Cities, Buildings and Architecture

Beautiful  architectural Masterpieces
On the west side of the Central Station in Den Bosch you will find the Paleiskwartier. With beautiful architectural masterpieces of modern architecture. Photos taken shortly after sunset. 
Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 23mm and GF 45-100mm and with CPL- and GND-filters

Reykjavik, Iceland
The Hallgrímskirkja (literally the Church of Hallgrímur) is a church in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The church is named after the cleric Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-1675), who is considered the country's greatest hymn writer. At 74.5 meters, this is Iceland's tallest church building. Due to its location near the old center of Reykjavik and the visibility from the wider area, the church is one of Reykjavik's best-known symbols.
Construction of the Hallgrímskirkja began in 1945 and was completed 41 years later, in 1986. During the work, the design was criticized as an old-fashioned mishmash of styles. The Hallgrímskirkja is Samúelsson's last work and is considered his most important building. He has not experienced completion
Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 45-100mm
Harpa is a major concert and convention center in Reykjavik. The name means harp, but is also a symbol of hope. The building was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen in collaboration with Olafur Eliasson. 
Construction started in 2006, but due to the credit crisis that hit Iceland even more severely in 2007-2008, construction was halted and it looked as if the large construction pit in the center near the harbor would remain empty for good. In the end, it was decided to complete the prestigious building. The opening concert was held on May 4, 2011. 
In 2013, Harpa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture of the European Union.
Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 45-100mm
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík. Sun Voyager is described as a dream boat or an ode to the sun. The artist's intention was to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 45-100mm

Staverden Castle
Staverden Castle is located on the Staverdenseweg in Staverden (municipality of Ermelo). The house and the park near the house are owned by Geldersch Landschap en Kasteelen and are open to the public.
The current castle, now the fourth, was built partly in 1853 and partly in 1905 and contains seventeenth-century elements and is built on the foundations of the previous castle, from the eighteenth century.
Fujifilm GFX 50s with GF 23mm (18mm FF equivalent). And with CPL-, ND- and GND-filters. 
Camera settings: f/32 - 23mm - 27sec - ISO1600

Python Moves
Photos from the Python Bridge in the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam. The name refers to its distinctive wavy shape, like a python on the move. First photo taken during blue hour. The second photo converted to the beautiful Acros Film Simulation. And two photos playing with steel wool, creating special light effects.
Photos taken from a tripod with Fujifilm GFX 50s and the GF 45-100mm. With long exposure and two GND-filters.

Reitdiephaven in Groningen
It's maybe not an original subject. So I tried to make something different: a daring conversion of such beautiful colors to BW. In my opinion a successful conversion... but I still like the color-version most!
BW: f/11 - 13mm - 25sec - ISO400
COLOR: f/22 - 13mm - 40sec - ISO400
with the use of filters

Oostmahorn Lighthouse
Long exposure photo with special and playful editing in Lightroom. 
Fujifilm GFX 50s with Laowa 17mm. And with Kase filters (CPL, ND, GND)

The 'Oversteek' is a bridge for car traffic over the Waal, located in Nijmegen. The river crossing was opened in November 2013 and is located to the west of two existing bridges in Nijmegen.
Photos taken @55mm. First photo with ISO 400, f/18 and 60sec. Second photo with ISO 400, f/16, 320sec and a special BW-fiter in Lightroom. 
Both photos with the use of filters in the field to create the nice sphere and exposure
A detail of the 'Oversteek'. Photo taken with the GFX 50s and the GF 100-200mm @200mm. 
Velvia film simulation, ISO400, f/22 and 13 sec
The Lentloper is a traffic bridge over the Spiegelwaal between Lent and the city island. It is one of the five bridges over the Waal and the Spiegelwaal.
The Spiegelwaal is a side channel of approximately 4 kilometers in the Waal near Nijmegen. The channel was constructed between 2013 and 2015 as part of the national flood protection program Room for the River. This program came about after the floods in 1993 and 1995. The channel must increase the capacity in the bend of the Waal near Nijmegen and lower the water level so that more water can be collected at high tide

a Railway Bridge, a River and a Misty Morning
The perfect conditions to take a beautiful photo! In this case it's the railway bridge over the Rhine in Oosterbeek (near Arnhem). 
First photo taken early in the morning. With Kase 150mm gray- and half-gray filter. And finished with the beautiful Classic Chrome film simulation and a final touch of Luminar AI. GFX 50s @45mm (36mm FF equivalent), ISO 200, DR 200, f/11, 240 sec.
Second photo taken early in the morning just after sunrise. With a train disappearing in the mist... shot @45mm, ISO 200, DR 200, f/16, 1/20 sec and without filters
The same railway bridge over the Rhine. In this case on another day without mist, clear sight and no wind. Early in the morning just after sunrise. With slow shutter speed and half-gray filter. And finished with the beautiful Classic Chrome film simulation.
GFX 50s @45mm (36mm FF equivalent), ISO 200, DR 200, f/16, 30 sec and with Kase S-GND

