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Paul Shields 03-20-2007 05:37 PM

The First PhotoCamel Meet & Greet! Amsterdam 10th - 12th May 2007
 
This is to formally announce a get-together amongst fellow Camels. It will be held in the glorious city of Amsterdam between 10th to 12th May.

We already have a few people who are officially booked for this inaugural gathering. If anyone else is interested then please express your interest here. So far we have:

Paul Shields (me)
Cedric_R
Rense
Max (Max@Home)

All are welcome, but don't leave it too late!

JDArt 03-21-2007 07:11 AM

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I'll try...

:afro:

kelley_french 03-21-2007 07:47 AM

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wish i could be their miss a-dam, great place.

peterst6906 03-21-2007 07:55 AM

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Wooo hooo!

I live in The Hague and will actually be home then, so definitely count me in.

Regards,

Peter (a new, but enthusiastic camel)

Paul Shields 03-21-2007 10:59 AM

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Great news Peter!

Stormdancing 03-21-2007 11:59 AM

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I will be your Sherpa, if I can get my way paid.
I would love to be there. Sounds like so much fun.
Hopefully we can get a USA Meet together some day.

LeeK 03-23-2007 11:34 PM

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Right in the middle of section two of furniture catalog season...tip one for me!

Max@Home 03-24-2007 06:12 AM

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Hi All!

...just to get some ideas of what-would-we-like-to-do: some possible activities, small trips, etc. Please have a look and state your 'priorities' :)

Amsterdam:
- Canal/harbour tour by boat
- Artis Zoo (old & rather famous one :) )
- Inner City walk - daytime
- RedLightDistrict walk - evening (in the past these were guided by a TV-personality - Rob van Houten)
- Photography museum(s)
- Van Gogh Museum / Stedelijk Museum / Rijks Museum (with the 'NightWatch-Nachtwacht' of Rembrandt van Rijn)
- visit the new 'floating City' area

Near Amsterdam:
- Keukenhof Lisse (permanent Tulip/Flower show, I'll have to check whether they are still open...)
- The Hague (Residential Capitol with Government Buildings etc, an old 'Royal Class' city
- Rotterdam (Large International Sea Harbour, Zoo, famous Bridges, waterfront-buildings, etc)

Both Rotterdam & The Hague can be reached very easily by train from Amsterdam, and are +/- 40 to 60 minutes away.

Further away and less easily reachable:
- Coastal works in Zeeland
- Studio Frank Doorhof (Emmeloord)

FOR THE DUTCH READERS (or those knowing our country :) ): please EDIT AND ADD to this thread/post, so we have a large scale of activities etc we can pick from :).

Interested in hearing your priorities :)

Kindest regards!

Max@Home

peterst6906 03-25-2007 01:09 PM

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Hi Max,

Well, since I've lived in The Netherlands for almost 15 months now, I've seen a lot of Holland, but only a very small part of Amsterdam itself.

So I'd be up for any of the Amsterdam activities, though I'd also love to see Frank Doorhof's studio (that would be #1 on my list).

I'm heading to Keukenhof this Sunday (I loved it last year) and as I live in The Hague, I pretty much know the area back-to-front (I live just behind the Peace Palace, so reasonably close to the Centre as well).

Rotterdam would also be OK, but I think the activites in Amsterdam or The Hague would be more interesting.

Regards,

Peter

Paul Shields 03-31-2007 05:21 PM

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If there is anyone else seriously interested in this meet then please let me know either by posting here or via PM. We're about to start setting up the logistics. Some of that discussion will take place outside of the forum so if you're not fully signed up then you may miss the boat.

Paul Shields 04-30-2007 03:07 PM

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Just a heads-up as there is now less than two weeks to go. We already have at least 5 people showing up. If anyone else can make it then let yourself be known asap :).

Paul Shields 04-30-2007 03:52 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Max@Home (Post 171564)
Hi All!

...just to get some ideas of what-would-we-like-to-do: some possible activities, small trips, etc. Please have a look and state your 'priorities' :)

Amsterdam:
- Canal/harbour tour by boat

I like the idea of a cruise around the canals :).

Quote:

- Artis Zoo (old & rather famous one :) )
Zoos are great, though I have been round this one before. I'll leave it open to others about whether it's worthwhile or not.

