The Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam is over 300 years old. First it was used to supply drugstores with healing herbs. Later on , the university used it as a testsite to grow exotic plants that were brought in by the sailingships. (like coffee, tea etc). It used to be sponsored by noblemen, it was much later on when the commons could buy a ticket to get in.
The dome on the photo is of the old part of the hortus - lot's of steel and brick. Very charming :)
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keir (250) 2003-07-20 17:51
Great photo and an interesting story accompanying it.
thien (2112) 2003-07-20 19:54
Excellent geometrical patterns shot, Willem. It is really interesting to see the color is almost B&W. Rainy day?
Mike (693) 2003-07-21 2:14
Nice image Willem, just a pity that the whole of the circle at the top isn't in the picture, it would have added a lot to the composition, nice silhouettes and informative notes.
Skorj (581) 2003-07-21 8:38
Nice inspirational shot. Particularly the way the palm tree leads the eye up into the circle. Nice.
Some more studies of this old building would be interesting too perhaps?
(Full B&W conversion though would eliminate the some of the distracting colored smudges on the glass, and a few points of contrast would have increased the overall impact.)
Luko (13998) 2003-07-25 18:35
Excellent framing IMO, i appreciate the way the image frame tangents the circular roof framings. the upper circle acts as a metallic sun in a stylized landscape.
Surprised as well that it's a color shot.
This image is so graphical it could lead to dozens of different interpretation. It's a Pshop candy, upload it and play with curves, don't be afraid to be extreme, as amusing as a kaleidoscope...
femkevdh (2633) 2003-08-13 5:14
excellent composition (and a funny familiar sight!)
I like the sepia/b&w effect.