Wow, what an amazing evening did i have when i went to take this image. Got to meet a nice french couple who were on a road trip with their motorcycle and joined me for a couple of hours while taking pictures and the most amazing part about that was they could only speak french and my french sucks so there was no way of communicating verbally but still in some sort of non verbal language we could manage to communicate and i was able to help them take some pictures and explain what i was doing.

It was also a long time ago since i posted a behind the scenes picture on facebook and i know i really need to spend more time on posting updates, but its hard to be consistent when you don’t have a lot of time to go out and shoot. And lets be honest not every time when you go out do you come home with a good image or the material to create a good image, at least i do not at this point in my photography adventure, are you???

But what i did find out is that you don’t always have to show only final images to grab people’s interest, my last behind the scenes picture got me 5 facebook likes on my artist page which got me to 100 LIKES!!! This probably does not look like much or mean much to some people but i think its freaking awesome! Huge thanks for al those people liking and following me even when im not super active, it really means a lot to me!

So getting back to the picture, this was taken at the Rijnhavenbridge in Rotterdam during the early blue hour. It is just unbelievable how many people from other countries pass by and it really opens your eyes about the multicultural society we live in today.

Here is a before/after image of the Rijnhavenbridge. (In Dutch we call it Rijnhavenbrug).
The before image misses some parts because of correcting the distortion while angling the camera in an upright position to get the composition i wanted.


Technical info:

  • 4 images (1 exposure for the blurred water, 1 exposure for the sky, 1 exposure to mask out some people (sorry people, its nothing personal) and 1 base exposure for the foreground and the buildings)
  • @ 16mm
  • f/8
  • iso varies from 64 to 100
  • base exposure @ 3 sec

Programs used:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • Nik software

Thanks again for taking the time to take a look at my image and i would be happy to answer any of your questions, comments/critique are also most welcome!


By |2017-08-13T19:57:59+01:00June 29th, 2016|Before / After, Blog, HDR, Netherlands, Rotterdam|0 Comments

About the Author:

My name is Boudewijn Drenkelford, born in 1985 in the Netherlands. I'm a father, boyfriend, brother and friend who likes to go out into the nature with my camera.

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