Favorite spots

Probably in every city I visited multiple times, I have a favorite spot from where I like to take photos. And in Amsterdam, it’s this one at the canals. And since there are always multiple other photographers there, I’m not the only one :) You can see all my favorite spots from where to take photos in Amsterdam here.

Blue hour at the canals in Amsterdam

Last week, I spend only one evening in Amsterdam, and so I did not take that many photos. I was staying close to this spot (first one on the Top spots list), so I decided to go there. I took only few shots, during the blue hour, as I was quite tired from the very busy previous day. But from those there are few nice.

So here is one. This is a two shot vertorama, each one from three exposures. I used a brighter one to get the water and a darker one for the sky.

Blue hour at the canals in Amsterdam

Last year I just took so many vertoramas. The tilt shift lens I got enabled just so many new compositions and views, many more than I expected. And here is one of them, that I took in the Zaanse Schans in Zaandam near Amsterdam. I actually should go back to Amsterdam again this year, so this will be one of the spots I will definitively revisit again :)

This is a two exposure vertorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

I prefer wide shots, but from time to time I also like to take a more detailed shot. And this is one of those. I think one can see the lovelocks in every city one goes to now, so here are some on a bridge in Amsterdam :)

For this one I went with the biggest aperture I could on the lens I had on (24-70 f2.8), to blur the background as much as I could, and it worked quite nicely. This is a single exposure, edited in Photoshop and Lightroom.

No vertorama today for a change :) But at least a reflection. This is one of my popular spots in Asmterdam, as it’s one of the few ones where you can get completely close to the water and get a really nice reflection. Check out my complete list of spots here: Top Photoshophy spots in Amsterdam.

This is a two exposures blend, where I used a second exposure to darken the bright windows a bit.

The moment I saw the Intells hotels hotel in Zaandam, and that it had a pool next to it, I knew I wanted a full reflection of the hotel. That was of course easier said than done, as the pool is right next to it, and the hotel is quite tall. Since I had the tilt shift lens, my first try was to just do a 3 shot vertorama, but that was just not enough. I either had a big perspective distortion and no reflection, or I cut off the top and bottom of the hotel.

As I could not move back, further away, I tried to experiment, and in the end I wend with a combination of two vertoramas. First I made a perfectly leveled tilt shift vertorama from three shots. Then I shiftet to the topmost position, tilted the camera up and took a shot. Shifted again to the bottom most position and tilted the camera down and took a shot again.

So I ended with 5 photos. Fist I combined the first three ones into a vertorama, as there was just a shift and that is easy to do. Then I combined the result with the other two shots as a spherical vertorama, and after a bit of tweaking, this is the result I got :) Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop, final photo is 103Mpix big.

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