Sharing some insights

The making of Bridge in Amsterdam

I processed the underlying image in Lightroom CC
Converted it into black and white
Used dodge and burn to create more contrast
Afterwards edited it in Photoshop CC
Used the oil paint filter once
And … after leaving my playground…

Happy days!


Bridge in Amsterdam

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Amsterdam
Bridge in Amsterdam

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”
– Ansel Adams

Wouldn’t it be awesome if one could paint an image like this?
I captured the underlying image in Amsterdam and stumbled upon it today while I was cleaning up my files. Always nice to go back to these older images and to play around with them.

Happy days.


Emergency Exit

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography - Emergency Exit
Emergency Exit

Is there an emergency exit? Will I be able to escape from a toothbrush which wants to talk to my iPhone, a coffee maker which displays the current news, a car which decides to break or not… may be I just have to pull the plugs.

It’s not over until it’s over

Amsterdam. Remember? A few days ago I asked for advice of photo locations offsite the usual tourist attractions? I also studied the internet and made a plan of locations to visit (obviously the top 10 tourist attractions). I had 1.5 “daytime slots” only. To summarize my results in a few words: wrong expectations, wrong planning, wrong attitude (one that day), mixed weather, overwhelmed by the amount of cars, people, bridges, house boats, bicycles…I wasn’t prepared for street photography either (-> Noortje’s advice)  The location and my state of mind wouldn’t come together on day 1. The next day was just a sequel of the first day. Amsterdam is such a beautiful location. I know there are these hidden gems I was looking for. Somewhere. It’s not over until it’s over. I have to come back. Different time of the year and definitely at night time. Different / other expectations and attitude. I will leave you now with a few impression of Amsterdam and Haarlem (last 2 photos). Did you ever had a similar experience? I felt like being part of a movie. It wasn’t real. Smiles. Reinhold


I am on my way to Amsterdam Monday and Tuesday next week. (if the weather stays like this: warm and sunny). Any suggestions on “must go” locations or locations I will not easily find. I am not really into tourist attractions. Thanks for your kind feedback in advance! Smiles. Reinhold

PS: I did my Google research. But may be there are some hidden gems!

RSP - Reinhold Staden Photography