I’m happy to announce that I’ve been asked to take part in a #NoFilter photo competition organised by London City Airport. The project aims to highlights popular city break destinations, such as Milan, Dublin, and Madrid, through a series of unfiltered images by travel bloggers. Now in its 6th instalment, Amsterdam is the next #NoFilter city.
Amsterdam Travel Tip – Get Lost
What I love about Amsterdam is that is has historic palaces and grand museums to rival that of any other major city in Europe, but it’s also the kind of place that you can just walk around and get lost in. In Amsterdam, getting lost is a good thing.
Strap on a comfortable pair of walking shoes or hop on a bike and get off the beaten path. Venture away from the busy tourist streets and get lost along little residential canals. It’s here where you’ll discover and endless supply of photo worthy street scenes, cute cafes, and the occasional cat in a window display.
#NoFilter Tip – Paint with Light
Amsterdam and London share a very similar climate. Cloudy days dominate the weather forecast, so when the sun does decide to come out, you might as well make the most of it. Bright, sunny outdoor shots are lovely, but I’m particularly partial to the way light streams into indoor spaces. Interiors can be tricky to photograph, especially if you’re a smartphone-only photographer like myself. My suggestion is to use natural light to your advantage. Experiment with different angles and don’t be afraid of shooting against the sun.
The photo above is from one of Amsterdam’s beautiful and historic grand cafes. I just happened to catch the sun pouring through the cafe’s old stained glass windows as I sipped on a latte one morning. Of course, by the time I finished my coffee, the sun had slipped back behind the clouds.
#NoFilter Tip – Snap Photos in the Evening
There’s something especially beautiful about Amsterdam in the evening, right before the sun goes down and just as the street lights come on. The streets are usually quieter around this time as well, and the lights give your photos that extra little sparkle.
Amsterdam Travel Tip – Take Advantage of the Low Season
Some travellers are put off by the colder weather and the grey skies, but I think Amsterdam is a great city break destination at any time of the year. Head there in December to take part in festive Christmas celebrations and markets, or snag a great deal on a hotel in March or April – right before the warm weather kicks in.