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The Old Canal


Utrecht, Holland (half an hour's train ride southeast of Amsterdam), has one main canal called the Oude Gracht (Old Canal)
that runs through the center of the city.

Yesterday's shot was taken from a bridge crossing the canal.
This one is from one of the platforms at the water's edge along the wharf system under the main streets.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Old Canal


Utrecht, Holland (half an hour's train ride southeast of Amsterdam), has one main canal called the Oude Gracht (Old Canal)
that runs through the center of the city.

Yesterday's shot was taken from a bridge crossing the canal.
This one is from one of the platforms at the water's edge along the wharf system under the main streets.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (43)

  • m.e.
  • Encino, Ca
  • 27 Mar 2008, 00:18
the details and colors are lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, M.E.
Absolutely beautiful processing. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: You;re a sweetheart, Michael. Thank you! smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.....
  • 27 Mar 2008, 04:43
You made stop the time in this outstanding capture, I love the way you processed it, it is so full of detail, the reflection is stunning, by the little waves in the water it showes it is moving, hope you have a nice day....
Ginnie Hart: Time DID stand still for me, Astrid, and you know this is the effect of Holland on me. This is what I love about your beautiful country! Thanks for showing it to me.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM USA
  • 27 Mar 2008, 05:03
When I get to travel my first trip is going to be Amsterdam and the surrounding area. Your photos inspire me!
Ginnie Hart: When you come, Helen, let me know because we will show you around! I am delighted that my photos inspire you...even as they inspire me!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2008, 05:11
Wonderful capture through the tunnel like this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sherri! It was a delightful place to be.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2008, 05:49
wow, lovely reflections
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kanyi.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 27 Mar 2008, 06:41
You are certainly getting around with your camera, Ginnie. I feel like a lazy tourist.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not a lazy bone in your body, as reflected in your own images! grin
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Mar 2008, 07:07
One of your best and most beautiful images, Ginnie.

It's all great, but the patterns in the water under the bridge really make it for me....could be the slow shutter helped you to bring out the pattern, as the water looks rather lazy [languid].

This is travel mag quality IMHO.
Ginnie Hart: You totally humble me with your words, Ray. Thank you kindly.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Mar 2008, 07:21
A beautiful (frog-) perspective and composition! I love the different kinds of arches, changing with the square-forms of windows and doors, and their reflctions in the gracht, in the foreground the "corrugated texture" (I learned this word from Wim today) of the water too !
Ginnie Hart: We will be frogs together, Philine! I like that! smile Corrugated is a good word.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 27 Mar 2008, 07:30
Ginnie you and Astrid make me want to visit the Holland again.Thanks
Ginnie Hart: Just come back, Vintage, and we'll show you around! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 27 Mar 2008, 07:46
Beautifully processed Ginnie, lovely capture.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Aussie. Thank you.
  • navin
  • India
  • 27 Mar 2008, 08:04
I thought the canals were in Venice too but as it turns out there are a lot more such places
Ginnie Hart: The canals are all over the world, Navin, but some of the best are here in Holland, I do believe. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Mar 2008, 08:04
Ginnie this is a truly wonderful shot. Love the processing and as Astrid has said the water movement under the bridge is lovely and just at the edge of the reflection too.smile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thank you, Musketeer. Your comments always mean a lot to me!
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Mar 2008, 08:27
This is beautiful Ginnie. I really like the treatment you have given it - it brings out the details in the brick. Love the reflections of the posts and the way the view is framed by the arch.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I loved seeing this, Ingrid, so I'm glad I'm able to show a bit of what it was like! Thanks.
Great composition and I love the sepia.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bill.
Beautiful composition. Very well processed Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Richard.
  • Paul
  • 27 Mar 2008, 08:57
the toning here really brings out the textures of the brickwork and I like the way your eye is led to the tress and their reflections
Ginnie Hart: It felt like a magical place, Paul, so thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2008, 09:35
Oh how lovely! Those white building fronts and the row of white dots on the water posts really draw me in through this tunnel. You must just love all the nooks and crannies.
Ginnie Hart: Oh Ruth. If only you could see this place. You would love it so much. One day it'll be your turn! Thanks.
  • myke
  • uk
  • 27 Mar 2008, 10:21
Another motivating capture. Superb.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Myke!
Gorgeous framing in this. Amazing that there are no people visible.
Ginnie Hart: You're right about no people visible, Mary. I think it was too cold. smile Thanks.
Ginnie ! That is a wonderful shot, a real atmosphere ! Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Zeb. Thanks.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Mar 2008, 12:09
Sepia is so nice for images like this... authenticity
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal. You got your sepia today! smile
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2008, 12:34
Dang, that looks old. I bet you're having a wonderful trip.
Ginnie Hart: Every month when we come over to Amsterdam, Clarence, I feel like I'm in heaven. I love it here. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Mar 2008, 13:56
Excellent - I remember someone missed this conversion of yours. Now I can see I did too smile

