Heater, Mother of Lance

Final photos from Amsterdam

I have finally finished uploading all the photos I took in Amsterdam to my flickr account, lo these four weeks later. I personally think these are some of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and I guess it didn’t hurt that the subject matter was so unbelievable that it practically took the pictures itself.

You can see the whole set of photos I took here. Jon’s set of photos (which blow mine out of the water) are here.

These are some of my favorites from the set I just uploaded:

  • KfK

    2006/03/09 at 8:31 pm

    Inspiring photos! Love the spindly pink branches. I wish I had the time to get my camera out more often. It is an art form that has eluded me. Or maybe it is the four kids that have made it impossible. Anyway, thanks for sharing and love your blog.

  • TigerLambGirl

    2006/03/09 at 8:29 pm

    You guys are Shit-Ass-Ho-Muthafuckahs.

    I’ve just got one question:

    What’s in the pipe?

    Fab photogs. The one with the church spires through the window could be cover to your next calendar.

    The one with the pipe – next masthead. Let’s see if Jon can do some amazing-ness with that one for a masthead. Wanna try?!

  • Muffy Wong

    2006/03/09 at 7:20 pm

    You always manage to capture live animals (and people) so well. That picture of the cat is fabulous!

  • Sally

    2006/03/09 at 7:26 pm

    They are excellent photos. My mind easily climbs into the images. Thanks for sharing them. I have posted a fcouple on my site, but with links back to you. I hope that’s okay.

    The curious cat photo and the photo of the church through the cafe window speaks a gazillion words.

  • Sanya

    2006/03/09 at 2:44 pm

    Those are simply beautiful. I love the very last one.

  • jen

    2006/03/09 at 2:59 pm

    First time poster here….just wanted to tell you that you are a very talented photographer. I’m a huge fan! You are an amazing blogger!!!


  • Strizz

    2006/03/09 at 3:11 pm

    You take some really nice pictures. I think that the camera does make a difference, I feel like I just can’t make mine capture what it is I see. Of course dropping the camera until it needs to be taped shut and what not doesn’t help much.

  • kerri

    2006/03/09 at 3:51 pm

    I love the pic on the bottom left with the tulip’s eye view.

  • gabip

    2006/03/09 at 6:31 pm

    Wow Heather, these are amazing pics. I think the tulips, the cat, and Jon with the umbrella are my favorites and postcard worthy. Perhaps you could use the tulips for next years Armstrong Family Calendar, making it a potpourri of shots that you guys have taken throughout 2006; vacations, Chuck, Leta and so forth.

  • Erin Schmidt

    2006/03/09 at 1:47 pm

    Great photos. What kinds of filters/tricks do you use to get the effects on some of the pictures? Especially the first one of Jon.

  • sherships

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  • John Sloas

    2006/03/09 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Sounds like it was a great trip. Take care.

  • ExAfrica

    2006/03/09 at 1:21 pm

    Ahhh – fab photos. Especially love the photo With Pipe. It’s beautiful and in such clear focus (so different than mine) and because it’s politically incorrect. Though not as much as it would have been if we’d had one of Jon With Joint

  • Meg

    2006/03/09 at 1:23 pm

    Those are gorgeous photos. The Anne Frank one was a very fresh take. Beautiful.

    But have you noticed how many Heathers read Dooce? Looks like you girls are Googling yourselves…:-)

  • Neil (Vodka For Breakfast)

    2006/03/09 at 1:02 pm

    Those photographs are amazing, I love the Nikon D70. Amsterdam is one of those places ive always wanted to go but never made it, its only across the water!

    Fantastic stuff!

  • Kassi Gilbert

    2006/03/09 at 1:07 pm

    Why did you take a photo of my cat?
    Better yet…how did my frikkin cat get to Amsterdam?

  • Charles R. Kaiser

    2006/03/09 at 12:53 pm

    You and Jon are both such talented photographers. Based on those genes, Leta will probably grow up to be the 21st century’s Anne Leibowitz. . .

  • maarmie

    2006/03/09 at 12:53 pm

    Seems you prefer snapping people and Jon prefers places.

  • Mary Craig

    2006/03/09 at 1:01 pm

    I think the one of the cat is my favorite. It’s the kind of thing that would make me feel at home there.

    I have to visit the Anne Frank house one day. She was and still is a hero of mine.

    And. That’s it. I have absolutely no smart assed comment to make. I may be ill. Anyway, great pictures!

  • leahkay

    2006/03/09 at 12:05 pm

    Your first three favorite shots? Of Jon. Telling.

  • fred

    2006/03/09 at 12:10 pm

    is that the “special blend” jon is smoking?

  • PaintingChef

    2006/03/09 at 12:23 pm

    You both got some really fantastic shots! Amsterdam is beautiful, it may have just moved up several notches on the “Get me the hell out of Georgia” list…if for no other reason than all the beautiful people!


  • novelle

    2006/03/09 at 10:17 am

    I guess I’m with the majority in liking the pipe photo best. There’s something beautiful about capturing smoke because it’s only in that formation for a second.

    And as an architecture buff, I adore the building shots. And the green fence is great! It could practically stand alone as a sculpture, but I bet most people walk past without even giving it a second glance. Thanks for taking us with you.

  • Heather

    2006/03/09 at 10:51 am

    Great photos!! Mine NEVER turn out that good. I don’t have the creative vision….

  • moonrattled

    2006/03/09 at 10:53 am

    Your pictures are so evocative I can feel the weather in them.

  • Doll

    2006/03/09 at 11:16 am

    You and Jon are so unbelievably talented in Photography. It’s amazing.

