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Night Time Amsterdam Lights by Becca Cambridge

September 2021 - Night Time Amsterdam Lights

September 2021 - Becca Cambridge


About the Image(s)

Reviewing old travel photos, I found these from an Amsterdam adventure. Playing with long exposure, I was able to capture a boat traveling under a bridge. I converted to black and white which I think minimizes the water movement on the foreground left boat. Post processed, cropped and tried to level in Exposure.

4 comments posted

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
I also like the original, the golden lights. I see two photos here, one without the boat entirely. I took it into Photoshop, cropped it up from the bottom, and removed the boat. What is so characteristic of Amsterdam are the bicycles on the railing. I also removed the spot above the 2nd arch - is that the moon or a camera spot? And the tree on the left. What distracted me more than the boat was the white line from the movement of the boats under the bridge. If you had a given it a longer exposure, that might have disappeared; I just took it out with a spot brush - lines go away with shift click on one end and click on the other of a line. I also messed with levels using curves adjustment for the brightness. My apologies for messing with your photo; it was just an idea.   Posted: 09/10/2021 11:26:54
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Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
I do have another without the light of the boats. I just liked the movement.
Cropping is good. Thanks.
Yup, sensor spot. Good eye.
I had leveled it according to the water level but know what you mean.
Becca   Posted: 09/10/2021 13:29:15

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Immediately I saw this I said Amsterdam, the style of architecture and the bicycles on the bridge are do distinctive. My first reaction was we do not need the boat in the foreground, it stands out from the water and the blur of its movement immediately attracts attention. Without the boat I feel it would work equally well as a colour image as there is such a very restricted range of tones with the yellow of the street lighting. I agree with Lauren that the strong white line created by a passing boat would be better removed.   Posted: 09/13/2021 05:59:54

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Very nice image overall and with a few corrections as noted by Lauren & Jon.
In B&W, the line from the boat really stands out. I do agree that the boat lower left is a bit of a distraction especially since it is blurred.   Posted: 09/15/2021 13:05:36


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