‘Amsterdam - Damrak’’
The first thing visitors of Amsterdam see when they arrive by train, is the Damrak, a partially filled in canal.
The street was located on a ‘rak’ (reach), a straight part of the Amstel river, and also near a dam. From there, the name Damrak. In the 19th century a part of that canal was filled in.
Here many visitors get their first impression of the Dutch capital and often it’s an overwhelming impression.
At a previous picture I mentioned that the weather was bad during most of the time when I visited North-Holland. Most of my pictures of Amsterdam are very dark. The only ones I dare to show here are all taken on the same day within a span of three hours.
One evening the sun came out of the clouds and made it possible that I still have a few nice images of the city.
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jjcordier (70615) 2013-06-23 23:00
Superbe lumière sur ces façades du Damrak. Un très bon cadrage, des couleurs et des reflets splendides.
emka (68788) 2013-06-23 23:07
Wonderful view of the houses on canal, indeed the quintessence of Amsterdam - beautiful narrow houses, canals and boats. Wonderful reflections, splendid POV.
papagolf21 (81722) 2013-06-23 23:55
Très belle mise en image de ces immeubles qui se reflètent avec délectation dans les eaux calmes.
La lumière est superbe.
serp2000 (35892) 2013-06-23 23:57
My first thought was Denmark.)) And this view really reminds me Copenhagen. Well done, Paul! Attractive picture, perfect sharpness, very nice colors! TFS!
dta (60313) 2013-06-24 1:01
Bonjour Paul ,
REmarquables reflets , et superbe lumière , pour nous présenter ces si typiques immeubles d'Amsterdam .
A propos du nouveau format TE , on voit ici que 950 pixels de largeur est un bon choix , pour avoir une image assez grande , mais entière .
krzychu30 (14996) 2013-06-24 1:36
Amsterdam from its most beautiful side!
You captured perfectly the beauty of its old architecture,but also the character of the city,which is located on the water.
Apart from that I enjoy the combination of so warm and soft light and the reflections in the water,which help to create unique and tranquil mood of the scene.
Have a nice day
Romano46 (15756) 2013-06-24 2:09
una foto splendida nella composizione e nei colori arricchita anche da riflessi molto piacevoli che si vanno ad incastonare come un puzzle tra le imbarcazioni alla fonda.
Nitidezza eccellente e soprattutto luminosità particolarmente efficace.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
rigoletto (33778) 2013-06-24 2:22
nice light and reflections on amstel houses. you have good luminosity in the shades as well.
jhm (131986) 2013-06-24 3:04
Ik zie dat de zelfde maatschappij nog steeds de rondvaarten organiseert, Plas, het is zeker de moeite om een rondvaart te maken om de 1000 bruggen van Amsterdam vanonder te bekijken.
We zien hier een zeer mooie foto met een schilderachtige weerspiegeling van de oude stadsgevels.
Werkelijk een beauty Paul.
Prettige week gewenst met de vakantie in zicht,
Sergiom (50762) 2013-06-24 5:08
On dirait un dessin dans un livre pour les enfants. Une chance que les maisons sont collées les unes sur les autres car cela tomberait comme dans un château de cartes. J'aime beaucoup cette lumière et les reflets complets.
yquem46 (38118) 2013-06-24 5:53
Simply excellent !
Nice golden light on the typical houses, enjoyable blue sky, good reflections
A simple and beautiful image
timecapturer (41938) 2013-06-24 5:54
a shot that has the "wow" factor. It has an almost toy town feel about it, but that is because it is so beautifully sharp, clear, colourful and immaculately captured. You must be pleased with this image, because it is just perfect. Outstanding and real quality work. Love it!
Have a good week - Brian.
lousat (68683) 2013-06-24 9:00
Hi Paul,the best moment whit the best light,great contrast between the warm colors of facades and the blu sky in background,bright reflections too,magnificent way to take this beautiful Amsterdam corner,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
ikeharel (48454) 2013-06-24 9:12
Good evening Paul,
The place always offer a wonderful mix of photographic elements, with the right light on time of a day, a marvelous reflection appear over the canal. You very well managed this nice view on image.
