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Copyright: Ruud Blok (ruudblok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1845 W: 727 N: 2259] (23329)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-16
Categories: HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Sony DSC F-717
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mwebr Favorites#2, btokaz favorites, 100 points or more!!! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-17 3:29
Viewed: 8128
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 117
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Amsterdam but different
Channel houses in Amsterdam. I see them many times in real and in paintings. So I put on my Vincent van Gogh glasses and altered the colours. And I found new beauty in this houses.
I hope you find the same.

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hi Ruud! nice shot, looks like a postcard :) i would change the frames. regards, E.

L'effet fonctionne parfaitement pour moi. Très bon traitement !

Good morning Ruud.
Great changes you made. I love the idea of reflection. Complete with coffeeshop.
I have no idea what is yours in the picture and what has been captured in the street. I believe you created the reflection yourself because the houses are standing in water.
I get some mood of nightlife-strips.
Have a nice day!

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  • biblio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 523 W: 6 N: 225] (2498)
  • [2005-09-17 3:57]
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Good view, a different take on the usual Amsterdam scene, I like it

Very cool PP, Ruud ! Looks like someone has visited the coffeeshop already...

Very nicely done !


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  • samr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 506 W: 31 N: 401] (3329)
  • [2005-09-17 4:01]

Creative work Ruud - nicely done and well presented. So sharp and bright and the pastel colours just make it all jump out. TFS, Sam

oh, yes, i find the same!!!!!
they are beautifull just a draw!
very nice done

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  • Saiz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-17 4:51]
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Wonderful, Ruud !!!
Amazing vision of Amsterdam …
Proficiat …

Very interesting view. Van Gogh is my absolute favourite. Nice water reflection effect in the front. I don't mind the frame. The blue or purple in the photo would have worked nicely as well.

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  • Lisar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 319 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-17 6:41]

Beautiful shot Ruud and really good PP. Nice tribute to that lovely city.


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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-09-17 7:04]
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A pretty image of our city, Ruud, nice done and as Marleen already mentioned, looks like someone has visited the coffeeshop already..., funny !
Good PP-work, also with the reflections.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 128 N: 530] (6690)
  • [2005-09-17 7:11]

Hi Ruud,

Nice piece of art work. Far better then just a tourist picture. This is realy a class A+++ piece.

Well done,


PS: Maybe the inside frame is too much.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2005-09-17 7:15]

Wow, very good PP work Ruud. It looks so good, and I imagine the buildings on their own would look great any way. Very impressive.

Wow, this is really well done, Ruud. I know Amsterdam really well for having visiting at least 4 times and I do recognize the beautiful architecture but this also provides what looks like a neat reflection in the water. I really like the colours you achieved here. Well done!

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  • mwebr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 448 W: 141 N: 666] (3402)
  • [2005-09-17 10:16]
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this is a fantastic piece of artwork presented in a fantatstic manner. The coloring of this piece is gorgeous. I love it for it reminds me of working with charcoal and pastels or even ink drawings with colored pencil. The reflection is beutiful in the way these buildings are distored. Excellent work, very excellent.....
Frame is great by me!
I want this as a fav....need to go make a list....my regualar fav's are all used up.
So this will be my first fav for my new fav's list.

Cool and take care,

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-09-17 10:25]
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Very nice creation,Ruud! I am very impressed! Where can I buy some of those glasses? Beautiful concept! Original and creative! Bravo! Michel

Great view! I sometime heard about the coffeeshop of the place... Now i have to feeling to get out from one ;o)
Ok it's a very good subject with a great processing!

Your Van Gogh glasses worked very well. What an unusual view of Amsterdam. It very intriguing.

done the interior design shots in a few of them, NEVER saw them like this, super creative, tfs, (*_*)

  • jinbo Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 9 N: 8] (381)
  • [2005-09-17 20:20]
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ok, this is crazy. I could not enough find a trace that this was a photo. Mind to share some tricks? :D


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-09-18 3:24]

Hi Ruud

A creative re-interpretation of Vincent van Gogh's work. I like the abstraction & reflections in the canal. Well done!

  • wallie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 467 W: 0 N: 485] (2552)
  • [2005-09-18 10:13]

Yes Ruud, I found it too. Really nice job you've done here.


Oeps; out off greenies. Sorry.

Even without a name I would know who's work is this. Lovely artwork, great PP work and color combinations.

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  • fmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 81 W: 0 N: 44] (503)
  • [2005-09-18 19:53]

A nice view over one of my favourite towns. Congratulations

Impressive, really a different way to look at live...

Good PP

That's indeed a different way to see the city ;)
Beautiful and creative one!

