented.
Thanks for sharing this scene of a classic story

Thanks for sharing the story, I had no idea about Hans Brinker up until now. The composition is acceptable, the sharpness could be better but I understand that it was taken from far away.


Interesting story you telling us here. A dutch fairy tale he he he... I recall reading that book in high school.Good composition and POV.TFS.

Hi John
Nice shot, good light, colours and composition
Great idea to tell the world the real story of Hans B
:-) Groetjes

Oh thank goodness! I'm glad he did!
GOod shot!

Hello John!

I have seen the MAnneken Pis a while ago. This is the Dutch version ,I guess (^_^). This one is more heroic , and less offending than the statue in Brussels (*_^)
Interesting angle. Lot of pressure behind the dyke ( more anyway than the M.P. (Lol) Great note and links.
But I have to agree, the image could be sharper.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2006-08-16 14:14]

Ahh! the boy with his finger in the dyke, great shot John.
Nicely cropped, coloured and framed.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • samr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 506 W: 31 N: 401] (3329)
  • [2006-08-16 15:31]

Hi John,
As always you bring a great photo with a greater note. Yes, I learnt about Hans when I was very young attending English school in Cairo. I honestly thought this fellow existed and he did save a nation by sacrificing his thumb. I was shocked and disapointed when I visited Amsterdam in 1989 and could not find anyone who heard of Hans! It took 35 years to find out I was lied to! as for Santa ... well that is another story.
Great tribute to Hans, and your great photo ... TFS,

Interesting notes and story John,
I've heard of the name but don't know the story.
I love the framing you did on this shot, just a bit to one side.
The colours and detail are all great.
TFS Janice

Hi John,

Nice shot, colours and composition.
Interesting note, in spite of not knowing.
but it is a beautiful work here.


Tis is quite strange not so sure whats going on...
But It remains to be a funnny shot..

Great photo John.
How are you doing otherwise? I've been very busy with work projects, trying to stay awake has been a mission... little photography. looks like I'm over the camel's back now, well, I think.

Thanx for the comments on JUMP


Hi John T.,
Humorous shot of an intreging story that I learnt in my school days (not so long ago-hehe)!
I like your use of a fast shutter speed to freeze the action of the water jet.
Well done and TFS

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  • iGirl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 106 W: 29 N: 112] (610)
  • [2006-08-25 14:00]

Hi John, I read that story when I was little but I think I knew it wasn't real. It's interesting to see that you have a replica of this imaginary story. I bet the tourists love it!

Nice composition; the water shows up very well in front of the dark green. But I think if you had gotten closer for the shot instead of cropping from a far-away shot, the focus would be sharper.

Thanks for sharing!


Nicely done John! Yes, this legend is very well known here in the states. Most of us learned of this as children. The story is told in books and passed along to new generations by word of mouth. It seems funny that most Americans know of this legend and the people in your country do not know the story. Very interesting. Great shot and notes as always John. Thanks for sharing your world!

Love and Peace Always

Hi john,
I like the story a lot, and your shot is excellant.
i love the colors and water movement.
Very well done

oh my....almost like hearin that there is no Easter Bunny..or Santa Claus...:o)
Photo caught my eye in the thumbnail..glad I read it..very interesting indeed..and neat photo too!
Thanks for the info..next time I'm in the states..I'll spread the word!! ha ha
Donna :o)

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2006-11-05 9:19]

Are you serious???
I see from your notes and all the comments but this is too much.... I remember this story he was a small blonde dutch boy with just his little finger saving everyone! I think I even remember a cartoon.

Its funny how some do not read your nice notes I LOVE notes! :)

Take care and thanks the eyeopener!


I browsed past this a few times: funny how your own stories are better known abroad. In the thumbnail, I thought it was a real person, but then, the turf is too perfect.

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