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Through the Looking Glass


Looking into the courtyard of the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg, capital of Zeeland province, Netherlands.


Through the Looking Glass


Looking into the courtyard of the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg, capital of Zeeland province, Netherlands.


comments (52)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2010, 00:15
I like the treatment Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 00:46
This is an interesting view, the subject is outside on the other side of this window.
Ginnie Hart: He was a fixture there, Rob, and never left the entire time we were there, inside or out, so he became part of shot. Thanks.
  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2010, 01:00
oh lovely! great details in the windows and a nice catch of someone's moment of contemplation.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Leanne. As I told Rob, he was a fixture there and never left the entire time we were there, inside or out, so he became part of shot. We actually tried not to disturb him too much. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Oct 2010, 01:42
Looks like the top panes of glass have done their best to create an abstract for you, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I love old glass like this, Ray, for that very reason! Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 02:49
Very nice color/treatment, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kay smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2010, 04:13
Very clever processing Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 04:20
that promises to be one beautiful courtyard.
Ginnie Hart: If you look at my In Soul today, you'll see a collage with Astrid in it, Maria. smile It's an herb garden. Thanks.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 11 Oct 2010, 04:20
You can see how beautiful those buildings are!

A very nice light and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Beautiful and very old, Sidney...from the 1500s as I recall. Thank you.
Great photo, with so much to look at it makes me want to see more - in colour.
Ginnie Hart: You can see more of the herb garden inside, Sheila, if you scroll down in this link. Astrid was having a heyday inside:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/10/zeeland-province-netherlands.html smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:06
superbe le traitement des couleurs !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Rem. Merci.
observing the majesty!!!! interesting perspective
Ginnie Hart: I love looking through old glass like this, Fabrizio, and seeing the distortion. Grazie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:11
I like the distortions in the glass here Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It's one of my favorite things about old glass, Chris. Thanks.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:12
Super exposure Ginnie and nicely framedsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:17
Time stood still, it was so quiet there, as if we stepped in another century
Love the 'old' windows, composition and the colours, a wonderful picture again.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, mijn vrouw. You were having a heyday inside with all those herbs. That was fun. Have you seen the collage yet at In Soul?? smile
I like pictures like this Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sir Phillips. I love the distortions of old glass like this. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:27
lovely, the is the third green tinged pic today, including mine smile looks like a very pretty place!! love this
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elaine. Yes, it was beautiful. We love enclosed courtyards like this. smile
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:30
Fabulous processing - the tones are lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kala.
  • Shaun
  • Turkey
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:33
Fantastic photograph. A very nice subject, and an interesting one to look at.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Shaun I love places like this, especially through old, distorted glass.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Oct 2010, 07:54
This is one of 'my' favourite places- the cloister of a medieval kerk with such a lovey and peaceful look into the courtyard! Are the 'distortions' by glass home-made or made by processing? (In Münster we sbhould visit the cloister of the Dome, too)
Ginnie Hart: These are real distortions, Philine, and not processed. That's why I love old glass like this. I did add a texture but it really did not add to the distortion, I don't think. We LOVE cloisters, so we will definitely want to see yours in Münster when we visit. For sure. Bedankt.
This could almost be England too Ginnie. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chad. Indeed.
  • Fokkio
  • Germany
  • 11 Oct 2010, 09:29
You made this look very old in a beautiful way. It's a piece of art.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Fokkio. smile
Fine capture with a very nice treatment again Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Richard. Merci.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 11:10
Lovely image and scene captured thru this antique glass. Love how the architectural elements frame the scene. Truly wonderful processing!
Ginnie Hart: Thnak you, Marcie. These old buildings seem to bring out the best in everything!
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 11 Oct 2010, 11:57
very beautiful catchin'
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, TM.
  • Tracy
  • UK
  • 11 Oct 2010, 12:45
It looks a bit spooky through he top panes of glass Musketeer. I like the effect it gives and your treatment works wonders.smile
Ginnie Hart: You know more about these old buildings than I do, Musketeer. I'm guessing more are spooky than not?! smile Good for photo-ops!
I agree with Chad. Looks very English to me. Your superb processing is perfectly suited for this timeless scene, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you and Chad are right...very English, very European. This is part of why I feel at home here, Beverly. This is my kind of architecture. smile
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2010, 14:35
Bonjour Ginnie. Superb photo. Your framing is very good and the texture is very nice. Excellent work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Always merci, Antoine. Merci. smile
mysterious and beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: My kind of place, Joshi. smile Thank you.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 17:08
love the vintage look of this scene.. nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: I love old architecture, Rian, as you can tell. smile Thanks.
I do like your twiddles.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mick. Thanks.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2010, 18:04
Interesting feeling to this photograph. The mono-tone colors and muted green in the background add a lot of mystery to the photo.
Ginnie Hart: European architecture is very soulful to me, Paule. I can't get enough of it! Thank you kindly.
Very good image Ginnie, I thought for a moment this was the quad of a British college.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Brian, indeed. Exactly. Thanks for the lovely thought.
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 11 Oct 2010, 20:38
Mais c'est l'école de Harry Potter, la célèbre école de Poudlard