Quote:

- Inner City walk - daytime
- RedLightDistrict walk - evening (in the past these were guided by a TV-personality - Rob van Houten)
Despite the possible 'seediness' of the RL district, I've always found this part of Amsterdam quite interesting. I can see some great night-time opportunities around here :).

Quote:

- Photography museum(s)
- Van Gogh Museum / Stedelijk Museum / Rijks Museum (with the 'NightWatch-Nachtwacht' of Rembrandt van Rijn)
- visit the new 'floating City' area
Again, I've done the museums a couple of times in the past so not at the top of my list, but always happy to go with the flow on this one.

Quote:

Near Amsterdam:
- Keukenhof Lisse (permanent Tulip/Flower show, I'll have to check whether they are still open...)
It would be interesting to see a million tulips in flower, but will they still be on show at the time we're visiting?

Quote:

- The Hague (Residential Capitol with Government Buildings etc, an old 'Royal Class' city
- Rotterdam (Large International Sea Harbour, Zoo, famous Bridges, waterfront-buildings, etc)
Completely new to me, so will take any guidance on this.

Quote:

Further away and less easily reachable:
- Coastal works in Zeeland
Sounds very interesting. How is transport to these places?

Quote:

- Studio Frank Doorhof (Emmeloord)
Studio Frank would be awesome. Would love to know if Frank is available on these days :).

vladnl 04-30-2007 04:25 PM

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I'm interested too. I live in Holland now for 4 years and I still haven't seen Amsterdam? :) Can you believe it? :) So this is perfect opportunity :) Count me in!
Cheers
Vlad

Paul Shields 04-30-2007 04:32 PM

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Vlad - that's great :). Watch this space (and your PM's) for more details as it develops.

J.A.F. Doorhof 05-03-2007 02:17 AM

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I have cleared my schedule for the thursday and friday.

Song4themoon 05-10-2007 07:03 AM

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so who all is there now? I wish I could have come :(

J.A.F. Doorhof 05-10-2007 05:13 PM

Picture and meeting thread :D
 
Well because I'm the closest to home :D I have the first picture and mini review online.

this is the photocamel gang which visited our home tonight.

http://www.doorhof.nl/modelcom/album...i_2007-003.jpg

It was great fun to see the people behind some of the names.
Although the beautiful Dutch weather was not coörperation we still had a nice BBQ (inside with electrical BBQ's), after which I showed the group the studio and talked a bit about my approach to photography (hope I did not bore them :D).

After that we talked some more and rounded the evening off with some demos in our Home Theater.

It was great fun, and I hope we will do these kind of meetings more.
Although I'm a bad traveller myself due to time restrictions, my studio is always open for camelers.

Greetings,
Frank

Max@Home 05-10-2007 07:25 PM

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Quick report of The First Day :)

Paul arrived at Schiphol in time (11:45), where the Camel sign did his work so we did actually meet eachother :). Cedric SMS'ed a friend, who called a friend, who emailed me that his flight was cancelled and he was rescheduled on another flight, but would be arriving an hour and a half later, so Paul and I killed the time with coffee (me), beer (Paul) and sigarettes (both :) ).

(Sorry, Athena, he's back on his old habit... :( )

The rescheduled flight arrived in time, and the sign worked again!:afro: Good to be a Camel! :cheesy: So the three of us went to my car, that was parked a bit too long due to the delay, but luckily it wasn't towed away :tongue:

After a relatively smooth ride we first dropped Paul off at his B&B, and then I delivered Cedric at his. After a short roominspection and some explanations by the owner, we headed back, picked up Paul, and went en route to Frank Doorhof in Emmeloord, where we arrived slightly early at 16:30 :cool:.

After we met with Frank, his wife, his son, his parents, model Corrine and the cat we all sat down for drinks, drinks and a nice BBQ. Around 19:00 Rense and Peter joined the party and the Camel Meet was complete.:o

After the food-and-drink part we first got a grand tour inclusive of all explanations through Frank's studio, and then got together for more drinks and conversation, and a demonstration of Frank's other passion: HD HomeTheater :)

Far too soon we had to head back to Amsterdam again, where I dropped off Cedric and Paul at around 00:15, and then went en route to Castricum (Home) where I arrived at around 01:15.

Tomorrow we will gather again at around 10:00 at Cedric's, as his location is easiest to reach by car (Peter and me), foot (Paul :) ) or public transportation (Rense).

I'll try and keep you all informed!

