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Leiden Holland ' Upside down '

Leiden Holland ' Upside down '
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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: 2007-11-22
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Canon 400D Rebel XTi, Canon EF-S 17-85 mm f: 4-5,6 IS USM, Compact Flash 2-2gb, B-W UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Century Club (more than 100 points), paysages [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 0:52
Viewed: 3994
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 162
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treklens we are here back in Holland,
The University City of Leiden .

On a November day my French Brother in Law Jose and 'moi' roamed the City for obvious reasons.
(although Jose is not a TL member, some TL members know him)

Here we found on a sunny day a crystal clear canal reflection..a walking Lady .. and a Lady on a bike on the bridge here.

The colors and view *trapped and snapped * by me .. made me decide to turn the whole photo 'upside down '

Tech Talk:
Editing done in Photo Shop CS3
The other day I read an article in one of the Photo Magazines ..
A special edition with some VERY good hints ..
which I try to translate from Dutch to English

First of all: don't do much 'after sharpening..and if you have to.. use ''un sharp mask '' (well that we all know)
Than second ..

The article told .. many professionals do
sharpening in each separate color channel !

Often a photo shows 'grain' in one of the combined colors ..
Specially 'BLUE' is very sensitive for grain/blur.

So this you do: Go in PS Color pallet to Channels and all channels separate and (UN) sharpen each one by one .(the blur one not at all or a little )

If the colors later look to saturated than change PS to the 'Lab-mode'
Adjustments > Mode > Lab

Than go to Window > Channels > and activate 'Light' in the Channels (on right) and (un) sharpen only this channel ( here is also the light information )

Activate after that the other channels to check the total overview.

Hope this is useful and maybe it is a nice idea for other TL members , if they have a 'trick' or found something useful, to share it with us!?

Thanks for your time Folks..

John T

If you share what you know..
than others might grow


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Hi John,

For a lovely sunday, a thought from you...
Great reflections and this work really excites.
All the best for the image..and for the technical guidances.
Wish the best for you..


hi John,

What a great idea creating this mirror picture . . and set in reverse . .
I confuse at the beginning . . ha ha . .
I am still not learning about CS . . so maybe I send you the RAW and need your help to do the editing . . if you don't mind . .
Great presentation my friend . .


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-03-02 0:58]

Hallo John,
Schitterend bedacht en uitgevoerd! Heel fraai en bijzonder: de bovenkant ònder.
Groet uit Zeeland,

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-03-02 1:00]

Hi John
Great reflections. Beautiful theme and well presented.

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2008-03-02 1:08]

Good idea with the flip. and good reflection too :)


Note : agree with sharpening in each channel

Hi John,

Very beautiful idea and very well realized. It's nice to see the world "upside down". I remember in my childhood when I liked to hang with my legs suspended in the trees and see the world like in your picture. :-)
Also I like very much the vivid colours.

Have a nice Sunday,

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-03-02 1:14]

I love the geometry and the colors of your upsidedownworld !


Hello John,

It made my eyes open wide when I first looked at it!
That was a great idea to invert it! It just demonstrates how perfect the reflection is!

Lovely composition, well-saturated colours and just a pleasure to look at!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Fid Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 16] (202)
  • [2008-03-02 1:54]

This pic tricked me..haha...good work with the reflections.

Hi John,
very nice coloured reflection and good presented, I like it,
regards Karolina

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-03-02 2:24]

Hi John
I was always of that opinion that something strange are happening in Holland, but that everything are reversed I didnt know.
Good shot my friend, creative PP work, compliments.

Your PP work still is too difficult for me, but what you are telling is something |I have already seen, that some colours are more likely to display noise. This is one I have to save and because my favourites are full, I use my other theme - have to come up with something with a better name.

Hi John,
Excellent reflections and great shot,
nice POV and colours.Well done my friend.TFS.

Hi John,

Very creative photo, the reflection is excellent, colorful and a very nice mirror effect is achieved. Very good work!

Lovely impressionistic effect. Great colours.
Hope you are well.


merhaba sevgili arkadaşım john
excellent reflections.excellent colours and composition.
well done.
Istanbuldan sevgiler my friend.
gürkan akçakır.

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-03-02 4:46]

Hej John,
This is fantastic your "upsidedown" vision, very creative again! Thanks for the lesson and for the new ideas for CS3 work.
Have a great sunday and a wonderful week!
Många hälsningar och vi ses!

Good Sunday morning Johnny,
Beautiful composition and POV.
Love those colors and the clear "up-side-down" reflections.
I'm happy to see such different photos from you friend.
Keep it up.
ps: thanks for the CS lesson. BTW, I forgot to tell you that Sigma lens photo booklet has my this photo printed on front cover. :-)

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-03-02 6:20]
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Hi John
So we are playing ostrich with this one.
It is very colorful and the flipping was a good idea.
Its definitely a conversation piece.

I have been desperately trying to get accomodations for a couple of days so I could join the group, but I am not having much success. Will keep trying and let you know.
Where will you be staying? And do you plan to go on to Montreal?

