Waterlogue Wednesdays: Typical Scenes

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Color Bloom
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Profilé
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Luminous
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Color Bloom

Seasons are associated with colors and tones for me, so as Fall approaches I find myself more and more attracted to bold tones and the colors of the changing and falling leaves. This Waterlogue is a little tip of the hat to this autumn season that I love in both Amsterdam and Paris.

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Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Orange Bike

It's Technical
It’s Technical
Streamlined
Streamlined

Seasons are associated with colors and tones for me, so as Fall approaches I find myself more and more attracted to bold tones and the colors of the changing and falling leaves. This Waterlogue is a little tip of the hat to this autumn season that I love in both Amsterdam and Paris.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Amsterdam Stoops and Angles

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Vibrant
Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Waterlogue, watercolor
Illustration

As you know by now, I tend to shoot straight on at façades, but there are times when I approach – especially in Amsterdam – a stoop all decorated with pots of flowers and maybe even a little bench from which residents people watch on nice days and have to shoot that, too. The angle is one I sometimes have to force myself to notice, but in Amsterdam I find it’s yet another great angle to get the gist of a beautiful façade, while still getting the depth of the front “garden” and maybe even the size of the steps. Wondering why the steps matter? In Amsterdam the front staircase was, once upon a time, an indication of a family’s wealth and status in society. These images were painted in my favorite, the Waterlogue app.

Waterlogue Wednesdays: Westerkerk View, Amsterdam

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Amsterdam, Paris photographer, Anne Frank House, Waterlogue
Vibrant

Well, it took me long enough! After so many years in Paris always looking for the next great view from above, and having only found a couple of cool high-up views in Amsterdam, I finally decided to look into potential view spots in Amsterdam last year. Although there are no options like the Tour Montparnasse or the Eiffel Tower to boost you well over the surrounding buildings, there are a few decent options, namely in the city’s church towers. It wasn’t until this Spring, that I made it to the top of two of the towers. I can confirm that they are indeed Amsterdam’s best options for letting people enjoy those gorgeous gables from a higher perch. In June, I enjoyed views from the tops of the Oude Kerk in the Red Light District and the Westerkerk on Prinsengracht. Each tour includes local Dutchies giving 30 min. tours for about 7€ each.

This week’s Waterlogue features a couple of the views from the Westerkerk, which can be found at the crossing of Prinsengracht and Raadhuisstraat. The church is situated next to the block of houses where Anne Frank was in hiding with her family during World War II. The queue for the museum – not so visible in the watercolor – was longer than I have ever seen it when I was peering down; I suspect it’s among Amsterdam’s top five tourist destinations. A definite must for your visit to this beautiful city, but please make your reservations in advance!

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It’s Technical

Check out information here on visits to the church towers: http://www.westertorenamsterdam.nl