I woke up Sunday morning to rooftops blanketed in fog, and a barely risen sun. But despite the gloom, I felt quite awake, even before my first cup of coffee. I had to head into Amsterdam for an expat convention — which turned out to be almost no help at all — but luckily, I remembered the amstergrammers were meeting up for the WWIM12, so I knew the day wouldn’t go to waste.
I was excited, but a bit apprehensive because out of the hundred people there, I didn’t know a soul. I chugged a few coffees and worked up the courage to chat with a few friendly faces — then before we knew it, we were off.
We weaved throughout the city, starting in the south in Bellamyplein. The dense morning fog was fading into the bright autumn sun when we began snapping portraits — the natural inspiration was a lovely start to the day.
Traveling through Amsterdam can be treacherous enough — now imagine it with a giant group of photographers who can’t help themselves from snapping pictures every few seconds. It was like a tour group from Mars had invaded Earth and couldn’t believe their eyes. Except we were just a bunch of photographers, giddy with excitement and possibility. So many muses — so much beautiful light filtering through the buildings — so many possibilities!
I decided to travel light for the walk, since I had the expat fair in the morning. I really didn’t want to lug around my DSLR — so, as I often do nowadays, I grabbed by Sony DSC rx100. The photos are just as good as my Rebel XTi, and it fits in my pocket. I did feel a bit out of the loop though, as everyone around me schlepped their big, beautiful cameras over their shoulders. What was fun though — was when I showed people what my little camera was capable of. For a point and shoot — there’s a wide range of control and customization that’s perfect for portraits. I really enjoyed using the rx100 this way, because these past few months I’ve really just focused on landscapes.
After a much needed lunch break, we continued on our way. But as we headed further and further into the center — we began to crowd bridges, and even halt traffic around us in order to get some shots. Angry bell ringing, and Dutch bikers swearing didn’t deter us though — we continued on.
It was around three or four when the sun turned golden, and started to sink towards the horizon. The shorter days aren’t something I am happy about, but I was content because at least it set the scene beautifully for my last shots of the day.
I’d say the walk was quite a success — I snapped some really nice photos that I am proud of, and I got to spend a beautiful fall day with great people. I am really looking forward to attending another instagram meet — and next time getting a bit more creative with my angles and posing.
The photowalk was also a really fun way to meet new people. I chatted with fellow instagrammers about everything from cameras, to culture, expat life, and their creative projects. In the near future — I may be featuring some projects from the people I met. So be on the lookout!