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The best street photography spots in Amsterdam
I have done several street photography shooting session in Amsterdam. The first one was with Ian MacDonald, working for Fujifilm. It was my first workshop to learn how to be a street photographer and where to find the right composition. I have written a blog about this day. You can read it here. The second time was a couple of weeks ago. I took my camera and went to the Amsterdam city center. It was a 7-hour shoot where I had found great spots and also met some great people. Some spots were great for a later moment, but I needed to keep them in my mind for my next visit. What is the best way to do this? To write a blog! This blog is part one:
Spot 1 - Stubbe's HaringStubbe's Haring is a fish shop where they sell fresh Haring. A real Dutch specialty. The shop is covered in very cool graffiti.
Spot 2 - Hotel Sebastian'sHotel Sebastian's is a very nice and modern. You can easily walk by and don't recognize it. You can find it at Keizersgracht, near the Brouwersgracht. It looks like a normal civilian building, but the purple colored details reveal it's beauty. You can use this spot as a frame waiting for somebody with an opposite color to get a great picture. I think with one a sunny day it would be even better. When I saw this spot, it was a cloudy rainy day. There was a man in a yellow raincoat, with his grandchildren. Would be a perfect picture, but I was too late to get the right shot.
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Spot 3 - CoffeeshopBehind the shopping center, Magna Plaza is small square across a bridge named "Torensluis". If you cross the bridge and the square you, see a small cheese shop, called "Wijngaard Kaas". It should be on your right hand. follow the "Oude Leliestraat" street for about 30 meters. You won't miss this shop because there is always a queue of tourists who are visiting this coffeeshop :). Why is this a great spot? The shop has a clear window on the top with the name of the coffeeshop (Grey Area). A very bustling building with a strong character caused by all the different kind of stickers on the walls. The diversity of people brings the picture to life. definitely, a spot to visit and take a couple of shots.
Spot 4 - Mariska Meijers ShopSpot number 4 is a special one. It is not far away from spot 3 and something totally different. This spot caught my attention because of the many colors in front of the shop window. I kept waiting to use this shop as a frame for my picture. I tried to get the right person in this frame. While I was waiting, she was cleaning her windows. And that's the moment we met each other. She offered me coffee and had a nice chat. This is also amazing about street photography. You meet new people at unexpected moments. Mariska Meijers is an artist who has created her own brand with her own designed art, products and fabrics. If you choose to take pictures at this spot, please visit her shop too! You should also check her website: https://www.mariskameijers.com/
Spot 5 - RaïnaraïIn the area of the 9 streets "9 Straatjes", there is a small north African cozy restaurant with a fantastic decoration. One site looks like if you go to a small greengrocer, the other site is like a bar where you can enjoy your food in the sun.You can find this restaurant at the Prinsengracht 252, close to the Reestraat. The vegetable decorations change from time to time. It can be a very nice background for your shots. I did not eat at this restaurant so far. It is atmospheric and has a character on its own. A quote from the website http://rainarai.nl:
"Once you've tasted it never let you go"
Spot 6 - RokinThe Rokin is a street after you have crossed the Dam Square. If the sun is shining, it is always great to shoot some pictures here. You can shoot people, find some great frames to use and cafe's to find special photogenic people. Some spots you have to check out:
- Hudson bay's shop windows
- NRC Restaurant cafe