When to Visit Amsterdam

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Benjamin Perlin divides his time between volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and Tennessee State Veterans’ Home and taking photographs for Ben Perlin Photography. In his free time, Benjamin Perlin loves traveling. He counts Amsterdam among his favorite destinations.

As is the case with many cities in Europe, Amsterdam is particularly popular during the summer. Weather between June and August can be mixed, with brief spurts of heavy rain along with humidity and heat. Still, most days stay sunny, and the average temperatures hover between 66 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the high levels of tourism, attraction lines are often long, and accommodation prices are at their highest.

Tourism begins dying down by September as the temperatures start dropping. Featuring average temperatures in the high 40s to mid-60s, September, October, and November allow visitors to enjoy Amsterdam for a slightly lower price. As the city moves into winter, temperatures drop to about 30 to 40 degrees, and prices drop right along with them. Since there are hardly any tourists willing to brave the cold, visitors can often find great deals.

Spring is another good time to visit Amsterdam, but it is the start of the city’s tourist season. In March through May, the tulip fields around the city start blooming and cover the area with fantastic colors. Consider visiting in April, when temperatures and crowds are moderate, and flowers are in bloom.


Holston Habitat for Humanity Announces New Home Repair Program


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Home Repair Program
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Benjamin (Ben) Perlin is a traditional film photographer with a passion for capturing scenes that capture his interest and imagination. A volunteer in the Nashville community where he lives, Benjamin Perlin works with Habitat for Humanity and has engaged with the local Restore retail center selling used furnishings and building materials.

Throughout Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity has helped build and rebuild many communities. In Holston, Habitat for Humanity recently launched a dedicated home repair program. The program helps homeowners who are unable to cover the entire expense associated with external repairs such as roof replacement, disability ramp installation, or siding painting.

Though the program, owners of single-family dwellings obtain access to dedicated repair funds, a portion of which is provided as no-interest loans. Applicants from throughout Sullivan, Carter, and Washington Counties on the Tennessee-Virginia border are encouraged to apply with Holston Habitat by the end of November. Following in-person visits to applicants’ residences, a dozen recipients will be selected and repair projects will commence as winter arrives.

Conveying Photographic Moods through Images of the Weather


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Photographic Moods
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A photography enthusiast, Benjamin (Ben) Perlin prefers using film cameras and enjoys exploring traditional darkroom techniques. When taking photos, Benjamin Perlin seeks to capture ephemeral moments that convey a fleeting mood or expression.

At the center of creating mood in photography is lighting. For example, when capturing outdoor scenes, dramatic effects and emotional effects can be enhanced by shifts in the weather. A frame that captures clouds moving or approaching darkness may offer a sense of foreboding, while light breaking through the clouds can evoke a mood of hope.

Taking outdoor shots with intensified mood often requires patience and a tripod. With turbulent weather conditions in play, interesting light effects that emerge will require a steady camera and slow shutter speeds to clearly capture the moment. Timing is also critical to outdoor photography. When the ideal conditions for an intended mood appear, work quickly to take that perfect shot before the specific lighting effect disappears.

The Five Best Places to Sail in the United States

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Catalina Island, California
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Aspiring photographer and avid community volunteer Benjamin “Ben” Perlin enjoys spending time with those in need, giving back to a great number of charity organizations around Nashville, Tennessee. In his leisure time, Benjamin Perlin enjoys sailing and enjoying the outdoors. The United States is home to many incredible sailing towns, all with their own individual character. The following are five scenic areas to enjoy:

1. Catalina Island, California. Sailors can start in Los Angeles, and ride through bays and harbors to the sea, with a wide array of different terrains for those of all experience levels. The area also offers good sailing weather year-round.

2. Key West, Florida. Even without a personal boat, visitors to this southernmost point in the contiguous United States can enjoy a tour on a giant schooner. Renting a boat can offer more freedom to see the local wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets.

3. Apostle Islands, Wisconsin. Located in Lake Superior, these islands are covered in spruce and birch trees, alongside rock formations and chilly waters. It’s best to visit from May to October, as the lake is prone to freeze in winter.

4. Camdenton, Missouri. Located in the center of the state, this town offers the Lake of the Ozarks, which is very popular with weekend boaters. It is an excellent place to fish for Largemouth bass, and features gorgeous lakefront homes and mild weather in the summer months.

5. Burlington, Vermont. This town offers great summer and winter sailing, as well as one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The sailing center offers rentals, as well as sailing lessons right outside of the bustling city.