Urban Photo Race Amsterdam

12 hours, 4 checkpoints, 6 themes, 18 photos, 1 city

My legs feel like lead but I'm so happy to have completed the feat in 10 hours. I thought I would finish sooner but what the heck, the themes were quite challenging! I was struggling with two themes and halfway through the race, I thought about giving up but I powered through it and now I can proudly say that I have completed the race.

Here are some of the things that I have learned:

  1. It's hard to do street photography if you're scared of getting close and approaching people. I am afraid to approach strangers to take their photo because I am either scared of offending others or getting rejected.
  2. There are so many techniques and the only way to learn them is through practice. I wish I had tricks up my sleeve like using reflections or mirrors or using shadows.
  3. It's hard to shoot in black and white. How do you convey warmth or color when you're shooting in B&W? I think it's very challenging but it does push one's limits and creativity!

I was so intimidated by the other participants because they brought in professional cameras and I, an enthusiast, was holding a tiny, mirrorless camera. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the photo race! It was an awesome experience because I learned so much about myself, my camera, and street photography. So without further ado, I would like to share with you some of my entries a.k.a. my favorite shots from today. :)

Ik ben 90 jaar oud. This sweet, old man happily agreed to have his photo taken. He told me that he's 90 years old. :)

Ik ben 90 jaar oud. This sweet, old man happily agreed to have his photo taken. He told me that he's 90 years old. :)

This is such a noisy photo taken from Amsterdam Centraal. I love that from this crowd, there's one guy who's looking straight at my camera.

This is such a noisy photo taken from Amsterdam Centraal. I love that from this crowd, there's one guy who's looking straight at my camera.

A pair of turban-wearing gentlemen enjoying their moment in the sun.

A pair of turban-wearing gentlemen enjoying their moment in the sun.

In the Philippines, we call this HHWW -- holding hands while walking. :)

In the Philippines, we call this HHWW -- holding hands while walking. :)

Of course, a photo shoot in Amsterdam won't be complete without the notorious bicycle shots.

Of course, a photo shoot in Amsterdam won't be complete without the notorious bicycle shots.

We've been extremely lucky with the weather this weekend so I took full advantage of taking photos of people enjoying the sun.

We've been extremely lucky with the weather this weekend so I took full advantage of taking photos of people enjoying the sun.

Which one is your favorite? I hope you enjoyed this entry and I wish everyone a nice weekend. Til next time. Doei!