Windmill wings make a hissing sound when passing by.
The South Abbey Mill sits high on a dune close to Belgium's coastline.
The mill, together with another mill, was part of a flourishing abbey complex constructed in the 13th century. The iconoclastic fury of 1566 and the Eighty Year's War (1568-1648) signalled the end for the abbey mills. The monks finally moved away and resettled in Bruges in 1627. The mill mounds remained behind as witnesses.
In 1951 the municipality of Koksijde purchased the Lootvoet Mill in Houtem (dated 1773) to bring the site back to life. It is an open post corn mill with three floors. The mill is one of only eight mills of this type still in existence.
A permanent miller ensures the functioning of the mill whenever the windspeed reaches 4 Beaufort at least. About 150 kg of grain can be processed hourly. The height of the mill is 14 meters and each sail arm has a span of 12 meters and weighs one ton. On average the mill has 180 000 axle revolutions per year.
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yquem46 (38746) 2009-06-05 10:38
déjà une très bonne idée d'associer un élément mobile et un élément statique mais ce que j'apprécie surtout ici c'est la réalisation exactement au bon endroit et à la bonne vitesse
leo61 (0) 2009-06-05 10:42
Great POV,perfect timing and perfect choice of the exposuretime!!!
Nice perspective,too and I like to see two without blurr.
lousat (77848) 2009-06-05 11:52
Salut Paul,c'est une idee' vraiment exceptionelle celle-ci! C'est pas facile trouver quelque nouvelle facon de montrer le monde et tu as reussi a la perfection cette fois! Une perspective magique et un resultat etonnant.Mes plus gros compliments,bonne soiree',LUCIANO
bukitgolfb301 (36228) 2009-06-05 14:48
Hello my dear Paul
Wonderful and very dynamic photo!
You captured the very unique angle from your own unique idea. Expression for movement is marvelous. Contrast of red and white is comfortable.
Congratulation on your good job !
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
saxo042 (37578) 2009-06-05 22:52
A very different and a very unusual aspect of a windmill. This is a very good composition and capture!
Budapestman (82620) 2009-06-06 7:47
You took a splendid dynamic photo of this windmill with impressive composition and timing. Superb colours and lights, effective and spectacular shot. Have a nice weekend!
Pablo25 (3184) 2009-06-06 8:16
very good idea, artistic photo. Lovely colors of the windmill. Well done, I like it.
JudyR (1671) 2009-06-06 11:34
Wonderful capture of wind at work. I love both the movement and the bright focus on those things which are still. Very nice. Thanks, Judy
xavshot (69835) 2009-06-06 11:35
belle image... originale. J'aime bien le dynamisme créé par le mouvement des ailes Beau POV. bravo.
claudeD (33258) 2009-06-06 13:22
excellent idea to shot this image from this well choosen pov.My compliments.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Signal-Womb (13048) 2009-06-06 16:13
Hi Paul, great shot and creative thinking behind this. I love your perspective on this. Well done.
dospordostres (1164) 2009-06-07 8:37
Great POV of the windmill; yout shot really captures the (moving) essence of the structure, lots of action and a hint of fun.
Yves-triga (5149) 2009-06-07 10:12
Magnifique photo,prise au bon moment.
on imagine même que tu va te faire couper la tête tellement tu es tout près.
bien vu et encore bravo.
darek1978 (13361) 2009-06-07 12:33
A simple view but excellent POV and fantastic perspective. Outstanding one technical quality. Alltogether a photo worth seeing. Absolutely great time of exposure and fantastic, eyecatching effect. Congratulations!
Flavia (10352) 2009-06-08 8:10
Creative and efective! The result is really nice! I like a lot the POV and the way you capture the windmil mouvement here.
stego (24030) 2009-06-08 12:23
A great capture, full of energy and colour. And also a great POV, that gives an amazing compo graphically.
Angshu (55936) 2009-06-08 22:14
Like a lot this image...something very different from the standard windmill shots. Your POV, just below the rotating blades, the title & note made me feel that I was hearing the same swishing noise as well! The colours of the blades are very attractive & makes this picture even better IMO. But this is a wonderful photo & very underrated
dvlazar (6644) 2009-06-08 23:04
A very clever angle - the motion is looking fast and dangerous - i think my eye is at risk just looking at it!
sevy (15365) 2009-06-10 4:10
It is a pleasure to see windmills photos on TE, especially the ones of Floydian and Carper who are masters in this subject.
