28 July 2010

Photos Amsterdam Worldwide Photo Walk 2010

This Saturday I took part in the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. About 50 photographers came together on the Dam Amsterdam, to walk the route. It was nice to see Sanne for the first time and to meet Jaap, Renee and Jan again.

I found it very hard to shoot some interesting photos. Next time I should do some private photo walking beforehand just to get in the mood. Click below to start the slideshow and see the photos I made during the walk. 

The photos of the other photographers are here. Unfortunately I could not join the lunch, so I did not get a chance to speak to them.

26 July 2010

How a Canon Lens is made

Have you ever wondered how a Canon lens is made? Take a look at these three videos and see how a Canon 500mm f/4 L lens is made.

When you are done, please visit the Virtual Lens Plant or the Technical Room.


How many different logo’s can you spot?

Logorama from Marc Altshuler - Human Music on Vimeo.

23 July 2010

Panorama Nemo Amsterdam

Panorama Nemo Amsterdam

Canon 50D | 10-22mm @ 10mm | 1/500 @ f/8 | ISO 100

I found this panorama on top of the Nemo building in Amsterdam. The nice thing is that you compare the view from the real panorama with the one on the panel and get some extra information on the sights. This is available for everyone: no QR codes, Layar apps or smartphone needed!

22 July 2010

Amsterdam Worldwide Photo Walk 2010 Route and Tips

The route for the Amsterdam Worldwide Photo Walk has been set. The following stops will be made:

A. De Dam 
B. De Waag
C. De Schreierstoren
D. De St Nicolaaskerk
E. Amsterdam Central Station (aan de IJ zijde).

Grotere kaart weergeven

Here are some links to photos from photo walks:
Photo walk 2008 : http://www.flickr.com/groups/scott-kelbys-worldwide-photowalk-amsterdam/
Photo walk 2009 : http://www.flickr.com/groups/amsterdam-nh-nl/
Photo walk 2010 : http://www.flickr.com/groups/photowalk-amsterdam-2010/
Photo Contest Winners: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/bestphotos/

Here are some tips if you are joining a photo walk:

Last year Jeroen Idema’s photo ‘Newspaper light’ made in Amsterdam was chosen as one of the best photos:

Newspaper light

20 July 2010

Playmobil and Lego

Playmobil dolls

Two of the largest Playmobil dolls I have seen! The Fokkido store has one of the largest Playmobil and Lego collections in the Netherlands.

05 July 2010

Westergasfabriek QR Code Park Tour

Westergasfabriek is a culture park located on the former gasworks of the city of Amsterdam. Many of the original buildings have become industrial monuments and house restaurants, meeting areas, television studios, office space and many more things.

This year the buildings have been enhanced with QR Codes. This initiative is part of a larger project: How can digital technology augment and enrich the park experience? This project has been given the name UPlabs and consists of several steps. Step one was to install an optical fibre network and WIFI in the park. The second step is to install interactive projects for the park visitors. The QR Code Park Tour is just one of the tours. The QR Code gives some background information about the building. You need a QR Code reader and access to the Internet. The park offers Free WIFI – the network name is ‘STARTQR’. I visited the park to experience the tour myself.

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Here is an example of how the QR Code is put on the building. This QR Code points to http://qr.westergasfabriek.nl/480

I scanned the QR Codes with a HTC Touch HD running i-nigma reader software version 3.06.01 on Windows Mobile 6.1

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The QR Code actually enhances your visit to the park. For instance, now I now that the original name of the building is ‘Ketelhuis 9’. You don’t see this anywhere else on the building.

Almost all of the buildings have a QR Code. This building

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has this QR Code

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which translates to http://qr.westergasfabriek.nl/278

One of the bridges actually contains two QR Codes.

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QR Code Westergasfabriek

As an exercise for the reader I leave it to you to find out where they point to.

Click on the slide show below to see more photos of the monumental buildings and their QR Codes.

(Visit my Flickr photo set for larger images in case you reader does not recognize the QR Codes. Just click on a photo and choose Actions / View all sizes to get a bigger image).