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The Dutch Contraption by JoshDykgraaf The Dutch Contraption by JoshDykgraaf
Part 1: Hamburg: [link]
Part 2 Frankfurt: [link]
Part 3: Munich: [link]
Part 5: Nuremberg [link]

Part four of my Bachelor series looking at looking at German Urban Landscape and my experiences of the cities here, this one is based on Amsterdam.

OBVIOUSLY Amsterdam is NOT in Germany but a combination of events conspired to me doing this city in the place of Berlin: primarily that the weather was crap and I simply could not get enough stock of Berlin to make an effective image, then didn't have enough time and money to get back there. Generally I need multiple shots of around 100 or so buildings to give me enough options for a viable image.

Amsterdam was a fun city, probably my personal favourite so far in Europe - on top of that when I went there originally it was during the Football/Soccer World Cup and the place was drowning in the colour Orange. The Dutch are incredibly passionate about football and their team, The Oranje. There was seriously funky Architecture there too.

The other things you notice about the city is that there are so many bicycles there (apparently there is 1.6 bicycles for every person in the Netherlands) and the fields and fields of wind turbines everywhere surrounding the city.

The result is a wind powered vehicle-city that moves about on thousands of bicycles and likes to hang buildings out over open space unsupported =P

On a technical level this was by far the most difficult image to make so far - during the days I was there most of my shots were in harsh summer sunlight creating harsh shadows which seriously restricted my options and as a result some seriously cool buildings did not make it into the image. This also restricted options for the setting and overall lighting. The landscape was shot north of the city near Harderwijk, where I have some family.

Once again this is primarily photomanipulation supplemented with 3D. All stock by me.

I appreciate any feedback and constructive criticism :)
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CheesyMantisFondue Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love it, genious with the bikes.
Andaelentari Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
featured! : [link] :eager:
JoshDykgraaf Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! =D
JAMH89 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
NanisKa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
yaaaay..Amsterdam! I've never been there, but I have postcards of it. I love its buildings!!
Your work is just breathtaking!!! :clap:
Danoukie95 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I live in the Netherlands (not in Amsterdam though) and I think you've done an incredibly good job on presenting the Nethetlands! Beautiful!
FirstM Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
interesting work
gmdawid Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love the serie
mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty cool.
frenchfox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Superbly creative ! :clap:
pandoras-enigma Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I'm loving this one the most I've got to say, loving the bright colours and the shapes fit in really well together. One small thing I can see, is that although it doesn't appear to sit on the background (I'm not sure if you wanted to make it look anchored or not?) Distance and weight seem unclear, sorry I can't communicate this any better. Once again I'll take the chance to say just how awesome and frankly monumental this entire series is, I'm loving it. :)
JoshDykgraaf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

I agree entirely about the weight issue. Studying it again (for the millionth time) and talking over it with other, there are at least 2 key issues: the shadows on the ground in general and the way the 'wing' on the left is aligned with the horizon. While I am generally happy with the shadow on the right, the one on the left I am still not happy with. What you see up there is my fourth attempt.

Perhaps making the shadows near the base deeper and more stark might work?

If I can wrangle up a few hours before Monday (the deadline for printing) I'll give it another crack.
Elchanan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!:hug:
Thimix2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great!! Really wish i knew how to do this stuff! that means it's experimentation time though!!! :la:
adomas Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
wow, you are on fire!!! this one is my favourite from you ;)
QuantumPhysica Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! It's definitely different from the other manips, but I like it anyway! The bicycles are awesome! And as usual, your technique is amazing...
(they're quite common in Belgium and the Netherlands, I live in Leuven and every student I know has a bike :D )
DarkkSkunkk Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow all of them are beautiful great work on all of them!
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