As I mentioned in an earlier post on Saturday I went into Amsterdam to check out the Zombie Walk. I think I may have had my expectations too high after photos I’d seen from walks in other cities. Most of them took place in the day and it was just people walking like zombies for fun. This was ok but not really like that, it was more like a zombie party.
It was terribly organized. We waited at Dam Square and even though we saw about 4-5 police officers none of them had any idea what was going on. The traffic wasn’t stopped so when the zombies came there was a gridlock between the vehicles that were along with the zombies and the public transit.
When the zombies arrived I sort of got pushed with the crowd into this one spot, and I thought it was going to be great because I was right in front. Unfortunately I was right at the entrance to Dam Square in an intersection and the zombies were packed quite tightly together. It was hard to get photos because when they’d come up to me they were TOO close and I had trouble focusing. I did manage to salvage a few photos though.
You can see more photos here on the Flickr set.
My favorite part of the evening wasn’t even the zombies, it was this little boy in his skeleton costume. He had a great time trying to scare all the people waiting around in the square. It was hilarious to watch.
What bothered me most was that it wasn’t just people being zombies for fun, like a proper zombie attack kind of walk. There were party trucks blaring music, with zombies drinking and smoking and dancing on top. Cars with zombie people driving along and the greater majority of the zombies were walking along smoking, drinking or taking photos themselves, rather than really acting the part.
All in all, regardless of my complaints, it was a fun evening. I’m going to keep my eyes open in case there is a regular, daytime, just for fun zombie walk and when that happens I will get my do-over.
Oh, and did my diffuser make any difference? I have no idea! I use my flash so rarely that I can’t tell if the photos came out better or not because of it. I’ll test it out another time, maybe for x-mas portraits!