In The Shadow Of A Palace

Grand Palace, Amsterdam

I really struggled to capture the presence of the Grand Palace in Amsterdam. Occupying one end of the popular Dam Square it must be almost impossible to get a shot during the day without a whole bunch of people in it. I quickly decided I’d have to try some different angles.

Generally I find it hard to photograph large, monumental buildings like this. It’s very difficult to translate that feeling of standing beneath them in an image. But I was pretty happy with the composition of this shot, and think it conveys a good sense of the looming inevitability of such grand architecture.

I did feel that it was lacking some impact in colour. Along with a boost to the clarity I used the “Antique” preset in Lightroom to bring out the details and provide a bit more contrast.


4 thoughts on “In The Shadow Of A Palace

    1. Ben Post author

      I often find that looking up is the key to a great photograph. There is so much to see that isn’t at eye level, and people are always missing out on it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  1. Sanchia (True East)

    The thing that annoys me when I’m taking upward shots is that it’s often so hard to get an interesting sky! You’ve got some nice cloud detail in though, it really adds to the picture.

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sanchia! Yeah I think you need to get lucky with the sky. The wispy clouds in this shot looked pretty dull and flat in colour actually, but with a few adjustments in Lightroom they’re a bit more interesting.


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