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Through the streets of Deventer, Holland, on December 19, while at the Dickens Festijn.
Why does this remind me of England and Tiny Tim, not Holland!

God Bless You Everyone

Through the streets of Deventer, Holland, on December 19, while at the Dickens Festijn.
Why does this remind me of England and Tiny Tim, not Holland!

comments (48)

  • rian
  • United States
  • 6 Jan 2010, 02:16
lookit that snow brushing the place.. smile very nice capture.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Holland got rare early snow this year, Rian, so it really added to the feel of this Dickens Festijn. We were lucky. But I can't remember when I've been that cold (14F) for two hours outside. Brrr. Thanks.
Very nice shot Ginnie, I really like how the unique architecture immediately stands out. Have a wonderful 2010!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Brian. It was a delightful setting for the festival. Happy New Year to you, too.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Jan 2010, 02:50
Its gorgeous, Ginnie...and the little puff of smoke finishes it off perfectly.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ray. I was very happy about that puff of smoke. smile
beautiful shot and great composition. it looks quite chilly but pleasant
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Charles. It was 14F, one of the coldest days I've experienced in a long time...especially standing outside for 2 hours!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 6 Jan 2010, 04:27
Maybe they filmed that movie in Hollandsmile I see it too.
Ginnie Hart: I wonder, Sherri. smile It sure did look Dickensish.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Jan 2010, 05:47
Dit is een prachtige foto, zoals jij hem bewerkt hebt kan dit inderdaad ook in Engeland zjn.
A wonderful composition, the smoke does make the picture, it shows how cold it was that day.
A wonderful memorable day meeting Wim and seeing all the nice things.
Ginnie Hart: One of these days you'll look at your pictures from that outing, Astrid. I have a feeling you have one similar to this, right? It really is a wonderful memory from almost 3 weeks ago.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Jan 2010, 06:35
Yes, this could be anywhere in old europe. Excellent picture.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, too, Louis. Thanks.
TOTALLY reminds me of Charles Dickens, i love love this shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Elaine!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 6 Jan 2010, 06:52
Another cracker of a image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Tony.
it's the grimy smoke that reminds you of dickens and the industrial age.

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
Ginnie Hart: I knew it was something, Sera, and I think you're right. That smoke...gotta be it! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jan 2010, 07:23
A lovely perspective and toning - a row of Dutch gevels and roofs -intensifying the old-fashioned feel of narrowness in these straatjes van het bergkwartier where you could meet the Dickens figures like Tiny Tim and thousands of people... I like the wintery atmosphere, the fine Christmas decoration , and the smoke coming from a chimney so that we know here must be life!
Ginnie Hart: Since you have been here, Philine, you know exactly what we saw. It was a wonderful experience that really did take us back in time.
Is is quite English Ginnie and full of charm. We are not so unlike the Dutch, the main difference is language. Most people can speak English.......tongue

