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Finally entering into the home stretch of my re-editing journey through the Netherlands and the finalization of my “Dutch Masters” process, this image 3rd to last is of the Amstel near the Halvemaansbrug and is what I consider the geographic heart of Amsterdam.

The canal belt or Grachtengordel (Canal Girdle) in Dutch, is a World Heritage protected site and this portion of it pictured here is called the Grachtengordel-Zuid and lucky for me and my camera had to be crossed to get to my accommodations in the De Pijp.

Whenever I stay in the city I like to stay a little off the beaten track and the De Pijp section of Amsterdam offers a bohemian experience, much cheaper accommodations and a small taste of life in the city without throngs of tourists as well as some the best outdoor markets in Europe.

They say all roads lead to Rome but in this case all Amsterdam canals lead to the Amstel and rightly so, it’s the namesake of the city, the canal cleaner and the waterway that propelled the city to greatness.

I took this on Sept 10th, 2017 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens at 36mm 13 sec f/9 ISO100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , Luminar and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Amsterdam Netherlands Holland

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To me there is nothing more romantic in Amsterdam than the houseboat, a variety of houseboats can be seen across the city’s canals some dating back over a century and some purpose built multilevel caravan affairs that were introduced in the 70’s to help with overcrowding in the city core.

This recent addition to the houseboat family pictured here early morning is known as a woonark or a houseark in English, it is built on a floating platform and typically has nothing that would identify it as a boat like a motor or wheelhouse.

Houseboats initially were utilized by those that couldn’t afford land prices but with the houseark sometimes built over multiple floors and complete with adjoined terraces and gardens this demographic has completely changed.

Once the domain of the underprivileged now one of the most in demand addresses in Amsterdam depending on your ligplaats a permit that entitles a houseboat owner to moor their home in a certain spot and these ligplaats are in high demand and limited in number making a prime location on a main canal as expensive as a house on some lesser canals.

I took this on Sept 10th, 2017 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens at 35mm 30 sec f/4.5 ISO100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , Luminar and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Amsterdam Holland Netherlands

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The Damrak houses first introduced me to the Dutch word gezellig (meaning cozy or homely) I was always wandering in from the train station after dark and I would constantly stop and stare at these houses thinking it felt like an incandescent oasis in a city of fluorescents, warming the night and the Damrak with its soft glow.

When you walk by during the day usually things are shut tight against the throngs of tourists walking back and forth from the central station but at night when the crowds have dissipated the curtains open and the world seems to be welcome to become a witness to the nocturnal activities of the residents.

The Damrak historically was originally part of the Amstel river below the Dam that gave Amsterdam its name, Rak means a straight stretch or place to gain speed, so the Damrak was actually the straight piece of river below the Dam across the Amstel where sailors would pick up some speed on their home stretch to the port of Amsterdam.

I took this on Sept 10th, 2017 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens at 44mm 25 sec f/11 ISO100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , Luminar and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Amsterdam Holland Netherlands

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Leaving Centraal Station in Amsterdam one of the first areas you will happen across is the Damrak home of every kitchy tourist attraction in the city it seems, here resides the ‘Sex Museum,’ the ‘Medieval Torture Museum,’ and cheesiest cheese shops looking to trade their wares for your cash.

Not to know it today but the Damrak was once Amsterdam’s busiest canal with the north end open to the Zuiderzee what a sight it would have been with trade ships lining the quays all the way to Dam square, the hustle and bustle of goods from all over the world passing from sailors holds through merchant hands to the rest of Europe.

In recent years the area has been given a face lift and the riff raff run out to reinvent the area into the start of the Red Carpet or Rode Loper route to draw tourists deeper into the city but there are still plenty of kitchy souvenir shops and attractions sure to fill your shopping bags with many thing you never knew you needed

I took this on Sept 10th, 2017 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens at 44mm 20 sec f/11 ISO100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , Luminar and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Amsterdam Holland Netherlands

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Sint Nicholaskerk is the most seen and at the same time overlooked church in Amsterdam as well as being one its most recent constructions, no one can miss this iconic structure upon arrival to the city walking from Centraal Station your eye is immediately drawn to it at 58 m in height it towers over the city skyline.

This Roman Catholic Church was designed by Architect Adrianus Bleijs and is a nod to the past combining elements of neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance styles, completed in 1887 it was made a minor Basilica in 2012.

The church is dedicated to the 4th century charitable patron saint of children that became our Santa Claus as well as the patron saint of sailors and prostitutes, another winning combination.

In the Netherlands Santa Claus is known as Sinterklaas and a feast has been celebrated for over 700 years in his name and adopted in the early part of 20th century the tradition of leaving small gifts in children’s shoes was practiced on Dec 6th which has evolved now to become a Dec 5th evening tradition of gathering of family and friends to exchange gifts and laughter.

While Dutch Sinterklaas celebrations are mainly for the children its adult component is an annual grievance poem written to the recipient that must rhyme and be read out loud by the subject at the evening party all in good fun but beware you may get as good as you give.

I took this on Sept 10th, 2017 with my D750 and Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens at 58mm 15 sec f/16 ISO100 processed in LR, PS +Lumenzia, Topaz , Luminar and DXO

Disclaimer: My style is a study of romantic realism as well as a work in progress

Tags:   Amsterdam Netherlands Holland


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