Amsterdam

It´s been a while since my last entry on this blog. The year has been very busy so far with a lot of ups and downs which kept me away from living my photography life as usual. Some days ago I was near Amsterdam for business and I decided to took the rest of the day of and spend it with some street phothography. All the photos you see, have been taken with the Leica SL and the 75mm 1.8 Voigtländer at F/1.8 . Photos are unedited, I took the jpegs straight of the cam, just a little cropping for composing. 75mm for street? Only one lens? I love to do this. When I had my Canon 24-70 at some stage I realised that most of the photos where taken at 70mm. So, it seems to be my length of choice. I hope you enjoy it. Please klick on photo to get a full view.

Yes, I know that there is more about Amsterdam than the Red-Light District, but I wanted some atmosphere and neon signs at night.

When I arrived at Mokum, there is a floating chinese restaurant outside the parking. Cheepest parking in Amsterdam … but – take everything with you!

I didn´t do a lot of architecture, but it is very interesting to see how many non-affordable hotels there are 😉

A quick model shoot …

On my way to the Red-Light District. A typical Cafe.

Do you know how many bicycles there are in Amsterdam? According to the most recent figures, the 850.000 residents (442.693 households) of Amsterdam together own 847.000 bicycles. That represents 1.91 bicyles per household. 78% of people 12 years and older owns at least one bike. Bonus fact: each year between 12,000 and 15,000 bikes are fished up from city’s canals. And it looks like this one is going to the canal as well … 😉

I checked in my hotel and went to my favourite bar, the Hill Street Blues. I met this red head there 🙂

 

After a nice IPA I started to walk through town. Food is very important. You have nice little shops everywhere. I had some vietnamese street food later.

 

Good neighbourhood … Do you know how many people live in Amsterdam? Nearly 850.000 in Amsterdam, and altogether about 2.5 million in greater amsterdam.

Old Cafe´and Coffee shop … you can smell both at every corner …

People were friendly when I asked them if I could take a picture …

 

And than the horror began …

It is really a long time ago since I´ve been to the Red-Light district at night, so like everywhere else in the world, it has changed too …

Even on a Thursday night there a groups of men and women, drunk to the max and doing what they call party.

There is a reason why it is called Red-Light District …

Some black&white impressions …

Living by the water …

Drunk Italians …

The last shot before I went to sleep …

Next morning …

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