There are exactly 165 canals, so the decision as to which one to capture was not so easy. The composition though, was always accomplished by the presence of several boats. The boats pictured above were rather small, in comparison to the 2,500 other house boats which were all around Amsterdam. The colors however, contrasted the houses perfectly and only stressed gently the uniqueness of the houses.
More about this image here: https://sumfinity.com/hdr-photos/netherlands/amsterdam/canals-at-night