Amsterdam’s canals and harbours fill a full quarter of her surface. Its waterways have always been its essence and its source of wealth. The number of canals have led Amsterdam to become known as “The Venice of the North”. And thus, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a boat cruise. A canal tour can be both fascinating and relaxing by day and enchanting and romantic at night when many of the houses and bridges are illuminated.
A bit of history
The city was founded around 1250 with the building of the Dam that gave it its name. ‘Aeme Stelle Redamme’ is Medieval Dutch for: ‘Dam in a Watery Area’.
The Dam is still there as the heart of the city. But today this former barrier between the River Amstel and the “Southern Sea” is one of the few places in the center of town that you cannot sail a boat to. The last part of the river leading to the dam fell victim to land-traffic in 1922. The street that came in its place is still called ‘Damrak’, which is Dutch for: “Last section of the river, leading to the Dam.”
The first canals were dug for water management and defence. As the city expanded in the Middle Ages, successive defence moats ended up inside the walls and lost their function. But they acquired an important new one: local transport of merchandise. The warehouses along the old moats could store enormous quantities of trading goods that could be`pipelined through those moat-canals to a harbour full of ships that sailed all over the world that was known in those days.
Trade exploded in the 17th century, Amsterdam’s Golden Age. In one very ambitious expansion project that took 50 years, the 3 main canals of the city were dug and the houses around them were built. Completed around 1660, it made the city grow to 4 times its size and gave it the most intricate and efficient system of navigable waterways in the world. A maze of connecting canals brought merchandise from all over the world to the doorstep of every canalside merchant. A fleet of thousands of small barges carried the goods from the big ships in the harbor to every corner of the city. More than a thousand warehouses on the canal-sides were supplied by these man-powered barges. On top of that, 9 specialized floating markets catered to the daily needs of 17th century Amsterdammers.
The 20th century needed space for cars and other land traffic. Many canals were filled in to make streets and parking spaces. Not without struggle: fierce protest had rescued the famous Seven Bridges of the Reguliersgracht already in 1901.
But in 1955, a local police commissioner still submitted a serious proposal to the City Council to solve all traffic problems by filling up all the canals to make highways. He was almost tarred and feathered for it. Amsterdammers are fond of their Canals. (Source:Amsterdam.info)
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npecanhuk (65530) 2009-03-06 10:33
I like it a lot for its lights, its colors and the whole environment that's very well composed too, with the buildings and the canal very well placed in the image!
Beautiful and pleasant!
TFS - congratulations!
Nessie (918) 2009-03-06 10:37
Amazing night shot! Bravo! Composition is excellent and lighting is great!
I really like the details of all the scenery!
Have a wonderful weekend!
ymrk (14955) 2009-03-06 10:38
Hello George,dear my friend!
The original lighting with very fine photocorner!I like a that sky,with original management!
Have a nice weekend,
leo61 (0) 2009-03-06 10:57
A good nightshot,with nice golden tones and nice reflections.I like to your POV and the contrast with the deep blue sky.
ahmetgedikli (25482) 2009-03-06 11:31
Good evening George,
Excellent night shot! Beautiful lighting, composition and good sharpness. I like it.
All the best.
dip (23628) 2009-03-06 11:35
Amazing night shot George!
excellent POV and lighting management,
very good clarity and sharpness too,
ls7902 (7328) 2009-03-06 11:55
Beautiful capture during the blue hour with all the lights and reflections. Sharp with a lot of details. I like your notes ... always with a lot of interesting details and useful for travelers. Have a nice weekend. Regards. Latiff.
amaryllis (34807) 2009-03-06 14:08
une très belle perspective nocturne de ce canal d'Amsterdam avec une bonne lumière et de jolis reflets dans l'eau de celui-ci; on peut voir les façades typiques des maisons
ChrisJ (97974) 2009-03-06 17:21
Nice repetition & reflections of the amber lighting in the water with superb colour contrast against the dark blue sky. Good sharpness & framing. I like the angled, cnr pov. Tfs!
gneufeld (15890) 2009-03-06 18:13
A great night time shot with awesome light, colors, and reflections. Very well done and TFS. Gerald
jjcordier (76364) 2009-03-06 22:11
Cette vue d'Amsterdam en fin de nuit (ou début de matinée....selon les activités nocturnes) est absolument superbe. Les couleurs sont magnifiques, la netteté impressionnante et les reflets dans les canaux un plus incontestable.
