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By andreduplessis
I took this last weekend in Amsterdam. This is the 'De Ooievaar' bar, close to the central station. This gentleman, Mr. Alex Ingen, the barman, was most helpful, and stood quite still for a few images (1/6th sec, ISO 800, f6.3), having moved his customers aside to give me an uninterrupted view.

Tags: Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Roly, AJG, lesgoodey and 31 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



lesgoodey 17 5 1 England
7 Jul 2009 8:55PM
Great black and white shot, excellent detail and tone.
7 Jul 2009 8:57PM
Thanks Les!
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
7 Jul 2009 9:13PM
What a nice man!
NevP 17 853 13 Canada
7 Jul 2009 9:30PM
I saw this over on the other site and was hoping you'd post it here, awesome detail. And a fabulous mono. Loving this.
Gazsu 13 1 England
7 Jul 2009 9:33PM
Great shot
7 Jul 2009 10:15PM
Thanks chaps! Yes. Alex was great. Actually, no one in Amsterdam seems to mind being photographed. My kind of placeSmile
7 Jul 2009 11:39PM
Great mono..
Diana 16 2.0k 19 Netherlands
8 Jul 2009 1:13AM
like this with all the busyness of his trade in the BG

8 Jul 2009 2:29AM
Many thanks for the comments. I initially worked up a more contrasty image, but it did not do justice to this scene. Shaded too many of the little details. On both the two better frames he moved his head a fractionally (all the patrons were joking with him!), so had to correct the motion artifacts there. Andre
Andrew_Hurley 16 71 73 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2009 1:33PM
Wow this is environmental portraiture at its very best. The tonal range is exceptional and has been very well composed. Well worthy of an Andrew Hurley Gold Disc award! They are very rare you know, I only give out 1 a week!

I sure hope you had a beer after this shot, you certainly deserve 1 (or 2 or 3 or 4!)

8 Jul 2009 3:01PM
Dear Andrew. Thanks so much for your award! I did actually have an Ooievaar beer afterwards - the least that I could have done in order to thank him, but had to scurry off and hunt bthe others in the party down. We had a photo outing to Amsterdam. Anyhow, en route to finding them I took another one, which I shall upload next. Regards, Andre
kitsch 17 439 4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2009 7:02PM
very happy to be 30th :-0)
superb shot
10 Jul 2009 1:10AM
Your'e a star Kitch! Thanks!
jenquest 20 561 1 Tokelau
21 Jul 2009 9:48PM
Very nice as usual. A man in his setting.

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