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One thing about Amsterdam (and maybe a lot of other places in Europe, I can’t honestly speak truthfully since this is my first time overseas) is that there are a ton of people riding bikes. And even more than that are the number of bikes just chained up all over the city. Chained here, chained there, chained everywhere.
This is a little alleyway between two other “larger” roads going through Amsterdam Centraal. I almost passed it, then looked at all the bikes and knew I needed a picture.
A few other photogs I follow would probably have loved to use their Tilt-Shift lenses on this scene, but since I don’t have one, I tried to get as close to the left wall as I could. This was taken with my new Tamron 17-35 about a foot away from that left wall.
My wife has already seen the shot and loves the tree at the end of the alley. I just love the details in the old bricks everywhere, plus the light touch of color from the flowers and flag up on the walls.
Processed from 3 hand-held brackets, Photomatix, CS5, Imagenomic. Shot at a wide aperture to get the left wall a little more blurry.
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