Grand Canal Twilight – Amsterdam, Netherlands

What you see in this photo: twilight on a cool summer evening, over some of the many tranquil canals of Amsterdam.

What you don’t see in this photo: dozens of passing boats and barges full of drunken party-goers, the odd waft of cannabis, and the sound of bicycle bells alerting oblivious tourists!

amsterdam canal twilight

But that’s Amsterdam! A beautiful and easily accessible city, photogenic down every canal and around every corner. But it’s also a living, bustling place, and one of Europe’s most visited, with more than 4.5 million tourists dropping by every year. The quirky liveliness is part of the uniqueness and allure for sure!

I had fun exploring Amsterdam by bike and foot over a few days, and this was one of the views I found during my explorations. Enjoy!


Nikon D750 | Nikon 16-35mm @ 26mm | f/8 | 30s | ISO 50
Location – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Post Processing
– Seperate exposure for the canal lights and water blended with the sky, taken 10 minutes earlier
– A further seperate exposure, taken from a under-exposed shot, to replace the blown out highlights of certain house/shop lights and streetlamps
– Extra vibrance/saturation
– Dodge/burn on houses and the reflections

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