S@m The Hellraiser
Slightly edited mobile phone cam shot of Me&Mobie, reflected on the side window of a van in Amsterdam. Taken with my C905 phone. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. The Dutch team is doing really good in the FIFA World Cup and we're all giving it our best effort to show the boys that we support them with all our might (and orange clothing) to make sure that this time the cup is coming to the best country in the world, the lovely wicked old Netherlands :)
I like this one, the stripe on the window makes me look like an orange version of the Hellraiser, don't you think? Have a wonderful day, almost weekend :))
We're On Fire!
Unedited shots of Dutch supporters celebrating the victory over Slovakia yesterday in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday the Dutch team beat Slovakia with 2:1 (this is becoming a habit!) in the FIFA World Cup, and we're stepping things up a notch, every available surface is colored orange, everybody with a cup-size of C or higher (yes, men too, Moobs can be a valuable weapon sometimes!) has to wear mandatory tight orange clothes and the only soft drink you can still order anywhere is either SiSi Orange or Fanta...World Championship, here we come, hahaha :D
We're On Fire Movie
I've also made a movie of Amsterdam in Orange, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Go Team Holland!
Unedited shots of Dutch flags reflected in a pond in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Today the Dutch team is going to play against Slovakia in the FIFA World Cup, hopefully we'll beat them and go on to the further stages of the tournament, we so deserve it, we got the best supporters and we reallyreally want it this time...wish us luck ;-)
Go Team Holland Movie
I've made a movie of this Orange puddle reflection as well, watch it on my YouTube page :)
Slightly edited shot of a poster advertising Lingerie in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. You can say whatever you want about the 2010 FIFA World Cup (boring, uninspired, Vuvuzela-manic, etc.) but it surely brings out the best in our advertising people...posters like this one make me wish that every day was a World Cup day, hahaha. May the best team win, and may their fans look like these ladies...or at least like the average Dutch supporters :)
Slightly edited shot of a German car with window flags riding through Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. It seems that the boring matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup have clouded the judgement of some visitors of the best city in the world in regards to the colors that they should be flying...I'm almost sure that that is not the Dutch flag hanging from the windows, which means that the driver of that car is either very ballsy and wants to see how far he/she can go, or is simply ignorant to possible dangers that a ride through the capital of the Netherlands with the wrong flag can entail...or, it's somebody who, like me, believes in the uniting, pacifying and border-crossing power of an international sports event that involves and captures a major part of the world population :-))
Today the German team will play against England, a traditionally interesting situation that hopefully won't end in another boring 90 minutes of midfield passes and tons of fouls to avoid getting the ball anywhere near their own goal boxes...if that happens, I will boycott the World Cup...at least until tomorrow, when the Dutch team plays again, haha :-D
Still Not French!
Slightly edited shot of a Fight-snail attacking my bike, the beloved Lord Bikenheimer, in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. You might remember this little fella from last year, it's a very aggressive, starved Fight-snail that attacked me and Bikey when we were cruising through the park, but luckily for him/her, I am a very peaceful guy and I am not French, so we managed to resolve that encounter in a smooth manner...if I had known back then that this F***er was just waiting to ambush me again one year later, at exactly the same spot, things probably would have gone differently and very likely ended with a squishing sound! You're hopefully not too surprised to hear that my dinner that night looked a lot like this, hahaha ;-P
Last year's attack!
The Orange Flood
Unedited shot of orange flags reflected in a canal in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Last night the Dutch team beat Cameroon with 2:1 in the FIFA World Cup and the country is covered in an orange layer that gets thicker with each victory. The people at the Amsterdam city hall are even considering to allow us to put up big screens in public places to watch the matches with our friends&families, but without having to buy the overprized drinks in the few bars that have set up TV's on their terraces (they're still not allowed to serve beer there, customers will have to go inside and get it by themselves, sigh), and where groups larger then 15 can actually enjoy this (rather boring, I have to admit) tournament :)
As you might know by now if you keep an eye on this stream, the Dutch supporters are the freakin' best supporters in the world, and deserve better than that, we even go to jail for our team if the situation requires it (and look hot while doing so ;)), but we will not be stopped, not this time, now now, hand over that golden cup right away or we'll shoot (with balls, not bullets, naturally!), hahaha :D
Orange Flood Movie
I've also made a movie of this canal reflection, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Unedited shot of tourists and bikers in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I shared my feelings about tourists walking in the middle of the road with you, and just in case you thought I made the whole thing up, here's another shot of the same couple, this time surrounded by bikes having to maneuver around them and more tourists standing in the street, wondering why everybody is honking at them...you can clearly see that the biker to the left is getting his big chain lock ready to smack the next obstacle in its deserving face...