Provincial Government Building
The old Provincial Government Building with connection to the new part, Arnhem
In 2017 a new building was put into operation, with a ten to twelve meter wide passage between the two provincial buildings. The monumental part was also thoroughly renovated. On September 20, 2017, the completely renovated provincial government building was opened by King Willem-Alexander together with the King's Commissioner in Gelderland, Clemens Cornielje. In 2018, the renewed provincial government was declared the Best Building of the Year by the Association of Dutch Architects (BNA).
A nice building to photograph with reflections everywhere

Night photography in Deventer
Night photos of the skyline and the beautiful old town of Deventer. Deventer is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and is located on the river IJssel. In the Middle Ages, Deventer was part of the 'Hanzeverbond', an important northern German trade network.
Photos are made with the super wide-angle zoom @16mm. The first two photos are each composed of seven different photos combined in Lightroom. With ISO 200 and f/11

Modern Architecture in Amsterdam City
Amsterdam is the capital and by population the largest municipality in the Netherlands. Amsterdam owes its name to its location on a dam in the Amstel, which was built in the 13th century. 
Amsterdam is a.o. known for its modern architecture
Sluishuis... an Alien Spaceship?
The Amsterdam Sluishuis looks like an alien spaceship to me. 
It's one of the Amsterdam icons, a unique entrance to IJburg on the water. The design is by the world famous Bjarke Ingels. The construction of the Sluishuis was completed in the summer of 2022. What a beautiful building this has become!
Photos taken with the Fujifilm X100V with a fixed focal length of 23mm (35mm FF equivalent). Shutter speed 1/400 sec, aperture f/10 and high ISO (2000-1600-8000) because of the gray weather. 
Model: Michelle

Maeslantkering, Hoek van Holland
The Maeslantkering is a storm surge barrier that came into use in 1997 on the border of Het Scheur and Nieuwe Waterweg near Hoek van Holland. The barrier is part of the Europoort barrier, the last part of the Delta Works

The Zeeland Bridge is a traffic bridge over the Oosterschelde with a total length of 5022 meters. It connects Noord-Beveland with Schouwen-Duiveland. The contractors Van Hattum and Blankevoort from Beverwijk and the Amsterdamsche Ballast Maatschappij from Amsterdam realized the bridge between 1963 and 1965.
This photo got the   -   BRONZE CERTIFICATE   -   Dutch Fotobond Foto Online 2019
Long exposure / high key photos from the Zeelandbrug in Zeeland. All photos are made with a ND Big Stopper combined with a graduated grey-filter. The first photo is taken @16mm, the second @40mm and the third one @70mm
Long exposure of 120 sec made with the super wide-angle zoom @8mm and with the use of a polarizer, a little stopper and a gradual grey-filter.
Chosen as 'Photo of the month October 2020' by Kase Filters Benelux

Leeuwarden is a city in the north of the Netherlands, the capital of the province of Friesland and one of the oldest cities in the north of the Netherlands. Leeuwarden was granted city rights in 1435.
Leeuwarden was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018

Italian cities
Beautiful places in Italy: Levanto, Cinque Terre, Montenero and Livorno
More beautiful Italian cities
Verona, Rapallo, Sestri Levante, Villa Oneto

Leiden City
With approximately125,000 inhabitants, Leiden, measured by population, is the fourth municipality in South Holland after Rotterdam, The Hague and Zoetermeer. The Key City (the nickname of the city) is known for its rich history and the old town, with canals, monumental buildings and courtyards
Beautiful Leiden City, day and night! 
Photos taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50s. 
Day photo: GF 45-100 @53mm (42mm FF equivalent). Camera settings: ISO 400, f/16 and 1/160 sec. Night photo: GF 23mm (18mm FF equivalent). Camera settings: ISO 400, f/16 and 20 sec exposure
Antique in Leiden
Three photos brought together in a triptych. Photos taken with the Fujifilm GFX 50s and the GF 23mm (18mm FF equivalent). ISO 6400 and 1600

