Shaking off the cobwebs // Amsterdam

Sitting here, writing this…..being well aware that it has been months since I have posted anything. What’s worse…..it’s been months since I have used a camera in anger. An even greater sin is that I STILL have 5 rolls of Portra 400 sitting on my desk waiting to be developed. The ‘final’ shots I need to complete my 365 project. I’m overlooking the fact that at the moment, late August is as far as I have got with updating it. At least I have taken all the photos…….I will get off my ass and send them off soon.

During the last part of the year, photography has taken a back seat in my priorities, as I have been bitten by the triathlon bug. Some may know from following me on instagram that I’m a keen cyclist, but I’ve always wanted to complete in some way. So I’ve been training hard since late 2018, particularly in running and swimming, both of which I’m reasonably new to. This has taken up quite a bit of my travel time, where before I would get back to the room and head out with my camera, I’ve found myself often heading to the gym (or outside if suitable….or safe!)

This will continue in 2019, as I have entered quite a few events, including a few half iron man distances. But I WILL be picking up my cameras more too. Especially my Hasselblad. I can’t even remember the last time I used it!

This trip to Amsterdam was not my first trip of the year, but the first opportunity I had to spend any time with a camera, with enough free time. I’ve visited the city many many times, but I’ve never really seen enough to say I’ve been there properly. Despite only being able to make the most of a couple of hours daylight one very cold and wintery afternoon, I finally had the chance to explore the endless canals and narrow streets. It goes without saying that there are so many photographic opportunities, and I often found that the most beautiful streets were the least touristic.

All photos taken with a Fuji X-T2 and 35mm f/2 lens

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