WTC Alnovum - filtered

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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blue, sky, glass, metal, green, reflection, color, filter, filtered, netherlands, almere, wtc, polarization, wwpw3, screen wall, wall, wtc alnovum


A little break from the harbors series – last Saturday (2010-07-24) was the third World Wide Photo Walk, the first for me to take part. Exciting to know there were 1111 walks all over the world with a whopping 31960 registered walkers, all enjoying photography and each others’ company on the same day! I chose to take part in Almere because I’d never been there before: Jantheo was the ‘leader’ and had devised a route with the theme ‘color’. So much fun to see that even before we had reached our target area, people were shooting off in all directions, finding color and doing their own ‘thing’: the modern architecture could wait, there was water, and plants, and wall paintings, and – well – photographers! :)

A nice extra on the photo walk in Almere was a ‘mini filter workshop’. I got to try a very nice circular polarization filter – and finally, I’m sold. See Of blue skies and shiny surfaces for more background. I did not test it systematically, but I did play with it…

I took a first shot with the filter set to ‘neutral’ (no filtering at all) so the sky with the clouds was reflected in the glass screen wall of the WTC building. I like reflections, but wasn’t happy with the result. So I gave the filter a twist until practically all reflection was cut out; the sun helped as well by appearing from behind a cloud, providing a little more contrast and a warmer light. I was going for the play of lines of the facade, the railway portals, and the blue-green construction in the foreground (part of a parking garage) – and now I was happy. (I later took another shot from a different position where I maximized the effect of the reflections though!)

Taken in Almere, Netherlands 2010-07-24
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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