Gerrit (47886) 2009-03-06 22:49
Yes that's a fine seethrough at the Singel. Another beautiful postcard and a perfect nightshot.
argycon (2769) 2009-03-06 23:25
Excellent night capture from a great POV. I love the lighting and colors creating an amazing atmosphere.
Graal (97487) 2009-03-06 23:42
Jó napot George,
another interesting view from Amsterdam. Good night shot. Fine POV and composition. I like it.
amazon (12112) 2009-03-07 0:00
good morning george,
beautiful blue hours,
very good clairty and beautiful composition,
all the best,
Angelillo (9374) 2009-03-07 0:33
Great urban shot. I like very much the curve perspective, the soft lights enhancing the buildings. The street in the center of the image, with this light, suggest a live full of secrets and mysteries... I think it has a cinematographic touch! Excellent capture!
vincz (19113) 2009-03-07 1:06
Back to TE after a long break with lots of work... Great pictures in your gallery. I like very much the night shot here with the very special colours and catch of the lights. Very well done.
snunney (83801) 2009-03-07 1:33
The beautiful warm lights bring a particular mood to this fine composition. The exposure is perfectly handled to make good use of the blue hour. Clarity is superb. Very well done.
Cretense (68689) 2009-03-07 1:52
Excellent "blue" hour photo! Great composition and framing, excellent POV and Perspective, perfect light managment, and my favourite colour combinations of blue and orange! Congratulations!
pablominto (53744) 2009-03-07 5:42
This is a pleasant low light capture, where the warm artificial lighting adds atmosphere to the scene!
The point of view works well, giving good lines to the composition...
A balanced composition with sharp fine details!
berek (38520) 2009-03-07 8:40
nice blue time taken my friend. you caught very good perspective with light.
Have a Nice Weekend :-)
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-03-07 12:57
Good evening George,
the clearness of the photograph enables us to penetrate in the apartments by the windows. it is a beautiful realization of which you have the secrecy, and a good document on the canals and the frontages of Amsterdam. Cheer.
Have a nice evening and weekend
hay_kes (30436) 2009-03-07 14:24
What a superb night shot vith great colours, sharpness and reflection.TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-03-07 15:08
This is a very beautiful night shot with great light and very well composede.I lİke this pov.
Have a nice weekend.
bostankorkulugu (42046) 2009-03-07 23:43
another beautiful corner of amsterdam, a lovely blue hour shot george...
danyy (0) 2009-03-07 23:45
une toute bonne prise de l'heure bleue.
dans laquelle les teintes orangées des éclairages publiques ressortent vraiment bien. Un cadrage qui équilbre bien les élements de la composition.
clamel53 (160) 2009-03-08 1:53
Un bel notturno con luci calde e una perfetta inquadratura.
Tue (27696) 2009-03-09 8:31
What a beautiful night photo from Amsterdam! A peaceful and charming view over the canals with excellent light management. Great contrast between the golden tones of the houses and the dark blue sky too. Thanks for sharing!
Angshu (55669) 2009-03-15 21:06
A beauty of a night shot my friend, under the blue hour sky. You chose a very vantage POV in the corner with the reflections of lights definitely making this glitter. Lovely shot!
Wanda1 (14982) 2009-03-22 0:01
Very good perspective here showing two angles of the canals and the buildings which line them. Fabulous with the ambient night lights shedding their warm glow on the streets and the water too and creating a special atmosphere.
anto95 (1840) 2009-03-22 2:26
This is very great moment for take a very nice picture
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 10:30
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