For the environment (2)
For the environment (2)
Canon EOS 350D     20mm     1/3200s     f/4.0     ISO100    


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For the environment (2)

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

So we were driving through a little place called Botshol. Sounded too much like butt-hole to me. Eww.

For the environment (2)

So the government wants to encourage everyone to use public transport, eh? How are they planning to do that? I guess I already know the answer to that:
* By making cars more expensive.
* By making gasoline more expensive.
* By creating traffic jams.

And meanwhile, the public transport companies encouraging people not to take public transport:
* By making public transportation more expensive.
* By changing the schedule so waiting times increases.
* By changing the schedule so travelling takes longer.
* By changing the schedule so you can’t catch connecting trains/busses or have to wait excessively long.

Did you know: When buying a car, the total taxes you pay is about 56,5% or more. About 62% of the gasoline price is composed out of taxes. Welcome to The Netherlands.

Here are some sample details, travelling from somewhere in Rotterdam to somewhere in Amsterdam.

Transportation Travelling distance
(One way)
Approx travel time
(One way, Hours)
Approx cost
One way
Approx cost
Round trip
Car 67km 0:45 – up to 2:15 €6,40 – ~€10,00 €12,80 – ~€20,00
Public Transport >67km 1:30 – up to 2:40 €7,57 – €9,57 €14,05 – €19,15
Bike ~86km ~4:18 - -

By car: Assuming current gas price of €1.429 per liter (which is about US$5,409 per gallon) and driving efficiently at 15:1 (km:liter), or less efficiently (traffic jams) at about 10:1. Not including car costs and car taxes.
By bike: Assuming around 20km/h.
By public transport: Prices are with reduction, or normal rate.
€1 = ~USD1,277; €1 = ~CAD1,414; €1 = ~SGD2,017; €1 = ~AUD1,687; €1 = ~MYR4,696

For the environment
For the environment
Canon EOS 350D     35mm     1/640s     f/2.0     ISO100    


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For the environment

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

For the environment

A few years ago, the Dutch government decided that in a few zones around the bigger cities (Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam), that the air pollution was too bad. To battle that, they reduced the maximum speed on the highways from 100km/h to 80km/h, temporarily. They recently decided that the 80km/h zones on highways around the big cities are now permanent. Why? Because apparently, air pollution around the zones has gone down, and thus the air quality improved.

That the air quality improved is a good thing.

From what I’ve read and heard, the air quality in the zones improved. But, due to the zones, there have been more traffic jams (more in numbers, longer in length, longer in duration, whatever). Even with the traffic jams, in some of the zones the air still improved over before the zones were introduced.

But the traffic jams aren’t limited to the 80km/h zones.
But with the traffic jams, cars are taking a longer time to reach their destination.

They emit exhaust gasses a longer time. Even if this might not result in worse or more gasses in the zone, I’m wondering if they calculated the air pollution outside of the zones. Cars will have to accelerate and brake all the time.

Although 80km/h might be more efficient driving than 100km/h, driving in traffic jams isn’t efficient at all. First of all the exhaust gasses, which I already mentioned. Secondly, this also results in more gasoline usage, not that the government minds.

I guess pumping more oil out of our earth isn’t bad for the environment, is it?
Another indirect result of the zones is ourselves. Traffic jams piss me off. But I guess it pisses a lot of people off. Doesn’t that result in high blood pressure? Heart failures? That’s bad for our health care system. And a lot of accidents happen due to traffic jams. It’s been not the first time I’ve seen car accidents in the 80km/h zones.

So in short, the government thinks the zones are good because:
– It’s better for the environment
– Driving at 80km/h is more economical
– The increase in gasoline usage results in more income for the government

I think the zones are bad because:
– Traffic jams cause even worse air pollution, also outside of the zones, it costs the earth its environment
– Drilling for extra oil isn’t better for the environment
– Driving in traffic jams isn’t more economical
– It’s bad for people’s health
– It costs the community more money for the gasoline, car maintainance
– It costs the country more money because of time spent in cars/traffic jams

So what are your thoughts on this?

Locked Away
Locked Away
Canon EOS 350D     50mm     1/1000s     f/2.5     ISO100    


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Locked Away

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

Wanda: 1) I didn’t use a telelens for this. Examples for tele lenses are 70-200mm and 70-300mm. This picture was taken at a focal length of 50mm. 2) Background is blurry: The picture was taken with a low F/ number, the aperture (lens opening, Dutch: diafragma) was wide open.

Smashpop: It’s bokeh. Dust particles would result in ugly dark spots.

Creature
Creature
Canon EOS 350D     50mm     1/800s     f/2.5     ISO100    


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Creature

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

Look, it’s a bug!

I like it when people leave a reaction on my website when they visit my site.

A lot of my friends visit my website now and then, but they never leave a reaction here. So when I meet them at parties and such, they’ll tell me how they like my site.

Some other friends used to visit my website now and then, and when I meet them they’ll ask: “So, do you still have your website? Do you still update it?”

So thanks for my friends and visitors (everyone. you.) who leave reactions and those who meet me who let me know they visit. Because there are probably a few people who do visit my site, but never let me know about it.

Milk container
Milk container
Canon EOS 350D     50mm     1/1600s     f/2.5     ISO100    


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Milk container

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

In the old days, milk was transported in these containers (and in bottles to the customers). I’m not sure if this is still the case. This is just another random touristic picture.

Photoshop tutorial

As for the Photoshop tutorials: What would you guys&girls like to see in the next tutorial? Or which of my previous posted pictures would you like a tutorial on? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

So far I got one vote for this one:

Traditional Houses
Traditional Houses
Canon EOS 350D     10mm     1/400s     f/3.5     ISO100    


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Traditional Houses

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

A couple of traditional houses. The building in the middle apparantly is the first grocery store of the Albert Heijn chain (part of Ahold).

Site changes

I kinda made a plug cloud. It’s not exactly working like it should, but it’s good enough.

Wooden Shoes
Wooden Shoes
Canon EOS 350D     10mm     1/60s     f/3.5     ISO100    


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Wooden Shoes

Taken: 7 August 2006, Zaanse Schans, The Netherlands.

I’ve been on a short touristic tour with my cousin Michelle. Too bad it was a bit cloudy, so I hope for better weather next time. For starters, here are some clogs (wooden shoes; Dutch: Klompen).

Oh and yes, the answer to the previous post was: Rain. Apparantly, when using a flash gun, it will appear that the rain “falls” up. The image was made out of six separate shots on a tripod.

Rising up
Rising up
Canon EOS 350D     53mm     1/200s     f/5.6     ISO400    


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Rising up

Taken: 3 August 2006, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

I changed the colors in this picture a bit. Other than that, I think some photographers out there know what this is, but others will have to look twice.

What do you think this is?

More cute places
More cute places
Canon EOS 350D     17mm     1/640s     f/4.0     ISO100    


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More cute places

Taken: 29 July 2006, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

Okay, I can’t really top my previous picture. So here’s another mediocre one.

Idyllic Rotterdam
Idyllic Rotterdam
Canon EOS 350D     10mm     1/100s     f/4.0     ISO100    


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Idyllic Rotterdam

Taken: 17 June 2006, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

A small romantic little spot in Rotterdam. And if you look carefully, you can also see a couple of touristic spots in this city of architecture.

Jess: It was made at 21:17, and it’s summer. wanda: The tall building on the right is called the Westermeijer Toren (Westermeijer Tower). It used to be the tallest building in Europe.

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