The shoulder season between late autumn and early winter has the reputation of being a poor one here in the Netherlands. The number of daylight hours drop rapidly and the weather is often cold, windy and rainy. However, over the past couple of years, the good burghers of Amsterdam have been building up a series of events to get people outside during this time. Probably the most successful in the last couple of years and returning again in 2013-2014 is the Amsterdam Light Festival. We took part last January and very much enjoyed it.
Another initiative is the ever-growing Wintermarkt, in the style of the German Christmas markets. This year the majority of the market is focused on the Damrak and Robin and I along with her cousins, Gord and Mary, strolled through it last night. A little gluhwein and a couple of oliebollen fortified us along the walk.
Even so, there is a lot of charm in just wandering through the streets of the old city. Walking back home from the Wintermarkt, we ended up on the Staalstraat bridge, looking back north at the Zuiderkerk, a building related to both Rembrandt and Monet. Of course, neither had to deal with parked cars all along the canals. Nor the mixed of sodium and other lighting sources. But I think the photo above captures a bit of the atmosphere of Amsterdam in late November.
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX
Focal Length: 35 mm
Exposure: 1/30 sec at f/2.8
ISO Speed Rating: ISO 1600