Manhattan, New York City
Skyline lower Manhattan, storm was coming, a gift for me as a photographer!
The island of Manhattan is 21.5 km long and 3.7 km wide (at its widest point). It is connected by bridges and tunnels to New Jersey in the west, the Bronx in the northeast, Brooklyn and Queens (the Long Island neighborhoods) in the east and south. Manhattan is known for its skyscrapers, the wide avenues, the many yellow taxis and the Wall Street financial center
FIRST PRIZE    -    Photoclub Focel, Elst, June 7th 2018
FIRST PRIZE    -    Fujifilm contest, theme Holiday and City break, October 2018
Panorama of the Lower Manhattan Skyline
View from the High Line
The High Line or High Line Park is an elongated, high-lying city park in Manhattan. The park was built on the route of the West Side Line, a disused freight line of the New York Central Railroad. The elongated park is on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, in the Chelsea neighborhood. The High Line is surrounded by a mixture of old buildings and new modern buildings
Freedom Tower, Oculus / Westfield Shopping Center and 9-11-Memorial
The One World Trade Center (previously known as the Freedom Tower) is a skyscraper in Lower Manhattan that, with its height of 541 meters, is the tallest building on the American continent. The office building is the fifth tallest building in the world and is part of the new World Trade Center. The name refers to the skyscraper 1 WTC (also called North Tower) of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The construction of the One World Trade Center started on April 27, 2006 and the opening took place on November 3, 2014
Times Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World"
To the trains
View at Empire State Building from Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)
The Empire State Building is a 381 meter high skyscraper in New York. In 2016, it was the third tallest building in the city and the fifth on the list of tallest buildings in the United States. The name of the building, which is at the intersection of West 34th Street and Fifth Avenue, comes from the New York state nickname: The Empire State. The building was from 1931 until the construction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1971 the highest in the world.
The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings, built between 1929 and 1940, in the heart of Manhattan in New York. The Rockefeller Center is located in Midtown Manhattan, between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas and between 48th and 51th Street
Flat Iron Building
The Flat Iron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular, 86.9 m tall steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the Flat Iron District neighborhood of borough of Manhattan, New York City. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high and one of only two 'skyscrapers' north of 14th Street 
Oculus / Westfield Shopping Center
The Westfield World Trade Center is a shopping center at the World Trade Center complex. The mall opened on August 16, 2016 as the largest shopping complex in Manhattan, with 125 retail spaces. It replaces the Mall at the World Trade Center, the underground shopping mall under the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001
Trinity Church and the reflection of Saint Patricks Cathedral
The Trinity Church is a historic church building of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New York. The church stands at the junction of Broadway and Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, opposite 1 Wall Street and the American Surety Building. The current Trinity Church was completed in 1846. The building was designed by architect Richard Upjohn and is considered a classic example of the Neo-Gothic architectural style. The Trinity Church has been declared a National Historic Landmark by its architecture and location and the history of New York
Little Italy
Little Italy is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, once known for its large population of Italian Americans. Today the neighborhood consists of only a few Italian stores and restaurants
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty is a figure of Libertas, a robed Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet as she walks forward. The statue became an icon of freedom and of the United States, and a national park tourism destination. It is a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.
Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the U.S. as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years from 1892 until 1954. Ellis Island was opened January 1, 1892
Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place, built as and still commonly referred to as the World Financial Center, is a shopping center and office-building complex located across West Street from the World Trade Center in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan
View from the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon and completed in 1931, the building has a roof height of 380 m and stands a total of 443.2 m tall, including its antenna. Its name is derived from "Empire State", the nickname of New York, which is of unknown origin
View from Brooklyn at Lower Manhattan
The Manhattan Bridge and an old Factory in Brooklyn
The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 448 m long, with the suspension cables being 983 m long. The bridge's total length is 2,089 m. It is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridges. The bridge opened to traffic on December 31, 1909
Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 486.3 m and a height of 84.3 m above mean high water. It is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States and was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge, as well as the first fixed crossing across the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge started construction in 1869 and was completed fourteen years later in 1883
Detail of the Trump Tower in Manhattan
Too bad that such a beautiful building has been given this name

Woudsend, Friesland
Woudsend is a small village in the municipality of Sudwest-Fryslan. Woudsend lies between the Heegermeer and the Slotermeer. The village is on the Elfstedentocht route and has fourteen hundred inhabitants. Although the place originated on a sand ridge, the name Woudsend points to the fact that it was at the end of a swamp forest (forest/wold)

