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Across Town

I've already shown you the Westerkerk church here and here (near the Anne Frank House), a couple blocks from our Amsterdam apartment.  Here it is from across town, as seen from the Metz & Co. cafe on their 6th floor.

I had a 2-hour coffee there with Mal back in August, while we waited for Petra to join us.  It's a great place for solving all the religious and philosophical problems of the world!  (Mal and I both happen to be from preacher's homes!)
[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

Across Town

I've already shown you the Westerkerk church here and here (near the Anne Frank House), a couple blocks from our Amsterdam apartment.  Here it is from across town, as seen from the Metz & Co. cafe on their 6th floor.

I had a 2-hour coffee there with Mal back in August, while we waited for Petra to join us.  It's a great place for solving all the religious and philosophical problems of the world!  (Mal and I both happen to be from preacher's homes!)
[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

comments (33)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 21 Oct 2007, 02:45
B&W suit this perfectly.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. I thought so, too. smile
  • alex
  • United States
  • 21 Oct 2007, 04:23
oooh, i'd love to get in on THAT conversation! love talking about that stuff. like this shot, you're getting really good at these borders. this shot has a nice set of diagonals in it.
Ginnie Hart: Conversations like that always inspire me, Alex, even if they DON'T solve all the issues! It's very comforting to find someone like-minded. smile Thanks.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 21 Oct 2007, 05:35
This photo is stunning. I don't likey many photos but I added this one!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Helen. Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Oct 2007, 06:26
I like photos where the eyes have to climb up, where one building is towering the other, and at the highest point we see a church, especially this church mentionned by Anne Frank as a point of (more than topgraphical)orientation! I would like to join you for I'm interested in religious and philosophical questions, too (can they be 'solved'?).
Ginnie Hart: This church will be an inspiration for the Ages, Philine! And those religious and philosophical questions? No, they probably will never be solved while we're on Earth! But the conversation was inspiring with someone like-minded. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Oct 2007, 08:50
What a great view you had, I love looking over the roof tops. Nice in B&W too adds even more to the atmosphere of this wonderful place.smile
Nice compositon and like the flag on an angle too. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tracy.

Are we all up after that rambunctious game last night? smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Oct 2007, 08:54
Ginnie fabulous shot, I know the real colours of the churche, I think the B&W is even better! Bravo smile
Ginnie Hart: There's nothing quite like that church, Astrid. It's history makes it one for the Ages! Thanks.
Excellent B & W shot Ginnie. ( I see you watched the Rugby smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bill. And yes, we watched the game from beginning to end, even though it was an hour later here in Amsterdam. I got quite an education (Wiki helped!) because it's a game that's hard to understand for us Americans. At least we understand soccer! smile
Hi Ginnie...sorry it took me a while to revisit your p-blog. Life's thrown a curve ball on me! What a wonderful capture you have here...I've missed your posts. Cheers! B-)
Ginnie Hart: Welcome back, H! I've missed you, too. Thank you for letting me know you're back!
Bright picture Ginnie, I like very much the light in it !
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Zeb. Thanks.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport in the sun
  • 21 Oct 2007, 11:42
Good view across the roof tops, claen and crisp. The finish suits this very well.

well seen.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Les. smile
Lovely view of the rooftops of Amsterdam. There's something so appealing about their gabled fronts. Ever thought of marketing your shots as postcards?!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ingrid. I'd love to make postcards to sell. Maybe some day.smile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Oct 2007, 11:54
what an interesting roofscape, and the border really helps to hold the composition together
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Paul.
  • mal
  • 21 Oct 2007, 11:57
And a very lovely few hours they were to Ginnie, looking forward to the next one! I like this shot, it reminds me of that time. all the best. mal
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mal, it was a very lovely time. We will definitely have to do it again...someplace else. smile Thanks, kind sir.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Oct 2007, 12:12
Lovely well ordered and toned shot Ginnie. A 2hour coffee - the retailers worst nightmare ;o) (unless they were empty of course)
Ginnie Hart: They didn't need our table or chairs, Mike, so that should make you happy. smile It really was a lovely time. Thanks.
Hi Ginnie, How are you doing??
Nice to see my home town Amsterdam, again 'in sepia' through your fantastic eyes and camera, very well done! The Westerkerk is renovated my my hus's building-company. J.smile

P.s I am back from the South of Italy and posted a collage 'overview' for a quick impression....smile
Ginnie Hart: That's so cool about your husband, JoAnn. I noticed the other day that the renovation mesh is now off of Centraal Station, so I'll have to go back and get some good photos there.

