Amsterdam is a beautiful place full of character from its cobble stoned streets to its warped alleyways. Many of the houses are on a slant for various reasons such as sinking foundations, but the main one is to be able to hoist materials up using a pulley from the street to the top levels.

I wanted to capture the energy and vibe of the city seen here in its main means of transportation , the bicycle. Everyones bike is almost exactly the same, cheap as chips so that no one steals it haha, and they rattle as they power along the rocky streets with just one gear on them. For a tourist it takes some time getting used to looking out for the cyclists as they charge up the streets giving way for no one haha, a lesson I learnt once or twice. I did indeed see one poor lady get knocked over outside the Rijksmuseum. But once you get used to the fact that bikes have right of way over everything else then it becomes an easy city to navigate, sought of 😉

This is actually the red light district of Amsterdam shot during blue hour, which was actually 10pm at night due to the late sunset in summer.

Software Used to edit this image:

This is a HDR image shot on a Full Frame mirrorless Sony A7r on a tripod using a bracket of images. I used

Photomatix PRO 5– Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix 5 you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

OnOne Photosuite  the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne


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Sony A7r


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length




Shutter Speed

1/250, 1/160, 1/90, 1/40 and 1 second exposures


ISO 1250

HDR info

5 bracket using Photomatix PRO 5


11th August, 2014




Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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