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A Town in the shadow

A Town in the shadow
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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: 2008-03-05
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS DO USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-06 23:06
Viewed: 2402
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treklens, this is Dordrecht..a town in the shadow of Dutch history , but..SO BEAUTIFULL !

Dordrecht belongs to one of the oldest Towns in The Netherlands, situated between Rotterdam and Breda.

Little 'fact wisdom' from the book:


The city was formed along the Thure river, in the midst of peat swamps.
This river was a branch of the river Dubbel and ran approximately near the current Bagijnhof.

In 1049 the first reference to Dordrecht was made. Count Dirk IV was murdered that year near "Thuredrech".

Dordrecht was granted city rights by William I, Count of Holland, in 1220, making it the oldest city in Holland.

On 17th April 1421, the Saint Elisabeth's flood drowned large parts of southern Holland, causing Dordrecht to become an island. Over 100,000 people died in the flood.

Because of its strategic location the city developed into an important market city. It traded primarily in wine, wood, and cereals.

In 1572, representatives of all cities from Holland gathered in Dordrecht to declare their independence of Spain and acknowledge William of Orange as the leader of the fledgling Dutch state.

In the 18th century, the importance of Dordrecht started to diminish, and Rotterdam became the main city in the region. Yet throughout the centuries, Dordrecht held a key position in the defense of Holland.

Photo made 2 days ago, together with my brother in law
we went two days on a 'Shoot Holland ' safari

Willemstad, Moerdijk and Dordrecht, yesterday Zierikzee

Our little country has many many nice places to see

Thanks for the 'pop in ' and have a good weekend Folks


John T

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”

David C. McCullough

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2008-03-06 23:20]

Belle ambiance, on sent l'appel du large.
Bonne journée.

Hi John,
Very nice cityscape.Good postcard.Well done.
Çok güzel fotoğraf.


Hi John
Nice view, I like it very much ans the your note is very informative.
TFS ')

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-03-06 23:38]

Hoi John
MOOOOI ! Mijn Vader is er geboren en ik ging er als kind al vaak heen
Ooms, Tantes.. je kent dat wel! Leuk did eens zo te zien en je hebt gelijk,
vele mooie hoekjes in Dort.
Groetjes en jullie een fijn weekend


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-03-07 0:52]

Hello John, your country certainly has a lot of history - and it is soooo old!! 1049!! Our history goes back to Abel Tasman, a dutchman who discovered NZ only 200+ years ago.
Very nicely composed image here. Interesting architecture, and I hope you and your b-in-law had a good safari to Dordrecht.
I'm off on a safari with Pam and Dawn tomorrow - we're heading 'north'!!
Have a good weekend

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-03-07 1:15]

nice capture
good shot

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-03-07 2:40]

Allo John,
Beautiful mood which emerges from this photo. Very beautiful composition with natural colors. I like it. Ca ferait une belle carte postale :) Merci mon ami!
A bientôt

Salut John,
Très belle photo de ce merveilleux endroit.
Que cela doit être agréable de vivre ici.
C'est magnifique. Merci de nous faire découvrir.
Ta photo est très bien...bel angle de prise de vue, belles couleurs et belle présentation.
Du beau travail.

This is a very nice composition with great light and colours. I like these old sailing ships. Well done.
Best wishes,

Lovely view from the river.
Well done

Hello Johnny,
A classic view of Holland. Keep them coming.
Beautiful composition, and so much to see in this photo.
Yes, your country is beautiful :-)
Good colors and details. TFS

hi john, beautiful scene here, well captured,

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  • nface Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 3] (457)
  • [2008-03-07 7:44]

hi John great photo , very nice


Hi John,

I like very much the way you brought this town back from the "shadow of history". Excellent presentation and also the atmosphere in this typical Dutch image, with the beautiful facades and the river and boats in FG.

Have a nice weekend,

Hi John,
Very nice composition...
Beautiful soft reflections and colourful city...
I love it.
Güzel foto. İyi çalışma. PERFECT!..TFS.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-03-07 13:36]

Hello John,
Very beautiful city. Real Dutch mood. I like it Dutch houses, interesting architecture. Great shot.
Well done, Zsú

hello john!
wonderful view and colors, i like it.

Hi frere, this is very nice and so much representative of Holland. Very well captured, good control on lighting. Very sharp!

Cheers :)

Hoi John,
A fine picture of Dordrecht, nice place to be and make photo's. (I lived a short while in this town). You were lucky with those fluffy clouds :-) A fine posting John!

Hi John. In deze stad ben ik nog nooit geweest en hij staat al op mijn lijst. Zeker naar het zien van deze geweldige opname. Het moest er maar eens van komen dit jaar. Erg Mooi. groet Frans

  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-03-07 17:50]

Hi John

Nice subtle reflections in the river. I like the minimalist colour. Good sharpness, & nice repetition of the yachts, facing each other. Well done!