Rotterdam is a port city located at the Nieuwe Maas, one of the rivers in the delta that is formed by the Rijn and the Maas. The port of Rotterdam, the largest in the world for a long time, is the largest and most important in Europe. The port area extends over a length of 40 kilometers
The Willemsbrug over the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam at night
The Willemsbrug, a bridge over the Nieuwe Maas in the center of Rotterdam. The bridge connects the right bank of the Nieuwe Maas with the Noordereiland. The current bridge is the second Willemsbrug. The first was designed by C.B. van der Tak, was opened in 1878 and named after King William III. The second and current bridge was designed by Cor Veerling and was delivered in 1981. 
Shot with the ultra wide-angle zoom @10mm, ISO 200, f/16 and 15sec
Rotterdam Cityscape

Rotterdam Cityscape with the Erasmus Bridge. The Erasmus Bridge is next to the Willems Bridge the second bridge over the Nieuwe Maas in the center of Rotterdam and is named after the Dutch priest and humanist Erasmus. The bridge connects the Kop van Zuid district with the center on the north side of the river. The bridge was designed by Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) and delivered in 1996. The 284 meter long cable-stayed bridge has a 139 meter high asymmetrical steel pylon. The bridge owes this to the nickname 'The Swan'. 
Made with the 8-16mm @14mm and at 100sec, f/16 and ISO200. 
Also with the use of a big stopper, a graduated grey-filter and a polarizer
The cube houses in Rotterdam are 38 cube-shaped pile houses and 13 business cubes at the Blaak near the Oude Haven. They were built between 1982 and 1984, after a first presentation of the plans in 1978. The design by Piet Blom is a variant of the Helmond cube house in a slightly larger grid
The Rotterdam Blaak Station
Rotterdam Blaak Station was opened on 15 September 1993 by Queen Beatrix. The striking design is by architect Harry Reijnders. The architect's assignment was to design a station that, despite the complex layout, would offer sufficient orientation points to travelers. To provide for this, he designed a striking construction above the ground that is visible and recognizable in many places from below the ground. It looks like a flying saucer with a diameter of 35 meters. Some think it looks more like a wilted sunflower or a whistling kettle and the people of Rotterdam sometimes use the less flattering name 'the manhole cover'
De Hef is the popular name of the Koningshaven bridge, a railroad lift that has been out of service since 24 September 1993 over the Koningshaven in Rotterdam. The bridge formed part of the Breda - Rotterdam railway line
Rotterdam Central Station, Leuvehaven, Willemsbrug, Euromast and City Centre
The Market Hall
The Markthal in Rotterdam is a residential and commercial building with indoor market hall, situated between the streets Dominee Jan Scharpstraat, Grotemarkt, Westnieuwland and Verlengde Nieuwstraat. The opening took place on October 1, 2014 by Queen Máxima. In addition to a covered market, the complex also houses 228 apartments, 4600 m² of retail space, 1600 m² of restaurants and a parking garage for more than a thousand cars
Old and new
Moving Rotterdam in multiple exposure
The photos show the building called 'Rotterdam' and the Erasmus bridge
De 'Rotterdam' is a building on the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam designed by Rem Koolhaas. The complex was completed at the end of 2013. On November 21, 2013, the largest user, the municipality of Rotterdam, received the key. It's one of the largest buildings in the Netherlands.
Photos taken from the Euromast

Arnhem is the capital of the province of Gelderland. The municipality of Arnhem has approximately155,000 inhabitants
Arnhem on a rainy evening
A rainy evening in Arnhem with friends from photo club Focel. The rain creates a beautiful and unique atmosphere around the railway viaduct at Willemsplein and around Arnhem Central Station. 
Both photos taken @8mm.  
The viaduct with f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/8sec and with the use of a tripod. ​​​​​ This photo was rewarded with:
SECOND PRIZE    -    Photoclub Focel, Elst, November 2020
BRONZE CERTIFICATE   -   Dutch Photobond (Photo Online 2020)
Published in 'IN BEELD', edition 102   -   Dutch Photobond (February 2021)
The second photo, the station with f/4.5, ISO 2500, 1/30sec without a tripod
Dome prison 'De Berg'
Build in 1886. The dome prison is located in the attractive residential area 'Lombok' in the vicinity of the railway station Arnhem Centraal. The site has a size of more than 2 hectares
Arnhem in the evening
Photos made with ICM (zooming)
Arnhem Central Station
Designed by architect Ben van Berkel, opened in 2015. This special structure is called 'The Fronttwist' by the architect
In the vicinity of Arnhem Central Station

