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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ymrk (15085) 2009-03-14 0:38
A beautiful subject in a that compo with very nice tonality!
Take care of yourself,friend!
robertosalguero (288) 2009-03-14 0:49
The warm light is very pleasant in this image. The details and your point of view help appreciate the beauty of this place even more. Lots of details and a well placed bike to grace the foreground. Thanks George :-)
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-03-14 2:03
Superb mood in this one.
Light is great, and you composed it in the right way.
Have a nice day,
Buin (42468) 2009-03-14 2:11
Here not many words are necessary. A wonderful and really interesting perspective of a wonderful place in the city. A very atmospheric and picturesque photo.
Greetings from grey, humid and cool Germany - have a nice weekend!
snunney (100880) 2009-03-14 3:30
I wonder why there are so many bicycles and not many people about? I like the perspective along the beautifully lit canal with its lovely architecture either side. The bicycle in the foreground creates an nice atmosphere and is well included.
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-03-14 3:39
Great title for a great photo!
Colors and lights are truly interesting and beautiful!
Composition is very good too! Sharpness is pretty adequate to the image!
Pretty typical Amsterdam city view!
TFS - Congratulations!
paura (47186) 2009-03-14 3:53
Uma beleza de fotografia, mostrando de um excelente ângulo essa linda paisagem. Gosto da inclusão da bicicleta.
bobocortis (16026) 2009-03-14 4:41
You've well coupled two symbols of Nederlands: the channels and the bycicle.
Wonderful warm light and well satured red items.
amaryllis (37039) 2009-03-14 4:53
en effet une lumière douce en cet après midi, avec ce canal encore à la couleur hivernale même de 2007, une bicyclette sur ce pont comme d'autres que l'on peut apercevoir et l'onsait que les vélos sont très utilisés; un tres bon cadrage
bon week end
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-14 7:51
Congratulations my friend
One for your best for me
mesutilgim (95558) 2009-03-14 8:24
Hi dear George,
Very well seen and realised. Perfect pov and very nice lights and colors. Great notes; very informative and perfect. A real TE entry.
TFS and best regards
jjcordier (79297) 2009-03-14 9:51
Beaucoup de charme dans cette composition dans laquelle tu as très joliment exploité la lumière (un peu surpris quand même par l'heure de prise de vue -)). De très belles couleurs également
Graal (103032) 2009-03-14 10:51
Jó estet George,
another beautiful place and photo from Amsterdam. Excellent quality. I like it a lot.
TopGeo (38216) 2009-03-14 13:04
Hi George! Enchanting picture beautiful composition Very good place and a romantic disposal that impresses as in the old days post-cart!!! perfect work
ChrisJ (115577) 2009-03-14 17:58
The bicycle on the fg bridge makes a good focal point, & I like the diminishing linear perspective, created by the receding banks of the canal. Excellent sharpness & colour. Tfs!
danyy (0) 2009-03-14 23:50
une des vues les plus typiques d'Amsterdam, beaucoup s'arrêtent là pour photographier ce pont et ce canal, pont où souvent sont accrochés des vélos d'ailleurs.
Beles couleurs un peu chaudes et lumières douces.
Beaucoup de netteté aussi.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-03-15 0:05
Hi George. Iconic image and well captured. Wonderful light and colours. The glassy water doubles the impact with the reflections. Nice capture and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
Royaldevon (39802) 2009-03-15 1:43
This is Amsterdam personified!
Amsterdam and the bicycle go hand-in-hand.
I love how you have insinuated that the bicycle is enjoying the beauties of the city and, there are a lot of beauties to see!
Lovely perspective and the soft, spring light has brought out the colours well.
mauro61 (52857) 2009-03-15 6:36
bella immagine dal ponte con una luce fantastica e belli gli elementi che arricchiscono la composizione.
TGULUMSER (13252) 2009-03-15 6:55
A wonderful shot from a well-known Amsterdam view. The atmosphere and the colors are superb,
Have a nice sunday,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-03-15 9:46
In the first-plan one of the symbols of Holland: the bicycle, which was nevertheless attached by precaution… The channels, the frontages, specify if needed, that the scene is in Amsterdam. Excellente image of quality, the pleasure.
Have a nice sunday
vincz (19113) 2009-03-15 10:18
Coloura re excellent on this classical shot of Amsterdam tith the bike and the canal. Very well done.
gildasjan (43652) 2009-03-15 10:38
Très bon ce POV avec ce vélo en premier plan qui symbolise la Hollande.L'arrière plan est très agrable avec cette lumière chaude qui donne le bon ton à cette image.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-03-15 11:16
Good evening dear George
I love those colors and sharp details from the wonderful cannal. Every corner in Amsterdam is really picturesque and I like the inclusion of the bicycle, the chararcteristc transportation means of the local people. I like it because I have been using a bicycle ever since I was a kid and I will certainly never give it up.
Do have a nice week and TFS
anesugur (18789) 2009-03-15 11:46
Beautiful landscape with perfect mood and nice colors.
Great composition too.
Best wishes, Uğur
danos (99325) 2009-03-15 13:08
really a nice and tranquil corner of Amsterdam’s capital with the canals to are the life of the city.I like the management of the beautiful light as the colours too.The perspective of the canal with the lean bicycle on the rail create a depth in the scene.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
Gerrit (52097) 2009-03-15 14:50
good one of this little Jordaan canal with the bikle so prominent in the foreground, Fine colors,
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-17 0:17
Nice to see always Amsterdam. I like the light and how you show us the atmosphere of this beautiful city.
TFS and have a nice day
Angshu (56760) 2009-03-17 0:36
The soft light is wonderful. Fine symmetric composition, with the bicycle a fine focal point. The barren trees on either side also help create a fine perspective. Good work!
pablominto (53746) 2009-03-17 0:39
Quite a few Amsterdam icons in this frame!
I mention the canal, the bike and some of the typical boats...
The fine warm light renders attractive colours, the composition has a outstanding feeling of depth and very good details!
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-03-17 6:10
George, this is beautiful, it is the Amsterdam in my mind even if reality is not always so picturesque. It may hark back back to an earlier age, but most of my memory of here is from my parent's stories as I was so young. Bicycles were always a part of those stories and this bike on the railing is a real memory jogger, thanks.
argycon (2769) 2009-03-20 5:34
Very nice composition from Amsterdam channels, George!
Lovely colors! I like the armosphere a lot!
Have a nice weekend
jaywalker (16101) 2009-03-21 7:54
Hi George, Great composition & I love the bike in the foreground it just fits the scene brilliantly, a lovely view down the canal with very good light, the whole shot has lots for the eye to take in, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
vasilpro (41551) 2009-04-02 14:12
Wandering in the TE, I discovered the admittedly beautiful photos of you and I stood on this because I particularly liked the layout of the scene, the richness of colors and the great warm lighting.
Best regards, Vasilis.
boa (7411) 2009-05-03 14:06
very nice perspective, colors and light from one of my
favourite cities. Peaceful mood and great sharpness ,well done!
Best regards and Tfs!
ebingul (1984) 2012-02-22 5:19
The title describes the photo very well.Great light management,soft colours,excellent POV and DOF.Informative notes.Bicycle in FG is a nice touch as well.Congratulations,TFS and best regards,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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