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Utrecht


Besides the Holland polder, out in the countryside, Astrid and I have met in nearby Utrecht on photo hunts (3 times thus far), half an hour's train ride southeast of Amsterdam.

Here's the Oude Gracht (Old Canal) that runs through the center of the city, on a cold January morning.
This is the same canal that Astrid showed here
on Monday.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Utrecht


Besides the Holland polder, out in the countryside, Astrid and I have met in nearby Utrecht on photo hunts (3 times thus far), half an hour's train ride southeast of Amsterdam.

Here's the Oude Gracht (Old Canal) that runs through the center of the city, on a cold January morning.
This is the same canal that Astrid showed here
on Monday.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (42)

  • cako
  • Germany
  • 26 Mar 2008, 00:20
Nice photo. I think it is called "Gracht" in the Netherlands, right ?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Cako, you are right. Gracht = canal. And this one in Utrecht is a lovely one. Thanks again for your comment.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 02:46
the buildings seem so thin, unlike the grand Texas apartments and homes. These also seem like toy buildings. You took a really awesome image. How are you?
Ginnie Hart: I'm doing very well, Kanyi. Thanks for asking. I actually think there's a story about these buildings everywhere in Holland cities, based on taxes. The wider the building and the more windows and the higher the front steps...the more taxes you pay. It's all very complicated and interesting! smile
That is so gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Michael. BUT your link is not working again! sad I'll try to go find you....
Another great one. Bravo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear ChiChi.
  • Gzormix
  • France
  • 26 Mar 2008, 03:12
Very beautiful sight !
I like old houses and the wedding with water make them nicer.
Gratulations.
Are there phantoms we can see at the windows ?
Friendly
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Gzormix, to stop by and comment. Thank you! I think those ARE phantoms at the windows. Indeed! smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 03:33
Looks old alright. This is a very nice shot, Ginnie. It feels more like a painting than a photograph.
Ginnie Hart: You would have a heyday, Martin, in a place like this! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 04:22
Extraordinary. I'd love to walk along those streets. Your image is superb.
Ginnie Hart: You would love it here, Sherri. It has a different feel from Amsterdam, but you definitely know you're in Holland. Thanks.
  • m.e.
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 04:32
i love pictures that features buildings, architecture as they give a hint of how the community's culture is... this is a wonderful photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Architecture has become one of my loves, M.E., through photography. I never knew how much I loved it till now. Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • the Nehterlands
  • 26 Mar 2008, 04:59
Een ontzettend goede foto, geweldig, so much detail, so crisp, so....everything I can think of.
THIS is Utrecht, you captured the character of the Oude Gracht so very well.
It was cold that day, but it sure does not show on the picture.
Ginnie Hart: This was my very first view of the old part of the city that I remember, Astrid. It was such a great start to our day. Thank you. This is YOUR city because of all the time you spent as a student there.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 26 Mar 2008, 05:37
Wonderful love the size and shapes of the buildings
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Vintage. I do, too. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Mar 2008, 07:07
A wonderful composed pic (with the curves of the gracht and the street)which captured well the "sfeertje" of such an old Dutch town- I'm always astonished at the differences of the houses- every house has its own look /individualitiy but they belong together- a kind of urbanity and "gezelligheid"!
Ginnie Hart: I know exactly what you mean, Philine. These streets wouldn't look the same without those buildings being so different from each other. Thank you!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 07:18
I just LOVE this shot Ginnie. The dress shop, the ducks breaking the waters calm and the lively colours of the buildings. What a great shot to be waking up to mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: You would have loved being with us, Tracy! It's different from Amsterdam but it's still Holland...Astrid's country. smile Thanks.
  • nig
  • Gym
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:06
A lot going on here, you have to stare for a while......
Ginnie Hart: I know, Nigel. I did! smile Thanks.
It's looks like an Anton Pieck photo. Great shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I just spent time looking at Anton Pieck's work, Scarlet, and am enthralled! WOW. I would never put myself in his ballpark but sure am glad this reminded you of him so that I could meet him. Thank you!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:15
Beautiful shot Ginnie, I can't wait to visit the Netherlands.
Ginnie Hart: I am so excited that some day you may actually come to visit, Aussie. We'll get Tracy to fly with you and then Astrid will come and we'll all have a riot here! How fun would that be!! Thanks for the thought! smile
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:23
A very picturesque scene Ginnie. My favourite part is the dresses in the window! Beautiful rich colours too.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE those dresses in the window, Ingrid. Yes. smile Thanks.
Beautiful composition Ginnie. This is definitly Holland! The canal, bicycles, building colour tones... I like the atmosphere here.
Ginnie Hart: Totally Holland, Richard. You are so right! Thanks.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Mar 2008, 08:51
This is wonderful, Ginnie. Gorgeous tones... I particularly like the yellows on the buildings and the green moss on the paths. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: It was such an idyllic sight for me, Roz. I'm so glad you like it as well. Thanks.
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 26 Mar 2008, 10:10
