Photo walk in Amsterdam – The houseboats at Marina Westerdok.

It’s the first weekend in January 2018 and I realized I have not yet shared any photos from Amsterdam.

Amsterdam has been my home base and favourite city for the last 8 years, and what better idea than to share my favourite places to get great photos of the unique sceneries that Amsterdam is known for through a series of photo walk articles throughout the year.

Today I decided to take a walk in Marina Westerdok and take some photos of the houseboats. The mixture of all the old and new buildings in Amsterdam makes it challenging to find the right composition. There are so many things going on in the image, so the goal was to stop and think a bit about the best compositions and focal points, then take photos in slightly different angles to be able to select the best one to edit.

Light reflecting on a houseboat at Westerdok in Amsterdam
Light reflecting on a houseboat at Westerdok in Amsterdam

The canal is home to some of the most characteristic houseboats in the city and two oldschool drawbridges connects the marina to the rest of the maze of canals.

Water reflection photo of the townhouses at Westerdok, Amsterdam.
Water reflection photo of the townhouses at Westerdok, Amsterdam.

The houseboats here are top notch, featuring a variety of colours and one of a kind setups, complete with the obligatory old bikes parked outside. This made a great opportunity for some water reflection photos to showcase the houseboats and the narrow townhouses in this area of Amsterdam.

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Since it was biting cold and quite windy there was not many tourists that had ventured out to Marina Westerdok, so at the end of my walk I almost had the place to myself for a few minutes. That is a luxury in this everchanging city with more than 180 different nationalities.

A yellow sailboat anchored at Westerdok in Amsterdam makes a nice subject featuring the Posthoornkerk the background.
A yellow sailboat, anchored at Westerdok in Amsterdam, makes a nice subject featuring the Posthoornkerk the background.

 

50 thoughts on “Photo walk in Amsterdam – The houseboats at Marina Westerdok.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you like them πŸ˜ƒ

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  1. Looking at this photo, i realized that it is nice to shoot in the morning

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  2. vietnamtravelandculture 3 February, 2018 — 02:12

    Reblogged this on Vietnam Travel & Trade Portal.

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  3. They are beautiful photos. I always wanted to live on a houseboat. You would own only the very necessary and smallest things in life.

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    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback 😊 Maybe you can test to live in a houseboat in Amsterdam someday!

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    2. vietnamtravelandculture 6 February, 2018 — 15:24

      I have been to Amsterdam many years ago, numerous times, I loved it!

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  4. Such vivid imagery. How lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you like the photos 😊😊

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  5. Wow!😊 thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you very much! 😊😊

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  6. Your photos tell an unheard story. Beautiful.

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  7. Nice shots – would be interesting to live on a houseboat.

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes it is actually an option to live on the water when choosing hotels in Amsterdam 😊

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  8. Embla Sofie BrΓ₯then 18 January, 2018 — 13:49

    Wow! Jeg og bestiss blei helt imponert her nΓ₯.😍 Du er jammen flink! Stolt av deg.😊Hun tar ogsΓ₯ en del bilder, sΓ₯ nΓ₯ skulle hun fΓ₯ min tips her.πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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    1. SΓ₯ morro Γ₯ hΓΈre Embla! Tusen takk og kult at du fant nettsiden vΓ₯r πŸ™‚

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  9. I have never been to Amsterdam, but your post is so beautiful that it’s on​ my bucket list now.

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    1. That is great! Amsterdam is definitely worth a visit β˜ΊοΈπŸ€—πŸ˜Š

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  10. So beautiful. There is something about cities that are located on water or are broken up by waterways. It softens them somehow I think and makes the buildings softer and more fluid. Not that I know anything about cities or architecture! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your beautiful home. Mel

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    1. Thank you very much for your positive feedback 😊😊 Yes it definitely amplifies the atmosphere in the city!

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  11. Your work is absolutely beautiful, and Amsterdam is certainly a majestic city, obviously a photographer’s paradise. I live in Vancouver and can appreciate the benefits of living in a naturally scenic city, although I would imagine anyone with your expertise could find suitable subject matter at whatever locale they found themselves in. Have a great day.

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    1. Hi there! Thank you very much for your positive feedback, I really appreciate it 😊 Amsterdam is always exiting to photograph, because of the dynamic way everything changes so quickly. Enjoy your day! ☺️☺️

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    2. You are very welcome.

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  12. These photos are beautiful! I have been lucky enough to visit Amseterdam twice and I think its an incredible city! I hope to go back again some day and spend more time there!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes if you get the opportunity to be in the city for a while it is definitely recommended! β˜ΊοΈπŸ€—

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  13. These are fantastic! πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you!

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    1. Thank you and nice to meet you as well ! I’m glad you like the photos! 😊

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    2. Love your work! The colors remind me of Baudelaire’s Invitation au voyage but so much more vivid in person.
      Thank you.

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    3. Thank you Julia! I really appreciate your positive feedback 😊😊

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    1. Thanks a lot Lis, really appresiate it.

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  14. A lovely post. Great photos and interesting compositions. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Best wishes and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for your positive feedback! I really appreciate it 😊 Happy New Year to you as well! πŸ˜ƒ

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    2. You’re very welcome! Happy photography! πŸ“· πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. <Great pictures. I like the atmosphere they created. The sky was stunning. However, I wish the colors popped a bit more. I'm not sure if it's because of your filter or time of day, but it might be cool to add some pictures that'd be full of light, showcasing the amazing colorings of the area.

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  16. I’ve never been to Amsterdam but what you have captured looks great. I especially like the depth in some of your pictures.

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    1. Thank you very much for your positive feedback! 😊 Amsterdam is a great city. You should definitely check it out sometime πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! 😊

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  17. Beautiful images. I remember Amsterdam as such a vibrant & friendly place.

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊 Amsterdam is special like that. It’s always something new happening πŸ˜ƒ

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  18. What kind of camera do you use? Those are some incredible pictures. Love the one of the waterfront houses

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    1. Thank you for your compliment! 😊 I used a Nikon D5600 for these photos πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you! 😊😊

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    1. Thank you very much! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  19. Beautiful photos, love the little yellow sailboat and the townhouses. πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Thank you so much John! Amsterdam is a great city πŸ˜ƒ

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