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conrad's Blog

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28/11/2012 - 10:15 AM


This is such a welcoming sight - I always like seeing it. Gives me a feeling of excitement, somehow, and the feeling of coming home, since I consider this country as my second home, having lived here many years ago. Taken a while back. I came across it in my iPhone film roll, and although it's no...

26/11/2012 - 9:14 AM

Rain and Sunshine

As people who don´t just live inside our houses, but go outside as well, I suppose we´re not always too happy with the fact that weather is changeable, and that sunshine does sometimes make place for rain - or worse. But as photographers, we should be happy about that. Because changeable weather ...

22/11/2012 - 12:58 PM

Two Tenners

Over the years, I've become a big fan of buying used goods. I'm on eBay, on Marktplaats (a Dutch subsidiary of eBay), I like jumble sales, car boot sales, 'kringloopcentra' ('recycling centres', it's what the Dutch call used goods stores with or without a charitable purpose) and charity shops. When ...

21/11/2012 - 10:59 AM

Not The Orient

Rickshaws and an oriental restaurant in the background. But not the Orient at all. This is Amsterdam. Over the years, entrepeneurs in Amsterdam have become creative in finding solutions for the transport of people through the city, and the use of rickshaws was one of those solutions. You can als...

20/11/2012 - 9:49 AM

Landmarks & Details

Just a collection of a few Amsterdam landmarks and details in one photo. Taken with my iPhone, processed with Snapseed.

19/11/2012 - 11:14 AM

Number One or Number Two

I like traveling to different countries, seeing different places, cultures, foods and traditions. But not all of those different things appeal as much to me as others. In fact, to some I have an averse reaction. Take these French hole-in-the-ground toilets, for instance: I really hate to ...

13/11/2012 - 8:21 PM


The thing many people like so much about Amsterdam, is the many canals. (There's a reason why it's sometimes called The Venice of the North, I suppose.) Well, I'm one of those people, I love those canals. They make the typical Amsterdam look. And of course they look even better when you can c...

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12/11/2012 - 8:38 AM

Typical for Amsterdam

Every major city probably has flower stalls, but those in Amsterdam are different, because you can buy more than cut flowers there. They cater for more than just the local public that wants to take flowers home and put them in a vase. After all, Amsterdam is the most popular tourist destination in t...

10/11/2012 - 9:34 AM


A recent trip to the city where I was born, Amsterdam, reminded me of the fact that it contains so many wonderful old buildings. Contrary to other cities in the country, like Rotterdam and Arnhem, it largely escaped the destruction of the Second World War, so it's full of old architecture. Of cou...

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06/11/2012 - 10:24 AM

Three Versions

Some time ago I took a quick grab shot with my iPhone of a windmill I passed in a part of my country that I don't often visit. I had a play with the image in a few apps, and I thought I'd show you how very different some of the results were. Below you will see, respectively, a Snapseed version a...

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05/11/2012 - 1:05 PM

Head to Head

I'm not used to hearing sounds like explosions in my shower. But yesterday I did. The shower head - supposedly a good product, by a manufacturer whose name usually inspires confidence in me - made a strange rumbling sound when I turned it on, and then after it had been on for a few moments, it su...

02/11/2012 - 4:32 PM

Missing My Model

Now that my favourite model, my dear departed Ashley, is gone, I find myself looking around to see what others there are to photograph. On a boat trip during my summer holiday, there were several dogs on board. Couldn't get a clear shot of most of them (pity, there were some really good-looking cock...

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27/10/2012 - 10:22 PM

Action Shot

I don't usually post photos in this blog that weren't taken by myself, but in this case I'll make an exception. Because it was taken by an interpreter colleague of mine, with my iPhone, and of me - in action. Since I don't have a lot of shots of myself in action in a conference interpreter's booth, ...

24/10/2012 - 1:55 PM

"Real Men Wear Purple"

I've heard several women complain that too many men mostly go for 'safe' colours in their choice of clothes. Their wardrobes, so they say, contain too many blacks, greys and browns. And although I can see good reasons for wearing those colours (especially the darker ones do make one look thinner,...

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23/10/2012 - 4:09 PM


I always like shots that give a feeling of depth and perspective. Any old lines will do, as long as they lead away from the lens, and give you the feeling they go on forever. Well, this row of cabins on a ferry doesn't go on forever, but it almost does look like it, doesn't it.