I know that I have shown you pictures of this place before, but Preston Mill is one of my favourite buildings in Scotland and I shall never tire of visiting it or trying to photograph it.
Preston Mill is one of the oldest meal mills in Scotland with its machinery still in working order. It lies close to the River Tyne (a different River Tyne to the one in north-east England) a few hundred yards downstream of East Linton. Since 1951 it has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland and it remained in use as a commercial mill until 1959.
The mill complex comprises three main buildings: the kiln, seen here on the left with its pointed roof surmounted by a cowl, the mill itself to the right, and the miller's house which is hidden from sight behind the mill. Externally, the mill stands to the east of the mill-pond which you can see in the foreground and it is fed via a mill-lade bringing water from the River Tyne. You can also see the sluice gate which allows water to pass to the waterwheel which sits at the far right face of the mill.
Preston Mill is open all year round for visitors to walk around it and in the summer months the National Trust for Scotland allows visitors to enter it and also see the mill working. I must go inside again some time as it is many years since I did that: that time I bought a bag of freshly ground flour, took it home and baked myself a fine loaf of wholemeal bread!
This picture was taken on a glorious January afternoon two years ago when the weather was bitterly cold, frosty, sunny and clear - a far cry from the horrid wet and windy weather we are suffering this January.
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InasiaJones (31562) 2014-01-05 17:08
It isn't difficult to understand the affection you are having for this building, at least from a photographic point of view. It has such character and its location is full of natural charm.
I also understand your choice of angle, to capture the conic roof to mirror on the water surface, while using the trees on each side to frame the mill and to close the scene. The light is plenty and still low, allowing the elements to receive this warm glow.
Thank you for presenting us this very special location.
npecanhuk (72092) 2014-01-05 17:26
Lovely and charming details, specially those of that old building!
Very Beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
I love the reflections on the water surface!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (79289) 2014-01-05 23:37
Très belle lumière sur ce superbe vieux moulin de la campagne écossaise. Superbe photo, bien composée.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-05 23:59
A wee mill beside the wee burn, as my late mother who was from Kilmarnock would say. What a super scene you have posted. Great colours see why you like this place so much.Fantastic stone and architecture and a reflection too, well done.Hope you are not suffering to much in these bad storms.
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-01-06 0:25
Lovely composition with very good clarity and beautiful earthy colours. Excellent use of the glorious afternoon light. Thanks for sharing. have a nice day.
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-01-06 1:00
you had an amazing light to make this simple scene absolutely stunning. Well chosen pOV and great colors enriched by the sun add very much to the image. Nice use of the tree to frame the picture in natural way from the left side.
carlo62 (41323) 2014-01-06 1:06
la bella luce illumina uno splendido esemplare di mulino, immerso nella campagna scozzese.
Ottima inquadratura, la struttura si vede bene nel suo insieme, ruota, casa, silo e riflesso, proprio bello.
Anche se di due anni fa, non sembra un gennaio del nord europa, il cielo è blu e la luce molto bella.
ourania (39016) 2014-01-06 3:17
an elegantly framed and very vivid and delightful presentation of this charming rustic building. The naturalness of the textures is superb and the viewer can almost feel the smell of the countryside and the temperature at the moment of the capture. I also like very much the way you used the brilliant sunlight, rendered the attractive reflection and brought out the richness of the colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a wonderful year!
jhm (146700) 2014-01-06 3:17
This are maybe of the last cottage with a water mill to the wall.
Wonderful rural buildings, a place for people with a lot time.
Excellent composition, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-06 3:51
delicious January light in this beautiful shot. Love the warm tones that make this little mill look so inviting and idyllic. I wonder how it looks today, if anything like down here, exceptionally muddy and surrounded by water.
Sun shining now after a stair-rod downpour just a few minutes ago. Building an Ark!
Noel_Byrne (28176) 2014-01-06 7:19
I can really see why this would be one of your favorite places, it’s a beautiful building and so unusual! If I were more of a conspiracy theory fan, I could easily imagine this starting tales of UFO’s under construction, or at least 14th century DaVinci designed flying machines, which is exactly what it reminded me of on first glance! I always have a thing for red brick on blue sky, and it doesn’t get much better than this, especially with this beautiful green surroundings and even a reflection! Lots of elements to make this a really beautiful photo.
