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[Motivation]
No Amsterdam today..nooo sunset either, but a different sky than I have posted before!
This is Monnickendam, a small admirable town in the Netherlands, with approx. 10000 inhabitants in the wide area. I was there for a 25-year marriage celebration, onboard of a sailboat. In this town, we 'jumped' on it.

Needless to say, it was a cloudy and rainy day, typical Dutch weather, although June and July typically feature a bit more sun.
Some waiting was involved till everyone was there, ofcourse having the camera with..I walked around in the 'harbour' and encountered this draw bridge (thanks jmcl). The name of the bridge itself is "Lange brug" = "Long bridge". It was open to make way for a sailboat to pass through, some people walked up on it..*click*

[Own written photo scene info]
The town, a typical Dutch one, received it's city rights in..hold on..1355! It still has an old tower standing from that year, having that said many buildings that period are destroyed by fires; in 1499, 1514 and 1515. After both of the first two fires only the church and a few houses remained.

From 1356 on, the town was expanded and a 'monastery' was build around the year 1400, one of the churches is build some years later.

In time, the name of this town had many variations :
Monnickendam, Monickendam, Monikendam, Monekiindamme, Monikedamme, Monicdam, Monekdam, Monickendamm, Monickendamme, Monickedamme, Munnekedam, Munnickendam, Munckedam, Monachodamum, Munnikendam, Monnikkendam, Monnikendam, and again Monnickendam.

Confusing huh?!
Since 1966 the official variation is the bold one.
Litteraly translated from Dutch to English it means : Monk's dam


[Photo technical details]
K10D, 17mm, F6.3, 1/125th, 100 ISO, Pattern metering, EV+1

[PP in CS2 @ tiff]
* Distortion correction + Crop
* Auto contrast + added more manually, does it make any sense? I don't know :-)
* Color balance
* Hue + Saturation adjusts.
* bit Shadow/Highlight
* Burn & Dodge tool -> starting appreciating them
* Resize + USM
* border + © & name -> save for TE


That's all, hope you enjoy!
Have a good weekend!

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