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pier, harbor, amsterdam, hull, mooring, netherlands, self portrait, ap, houthaven, wood harbor, abstract, impressionist, red, harbour, blue, black, mirror, reflection, wood, me

Recently I made an exploratory photo walk in and around the Houthaven (Wood harbor) in Amsterdam and had a lot of fun. (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)

I’m always fascinated by the variety of things used to fasten a boat or ship to something stable like a wharf, a jetty or the sea bottom – both the iron or wooden shapes to fasten them to and the lines, anchor lines, and anchor chains to fasten them with.

A little intermezzo…

While hunting around for bitts (the shipside thingies to fasten lines and cables to) I just couldn’t help but notice one ship that had a large part of its hull painted shiny black – it made an awesome mirror!

Of course, when it’s so shiny, I should be able to see myself in the ‘mirror’…

Taken in Houthaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2010-06-26
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 4 years ago

    Leuke foto geen lijnen dit keer :) ik heb bewondering voor je mooie teksten bij de foto’s

  • Dankje Erik, ook voor de fave!

    Nee, de lijien waren niet ver, maar dit kon ik toch even niet laten. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    Cool capture Marjolein! :))

  • Thank you Kylie!
    I just couldn’t resist! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 4 years ago

    Cleverly done! Looks a bit like film noir

  • Nothing clever about noticing how that black surfaced was shining! It was simply unavoidable as I was walking past hunting for lines and bitts (which will follow!)… Then when I looked straight at it this is what I saw. ;)
    Thanks, Phil!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Very interesting shot!

  • Thank you Kathleen! For the fave, too. :)

    I think I have a thing about shiny surfaces… ;)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeover 4 years ago

    Hey….leuke foto Marjolein,heb je ook gezongen?……….lol.
    Groetjes Johanna

  • Gezongen??? Nee, dat doe ik alleen als ik thuis ben! ;)
    Dankje, Johanna!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • kappisan
    kappisanover 4 years ago

    Big Fav!:)
    Congratulations on your Feature!!:)

  • Thank you Kappi! For both the fave and the congratulations! :))

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 4 years ago

    Je staat er goed op….lol!
    Erg leuk idee!

  • :) Dankje – dit was bijna onvermijdelijk…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Carlos, for yet another feature in The Photographer in Action! Much appreciated. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Raoul Isidro
    Raoul Isidroover 4 years ago

    It’s almost like a painting!
    Cool image!

  • That’s what struck me too – thank you, Raoul!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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