Candid Amsterdam

If you're an aspiring photographer, perhaps like me, you'll like the most egalitarian form of photography -- street photography. Anyone with a camera and the guts to take photos of strangers can practically do it. This weekend, I joined two Meetups. On Saturday, we headed over to Westerpark to take photos of the cherry blossoms and on Sunday, I joined a street photography walk. I enjoyed the latter very much although I probably won't join another street photowalk for the simple reason that people get uncomfortable when they see big ass lenses. My camera is very small and I tend to use a tiny lens so when I take street photos, it's very discreet  and unthreatening.

We went around the city center and after an hour and a half of walking, I managed to take 93 photos but ended up with only 8 that I really liked. Here are my top photos this weekend in chronological order. I wanted to post them in black and white but my boyfriend convinced me that these photos are better off in color. So without further ado, here's candid Amsterdam.

I didn't ask these gentlemen to pose for me. I just caught them at the right time -- them looking at my camera.

I didn't ask these gentlemen to pose for me. I just caught them at the right time -- them looking at my camera.

This couple was standing right in front of a colorful background, a photo of them is plain mandatory.

This couple was standing right in front of a colorful background, a photo of them is plain mandatory.

During the day, you wouldn't have a clue that this is part of the Red Light District. It looks very charming.

During the day, you wouldn't have a clue that this is part of the Red Light District. It looks very charming.

Today's money shot. I can't believe I was quick enough to capture this -- just two gentlemen taking a break in one of the alleys.

Today's money shot. I can't believe I was quick enough to capture this -- just two gentlemen taking a break in one of the alleys.

Amsterdam is a very crowded city especially on the weekends. What I love about this photo is how they are kissing like they were the only people in the world.

Amsterdam is a very crowded city especially on the weekends. What I love about this photo is how they are kissing like they were the only people in the world.

This guy is so absorbed with whatever he was reading, completely oblivious of the city buzz around him.

This guy is so absorbed with whatever he was reading, completely oblivious of the city buzz around him.

A Yoda impersonator was making a baby cry.

A Yoda impersonator was making a baby cry.

Our walk ended at the Dam Square where there's a Kermis (ein Kirmes auf Deutsch).

Our walk ended at the Dam Square where there's a Kermis (ein Kirmes auf Deutsch).