Keukenhof

In my Top photography list for Amsterdam I mention Keukenhof as one of the must visit locations there. If you never heard of Keukenhof, it’s a huge park filled with tulips. It’s just beautiful (ant this is coming from a person that does not really care that much about flowers :)). And as Keukenhof just opened few days ago for their 2019 season, here are few photos from the last years to motivate you for a visit. I hope to visit it again this year, but not sure yet if I manage. Maybe if I have some work in Amsterdam.

More and more tulips

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Canals in Amsterdam

I’m so tired today. Spend a lot of yesterday in trains and travel always makes me so tired. But one has to work, so what can one do :). So a bit later update today, but I hope you like it.

This is a vertorama taken at the most popular photography spot in Amsterdam. There are always photographers there, photographing the canals
I still don’t have a nice sunset shot form it though. And tried to get one at least 10 times already. I even once booked a stay in house 3 minutes away, just so I can be there really quickly. Still, no luck. Will have to try again.

This is a 2 shot vertorama, each shot from 3 exposures, blended and edited in Photoshop.

Canals in Amsterdam

In the center of Amsterdam

This part of Amsterdam is very busy. The photo was taken right from the street that almost everyone take to get to the main train stations. And if you were ever in Netherland, you would know that they use trains a lot. Always I was there, the street was crazy full. But you can’t really tell from this photo :)

I took quite a few photos in this area over the years, but I never liked any. Even this one is a bit boring, with the clear blue sky. But I never really had luck with sunset in Amsterdam anyway. But of course, I will try again next time.

This is a two shot panorama, each shot from two exposures. Blended and combined in Photoshop.

In the center of Amsterdam, Netherlands

And here are few details:

In the Amsterdam center, Netherlands

Light tunnel in Amsterdam

Not that long ago I shared with you photos from the White night event in Bratislava. But of course this is not only done in Bratislava, and many cities have events with light inhalations. And last year before Christmas, when I was visiting Amsterdam, they also had few there.

This was a very cool light tunnel, where boats passes under all the time. It was quite short, but it also animated, so the effect was very nice. I did not take the boat, but I stood opposite from it, to get this panorama.

Was not easy to get this shot. The day was quite rainy, and the light difference between the light tunnel and the surrounding was huge. So what I did? I did a 2 shot panorama, each shot from 5 exposures. I corrected the photos in Lightroom, exported, merged into a panoramas in PTgui then merged them into a HDR in Oloneo Photoengine. Then I loaded all into Photoshop, and blended all together with original exposures. I probably used every blending mode I knew on this photo :)

If you are visiting Amsterdam and want some nice spots to take photos from, check out my Top Photography spots in Amsterdam list here.

Light tunnel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

And here are few details:

Light tunnel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Panoramas in Ligtroom

Some time ago I did this guide on how to combine panoramas in Lightroom. And I have to say, that since then, around 95% of panoramas I posted are combined using just Lightroom. I used to use PTgui and Autopano, but I did not had the need for them much anymore. And even when I used them, it happened that Lightroom gave me better results.

It’s not perfect, still missing some functions (support for bracketed exposures and 360 photos would be great) but mostly the results are exactly what I want.

What are you experiences?

Amsterdam center panorama

I took this panorama at the end of March earlier this year. It was during a quite crazy weekend. I went to Amsterdam for two days, and while I also had to go to a different city, I had to change my plans and stay in Amsterdam. So I had few hours free in the end, so I went out to take few photos.

But that was not as simple as I hoped. There was a football match that evening, so the whole city center was full of (very loud) groups of fans. Not the best moment to take photos. So I stayed in this spot in the Amsterdam center, where I could go down to the water, and avoid having them in the shot. Still behind me, the noise was horrible :)

This is a two shot panorama, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Amsterdam center panorama

And here are few details:

Amsterdam center panorama
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