The Weir in Driel, my former hometown
In the major rivers, weirs are not only built to prevent desiccation of higher-lying areas, but also to guarantee minimal water levels for navigation throughout the year. Furthermore, weirs are constructed to steer water flows. The weirs that have been built in the Rijn and the Lek mainly serve to transport the water from the Rijn via the IJssel to the IJsselmeer.
The first photo is a double exposure shot. The second a so-called high-key photo. The third photo was edited in Lightroom and converted to the Classic Chrome Film Simulation
The weir near Driel at high tide with a beautiful reflection because there was hardly any wind and no strong water flow. Photo taken from the summer dyke that had just not been flooded.
Fuji X-H1 and XF 23mm. Shutter speed 19 sec. ISO 400 and f / 11.0. With polarization filter and gray filter from Kase
The weir before the renovation in 2020
The weir near Driel at sunset
"War of the World" (Orson Welles)
 Sunset with Sahara sand in the sky. Due to the orange-red sand, the colors are very intense!
Both long exposure photos made with the GFX 50s @45mm (36mm FF equivalent), ISO 200 and with Kase ND64, H-GND and S-GND

Hotel des Indes, Den Haag
Hotel Des Indes is a famous hotel at Lange Voorhout in The Hague. It was built as a residence in 1858. In 1881 the hotel was opened

Rovinj, Pula (Istrie, Croatia)
Rovinj and Pula are cities in Istria, Croatia. The cities are located on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula and are popular tourist resorts. 
Rovinj was characterized by the Romans in ancient times and was in the hands of the Venetians until 1797

Normandy, France
(Honfleur, Deauville, Auderville, Cherbourg)
Normandy is a historic French province. Normandy takes its name 'Normandy', land of the Norwegian men, from the Normans or Vikings. Normandy has a multitude of tourist sites. Normandy is well-known for the landing beaches and beaches of D-Day (1.7 million visitors to the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer) and the beautiful cliffs of Étretat. But also for the beautiful cities and villages

Dublin, Ireland
(Samuel Beckett Bridge, Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar)
Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath) is the capital of Ireland in the province of Leinster. The city is located almost halfway on the east coast of the island, on Dublin Bay, an inlet of the Irish Sea, and is cut from east to west by the river Liffey. The city has approximately 530,000 inhabitants. Dublin was founded by the Vikings in ± 988 and has since become a metropolis with more than 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area

Westerbork, Drenthe
A place in the Netherlands from where during WW II thousands of people were deported to concentration camps. A place to remember!

The capital of the Dutch province of Noord Holland

Luxembourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The name Luxembourg comes from Lucilinburhuc, which means small castle. The city is one of the richest cities in Europe. It is an important city for the international financial sector. At the same time, the city, together with Brussels, Frankfurt am Main and Strasbourg, is one of the most important locations of European institutions; the European Court of Justice is established here. On October 25, 2012, the city welcomed its 100,000th resident
St. Laurens church in Diekirch, Luxembourg
Diekirch is a city in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with around 6200 inhabitants, located on the river Sûre or Sauer. The city is the capital of the canton of Diekirch with the same name and attracts many tourists. The city has a long history; Roman mosaics can be viewed in the municipal museum and the old St. Laurens church is also built on Roman foundations.
This photo is taken with the small 27mm prime pancake lens

Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is one of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain. In 2012 it had a population of approximately 8,450,000, making it the largest Spanish autonomous region by population. The capital of Andalusia is Seville. The Alhambra in Granada and the small white villages are nice to visit

Radio Kootwijk
Radio Kootwijk is a former transmitter park on the Veluwe, west of the town of Apeldoorn, which in the first half of the 20th century formed an important communication link between the Netherlands and its former colonies, especially the Dutch East Indies. It was built from 1918.
Fujifilm GFX 50s with the GF 23mm (18mm FF equivalent). ISO 400, f/22 and 6 sec. Using CPL, ND64, S-GND and R-GND filters from Case

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. The municipality of Copenhagen has approximately 550,000 inhabitants, making it the largest municipality in Denmark. Copenhagen is also the central city in the urbanized area of Hovedstadsområdet with 1.2 million inhabitants, about one fifth of the total population of Denmark. The Greater Copenhagen metropolis has 2 million inhabitants
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