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It has been a while since my last post. I still don’t make money out of my photography. So there was a job that needs to be done. Actually, this job gave me the possibility to buy my amazing Fujifilm camera and gave me the opportunity to develop myself as a photographer. I am working as a technical sales guy at a big IT infrastructure vendor. Quite a busy job sometimes, but yeah... I do like it. So it was quiet after my last city trip to Barcelona.
Last week I finally had the opportunity to get my camera and do another walk through the beautiful city, Amsterdam. I live close to this city. Within 30 minutes I am from my home to the heart of Amsterdam.
It was the end of the day, after a customer visit near the Vondelpark. Before I'm left my home that morning I got my bag with my camera, spare batteries, the blue sky and the sun lighting the sky. I got my car parked at Q-Park at the Museum Plein (Museum Square). It was very cold, due to this cold I got myself some extra spare batteries. Those damn things are out of power in a wink of your eye. So don’t buy cheap Chinese batteries or buy a lot of them... What I did though 🙂
The light was not very great for high contrast pictures. I love to shoot pictures with contrast in lights and shadows where people are a part of the frame. I have chosen to have people as my main subject. I did a short walk and when I found a good spot, I stayed there for some time to get interesting people in my lens.
In the map below you can see my route and you are able to walk this route yourself if you are visiting Amsterdam.
My route started and ended at the entrance of the car park Q-park. It is the area of Museum Plein. It is an artistic part of Amsterdam, many museums about history, paintings and painters. Museums like van Gogh, Rijksmuseum. Definitely worth visiting! There were boys doing cool tricks on their skateboards. I love to see these guys on the street. It is beside technical skills also very creative. Every object on the street is a possible tool to do tricks. A moment later I saw a metal building creating a reflection on the street. I waited a couple of minutes and this cute little girl with her mom showed up, very sweet.
Then I walked towards the Rijksmuseum. And in the corner of my eye, I saw a very interesting person. A living statue who just called his day. These kind of people are also creators of art. The outfits, the focus to be a statue until somebody through some money in his bucket. It is art and it deserves respect.
At the place where I captured the photo above, there is a tunnel that crosses the building. A very often used bicycle path and a perfect place to shot some silhouette images if the light is just right. I did not have lucky with interesting persons this time.
I continued my tour over the Museumbrug to the Spiegelgracht crossing the Lijnbaansgracht and did my tour as shown in the route above. I took a bunch of pictures at one place. It was near the Etos at the Leidsestraat. The sunset is perfect on this street. People that are coming from the city center to the Leidseplein are perfect to capture. The sunlight right in their faces. A perfect spot I want to share with you.
Another nice place is the Max Eeuweplein and play chess on the street or visit Hard Rock Cafe. From their, you can enter the Vondelpark. A very nice and big park where people from Amsterdam are relaxing and enjoy their free time with friends and family.
I took the Hobbemastraat, where you can find some small alleys like the picture below. Back to the IAmsterdam sign in front of Rijksmuseum. One of the most photographed spot in Amsterdam I think. Then it was time to get back to the parking station and see what I have captured.
I hope to get back in the streets very soon. the coming weeks I am working on a redesign of my music studio because I still love producing music and be creative every day. Creating images with my eye or creating music with my ears. I have a plan to make these two contrast of art come together and create music with my images. Great idea don’t you think?
All the images are captured with a FujiFilm X100F, Across film simulation and some small Lightroom adjustments.
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So if you are visiting Amsterdam and you are looking for a photography buddy... Let me know!
All the best!Stefan