Thanks as always
Nicou (133510) 2014-01-06 7:35
que les tons sont doux sueprbe iamge et compo et ce reflet sur le plan d'eau grandisoe vue et cpatage wer cewtte architecture ce rendu des tons ocres grandisoe vue.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37730) 2014-01-06 7:38
The light looks quite warm and pleasant here, even if you claim it was a cold day, two years ago. But the red roofs, together with the green grass and the blue sky make a very beautiful picture. You also managed to get the pointed roof completely reflected in the little pond, at the perfect third... A very interesting note!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-06 8:46
Seen under the warm light, the mill seems to glow John and I think that the contrast between the warm orange of the roof tiles and the blue sky is very attractive. I like the composition with the inclusion of the tree, pond and grasses, they give the shot additional eye-catching elements and context. The pointy roofed building reminds me a little of an oast house. I can see why you like this place so much, it has a nice rustic charm! Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (63232) 2014-01-06 12:07
you can show us as many of these photos as your heart desires my friend....i think we all do the same.
For me, I keep going back to Science World (the large golf ball), so i know exactly what you mean.
its so silly to say, but obviously photography is all about the light, and you have a winner with the lighting conditions here.
with a little bit of rustic charm thrown in too, especialy with the fence.
the only thing i'd change would be to slightly move to your right about 2-3 steps, that way the branches wouldn't cover up the top of the dome.
but thats seriously nit-picking!!!!!!!! if thats the only concern i have then its a fine shot lol
beautiful tones and hues.
Royaldevon (34773) 2014-01-06 16:11
Yes, I remember this building from previous shots but I perfectly understand why you love to return to it. There are places like that in my village!
I love how you have used the leaning tree, acting as an introductory element to the photograph, and it ensures that the first thing we notice is the wonderful, pointed kiln with its equally stunning reflection.
It is quite natural to track back towards the rest of the mill, exceptionally textured and full of character.
The whole scene is sharp, strongly saturated and a delight to view.
My warm regards,
delpeoples (56054) 2014-01-07 20:28
Well hello the caro of the cari
How are you? I hope all is well in Lanarkshire and that you enjoyed your New Year.
You must be one very pleased photographiser here. This shot is fantastic. That golden light and the reflections are sensational. The Thirds framing works a treat and nothing has been overly sharpened or overly cropped.
I gotta admit something to you though. I'm looking at your beautiful image on 2 different screens. On the PC, the image is delightful and the colours are really strong. On the laptop the colours are softer and perhaps more realistic (Will would prefer this version not doubt) yet they're not as eye-catching. I wish I could send you the screen shot to illustrate what I mean, as it has ramifications for not just what I see and critique but also as to what machine I'm on during post-processing. So I'm wondering what the reality is - and also how I can re-calibrate my monitor. Think I'll have a wee gander on the iPad, just to make sure ;)
Anyway, a great shot, can't think to improve it, so I'll just join the other happy campers and congratulate you.
mkamionka (33695) 2014-01-10 6:54
I don't remember this place from your previous uploads so I am glad to see it. First of all you had such a wonderful weather then. And it was almost the same day of the year. Great light: everything is so clear and sharp it fells like the view was just behind the window of my monitor. Very well thought through composition with the tree framing the place well and the pond providing some nice reflection. The colors are so vivid and yet natural. You did a great job. It is pleasure to watch photos of this high quality.
Have a great weekend,
willperrett (9011) 2014-01-11 10:47
Perfect lighting: the low January sun has done you proud. The kiln building looks like a Kentish oast house, and I suppose performs a similar function, but that's my beerism getting the better of me again. The flour sounds great: since I retired I make all the bread, so am always on the lookout for unusual artisan additions. Thanks for not getting too energetic with the saturation!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (23020)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
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- Date Submitted: 2014-01-05 16:06