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Amsterdam Then and Now

When I was in Amsterdam I came across a book from a street photographer Bernard Eilers of photos he took from 1896 to 1936. I looked at the images and recognized most of places. The wonderful thing about a lot of major European cities is that they have remained unchanged for most of the time. I revisited the locations in the photos and put the original beside it.

One the left of the images is the original taken by Eilers.

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This is in the middle of the red light district. In the right image in the left windows there working girls. I had to be careful not to have my camera out since they don’t appreciate being photographed.

 

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Again right in the middle of the red light district. In the background is the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Sailors would frequent the red light district then visit the church for forgiveness and then ship out the next day. At one point you could visit the church and confess your sins before you were about to commit them, and off course payment was involved.

 

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Random in the lowlands

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Night time exposure in Amsterdam with a view on the Old Church  (oude kerk) during dusk.

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Daytime long exposure (one minute plus) of the grachten of Amsterdam. People, boats, anything moving disappeared and turned the water nice and smooth.

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Long Exposure at Scheveningen. Not really sure why I left it in color, its tinted and doesn’t really add much to the image. Also the water didn’t smooth out as nicely as I expected. Should have close the aperture more and gone for at least a 4 minute exposure.

 

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Long exposure at the Dam with a view of the Palace. Lots of tourists around and street performers who all slowly turn blurry and invisible.

 

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Minimalistic sunset over Scheveningen Pier which is for sale for 1 euro. (the pier not the photo).

 

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GIF taken at Kinderdijk, one of the major tourist attraction where you can visit windmills.

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Pinhole in the Netherlands

done1After a couple of years I gave the old Sharan pinhole camera a try again. This time it went okay. I timed the exposure times to about 7 seconds, counting in my head and considering they were mostly cloudy days ( what else to expect in the Netherlands?). The edge of the framing is weird because I added a whole bunch of black tape to prevent light leaks ( see here for that disaster). But I think I may have went overboard with it. I’ve cleaned up the tape now.  I also thought it would be interesting to show the sprockets. I feel it gives the image a bit more body, otherwise they are a bit skinny.

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Accidental double exposure.

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Nishika in the Netherlands

My Nishika in the Netherlands.

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