Have you got any pictures of the Meisjes op't Vecht?
Ginnie Hart: No pictures of the Meisjes op't Vecht, Louis, but I HAVE seen the Vecht in Weesp, where Donica works. Does that count? smile Thanks.
Interesting but okay slightly bored grin

You know you love me tongue
Ginnie Hart: Suby, whatever am I going to do with you!! sad
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 27 Mar 2008, 15:00
Good light management! Looks like a great place to explore too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. You would have a heyday here!
I normally am drawn to colours Ginnie, but this picture capture my attention with its light and dark tones. Well taken.
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning to do more and more B&W conversions, Helen, but I DO like color, too. Sometimes the image tells you what to do. smile
Very nice Ginnie: I aught to go there someday
Ginnie Hart: You are right about that, Chris! Let me/us know when you plan to come! smile
Well done: lots of detail here.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Wim. That means a lot from you. smile
  • mal
  • 27 Mar 2008, 18:26
really lovely old world feel Ginnie, very good work. mal
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Mal. Thank you kindly.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Mar 2008, 19:25
I can't believe State made it to the Sweet Sixteen !!!! :d) Oh and yes sweets it's a great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: YAAAY! My sister, Ruth, is on Cloud Nine! You think they'll get past Memphis??
Alot of details to look at in this shot Ginnie. The brick wall looks fab, and i like the poles in the middle of the canal
Ginnie Hart: I like those poles, too, Magnus. This kind of place warms my soul! smile
Nice tonal colours to this Ginnie, and I like the viewpoint lokking through the off centre bridge. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Brian. Thank you.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 27 Mar 2008, 21:35
The contrasts, the scenery and your unusual position are very good.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Cako. Thank you.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 27 Mar 2008, 21:49
The detail and depth you get in these pictures is quite astonishing Ginnie - you've come a long way with your photography haven't you?
Ginnie Hart: You are so kind, dear Ellie. I think we BOTH have come a long way from when we first started. I know you learn from others even as I do. Always so much to learn.... Thanks.
Like the composition of this one with the bridge framing the buildings in the distance. The processing works well
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 28 Mar 2008, 10:37
Beautiful capture!! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tetsu, for stopping by and commenting!
The clearness that you have obtained and the great amount of tones show an excellent image. I like this. I like your style!
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, José-Angel! Thank you kindly.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 29 Mar 2008, 12:22
I'm beginning to think that the Netherlands is an awful damp place smile
Ginnie Hart: You are a quick learner, Dave! That's why when it's cold it feels much colder than it is in Atlanta. It's a dampness that goes through my bones!
  • Fausto
  • Paramaribo
  • 31 Mar 2008, 05:28
Hi Ginnie...as usual...nice shot, great PP and once again you are in my country of birth. And what makes this even more special for me? I'm in love with someone who stays in Utrecht. To bad to hear you are leaving today. Maybe you could've meet her. If you read the short story on my post of today...you'll get the "picture".
Have a nice and safe flight!
Ginnie Hart: What a small, small world, Fausto! I have read your post for today (31st) and totally follow your story. What a sweetheart. I am back in AMS almost every month (not April, though, because we'll be on vacation in Australia). Astrid and I have already had 3 photo hunts in Utrecht, where she was a student years ago, so maybe we'll do another one. Do you know when/if YOU'LL be there again?
  • Rxan
  • 31 Mar 2008, 12:45
Nice composition, full of details. Good use of reflection and treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rxan!
The greytone is really a success, I like this one very much, the spirit of Utrecht...
Ginnie Hart: The spirit of Utrecht. I like that, Zeb!
  • FLOOG
  • 22 May 2008, 11:47
A fantastic capture, and the lack of colour works really well in my opinion.

So much fine detail. I really like this
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting, Paul. I'm just sorry I didn't reply to you sooner!!

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