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ssshoot Jan 29
Love the bokeh in the foreground. Top class image!
RickL Jun 02
Exceptional photography,very good reflective composition
martijnvdnat Jun 03
Thank you very much for your kind words!
Trudie Sep 11
Congratulations on your win! Well deserved with an excellent bokeh and reflections ... ;)

Rotterdam Puddlegram

What can be better than having the iconic #erasmusbrug in your #rotterdam image? 2 of them right?!!! Getting creative with puddles and bokeh during my trip to R...
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What can be better than having the iconic #erasmusbrug in your #rotterdam image? 2 of them right?!!! Getting creative with puddles and bokeh during my trip to Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Behind The Lens

Ever since my first trip to Rotterdam, the Netherlands i was planning on returning to the awesome architecture of this beautiful metropolitan. Me and a friend set out to capture a Classic shot of the ‘Erasmusbridge’ and the modern tall high rise buildings.
It was night so we knew the buildings and landmarks were lit up by the lights of the city. After grabbing the shot I wanted I set out to experiment with different angles and a smaller depth of field. Normally I try to get everything perfectly sharp but now I was playing with foreground and subject sharpness.
It’s hard to be original at such a famous place. Even though its a well known landmark it is difficult to find new angles. At night with the bridge all lit up I knew it would look spectacular. I wanted to have the bridge be the lightest part in the image so I could get a nice contrast with the dark blue sky.
This was shot on a Nikon D7100 with a Tokina 11-16 2.8
It was getting late, we were getting cold. We packed up and headed back to the car. Then we passed that puddle small puddle again. I had seen it before and then thought that it would make for a great reflection shot. I quickly grabbed a shot of the reflection with my phone and liked it so much I just had to unpack again and go for it! I put my camera on the ground just outside the puddle and set it to aperture 2.8 focussed on the bridge using live view and pressed the shutter ever so gently not to disturb the camera. I picked up the camera and could not believe how good it worked. The foreground bokeh together with the reflection really made a different image! This was the shot of the year for me!
I wanted to emphasize the cold by making the image a little more blue together with the warm lights of the city It makes for a great color contrast. Other than that and some contrast improvements the image did not need much processing.
In my camera bag
I usually carry around my Nikon D7100 with the Tamron 17-50 2.8 stuck on it. In My bag I carry the Tokina 11-16 2.8, Sigma 70-300 and a sturdy Benro Tripod. The rest of my bag is filled with all sorts of accessories I hardly ever use...
Experiment, first go for the shot you camerawomen there for and then experiment, do not listen to the voices in your head telling that it will probably not work just try and see...

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