great great image, i love this picture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Xavi. You're a sweetheart.
Great composition in this one Ginnie. And I like depth the canal gives.
Ginnie Hart: The canal did wonders for me that day, Magnus. So glad you like it, too.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Mar 2008, 10:52
try to make it sepia, I think it would look great... sorry I haven't stopped by for a few days...
Ginnie Hart: I think you are right, Chantal, about converting this to sepia, but I have done so many in sepia lately that I decided to go with color. I think I could do everything in sepia from now on, to be honest! Thanks for the suggestion, though.
  • Myke
  • uk
  • 26 Mar 2008, 11:30
Another Ginnie classic !!! Another one to add to my favourites.
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Myke. Thanks. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Mar 2008, 11:33
When I see how sharp a picture like this is, I believe your final lens decision was the correct one. Excellent.
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Louis, you've really made my day. Thank you for that kind remark. It's become the standard lens I use 99% of the time!
Super clear Image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Gishan.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Mar 2008, 15:38
Cool!
Two things stand out in this gorgeous picture:
1. the ducks making their little "V" wakes in the canal, and
2. Looks like a kind of faux red-light district, with the headless mannequins in the illuminated display windows.
Ginnie Hart: I loved those ducks, Ray, and I agree about the faux red-light district. HA. The things youe come up with! I love it. Thanks.
  • Bernie
  • Stoke
  • 26 Mar 2008, 16:04
Looks like it's got lots of character Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Bernie. It's not as big as Amsterdam and has a cozier feel to it. Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 16:11
What a fabulous photo! I feel as if I am standing on a bridge right there. So warm and inviting. Yay!
Ginnie Hart: You are standing on the bridge with Astrid and me, Ruth! That's exactly what you see as you walk into the old center of town. No wonder I have fallen in love with Holland, right?! Some day I want you to see it! Thanks.
Nice shot Ginnie, it looks a bit more inviting in your photo. Astrids is a more deatailed shot and I told her I thought it would be nice overall.
Ginnie Hart: This is just a different shot of the same place, Brian. You'll see many more from both of us, I'm sure. It really brings out the point that even when we shoot the same thing, we see it differently and have different images. I love that about photography. Thanks.
You've captured my imagination with this shot. If I could have thought of what Amsterdam should look like, it would be this. Simply amazing and beautiful. Great composition and the details jump right out at you. Great image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, John. I always appreciate your point of view, which means a lot to me. You would have a heyday here!
That's a lovely intimate cityscape Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chris. Thanks.
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 26 Mar 2008, 18:18
My wife peeked over my shoulder and asked: "Amsterdam?" And I answered: "I think so" before scrolling down...so wrong, but a beautiful place. I've been in this city but can't remeber this place... smile
Ginnie Hart: This is on the bridge going towards the Dom cathedral, Aksel. It's a lovely old part of the city. It's not Amsterdam, true, but it DOES have that Holland feel. Thanks.
This looks delightful. I might actually get a passport one day and go to Holland. (I probably won't but if I ever do get a passport Holland is no1 of the places to go to.)
Ginnie Hart: You would love it here, Bill, so I highly recommend it. Maybe Tracy will convince you to just do it!! smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 26 Mar 2008, 22:45
Oh my gosh Ginnie, this is one very fine picture. Superb in all meanings of the word. The light suits the scene perfectly.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ellie. Thank you kindly.
  • VZ
  • Atlnata, Georgia, United States
  • 26 Mar 2008, 23:35
Nice one, Ginnie. Do people really live under the road? I'm looking at the dwellings on the left.
Ginnie Hart: I'll have a close-up on those tomorrow (Friday), Viktor. They used to be the wine cellars and warehouses for easy boat access. They really are quite amazing. Thanks for dropping by.
  • Ron S
  • Looking at the Garden
  • 27 Mar 2008, 07:18
You certainly get about a bit Ginnie and you can turn out inspiring images from the most uninspiring conditions. Judging from your 'Dutch' series the sun never shines there! Hard luck! (Does that remind you of England?)
Ginnie Hart: Your words are always so very encouraging and uplifting, Ron. They mean the world to me. Thank you.
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 27 Mar 2008, 12:35
I like all the bicycles, very beautiful place.
Ginnie Hart: It wouldn't be Holland without bicycles, Clarence. smile It's good to see you again. Thanks.
This we like grin
Ginnie Hart: That's a nice change, Suby. grin Thanks for saying so.
  • Michelle
  • South Africa
  • 27 Mar 2008, 17:00
Aw Ginnie, this is just simply beautifully captured!!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Michelle!
These photos are the best invitation to visit this place!
Ginnie Hart: Just let us know when you plan to come, José-Angel, and you will be our guest! smile
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:24
Oh I love this...This is one of my favorites ever of your gallery. Incredibly crisp, sharp, nicely composed and framed and tells a story of it's subject. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Dave. I always see my images differently through the eyes of others!
The management of lights, colors and composition is really perfect Ginnie : A very good picture !
Ginnie Hart: This reminds me of you, Zeb. I think you have rubbed off on me. smile
Oh, this is wonderful! I love how warm this one feels, so inviting, as if pulling me right into the picture.
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart to have gone back to this and commented, Caryn. I guess you found it from Astrid's blog! Thank you kindly!

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