Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge portrait

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge – Transport. Frank’s photo of the brought back memories of this ride in a Bangkok tuk-tuk. I was in a bit of a hurry that time, and had told the driver to ‘hurry hurry, chop chop’. It didn’t fell on deaf man’s ears so to speak; switching lanes continuously while doing 70 km/h, running red lights etc. etc.

Psychedelic Ride • Tuesday Photo Challenge

All the time Jim Morrison was squealing loudly on the sound system ‘Riders on the storm’, on repeat that is. After it had come on for the third time, it popped into my head that Jim Morrison had died at 27. And somehow I realized my time hadn’t come yet. And while still needing both hands to keep myself from falling off, I relaxed. A bit.

After tipping him handsomely for getting me there on time, I asked him why that song was on repeat. Smilingly he answered he liked the line ‘There’s a killer on the road…’

It sure was the most psychedelic ride of my life…

Of note: this photo was taken with an iPhone 4 and is the original. I haven’t tweaked or color corrected it in post!

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, Common or Moroccan Portal.

Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge

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Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is a brutally imaginative challenge as it is a portal to our creativity: ‘Your challenge is to share some portal that might be representative of the great adventure that lies ahead.’

Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge
Moroccan Portal • Tuesday Photo Challenge

This photo is of a staircase in a hotel in Morocco, half an hour before the New Year of 2005. I took this photo on the fly from the ground floor and as you can see there are 4 stories of basement. What adventure was waiting there I’ll never know. It was off-limits and guarded by two men in traditional costumes including scimitars. They refused to speak and just beckoned me onward…

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow, Mist, or Common.

Common • Tuesday Photo Challenge

hello - it's been 35 years

Common • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is as brutally imaginative as it is common: ‘Whether it is the every day, common object or the things that you have in common, or crossing the town common… This is a word that allows for plenty of creative directions to be taken, so feel free to take the one that speaks to you!’

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Now a common sight, back in 1984 a revolution that rocked the world

A revolution that turned into common-ness

This photo is of the very first Macintosh that was introduced slightly over 35 years ago (!) and that rocked the world for the three-and-a-half decade that followed.
I remember vividly how my brother one evening lugged home an IBM workstation, to which my father said ‘putting handles on a washing machine doesn’t mean it’s portable.’ But the most intimidating thing was when it had finally booted up; green command-lines on a black screen.
Then, roughly half a year later, a friend showed me, on his Sony Betamax machine, the 1984 commercial from Apple. The impact that one commercial had on me as a young man who just started out as a junior copywriter in a leading advertising agency was immense. I had never heard of someone who had the balls to spend the vast majority of his ad-budget on production costs and the cost of airing it just once (during the Superbowl). All of a sudden I realised two things: I wanted, come hell or high water, to make it to the podium of the Cannes Festival. The second was that I dearly wanted one of those insanely great machines.

Insanely great

Insanely great on its way to overpriced common-ness?

Call a Mac overpriced common-ness may sound bordering blasphemy, but the same friend who introduced me to the Mac called his new iMac exactly that. Overpriced and common. And to a certain level he’s dead-right. Apple is hugely expensive and seems to have become the norm that has however been successfully emulated by many Windows machines. The only point-of-difference that still makes the price worthwhile is its super-intuitive OS.
And as a fellow copywriter snarled at the finance director who threatened to substitute her Apple for a much more cost-efficient Windows machine: ‘the only way you can take away my Mac is when you’ve succeeded prying its mouse from my cold, dead fingers.’

Obviously I had no part in taking either of these photos which were probably sourced by Apple’s marketing PR dept. around the launch January 24, 1984. I just lifted them from the web. Which meant I had to do some (extensive) post prod in Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make them look half-decent.

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace, Glow or Mist respectively.

Mist • Tuesday Photo Challenge

Mist • tuesday photo challenge

Mist • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is as brutally imaginative as it is challlenging: ‘Mist is more than just a fog, as it can also be a gentle, diffuse rain, which can provide very interesting light play. Unleash your creative brains and let them play with the theme to come up with those cool ideas that float around!’

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Wave breaker in shards of mist

Mist• Tuesday Photo Challenge

This photo is of a wave breaker on the beach of Westduinpark, The Hague, The Netherlands. It is caught in shards of a dense sea mist that ‘torture’ the coastline repeatedly this time of year. It is so common the Dutch even have a name for it: Zee Vlam which literally translates as Sea Flame.

The poem on the wave breaker translates into something like:

return to the Silent Beach
side issues blown away

sea is waving in dunes
surf rustles in the crowns

here is room
to love

I had to do some (extensive) post prod in Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I took the original photo with my iPhone XR (which was on a sunny day!) Overlayed that with a photo resembling the shard of mist I was looking for. Credits to Tatiana Zhukova at Unsplash!

For a peek at my previous submissions in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, click on Fantasy, Peace and Glow respectively.

