The Southpark Guys in Amsterdam

Here are a few more shots for my Portraits Series. These were taken during the Reason event in Amsterdam last week, when Trey Parker and Matt Stone were giving a keynote speech. They were a riot, as usual. These guys are my comedic heroes just barely ahead of Bob Saget. A selection of pictures below are from the press conference that was held the next day when a bunch of non-Reason related “journalists” came in to interview Matt and Trey. It was unfortunate that the quality of questions was so dismal. I was sitting there with a bunch of really cutting questions that they would have appreicated more than, “Why did you move your animation team to Korea?” That question was, like the others, based on the reporter not really knowing his countries or his cartoons.
This is Trey

This is Trey.

Trey’s dream is be a movie producer and sit in a trailer with Matt while complaining about the first class service on their last flight.

Trey is currently emotionally drained by half-wit reporters that are asking him inane and poorly-researched questions.

This is Matt

This is Matt.

Matt’s dream is to someday marry Andrew Sullivan and raise a brood of Scientologists.

Matt is currently in Amsterdam at the Reason conference. He has just finished describing how Michael Moore grossly misrepresnted him in Bowling for Columbine. His tone is of slight disgust but not malice.

(btw Matt, I have the “other” pictures ready too… And don’t forget to call your fellow Libertarian to make you a “movie-game-that-doesn’t-suck”)

Druggie Cafe

Well in Amsterdam it is hard to tell the difference between who is high and who is not high, since everyone is pretty laid back anyway. As you can see in this canal-side cafe, everyone is pretty relaxed. This was taken with the new camera, and if you have the bandwidth, there is nice detail on the HUGE version.
Canal Lunch by the Pot Shops

Ancient Roman Golden Arches

This was taken around midnight in the Ancient Roman Forum. These are the natural colors that came about from the exposure length and from the HDR effect.

Archway to Rome

Tall and Skinny

Here is an HDR of the one of the thousands of quaint scenes around Amsterdam.

Tall and Skinny

Windmill at Dusk

This was taken just after the sunset of the previous picture on the lake.

The Windmills of Holland at Dusk

More Churches of Holland

Here is a collection of churches in Amsterdam.

The End of the Church

I could not help but notice that the stain on the glass here was distinctly different than the glass stains in the nearby red light district.



Canal Cruise

We took a cruise around the canals one of the evenings there. This one was taken around sunset.

Canal Cruise

Farewell Holland

This was taken my final evening in Holland. I found a remote pastoral area with several olde world windmills. I was the only one around… I got fairly cold waiting for sunset, but I think it was worth it.

Farewell Holland

A Day in Haarlem

After spending most of the day in Haarlem, I’m now convinced that it is a much better place than Amsterdam in almost every way, unless you count massive quantities of stoned British soccer hooligans as an important part of your Rick Steves’ featureset.

I took the train from Amsterdam to Haarlem after spending a while trying to figure out the Dutch train schedule, which required the discovery of a WW2 enigma machine. It was only about 15 km away, so it was a short ride. The town of Haarlem itself was extremely nice, completely unlike the Harlem in New York.

I spent most of the day walking around with my camera and my iPod. I must have walked about 15 km around the city getting completely lost in little alleyways. I took a ton of pictures and have only had a short amount of time to process a few of them for now. These things take a while, since my workflow on these things is Sisyphusian at best.

The first picture below is of Grote Kerk. At the end of the church is a famous pipe organ that Mozart once played on as a child. The pipe organ is 100 feet high with over 5,000 pipes. I recommend the Large version on black.
Mozart's Toy

Stained Blue

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