January 1, 2015

Rotterdam in snow

My goal is to write about actual photos and not about photo gear, but I must praise my Pentax DSLR. Last week we had some terrible winter days and I took the camera out into snowy conditions. The camera got all wet. My iPhone's battery died in the cold, my gloves and pants were soaked ... but the Pentax continued to work like a charm. The battery didn't even lose a single bar despite being switched on for several hours.

Now back to sharing pictures! This shot was taken at a passage under a bridge. I stayed there for a while to create the following image. Not many people decided to go out and I really wanted a person in this shot. Waiting eventually payed off and some guy showed up. The lights on the ceiling of the passage point towards the man, just as the snow tracks on the left bottom. Then the shadow of the place nicely contrasts with the rain and snow. I am happy with the result.

Snow and water a the Willemsbrug, Rotterdam
Another photo where I used the same approach. I prepared this shot and waited for someone to show up. This girl walked right into my frame, looked at me and I took the photo. Because of the weather conditions I had to continuously clean my lens. As you can see her feet a blurred due to a drop of water on the lens. I actually think it has an added value, it accentuates the bad weather conditions of that day.

Woman in front of Centraal Station, Rotterdam
Let's move to the last photo I want to share. This square is usually full of traffic and was now almost abandoned. Again I waited for something interesting to happen. This girl on a bicycle showed up. I kneeled down and instinctively took the shot. What you can't see is that I was surrounded by 4 or 5 other people. They must have thought that I was some lunatic...

Snow at Blaak, Rotterdam
A final tribute to the camera to end this article. I have learned that rain and snow won't have to stop me from going out :) Also note the legacy (non weather sealed) lens. It held out great and didn't give any problem. Hooray for Pentax!

Weather sealed Pentax K-5 DSLR in action.

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