...€0.00002... :)

Max@Home

Rense 05-12-2007 01:57 AM

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Just some quickies from yesterday (I'll leave the big story to Max, because he is much better at this than I am;D )

The first photo in Amsterdam was a kind of summing up the party at Frank's house:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG.

(By the way Max didn't mention that we bought some of the DVD's of Frank that we will use for a review here on the Camel).

Afster strolling through Amsterdam we arrived at the Nieuwe Kerk, where we had a shoot out:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG.

After such hard work we decided to have a drink and something to eat. Of course we had to use our Camera's. Paul's camera had a definite blue cast on a photo of Cedric, so I tried the Canon and lo and behold no blue cast:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG.

Waiting for Peter (who didn't arrive because of other obligations) we went to the Amsterdam Post CS building where we could see Amsterdam from 11 stories high:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG (only to bad it was raining).

After that it was time for a relaxing (and a bit drying/warming up) boat tour, where I made a photo of Paul in contemplation:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG

peterst6906 05-12-2007 04:24 AM

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Some nice shots Rense. Pity I missed the day due to work. I thought I would have been able to get off, but I'm heading overseas next week and had some things to finalise.

Bugger. It looks like it was a great day.

Regards,

Peter

Max@Home 05-12-2007 08:51 PM

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1 Attachment(s)
Day 3

:crazy2:

Max@Home

Max@Home 05-12-2007 08:56 PM

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3 Attachment(s)
...day 2...

:crazy2:

Max@Home

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 08:11 AM

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Good to see some images coming on-line already :). Love the Anne Frank shot Max.

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 09:41 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Rense (Post 190151)
After such hard work we decided to have a drink and something to eat. Of course we had to use our Camera's. Paul's camera had a definite blue cast on a photo of Cedric, so I tried the Canon and lo and behold no blue cast:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-12_.JPG

Yes, that was a weird one. The camera I was using at the time was the Olympus E-1, which I've always found to have excellent auto WB. Seems like the lighting conditions conspired to throw the WB very much towards the blue end of the spectrum.

However, being a resourceful lot we found a white piece of card at the back of the cafe menu and I built my own custom WB. It's made me think a lot more about spending that extra few seconds before shooting to snap a grey card. Makes for one less step when editing. This following shot was straight out of the camera after setting the custom WB on the E-1.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/227/4...c60c09c1_o.jpg

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 09:56 AM

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OK - my first edits since getting back. The following were taken in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam on the Friday.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/223/4...e75a77b7_o.jpg

Some of the delicate carvings around the pulpit:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/215/4...4f537be2_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/193/4...a09d1a1e_o.jpg


Some interesting metalwork:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/189/4...69dae585_o.jpg



Max taking aim with his 100-200mm :).

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/200/4...b4dde3e0_o.jpg

Rense 05-13-2007 10:36 AM

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Max,
I took a photo of the same woman, with the same intend, but I decided not to doit: the idea was in my mind somewhat contrived.

Rense 05-13-2007 10:45 AM

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Paul at work in the harbor of Rotterdam:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG;D

Rense 05-13-2007 10:48 AM

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and here is my version:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG.

Rense 05-13-2007 10:49 AM

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Max,
Good idea to take the reflection of the floor in the lamp.
I decided to take a photo directly from the floor:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG.

Rense 05-13-2007 10:51 AM

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One more from the Amsterdam session, that I call Dutch poetry:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG.

C&C very welcome.

Rense 05-13-2007 10:59 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Shields (Post 190438)
Some of the delicate carvings around the pulpit:

Paul,
I envy your composition.
I had a carbon toned image in my mind:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...1247_5085a.JPG.

Max@Home 05-13-2007 11:02 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Shields (Post 190438)
...Max taking aim with his 100-200mm :).

;) make that a 100-400 :)

nice shots, I like the carvings :)

:crazy2:

Max@Home

Max@Home 05-13-2007 11:09 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Rense (Post 190446)
Max,
I took a photo of the same woman, with the same intend, but I decided not to do it: the idea was in my mind somewhat contrived.

...well, not too contrived IMHO, the two shots were taken within seconds, her expression is her genuine expression at that moment, and I sort-of knew what she was, we had eye contact before...

...€0.02...

Max@Home

Rense 05-13-2007 11:12 AM

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Quote:

... and I sort-of knew what she was ...
... and thats part of the reason I withdraw in the end ...

