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Westerkerk from the Canal

In yesterday's post, I showed the Westerkerk (West Church) from the perspective of Anne Frank during her captivity in WWII.

Two blocks away from our apartment here in Amsterdam, I can stand on a bridge over the Prinsengracht canal to view this church.  This pic was taken in the early evening back in April.  After converting it to mono, I used the Craquelure Texture filter in PhotoShop to give it a look of what it feels like when I think of Anne Frank and WWII.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Westerkerk from the Canal

In yesterday's post, I showed the Westerkerk (West Church) from the perspective of Anne Frank during her captivity in WWII.

Two blocks away from our apartment here in Amsterdam, I can stand on a bridge over the Prinsengracht canal to view this church.  This pic was taken in the early evening back in April.  After converting it to mono, I used the Craquelure Texture filter in PhotoShop to give it a look of what it feels like when I think of Anne Frank and WWII.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (30)

  • alex
  • 30 May 2007, 00:20
good call on the editing, i like the treatment. the only thing that takes away for your pursuit of an historical perspective is the lineup of cars on the right. wink good shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, Alex, Anne died in 1945, just 3 months before I was born, and as I recall, we did have cars back then. grin

Thanks for your comment, as always.
Excellent filter choice. The texture helps to create the mood.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen. It's the first time I've used this filter. It just felt right.
Loevely shot and great PP. Way to go Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Thomas. smile
It certainly makes it look old, but I suspect photography had progressed beyond this level of graininess by that time smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I'm quite sure, Martin, about the graininess back then. For me, this goes much deeper than graininess, but I'm not sure I can put my finger on it.
Looking good, Ginnie! Great PP work wink
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kay.
It's a nice idea, and you've done a very good job Ginnie ! Nice !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roland!
  • Ted
  • 30 May 2007, 06:44
I love the texture, Ginnie. Amsterdam looks like such a beautiful city.
Ginnie Hart: Ansterdam IS a beautiful city, Ted. I hope you can visit it someday.
Great idea to suggest a B&W vision Ginnie. Framing is perfect !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Florence. Thank you.
Great composition indeed, and a nice feel of rough paper.
Ginnie Hart: Rough paper. I like that, Wim. I've been trying to put my finger on the effect this has for me. It's a feeling more than anything.
Great shot and pp, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bridge!
ah, canvas, an amazing ageing tool in photoshop...pne of my favourites from you ginnie, really liking this one...
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Sam. That's so sweet of you to say.
  • mal
  • 30 May 2007, 10:42
this is gorgeous Ginnie! The scene ouses atmosphere, very lovely image. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir! That means a lot coming from you!
Típica imágen de los canales de Amsterdam, pero con un tratamiento que la aleja de lo habitual. Me gusta mucho. smile

Typical image of the channels of Amsterdam, but with a treatment that moves away it of the habitual thing. I like much smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jose. I did very much want it to be different from the typical canal pic, especially in the context of Anne Frank.
It does have an old feeling, nice choice of filter.
Like the comp as well
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Magnus.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 30 May 2007, 12:12
I'm guessing Alex meant the year of the cars is different. We all know you're not THAT old. wink

I don't know if this is what you're getting at, but I could see that if Anne had a photo she looked at (in addition to her view from the window)it would get aged and wrinkled. Not exactly like this, but that's the sense I get. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, I'm quite sure that's what Alex meant. I wanted to give him a hard time, since he's so young (and just got married). smile

And yes, I guess I'm thinking of a pic that was taken 62 years ago that's in our hands today. No digital manipulation to brighten it up or make it seem different than the horrible time it was in Europe! There's a dark melancholy and eerie sense to this for me. Like you really don't know what's gonna happen next. I'm trying to put myself into that time in this very spot, with Anne hiding in a canal house not very far away.
great processing
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
I think you're going to have to change your blog name to "Travels With Ginnie." I surely appreciate touring with you. this one is really lovely, a favorite so far.
Ginnie Hart: Well, that's true, Mary, for sure. In fact, if you read my profile from when I wrote it last October, that's kinda what I said this was all about for me! My other blog is more about my family and everyday life. This one is about what I see while traveling.

So glad you're willing to travel with me. That means a lot! And glad you like this pic.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 May 2007, 14:35
such a wonderful shot ginnie and not dissimilar to Wims work that you mentioned previously.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought about Wim's work, Neal, but yes, you're right. I love etchings so maybe that was a bit of what I was feeling here. Thanks for the idea.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 May 2007, 17:44
Absolutely wonderful in all aspects - it went to my likeys. You saying to Dotun about going pro - and what about yourself?
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, Louis. You know how to make my day! But I'm afraid I have no clue about how or why or where I'd go "pro." My camera's not good enough for iStock. And I have no idea how I could get into travel photography. I don't know how to sell myself in that regard. But it would be fun, I think. smile You're such a sweetheart.
  • Julischka
  • the black hole where time disappears
  • 30 May 2007, 18:02
Good job! smile I like your processing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Julia! smile
Like the processing, especially on the parts that not the sky - it surly adds another feel to the pic. Seeing you working with filters inspier me.....now I think....I want to try this smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. So glad I can inspire you, Aksel. The filters really are fun, aren't they. smile
Moody work Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I think that's a Thanks. smile
OMG ! A great work on this one - You create a moovie atmosphere !
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You're a sweetheart, Zeb. Thanks.
I love the vanishing point composition of this shot. The craquelure texture kind of reminds me of very tiny arabic writing -- although I'm not sure I want to be saying that in this context, since it has nothing to do with Anne Frank. I like the glow from the three lights. Though very small, they give a slight lift to the gloomy atmosphere.
Ginnie Hart: You're the only one that mentioned something about those lights, Karen. Very intriguing. Thanks for your very meaningful comment.
Ginnie this is one of your best works !!!
Ginnie Hart: Are you serious, Shakara? Well, thank you kindly!
Absolutely .. Love this Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, my dear lady!
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 3 Jun 2007, 09:45
This is just sooo beautiful Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks, Aussie!
Excellent choice using the texture filter Ginnie. It gives this a wonderful dated feel. This picture is perfection.
Ginnie Hart: You are so sweet to come here and backtrack to this pic, Fehinti. Thanks a million.
After seeing your shots, I went hunting for my old copy of Anne Franks diary and realized that this shot is the same as in the book except of course a much older view. The rest of the photos are of Anne and her family. Lovely post editing.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking here, Aussie. I want to buy that book and read it again while here in Amsterdam. It'll have a totally different feel, I'm quite sure.
This works well. I haven't used craquelure for black and white. It looks much more suited to it than colour. I think it evokes Anne Frank and WWII well
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, William. Thank you.

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