Nemo Science Centre, Amsterdam

The NEMO Science Centre.

NEMO is a science centre in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is an iconic structure that is shaped like a ship, that also celebrates glorious dutch maritime history. The building has been designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano.

View from the pedestrian footbridge leading to the NEMO Science Centre
Another view of the iconic and futuristic structure. The roof of the museum offers panoramic views of Amsterdam and is a great place to relax with a cool drink.

All photographs have been post-processed by the use of NIK Color Efex Pro 4.0 filters to enhance contrast and detail. Click on any of the pictures for a larger view on Flickr.


Selective Amsterdam

I love selective colouring photographs. While this is one of the most time-consuming step of a post-processing workflow, it can breathe life into otherwise ordinary photographs. It can also be used to draw attention to a particular object in crowded field. The following pictures are my experiments with applying selective desaturation in Adobe Lightroom on a few pictures from my trip to Amsterdam 2012 spring.

Dutch Gouda cheese on sale at the Bloemenmarkt (flower market)
Housing shortage in Amsterdam has resulted in these unique permanent water homes, with plumbing, electricity and other mod cons.
A sporty boat on one of the many canals in Amsterdam
Previously posted picture of water taxis in Amsterdam.

You may wish to click on the pictures to see a larger version on flickr. As always I look forward to comments and criticisms.

Water Taxis – Amsterdam

Fact: Amsterdam has more canals than Venice!

People associate Amsterdam with lots of things including “Coffee shops”, Red-light district, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt but rarely with canals and water. Ubiquitous in the more than 100km of canals and 1500+ bridges are the water taxis. They are an excellent way of getting around the Amsterdam old quarter avoiding traffic jams on the narrow roads.


Technical Details

Nikon D80
Tamron 28-250mm f3.5/6.3 Lens
Post-processed in Adode Lightroom 4.1

Mirabilis jalapa – Marvel of Peru

I bought 4 tubers of Mirabilis jalapa (4 o’clock flower, marvel of Peru) at the Bloemenmarkt (flower market) in Amsterdam. I wasn’t expecting much from these plants, given that they are really for warm temperate regions and not the United Kingdom. To my surprise, they have taken well to the local conditions (even the miserable summer) we’ve had.

I’m not really sure what to do with these plants now that winter is soon approaching. The advice appears to be divided between leaving them in place with mulch and hope for the best year to digging the tubers up till the next year. Since I do have two in the ground and two in pots, I’ll probably try different methods and see which one works best! A proper scientific process!