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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam Street Photography & This is Amsterdam Collection
The Netherlands, Amsterdam – july 2011


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Street photograph, made in the city centre of Amsterdam, using the so-called ‘hipshot-technique’ in an adapted version: my camera is too heavy to wear on my hip, so I use to have it hanging on my neck, breast-hight, one hand loosely holding the camera, and pressing the shutter with my thumb, while looking in another direction than the photographed subjects.
Since it is not possible to focus by looking through the lens or on the display, the camera is set on automatic focusing, and aperture priority.
It usually results to somewhat tilted photos, and that was the case in this image too, and since I feared to disturb the young couple, I had made the pic from a little farther away than I use to do. So I had to crop format and angle, and transferred to grey scale in Lightroom and did the finishing touches (sharpening, levels, curves) in Photoshop.
I really love street photography because of the possibility to document the daily life of normal people in public places, through candid photo’s of people I don’t know. I use to feel a special connection with the people I photograph though, and am trying, just in that one moment, to capture something of the very essence, the soul of that person.
This image I particularly like, because of the tension between the youthful intimacy of the young couple, and the blank, distant look of girl at the other side of the stairs, trying to ignore them.

Technical details

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
smc Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. 4,5 mm
focal length 26 mm , ISO 200
Date: july 2011
325 views on Jan. 14, 2011

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in High Quality Images – ‘Off to Discover Astounding Images !…’ (August 18, 2011)
Featured in Inspired by Life (Aug. 22, 2011)
Featured in Unity (Aug. 25, 2011)
Featured in Soul mates ) Aug. 26, 2011
Top10 in Live and Let Live – Street photography (sept.3, 2011)
Top10 in Made in 2011 – the human condition (Jan. 22, 2012)
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