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Dom Tower, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Canon 40D + EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM

I notice that every time when you spot a good photo opportunity and when you're about to take that photo, and there is only that chance. All a sudden someone steps into the frame and blew up the whole composition. By the time they are gone, something comes over again, maybe the sun had been shaded by a cloud or the interest of the subject has left or somehow somebody needs your help and ask whether you could take a picture of them. It has always been like this when i'm about to take that photo. This was one of its victim, but thank goodness this one came out good.

On this day, I came to Utrecht because I was on the way to Hilversum to checkout some modern architecture. So I had this city in mind because of a 22 Euro train ticket. It rained all day, the whole Netherlands was raining and it didn't stop. I waited for 30 minutes in a boring bookstore and couldn't wait no more. I took the attempt and prepared a lot of lens tissue. I didn't care much about my camera or lens, since it wasn't raining hard and I can't manage to hold my umbrella at the same time with my camera.

Oh yes, it was all wet. But I was very used to this, since it always rained.

:wave: :iconfaveplz:

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Date Picture Taken: Sep 12, 2008, 2:28 PM

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:icongiovanino:
giovanino Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautifull
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:iconuserprogram:
userprogram Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
neat
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:iconsabattier:
Sabattier Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Photographer
:wave:

Hello :) You've been featured in my news article - Around the World v. 4.2 - Europe! :w00t:

:highfive:
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:iconphinasera:
PhinaSera Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008   Photographer
I love the feel of the buildings - they look like they're going to crush me any second. Reminds me of a dream I had once. And I love the fact that there's such a tall structure at the very center of the vanishing point.

Although this is already a really extraordinary shot - the biker in red over there makes the picture absolutely perfect! Just the right amount of excitement.

:heart:
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Utrecht is an icon because of the church, it houses the tallest architecture there. Everyone can see it. :)
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:icondrewhopper:
DrewHopper Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Really nicely captured, did you make the rider ride into shot on time or was it just one of those moments? :)
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
It was those moments when I didn't wanted anyone to come into the frame and he did. But it work well this time and did not ruin it.
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:iconsupafly-tnt:
supafly-tnt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008   Interface Designer
Utreg me stadsjie :+fav:
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Thank you.
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
Thank you.
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Thanks for the great capture of the street where I lived when I moved from my parents house!!!!
Second floor, second dark building on the left.
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Really? Wow, i'm amazed. The world is so small...
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
The world sure is small!!!
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:iconviic92:
viic92 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008   Photographer
reminds me of Harry Potter- :)
excellent
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
I can make london like this too. :P
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:iconviic92:
viic92 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008   Photographer
nawww awsome :)
woah!
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:iconcosmicbound:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Post-processing this piece does look better than I thought it did, besides from the added clarity the composition actually works quite well with the rider (and the typography), and certainly adds to the interest of the piece (along with the sense of depth provided by the likes of umbrellas and structural forms at variating distances). The tones definitely give off the aesthetic of a rainy day well, and in conjunction with the sharpness it seems quite realistic indeed. Nicely done. :)
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I thought you said it will be equal at both sides. :P It's always part of the process to make something better looking.
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:iconcosmicbound:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
True, but in this case it seems to have glossed over the distractions quite well. ;p
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:iconshuimay:
shuimay Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
i love rainy days ~ lovely
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Thank you. :)
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:iconhoolieoh:
hoolieoh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Beautiful, I love the bicyclist =)
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Thank you :)
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:iconhoolieoh:
hoolieoh Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
You're welcome =)
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:iconshelleyjackman:
ShelleyJackman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
The flash of red makes this lovely photo into a stunning one. Fantastic timing :D
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:iconcouleur:
couleur Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
Thank you :)
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:iconhazks:
hazks Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
i love the mood in this picture.nice photo!
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:iconpencilwarrior01:
pencilwarrior01 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
My view is that the red-hooded boy fitted well with the photo. He brought a touch of unexpected color.
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:iconsouk1501:
souk1501 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
brilliant shot! Love the burst of color on the speeding biker against the gray rainy day.
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:iconblissisdespair:
Blissisdespair Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
perfect! just curious: why don't you ship to israel?
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:iconahmedcool:
ahmedcool Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
AMAZING
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:iconjernclaus:
jernclaus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Your art is growing. The biker adds an interesting depth. Well done!
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:icondiamondstwinkle18:
diamondsTwinkle18 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Photographer
A beautiful photo with lots of impact, you've definitely captured the "decisive moment"!
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:iconhartless:
hartless Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Mind if I ask what you use to edit your photos? Looks great, by the way.
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:iconneverwither:
NEVERWITHER Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Writer
Absolute love. I really like the misty feel in the back there and the quality is just amazing! <3
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:iconartweller24:
artweller24 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Wow!
Beautiful!
:clap:
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:iconjanoosh:
Janoosh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
NL = Pure European Atmosphere.
Love the country.
Photo is great as usual.
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:iconc-hass:
C-Hass Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Great colors ! Really great and winter-y !
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:iconstluka:
STLUKA Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
nice shot :heart:
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:iconshameshowsguiltiness:
ShameShowsGuiltiness Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Photographer
This is beyond amazing - gosh!
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:icongyuumoominxy:
GyuuMooMinxy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
WOW that is super clarity there! D:
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:iconanoya:
Anoya Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008   Photographer
I really like the guy on the bike in the picture. I agree with you that the picture would be rather plain or 'empty' without him. The color and movement adds a lot in the picture, especially the color. Plus, the Netherlands is known for people on bikes and rain, so I think you did great taking a great shot representing the Netherlands!
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:iconsaraelice:
SaraElice Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
nice shot!
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:iconghostfoxsix:
Ghostfoxsix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
nice! i realy like the guy on the bike, adds movement to a photo... If that makes sense :D
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:iconmetiu:
Metiu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
i love Utrecht!
:D
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:iconblamemypencil:
BlameMyPencil Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
Nice capture :) Luckily the weather has been clearing up now, it's been raining for quite long time, indeed.
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:iconkou-chann:
kou-chann Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
netherlands ; V;
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:iconxxodakotaxx:
xXOdakotaXx Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
amazing compostion, great capture~!! =D
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:iconredd-pixels:
Redd-Pixels Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
I like the way the picture is built with accents of colour -- including the red of the biker.
It's a very pretty shot despite the rain.
[:
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andy-fod3n Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
great shot =)
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