This Sunday it has been five years since I left Stockholm. The first two years I spent in Amsterdam, and I will show a few photos from that time. Notice how the composition is more basic, with the subject often placed in the centre. Also most of the photos are much lower contrast since they are straight out of the camera. Back then I used an old Nikon D40 with a 35 mm DX lens on it. If you are looking for an all round lens, then I could really recommend it. That lens was a present from my brothers when I finished my PhD, and it is still mounted on that camera five years later. I was shooting in aperture priority which gave me control over the depth of field, and my camera was set to save the photos as jpeg. When I got home I would go through my photos and move the good photos to a separate folder on my laptop, and put the rest on an external hard drive. I found this was more efficient than to try and delete the bad photos. I did not photoshop my regular photos, and here I have chosen to show them as they were made. I brought out gimp a few times to make composite images, but that was the extent of it. How things have changed.
Besides photography I also enjoy video editing. There were a few golden years when I did several videos, but lately I have not done much of that. One of the highlights from 2010 was after the meeting in Sardinia was to met up with my brothers in Rome. Jonathan filmed it with his camera, and I then spent a few evenings putting this together. It is in Swedish, and I guess most fun for me and my brothers to watch, but here it is. There are more movies on my youtube channel, some from my PhD days and from a few stag parties we organised. There should also be a small photoshop tutorial there.
We used to have some glorious table tennis games during our breaks at the VU. As I was going through the photos I was looking for one that would do these epic games justice, but I could not find any. The best one was of a tournament trophy but that one did not show much action.
I notice that I don’t have any typical Amsterdam photos showing the city itself. This is something I am trying to get better at, for example you can find some photos in my blog post about a Morning in Cambridge. I guess I will stop here, there are many photos that I treasure from my time in Amsterdam, mostly for what they show and less for their photographic qualities. I found a really blurry and badly composed photo of us playing table tennis on an external backup drive, which made me smile! I had a lot of fun and met many wonderful people in Amsterdam.