Of Amsterdam's 1280 or so bridges, the Magere Brug, or “ Skinny Bridge” is the most famous. It is a traditional double-leaf, Dutch draw-bridge connecting the banks of the river Amstel. Approximately every twenty minutes, the bridge opens to let boats through. The original bridge was built in 1670, but as the traffic on Amstel increased, a wider bridge was built to replace the narrow one.
The famous skinny bridge across the river Amstel and opposite of the Carré theatre, is an Old Dutch design wooden bridge known as a double-swipe (balanced) bridge. Tradition relates that the bridge was named after the sisters Mager, who were supposed to live on opposite sides of the river. They are said to have had the wooden bridge built to make it easier to visit one another. However it appears more likely, that the original bridge acquired the name from being so narrow (mager means skinny in Dutch), that it was hard for two pedestrians to pass one along another.
As traffic along the river Amstel increased, a wider bridge replaced the narrow one in 1871. Skinny Bridge is far not skinny anymore, but one of the most beautiful bridges of Amsterdam. At night many lights illuminate the bridge, then it becomes a very romantic place, popular with lovers and photographers.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sights, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transport - but is quiet, and largely thanks to its canals, has a little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away, but get a bike for most authentic experience.
Its name is derived from Amstel dam,indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel where the Dam Square is today. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed.
The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, part of Euronext, is located in the city centre. Amsterdam's main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, its red-light district and its many cannabis coffee shops, draw 4.2 million tourists annually.
(Source: Amsterdam info & wikipedia)
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jjcordier (79002) 2009-02-24 1:13
Belle version sépia qui nous remmène des années en arrière. Excellente composition, très typique de cette si belle ville!
edouard_lauer (1247) 2009-02-24 1:16
good POV for taking the photo. The composition is good and the old bicycle + the sepia toning makes standing the scene as if we were in the last century.
mesutilgim (89076) 2009-02-24 1:17
Hi dear George,
Wonderfull sepia work ! Very good pov with the bike in the foreground and nice composed entry.
Good and usefull notes as well and nice framing.
TFS and best regards
John_F_Kennedy (43413) 2009-02-24 1:47
Very interesting and nice antique photo. I like the old colours. Good composition.
mauro61 (52633) 2009-02-24 1:49
bello il trattamento a cui hai sottoposto la foto e immagine di grande effetto.
Perfetta inquadratura per questo che sembra uno scatto di altri tempi.
gildasjan (42480) 2009-02-24 2:30
Très bonne composition et le sépia est bien adapté pour cette image avec les éléments qui y figurent.Bonne netteté et contraste.
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-02-24 3:07
This is a very beautiful sepia tones image with great vertical format and very nice POV.
Have a nice day.
snunney (89926) 2009-02-24 3:55
A very nostalgic look to this well conceived composition. What would Amsterdam be without bicycles? The point of view is just perfect. Wonderful detail and a good range of tones. Fine photo work.
npecanhuk (69998) 2009-02-24 3:57
Sepia was a great choice for this one!
The photo has excellent sharpness and exposure!
The composition was extremely well elaborated and the result is this eye-catching and truly beautiful image!
Variours typical Amsterdam elements in here: the bike, the bridge and the architecture of the buildings by the canals!
I really like it!
TFS - Congratulations!
ChrisJ (104209) 2009-02-24 4:07
The warm sepia tone works well here. Perhaps slightly oversharpned but the gfraphism is stunning! Good tonal range, & excellent framing on the fg bike. Tfs!
francio64 (39708) 2009-02-24 4:09
bellissima inerpretazione del bianco e nero.
Sembra una foto d'altri tempi.
Ottimo l'inserimento della bicicletta in primo piano.
Essa dà dinamicità alla scena e maggiore composizione.
Ottime le linee prospettiche.
Well done my friend!
TopGeo (38208) 2009-02-24 4:19
Hi George! Exceptional picture with a subject in a first level interesting and prospect of depth that leads to his level background with the good dynamic and correct opposition
pauloog (11747) 2009-02-24 4:50
A typical Amsterdam view that could come from anywhere i nthe last hundred years. Good composition and godo choice of sepia colours to make the view timeless.
amaryllis (35857) 2009-02-24 6:14
ce sépia et black and white nous ramène des années en arrières avec cette bicyclette, nostalgie, nostalgie....
un bon cadrage avec ce pont et l'ambaince que tu as voulu crée en faisant ainsi est très réussie
diomed (13926) 2009-02-24 7:37
nice picture that looks as old time.
Excellent POV with amazing perpective of the bridge. Well done.
Wanda1 (15000) 2009-02-24 7:53
A nice one with the typical Dutch elements of the bicycle and the bridge over the canal. The sepia toning gives it a timeless feeling.
Gerrit (50982) 2009-02-24 8:41
wonderful composition and excellent choise for the B&W.
ymrk (15015) 2009-02-24 9:59
I like a that sephia tones,with a good frame,and good idea!
Have a nice week,take care!
Bluejeans (64249) 2009-02-24 10:50
Ola George ,
Boa escolha pela cor sepia a foto ficou com uma atmosfera bem antiga, gostei muito da bicicleta em primeiro plano bem antiga ela , bonita arquitectura de fundo, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-02-24 12:41
Superb image from Amsterdam, and of course superb BW job.
Have a nice day,
devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-02-24 13:33
amazing composition so typical from amsterdam. The bicycle, the canal. The perspective also is nice
paura (47182) 2009-02-24 15:00
Artistic and well composed photo here, friend. Excellent sepia treatment. The architecture in th BG are also very nice. Well done!
bostankorkulugu (42214) 2009-02-24 20:44
looks very nostalgic in sepia tones... could have been taken 100 yeas ago i guess as the city has preserved its historial features very good... cheers george...
hay_kes (30856) 2009-02-24 22:50
Very beautiful photo vith excellent POV and sepia tones.TFS.
Have a nice day,
Graal (100108) 2009-02-24 23:13
Jó napot George,
nice reportage and image in sepia toning. Good composition. An interesting place, typical view from city in of Holland. Good photojob. I like it.
bobocortis (15988) 2009-02-25 9:57
The sepia tone gives a great mood "out of the time" to this shot in which we don't see any car. Good vertical format giving a great perspective.
danyy (0) 2009-02-25 23:30
superbe sépia, traité comme il le faut pour vieillir l'endroit dans lequel en plus rien ne trahit le contemporrain. Beaucoup de symboles des Pays-bas dans cette prise bien cadrée.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-02-26 4:18
Hi George from Budapest!
Original composition. Good POV and capture. Original frame.
Greetings from Warszawa!
Aviller (3866) 2009-02-27 5:34
Great shot. I like the prominent spot that you've given to the bike. The background with the bridge and typical facades of Amsterdam makes for a great backdrop. The sepia tones fit in well with the atmosphere of the picture as well.
jemaflor (89385) 2009-03-02 11:11
Well composed with a typical Fg for this town, interesting effect and good choice for the B&W