PiotrF (2382) 2013-06-24 11:49
Nice light and reflections on houses.Colour and contrast excellent, good together in a successful picture.
rasterman (197) 2013-06-24 14:35
I love the light and colors that you get in the picture, and those reflections of the houses on the water.
Good comoposicion in the center to maintain symmetry.
ourania (22868) 2013-06-24 14:47
this is a mesmerising photo, the scenery has a unique character. With the invigorating, warm light, the soft, clear shadows, the beautiful, rich, contrasting colours and the mirror-like effect on the water, this picture has captured the wonderful moment in a most effective way. The well pLaced boats at the sides enhance the sense of depth and frame the reflections superbly. Your image looks so extraordinary, I keep looking for proof that it's for real. A marvellous capture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
PS Thank you so much for your kind wishes!
carlo62 (23828) 2013-06-24 15:44
peccato solo tre ore di sole, però sei riuscito a fare questo splendido scatto.
La vista è meravigliosa, il cielo bellissimo ed il riflesso esalta i bei palazzi dello sfondo.
rychem (16566) 2013-06-24 21:50
I like the houses of Amsteram very much, and you have taken them in a fantastic light and with ideal reflections
dkmurphys (44715) 2013-06-25 3:22
Amazing capture, a true deep calm atmosphere in lovely colors. Well taken.
ktanska (23448) 2013-06-25 10:15
You got the best possible light on this one. Those narrow buildings stand out so well against the foreground in shadow. And they are so special, essential Amsterdam indeed.
Schnappilic (9682) 2013-06-26 12:04
Congratulations for this beautiful framing with spectacular architecture, light and reflections. I like it a lot!
williewhistler (11330) 2013-06-26 13:56
Hello Paul,the golden light on the most interesting of buildings is gorgeous,combined with the reflections this is indeed a photograph of the highest quality.
mkamionka (28444) 2013-06-28 6:55
beautiful photo. Even withoiut the reflection it would be very impressive thanks to a pleasant light and resulting extraordinary colors. The reflection doubles the treat plus the symmetry is nicely broken by the presence of the boats. I had a pleasure to visit Amsterdam but in the pre digital times and at a rather poor weather so I guess I have to re visit it some time again.
Have a great weekend,
AdrianWrobel (1686) 2013-06-28 8:28
Piêkne holenderskie ujêcie foto, kolory i forma s± rewelacyjne. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
rbassin (15098) 2013-06-29 2:46
une magnifique photo, lumière et reflets sont au top.
Un front de façade formant une très belle architecture
mesutilgim (76920) 2013-06-29 12:30
Hello dear Paul,
A mastery capture from Amsterdam with very nice layout amazing reflections.
TFS and have a nice weekend
marina7 (8033) 2013-06-30 2:00
very beautiful photo with lovely reflections. It looks like a toy city! Great clarity and colors, wonderful atmosphere.
Thanks and have a great Sunday
siudzi (29697) 2013-06-30 2:22
Sorry, I've missed that one due to some busy days I had during last two weeks. Love it!!! You had a luck to take this pic during such a beautiful afternoon with an excellent clarity and special warm light. The scene simply shines!:) Very well done.
Have a nice day!
abmdsudi (36444) 2013-06-30 6:45
Beautiful buildings by the waterfront in vibrant colours and vivid details blessed by warm evening light bringing lots of joy to this shot. The water reflection is indeed a great bonus there. Well done, TFS.
mjw364 (6522) 2013-06-30 7:10
A clear sharp shot with a great reflection. Great line provided by the barges and I love the fact that the houses are not straight!
Graal (94194) 2013-06-30 8:19
very nice view of old town in Amsterdam. Amazing reflections and segments of tenement houses. I like the colors also. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
kordinator (14829) 2013-07-01 1:11
Lovely architecture in various colors.
I like a lot this image.
pajaran (45613) 2013-07-01 23:04
Dobar tekst ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazne kuce i refleks na vodi.
Lepa arhitektura i trenutak.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Good text ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nice house demonstration and reflection on the water.
Beautiful architecture and moment.
