On the Move: Amsterdam

by Lee Cooper September. 17, 2019 285 views

On the Move is a photo series that showcases unforgettable places I've visited.

A night time view of Zuiderkerk Tower

A night time view of Zuiderkerk Tower

This trip to Amsterdam was the first time I had been to mainland Europe. I wasn't sure of what to expect at first, but was surprised at how accessible everything was when navigating through the city. I was there for work, but had made a personal goal to wake up early every morning and explore the city before everyone else was awake.

The I Amsterdam sign at Rijksmuseum.

The I Amsterdam sign at Rijksmuseum.

Walking through the cobblestone streets at 5AM was a very nice change of pace compared to the day before when I walked through the city center at peak hours. Capturing the romantic landscapes with little to no people in them was really special and impossible to do during the day. Not to say that landscape photography can't be amazing with people in the composition, but it depends on what kind of feeling you're going for.

One of the many iconic bridges that span the Amsterdam canal system.

One of the many iconic bridges that span the Amsterdam canal system.

It was a lot of fun to watch and hear the city wake up. Street sweepers would pass by cleaning up the mess from last nights debauchery and well-dressed commuters zipped past on clunky old bikes.

A canal leading to the Rijksmuseum.

A canal leading to the Rijksmuseum.

The weather was very calm in the mornings and made for perfect long exposure conditions. Having such great conditions almost made me late to work a few days, but it was worth spending the extra time to capture a few images.

Early morning view of Zuiderkerk Tower.

Early morning view of Zuiderkerk Tower.

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Shauna Golembiewski 7 months, 4 weeks ago

wow, the early morning shots are worth it. The colors are fantastic and the water so calm. These are great.

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Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Great photos. Amsterdam is such a cool town. I never take my camera with me, when I'm on a business trip. Maybe I should....  smile

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lee Cooper Replied to Heike 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Heike! It was definitely ambitious to take landscape photos on a business trip, but I had a lot of fun doing it.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

When I travel for work (a rare thing these days, but I used to do it more often), I always try to see something in the neighbourhood too. And Amsterdam is definitely worth the extra effort. Nice series, Lee.

1 year, 2 months ago Edited
Lee Cooper Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks Bjorn! I'm really lucky that my job has taken me to some really cool places.

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