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Keukenhof: windmill workings

Keukenhof: windmill workings

Shot from a very bizarre angle so somewhat distorted, but the long beams are used to rotate the top of the mill for the best wind positioning (see Patrick's explanation below). The operator was working a gear mechanism with a metal cable that made a lot of noise.

This is the same mill as seen here:

Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
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Michael Tauber18-Jun-2013 03:56
Interesting POV.
burtmann29-Apr-2013 19:35
Superb composition and perspective on both of these shots Helen. Beautiful work. V
Jola Dziubinska24-Apr-2013 18:33
Fantastic shot, Helen, perfect pov. V.
Chris Morton24-Apr-2013 17:19
interesting....must be some reason they didn't use the English system of a tail wheel to keep the to pinto the wind and control it
Zoltán Balogh24-Apr-2013 06:49
Terrific capture, hats off! V
Range View 23-Apr-2013 21:47
Great perspective showing the working parts of the windmill, excellent detail Helen. V
Karen Stuebing23-Apr-2013 21:06
I think the distortion adds a lot to the image. Fabulous clarity and detail. V.
larose forest photos23-Apr-2013 20:20
Splendid view, Helen!! It looks very imposing from this angle. V
Jim Coffman23-Apr-2013 19:09
Wow, this is a a view I have never seen before! Very nice, Helen...
The Heritage man23-Apr-2013 18:09
A very interesting POV, showing a lot of important parts of the mill. You are right about the structure used to turn the head of the mill in the wind. Because it is to heave for a person to do this, there is a winch system with cable, chain or rope to do the job. They put these around a small pole set clockwise around the mill. With the winch they pull the construction towards this little pole. Hope it is not to complicated.
Gérard Koehl23-Apr-2013 18:07
Ce cadrage est original. V
Sandy Rich23-Apr-2013 17:52
Great POV. We sometimes forget to look up but you have captured a very different view that is so unique.
fotabug23-Apr-2013 17:42
Unique POV, and the shot of the windmill with the tulips is gorgeous!
Gary Hudes23-Apr-2013 17:37
A terrific view of the rotating mechanism, Helen. Who needs motors? Very well composed with the rope coming down left and the blade going up on the right - great diagonals! And the image below with tulips is wonderful! V.
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)23-Apr-2013 17:35
Very great prepective here. This is a very unique angle. Well capture. V.