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The French Connection

 

By hook or by crook, my mission was to find a French windmill while on our week's vacation a month ago.

 

Voilà!

 

Somewhere near Chateaubriant, France.

The French Connection

 

By hook or by crook, my mission was to find a French windmill while on our week's vacation a month ago.

 

Voilà!

 

Somewhere near Chateaubriant, France.

comments (61)

well built picture, Ginnie, with a very sensual ground curve. Got a bit carried away with the texture? smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for commenting, Viktor. Believe it or not, This image has less texture than many of the others I've done. I think it was the sky that day. Then again, maybe I was "over the top" excited about finding the windmill! smile They were few and far between on our trip, with this being the best of what we saw.
  • Puna
  • us
  • 2 Aug 2010, 00:41
I love this and I love the processing. It looks like quintessential French countryside.
Ginnie Hart: I think it WAS quintessential French countryside, Puna. It felt that way to us, too! Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2010, 03:59
Beautiful treatment, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kay. Good to see you again! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Aug 2010, 05:45
tongue....It took some days to locate one but when we found one....I was able to get the car close smile
This is just amazing the things you do with the texture, LOVE it...
It is so much fun to see the results of your pictures, I was there too and you always surprise me pleasantly smile
Ginnie Hart: I love that you stop on a dime (almost) when we spot these things. Talk about being such a good sport. I also love that we both can see the same thing but still see it with different eyes. This is the fun of our photo hunts! Thank you.
This looks like a painting... and that's a compliment smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Odd. I appreciate the compliment. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 2 Aug 2010, 05:52
le traiteemnt des couleurs est magnifique !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Rem. Merci.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Aug 2010, 05:58
A fine shot Ginnie: maybe some kind soul will one day restore it to use
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris. Adding some sails would help, for sure. Believe it or not, this was the best, most complete one we saw!
Wow..the light is so lovely...a wonderfully composed and photographed scene...and your wonderful treatment make it look like a canvas Ginnie! Brilliant!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Pavan. Thank you.
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 2 Aug 2010, 06:21
Mission réussi, enfin, pour le moulin, car pour le vent, je ne pense pas qu'il le fera beaucoup tourner.

Ta photo ressemble à une toile, c'est très réussi.

Mission successful, finally, to the mill, as the wind, I do not think it will turn a lot.

Your photo looks like a painting, it is very successful.


