<< Previous Next >>

Along the river Amstel 3

Along the river Amstel 3
Photo Information
Copyright: Ruud Blok (ruudblok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1845 W: 727 N: 2259] (23329)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-22
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF-S17-85 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My first 100 favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 0:37
Viewed: 2021
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Along the river Amstel 3

The white trees are the result of frozen moist air (I don’t know the good English name for that). For me it is the third time in my life that I have seen it this strong. After two day’s of fog and dull skies (see yesterday’s photo) the sky was open this morning. Without breakfast I ran out. (I checked the camera batteries and SIM’s) I knew this will be a great shooting day.

The Amstel is a river in the Netherlands which runs through the city of Amsterdam.

The Amstel's name is derived from Aeme stelle, old Dutch for "area abounding with water". The river originally began where two smaller rivers, the Drecht and Kromme Mijdrecht, joined together, a little south of Uithoorn. After the construction of a canal, the Amstel-Drecht Kanaal, the river (including the canal) now begins where the Drecht and another canal, the Aarkanaal, meet one another, near the town of Nieuwveen. Tributary rivers are the Kromme Mijdrecht, Bullewijk and Waver.

The river's mouth is in Amsterdam, where it meets the IJ bay. However, in 1936 the last part of the river (called Rokin) was filled in, so the river now ends at Spui square, although it remains connected to the IJ through subterraneous pipes.

Amsterdam took its name from the river. The city developed out of a small fishing village called "Amstelredam", built in the 13th century alongside a dam at the mouth of the river. The town was granted city rights around 1300. The hamlet developed into the small town "Amsteldam", which later became "Amsterdam".

The famous Magere Brug bridge in Amsterdam crosses the river, as do the Blauwbrug, Hoge Sluis and Berlagebrug bridges. The Stopera city hall and opera house and Carré theatre are both located on the banks of the river.

The area through which the river passes is known as the Amstelland. The city and municipality of Amstelveen, the municipality of Ouder-Amstel, the towns of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and Nes aan de Amstel are all named after the river as well. Amsterdam has a street called Amstel (along the river), a square called Amstelveld and a train station called Amsterdam Amstel.

Amstel beer is also named after the river. The Amstel brewery was situated close to the Amstel river, and the river water was used to cool the beer.

dareco, stery, lilimih33, Hendrika, Beger, Danert, Dingo, sorinabal has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-12-23 0:43]

I LOVE THIS!!!! A fantastic picture with wonderful winter colors. The lighting is excellent!!! TFS

Hai Ruud,
Holland op zijn mooist,
Jammer dat het allemaal weer weg is,
fijne feestdagen,
Gr, Jacqueline

  • Great 
  • stery Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 20 N: 71] (2050)
  • [2007-12-23 0:49]

Hy Ruud!
Very interesting photo....Nice detai, pov and composition
Best regards


  • Great 
  • jim-g Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 32] (2751)
  • [2007-12-23 0:56]

Stunning winter scene very well shot , well done

Bonjour Ruud
Tes 3 derniere photo Son Excellente pour moi...

  • Great 
  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-12-23 1:12]

Ook deze is prachtig Ruud. met zo'n dag iss je kaartje zo vol.
Gr Jos

Hello Ruud!
Fantastic winter picture with wonderful atmosphere!
Nice colours and perfect perspective!
Beautiful light!
Best reagrds and Happy Christmas!

Very good morning, Ruud.
Its a beautiful picture again.
Nice 'warm' tones in this cold landscape.
Excellent composition.
Prachtige foto.
Fijn zondag gewenst.
ik moet er nog eentje uitzoeken, van gisteren.

  • Great 
  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2007-12-23 3:29]

ciao ruud...bellissima composizione e ottima la nota..bellissimo soggetto...bel pov...bello il contrasto di luci...buon natale..

yep... this one is very beautiful too Ruud.
Again I like the soft yellow light from the rising sun.

Merry Christmas!

  • Great 
  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2007-12-23 8:55]

Een DIJK van een plaat Ruud! Wat een schitterende kleuren en compo. Ik twijfel een beetje over de donkere voorgrond: is ietsje meer doortekening mogelijk?
Groet uit Schouwen,

  • Great 
  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2007-12-23 9:56]

A very "dream like" picture! Very charming and appealing.This is very well composed.This almost looks like an IR picture.Very well done.Merry Christmas,Ruud.Always a pleasure to see your pictures!

Hi Ruud,

Helemaal af! Fantastisch - wat een licht - wat een reflecties - heeeerlijk.


  • Great 
  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-12-23 10:45]

Hi Ruud,
Nature are dressed its best winter clothes for this Christmas time. The splendid warm light slips on this beautiful landscape like a poem! Bravo! Annie

nice frozen place well framed

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-12-23 17:35]

WOW Ruud - like a pretty picture postcard. Those red doors sure stand out - it's a wonderful image, well composed and awesome colours
Merry Christmas

  • Great 
  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-12-24 8:50]

Het zonlicht op die oever is prachtig, Ruud. Een klein beetje te warm van kleur, naar mijn gevoel, hoewel de lucht qua kleurtemp. wel ok lijkt. Jammer dat de weg niet ook besneeuwd was, maar toch een goede compo.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2008 for you & yours, lots of photography fun!
Ann & Frank

Hi there...
And WoooOOOoooooooow....
This place is just magic..
The colors and texture is great...
I loved....
Congratulations for the composition and POV
TFS, and have a great new year

Best regards from Brazil

Picture postcard quality !


Hello Ruud,

Wonderful composition, like a Christmas card, only Santa is missing here. I like very much this scenery and the light is amaizing.

Best regards,

Calibration Check