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A Dutch Windmill

A Dutch Windmill
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2011-07-19
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-08 1:30
Viewed: 1899
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Netherlands is so closely associated with windmills, that it's often the first fact people recall about the country. The Dutch built windmills for many centuries (and to some extent, the windmills built the country itself, since without them much of the land drainage could not have occured). In that time the mills were developed for corn milling, land drainage, saw milling, and in fact all manner of industrial purposes. Despite this widespread use, Dutch mills are in may ways quite primitive - using canvas sails, and turned to wind by hand (as distinct from the automated mechanisms that were developed for English windmills, including the fantail, and shuttered sails).
There are a very pleasing number of remaining windmills in the Netherlands - the number is about 1150 and rising, in that the Dutch only count complete workable mills, and in the past 10 years especially many extensive rebuilds have occured to add to this number.

Exif info:

Lens Focal Length: 18.00 mm (18-55 mm F3.5-F5.6)
Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
F-Number: F14.0
ISO: 200
Compensation: EV 0/6

PP work: converted to B&W and HDR treated

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  • Good 
  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2011-08-08 1:46]

Hi Francis,
I like this for two reasons, you show the back of the windmill and it's turning mechanism, also that beautiful reflection.
The monochrome treatment works well also.

Hello Francis

I like the B/W treatment here. Gives the image a retro look. The reflection makes the whole image work. very well done


  • Great 
  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-08-08 9:33]

Hello Francis :)

He looks this windmill and his reflection in water very curiously.
Your composition in the perfect realization delights light and details.
The fantastic effect, I like him very much!

Best wishes.

Very nice presentation of the symbol of the Netherlands. Trying to imagine this in colors but I think I like the B&W better. Great pov and dof with nice contrast. Well done, tfs.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-08-08 9:57]


Merveilleux moulin à double et en NB quel rendu quel compo un vrai miroir une superbe image et compo.

bravo et amitié


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  • Leica Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 54 N: 79] (3180)
  • [2011-08-08 10:12]

Nicely done.

Hello Francis Xavier

A mill of many in this country and so beautiful.
I love the presentation B & W that the sky is also
appropriate precisely
and gives a certain approach of the past.
Beautiful reflection identical.
Congratulations on this orderly composition.

Kind regards


Hi Francis,
Beautiful landscape of the noord Holland with his beautiful windmill,
great reflection on water and contrast and light in this beautiful Black & White picture.
Very well done and beautiful country scene..

Hello Francis,
I love it. A drastic change from your usual style but also very pleasing and showing your versatility. Very good choice of B&W and beautiful reflection with excellent composition. Well done my friend.

  • Great 
  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-08-09 12:37]

Hi Francis,
Beautiful b&w image. The tonal range is nice, excellent details and POV. Well composed. TFS Julie

Hello Francis,I like not only the reflection,which is lovely,but also the treatment and framing.
The foliage in the FG gives a nice base to the image.

Hi Francis
Very nice composition
Fantastic presentation with beautiful details
Great image B&White
My compliments

  • Great 
  • ikorz Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 1] (622)
  • [2011-08-14 3:38]

Very nice reflection, the flag spoils the picture a little.

Kind regards,


Wow. Fantastic shot Francis. Magnificent in black and white with sharp detail and amazing reflections. Wonderful sky to add to the mood. Well done! TFS, Lori

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