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A Leiden Windmill

This week I'm doing a series of posts on Leiden, a quaint city 25 miles (40km) SW of Amsterdam.  It happens to be Rembrandt's birthplace (1606).

At the very beginning of our day's walk around the city, we saw this windmill from 1743.  I told Donica it was worth the entire trip and I felt I could die and go to heaven right on the spot!

So now, if/when I can find them, I have something new to collect!  Wait a few more days and I'll show you another one.  :)

I added Photoshop's Mosaic Tiles Texture filter because Holland is so known for it's painted tiles of pretty windmills...and also to give it a bit of a Dutch Master's look on, perhaps, cracked canvas/leather?

Thanks to Wim for sending me
a link to this mill called Molen de Valk (The Falcon).  You can watch a short video that has an explanation of how flour is made.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


A Leiden Windmill

This week I'm doing a series of posts on Leiden, a quaint city 25 miles (40km) SW of Amsterdam.  It happens to be Rembrandt's birthplace (1606).

At the very beginning of our day's walk around the city, we saw this windmill from 1743.  I told Donica it was worth the entire trip and I felt I could die and go to heaven right on the spot!

So now, if/when I can find them, I have something new to collect!  Wait a few more days and I'll show you another one.  :)

I added Photoshop's Mosaic Tiles Texture filter because Holland is so known for it's painted tiles of pretty windmills...and also to give it a bit of a Dutch Master's look on, perhaps, cracked canvas/leather?

Thanks to Wim for sending me
a link to this mill called Molen de Valk (The Falcon).  You can watch a short video that has an explanation of how flour is made.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (36)

  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 6 Jun 2007, 00:13
Nice windmill indeed. Is it in working order??
Ginnie Hart: I can't answer the question, Jimbo, because we didn't take the time to go inside, but it IS a museum for how these things work, so I'm guessing it does.
Canvas it is sweet one. I like this one, has a feeling of old school to it.
Ginnie Hart: Old school is what it's all about, Johnny. Thanks. smile
I'm a sucker for windmills, so I'm going to love your new collection. smile The texture adds a nostalgic feel. Good choice.
Ginnie Hart: I'm a total sucker, too, Red Pen. So I'm guessing you'll see every one I ever capture. I haven't seen one in Amsterdam yet, though there is one, quite a long walk away. Maybe I'll go there one of these days.

Thanks for your comment, as always.
I feel that this particular texture competes with (and detracts from) the open structure of the windmill. For me a softer texture would work better with this wonderful photograph. I do love the composition and what you have done with removing the colour.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your honesty, Karen. I appreciate that.

There's a bit of a story that comes with this pic for me. We had an old oil painting on very cracked leather when I was growing up--very dark tones and like a Dutch Master's painting. There's a lot of nostalgia for me when I think of that painting, and for some reason, I wanted to transfer some of it to this pic. I have another windmill at the end of this series that you'll probably like much better. smile
Ah, the Netherlands symbol (I don't forget tulips !). I would have loved living in a mill... nice effect.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Flo. I just wish I could see as many windmills as I've seen tulips! grin
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, currently Wales
  • 6 Jun 2007, 05:33
Hi Gramma Ginn. I tend to agree with Karen her, the effect, whilst very nice, does detract from what is a patently very good photograph and as such, the straight sepia conversion would have done it more justice. Warmest wishes, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your honesty, Neil. I appreciate it.

As I told Karen, there's a bit of a story that comes with this pic for me. We had an old oil painting on very cracked leather when I was growing up--very dark tones and like a Dutch Master's painting. There's a lot of nostalgia for me when I think of that painting, and for some reason, I wanted to transfer some of it to this pic. I have another windmill at the end of this series that you'll probably like much better. smile
le traitement choisi rend la photo merveilleuse
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, O-P.
  • Petra
  • netherlands
  • 6 Jun 2007, 06:10
Lovely photo Ginnie....maybe because i've seen them all my life, i kind of not realized how special the are ... My opa (grandfather)was a miller..I will try to find a link with photo's of that mill and sent it to you on the email i am about to write to you now...lol yep sorry you had to wait so long..smile
Have a nice day..
Petra
Ginnie Hart: I wish we had gone into this museum, Petra, to get the story on how these mills work. It would have been educational! I bet you have lots of memories from your opa. It often happens that the things we grow up around become ho-hum after awhile...whereas the rest of us, who DIDN'T grow up with them, go agog over them.