Hi John,
Nicely done . The colors and the scene are spectacular . This is a good and well done PP work . I will keep the tip in your note .

Wonderful shot John

The upside down rotation is perfect, gives the photo a totally different perspective.

TFS ;)

hello john!
excellent reflection, beautiful colors.

creative presentation Jhon being the reflections on top of the image, good saturation with minimal noise, well seen here and good compo as well. thanks for the helpful hints.
regards from Dubai....andres

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-03-02 11:06]

Hi John,
What a striking photo!
I like much the superb composition and the inversion of the scene. Excellent use of the thirds. Beautiful colorful reflections. Bravo and many thanks for your useful note. Annie

You got my head spinning.
Excellent capture.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-03-02 12:44]

Hi John,I like your upside down world,also the tips on sharpening,thank you I will try them out.TFS


Hi John,
Please explain what we are looking at this picture!!!...
Wonderful reflections and lovely composition.
Çok güzel foto olmuş. Teşekkürler Tulip...
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi John. Werkelijk een beauty. kleur, compositie en symetrie maken dit to een grootste opname. Kwaliteit en kunde om het te zien en vast te leggen.
erg knap werk.
Gr Fans

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-03-02 14:32]

I John, funny and creative idea the upsidedown that puts the reflection in first position. Pov and colours are great! It's an image full of life and energy.
Ciao, Cinzia

Hello John,a real water colour!
Great idea to rotate the shot.
Lovely presentation,tfs.
Regards Jean.

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-03-02 15:44]

Hi Joao!

Good work, a diferent one!!! I like it... a lot! Good colours and the bicicle ride is perfect!


Hi John, Nice reflections here, and this is a good idea to post it upside down! Well done and nice reflections. This will be great for Helen's next theme on this coming Friday.

BTW, as you wished for, Ben uploaded his first photo on TL. Hope you like :)


Looks like a wonderful painting Johnny!! Love this, very Monet style, excellent details and colors! Great notes too!

Hello John. This is a clever 180 degrees rotation making it look like a watercolor painting. Creative and interesting view. well done and regards. Jusni

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  • Ramdan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 688 W: 31 N: 1408] (5765)
  • [2008-03-02 20:50]

Hi John,
Looked weird... I had to stare at this shot at first, to understand the reality. Very nice actually, John.
And what making this posting even greater was your very informative note. Big hug to you for that information and tips. Thank you very much, John.

hi john, awesome image, the reflections are amazing and to flip it upside down is very daring and creative, the top almost looks like a painting, it really work well,i think its the architecture but there is a certain nice classic feel to this,
well done,

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2008-03-02 22:05]
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Hello John my vriend,
Jy is 'n meester. This is a brilliant shot.
AND the note is perfect. In learn a lot from you.
Very well done,

Hello JT,

fantastic idea and very creative for this shot.. interesting to look at.. that's give us here an idea how the Leiden would look like upside down.. bravo!

regards, terry

Beautiful colorful scene, I like the red and grey houses, the blue sky and the line of the bridge and, of course, their water reflections. Nice and original idea, to invert the reality and the reflection.


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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2008-03-03 0:52]

Hi John,
ha ha ha ha . Great post!!
Wonderful idea and work!! Very creative!!

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  • nface Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 3] (457)
  • [2008-03-03 1:05]

Hi John how are you , your photo perfect very excellent


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-03-03 1:14]

Hi John

Wonderful reflections, & an interesting idea to invert the image, which adds an abstract look & feel. Good colour & sharpness. Tfs!

Hello John!
Interesting perspective, nice idea!
Funny way to see the world!
Best regards!

...I return... :)

an excellent choise.. in this way.. it looks like an impressionist picture!! the effect is realistic and alive!! great mood and wonderful pov!! bravo!
ciao Marco
;) soon

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2008-03-03 4:23]
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Daar moest ik toch even de ogen knipperen.... mooi effect, eerst verwarrend en dan ineens zie ik die scherpe onderkant.
Gaaf hoor!
Ik hoop dat het goed me je gaat.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-03-03 4:37]

Hi John ;)))
great artwork...very impressive, TFS
Best regards,
J ;)

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-03-03 4:39]

Hi John,
Great idea to turn off your picture, it's look like a painting. Colors are superbs and composition excellent. It's artistic and I like it, it's beautiful.
Bonne journée

Excelent pic... I love Holland. Bravo.

