Photography Tip: Dordrecht, The Netherlands

One of the things I like to do in the weekends is to go out with my camera, take a train to a place and start exploring the place, whilst shooting stills.

One of the things I have noticed since I starting shooting with a camera instead of a phone is that you become more alert and aware of your surroundings and how or in what why you’d like to capture it.

I’ll share some examples in this post. All pictures are taking in the Dutch city of Dordrecht.

Let’s start with the weather conditions: +10C, mostly sunny with the occassional cloud and extremely strong winds (+40 km/h). The wind turned out to be an interesting dimension added to it all as my main goal was to be able to shot (with tripod) out of the wind. Let me share a few shots with a voice-over (write over in this case)

I noticed these three bikes belonging to a family obviously. I really feel this scenery is very Dutch.

A few things you need to know about the city of Dordrecht in short. It is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and is surrounded by waterways (Oude Maas, Beneden Merwede, Nieuwe Merwede, Hollands Diep en Dordtsche Kil) which has it effect on the city. Because of water being so dominantly there the older houses in Dordrecht hardly stand straight

Kalkhaven (Chalk Harber) building. Although the buildings have maintained very well, you can clearly see that the building Grote Kalkstraat is tilting to the left.

Because Dordrecht is a central hub on the waterways it does still have operational docks for barges mostly. Barges are also a part of Dutch history and modern daily life to such an extend people don’t notice them at all

A few of many barges moored in the Dordrecht Docks.

Dordrecht is an old town and it is reflected in its’ architecture. The “Heerenhuizen” so often associated with Amsterdam are to be found in most Dutch cities and Dordrecht is no exception.

One of the places I enjoyed most in Dordrecht, a traditional Dutch “Hof” consisting of mostly partician houses build a long time ago by the afluent and till this day still lived in by the afluent.

The great thing about cities like Dordrecht is that you will find a blend of architectural styles. From Golden Age to New Minimalism to 80’s Barbarianism it is all there, Dordrecht being no exception

I tested the Lumix G-7 this afternoon, although it still is a new camera for me, I start warming to it more and more. I was actually very impressed with the panaroma feature. The shot is normally hard to judge from your camera display, until you upload it to a PC, TV Screen or Tablet

It turned out better than I expected as it does show the diversity in architecture

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