I would like to say the following to that angry biker: "Calm down young man, everybody has the right, no the duty, the obligation, to visit the best city in the world at least once in their life time, so who are we to bitch about them not being able to distinguish the street from the sidewalk, maybe they are from very poor countries, where they don't have sidewalks, and the whole principle of separating the motorized traffic from their soft, mushy bodies is simply alien to them...and hey, why am I sitting on this foreign looking guy's chest, pounding his face into the pavement with my own big chain lock?!", or something to that tune, hahaha ;-D
Look, A Seagull!
Unedited shot of tourists walking around in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. I am always amazed that we don't have to mourn thousands of dead tourists each day, considering how they tend to walk in the middle of the mean streets of the best city in the world, heads in the clouds, hanging around in the road until a car/bike/tram will honk at them and chase them back onto the pavement where they belong, hehe :)
This is the rule, not an exception, and it goes across all social-, age- and gender-groups, it's really bizarre when you think about it, grown up people, that manage to live fulfilled lives in their home countries, can not figure out how to stay on the safe side of the main road, risking limbs&live just to stand in a busy spot with a map in their hands, and a wondering expression on their faces, that changes to sheer terror every few seconds, when another mad-man/woman (usually me ;) comes rushing towards them in/on a physically superior vehicle that is aiming at their soft parts, ringing his/her bell/horn in the most urging manners, arms waving at them frantically, and still, they'll stay where they are, like a deer in the headlights of an approaching car, only to smile at you apologetically (if they still can!) once you've crashed into them and are entangled in this wreck of steel, wheels and bones (hopefully theirs, not yours!) and say 'Sorry' in whatever tongue they master best...sigh :-P
Almost Weekend Movie
In a wicked mood, I've also made a movie of this puddle, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Still The Best Fans
Unedited shots of Dutch fans at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam celebrating the 1:0 win of the Dutch team against Japan last Saturday, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. And still some more reflection photos of Dutch supporters celebrating the victory over the Japanese team last Saturday...I know, I know, you're getting bored with me posting pictures of the same day again and again, but we have to make every one of these rare moments last as long as possible, Holland is famous for getting kicked out of important tournaments in the early stages and now we've already made it through to the next round without too much hassle, yay ;-))
Still The Best Fans Movie
I've also made a movie of the people in this puddle, check it out on my YouTube page :)
The Best Fans In The World
Unedited shots of Dutch girls at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam celebrating the 1:0 win of the Dutch team against Japan last Saturday, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I posted some regular pictures of the Dutch supporters celebrating the victory over the Japanese team last Saturday, and now I'm spoiling you with some wicked reflections of the best fans in the world. As you can see, these girls are dressed for the occasion and ensure with their moral&orange clothing support that (hopefully!!!) the Dutch team will make it to the Finals and win, yay :)
The Best Fans Movie
I've also made a movie of this puddle reflection, watch it on my YouTube page :)
Unedited shots of Dutch fans at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam celebrating the 1:0 win of the Dutch team against Japan yesterday. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday the Dutch team beat Japan with 1:0 in the FIFA World Cup, and of course afterwards we took to the streets to celebrate, flying our favorite color, which happens to be Orange (also the color of our Royal family by the way!), that we proudly wear during any sports event and our world-famous Queensday. It really helps to create the feeling of being part of one huge, happy team, try it, it's fun and good for you :)
Team Holland Movie
I've made a movie of the Orange fans as well, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Slightly edited shots of the lovely Miss E posing with her new 'Team Eva' shirt in my house in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I showed you my new 'Team AmsterSam 2010' gear, today it's time to introduce you to a serious Supporter, the lovely Miss E and her wicked sexy 'Team Eva' shirt...we watched the Germany:Serbia match together at my place and I could not stop myself from shooting her in her new outfit...I insist that the Dutch team wins today, we are all doing our best to make it happen even if we're not the Bavaria Babes, we try, haha :D
T-Shirt Day 2010
Next Monday, June 21st, is the official T-Shirt Day 2010, don't forget to order yourself some wicked cool new gear from the AmsterSam Shop to celebrate this unique piece of clothing and the official beginning of the Summer season :)
Slightly edited shot of myself and my wicked new 'Team AmsterSam 2010' shirt, reflected in a mirror in my house in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I received my cool new 'Team AmsterSam 2010' shirt that I've ordered from the AmsterSam Shop last week, and I have to say, it looks mighty fine! Outfitted in such dedicated fan gear I should be able to support my team with the force of at least 2 1/2 Bavaria Babes and/or more! We're so gonna win, haha :D
Slightly edited shot of myself, reflected on the display of a Laptop somewhere in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. I am not sure if it's a good idea to post this picture, but I did it anyway, hoping to erase your memory of seeing me wearing an orange wig, by showing you my injured shoulder, all naked and sensitive...ouch, ouch! What's that, you're not too impressed and want to see another wig-shot, instead of the parts of me that are falling off?! Ouch again! I'll see what I can do though, watch this space for more wickedness :)
The Bavaria Babes
Barbara Kastein, one of the 36 babes: “We were in the stadium, having fun. Singing and we were being photographed. And then in the second half, this FIFA dude came up to us and said we weren’t allowed to wear the Bavaria dresses in the stadium. He gave us a choice: go voluntarily or else the police would be ordered to arrest us. I told the guy that they couldn’t do that on the basis of our dresses but 40 stewards surrounded us and pushed us and pulled us off the stands. One of the girls fell of the stairs, even!”....a true story, what is this world coming to, pushing the Bavaria Babes off the stairs?! But not doing anything at all about those fucking Vuvuzelas?! Way to go
S@m The SuperFreak
Slightly edited mobile phone cam shot of Me&Mobie, reflected in a mirror in a bathroom somewhere in Amsterdam. Taken with my C905 phone. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. You might have noticed already, I am excited and happy about the Football World Cup that is currently happening, and luckily the Dutch team has mastered their first match against Denmark with a 2:0...now we'll have to see if the Orange players will follow their tradition and play really beautifully, but get kicked out of the tournament early on, or if we, just for once, just to see what'll happen, play as good as possible and actually try to win, which would be a whole new approach...and if this fails, at least I've done my best to support the guys and make it happen, check out my wicked hair, hahaha ;-D
United Colors Of Amsterdam
Unedited shots of a biker, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. This is one of my favorite puddles, it's always there, even when it does not rain for weeks, it's surrounded by pretty buildings and billions of bikers pass by in a constant stream, perfect working conditions for any wicked Reflectah who happens to come across it...the only bad thing about it is that you might get bored with the always similar shots you see here on this website, but I'm willing to take that risk, sorry ;-)
United Colors Movie
And because this puddle is so pretty, I've made a movie of it too, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Unedited shots of a guy getting on his scooter, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Do you remember when I announced last week that I am going to win the 27 million Jackpot of the Dutch Lotto thingie?! Well, I did play and I did win, but not the expected Jackpot, just a lousy 4,50 euros...wait, what am I saying, a lousy 4,50 euros?! It's money and it'll buy me a nice pack of cigarettes, seems that I'm a natural winner, so it's all good...if only I could forget the fact that I've spent 7 euros on the ticket that won me that cash, hahaha ;-D
I've also made a wicked movie of this puddle reflection, view it on my YouTube page :)
Watch The World Cup Online
If you want to watch the World Cup games, but you have to work, check out this website, all the matches, all for free, live&direct :))
The Balcony Bikini Babes
Slightly edited shot of myself and Miss Monyart, reflected on the sunglasses of the lovely Miss V on my balcony in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. I've posted many shots of my balcony already in the last years, but now it's time to reveal what is really going on in 'La Casa AmsterSam'...every year when Spring starts, I put out the Swimming pool and call my cool friends who will then come for a swim & sucking on some ice cubes, BBQ and lots of drinks&smokes, we talk, we laugh, we apply sun-lotion to the backs of the pretty, almost naked girls, we enjoy the good life...then I wake up again and realize that it was all just a dream and I've simply banged my head on the side of the pool (again!), and almost drowned in it (again!!) after being bitten (again!!!) by the Micro-sharks I breed in there for no obvious reason at all...oh well, maybe next year, hahaha ;-D
Welcome To Amsterdam!
Slightly edited shot of myself, reflected on the sunglasses of the lovely Miss C on a street corner cafe in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I was in the city center to hunt&shoot some puddle pictures, and when took a coffee break on one of my favorite corners, I was joined by the lovely Miss C and her 2 girlfriends, who had just arrived in the best city in the world for a weekend trip from London. We had a nice talk and I forced them to watch the photos and movies I had just made, on the tiny display of my camera, they probably went straight to the airport and left for home right after this involuntary introduction to my wicked world...somebody must have put a chat-pill in my drugs, sorry ladies, haha ;-D
Smile, It's Spring :)
Slightly edited mobile phone cam shot of Me&Mobie, reflected on the sunglasses of the lovely Miss D in Amsterdam. Taken with my C905 phone. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Even though it seemed that a great flood has hit the Netherlands in the last days, we've also had some sunny moments and everybody used them to rush to the terraces and cafe's to make the best use of those few golden rays that managed to make it through the clouds covering the sky most of the time....this picture shows one of those nice moments, don't we all look relaxed and happy?! Keep your fingers crossed that we'll have more of these moments coming up, we all need some time to chill out and recharge our city-slicker batteries :)
FIFA World Cup 2010
Slightly edited shots of the preparations for the FIFA World Cup in my house in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Today is the Kick-off for the FIFA World Cup and of course it takes a certain degree of preparation on the side of the fans too, not just the players and the host country! Naturally it is desirable to watch the games under the best possible conditions, so besides getting a ridiculously over sized Television, you should obtain High Definition TV services from your local provider to ensure some proper eye-candy moments during the tournament :)
How better to prepare for such an important event as the Cup than to warm up with some matches of Table football?! By drinking large quantities of beer you say?! Well, those 2 activities can easily be combined, just make sure you don't fall over when you've reached your limit and crush the football table under you! Pick the game up at your local bank for a small fee ;-D
A must-have for the dedicated fan, cigarettes with the country flag on the filter end...don't be seen without these babies, it's definitely worth taking up smoking, if you haven't done so yet, to show your support for your team and by extension for your country and the idea of international friendship and interaction between people :)
Unedited shot of the best bike in the world, Lord Bikenheimer, blocking traffic in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Today the FIFA World Cup starts, and to make sure that everything goes smoothly, the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer decided to position herself as a living Roadblock in the downtown Amsterdam area, hoping that by channeling the stream of people in certain directions, she'll be able to positively contribute to the well-being and safety of locals and visitors alike, who roam the streets in search of the biggest outdoor screen and the cheapest beer...
Personally I think it's rather cocky of a bike to expect to single-wheeledly warrant the safety of thens of thousands of drunk, excited people in a crazy place like Amsterdam, but since she's got to make up for the little incident she's got me in earlier this week, I figured why not let her give it her best shot, can't harm to try...and as you can tell by the happy faces of the tourists in this picture, they totally appreciate it, haha...have a great start of the World Cup, may your team win :)
Lord Roadblock Movie
I've also filmed the Lord blocking the road, watch the movie on my YouTube page :)
Slightly edited mobile phone cam shot of me and the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer , reflected on the window of a Casino at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam. Taken with my C905 phone. No editing besides some added contrast&saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Me and the Lord don't believe in Gambling, but we're seriously considering investing 1,50 euro this Saturday to win the 27 million Jackpot of the Dutch Lotto thingie...I think our chances to actually crack the pot are not too bad, considering there are only 17 million people living in this country, and most of them don't even play Lotto, and I'm good at chosing obscure number combinations, so I guess it's pretty much a done deal! I've already ordered some new Gadgets online, considering that it should not take more than a couple of days for them to transfer my well deserved riches to my bank account, what with Internet-banking and all that...I'm really looking forward to spending the first million bucks on fun things, yay :D
Still Not My Week!
Unedited shot of the best bike in the world, Lord Bikenheimer, chilling out next to the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. I don't know what's going on, but since last week I keep getting myself in strange and dangerous situations, yesterday I was biking home really fast through pouring rain, when this cab stopped in the middle of the road and started going backwards, in my direction...I stepped on the brakes of my bike, the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer, with both feet, but because the street was covered with water, I just kept sliding sideways at high speed towards the cab (I'd love to have that on film :), after about 4-5 meters of wicked aquaplaning I hit the back of the cab with my left side and the front of the bike, bouncing off it, luckily without too much damage, besides a serious hit on my already injured shoulder and a bent front light on my ride...
Then the driver got out, a massive guy of seemingly Morocan origin, and he was in my face right away, informing me in an urgent, pushy way that "You need to pay for that" while pointing at some scratches on the side of the car, far from my impact zone, he got all worked up "What am I going to tell my Boss. Do you have money on you? If you give me 50 euros it's OK" and similar nonsense, I told him I didn't have any cash on my (of course I did, but why should I pay for some accident he had 6 months ago, probably while trying to push a biker off the street!?!). He asked if I had insurance and my first impulse was to just hop on my bike and ride off, but I knew he would have chased me, so I gave in and said "Yes, I do, do you have some kind of form to fill in?!". This somehow must have thrown him off track, because he then started looking at the car again (you could still see the silhouette of my body where it had hit outlined in the rain drops on the back of it :) and strangely enough said "OK, this time I let you go, we're good". I flashed him my Million-Euro Smile (Patent pending) and rushed home, soaked to the bones, shaky from slamming into the taxi, but glad to have another wicked AmsterSam Adventure to share with you, haha :D
Still Not My Movie
I've shot a wicked puddle movie of the Lord at that spot too, check it out on my YouTube page :)
Unedited shot of typical buildings, reflected in a canal in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Today we are electing a new Government in the best country in the world, and it's a very thrilling situation because nobody knows what is going to happen...
We might end up with another 4 years of the same old Right-wing-Religious Nutcases group that I've so skillfully been bashing for quite some time now, we might get Europe's most feared man, Geert Wilders, as our next Prime-minister, or we might simply vote for such a crazy mix of various groups, that we'll have to do it over in 6 months from now, and the impression that we've created in the last years of almost Italian circumstances in our political world (Elections every 1-3 years, always the same guy winning, etc.), will persist and we'll have to continue living with another Dickweed at the top who only thinks of himself and his buddies but would not even pee on us regular people if we were on fire and nicely asked him to...
Oh well, at least we went back from possibly fraudulent Voting-machines to the good old red pencil (click the link to see me use it in a real life election earlier this year!) :)
Not My Week...
Unedited shot of tourists getting into a Taxi, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday at work I had a little accident, I wanted to sit down, when a colleague walked by behind my chair and pulled/pushed it to the side, resulting in me falling to the floor and hurting my shoulder again that I've messed up in that horrible bike accident 3 months ago...the pain was excruciating and for a moment I thought I was going to pass out, but luckily I was too upset at the colleague to do so.
He sincerely apologized and I believed him when he said he didn't mean to do that (we get along really well usually), but still I had to bike home with one hand...this is bringing back lots of bad memories, not exactly what I was looking for to jump-start the week towards a sunny, peaceful, lovely weekend, especially not after the run-in I've had with the little suited Maniac who tried to push me(also in my bad shoulder...how do they know?!) off my bike, the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer, last night...do I sound like a Crybaby yet or shall I try harder? Anyway, let this be a lesson to you, stay away from people on bikes and people that work, they won't do you any good, haha ;-D
Not My Movie...
To calm down my Karma, I've made another wicked puddle movie, check it out on my YouTube page!
Mama Said Knock You Out!
Unedited shot of a guy and a bike, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday I went to the Westerpark to visit some friends at their stand on the 'Sunday Market' and it was all fun&laughs...then I biked home and was waiting at this street crossing when this old'ish, suited Dude came from behind on his bike and started barking at me to move to the side...there were about 3 meters of free street to my side, so I smiled at him and pointed out that he (and most of his friends, if he had any) could easily pass by without a shouting-match, but he did not accept that, saying that the oncoming traffic had to travel there, not exactly a valid argument, as they managed just fine to 'squeeze' by us, so to make his point, he *gasp* PUSHED ME off my bike! Keep in mind, all this time I was smiling at the guy, and I guess he took that for weakness, so once I half-fell of the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer, he jumped off his ride, ready for some fisty-cuffs, while I was still busy wiping the smile off my surprised face! Instead of accepting his challenge, I hopped back on my bike and crossed the street to watch the Retard get back on his, and drive off...without me beating him to the pavement as he passed me, lucky him :)
I need to add, I am not a mean guy, but I'm bald&bearded and I CAN look at you in ways that'll make you wish you had not crossed my path, and it was the guy's luck that he caught me completely off-guard, in a very chilled-out, a-day-in-the-park mind-set or I would have introduced him to the heavy, mean metal parts of the lock that I keep hanging from my steering-wheel for just these kind of situations...but yeah, I'm not a mean guy, like I said, so I would very likely not have hurt him (any more than necessary!), if possible, hehe. Have a great start into the new week, take care, beware of the crazy people!
Knock You Out Movie
Of course I've made a reflection movie of this puddle too, watch it on my YouTube page!
Bike Ride Movies
I just love filming the best city in the world while I'm riding my bike, there are plenty of them on my YouTube page, and these are the latest ones, enjoy :)
Downtown Beach Babes
Unedited shots of the annual Beach Volleyball tournament on the Dam square in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Friday I was downtown and saw that the annual Beach Volleyball tournament on the Dam square was in full effect, so I shot some pictures and movies of the action. As you might know, girls in bikinis, playing with balls in the sand, have a hypnotizing effect on men and I was surrounded by a wall of sound of camera-shutters going off, the low humming of hundreds of camcorders pointing at the lower regions of the players and lots and lots of drool running down their chins (the men, not the players :), dripping on their cameras with splashing sounds...naturally, I did not pay any attention to all the skin and beauty the players were flashing at me, and focused solely on capturing the
Beach Babes Movies
Men Are From Mars...
Unedited shot of a family of bikers, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Do you know the book 'Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus'?! I've never read it, but I don't need to, as the title nicely sums up the complicated relationship between men and women...the same goes for this picture, you can see a family on 2 bikes, mum and daughter on one, staring into the puddle, fighting the curious urge to jump off their bike to ask me what I'm doing, dad and son on the other, only having eyes for the traffic and similar solution-oriented situations, completely oblivious to the Madman sitting next to a wet spot, shooting them...
This is one of the fundamental separation lines between us ignorant, getting-things-done guys, and you attentive, appreciating-the-beautiful-life girls, you look around and see what's going on, we focus and miss the little things that can make such a big difference...hard to believe sometimes that we've evolved out of the same group of monkeys, haha ;-P
Unedited shot of the best bike in the world, Lord Bikenheimer, standing proud on the Rokin in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. While I was busy shooting that family, the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer secretly starting munching on the cigarette butts that were floating in the puddle, she thought I wouldn't notice, but I caught her red-handed, with tobacco flakes still covering most of her snout, shivering from the nicotine overdose, shamelessly slurping up puddle-water, inhaling more butts in the process...it was horrible, and reminded me of the problems I've always had (and still have!) with Bikey, the former best bike in the world, who is severely addicted to the brown gold ;-D
To shame the good Lord into submission, I've also filmed and published a wicked movie of her unacceptable behavior on my YouTube page, that'll teach her :)
Internet Porn Stats
"Pornography has been traded online since the 1980’s, even in the form of ASCII art, and then, with the rise of the world wide web in the 1990’s, adult webistes began springing up everywhere. Here are the figures for the enormous world of internet pornography."
Via: Online MBA
The Lord Is With You
Unedited shot of the best bike in the world, Lord Bikenheimer, chilling out in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Yesterday morning Lord Bikenheimer and me were riding through the best city in the world when we came across one of my favorite puddles, I've shot hundreds of my wicked reflections there, and I managed to convince her Lordy Lordship to pose for a picture, we hope that you like it :))
Lordy Lord Movie
While she wasn't paying attention, I secretly also filmed her, knowing that if she'd notice, she'd probably fall over in shame again, as she did when I made the first puddle movie of her, watch the result on my YouTube page :)
The Rider's Collective
The good people of the Rider's Collective featured the shot below in the June edition of their magazine (big PDF file!)...strangely enough they chose to turn the picture upside-down and make it black&white :)
Unedited shot of bikers, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. These bikers are lucky that the wooden sticks are inside the puddle, and not outside, sticking up into the air, because if they did, and one of them would happen to get them into his wheel, chances that he'll do a major frontal flip over the steering wheel is rather big...I've seen this happen on some rare occasions and it's not something I'd recommend to watch for entertainment, at least not if you are, like me, a bit squeamish :)
Speaking of squeamish, if you want to see how tough you really are, visit this lovely website and see if you can scroll all the way down to the bottom without shedding a tear or two...it can't harm to listen to some good music while reading ;-))
Of course I shot a wicked movie of the puddle as well, watch it on my YouTube page!
Unedited shot of the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. I like this one, the shadow guy in the front, the cream'ish girl on the scooter in the back and that wicked old Amstel Hotel sitting there like a fat duck...I like it so much, that I've also made a wicked reflection movie of this puddle, you can watch it on my YouTube page! Have a great day, tell somebody that they're special and why you like them so much!
Catch Me If I Fall
Slightly edited shot of my lovely new bike, Lord Bikenheimer, standing in the street in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing besides some fiddling withe contrast and saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop. Me and the fabulous Lord Bikenheimer went out last weekend to take some puddle pictures of her Lordship and we found some nice wet spots, but when I started filming her, she fell over and crashed onto the hard concrete, luckily not hurting herself or others, but it always sucks to see your brand new bike kiss the ground for the first time :)
Catch Me Movie
If you want to see her crash, watch the movie on my YouTube page!