I’ve been teaching intro camera classes for a couple of years now, and I always encourage those who come on the courses to stay in touch. So when a few of the ladies from my past classes asked if i would be interested in organising an Amsterdam photo walk, I jumped at the chance.
Having taken part in many photo walk, I knew the general idea. However I had never organised a walk myself – what fun I could pick all my favourite spots and enjoy introducing others too them!
So I booked the weather, and the date and then planned the route. Architecture, canals, traditional bridges, coffee stops and to finish a spot of night time photography (the first time for everyone in the group!)
We started at Damrak a water basin where all the canal trips start from. We all managed to sneak down the side of one of the pontoons to get an unobstructed view to some fantastic skinny houses that run straight down into the water.
We then braved a short walk through the red light area of the city to reach a very pretty canal called Oudezijds Voorburgwaal which has some lovely iron bridges which are always covered in bicycles. On the day of the walk they were also covered in rather too many people for my liking, so I opted to photograph the reflections of the buildings the the puddles, much the amusement of the girls that were with me.
Looking above the people I also saw some beautiful rooftop architecture.
We walked on to photograph the view of Zuiderjerk framed by another canal. On the bridge we were photographing from the trend of attaching locks has caught on, and i found this a lovely detail to photograph.
The skinny bridge was next. I knew i wanted someone to be riding or walking over it, but i had to wait quite a wile for an individual (not masses)!
Visiting Amsterdam in Autumn, there is a lovely contrast between the earthy building colours and the vibrant yellow tree foliage. I spotted this image from the Skinny bridge.
After a gathering for coffee and an explanation of night time photography basics we headed for a point where two canals meet and the bridges are lit up at night. Armed with tripods which the girls all shared, they gradually got to grips with slower shutter speeds and playing with ISO and aperture to gain the image they desired. Unfortunately at that point the weather held out no longer and we all got a bit wet. But not before I had captured this image, which I have wanted to for years!
Its not perfect by any means, but that gives me something to work on next time!
So if you think this looked fun, and you would like to join me on another photo walk, or alternatively join a class please get in touch. Classes run regularly throughout the year with small class sizes and with an emphasis on hands on practice and having fun, whilst learning how to take control of your camera.