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Doo-Dads


I have no clue what this is...part of a tractor's steam engine, I think??

Image taken at the Dordt in Stoom Steam Festival in Dordrecht, Netherlands, on May 30.
(texture by ghostbones)

Today is my turn again at Vision and Verb and it's NOT about steam engines.
Have you heard of the 13th century church that is now a bookstore...here in Holland?



Doo-Dads


I have no clue what this is...part of a tractor's steam engine, I think??

Image taken at the Dordt in Stoom Steam Festival in Dordrecht, Netherlands, on May 30.
(texture by ghostbones)

Today is my turn again at Vision and Verb and it's NOT about steam engines.
Have you heard of the 13th century church that is now a bookstore...here in Holland?



comments (48)

  • JJ
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 01:03
I have no idea what there called, but it sure makes for a wonderful and interesting shot, lovely tones
Ginnie Hart: These contraptions fascinate me, JJ, even if I have no idea what they are or do. Thanks.
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 28 Jun 2010, 01:08
very nice Ginnie, quite rich tones for such an industrial shot, well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Spark.
The doo-dad on the right looks like part of an antique telephone.
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Larry. I guess it's the horn? Makes sense. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Jun 2010, 04:10
Horns...pressure relief valves...governors...all the good stuff on top of the steam engine.

Wonderful stuff, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I figured someone would know, Ray. grin Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jun 2010, 05:51
grin...Doo-dads, is there also something as a Doo-mothers...I thinks mother 'doo' a lot too..gringrin
This is part of the engine (Duh) on the left you see the two balls, when the engine runs they will be horizontal, if not the engine does not run fast enough (that is what is told me)
A wonderful picture, you know I love those brass 'thingies'
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA. Doo-Moms, maybe?! grin Let's coin the phrase. So, you clearly know much more than I do about these gizmos...but then, of course, I would expect that of you. And yes, I like those brass thingies, too. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 28 Jun 2010, 06:21
j'aime ces veillerie sortie d'une autre époque !
Ginnie Hart: Stuff like this is fun to see, Rem, isn't it! Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 28 Jun 2010, 06:40
neat old machinery!!! and i love your processing girlfriend!!!
Ginnie Hart: You sure know how to make my day, M'Lady! Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2010, 07:22
wow, I thought this an old telegraph
Ginnie Hart: Now that you say it, yes, Oscar. But I'm afraid it's only a small steam engine. Gracias.
Too old for me to tellgrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's a good way out, Nigel. I'll have to remember that line. grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2010, 07:23
a strange observation- a fine pic! - Yes, I visited this church in Maastricht, too, and I bought there Jan Siebelink, Knielen op een bed violen, a book you both should read (in whatever language!)- het gaat over de negatieve invloed van religie bij de mentale ontwikkeling van mensen- and we visited also the old Kruisherenkerk, now a fashionable, expensive hotel in Maastricht, that I found tasteless and sad- where formerly was the altar, was now a red bar lounge!
Ginnie Hart: Ahhhh. You're talking about the V&V post, I see, Philine. Thank you. It was quite the place to see, even if a bit bizzare for a church! Here's the link to my Maastricht post on my other blog, since you'll probably enjoy the pictures:
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2010/06/way-with-words.html
It is a prototype iplayer perhaps
Ginnie Hart: HA! You can never tell these days, Bill. smile
Is this an early Chadphone system Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Now that you've mentioned it, Chad, I'm certain it is! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jun 2010, 07:46
Well it is at a steam festival - so some steam regulation contraption - my guess smile

Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Louis. Off a miniature steam tractor. They were so cute. smile Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Jun 2010, 07:48
Look like doo dads to me too Ginnie, texture works really well
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Tony.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Jun 2010, 08:08
This is not a joke Ginnie but the thing on the left with the two balls is known as a governor: in other words it governs the speed of the engine. The rest of it looks like the remains of a Dutch brass band!
Ginnie Hart: Astrid is your sister, Chris, so she believes you, totally! How fun. The Dutch band makes total sense, too. grin Thanks for the smile.
  • Saeed
  • Iran
  • 28 Jun 2010, 08:15
Very Nice shot , Classic smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Saeed.
  • Nadiuska
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 08:56
very nice pp, Ginnie
this one works very well with the shot..
love the light, too...
nice one!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Nadiuska. Hartstikke bedankt.
Really a clever work Ginnie. What a brilliant vintage series. I can see that you're a master on textures and layers ! Well done.
Seen your email, very sorry to be that late answering you but work is a nightmare at the moment. I reply tonight.
Have a great (sunny) day.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Flo. Merci! Before you think too hard on your reply, Astrid and I have made the decision to by-pass Paris altogether this time and return home via the western and northern coasts of France, stopping in Bordeaux and also at St. Michel. I'm sure we will have many times of returning to France...when the Tour de France isn't an issue, so we'll catch you another trip, for sure! In the meantime, pamper yourself and get some R&R.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 28 Jun 2010, 10:02
Doo-dads is a good name for a thingy me jig.Good photo
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Vintage. My thought, too. smile Thanks.
Not sure what it is, but looks like something Chris knocked up in his garden shed.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Indeed, Mick. I'm sure you're right since he knew what that one thingie is called. smile
  • tede
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2010, 10:23
This is an amazing smile))) clock that gear. Splendid treatment. Nice day Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: And to think that someone had to initially first think it all up! It boggles my mind, Tede. smile Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 28 Jun 2010, 11:00
Really nice Ginnie. I like how you have processed this. Giving it a antique feeling and yet rich in color.
Ginnie Hart: Bottom line, Frida: I love things that are old. grin Thanks.
Wonderful Ginnie. You seem enjoying processing!
Ginnie Hart: I'm having a ball, Richard. smile Merci.
Really good works, beautiful day with you...Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
I don't know what these are either Ginnie, but what a typical American expression, Doo-Dads, I love it, as I do the picture, and your link is very entertaining, and so true, as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Brian. And to think there are those who know everything there is to know about these things! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jun 2010, 12:18
I learnt a new English/American word: doo-dads, sounds nice , abit like our "Dingsbums" (maybe, a translation), the Dutchies don't seem to have such a funny word, sadly (only dinges, je-weet-wel)- I very like your taal- reflection on V&V, and later I'll look at your Maastricht-photo's, for me one of the most beautiful European towns! A former church as bookstore is more appropriate than as Supermarket, Disco, Restaurant...(all possible in Netherlands after the rapid loss of church- members)- a problem we know in our country, too, unfortunately -a former church as music-hall...
Ginnie Hart: See, Philine! Every day we learn something new from each other...but usually I'm the one learning from YOU! smile And yes, I do agree about the church conversion to bookstore...much more appropriate than other conversions, for sure!
  • Ken
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 12:43
Cogs and gears! Nice. Great processing!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ken. It's been fun getting acquainted with all these gizmos. grin
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 28 Jun 2010, 13:10
hi there, you have just reminded me of a shot i wanted to take which - whilst totally different from this subject - will look quite similar. it's an old nautical sextant...what i was thinking about getting a macro lens for. as jj said, you have made an industrial shot into quite a thing of beauty smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Eliza. Astrid will love seeing your nautical sextant. She has kept things from her grandfather of his seafaring days...things we display here in our home!
Well it is clearly a thingumy-bob, Ginnie - surely you've seen those before. That's the whatsit controller on the left, with the two balls and in the middle you have the flanged piston reciprocating widget smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it that someone knows what this is all about, Tom. smile Thanks.
I have no idea what it is, but now its beautiful to look at, lovely job Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Linda. Things can be so beautiful even if we have no idea what they are! smile
its a classic example fo a gizmo or a widget Ginnie, nice take
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Derek. That's the fun of it...to have words for things we don't know what to call. smile Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 28 Jun 2010, 15:33
I like the way you give this dated feel to some of your images and in this case its a perfect choice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your vote of confidence, Thomas. That means a lot.
Good title - I wouldn't know either what to call them. Thingummys might do it as well.
Ginnie Hart: Right, Sheila. I love the words we have for the things we don't know. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • fullerton, ca
  • 28 Jun 2010, 16:47
i dunno what they are too, but they look really steampunk-ish.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Just like striking up the band, Rian, right?! smile thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jun 2010, 19:42
You have made it look very interesting smile
Ginnie Hart: The way those guys spit and polish these doo-dads would make you think they're worth a million bucks, Cherie. smile Thanks.
  • paul
  • UK
  • 28 Jun 2010, 22:13
I hadn't come across V&V before Ginnie so thanks for the link - what a fantastic site! Nice pic btw smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Paul. It's only been in existence this year and has been fun for those of us involved. Thanks for checking it out. We've even been known to have male guest writers from time to time, if/when they show interest and leave comments there. grin
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 22:33
beautifully composed here ginnie. so vintage. and i bet everybody in the netherlands is going crazy about the world cup huh!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Liang. And yes, you're right. HUP HOLLAND is going mighty strong. I'm having so much fun rooting the team on (though I was sorry to see the USA team lose over the weekend). I see we next play on Friday. This is fun.
Whenever I try to take detail shots like this they never seem to work out for me, I suppose I'm better at seeing the big picture, nice detail and texture Ginnie.

Thanks for the link to ghostbones, some interesting textures on there.
Ginnie Hart: You do see the big picture, Les, and you see it well. We all learn from you in that regard. Thanks. But you're probably much better at detail shots than you think!
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 29 Jun 2010, 04:52
Nice effect Ginnie, I love the we you use the effects on your images.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brian. I'm learning and that's the fun of it!
That old church is in Maastricht.
And these are safety valves I think. A fine image with an appropriate background.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim, you're right about that old church. It's wonderful! And I will assume you're right about these doo-dads. grin Thanks.
As usual a so personnal and talented picture : Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Good to see you're back, Zeb. Merci. smile
The texture and processing you've done here, Ginnie, is the perfect match for, as Ray has identified them, horns, pressure
relief vales and governors.

Appreciate the ghostbones link, thanks so much.
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Beverly. I'm impressed you know what these are!!! Good for you. You're welcome for the texture link. Ghostbones is Jerry Jones and all he asks is that we acknowledge him whenever we use his free textures. Makes sense to me!
  • Andy
  • 29 Jun 2010, 15:29
Love the brass like colors. Not sure what it is but fun to imagine!
Ginnie Hart: Some things are pure art in and of themselves, regardless of what they are used for, right Andy?! Thanks.
It is a whatchamcallit. And a beauty.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly. I love all the words we use to say what we're talking about when we really don't know! smile Thanks, Michael.
I don't know what it is either - but with luck it might produce chilled and frosty pints of Guinness! Super picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I like your imagination, George! grin Thanks.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jun 2010, 10:21
I really like the color and old feel to it. Is it a texture or is the wall behind like that?
Ginnie Hart: It's a texture, Petra (from ghostbones...link in the text). This tractor was outside on display by the riverfront in Dordrecht. It was so fun to visit the Steam Festival. I wonder if you have ever been? Hartstikke bedankt.
Fabulously composed, beautiful detail, tone and contours...a wonderful bit of photography Ginnie!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. That means a lot coming from you.
Ahh, the whistle! These are fantastic to see in operation.
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning a lot from you guys that know all about such things. smile Thanks, Mark.

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