Have a great day, all the best.
danos (80977) 2013-07-02 4:07
very nice this colourful facades of the Danish buildings with their reflections on the surface of the canal to complete perfect the whole scenery.I like the beauty of the image as the excellent light and colour management.
jcpix (9324) 2013-07-03 22:52
Now if this sort of imagery of Amsterdam doesn't make one want to visit, then I don't know what would...this is gorgeous! Crazy "off center" buildings which are so unique to this city, and they couldn't be more appealing for a photographer. :) Love the saturated colors and warm lighting, this is about as inviting as it gets. Great framing and execution, a photo worthy to admire. Thanks for the view. Have a great day ahead.
All the best,
Cricri (97153) 2013-07-05 22:33
Une très belle lumière sur les façades, des reflets remarquable, bon POV, très belle composition et réalisation
SWEETFREEDOM (20840) 2013-07-06 6:50
lovely light and reflections, i like the characteristic houses and boats.
adores (32724) 2013-07-06 16:44
Beautiful houses! They are all similar and different at the same time. I like the pov, the colours, the soft light and the reflection on the water. A very nice shot!
kato (11140) 2013-07-06 21:07
You're capturing well this place by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the cute buildings with many windows and tasteful shape standing in front of the canal. It's effective for the reflection projected to the canal and sightseeing boats anchored to the canal, too. You show well to us the image of Amsterdam in here.
mcmtanyel (8303) 2013-07-09 19:47
The colors, the patterns and the reflections are just lovely. One question, though: The three buildings left of the center look like they are warped. Is that an optical distortion (such as the photo taken behind a warped glass pane) or are they really warped?
Royaldevon (24388) 2013-07-10 16:30
Now, this is a cracker!
Fine leads guide viewers to these wonderful, canal-side buildings, crisp and detailed. We also have their reflections, apart from tiny ripples, almost as clear as the originals!
The light is utterly delightful, warming the facades of the buildings and also, creating contrasts of light and shadows.
My warm regards,
delpeoples (50717) 2013-07-17 1:13
Salut cher Paul
This almost looks like a Blue Hour, but from your note it seems it was taken in the daytime. Beautiful blue tones and contrasts with the architecture. The reflections have been rendered beautifully and I like the tight framing.
Thanks for sharing, bonne journee
Gigidusud (12223) 2013-08-20 1:47
Cette merveille m'a échappé! Superbe cadrage sur ce canal avec la superbe architecture typique d'Amsterdam en arrière plan. J'aime beaucoup les reflets et la lumière. Bravo!
gervaso (9277) 2013-08-26 9:56
Wonderful reflection of the buildings, which also have a very nice architecture! The lighting is also perfect, which gives great colors to the image! Beautiful composition!
elenimavrandoni (12047) 2013-08-28 14:38
a spectacular canal picture from Amsterdam, great reflection, beautiful hour and light, fantastic buildings that are very enhanced with your amazing shot!
all the best
pierrefonds (53358) 2013-09-05 4:42
Les reflets sur l'eau du canal sont un atout à la composition. La longueur du canal donne de la profondeur à l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'architecture des immeubles. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.
ChrisJ (93442) 2013-09-21 2:19
You found a corner of Amsterdam without any distracting elements such as cranes, powerlines, trucks/roads or any other ugly elements. Not easy to find! Good sharpness and nice mirror like reflections with a wonderful warm vs cold color contrast between the yellow red facades and the blue hour sky and water. Tfs!
Hansaphotos (6329) 2013-09-28 15:18
Outstanding photo very well captured in such a nice light. Stunning effect of the reflections. Lovely colours too. Excellent! TFS.
Enjoy your WE.
Best regards, Erling
jmdias (50391) 2013-10-20 1:39
I guess this region of Europe isn't so easy to take photos because the weather, most part of the year not so sunny. here you got an excellent view, the light, reflections and colors are amazing and the slice of architecture is fantastic. a very beautiful job.
CLODO (27708) 2013-10-20 2:18
just in time to give you your 100th smiley to pride this stunning shot, taken late in the evening when the rays become orange, with a perfect symetry due to the still water of the canal. A good representation of the many different houses of this city.
claudeD (28958) 2013-11-01 10:03
simply amazing. Wow what an excellent contribution to TE. Everything matches perfect in this shot.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxmbourg