When traveling, many photographers try to plan where they will be at a certain time of day, to take the best images. Often these decisions revolve around the golden hours – sunrise and sunset – for the best light.
I found especially in Northern Europe, that could be an exercise in futility. On this day in Amsterdam, it must have poured at least 5 times, followed by sunny skies in the same day.
The good news is overcast skies, create a beautiful softbox and even in the middle of the day, the light is soft and diffused. However, if the sky is completely gray, that is less appealing as there is no contrast in the sky, light and clouds.
In this photo, it had just finished raining and right before getting on the train, I grabbed a few of these shots of the Victoria Hotel. The people are blurred with a tilt shift lens impact.
Lesson learned. Whenever I put away my camera, and think I am done, another opportunity arises.