Netherlands – Amsterdam

Recently I went to Netherlands on a photo trip and the group spent a day in Amsterdam. In the following blog I will recount new ways to photograph the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam with a view of the bridge

Walking down the sidewalk after leaving the train from Hoorn to Amsterdam I was shooting as I walked along.  In order to do this, I held the camera at waist height with my finger on the shutter button and I took a shot every 5-10 steps as I walked down the sidewalk.

Multiple Exposures
Multiple Exposures

Of course you need to have the camera set up ahead of time at the correct settings for multiple exposure. My Nikon camera can take up to 9 exposures and it will combine them into one photo. I set up the multiple exposures to 9 exposures, I set the aperture and shutter speed and held the camera in front of me waist high so as to not arouse suspicion from passersby. (Nikon D810, 24-70mm/f/2.8 set at 1/250 sec at f/11 and 24mm, ISO 400).

Walking along the city streets one becomes aware of the many canals and, of course, the picturesque bridges.  The most recognizable is the Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge which is painted white. (1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 100).

Magere Brug
Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge

Boats are an important means of transportation. If you take a boat ride you can see more of the city in a short time with an interesting view of the city.

Navigating the waterways
Navigating the waterways

(1/2000 sec at f/4, 70mm)

Bicycles are everywhere in Amsterdam. And, in order to get a decent picture when confronted with many people moving past you very quickly is to take a photo while panning.

Dutch biker
Dutch biker

To prepare for panning, set your shutter speed from 1/25 – 1/60 sec, and a small f/stop: f/16. Stand facing the street, handholding the camera.  With your camera at your eye, move your camera to follow the action of one biker by turning your body  and hit the shutter button when the bike is directly in front of you. The biker will be in focus and the surrounding scenery will be blurred. It takes practice but it is an exciting picture when you get it.

(Settings for panning: 1/25 sec at f/16, 35 mm, ISO 64)

Bicycles
Bicycles

 

The following picture was taken on a country holiday called Kings Day or Queens Day. Everyone is off work and they want to celebrate. It makes sense that folks would have their party on the waterways. In the picture below the people on the boat were playing loud music and chatting up a storm.

Party boat
Party boat

 

Next blog will feature a photo contest in Amsterdam, a prize winning image and how I took it.

Thanks for reading along.

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