Amsterdam canal remix

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A few days in Amsterdam produced many empty skies. It remained light gray and vacant the entire time. The overcast was like an extra wall to an ultra-walled city. Everything here is up-close and narrow due to all of the old architecture and waterways. Sightlines crash into one another and destroy patterns, so finding an angle is more rare than in many places. After hunting for photos for 48 hours, this widening in the canal gave me just enough room to feel like I could relax into the space. Sometimes I need to feel that way in order to allow a photo to properly happen. This was taken with my point-and-shoot.
Amsterdam canal remix
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2 Comments to “Amsterdam canal remix”

  1. Towns on rivers always seem like this. The river adds greatly to the character and experience of the place, but is often very difficult to frame. How many exposures do you usually merge for your HDR images? Nice contrasts and water detail here.

    • I believe this one was an atypical 4 images. I usually use 3 or 5. Never or extremely rarely 7. In this case I decided against using one image for the water. Some people like it clean and very simple, but I prefer the multiple textures even if it is ghosted. Ghosted water to me is still water – just more interesting. Thanks for writing, John. I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds canal towns twisted for shooting.

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