I like a lot the work you performed here with the blur of movement on the wings.
To increase even more the effect and so the time exposure you would have to use Neutral Grey filter. It is a pity they are so expensive...
crhieatt (5347) 2009-06-10 11:19
Definitely eye-catching - and great at full size. It's rather a treat to see some motion in these mills, used as we are to seeing such a static representation.
Nice idea - well realised.
king (2905) 2009-06-10 13:56
Ik lees dat je deze foto met 18 mm. brandpuntsafstand hebt gemaakt. Zit je hoofd nog op je lijf?
Prachtige dynamische opname.
zmey (7335) 2009-06-11 1:58
heh, i hear, this does not happen frequently to the modern-day dutch mills. a nice moment impression. it surely looks more engaging than most of the dutch-mill photos on TE. unfortunately, the best ones are gone now from TE.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-06-11 2:16
Fine Capture of this wing...
Excellent time exposure created a fine effect
I like the POv and colours
TFS and have a nice day
Ninello52 (7572) 2009-06-11 13:16
Molto bello l'effetto del movimento che sei riuscito a dare alle pale del mulino! Bravo a dare la giusta esposizione, bello anche il POV dal basso!
danyy (0) 2009-06-11 23:31
une des photos de moulins la plus originale que j'ai vu sur TE. Couleurs et mouvement, un dynamisme terrible, et un cadrage très précis, autant que le moment de prise de vue.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-06-12 1:04
Hi Paul. Excellent photo. Perfect timing and excellent choice of SS bring this shot to life. Well chosen POV and strong composition also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
guitianmiranda (5323) 2009-06-13 5:46
As composition isn’t as well I would like to be, but the idea of catching the movement of the windmill wings is an A+.
Best regards Paul.
vasilpro (40933) 2009-06-16 13:26
Your excellent chosen POV created a beautiful artistic photo with lovely colors and very good contrast.
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2009-06-18 13:21
Hello Paul, pretty good idea to picture the movement. Excellent composition of the near proximity of the moving blade and the red is great. Well done. Kind regards, Michael
ricochet (9696) 2009-06-21 14:48
L'impact visuel est très saisissant avec cette pose lente qui est bien vu et qui me plait beaucoup!
Un cadrage bien pensé et une luminosité parfaite, bravo à toi c'est du bel ouvrage!
jemaflor (85536) 2009-06-22 12:26
excellent pov, very original effect, Dynamic view, very well made.
Gregtom (7167) 2009-06-24 23:57
Very good idea to show the dynamics of this scene by selecting time exposure long enough, to make the wings "flying" :). It really makes this shot interesting.
archimatica (20325) 2009-07-08 13:56
Great original realization.
Perfect pov and timing.
tobourge (971) 2009-07-14 3:47
Superb idea and splendid dynamic picture of this windmill.
Effective and spectacular picture with superb colours and lights.
scyntilla (1844) 2009-07-20 2:16
Beautiful colour and movement. Yoru POV is perfectly chosen. Great photo Paul.
dmarizz (2796) 2009-07-21 13:47
TE is full of photos of windmills, also because some 40,000 points members have shown us in every possible manner... This one of yours is the most original that I've seen and, thanks to the bright colors, it is also much more fresh and cheerful than usual windmills. Great idea very well accomplished. Ciao, Dario.
dcawker (5717) 2009-07-22 6:36
Excellent composition and 'brush' of colors here.. Really well done. Regards, Doug
levente (600) 2009-08-07 5:43
Wow- scary! This is really original, such menacing closeness and sense of whoosh... speed and mass...
leontaras (385) 2009-10-05 11:49
Exellent shot and amazing colors.
mafegan (8624) 2010-02-18 0:17
An original and creative photo. Perfect exposure time to make this quite strange effect. Tfs, Marlene
giorgimer (34870) 2010-08-10 14:08
nice idea. Excellent effect by the blurriness
- Copyright: Paul Bulteel (pauloog) (11747)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm VR II, 72mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 10:12