Sometimes you need a good reason to get out somewhere new with your camera. Utrecht has been on my ‘to do’ list forever, but I’ve only managed shopping before last weekend and the few snaps that I took on my camera left me really wanting a trip especially for photography.
On Saturday the 5th October, I joined around 20 other photographers in Utrecht as part of the Scott Kelby World Wide photo walk. I had no idea this photo walk was so huge across the whole world, but having seen the posts on the Facebook page for the event it truly was a world-wide event and I feel very proud to have taken part as one of the 28,396 walkers.
Our walk leader Jeffrey de Bie created a great route which took in some of the most beautiful architecture in the city as well as a tunnel, some great little back streets and of course coffee at the end. I managed to chat to a few others on the way round so it was a social as well as photographic event.
I have tried to figure out where I went on the photo walk and give details in this blog where most of these images were taken in the city. I hope you will enjoy a view of this city through my eyes – colour, stunning architecture, the details and of course the Dom church tower! I also took loads of cycling photos which you can view on another blog ‘get on yer bike!’
We started our walk next to the statue of Willibrord with a big group photo. From there my 1st photo was of a quite modern piece of architecture on Korte Minrebroederstraat.
We then moved on through a tunnel down onto the Oudegracht.
What would a Dutch city be without a few bikes! I love how you can see the reflection behind the bike of the surrounding buildings in this one.
Something a little more traditional on Vismarkt – My first angle on the imposing Dom Church.
Down VisMarkt (the little road on the left of the canal) there were masses of reflection opportunities.
Reflections are great, but it’s always good to look up as well!
A little further on I spotted loads of bikes – perfect for images to add to the ‘feel’ of Utrecht.
Down Zadelstraat, and I was met with a great opportunity to capture a story. I saw loads of other photographers taking close up shots of the dog, but I decided on something a bit different and pulled back to give context to what the dog was so expectantly waiting for! It’s a shame it wasn’t a butchers, but a baker is pretty good!
I love people photography, and couldn’t help myself but take this image of this Dutch vrouw enjoying a coffee, the paper and the warm weather ion Maria Plaats.
Following Haverstraat over Oudegracht we were blessed with the sun making an appearance, some lovely autumnal colours and great reflections once again.
Continuing on Hamburgerstraat we crossed over Niewgracht, and I suddenly knew I recognised where I was. This was where my husband had a flat when he first moved to the Netherlands before we moved here as a family. The reflections in this very still water were amazing. I particularly loved zooming in close up to lose the actual buildings to create unique almost paint like images.
After leaving the group I walked back along Oudegracht in the centre of the city where there always a few amazing flower stalls.
A really enjoyable walk around Utrecht that you may be able to follow now you have street names and some images to use as guidance! I will certainly be going back!
The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo walk is an annual event all around the world. Why not check out the website ans see where your local photo walk was this year and bookmark the page to join in next year!