Bises LoLO
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear LoLO. Yes, we were successful but no sails on any of them. HA!
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 2 Aug 2010, 06:27
Very good, Ginnie, you found one! It's pretty cool, too.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Toni. They don't look anything like the Dutch windmills, which was half the fun of finding the 2 or 3 we saw. This was the best of the lot, sans sails! smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 2 Aug 2010, 06:46
Seen better days but a windmill it is, great work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: We saw a couple others, Tony, but this was the best of the lot, so that tells you everything. I guess they're not as important as the ones we see everywhere in The Netherlands! Thanks.
  • rian
  • Fullerton, CA
  • 2 Aug 2010, 06:49
i think i say this a lot but i do like your processing, it makes it look like a painting.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Well, you can never say it too much, Rian, because it always makes my day. Thank you kindly.
Very different than Dutch windmills. I like the treatment; it really looks like "a different time and place," which is how things should be when one is on holiday!
Ginnie Hart: Very different from the Dutch windmills, Patrushka, you're right. Besides that, they're around almost every corner here in The Netherlands but few and far between in France, from from we saw! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Aug 2010, 07:07
Not in a healthy state of repair smile Excellent picture with the texture and composition.
Ginnie Hart: We saw a couple others, Louis, but this was the best of the lot, so that tells you something! Thanks.
poor windmill!
no flour today! and no tomorrow!
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're so right, Jojo. Oh well. Thank God there are other ways to make flour. smile
I like the lighting and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 2 Aug 2010, 07:16
Oh, a lovely- oldfashioned-well processed picture- it could be Alphonse Daudet's mill, the cover of his "Lettres de mon moulin", written in Clamart, near Paris, and alluding to a windmill in Fontvieille, Provence.
Ginnie Hart: After seeing all the Dutch windmills, Philine, this sure does look French, doesn't it! Bedankt.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 2 Aug 2010, 07:25
Ginnie, super colour. I ilike, is a dream world!
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes I have to pinch myself, Oscar, because it really IS a dream world for me. Gracias.
A bit of a busman's holiday looking for windmills Ginniegrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! It was bound to happen, Bill! smile
perfect Ginnie a paradise to enjoy of the life
Ginnie Hart: Exactly how I feel about it, Fabrizio. smile Grazie.
  • rags
  • 2 Aug 2010, 08:06
Beautiful and very well composed.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kanyi.
Lovely image, Ginnie... well worth the hunt. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: We would both heartily agree to that, Roz. I can still remember the little off-road lane we drove on to get this view. Thanks.
Superb photo and your processing is very beautiful. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: This is your country, Antoine. I love it! Merci. smile
Your processing is very personal, i like your light a lot & the painterly feeling is just delicious.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are kind and touching, Karine. Merci.
wow, a painting of Master big class for this photograph, excellent Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roland. Merci.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 2 Aug 2010, 10:50
Lovely image. I wonder what the original shot looks like Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Now that you mention it, Scarlet, I wonder, too. smile I wonder if I can find it. I'll look. Meanwhile, bedankt!
Well found Ginnie. It seems you had a wonderful time. I like France. I wonder if you find the countries of Europe as Diverse as I do?
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Chad. You can really tell when you are NOT in The Netherlands. And there's a huge difference with the architecture...even in windmills!
It'll never grind much corn with sails as tiny as that smile Perhaps b&w would have been better than the texture?
Ginnie Hart: One day maybe I'll try my hand at B&W, Tom. You'll be the first to know, I promise. smile And you're right about this windmill: all show and no go!
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 2 Aug 2010, 11:25
yeaaa..lovely series..very cool to watch
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, TM. I loved our time in France and seeing things with new eyes.
Impressive composition Ginnie, really grabs the eye. I like the line the fence draws in the bottom. And that texture is gorgeous again!!!
Ginnie Hart: As always, Marion, I do appreciate your comments. Bedankt.
A sad one though, with only one 'wing'. At least it cannot fly away smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Wim. We saw only 2 or 3 mills and this was the best one. I guess they don't have the same importance as for the Dutch! (You can say that again!)
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2010, 12:45
Amazing that you actually found one. Such determination!! And - I love the image. Such a romantic view!!
Ginnie Hart: We were thrilled, Marcie. In The Netherlands I don't even have to stop anymore to take pictures of the mills because they are so plentiful. But they're still soulful. The French mill has a distinct architecture from the Dutch, which was part of the intrigue for both of us. Thanks.
I'm glad you found one Ginnie. I wonder how old it is
Ginnie Hart: Great question, Janet. It was out in the middle of nowhere off a back road, so I'm not sure I even know how to find it online. I couldn't find it in the list of photos here and I don't know it's name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_windmills_in_France
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2010, 14:38
Beautiful compo and work with texture .
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mariana.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 2 Aug 2010, 15:35
niiiiice pic, but ain't gonna catch much wind me thinks lol did you send me those texture links in an email or in a response to a comment here? i'm trying to FIND THEM lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! I sent them to you in my Reply to my last post but here they are again, Elaine: One I love is Jerry Jones/ghostbones: http://www.flickr.com/photos/telzey/sets/72157611268347999/. Another is Kim Klassen, but you have to sign up for her one texture per week which comes to your e-mail: http://www.kimklassencafe.com/2010/06/inspiration-stay-cation-guess-what-im.html. Enjoy.
Another wonderfully treated image Ginnie! Well done indeed.
Ginnie Hart: This was fun, Richard. Merci. I love your country. smile Since this isn't far from where you live, I wonder if you're familiar with it??
  • Sunder
  • Chennai, India
  • 2 Aug 2010, 16:14
Beautiful shot...Love the composition and texture...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sunder, for stopping by and commenting.
nice shot and processing
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
There windmills are slightly more modest in design then the Dutch and English ones I see Ginnie. Lets hope it gets new sails one day.
Ginnie Hart: i kinda like that the windmills have different designs in the different countries. Spain, too. It's like each one has its own "stamp" on it. I love it. Thanks, Brian.
A wonderful processing. And such a beautiful compostion. Congratulations.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Calusarus. This kind of image work is so soulful for me.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 2 Aug 2010, 18:45
Perseverance pays magnificently here. This the only one you spotted?

