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Backlight and the “Gekroonde Poelenburg”

Backlight and the “Gekroonde Poelenburg”
Photo Information
Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Experimental
Camera: Minolta Z1
Exposure: f/8.4, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dutch windmills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-05 12:57
Viewed: 2019
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Backlight and the “Gekroonde Poelenburg”

My second shot of the Zaanse Schans a row I hope it isn’t boring for you. Took this shot in the late afternoon (half past four) with a almost a maximum of backlight. The sun was directly behind the mill. Nothing really more to add than just to tell read the brief history of this area and particular the information about this beautiful crispy green mill (which can’t be noticed in this silhouette view). Anyhow I hope you enjoy this picture as well, please let me know if it is a good idea and how to improve if not.

PS-talk: Again noting in particular; cropped and framed. That’s all.

Wood sawing windmill "De Gekroonde Poelenburg"
A paltrok mill
Wood sawing windmill 'De Gekroonde Poelenburg', a paltrok type of windmill, is almost the last of the 200 or so wood sawing mills that were to be found in the Zaanstreek. Paltrok mills are distinctively different to most other windmill types. They have a three-sided open work floor, have a dark façade and to turn the sails into the wind the whole body of the mill is rotated with the aid of a great ring of rollers built on a brick base. Other mills have a stationary body and only the cap rotates to turn the sails. De 'Gekroonde Poelenburg' was built in 1869 in Koog aan de Zaan to replace a similar mill that was destroyed to make room for the Amsterdam – Alkmaar railway line. In 1904 it was moved to Zaandam to replace another mill that had burned down and in 1963 was dismantled, moved again, and reconstructed at its present location, the Zaanse Schans.

Zaanse Schans II

The hamlet has not always existed though. Most of the buildings were re-located from other areas in the Zaanstreek in the 1960’s and 70’s as owing to urban development they were under threat of obliteration. They were safely moved to the Zaanse Schans; the exact location where in 1574 Diederik van Sonoy, a Governor in the service of William of Orange, with the aid of local people, erected entrenchments or Schans to hold back the advancing Spanish army.

Wind and water
The application of the crankshaft revolutionised the development of industrial windmills in the Netherlands. Cornelis Corneliszoon of Uitgeest, an inventor at the beginning of the Golden Age applied the principle for the first time in 1594 in a wood sawing windmill. This process was so successful that from then on sawing trunks of wood by hand became a thing of the past. Through an abundance of wind and water and the close proximity of Amsterdam’s important commercial centre the number of windmills in the Zaanstreek increased dramatically enabling it to become Europe’s first and most important industrial area. Of the thousand or so industrial windmills ever built along the banks of the river Zaan only 12 remain, 5 of which can be found at the Zaanse Schans (Text from: www.zaanseschans.nl)

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  • Great 
  • krzesz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 662 W: 5 N: 15] (5459)
  • [2007-02-05 13:04]

hello!!! Hans!!! Very creative view!!! Great colours and composition!!!!Fantastic work!!!!

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-02-05 13:09]

Mooi Shot Hans Prachtig tegenlicht mooie scherpe silhouetten. Ennuh het verveeld nooit. De Zaanse Schans ROCKS !!

CU Pim

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-02-05 13:18]

nicely composed shadows. the photo looks sharp in a sense.

Wow, beautiful capture here Hans! Saturation is fantastic and the silhouette against the deep sky works so well. It gives an excellent sense of that cold blue winter light.
Lovely work - congratulations!

I haven't seen the mill from this perspective, Hans,
actually, the point of view and the position of the sun behind the mill make a very nice silhouette with blue nuances. Good work!
Regards, Evgenia

Hi Hans,

Amazing!! The sun light coming from the back makes the windmill look really great! Excellent contrast and sharpness!

Very well done

The light from the back creates a very nice silhouette of the mill. Great blue colour. Well framed.

Hermosa imagen a contraluz, muy agradable esta fotografía. Los colores son fabulosos amigo.
Un trabajo excepcional.
Saludos, JL.

hey Hans!
A really special monochrome.
Evocative, flavoural and with plenty of character :-))

Well done.
best regards, Daniel

hello hans!
wonderful mill shot, excellent silhouettes.
beautiful blue colors.

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  • Alba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 537 W: 0 N: 206] (2760)
  • [2007-02-05 16:24]

Hi Hans,
Beautiful silhouetted mill, nice sky and colours.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-02-05 21:45]

Hi Hans, the shadowed windmill, etc, looks good against the blue of teh sky. Well presented, and the notes are very explanatory too. Thank you.
And yes, I am feeling all okay now - no problems thank you. It is good to have it all behind me and I appreciate your concern,
Kia ora

Hai Hans,
Fantastische foto van deze molen met dat tegenlicht,
Gr, Jacqueline

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-02-06 5:20]

wow, wonderful postcard, Hans !
I love the light and the blue tones of this great compo.


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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2007-02-06 6:57]

Hi Hans,
Very good use of the back light natural effect, the silhouette is just enough define and once again, so well presented. TFS.

Excellent capture. Love the silhouette against the blue sky.
And funny how the clouds follow the arm of the windmill. Almost gievs it a notion of movement.
Well done.
:) later

Ahhhh a windmill! Nice shot Hans, great silouette of this great piece of art!

  • Great 
  • melik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 117 W: 12 N: 16] (254)
  • [2007-02-06 9:10]

Hans, in Nederland worden de molen zeer vaak gefotografeerd. Meestal lijken alle foto's op elkaar. Maar met een opvallende blauwe achtergrond heb je iets bijzonders aan de foto toegevoegd. Well done. Ömer

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-02-06 11:26]

The silhouette created by backlighting is truly amazing! Superb POV, colours and details, well-managed dof and light

Nice Hans. Lovely shades of blue and the silhouette of the mill stands out nicely against the sky. Nicely composed and presented and TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘White Gum’

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-02-06 13:18]

Excellent silhouette of the windmill and a lovely blue BG. Very nice Hans



Great photo and composition but the large title distracts my eye a bit.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2007-02-06 14:53]

Hi Hans.
Great composition captured. I like your point of view. Looks good to me.
Well done!

Best Regards
J-23 - 007 ;)
will be back with ;)

Hi Hans!
Just great light and composition!
Very good captured.

Mooi in silhouette!

Hello Hans

Very nice composition : the silhouette against the blue sky is excellent



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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2007-02-07 7:46]

Hello Hans,
This is a very beautiful photo, I like the silhouette of this windmill with the great blue sky in the background. I like how the lines of the clouds points to the windmill.

Hello Hans,
I love this silhouette with great lightning and this deep blue color. Composition and POV are very good too. Those clouds are a plus in the picture. Well seen! Thanks,

Super colors and idea..

Framing - very good

The silhouette is so good ..I feel like Don Quijote..

Best regards,

hi hans!
great silhouette shot! good compo and nice azure !

Well done, TFS.

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