Amsterdam People

It’s been a while for a blog update, very busy traveling to USA, trying to close up loose ends selling my old furniture and renting my condo.

Last month, I went to Amsterdam with my parents to visit (always love that city).  While they went to a couple of museums that I had visited earlier in the summer, I decided to go out and try some street photography (as most of you know, normally shoot landscape with no people).  I’d be interested to hear your feedback on these pictures, whether you like them or not, and why. Thanks! Laurent

 

In this first shot, I liked the cross section of the people at this restaurant.  There just seemed to be so many conversations going on, different lives on different paths.

Rijksmuseum

People dining at Rijksmuseum

 

In this second shot, I liked the leading lines of different faces. I decided to do some selective coloring because one woman was wearing some bright pants.

Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam people soaking in the sun at Rijksmuseum

 

In this third shot, I saw these two girls just take off on a scooter.  I really liked the flowers hanging off and the reflection of the girl’s face in the mirror.

Amsterdam, scooter

Two Amsterdam ladies riding off on a Scooter

 

In these last two shots, I was experimenting with reflections on glass and what was going on in the reflection and behind it.

Amsterdam

Shoppers at a store in Amsterdam

 

 

Stedelijk

Diners at Stedelijk museum restaurant with reflections

 

Please leave your comments below! Thanks Laurent

This entry was posted in Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands, People, Street.
  • http://Ken-Carter-Photography.com Ken Carter

    Laurent,
    I really dig ALL of these shots for different reasons. My favorite is the first … the somewhat panoramic format of the many conversations over a meal. What I find most interesting is, that among all those people, only the movement of one person is really detectable. Love the second reflection shot as well. Looks like two separate images stitched together with no real reflection in the left portion, while the right 2/3rds of the image looks like ghostbusters … It has been amazing watching your work evolve over the last couple years. I could learn a whole lot from you, Sir.
    Ken

    • laurentfox

      Ken,
      Thanks for the comments, very interesting to hear another point of view. I agree with much of what you said. If I had to pick a favorite, I would have to go with number 3. I really like the captured moment of the girls, flowers in hand, smile in the mirror. I just think it shows a great time of life, nothing like being young and happy. I again appreciate your kinds comments and nice to hear from you. Cheers Laurent

  • http://Ken-Carter-Photography.com Ken Carter

    inspirational.

  • Candace

    Laurent,
    You have such an amazing eye! I love the first photo-I feel as if I’m observing it all. The panoramic effect captures the scene perfectly. The third shot with the scooter is brilliant-love how you captured the reflection in the mirror and the flowers add spontaneity. I like the bright blue color and the softness of the background. I love everything about this photo. I think you have a knack for street photography! You make me want to go take some pictures! I look forward to seeing more.
    Candace

    • laurentfox

      Thanks for the nice comments Candace. It was fun walking around Amsterdam seeking out different people pictures. Normally when I travel I steer clear of big cities other than a couple of days to see the museums or must see sights, then I get back to my landscape. This series of images gave me a new interest in roaming the city, lots of fun. Laurent

  • michael

    Great shots, your eye is developing very nicely. Keep playing with effects, glass and water reflections are great to work with. you can take my picture any day. so call me now that you are in town, I do not have your #.

    • laurentfox

      Thanks Mike, reflections are cool, depending on how you use them. I’ll send you an email with my number. Cheers Laurent

  • martine parpaillon

    Hi Laurent ! C’est vraiment bien les gens pour comprendre le monde !
    Alors puisque tu demandes des avis, voici le mien, non professionnel… J’apprécie particulièrement les photos 2, 4 et 5. La 2 n’est pas très originale, mais je la trouve très belle et je trouve drôle ces cinq personnes alignées, chacune absorbée par ses propres pensées, qu’elles ne partagent avec personne, comme si elles étaient seules au monde et pourtant elles sont physiquement proches les unes des autres.
    La 4 fait un effet “prison”. Là encore, plusieurs personnes, mais sans échange, sans communication entre elles, et pourtant elles semblent être en discussion avec d’autres, par Internet peut-être ? La 5 est très esthétique, il y a plus de mouvement, les gens se parlent et on dirait qu’ils sont dans deux espaces différents : un intérieur et un extérieur. Cela fait un effet de proximité et en même temps de décalage dans le temps et l’espace.
    Je suis allée voir l’expo de Salgado et je n’ai pas du tout apprécié ses photos ; j’ai été déçue parce que c’est certainement une prouesse technique, moitié effet peinture et moitié photo, mais le résultat est sans âme!
    Ciao, je t’embrasse. MP

    • laurentfox

      Salut Martine!
      Merci pour la bonne critique de mes photos. Je suis d’accord avec tout que tu as dit, c’est pourquoi j’aimes de faire les photos de paysage. C’est dommage que tu n’a pas aime les photos de Salgado. Je pense que ses photos sont magnifique, specialement les photos de paysage. Chaque a son gout! :-) Bises Laurent

    • laurentfox

      Salut Martine!
      Merci pour la bonne critique de mes photos. Je suis d’accord avec tout que tu as dit, c’est pourquoi j’aimes de faire les photos de paysage. Les photo 4 et 5 sont des photo de experimentation, je ne suis pas sure que je l’aime encore. Peut-etre il y’a trop choses qui passes dans ces photos, je ne sais pas. C’est dommage que tu n’a pas aime les photos de Salgado. Je pense que ses photos sont magnifique, specialement les photos de paysage. Chaque a son gout! :-) Bises Laurent

  • Elizabeth

    Love your pictures. Like you, I also liked the flowers on the side of the scooter. Ciao bello

    • laurentfox

      Gracias Elizabeth! Thanks for looking :-)