Hi John,
A most interesting composition . . . . kept me gazing for a bit, trying to determine how true the reflection was to the subject. I've long wanted to capture a beautiful reflection . . .
Excellent work as usual, and extra points for sharing your photo knowledge . . .
Take care,

Goog morning John! Very good, nice color! The reflection on top makes it look like a painting for me. Have a great week :} Don

Hoi John.
Ik kom mooi optijd om het even op honderd te zetten :-)
Heel CREA ! Mooie opname and bedankt voor de Photoshop les

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-03-03 7:26]

Hello John,
Great idea, fantastic compo of a wonderful photo. Amazing colours and detail in the reflction capture. Bravo. Excelent work.
My regards, jmb

hey... well done !
nice idea of up & down, the subject is good looking, the colours very eye-catching

Dear John:
You make simple things, extraordinary; like this capture and its presentation...
and like you made me stand on my head to view it...LOL :)
Best of life to you this day!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-03-03 11:31]

Ken jij ""Spiegel van Holland""(1950)van Bert Haanstra?

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2008-03-03 11:57]
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Hi John.
Good idea and interesting presentation.
Thank you for good and useful comment on my last picture.
Best regards.
Janek Kloss

Hi John
Another great photo and original idea to present the reflection upside down.It produces a stunnig effect.
Great PP work.

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-03-03 21:43]

Hoi John
Mooi man! De eerste reactie is ..what the heck...dan valt het kwartje
Mooi stukje pp en geweldige kleuren. De PS uitleg sla ik op.

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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-03-04 0:27]

Hello John,
Brilliant photo. Very much likes the idea. The photo looks well translating. The reflection of the water is very beautiful. Good PS is work. Congratulations.
Best regards, Zsú

Hi John,
This one i call high class touch my friend..:)
Excellent!!...what a good idea..first time i saw photographer doing like this..fresh idea my friend..
Excellent again!!


Thanks for your critique on my "WEDDING PORTRAIT @2" picture..;])

Wonderful Photo. The colours, the definition everything here is great.

my regards


Hi John, superb reflection with splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

A masterpiece of work John,
It's like you painted with your camera,
using the colors elements of real life and placed them
wherever you felt they should be.
Brilliant work is all i can say, I love it.
- Vincent

HI John,
Wow, this is like an old master's painting not a photograph. Excellent details especially in the reflections, colors and perspective. Well done, and thanks for the instructions!!!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-03-04 14:26]

The reflected image almost looks like a painting, John. Beautiful, well saturated colours indeed. Thanks for the extensive note, I take note of the recommendations. Though, generally speaking, I always use a very mild USM on all channels at once. For a dSLR 80%, 0.3, 0 works just fine - provided you got a sharp picture out of the camera.

Hi Dear John,
Wonderful reflections. Beautiful theme and well presented.Cordial Greetings,
Tesekkur Ederim:)

Hello John,

Beautiful reflection and wonderful moment captured. Nice colors, too, so vivid and warm...
Great mood, very impressive!

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-03-06 1:00]
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Hallo John
wat jet met photoshop allemaal kunt doen.
Mooi werk John al hou ik persoonlijk meer van het gewone werk.
Gr Jos

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-03-06 4:55]

Hehehe, very clever John, well composed, good idea and great technique, well done, thanks!


Interesting notes John, something I will investigate with PSP X. A very good result with the colour and the inverted reflection. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Holy Trinity - old building sepia’...a harbour scene?

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-03-06 17:34]

Great idea upside down day! love the pov . Great note to very informative. TFS

-:) Hi John, a clever idea, it works fantastic and artistic.
All the effect gives a stunning impression.
Have a nice weekend.

It's like Monet vs Tulip LOL
Great idea! Nice artistic reflection - very innovative!
*** Ursula ***

Leuk idee om het ondersteboven neer te zetten.
Geeft een speciaal effect en maakt de foto apart

The Bridge Under the Water

Very well done John, what a great idea!
The place sort of reminds me of my all too short, stay in Amsterdam a couple of years past.
I really like what you have done to the colour, etc, and I must give you full marks for the composition and POV.
Great stuff!

Erg mooi resultaat weer John. Knappe creatie.
En een zeer bruikbare note !!

Hi John :o)

Wow ! Excellent PP work ! You are a pro of CS3 ... thanks for the lesson, i'm a beginner ;o)
Great effect, very original composition, bravo !

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-27 3:28]

This is a really fun posting! The upside down image has a wonderful watercolour effect.
Excellent work

Though of the upside down world of Frau Holle when I've seen this. Implications of a magic other world beyond the reflections, a portal to another dimension. Which is real, the reflection or the supposed reality?
:) later
sorry 'bout that, seems to have been much later, lol!
I am so far behind, I can see my own butt!

Hi John,
ahhhh haaaa, you've made quite a painting here, I like your upside down world, good idea flipping it over, pretty much looks like a watercolor painting. Love it! TFS

Hi there, John! I love your creative humour! How simple and sweet to turn this image upside down, my friend. The scene is interesting, there is so much to see under the blue sky in the water. The redo tones on roofs and walls make the composition more vibrant still. Congratulations to Holland on this composition and idea. Wishing you a good Sunday (with a nice lunch in a good restaurant, maybe?) - Cordelia :))

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-04-11 23:29]

Shalom John
its a great shot with great use of the
'upside down' trick.
excellent composed.
I used it in my shot in Spain.
thanks for your kind comment on "give me 5".
best regards

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