Welcome back! So glad you had a great vacation.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Oct 2007, 13:49
Excellent rooftop shot. So you and mal were comparing notes - who had the best times?
Ginnie Hart: Both our histories are comparable in many ways, Louis. Very interesting and not at all "ordinary," if that makes sense. Being a preacher's kid is not always the best of all worlds, but then I wouldn't change it for anything. I am what I am! smile

Thanks, as always. I see you had a good reason to post over the weekend! grin
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 21 Oct 2007, 14:13
Great view of Amsterdam! Like the blacks and whites and the geometry!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks as always, Kathryn!
There is lovely clean crispness, about this one, and I love the layers of buildings as you look from the front to the back of this shot. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Roz!
What a pleasing jumble of architecture this is Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It is a jumble when you see it like this, isn't it, Chris. Thanks for stopping by!
Like this very much. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, ChiChi. I appreciate it.
Nice work. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dave!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Oct 2007, 17:52
Love the framing of these shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Scarlet.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 21 Oct 2007, 18:02
Mal, Ginnie and Petra...damn, what a dream company to spend two hours with! One day, one day I'll make it to Amsterdam. smile
Ginnie Hart: Mal, Ginnie, Petra and Viktor. When you come, we'll have quite the confab! smile Thanks, VZ.
An interesting photo of the tile roofs that allows us to introduce to us in the history that you relate to us!
Ginnie Hart: That's right, Jose. Thanks. smile

I'm really getting excited about meeting you. SOON!
beautiful work ginnie
lovely composition
and the lighting and contrast work very well
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your kind words, DrAW!
  • Petra
  • home with him
  • 21 Oct 2007, 21:27
Still curious what was discussed that time Ginnie, Mal refuses to tell me, do you have to fill me in! lol
Fine picture, lovely toning and a very unusual angle to catch Amsterdam, but i guess you have to know the places to go for shots like this.
ps you were so right, Mal has defenatly no fire...lol
Ginnie Hart: LOL at Mal. Part of it was comparing notes on what it was like to grow up in a preacher's home. The other stuff will remain our secret. grin

Now you've got my curiosity about what precipitated the "no fire" comment. Pray tell. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 21 Oct 2007, 22:01
yes, b&w are so well done here, the variation in tones and shapes is just terrific! Just love how the white outlines everything. And the grey sky is perfect.
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Ruth, even though I was there with Mal in August, this photo is from last April when it was turning spring. It's funny how it's looking like this now with most of the leaves now blown away.

So glad you had a fantastic weekend at the cottage! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 21 Oct 2007, 23:06
I can understand why we can solve all religious and philosophical problems...we instantely foget them as we look through the window smile) Amazing view!!
(Your link on blogspot to your photoblog isn't working...you missed an "n" on the word "shutterchance" ...)
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Lina. You are so right! smile

And thanks for the heads-up about my In Soul link, which I have now corrected.
This is one of my favorite shots of yours so far. It is so clear and crisp, the angles in it are wonderful, and it is so timeless.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jewlya. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Oct 2007, 04:53
Love this photo, Ginnie. Rooftops are my favorites. I get to imagine the lives of the people who live behind all those windows...
I especially love your framing technique here, and your signature. smile
Ginnie Hart: You are so very kind, Kay. Thanks a million.
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2007, 10:11
fine shot - i always like to see a town from above, you get a great idea of the layout of the place.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, David! Thanks.
What a lovely clear shot with great DOF.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen!
Very nice composition. Like the line starting in he bottom right corner and curving to the right....very nice Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank for backtracking, Aksel! smile

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