Thanks for you kind comment.
OoOohHoHooooOHoh Ginnie. This windmill makes me want to go on holiday. Thanks for reminding me m supposed to book a weekend flight to Amsterdam
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, that's right, Busola! Amsterdam awaits you. However, I must say I have yet to find a windmill here in the city. There IS one quite a long walk away. Some day I plan to go find it. Guess I'll take the tram!
  • Kim
  • albania
  • 6 Jun 2007, 08:11
I love what you did to this shot Ginnie! It's fabulous!
BTW Did you know I went to University in Leiden?? Yep... you might spot Webster Univ. somewhere in that charming little city.
Ginnie Hart: NO, Kim. I had no idea! So when are you gonna come to visit us here in Amsterdam??? I'm serious. We need to figure out a plan. smile
Ginnie, it's a lovely shot and I quite like your PP.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Bridge. Thanks.
woaw, tu as mis combien de temps pour faire ce puzzle wink
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Lasiate, it was a very easy to do. I just had to find the texture I wanted.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting again.
This is the wesite of this windmill, which is called "De Valk" (The Falcon):http://home.wanadoo.nl/molenmuseum/framesets/set_geschengels.html
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Wim. I have just added this link to my text. I had an enjoyable time watching the short video. smile
A lovely shot and very cool treatment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Shakara!
  • Nacha
  • 6 Jun 2007, 10:31
This is Lovely!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Lady!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 6 Jun 2007, 11:34
I get where you're coming from, I know those cracked Dutch paintings firsthand, but I'm with Karen and Neil on this one. I would like to see it without the tile effect. But it's a fun experiment! And what is so cool about your work is how you use tools and effects for a reason, which indeed makes them soulful, even if I wouldn't have chosen it here. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you do know those paintings, Ruth! Maybe I'll show this one again sometime without the texture effect. But the next windmill I show will probably please you (Karen and Neil) more. For some reason, this WAS soulful for me. smile Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 6 Jun 2007, 11:43
Surprising pp work...great idea for this kind of subject! At first I thought it was a canvas...I think the original must be a fantastic shot as well, but this kind of treatment gave a special dimension. Loved it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your kind words, Lina. I'm intrigued by the differing views on this pic, which I'm guessing is what art is all about!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Jun 2007, 12:45
While you are there, buy a book on the windmills of holland. Rent a car and go look for them. There are areas with lotsa mills. And you also get different types of mills, e.g. grain mills or water mills. Some were lived in by the miller in the olden days and some not. Different shapes and sizes, with the wings evolving over the years. If you think you have died from this one mill, if you do such a tour tell Donica to have a hearse ready.

Great shot and i like the filter that you have applied. It is realy like you can stick this pic on one of those tiles they sell in the dutch markets.
Ginnie Hart: Louis, I've died again of laughing! OMG. You really know how to tickle my funny bone. grin

Anyway, that's a FABULOUS idea, to find AND buy a book on Holland's windmills. Why didn't I think of that! You can picture me now, Googling 100 mph! I think I'll tell Donica that's what I want for my birthday. grin
  • Monika
  • London
  • 6 Jun 2007, 14:52
What a great idea Ginnie! I especially like the ''petals'' of this windmill, so fragile! Their tenderness is additionally highlighted by use of Mosaic Tiles Texture I guess...
Ginnie Hart: Well, there are differing views on the texture I used, Monika, so it's okay if you think it doen't quite work. I like that you called the sails "petals." That seems most appropriate. smile Thanks.
It doesn't get much Dutcher than this smile I like the b/w and the way you framed it!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Not much Dutcher! I like that, Martin. smile Thanks.
Very successful result of your post processing work : this mill is here for eternity! Regards, Laurence
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laurence, for stopping by and commenting. And welcome, again, to SC! smile
  • Dotun
  • 6 Jun 2007, 19:05
nice shot, I like the treatment as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dotun.
This is a beautiful windmill Ginnie and you have created a very nice composition
Just love the little window and door smile
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Magnus. I couldn't believe it when I saw the video clip Wim sent and found out this is 7 floors high! Thanks.
I love the oil on canvas effect. Very nice. All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Dave. Thanks.
Beautiful placement of the windmill - almost like it's flying.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. If the sails were turning, maybe it'd take off. smile Thanks, Aksel.
Mixed reception on the processing Ginnie, you've given this a nice feel though smile
Ginnie Hart: You can't please all the people all the time, right, Chris?! smile Thanks.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 6 Jun 2007, 23:19
Quite like the finish on this Ginnie, well presented.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les.
  • Yeni
  • 6 Jun 2007, 23:38
lets see what you have beeen upto ...wow very nice
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Yeni.
Love this image, Ginnie! Windmills and lighthouses are my favorites, and I love the treatment that you gave to this picture!!
(Sorry I missed this one yesterday. Came home with a cold, and didn't go online.)
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. I hope you're feeling better today, Kay!

Windmills and lighthouses are favorites of mine as well. Man! I have so many favorites!! smile
I love this mosaic effect. I wonder what it is like to live in a windmill.

Great photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jude. I wonder as well. If you click on that video in the link Wim sent (in my text), you can actually see what it looked like. Very educational.
  • Helen
  • 8 Jun 2007, 06:54
I would enjoy having this is a poster. Great mosiac effect!
Ginnie Hart: This one received a mixed review, Helen, so I'm glad you like it. And thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Alistair
  • visit www.digiphotology.com
  • 8 Jun 2007, 07:13
Great minds think alike as you have noted from my post today I have an interest in windmills as well. The Fylde area of Lancashire used to support about 35 windmills and there are still quite a few in existence.

Interesting treatment here.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We were crossing ships there for a second, I see! I am in the process of researching for a couple good photo books of windmills around the world, not just Holland. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Alistair!
Good and nice work. Very nice really! "Likey" !!
Ginnie Hart: Awww, thanks, Jose.
  • Ellie
  • 9 Jun 2007, 00:06
I like the treatment, it looks as if it's been painted on something like hardboard.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ellie. Hardboard that caused the paint to crack over time! Thanks.
Love the treatment - it really suits the subject matter. Good one!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, PB.
Very nicely done ! Love your PP : Bravo !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zeb. smile

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