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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 (Note the photos Google maps is using here are pretty outdated, since the area is under development.)

Since we’re done with the bitts now, I’ll show some other ship details, before moving on to the things lines and cables are fastened to in the land side.

Like the ladder in Ship’s ladder these steps form a way to get to a higher deck – except these are not rungs but flat steps sticking out from the hull. Not good to bridge too much height since (unlike rungs) these don’t do double duty as handholds as well as a place to put your feet on.

Also, I see an (entirely accidental) elegant letter ‘F’ in here…

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

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  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberabout 4 years ago

    Nice! I like!!! :-)))))))!

  • Glad you like it!! Thank you Susana.

    I was so focused on “ship shapes” it took me a while to also see a letter ‘F’ in this…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 4 years ago

    Coolc curves there my friend…

  • Ship shapes are an endless source of curves. :) Apply a shiny coat of paint…

    Thanks, Vee! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 4 years ago

    How cool !!!

  • Thank you so much, Kim, for your nice comment and the fave!

    So many cool shapes on ships… :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsabout 4 years ago

    Nice one!!

  • Thank you Erika! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoabout 4 years ago

    Besides their functional role, your pov presents some pretty neat straight and craved lines in harmony. Well done!

  • Thank you very much for that lovely comment, Phil! And for the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • richman
    richmanabout 4 years ago

    ive just been stidiyong this shot and your composition is really excellent. diffetent elements and different focus range and the black white grey and perectly complimentry, very well spotted marjolein
    works REAL well for the letter F (these alphabet letters are fun to find innit) and you are so very creative with your finds

  • Thank you for that wonderful comment, Richie! This ship stood out precisely because it was so soberly colored, compared to most I saw that day – which is what drew my attention!

    Yes, finding letters is a lot of fun – for me, always after the fact – I like how it forces me to look differently at my own photographs!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Marjolein, love the comp! :)

  • Thank you, Kylie!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hetty Mellink
    Hetty Mellinkabout 4 years ago

    Hier vind ik de lijnen en zwart/wit tonen erg mooi

  • Een van de weinige sober gekleurde schepen (die dag, tenminste, ze mogen maximaal een week ‘parkeren’ daar). Maar de sierlijke vormen trokken mijn aandacht.
    Dank je Hetty!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Wendy Brusca
    Wendy Bruscaabout 4 years ago

    Congrats on your challenge win! Great find, Marjolein :)

  • Thank you Wendy! I photographed just steps – I didn’t see there was (also) an F in it until much later! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxabout 4 years ago

    Je moet er maar oog voor hebben…. Geweldig shot!
    Van harte met je welverdiende Challenge Win!!!
    Groeten en mooi weekend verder!

  • Dankjewel, Hans! Ik zag wel dat het goed ging met de stemmen maar ben toch een beetje verbaasd – een mooie verrassing na een middagje World Wide Photo Walk!
    Jij ook nog een fijn weekend!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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