(Sorry Lady P)
Ginnie Hart: Lady P understands but all the times you try to speak/write her language, one word at a time, she is thrilled! smile Beetje bij beetje, little by little, I'm learning, too.
A beautiful perspective Ginnie. This could be in the northern part of France too!
Ginnie Hart: I 'spect so, Richard. It is definitely NOT American! smile
A very good choice Ginnie: the thin layer of snow makes this extra nice.
Ginnie Hart: You know, Wim, how very cold it was that day. Even Astrid was too cold for comfort! smile Bedankt.
nice angle of framing and tone wonderful building simmetry
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. smile
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 6 Jan 2010, 09:08
What kind of processing did you do on this (if at all)? I like the rough texture of the buildings coupled with the crisp lines.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jessie. Thank you. I put most of my images through the Multiply layer in PS and then convert them to B&W/sepia (except for ones like my last post!), if any of that makes sense?
This is Dickens-like
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Chantal!
I couldn't imagine Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess you'd know, Chad!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jan 2010, 10:59
For me it looks very Dutch/Hollands, sorry, quite more than English, or it could be in some parts of Germany, too! I very like the crossing of different lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal- and the Christmas decoration is so tasteful in opposite to the neo-kitschy ones in many cities!
To Bill: There are some more main differences than...- but you are right: The most Nederlanders speak English excellently because growing up with English since their birth and watching films on TV in English...; the problem is rather that there are too many, sometimes silly anglicisms in the language like in our one!
Ginnie Hart: You would know better than I, Philine, so I trust you in what you say. Still, I do think of England. Maybe it's the chimneys?
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Jan 2010, 11:23
Well you cannot get much more English than Dickens so they picked a good spot for the festival. Looks more like Iceland outside my window ;o)
Ginnie Hart: I think many of the European countries are looking more like Iceland right now, Mike. grin Astrid says this is unusual...especially when it was December.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 6 Jan 2010, 11:36
It certainly look more like England to me. Beautiful buildings Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It does to me, too, Frida. Thanks! smile
Superb capture and your framing is very good. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. You, too. smile
Dedfinitely has a Victorian feeling to this lovely scene, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Paul. Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 6 Jan 2010, 12:57
Was just thinking that this is very Dickensian (is that a word??). It does conjure up images of winter in England. Wonderful framing and processing.
Ginnie Hart: Dickensian is a GOOD word, Marcie, whether it's a word or not! smile I love it. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jan 2010, 13:33
Oh, Ginnie, heb je gezien?- er zitten twee vogeltjes naast één chimney -in spite of the smoke!- t w e e vogeltjes! - na, aan wie doet dit me wel laten denken?
Ginnie Hart: Awwwwwwww. No, I did not notice, Philine. How precious is that!!! smile
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 6 Jan 2010, 14:05
I agree it does look like England. Beautiful processing and composition
Ginnie Hart: And you have been there, Aussie, so you should know. smile Thanks.
It looks a quaint and cosy street, and although cold outside the smoke makes the houses look warm inside, very nice Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You would be so proud of what they do with Dickens at this Festijn, Linda. It's really quite amazing and the street is perfect for it all. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Jan 2010, 14:55
It is actually very English looking Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad you agree, Chris. smile
Nicely done monochrome, Ginnie - the diagonal stepping of the roofs is a nice feature.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom. I thought the image fit the day perfectly.
I can see your thinking behind this Ginnie, a very Dickensian feel of old London to it, only the steeply sloping Dutch style roofs give it away. A very enjoyable picture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. So are you saying you Brits don't have these steeply sloping roofs? That's the part I didn't know.
  • Oscar
  • spain
  • 6 Jan 2010, 17:21
I like EEUU but i like very much Europe. The landscapes is very beautiful
Ginnie Hart: I like EEUU, too, Oscar, especially since that's my country of origin, but I have always felt I was more European than American. It must have to do with a past life. smile Gracias.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 6 Jan 2010, 17:25
This image does remind me of England. Is that snow dusting on the roof?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Maria, that is snow. Holland got an early dusting this year! Thanks.
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 6 Jan 2010, 18:00
Beautiful image. I love the treatment and tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Hoi.
What gorgeous buildings. I love this.
Ginnie Hart: This is one of the reasons why I love Europe so much, Michael. The architecture enthralls me.
I wonder what kind of rent the inhabitants of these wonderful homes pay out, Ginnie? To me, it would be like living in a well written historical novel. I would like to see more images from Deventer.
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Beverly. Our friend, Wim, who sells his etchings at a shop nearby this location, would probably know. Maybe I'll ask him one of these days.

BTW, the last several images and the next few are all of Deventer's Dicken's Festijn. Maybe you wanted to see more of Deventer itself? I have some more images not yet queued. Maybe I'll post them eventually just for you. smile
I think all the triangles in this shot give it a really good composition. I also like the drifting smoke, it adds a little touch of hunmanity.
Ginnie Hart: That touch of humanity is a good way to describe it, George, so thanks for the thought.
the clue is in the name Ginnie, as I'm sure you can work out. Arranging for the snow is a nice touch.
Ginnie Hart: I must say, Les, that picking a location for a Dicken's Festijn outside of England could not have been chosen better! Thanks.
I don't want to be a nuisance, but this picture would be nicely rounded out with, say, three pretty girls surrounded by mistletoe... smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHA! You have given me a good laugh this morning, Larry. grin Thank you.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2010, 06:05
You even make snow look good Ginnie! I hear you all are in for some really cold temps and lots of snow this year. Take care and keep warm!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Martie. And YES. We're heading into a Nor'easter, I think. We're bracing ourselves for it. smile
Una composición preciosa con una textura y tonos excelentes.

Muy bonita la imagen.

Feliz año nuevo 2010.

Ginnie Hart: Feliz año nuevo 2010 to you, too, Bernardo. Muchas gracias.
Seriously...straight out of A Christmas Carol. Beautiful shot Ginnie! I especially love the smoke coming from the chimney and the snow dusted roof tops.
Ginnie Hart: I'm also reminded of "Oliver." I love those movies, so this is soulful for me, Caroline. Thank you.
Wow que bonito paisaje con nieve y todo que envidia, como hechaba de menos estas fotos tuyas, me encantan los tonos!!
Por cierto que te han traido los reyes???

Un abrazo amigo!!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheat, MA. Muchas gracias.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 7 Jan 2010, 15:55
Wow love this! Its like something right out of A Christmas Carol! I half expect Scrooge to come walking by!
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Andy. Thank you and Happy New Year!
  • don
  • United States
  • 7 Jan 2010, 16:05
A fine capture of these interesting buildings. The angles and shapes combine to make a very interesting and effective image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Don.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2010, 13:27
oh boy, i love this street! the buildings are fantastic!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Crash, for stopping by and commenting.
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 11 Jan 2010, 18:53
Beautiful, Ginnie smile
Very nice framing.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, PIXistenz, for stopping by and commenting.
  • david
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2010, 12:50
i don't know, because it absolutely does remind me of holland (or belgium)! really nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, David, for backtracking. It's good to see you again! I just got my new laptop today after my old one died over a week ago. So I'm trying hard to catch up!

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