Ginnie Hart: I love the thought of Harry Potter's school, LoLO. Merci. smile
Great atmosphere, j'adore!!!! A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: I really like places like this, Valérie. smile Merci.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 11 Oct 2010, 21:52
An intriguing shot, the processing of which really does enhance the feeling of days-gone-by.
Ginnie Hart: This is what I love about Europe, George...the old architecture like this. Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 11 Oct 2010, 22:11
interesting shot in the cloister
Ginnie Hart: Definitely interesting, Oscar. smile
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Oct 2010, 22:37
lovely capture
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra.
wonderful shot ginnie, looks a very grand place
Ginnie Hart: It was very grand to me, Derek, for sure. Thank you.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 12 Oct 2010, 05:55
A very great photo looking through very old glass when you look through the top of the windows....and your processing has enhanced the fabulous angle that you took the shot at.....i like this Ginnie...petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. This is why I love Europe so much. smile
Beautifully processed and having a person there makes all the difference.
Ginnie Hart: The person clearly wasn't gonna move, Micahel, so he got included...kinda like the cranes on our landscapes! smile Thanks.
Beautiful image, excellent processing, great composition! I like building as seen through the window, very good details!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Andrei. I do like these old buildings very much!
  • tede
  • France
  • 12 Oct 2010, 08:37
A true marvel Ginnie image, it's like in Harry Potter! Beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: Someone else mentioned Harry Potter and I quite like that, Tede. smile Thank you. Merci.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 12 Oct 2010, 08:45
I like the focus on the outside. Great composition Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frida. I love Europe! smile
Good composition and framing! smile
The colours are so full of nostalgia!
I wonder what's the lady thinking in the courtyard...
Perhaps, what's for dinner tonight? Ha ha
Ginnie Hart: The lady is actually a man, LC, but we didn't know that till we went inside. He sat there the entire time we were there, making us try very hard not to disturb his meditation. It was an herbal garden inside, so maybe he was benefiting from something there? smile Thank you always for your very kind words.
  • Laurent
  • France
  • 12 Oct 2010, 16:08
Beautiful graphic shot !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Laurent. Merci.
These old inner spaces are often wonderful, like this one - well caught.
Ginnie Hart: I love them, Wim. So very soulful! Bedankt.
Love this shot Ginnie, Fantastic window smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Linda. This is why I love Europe!
  • Peter
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2010, 10:45
amazing. reminds me of harry potter. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Peter...a couple others said the same thing. I love the idea. smile Thanks.

Please get yourself out there because I love what you are doing on your own site with your images. I post every M-W-F and will love seeing you here. I always visit YOU at least twice after every comment here, so let's stay in touch.
this definitely looks like one of those places you don't want to hurry through. sitting in the courtyard listening to birds or enjoying the sunshine is a day well spent.
the glass in the windows is awesome. it looks like handmade glass. for a "new church" it seems very old.
Ginnie Hart: The funny thing about this Nieuwe Kerk, Seraphine, is that it's from 1658, rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure from the 14th century. So as you see, 'new' is relative here. smile Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 14 Oct 2010, 05:29
I love the image as well as the view.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Kanyi. I love the old churches/cloisters of Europe!
Great perspective. I can tell this glass is really old; it has flowed with the years.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mark, you're right. I love this kind of age! Thanks.
An awesome place with so much character and mood...a fabulous composition and I love your signature tone and processing! Wish you and Astrid the best! Have a great trip!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Pavan. Thank you kindly. We had a great trip and believe it was just what the doctor ordered! smile

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