Love this type of processing.
Ginnie Hart: We saw a couple others, Maria, but this was by far the best specimen. Here in The Netherlands we see windmills around almost every corn. Well, not that much but we see a LOT of them. I would never say they're getting ho-hum, but by comparison, here they are plentiful and you can always easily find a good specimen! Thanks for your comment.
  • MAMYNI
  • Belgium
  • 2 Aug 2010, 21:33
J'aime ce traitement...on dirait un tableau.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Mamyni.
  • MAMYNI
  • Belgium
  • 2 Aug 2010, 21:36
like this treatment, a true table!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks for the personal translation, Mamyni. smile Merci.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Aug 2010, 23:07
That is just wonderful, so atmospheric.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE LOVE LOVE windmills, Cherie. smile
It looks like it could use a little work but it is a wonderful photo subject.
Ginnie Hart: "All show and no go," is what my mom would say if she saw this, Michael. smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 3 Aug 2010, 01:56
Very canvas like. Nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 3 Aug 2010, 02:37
Lovely shot Ginnie...the texture is perfect... i have also heard that they have some great cuisine in the district......petersmile
Ginnie Hart: We didn't do any big-time French eating this time, Peter. Hmmm. Shame on us. Maybe next time. I'd want to make sure we got the exact right place for what is representative. Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 3 Aug 2010, 05:10
Gorgeous - especially the processing! Hope all has been well in your world Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Martie. Likewise with you! We're both doing great. I love my new life here!!! smile
Off topic, Mont St. Michel must have been about 1997 or so...

This one I like a lot too, I like the composition a lot.
Ginnie Hart: You'll be ready for a 15-year "anniversary" soon, then, Chantal. smile Thanks for your kind comment.
  • tede
  • France
  • 3 Aug 2010, 10:31
Your photos are genuine with this superb painting processing, love. Beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tede. I always wanted to be a painter but didn't know this was how I was going to do it. smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 3 Aug 2010, 13:14
Stunning photo
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
You accomplished the mission with happyness. And the processing is really good.

U missed dutch windmill or what ? smile
Enjoy your day
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Jean-Luc. I really missed the Dutch windmills while in France. Here they are so plentiful. There...I was lucky to get even this one! Merci.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 3 Aug 2010, 17:05
And you found one, wonderful shot and processing
Ginnie Hart: We found a couple, JJ, but this was the best one. Thanks. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Aug 2010, 22:24
Found it, and did it proud, Ginnie.

I wonder what they use a one-bladed windmill for...the French like to do things differently...heh!
Ginnie Hart: My guess is the other blades/sails are lying on the ground somewhere in disrepair! We didn't get the sense that the French need their windmills like the Dutch do! smile
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Aug 2010, 11:18
love the composition (as soon as I have all my holiday-pics sorted I'll show you a Marjorcan mill)
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Make sure I see it, Petra, because I will love it, I know. I like the differences of mills around the world!
You were near Chateaubriant, I live not far this town, around 30 mn by car. Never mind, another time. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: Richard Standly, another blogger, also lives near Chateaubriant, Valérie. What a small, small world!
Glad you found what you were looking for, it's a delightful image.
Ginnie Hart: It sure made my day, George. smile Thank you kindly.
Magnificent processing, like it so much..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Robert. You're very sweet.
Lovely processing and subject. I wouldn't know this was a windmill unless you told me! I would look at it and say, "Why did they put that huge wooden cross and ladder on the side of that silo?".
Ginnie Hart: HA! Windmills in different countries are so distinct from one another, Mark. It would make an interesting study. Thanks.
  • Paule
  • New York
  • 16 Aug 2010, 06:02
Looks like painting.

Paule
www.paulepictures.com
www.paulepictures.com/blog
Ginnie Hart: That's what I was hoping for, Paule. smile Thank you.
Voila du beau travail smile
Ginnie Hart: It was well worth finding this, Zeb! Merci.

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