A first time trip to The Netherlands

In Flight Sunrise - Over the Western United States

In Flight Sunrise – Over the Western United States

I’ve going on another business trip later today, this time to The Netherlands for a little over a week. It’s been over 25 years since I’ve been to Europe and it’s my first trip to The Netherlands so I’m excited.

I went to Singapore in February, a place that an urban photographer like me can really get into. The Netherlands is also going to be neat for architecture but I expect it to be very different. More old world, ornate and I hope, dripping with character. While I’ll be working in Breda, a smaller city in the southern part of the country, I’m going to fly through Amsterdam. I’m hoping to get a couple of days of photography at the beginning and at the end of the trip.

I briefly considered bringing 3 mirrorless cameras but settled on two. I find that the more cameras I bring, the more I get distracted which ultimately degrades my photography. The Fujifilm X100S is my primary camera this time. I’ll use it to document my travels as well as the beautiful architecture. I’ll see what one fixed lens, a 35mm equivalent, can do. It’s almost like the old days with one camera and one lens.

However, you know how much I like night and urban HDR photography. So, I’m also bringing my smaller Olympus E-PM2 with my wide-angle setup. I’m going to shoot that on tripod. It’s a very different kind of photography than the handheld shots I’m doing on the Fuji. The X100S is really not geared towards HDRs, hence the two cameras.

Actually, I’ll still end up carrying 3 cameras, if you include my iPhone 5S. I’ve been shooting Instagrams for my on-the-fly social photography. I’ll try to make sure it doesn’t distract me too much but you can follow my progress on my Instagram feed, if you are interested. I don’t expect I’ll be updating the blog during my trip.

See you soon.

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8 thoughts on “A first time trip to The Netherlands

  1. Breda itself is a charming city, I grew up not too far from that area and remember having made a day trip there. I am sure you will love it! Can’t wait to see your pictures!!!!

    1. Thanks Laurent. Breda is lovely, what a wonderful city. I went to Utrecht yesterday. Going back to Amsterdam for a couple of days before my flight home.

  2. If you want to lock your lenses onto some authentic medieval architecture – and you’ve got some time – I’m inviting you to Bruges. It’s a 2 hour drive from Breda so you might not make it on this trip but you’re always welcome another time of course 🙂

    1. Don’t think I have the time to get to Bruges but thank you for the invitation. Do you live there? I did manage to get to Utrecht yesterday which was lovely too.

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