After spending four fast paced days in England, we flew to Bergen on July 16, and joined the tail end of Seabourn Sojourn's inaugural cruise. The ship sailed south to Amsterdam, and spent 25 hours in port, from 8:00 am on 18 July to 9:00 am on the 19th.
In Amsterdam we had planned to have a 'micro' Trekearth meeting with the father and son Dutch photographers, Rob and Lars Zwemmer, the prospective site — the Rijksmuseum. Ironically, we ran into each other at the Central Train Station, each of us waiting to take a trolley car to the museum separately.
I had visited Amsterdam two or three times in the past, but each time missed seeing the Rijksmuseum, and its most famous single possession, Rembrandt's masterpiece, Captain Frans Banning Cocq Mustering His Company — otherwise known as "The Night Watch". On this occasion, I finally got to see the great painting created in 1642, but with considerable ambivalence. The painting was as beautiful as I had expected, but then I fond out that when the Rijksmuseum was built early in the early 18th century, the authorities saw fit to cut off about a meter of the painting from the left edge of the work in order for it to fit on a certain wall. This is a simple demonstration of the dictum that there might be a limit to genius, but there is no limit to stupidity.
I would like to dedicate the photo — showing the Rijksmuseum, just behind the colorful sign, "I amsterdam" — to my new, but already good friends, Rob and Lars, whose photograph appears in the ws.
Critiques | Translate
Urs (14082) 2010-08-04 1:08
This is the perfect spot to advertise Amsterdam, it is a very clever gimmick. I like it, very colorful and lively at the same time despite the rainy weather, good photo job.
Thanks for your critique of my old port despite the fact that during editing an error occurred - I still do not know what I did wrong - which was luckily pointed out by some TE members. As I could not correct my original I had to delete it and I uploaded my second best version of the same place in WS.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-08-04 3:29
Not my best memory of A'dam this Rijksmuseum, wanted to go there some years ago but when arrived at the ticket office was told all tickets had to be booked in advance and there were no tickets left for the day grrrrr...
I like the pay on words there, view is bit too busy but well exposed in these classical dutch cloudy conditions
Have a nice day JY
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-08-04 5:31
Ola Bulent ,
Bonita foto tirada nesta praça com estas letras enormes , bonito o edifício de fundo tem um telhado magnifico cheio de detalhes , bonitos reflexos neste pequeno lago , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ymrk (14955) 2010-08-04 9:36
Amsterdam bile Kırmızı-Beyaz!Nefis bir fotoğraf açısı ve renk tonu,enfes bir açı..
umutlu101 (13545) 2010-08-04 9:45
fena degil. güzel ir tanitim karesi.
kirmizi çok farklilik katmis kompozisyona.
bona (13037) 2010-08-04 9:53
Nice photo. I like the people in the scene and the "I amsterdam" words. Did you visit the gallery, I'm seeing that was a Miró expostion.
alvaraalto (6177) 2010-08-05 2:38
Perfect scenic image from our lovely meeting.
Excellent composition with a lot of elements that make the picture more interesting and more exclusive “Amsterdam”.
On the WS we can see that Carol Jean was well protected by these two tall bodyguards, in front of the Dutch Football Madness, not knowing that we would lose in the final not only the match, but also our reputation as a team of attractive offensive football.
Groet, also to CJ and we keep in touch,
BWJ (3064) 2010-08-05 14:27
It is an outstanding shot; attention getting with the bright colors in the “I Amsterdam” sign. The POV is excellent with the edge of the pool leading the eye in and underlining the letters in the sign. Exposure, clarity, and details are remarkable. I think the cloudy sky adds to the effectiveness and makes a dramatic impact.
Tue (27696) 2010-08-06 3:16
A great photo of the place where our TE-meeting took place. Despite the grey sky, you managed to get some nice and vivid colours in the picture. I like the daily life element in the foreground very much too.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for the dedication! Nice to see the (very orange) photo in the WS too!
jhm (140629) 2010-08-07 0:28
Lovely WS with your wife CJ, together with Rob and Lars.
Amsterdam is a very beautiful city, certainly when you get a guided tour of two people out of the region.
Nice daily life image, excellent of color.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.
Thank you very much for your visit and look at to my own site.
Have a nice weekend,
Uhu (8475) 2010-08-08 10:25
I Am Sterdam, indeed!
Funny object. Very good realisation as well.
Weather was perfect in my opinion, as now we have +36 C and marshes around the city have dried and started to burn now. Great white smoke as a result all around.
Royaldevon (30783) 2010-08-11 2:40
Love your notes, as usual, Bulent!
I find the scene a little busy, but understand that by using the pool, you added a little f/g quietness to this unavoidably, vibrant location.
Good sharpness and fine saturation, despite the relatively poor light.
I had to smile at the football loyalty, in the w/s.
I watched the game whilst onboard the liner and passions were certainly running high!!
Have a good day,
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2010-08-12 14:47
Merhaba, Bulent -
Interesting sign, not least because the joke only works in English, not Dutch. Nicely done considering the poor light.
About that Nightwatch story; I'd heard that it was cut back to fit the company HQ, not the museum. I'd be greatly disappointed to hear it was the museum's fault, since I think of the Rijksmuseum as one of the best and most thoughtful in Europe. Oh, well.
reijame (577) 2010-08-15 8:51
a smart snapshot of a smart sign. Your photo tells Amsterdam is a lively and joyful city, which it is!
All the best
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35791)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-18
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-03 22:12
- Favorites: 1 [view]