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Blue hour flux

First: I’d like to thank you all for your warm words last week that accompanied my return to TE!

City: Rotterdam – Quarter: Kop van Zuid – Street: Wilhelminaplein.

The Kop van Zuid is a massive urban restructuring project which converted the old harbour area on the South bank of the Maas (with its defunct ports, warehouses and railway heads) into a integrated living , shopping and commercial service quarter. It’s comparable with the Docklands in London and the waterfront re-developments in Barcelona and New York.

The project is steadily approaching completion (although the recession might slow this down).
Displayed here is the Maastoren, when it’s completed it will be 165 m high (44 stories, the highest tower in the Netherlands). Architects: Dam & Partners. A part of the Koningshaven (the King’s harbour) was drained to accommodate its construction.

There was fierce opposition to the project in the quarter, mainly because of the integrated 600 car garage at the bottom level of the tower and the extra traffic/congestion which would be the result. People found this parking facility perverse since the tower is adjacent to a major subway and tram hub: Wilhelminaplein station . Eventually it became a court case and the judge ruled in favor of project developer OVG, the owner of the tower.
More info about the tower is here (sorry, only in Dutch).

Have a great start of the week!

The PCS3 work flow: I altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, USM-ed, added a frame and resized, enhanced the edges on a 68 % transparent layer, merged the layers and did a gentle USM (0,6px, 32%) again.


exif data
Camera Manufacturer : Canon
Camera Model : Canon EOS 30D
Exposure time [s] : 1/100
F-Number : 5.6
ISO speed ratings : 320
Date taken : 2009:02:14 18:25:14
Exposure bias value : -4/3
Metering mode : Evaluative, Multi-segment (5)
Exposure mode : Av-priority
Focal length [mm] : 53 mm (35 mm equiv)
Colour space : sRGB

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