Since I enjoyed sharing some of my images on my blog for the photography prompt of Food for Thought, I have decided to share some of my ‘normal’ images more frequently.
Ever since my mom passed away and up to when corona hit the country, my daughter and I went out on photo trips every two to three months. I also frequently go for a drive with Master T and then we take our cameras. Photos will be shared from those trips, or the odd time I see something in or around the house which just urges me to use my camera.
With each photo I will share where the picture was taken, some of the sphere of the image, the original settings of the camera (thanks, Charlie!) and how it was edited.
I’m taking you on a quick trip through the first half of 2019.
In January 2019 my daughter and I went to Rotterdam for the day, walking around one of my favorite spots, Kop van Zuid. We crossed the Erasmus Bridge to the other side, and cross back again to end up at Hotel New York where we each had a cuppa and carrot cake. It was late in the afternoon on a winter’s day and the lights were already coming on. Paging through the photos of that day, this one jumped out, because of the old buildings in the front, and the more modern ones in the back. This is the face of Rotterdam, and so many other cities in the Netherlands (and across Europe), where you see the old mixed with the new; where the history of hundreds of years is written in the streets and buildings.
Up the tree
Five weeks later my daughter and I went out again, this time to Clingendael. I chose this location because the last time I was there, was with my mom, and since it was the day before my birthday I guess I was looking for a way to feel close to her. You can say that it’s the reason why I made an image of the sky, looking up at the trees. That’s not it though — I love looking up and the tops of the trees, to see the character in their branches (or in spring/summer the green of their leaves, or the colored leaves in autumn) edged against the blue sky. There’s something majestic about it.
Another month later, Master T and I spontaneously went out for dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam. We took the cameras and walked around in a radius of about 150m from the restaurant. We entered the metro station, where the escalators run down to the platforms below. I always feel embarrassed when there are other people around if I snap images, so this one was a quick snap. I wish I took more time, as I would’ve made sure it was entirely symmetrical, something I couldn’t obtain with editing without losing too much of the image. It was snapped in black and white, but when making a virtual copy of it in Lightroom, it was changed to color (learned something new there!).
One day in April 2019 we met a friend from the UK for lunch in a restaurant close to Rotterdam Central Station, and that was more than enough reason for us to take our cameras. It’s always busy there, and where I do have images where people can be easily recognized, I chose for this image to more or less protect people’s privacy, but still show the beauty of the new station building. This is another image I snapped in black and white, but I actually like the color version better.
In June 2019, on a hot summer’s day, our-cat-not-our-cat was looking to cool down a bit and lay down in the border, on the cool ground under the tree. I just had to grab my camera, as he looked so content with himself.
On my mom’s birthday in June 2019, I needed to get out of the house. We were on holiday then, so Master T and I drove out to the Maasvlakte, where I fought against tears so many times, and then walked down to the beach — way, way down — had a cry looking out over the sea and almost seeing the blue jellyfish too late (I was on my bare feet). I had to walk all the way back and by then I was almost crying with exhaustion, struggling though the sand to get back to where Master T was waiting. As I was trying to catch my breath, this little worm strolled along and made me smile.
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