  • jsmommy

    2006/03/09 at 12:05 pm

    Jeez, I wish I could take pics like that. I am camera lover but my pics are rarely that good. Thanks for sharing those and it was a pleasure visiting! I’ll be back!

  • LSwan

    2006/03/09 at 9:35 am

    When I was in Amsterdam we really wanted to see Ann Frank’s house, but were on our own and couldn’t find it anywhere. We kept asking locals and shopkeepers, etc. and they just looked at us like, riiiiiight. So we finally get someone who lights up when we say Ann Frank and says, yes, yes, and tells us two blocks down, three blocks over, etc. We trudge there only to round the corner to see an Anne Klein store.

    Never did see Ann Frank’s house.

  • Irina

    2006/03/09 at 8:45 am

    Good Lord! I LOVE the one of the pink…flower, is it? So beautiful. I might want the D70 more than an engagement ring now.

  • Goooder

    2006/03/09 at 8:46 am

    thanks for sharing the rest of the photos, i visit everyday and hope there is at least 1 new one. it doesnt matter what it is of! you & jon are very talented. whats the next camera upgrade?

  • dilettante in distress

    2006/03/09 at 8:59 am

    Absolutely lovely photos of Amsterdam. I’m ready to pack up and go.

    Did you or Jon have “Holland, 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel running through your heads at any time during the journey?

  • Dana Lynn

    2006/03/09 at 9:20 am

    I love the branches, especially the ones in the foreground. I am always amazed by nature’s production of things in such vibrant colors.

  • EmmeJemme

    2006/03/09 at 8:43 am

    I cannot get enough of the pictures that you and Jon take. They take my breath away. My husband can’t get over the talent you both have. You show Amsterdam in its best light. Thanks for sharing them with us. And Thanks you for opening up comments! WHHEEEEE!

  • JenBlake

    2006/03/09 at 8:32 am

    Photos are very nice. We have 2 Nikon d-70s because we are both such shutterbugs… in my opinion it is worth the extra expense for the second camera body because we share lenses and other gear. Plus it really saves the marriage when we’re not fighting over the camera while on trips.

  • Lindsay

    2006/03/09 at 8:32 am

    🙂 I think it’s great that you’ve opened up commenting on here.

    Beautiful pictures, I love the colors and attention to detail. Amsterdam seems like a lovely place.

    Keep up the great work Heather. Your site is a pleasure to read – and this is coming from a 15 year old female ( probably one of few who read this blog).

    – LS

  • The Bold Soul

    2006/03/09 at 8:37 am

    Spectacular photos, Heather. I especially like the one with Jon smoking that pipe and the one with the bright pink plant (whatever it is, it’s stunning!) You really have such a great photographic style, I enjoy looking at your pix whether they are of Leta and Chuck or exotic Amsterdam. Well done!

  • Stepha1202

    2006/03/09 at 8:41 am

    The kitty cat and Jon smoking a pipe are my faves. Each photo is a fantastic vignette.

    I did a lot of my best photography when I lived in Paris. Between the wonderful sites, the European vibe, and feeling empowered, I am at my artistic (not to mention wino) best when I’m there. In fact, I have Paris to thank for getting me into photography.

    Thanks to you and Jon for taking me down memory lane with your truly fantastic shots!

  • AndreaBT

    2006/03/09 at 8:25 am

    I’m loving the photo(s) of the day, myself. But, it leads to more flip-flopping ovaries. Not nice! I want to be done at two!

  • E-Lo

    2006/03/09 at 8:11 am

    Amazing pictures, girl. I’m so jealous of your talent! Mwah!

  • rivetergirl

    2006/03/09 at 8:04 am

    They are wonderful. Thank you for sharing these.

  • dre

    2006/03/09 at 8:06 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! You captured the essence, beauty and charm of Amsterdam with each of your photos.

    p.s. I’m loving the comment addition to your site – thanks!!

  • Cassioposa

    2006/03/09 at 8:01 am

    Fantastic photos. Stunning colors, great perspective.

  • Samantha

    2006/03/09 at 7:49 am

    They are wonderful.

  • BREM experience

    2006/03/09 at 7:52 am

    I just realized how corny my last comment was.

    Yeah… the cat picture is awesome. That’s my favourite.

  • Nifle

    2006/03/09 at 7:57 am

    Gorgeous! God bless the internet. I’ve never been to Amsterdam and now I get to experience it’s beauty. Thank you 🙂

  • Minerva X

    2006/03/09 at 8:00 am

    I love the one where you get up close to the ground. It’s very visceral–I feel like I’m right there seeing Spring arrive in Amsterdam. (Did you lie on the ground?)

    That cat is also very cool. Actually, these pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing these! I went to Amsterdam a few winters ago and have zero to show for it. I do have one hazy memory where, stoned out of my mind, I went to a theater and realized that the people up there weren’t just dancing, they were having sex, too. I’ll just pretend to myself I saw all these stunning images instead.

  • vonny

    2006/03/09 at 7:45 am

    Wow! Beautiful….thank you for sharing.

  • jody2ms

    2006/03/09 at 7:47 am

    Beautiful. Vivid color! My favorite is the one with the pipe.

  • BREM experience

    2006/03/09 at 7:48 am

    I disagree with you that Jon’s pictures are better than yours.

    Personally, I prefer yours because you give an emotion and motion to them I wish I could give my photographs.

    You have an eye for composition, and you’re talented.

    I wish I was half as talented as you are.

    That being said. Great trip pictures.

    Keep the pictures pouring.


  • Kerri Wood

    2006/03/09 at 7:39 am

    Great photos!

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