Well done Rudd. Lovely image

take care, Stef :))

Really nice PP work! Shows that houses from a very different perspective, much different that I was them :)
Good job, congratulations!


Great PP work. Creative. I love this city...

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2005-09-22 20:15]

Bonjour Ruud

Je devrai m'inspirer de l'ensemble de vos images dans le but d'améliorer ma technique.
Robert Deschênes

bonjour, You know what? This shot remind me Underwasser the Austrian painter.

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  • rui Gold Star Critiquer [C: 279 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-02 18:46]

Hi Ruud !
Excellent gallery, creativity and technique!Excellent work!
All the best,

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  • wck Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 36 N: 423] (3851)
  • [2005-10-02 23:27]

Woooow..... Unbelievable!!!!!!! my eyes get big when i see this *o* :D More then a postcard ;)


This is a great image Ruud! Excellent idea, expertly carried-out.

Wow! Great art made with a great photo Ruud. Every one that was once in Netherlands must have seen this view of the tilted houses. Excellent PP.

I also want a set of that Vincent van Gogh glasses that you have! Please!

Great Scot, mate, what a masterpiece. At first I thought that you merely inversed the colours, but when I inversed them on my PC, I got a bleek image that throws me even more off-track as to how and what you did here.

This is a masterpiece! Please share your technique with us, if you would.

This image has great artistic value and the colours create a striking effect with high impact. The "water" effect is also very well done. On a scale of 1-10, ... 11.

Great image, and I love the framing! Your photographic eye is great, and your PP skills are top notch! Regards, Sam

Yes, This IS beautiful!
This would look good on anyone's wall!
I'd consider printing this one out!
I usually don't like borders or artist names on pictures like these, but it fits well with this painting-like work.
Fine work and I'd be proud of this one!

  • L810th Gold Star Critiquer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-06 19:03]

Hi! Ruud,

A well thought out piece with excelent PP. Your choice of textured mat is so perfect for this presentation. My only change would be to isolate the water reflections using layers and darken/blur them slightly. Brilliantly pre-visualized and well done.
A dutch [email protected]

J'aime beaucoup la luminosité qui se dégage de cette "photo". On croirait une affiche néon!
Un effet très bien réussi!


Absolutely beautiful. A work of art.

Weer zo'n geweldige foto.. schitterende bewerking!! Ik weet nog niet hoe je punten kan geven maar daar kom ik nog wel achter.

Wow, Nice post processing !! Looks like a nice water-color portrait. Very well done.


Une vraie peinture!
Bon W-e.

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-02-06 4:58]

Amaizing painting Ruud. I like it very much.

Very nice effect
beautiful colours

Hello Rudd. Excellent P.P. work, creative and pleasing to see. Are you sure inspiration came from the Van Gough glasses and not a visit to the "cafe" in the image? :~) Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  • PavelL Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 26 N: 164] (1299)
  • [2006-05-11 13:04]

Hi Ruud!
Very good photo!
Very good HPP!

I like this kind of editing with photoshop. Who dares to say digital photographing and editing cannot be an art?

hola Ruud!
la verdad es que si, me parece originalisima la foto.
muy lindo lo que hiciste.



une reussite artistique


I love how you executed this one. Excellent in every way!


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  • owrwe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 26] (242)
  • [2006-12-20 23:43]

Hi Ruud,

Very nice colours! And details. I like the wobbly reflection as well. Interesting PP!


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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2007-01-21 5:47]


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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-02-17 19:22]

Hi Ruud. A very creative alteration of this Amsterdam scene. Excellent colourful result. TFS. Murray.

G'day Ruud
Beautiful shot Ruud and really good PP. Nice tribute to that lovely city.

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2007-05-02 8:19]

Great wiew...
Well done

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  • fkokol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 0 N: 147] (1502)
  • [2007-06-05 11:43]

Very creative work. Beautiful city and also very colourful.


waouch... i can understant why so many people have stopped for this photo! very creative way of discovering amsterdam... looks like a painting!

Hello Ruud!
Only now I found this lovely composition!
You have a very very interesting and beautiful gallery!
I like very much the effect in tis picture!
Amsterdam is a beautiful city!
Excellent done!
Have a nice day!

ik vind m mooi en grappig tegelijk ruud

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  • LarZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 57] (313)
  • [2008-01-03 14:41]

Hej Ruud,
Fantastisch gedaan! Ik vind de bewerking van deze grachtenpanden heel mooi en bijzonder. Vooral de spiegelingen in het water vind ik heel geslaagd. Prachtig!

Hi Ruud !
Thanks for this Pic!it's very good job in PP
!I haven't seen that kind of Amsterdam yet!!
Beautiful!! Outstanding filter u have used!


High class classical art work...

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