Cities

Sketches of China

Sketches of China

During a business trip to China last month, I was able to find some spare time to visit some highlights like The Forbidden City, Olympic village and the Great Wall. I was impressed with it all, specially the kindness and hospitality of the people, the food, the crazyness of the traffic, architecture and how advanced their life is. Thank you very much Zhiyong and girlfriend Snow in showing me around in Beijing and Tianjin, Allen for picking me up at the airport and Victor for introducing me in real Chinese food, so much appreciated.

Please find some impressions of some short getaways during the business trip.

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De oversteek

De oversteek

‘De Oversteek’ is the name of a new iconic bridge in Nijmegen over the river Waal. Translated the name means ‘The crossing’ in respect for the US Army 504th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Brigade that crossed the river during operation Market Garden in 1944. The bridge was opened in November 2013 and is part of the new ring route of the city.

The bridge has a lot to offer for photographers, during day and night when the bridge is beautifully lit, among 48 lampposts, honouring the 48 heroes that lost their lives during the crossing.

I went to the bridge a couple of times, with the photo club but also on my own. Time to gather some pictures in one post.

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Men at work

Men at work

Amsterdam is a bustling city that relies heavenly on its tram system to move people around.  Now and again the lines need maintenance/changing.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Fred Rietvink, who manages these kind of challenging projects, to see the demolition of some tram tracks. After the last tram passed, the power lines over the street were switched off. After that a gas cutter was used to separate the parts that should stay and the parts that should be replaced. A large cutting device cut the rails in small pieces. A robot rhino was then used to lift the rail and pull it out of its bolts. Finally the old rails where loaded on to a waiting truck. It needed to be done by a well oiled team because a week later everything needed to be ‘back on track’.

Thanks Fred for the invitation.

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Before the ordeal

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Churches of Barcelona

The last series of Barcelona has some fine churches of the city. I’m always attracted by churches, big or small. Faith can result in remarkable things. I always try to find a different point of view in churches to emphasise the beauty of it.

Like the main cathedral of Barcelona in the gothic city centre.

The detail of the main entrance is unbelievable.

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Palau Nacional

The National Palace in Barcelona is situated on the hill of Montjuïc and from the front of palace you have a magnificent view of Barcelona.  It hosted the 1929 International Exhibition and now it hosts the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The building with its mix of the historic features and contemporary museum is spectaculair.

Please find some images of the building and museum in this series.

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Streets of Barcelona

Jacqui had to go to Barcelona for work  so I took the opportunity and went with her. I explored this beautiful city and it was a great opportunity to test my new Nikon D750. It was not all hard work and long hours for Jacqui, we had also some time together exploring the city and enjoying some tapas and wine.

Unlike my other travels, I limited my equipment to focus completely on the new camera. All pictures were taken with the Nikon D750 with a Tamron 24-70 lens., no filters, no tripod. Camera and lens turned out to be a great combination. Amazing how you can stretch the ISO without noticing any noise. This became very noticeable in the evening and in dark churches.

The weather wasn’t great, actually it was raining most of the time. There was even a weather warning along the coast. Luckily this wasn’t a problem for me and the camera, in fact it was an advantage. No busy streets filled with tourists and the wet streets created a beautiful reflection. So every disadvantage has an advantage, as a great player and manager of Barcelona football club once said.

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This are some pictures of the old gothic quarter:

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Deventer by night

Together with fellow photographers Frederik de Veer and Gerrit de Groot, I went recently to the Dutch town of Deventer. This town has a very rich trading history because of it’s location at the east bank of the river IJssel.

We started our photoshoot on the other side of the river and after it became dark we went with a small ferry into the historic city centre. There was some little rain and  that resulted in some nice reflections on the streets. We were so busy that obviously we missed the ferry back and we had to make a detour over the bridge to get back to our cars.

Hope you enjoy my series of Deventer by night.

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Treasures of Madrid part 2

The second series of some treasures I found during the couple of days in Madrid.

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The dome of the basilica

The dome of the basilica

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Treasures of Madrid part 1

The city of Madrid has many treasures. After two series of the city life, a couple of series of some of the treasures of this stunning city.

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Almudena

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Madrid city life part 2

The second series of people in Madrid.

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Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles

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