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 11:17 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Rense (Post 190451)
Paul at work in the harbor of Rotterdam:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG;D

In case anyone was wondering, I was taking a picture - not recovering from a night out in Amsterdam ;).

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/225/4...80c7d308_o.jpg

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 11:24 AM

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Another architecture shot from Rotterdam. Rotterdam has some very interesting buildings (in fact, seems like the whole of the Netherlands has interesting architecture :)).

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/229/4...59e9c3ea_o.jpg



Possibly it looks a bit abstract. To put it in context, this is the whole building.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/216/4...e4e388841d.jpg

JDArt 05-13-2007 11:34 AM

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Great pictures and stories! Can't wait to see more.

Rense 05-13-2007 11:59 AM

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;D LOL ;D :crazy2:

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 02:07 PM

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On day two it rained and rained (and rained), so we got a little bit soaked - but that doesn't put off the intrepid Camel and we just shrugged it off and carried on regardless. We did though decide to take a boat trip through the canals of Amsterdam - a benefit of which was that we were sheltered so could dry off for a bit :).


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/213/4...fa16f64b_o.jpg
While we were waiting to board, Max pointed out an interesting perspective with the very large and wide billboard across the canal (the building in the background is Centraal train station):



Water was everywhere - both in the canal and falling from the sky :).


http://farm1.static.flickr.com/207/4...9e28fea8bd.jpg
Light fitting on the canal boat

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/199/4...0b4521673a.jpg
Looking through the glass

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/4...9d789552ec.jpg
Rope tie through the glass

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/209/4...c3d1e50e_o.jpg
There were plenty of opportunities to capture the contrast between the old and the new in Amsterdam, like this shot of the historic canal and construction in the distance.

Rense 05-13-2007 02:14 PM

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Paul,
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Shields (Post 190504)

;D LOL,;D
I got that one also, played a bit with lith toning and got:
http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...007-05-13_.JPG

Paul Shields 05-13-2007 03:27 PM

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Ah good capture Rense :). I think I like the simplicity of this.

Max@Home 05-13-2007 06:18 PM

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The Walking Route of Day 2 :bananapowerslide::bananapowerslide:

http://www.pbase.com/image/78721238/large.jpg

dean1401 05-14-2007 05:44 AM

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Looks like you guys had way too much fun! Wish I could have made it.

May have to try and get a Florida one going (Russ you listening?) as I'm due back in 2 weeks.

Thanks for posting guys
Dean

peterst6906 05-14-2007 07:36 AM

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Really nice shots guys. Sorry I missed both the last two days, but glad you all had great fun.

Regards,

Peter

cedric_r 05-14-2007 10:13 AM

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Ok, here are a few from me. No particular processing, just sharpening and resizing.

http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3851-small.jpg

http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3919-small.jpg

I thought this was funny.
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3923-small.jpg

It only stopped raining for a while at night.
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3939-small.jpg

http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3942-small.jpg

Annoyed a security guard when taking this one in the train station!
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3952-small.jpg

Yummy!
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...3977-small.jpg

Windy in Rotterdam!
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...4009-small.jpg

Just felt like panning on the tram.
http://www.raguenaud-online.org/cedr...4051-small.jpg

cedric_r 05-14-2007 10:15 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Max@Home (Post 190566)
The Walking Route of Day 2 :bananapowerslide::bananapowerslide:

Nothing compared to when Paul and I got lost that evening!

Paul Shields 05-14-2007 10:18 AM

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Great selection Cedric. Love the 'windy' one - it really was a very strong headwind :). Also nice to have documented proof that I ate a raw herring ;).

Paul Shields 05-14-2007 10:28 AM

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I also have a couple of shots that nicely balance Cedric's:

http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...erdam_Tram.jpg
Had to shoot this with ISO 50 at f/22 to get the shutter speed slow enough.

I left the tripod in the capable hands of Cedric and took a few nighttime shots by boosting the ISO on the 5D.

http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...nightcanal.jpg


http://www.photocamel.com/gallery/da...ightcanal2.jpg
An interesting place to park your bike :).

cedric_r 05-14-2007 10:34 AM

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I uploaded a bunch in the gallery.

JDArt 05-14-2007 10:35 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul Shields (Post 190822)
Also nice to have documented proof that I ate a raw herring ;).

Yuck!


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