Today Vienna and I went on a photowalk in Rotterdam with two more experienced photographers. The two other photographers are Esther Seijmonsbergen and Bram du Saar from Digital Exposure Photography. The goal for today was to learn more about composition while discovering some of the hidden photography spots in Rotterdam. Because of the rain we did spend a lot of time inside subway- and train stations. Luckily the weather got better just after the sun went down. This gave us the opportunity to shoot some awesome photos at Rotterdam Centraal, but more about that further down this post.

Composition at Kop van Zuid

Our walk started around 15:00 at the Wilhelminaplein subway station. Armed with lots of glass and a few cameras we went outside to Kop van Zuid. Here we find some well known buildings such as Hotal New York, Erasmusbrug, Toren op Zuid, Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Maastoren and De Rotterdam. We walked towards the Maastoren and there Bram explained the concept of leading lines. This is a technique of composition where the attention is drawn to lines in a photo that lead to the main subject of the photo.

I added two photos that show this technique. The first one has a lot of numbers on the ground in a grid. The grid leads your eyes towards the Erasmusbrug. The seconds photo shows this even better in my opinion. On this photo you can see the Toren op Zuid at the end of the bridge and the lines (bridge walls) guide your eyes towards it.

NIKON D3400 + 10.0-20.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 10mm, f/8, 1/50sec, ISO-100
NIKON D3400 + 10.0-20.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 10mm, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO-100

Symmetry and reflection at Wilhelminaplein

When it started to rain again, we wen’t back inside into Wilhelminaplein subway station. This particular subway station features lots of lines and shapes that allow you to create some interesting compositions. Near the entrance are two great features. One is a mirror on the wall, the other is the moving walkway towards the center of the subway station.

After taking a few interesting shots here, we took the subway to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

Stationsplein with the facade of Rotterdam Centraal Station in the background.

NIKON D3400 + 35.0 mm f/1.8 @ 35mm, f/5.6, 1/25sec, ISO-800

Long exposure at Rotterdam Centraal Station

When we arrived the rain had stopped. We took some photos and sat down for a drink at Engels and gave our feet some rest. In the meanwhile I switched to the 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens. Then blue hour started, time to go outside again.

We took some nice photos of Centraal Station from various angles. I always liked taking photos after dark with city lights.

Bram told me about shooting pedestrian crossings with a fisheye lens, so I wanted to try that right away. The result is visible below. This is by far my favorite of the day.

Pedestrian crossing at night with a fisheye lens.

NIKON D3400 + 10.5 mm f/2.8 @ 10.5mm, f/8, 4sec, ISO-100

More symmetry at Blijdorp

The last photo stop for today was Blijdorp subway station. Blijdorp subway station lies 18 meters below street level and is the deepest subway station of Rotterdam.

Many photographers like this spot because of the endless escalators en symmetry found here. A lot of glass and light is used in the construction of this building, that makes it a real interesting picture. Since the fisheye lens was still mounted on my camera I decided to try it here as well. I think the result says enough.

Today I made some real nice pictures with a fisheye lens. I never thought I would use it for those kind of photos but I’m glad I did. It surprises me that many photographers think the fisheye lens is just a gimmick or a fun effect. From today on I am a big fan of the fisheye lens.

NIKON D3400 + 10.5 mm f/2.8 @ 10.5mm, f/8, 1/3sec, ISO-100

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about my first photowalk. What do you think about a fisheye lens? Let me know in the comments below or send me a message with your thoughts. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page. Or contact me via the contact page.

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