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-03-07 19:30]

Hi john
I enjoyed the detail on the back lit building and that you were able maintain the sky. ND filters? I'm curious about the white building in the center - it seems to lack the quality detail present in the other building, Mmmmm.


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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2008-03-07 21:18]

Hi John,
Lovely composition, and nice low POV. Nice colors in the clouds as well. Will look forward to more pictures from your two-day photo shoot.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-03-07 22:29]

Hello John:)
Very peaceful area and yes!!! beautiful - very nice place for urban relaxation.
Greetings, Tom

Merhaba John,
Great composition and graphism.
Well seen and well captured city image.
Selahattin E

when my colleague went to Holland for vacation and show us her album.. many of the building are near the water similar like this.. :D

another stunning shot of your country, JT.. well seen and well done..

have a beautiful weekend.

cheers, terry

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-03-08 0:58]

Hi John,
beautiful compo with beautiful colours and light.TFS.Necla.

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-03-08 1:38]
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Hallo M. John Tulip
Hier zien wij bruin water, blauwe hemel en een stad in de schaduw, hoe in aarde u dat hebt gecreeerd? Ontsproten mijn vriend, goede kleuren, en uitstekende scherpte en definitief briljant goed samengesteld. U hebt nogmaals een groot schot gecreeerd. Heb een aardige dag mijn vriend, en u weten het, is er nu droesem dan 2 maand aan de cruise.
Beste wensen
van Jens.

I told you it would be latter.

Hallo John.
Mooi Hollandse plaatje van deze zeer oude stad aan het water.
Bedankt voor de info. Altijd interessant.
Groeten van Jan

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2008-03-08 5:42]

Ik mis een beetje licht hier, John (luminance). Je belichtingsinstellingen lijken me ook wat gevaarlijk voor boten: slechts 1/40"... maar je hebt wel geluk gehad, want ik zie geen bewegingsonscherpte.
Mooie geveltjes wel. Ik voeg Dordrecht toe aan m'n lijstje voor Nederland.
Groetjes & TFS

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-03-08 6:00]

Hi John
European countties certainly offers a lot to the photographer
Very nice composition of this port

What a sweet portrait of this town
and it's architecture John,
Great POV and composition.
Well done,
- Vincent

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-03-08 9:03]

Hello John, another beautiful shot well composed and great quality, thanks, good note too!


...en inderdaad John, heerlijke wolkenluchten en die typisch Hollandse stadjes aan het water, helemaal genieten, jij en José van de foto safari en wij van de zeer aangename foto's die je met ons deelt.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-03-08 11:12]

Hi JT,
Ahh- what an ambiance here. Excellent POV choice, a beautiful scene. Great colors and details, excellente mi amigo. TFS Julie

Hi John,
the beautiful houses are very nice composed with the sailing ships.
A photo with very very good technical sides, like the lightness is superb.
Best wishes.

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-03-08 14:28]

Hola John,
exquisita vista y presentación...
hermosa panorámica y colorido,
saludos amigo.

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-03-08 15:01]

Hey John
Whats cooking. Dordrecht ?
Ik zet het op mijn 'lijssie' Machtige prent man! Super!!!!!
Groet en lekker rustig morgen he? Doe je moeder de groeten en feliciteer haar met haar van ons met haar 88ste verjaardag John!


Merhaba Dear John:)
Guzel Netherlands :)Cok Guzel Architecture Photo.Very beautiful compo.Congrats!!!
I wish you a great Sunday
Istanbul dan Selam ve sevgiler.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-03-09 1:18]

Merhaba myfriend Dear John...
verynice shot and pov...superb colors and focus..bravo..selamlar

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-09 3:13]

Very fine colours and details!
I love the composition of this one

Hi John, great view of lovely place, wonderful architecture and splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-03-09 11:03]

Wonderful view, with a great note. Very interesting architecture. Love the river view. TFS

Hello Mr du soir et de l'obscurité ;O)
The colors leave more place with contours of the typical houses of the Netherlands and with the old ships which one can only admire. Thank you for this new discovery for your splendid country.
Allez au dodo, bonne nuit
Corinne Mme la nuit ;-))

Hi John,
Beautiful Cityscape of Dordrecht, lovely boat and details, I love the perpective and the architecture of the house on back, Beautiful colors and presentation very well done.

Hoi John
How are you today? Bugün nasılsınız?
Excellent colour and details of this beautiful shadows.Lovely place and composition.
Well done my friend.TFS.

Hoi John,
Lijkt best veel op Haarlem. Mooi typisch nederlands plaatje.
Is de horizon niet helemaal recht? Het lijkt wat te hangen aan de linkerkant.
Afijn, mooie plaat.

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