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The Ubiquitous Bike

I'm sure you know that they're everywhere!  Amsterdam is a city of bikes and favors them as THE mode of transportation instead of cars.  In fact, having a car inside the canal area can be quite hazardous to your health, to say nothing about where are you  going to park?!

So yes, I have plenty of bike pics!  This one may be the most calm, cool and collected of them all.

[Today Donica and I are in New York City on vacation!]


The Ubiquitous Bike

I'm sure you know that they're everywhere!  Amsterdam is a city of bikes and favors them as THE mode of transportation instead of cars.  In fact, having a car inside the canal area can be quite hazardous to your health, to say nothing about where are you  going to park?!

So yes, I have plenty of bike pics!  This one may be the most calm, cool and collected of them all.

[Today Donica and I are in New York City on vacation!]


comments (27)

Nice one you ! Enjoy my city please and do it for me as well. I'm off now, no more posting until I think I've learned enough to post shots that I'm proud off and want to sell. I will be keeping an eye on you though. I'm meeting Ellie at the week end and then that's it for me for awhile. I've enjoyed our .... connection. Say hi to Donika for me and maybe I'll post something soon.

Love ya
J
Ginnie Hart: I am totally enjoying your city, Johnny! And as I've already said, say HI to Ellie and have a great weekend. Teach me everything you learn. grin
I am a fan of color seperation so this does it for me, well done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Glad it works for you, Dotun. Thanks. smile
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 24 Apr 2007, 02:05
Nice one Ginnie. The colour isolation is very tastefully done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Jimbo.
  • Raymond
  • e-New Zealand
  • 24 Apr 2007, 03:03
WOW Ginnie! This certainly grabs your attention; well played! A nice bike ideed. Have a good time in New York, you're quite the traveller! So, any plans to come over to New Zealand? Anyways, have a great vacation!

Best Wishes,
Raymond grin
Ginnie Hart: Actually, now that you've asked, Raymon, YES. We're planning to visit my nephew in Sydney a year from now and will also try to spend a week somewhere in NZ.
Awesome shot Ginnie. This is coooool. The coloring is perfect. Wow, I think I'm gonna keep looking at this for some time smile Thanx for sharing this.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Thomas. Glad you like it. smile
OoooHOOOoh Ginne. I like. How did you isolate the yellow?
Ginnie Hart: Well, Busola. I basically desaturated the pic and then used the Eraser tool in Photoshop to bring back the color of the bike. Glad you like it. smile
I am relieved to see that you didn't leave without some bike shots. This one even has a basket under the handlebars. Nice find!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I have a file folder, Martin, that is just Bikes!!! I have plenty to show you. smile I love how practical they are when you add all the baskets, yes!
Interesting shot .. I like the colour isolation
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakara!
great combination of B&W and color here.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal. I always appreciate your comments.
I like the conversion and the yellow too. works nicely
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Etomi.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 24 Apr 2007, 11:35
I agree this is a very nice one. I need to learn how to do that color isolation thing.
Ginnie Hart: It's so fun to do, Ruth, and easy. Just desaturate your pic in PS and then use the Eraser tool over the spots where you want the color back. Easy and fun!
This works for me - nice shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Glad it works for you, Bernie. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Apr 2007, 14:39
Ginnie, this is so awesome - I can guess the pp you have done here - excellent. You have really done an A'dam here.

On the interest level. Hundreds and thousands of bikes get stolen per year in A'dam. Let's say the person is in a hurry from the station to home. Look around, grab an unlocked bike and ride it to the destination. There it is chucked into the canal - to get rid of the evidence.

The canals are regulary cleaned up with barges and they recover many bikes.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you're saying about the stolen bikes in A'dam, Louis. In fact, we've gone back-n-forth about whether or not we'll buy bikes and have decided not. One of the many reasons is the fact that our bikes would be outside on a busy street, especially while we're gone half the time, and could easily be stolen. Sigh.
WOW Ginnie, this is awesome, perfect tones of B&W and selective colouring! So usual scene an so unusual picture, great job! I like crispness of tthe picture toosmile
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Monika. Thanks for your comment, as always!
good sle. colouring and perspective...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sam. Thanks.
  • mal
  • 24 Apr 2007, 18:16
Have you cycled all the way to New York Ginnie? Impressive! lol. lovely shot. mal
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's a cute E.T. image there, Mal. Riding my bike over the pond from A'dam to NYC!!! grin
Great one, Ginnie! Love that splash of yellow against the b/w. Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Suzanne!
There's a word I had to look up in the dictionary smile

I've always been facinated with these BW pics with one object that is in colour - I think you have got a good Amsterdam pic here smile
Ginnie Hart: I had to look up that word myself, Aksel, and now it fits perfectly in so many situations. grin

Thank you kindly for your comment.
I love that !! Very dynamic and lively. It's really nice Ginnie ! The selection on the bike should have been difficult to do, no ?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Florence. No, it wasn't hard to do because I really enlarged the pic to make the selected space larger! More than one way to skin the cat, as they say.
The first thing that sprang to mind when I saw the bike was 'Orange' the mobile phone company. I must be so brainwashed by their advertising!

I really like the perspective in this shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The mobile phone company will be glad to hear that, PP! Thanks for your comment.
  • Petra
  • 24 Apr 2007, 21:27
Lovely shot Ginnie...i like all that stuff on the street...the old furniture..the plants. Think it is typical dutch..isn't it?
Petra
Ginnie Hart: So typical Dutch, indeed, Petra. I can hardly wait to see it all with YOU! Soon.
Good work on this one Ginnie smile hope the break is going well for you both.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chris, it's been a good break, but we'll need a vacation from the vacation when we're through!
  • Ellie
  • 24 Apr 2007, 23:15
Absolutely yes, I agree with everybody else ... could save me a whole lot of writing couldn't it? wink

You've done a really good job of selective colouring here, and used a super angle of view too. The whole lot works so well and makes a really good picture. smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Ellie. Thanks for your comment, as always.
I'm sure I'm repeating what some (or many) have already said: lovely use of spot color, good framing and perspective.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Red Pen.
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 25 Apr 2007, 07:47
I love your PP. Great one! And beautifully framed too.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Julia!
What I prefer here :
Not the perfect composition
Not the nice idea
not The unusual point of view

But your title so accurate !
Ginnie Hart: HA! So the title says it all! grin
  • alex
  • 1 May 2007, 02:14
love the color selection on this one, ginnie. like that the leaning bike is featured in a shot that is taken off of vertical. well executed!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Alex, for backtracking to this. smile

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