Majestic Glow • Tuesday Photo Challenge

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Majestic Glow • Tuesday Photo Challenge is my submission into Dutch goes the Photo challenge of the week. As usual, it is as brutally simple as imaginative: ‘I think that the interesting part of this challenge will be your choice of direction with the theme of Glow…will you opt for the glow of an ember, a firefly, or the glowing praise that is heaped on a great performance? There are many choices, so feel free to push the boundaries and shoot for that glowing review!’

Majestic Glow
Majestic Glow

Majestic Glow

Isn’t she just glowing majestically? I took this photo from a moving bus in the harbor of the City of Rotterdam. Hence the reflections at the bottom part. Incidentally, the ship named after the city was moored in its home harbor at the time we passed it. In order to make this lady glow like this I had to do some (extensive) post prod in Apple Photos, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. I took the original photo with my iPhone XR.

For a peek at my previous submission in this Tuesday Photo Challenge, called Peace, click here.

Peace • Tuesday Photo Challenge

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Peace • Tuesday Photo Challenge is Dutch goes the Photo latest challenge. It is as brutally simple as imaginative: ‘The challenge I bring to you is to share posts that evoke the sense of peace for you, in whatever form that might take. I expect that many among us have an idea of how we see peace, so I look forward to all of us sharing what that might be like. Who knows? We may bring just a bit more peace to this planet!’

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Peace • Make love, not war

Took this photo many years ago and have always been very fond of it. It was waiting for the right opportunity I guess. The original was shot in colour; I made it black and white using the Apple Photo app and did some further post production in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

For my other entries apart from this Peace • Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here.

Fantasy • Tuesday Photo Challenge

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Fantasy • Tuesday Photo Challenge is Dutch goes the Photo latest challenge. It reads: ‘Your challenge is to use the theme of Fantasy and take it into your choice of creative directions; be it an image of your fantasy location, a fantasy that is in your mind, or whatever speaks fantasy to you! Have fun with this and let your thoughts and lenses go into the land of fantasy!’

Call that a challenge… I’m just trying post-production techniques and don’t even dare to touch Photoshop yet. I hardly even think about contemplating applications like Luminar.

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Atomic winter

This photo was taken in the forests near Wassenaar. For some reason dead trees and wood aren’t cleared any longer and left to rot where it stands or falls. Which can lead to some eerie views. These dead trees against a pale blue winter-ish sky were too good to just pass by. Took this photo, which my daughter immediately dubbed as ‘Atomic Winter’, with an iPhone XR. Did more or less extensive work on it just using the Apple Photo app and Adobe’s Lightroom.

For my other entries apart from this Fantasy • Tuesday Photo Challenge, click here. For other photo ‘adventures’ please simply use the side bar menu, or start by clicking here.

Slope • Tuesday Photo Challenge

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Dutch goes the Photo has posted a new challenge for its Tuesday Photo Challenge: Slope. This is quite a challenge for someone from the flat-lands, a.k.a. the Netherlands. Not a natural slope for miles around, unless it is the cliched dunes. Fortunately, the challenge is as wide as you’d like it to be: Whether the slope of a line, a gently flowing hill slope, or sloping down a stream, there’s plenty that can be done with this theme.

I took this photo of an art installation to celebrate 200 years of seaside resort Scheveningen, called Ringen aan Zee (Rings at sea). It sprang from the mind of landscape architect Bruno Doedens (SLeM). I took this photo with an iPhone 6, and tweaked it slighlty using Adobe Lightroom.

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Rings at Sea

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A less literal interprtation of slope is the below photo of the slopes that are part of the roof of a Japanese building in the Botanical Gardens in Leiden. Again, the camera of choice was the Apple iPhone 6. Post in the Apple app Photos.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge • Back Catalog

Lines to keep us in

Back Catalog • the challenge seems quite simple really:
‘My challenge to you is to find an image in your back catalog that still grabs your attention and share it! Of course, if you want to re-interpret the image with what you have gained over the years, feel free to do so. Any kind of image is appropriate for this challenge! Let us know why this image still gets your attention!’

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Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, 2008

Here’s my (first) entry to Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge. Picking this photo from my back catalog was a far from easy process.

Anyways, walking across to the other side made me feel I was trapped in an aviary. I was told by one of the ‘natives’ the lines, or nets if you will, were put in place to avoid people jumping.

She quite clearly wasn’t a fan of Rudy Giuliani’s policies: ‘if you don’t know how to tackle the real reasons, it’s safest for your re-election to tackle the symptoms.’

I’ve often been amazed at the pragmatism of Americans.

A disclaimer. I’ve just been getting interested in digital photography. I traded my analog Nikon F3 and some older bodies and lenses for a digital Leica, but I don’t really carry it around much. Find it much too bulky. Most shots I simply take with my iPhone, and do some polishing afterwards…
The featured photo was taken with a cheap (as so many of my pics in my back catalog) Panasonic camera.

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