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Zaanse Schans


If you want to see a reconstructed Dutch village all wrapped up into one neat package, go to Zaanse Schans outside of Amsterdam.
Sure, it's a tourist trap.  But who cares?!
This was taken when we were there in March with my niece and her boyfriend.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Zaanse Schans


If you want to see a reconstructed Dutch village all wrapped up into one neat package, go to Zaanse Schans outside of Amsterdam.
Sure, it's a tourist trap.  But who cares?!
This was taken when we were there in March with my niece and her boyfriend.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (48)

  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 24 Jul 2008, 00:25
This is just amazing Ginnie a true postcard shot you should be very proud of this, because I am very proud of you for taking such a fantastic clear shot.smile
You should be asking companies to cross your palm with silver, no actually goldsmile
Beautiful mijn vriend
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to start off my day, mijn vriend! Thank you, thank you. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2008, 01:01
I was going to say exactly what Tracy has already said. This is a picture postcard. Your framing and processing are perfect. Look like a 'must-visit' kind of place.
Ginnie Hart: It's the kind of tourist trap no one minds, Marcie! Now, if only I could make money from such postcards. grin
Ginnie is that how you're going on? (London slang)Are you dat! Well done mi like.
Ginnie Hart: London slang? I like it. smile Thanks, Atunbi.
Lovely scene!

Tones and colors are great.

I just regret wisp of straw in front of the left windmill.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rémi. You remind me of what we say, "different strokes for different folks," because it's the grass in front of the windmill that made me choose this image to show. It always amazes me how that happens, over and over again. Thanks for "speaking" your own mind.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jul 2008, 03:30
Gobsmacked!
Ginnie Hart: grin You know how to say it, Ray. grin
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2008, 05:17
I can't even imagine such a place. So lovely.
Ginnie Hart: You would be in heaven there, Sherri. It's a total delight. Thank you.
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 24 Jul 2008, 05:30
Lovely lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jessie, for stopping by and commenting!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 24 Jul 2008, 05:41
Who cares it is a tourist trap, I wish some of us Dutch were not that 'snotty' to go and look at these 'wonders' of our country/world.
The historie of these landmarks is impressive and a lot of people don't realise that if we wouldn't have had these windmills, ¾ of The Netherlands would been underwater, even I live below sealevel.
The way you presented this fabulous postcard is without words again, yep I know, I keep on talking and talking gringrin.
I have said it before and I say it agin; the way you are able to present/show my country and show all the beauty of it, makes me proud to be living here.
Tracy said the right words.
Dit is een ontzettend mooie karakteristieke foto van mijn kleine kikkerlandje waar ik heel erg trots op ben, dank je wel, mijn vriend.
Ginnie Hart: You can be ERG TROTS of your beautiful country, Astrid, because I have grown to love it as though it were my own. What they've done at Zaanse Schans is a masterpiece! Ontzettend bedankt, mijn vriend.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2008, 06:00
I love the composition of the image as well as the tones in the image. It could pass as an old picture.
Ginnie Hart: In this case, I think "old" is good, Kanyi. smile I love OLD when it comes to windmills. Thanks.
This has the look of a painting of one of the Dutch masters... This is a likey for me!
Ginnie Hart: Jouw woorden humble me, Gina. Thank you kindly.
un superbe cliché tout à fait comme je m'imagine ce pays. très typique.
Ginnie Hart: It is everything you'd want to know about a Dutch village in one afternoon's easy stroll, Claude! Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting! I left a comment at your site and do hope it "took." You are a Libra, just like my 2 grown children. smile
As ever, your delicate handling of post processing takes an, already wonderful photograph, to a whole new level. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Roz. Thank you.
la beauté comme on n'en voit quasi plus!
Ginnie Hart: As always, O-P, thank you!
Perfect postcard Ginnie. Two windmills and a decent sky...you must have been in Heaven!
Ginnie Hart: I was indeed in heaven, Bill. They were in the stores shopping while I was out-n-about snapping pictures. smile Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2008, 08:14
Two for the price of one - great value! I like the way you have framed this with the grass in the foreground. This looks like one of those Dutch landscape paintings with the clouds scudding by.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Two for the price of one...just like your image today, Ingrid. smile Thanks.
Ginnie, in Indonesian, this building was acknowledged as the "KINCIR ANGIN " (Windmill / Windmollen). The atmosphere of the very pleasant village and was covered the dramatic cloud.
Regards From Yogyakarta Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhh. So now I have a new term to learn...in another language...of what I love so much: Kincir Angin! Thank you, Bram!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Jul 2008, 09:29
Excellent photo,I must visit in 2009.
Ginnie Hart: Let us know when you come, Vintage, and we'll take you there!! You'll love it.
This is very nice Ginnie, your PP skills certainly seem to be improving.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sesan. I do hope I'm always improving!! smile
Two is better than one, eh? Very nice postcard image. I see your love.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. It's very hard NOT to love this country!
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2008, 10:13
tourist trap or not it makes a great picture and I love the subdued tones
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paul!
I love the reduced colour, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Chad!
  • Sumedh
  • India
  • 24 Jul 2008, 11:39
Absolutely stunning feel in this - I don't know/understand how you have processed this, but it's gorgeous! smile
Ginnie Hart: You are so very kind, Sumedh. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jul 2008, 11:48
post card material... maybe convert into sepia... I think that would be very nice also
Ginnie Hart: As always, thank you, Chantal.
  • FLOOG
  • The paradise of Mother Earth
  • 24 Jul 2008, 13:50
Totally Awesome, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: That's YOU, Paul. smile
  • don
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2008, 14:02
A beautiful composition of these picturesque mills. I especially like the mild colors and the minute details (which I always like! smile. Fine photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Love that antique patina, you've given this one that 50s days gone by feel again. Love it.
Ginnie Hart: I think I'm becoming partial to that "patina," Alex. smile Thanks.
Excellent shot Ginnie, one of my favorite of your windmill images. Really a great view of them, interesting structures indeed. Love the tones in this picture and the beautiful sky. Looks like a great place for sight-seeing.
Ginnie Hart: You of all people would go crazy there, John. smile Thank you kindly.
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2008, 15:29
This is a wonderful shot Ginnie, focus, pint of view/composition, mood and processing all works perfectly for me, love it...and LOL@Chantal!
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Padraig. Thank you.
The standing grass in the foreground gives the shot great depth. Excellent composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. I particularly liked that foreground grass. smile
  • trotsky
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2008, 16:03
it really is a lovely scene.
Ginnie Hart: It was for me, too, Trotsky, but that's easy for me to say. smile Thanks.
This is a great scene Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2008, 18:30
Ginnie, so amazing shot, first of all like the great deepness and sharpnes on the capture, so great PP .. i lift my hat
Ginnie Hart: You humble me, Klaus! smile
  • K.B
  • Sweden
  • 24 Jul 2008, 19:38
What a beautiful landscape. A very nice and beautiful picture
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, KB!
Lovely image indeed. I love the colours!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Pat.
Tracy has got this comment all sewn up, I like the colouring too.
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day! Thanks, Nigel.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 24 Jul 2008, 20:34
For the first time I heard the nice word "kikkerlandje" (Astrid) about Nederland, and ik houd zo zeer van dit landje that I have to visit it again and again- water, land, sky, clouds, windmills- these are the essential elements of its economical and cultural growth and beauty, and your pic has captured them all. Nederland is for me a green land too, therefore I miss, sorry, the green colour, but I can understand why you have chosen the reduced colours. -Yesterday (on weekdays better than on weekend) I was in Giethoorn- a wonderful, idyllic, pittoresc dorpje (postcard shots!), like Spreewald and little Venice, the grachten are the streets, the traffic goes by boats, and many houses are covered with reet- a tourist trap too, but a 'must'for you!
Ginnie Hart: I just did a Wiki search on Giethoorn, Philine, and agree that it is a "must." Thanks for the tip, which you know I love. Tomorrow you will like my color! smile The green you missed today you will have a-plenty!! grin Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2008, 21:38
Her THEN boyfriend, I might add.

