Lots of snow today in the Netherlands, and also in my hometown.
I thought it was a good time to decorate the Christmas tree.
Some nice colours in the sky over my hometown. Shot with a Canon 500D, 18-200 Tamron lens. Panoramas stitched with Image Composite Editor.
Last saturday I “competed” in the Urban Photo Race Amsterdam 2017 together with my dad. I say “competed” because after seeing the other entries I’m amazed by the eye of other people for uniqe images, and their ability to capture this on camera. Most of the images are in a closed Facebook group, but keep an eye on their website for some examples.
The day started out bright and early at Café Brandstof on the Marnixstraat, we got our badges, the location of the second checkpoint, and the first three (out of six total) themes that we were supposed to capture that day. They were “I’ve finally become and old guy” – Anton Corbijn, “On track” and “Not close enough.”
Not all images had to be captured in order, so there was time until eight o’ clock that evening to find the best shots. Here are my photos for the first three themes.
After wandering past Waterlooplein and Rembrandtplein, we made our way to the second Checkpoint at Frederiksplein. We got our cards stamped and received the next two themes: “Noise” and “Body language.”
By now we were already past the 15 kilometers of walking and biking, but still 1 more theme to go, so off we went to Nieuwmarkt, to checkpoint 3, where we received our final theme of the day – “Warm.” Appropriate, since the sun had really started to shine by then and the temperature had risen considerably.
After checking that we were satisfied with the pictures we had taken during the day, we slowly made our to checkpoint 4, along the way capturing the final image for the competition’s global theme “Water in the city”.
At checkpoint 4 we handed in our badge, transferred our images and after close to 10 hours in Amsterdam, decided to go home.
Ofcourse it is impossible to walk through Amsterdam for that amount of time without seeing other noteworthy images. Below a few of the photos that I also took that day, even though they could not find any of the themes, or I took a “better” photo.
When playing around with apertures and shutterspeed, you sometimes end up with surprising results.
And it’s in Museum Naturalis in Leiden.
Last aprilI signed the contracts for my new house, the plot of land it is supposed to be built on, looked like this:
After taking care of the financing and waiting for all the permits to become final, 2 weeks ago I received the message from the builder that they were going to start, and that this fact would be celebrated with a get together with the future neighbours at the building site.
Drinks and a few more pictures:
And a few artists impressions on what it’s going to look like:
Here’s to hoping they’re done soon…