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Photography Magazine

Art of Landscapes

Chasing City Lights


Rotterdam: one of the most modern and metropolitan cities in the Netherlands. We are halfway through the evening and the sun is slowly starting to set – I’m in no hurry. Janneke and I have just finished our dinner at a nice restaurant on the docks; now we’re enjoying a cup of coffee. I’m here for the skyline of Rotterdam and the famous Erasmus Bridge, one of our national landmarks. As the blue hour begins, the lights of the city are turned on – so I set to work.

I’m using a 24-70mm zoom lens at 24mm, wide enough to capture the skyline along with a large section of the sky itself. With an ND6 grad filter I’m able to hold back the sky a little, and with shutter speeds of 126 seconds I’m getting a nice blurry water surface with a dynamic sky. It all works out just fine. At around 22.45 hours it’s all over and I’ve just finished one of my first attempts at shooting a cityscape. It only takes one brief look at my camera display to convince me that this won’t be the last time. I’m loving it!

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