This is beautiful, the color of the sky - robin's egg blue - is scrumptious.
Ginnie Hart: I almost mentioned that, Ruth....yes. That was then, this is now. smile Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Jul 2008, 22:22
Absolutely excellent. The sharpness and the prevailing mood from the conversion. not to mention the angle - either you must be of a very low elevation or you have been crawling around on your knees. You could have been lower than sea level here smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think everything in Holland is below sea level, Louis, no matter where you stand. grin Thanks for your kind words, as always.
Prefer this to todays shot, would make a lovely photograph on a wall smile
Ginnie Hart: This is a good example of what rocks the boat for different people! Philine prefers the color of Friday's photo much more than the muted tones of this one. For me, each has its place, so I understand both perspectives. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, S&S, as always.
Love the golden browns and mood that compliment this extraordinary scene!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Kevin, for stopping by and commenting.
  • cako
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2008, 19:03
Oh ... beautiful tones and of course a great composition and location.
Ginnie Hart: You always make my day, Carsten. Thank you.
  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2008, 20:45
A stunning shot!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fotografa!
The processing is really good and so is the shot.. nice job Ginnie..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Arun.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 26 Jul 2008, 22:55
Very nice colors here, they are kinda musted but I like it, the composition of the 2 windmills in this photo is just right.

ps. i hope the link works this time!
Ginnie Hart: A muted sepia, Brian, with just a hint of color! I've been in that mood lately, for some reason! Thanks.
Lovely picture Ginnie, sometimes, if you can get other tourists out of the picture, scens can look very old as this one does.
  • jeff
  • United States
  • 27 Jul 2008, 16:43
This has a wonderful muted appeal about it, which presents a timeless quality in the buildings and surroundings. Very well done.
  • Still
  • France
  • 27 Jul 2008, 20:25
Just like an old painting. A beautiful capture.
wow! wow! Lovely old sight! I like this like a Likey!

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