The locals speed their bikes and motorbikes, shouting and cursing at distracted flock os tourists, totally unaware of the biker’s rules in the cycle paths. Bikers ‘rule’ the city and one should not mess up with them.
Tourists stopping in the middle of a busy cycle path to make selfies or group photos, get the most shouts. Frightened faces abound, caught by surprise. Accidents happen there too. The local tourist office might become a bit frightened too, when the behavior of the locals hurts the city’s reputation.
What tourists perhaps don’t know is that the most ‘aggressive’ bikers abide to a no-rules game. The bikers scream at you if you stop for a red traffic light, ride at a slow pace, or occupy the two sides of the path while chatting with a companion. And be aware that no one uses a helmet. Unless they are foreigners!
Why this fast pace? Bikers are going to school, work, doctors’ appointments, delivering pizza, mail, and other goods, etc. because biking is not only used for leisure but works as a main mean of transportation in the city.
I shot this photo (with a Olympus E-M10 45mm) at the corner of the canal Prinsengracht with Spiegelstraat. That is one busy touristic area, which leads to a park and three museums. While making photos, someone shouted at me too…oops, I had one foot at the cycle path. “This VIP treatment is not only reserved for tourists!”, I thought.
I am posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.
Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.
Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
Thanks for joining and enjoy it.
The Clinic – Photo Rehab
Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:
Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well: