The Zaanse Schans, located on the river Zaan, some 15 miles by bycicle from where I live. Schans means entrenchment, which is what Diederik Sonoy, governor at the service of Willem van Oranje, gave order to build in 1574 to hold off the Spanish army. Nowadays only a few windmills (most of which still operational) are left standing on what is supposedly the oldest industrial area in continental Europe. In the 1700's they numbered in the hundreds...
This is one of my favorites : Het Jonge Schaap (The Young Sheep), a sawmill. Originally built in 1680 it was demolished in 1942 and rebuilt as an exact replica between 2005 and 2007. And I got to say : they have done a beautiful job! Unless you know its history, there's no way to tell it's only a few years old.
Checking out the Zaanse Schans means NO PRIVACY year-round. Close to 900,000 visitors show up every year at this location. I had my brother visiting from Italy last January, we went out there in the snow with minus 12 degrees Celsius, the river was frozen and the place crowded to the brim...
To get there : take bus 91 right outside Central Station, downtown Amsterdam. A two-way ticket costs 5 euro, buses leave at 25 and 56 minutes past the hour and the trip takes just about 50 minutes.
(hey, technically it's still morning!)
Being a clever girl, I could tell right away that this is another shot from that "flat boring country". And I even understood the title. Maybe I should put "basic Dutch" on my CV... ;o)
Another great capture, awesome clouds and I love the shadow and light on the wings of the windmill and the colourful details. Great job buddy!
Well, Holland IS a flat boring country, with a limited number of little gems here and there.
The latter are the reason you want occasionally carry a camera with you. Having said that : you are still left dealing with the weather, usually miserable... unless you get lucky, of course, like on this occasion!
You have a good day, I'll see you a bit later. HUGS,
The high contrast makes this a very graphic image with the sails nicely etched against the sky. The vibrant colours add to this. The wonderful Dutch clouds make the perfect background. Excellent info to get us there to add to the hoards ;D
fulvio52 (2010/06/10 08:03:08): Thanks, Kath! Much appreciated.
Yeah, it sure is crowded around here. On the other hand, this is hometurf to me and I've learnt to (somehow) put up and live with the situation. If things don't work for me today I can always come back tomorrow or next week, no big deal. Things change drastically when I fly overseas, though... That's where I can go from zero to total bitch in 0.3 seconds... LOL!!!
You have a wonderful day. I'll be seeing you,
It's Perfection!! ...from the luminous colors to the impeccable sharpness to the carefully planned composition!! I especially like the way you use just the tops of the fence posts as a lead-in to the mill, then you lined up the two white roof flashings to point up to the mill. Did you wait for the blades to be aligned also or were they locked down? You certainly took advantage of this glorious day!
fulvio52 (2010/06/10 09:17:00): Thanks you so much, Pat! You are most kind, I really appreciate.
It was, indeed, one of those rare days in Holland where everything (photographically speaking) seems to work for you. Weather and temperature were great, the late afternoon April light was nice and clear and getting better by the minute, which gave me time to think up stuff and wait for the right moment to shoot high contrast without blowing those clouds. That's pretty much the key in here.
Have a wonderful day. See ya soon!
Het schaap met de vier zijlen ;-) Je bent weer terug in Nl binnen je portfolio, Fulvio en je hebt het Amerikaans kleurenspectacel gelukkig mee genomen. Erg fraai die harde contrasten en dat rood op blauw! Heel fijn werk. Een hartelijk groet uit Rotterdam!
Interesting choice of square frame. To me, it emphasizes the way the windmill divides the sky in half - one half clear, and the other with a line of clouds building up. I also like the way the shadows are strong but nonetheless do not obscure the colors and the details of the structures. The bits of light captured by the fencepost tops also show off the late time of day.
I do not understand, however, how you can tell Claudia is flat and boring. There is a line of painters a couple of hundred years long who would disagree with you! (Well, not about the flat part....)
fulvio52 (2010/06/11 03:50:45): Thanks Dan, much appreciated.
Well, let's say that 35 days per year (that's take and give the amount of sunshine we get) I'm perfectly willing to agree with those painters disagreeing with me... LOL!!!
Have a good weekend. See ya later,
It may be flat, but it's not boring!! That strong windmill, the colors. those clouds. Great shot!
The old windmill and the new houses... I don't want to be there in freezing weather, we have enough of that here!!
Really well done! I'm waiting to be visitor 999,999....
Sistercosmo (2010/06/11 15:41:16): You must be kidding, buddy - 40 days of sun per year? Being in the "renewables biz", I just checked the solar radiation chart, and wow, you guys get about 1/3 of the sunshine that we do! Poor Fulvio, poor doggie! ;-) Ever thought about moving?
Have a great weekend and let me give you a big HUG!
Lindafulvio52 (2010/06/11 04:21:37): Thanks, Linda!
Not boring? Trust me : I wish it weren't, but it is. Over here grey is the rule and the sun an optional. Actually : grey being the rule is for openers and the very least of our boring issues, but I don't bother shooting if the sun is not shining, therefore my pictures probably give a whole different impression of Holland. Hey, we'll be lucky if we get 40 sunny days per year!
You have a wonderful weekend, I'll be seeing you.
Nice image - striking clarity and sharpness, and I love the rich well saturated colors. Your dutch windmills, while I have never visited your fine country, jump off the page for me every time. Thanks for this one. Gerald
fulvio52 (2010/06/11 03:54:44): Sorry, Gerald! I just wrote a critique to Roger's latest post and his name apparently stuck in my mind. That's why I called you Roger (see below)...
See ya soon,
Hello Fulvio, This a delightful windmill scene. Very colorful and embracing a lovely clouded sky. I like your ability to maintain the horizon with the shot. Not always an easy task. For me it looks extremely old, which supports your notes that the rebuilding is a precise replica of the former. I have the lens you used, and it is by far my favorite, generally on the camera. Years ago I did some business in Rotterdam so I know a bit of Holland, and one of my best friends here, where I live, is from there originally. Great country. I have not been very active here, but hope to do more. Have a good weekend. Roger
Che dire? ovviamente molto accativante. La composizione è perfetta col mulino inquadrato in modo bilanciato e perfino con le pale in diagonale. I colori sono molto intensi e insieme alla grande incisività rendono l'immagine molto espressiva. La nuvola completa un quadro già attraente.
Dai che l'olanda non è poi così male come tu dici... (:-)
fulvio52 (2010/06/11 06:51:52): Mia madre, mio fratello e le mie due sorelle abitano ancora sempre a Torino, dove sono nato, ci vediamo e sentiamo regolarmente, leggo i giornali, vedo RAI 1 non per scelta bensi' per tenermi aggiornato dato che e' l'unico canale italiano in pianta stabile sul cavo, insomma tra quello che mi raccontano e quello che leggo, vedo e sento, sono purtroppo al corrente dell'idiozia pura che impera in Italia... Consolati, in Olanda stiamo ancora peggio.
In Italia le tante magagne se non altro vengono fuori, in ritardo ma vengono!
Qui invece negano tutto sfrontatamente, a partire dall'alto per proseguire coi media, non e' vero niente, va sempre tutto bene. Esattamente come nella Russia degli anni '60... Un'ipocrisia e uno sciovinismo senza eguali, cosi' poi la gente all'estero crede che questo sia il paese di Bengodi mentre invece e' un letamaio dove inettitudine e criminalita' dettano legge. Dove andare? Se solo avessi i soldi scappo domani stesso nello Utah, da 15 anni a questa parte lo considero comunque casa mia. C'e' tutto quello che non ho qui : sole, paesaggi da sogno, una criminalita' praticamente inesistente, gente semplice che lavora sodo e fa i fatti invece di sparare cazzate a destra e a manca come in Olanda...longroute (2010/06/11 06:22:35): Quello che mi dici mi conferma l'impressione che io avevo avuto dall'esterno: il degrado e quindi la decandenza riguarda l'intera Europa o il mondo occidentale, e le ragioni sembrano le stesse ovunque. Io ho conosciuto l'Inghilterra negli anni settanta ed era ancora un modello di nazione dove le cose funzionavano a vari livelli. Ora ci lavora mia figlia e mi dice che ci sono disservizi diffusi quasi come in Italia: uffici pubblici che non funzionano, una società disgregata, etc...
Tuttavia secondo lei che ha il piede in due staffe (qui e là) la situazione è migliore comunque che in Italia dove ormai siamo all'idiozia pura. Tu non ci vivi più e ne hai forse un'immagine non aggiornata.
Dove andare?fulvio52 (2010/06/11 05:57:58): Grazie Donato!
Io sono positivo per natura, ma riguardo all'Olanda : viverci per crederci. Le mie foto possono darne un'immagine differente, ma sono tutte scattate col sole, che noi qui vediamo una quarantina di giorni all'anno se va bene... Per quanto riguarda il resto, l'immagine dell'Olanda pulita, tranquilla, educata, amichevole, socialmente all'avanguardia, dove tutto funziona, ecc. e' una grandissima bufala. Difatti la gente per bene (almeno, quelli che se lo possono permettere) emigrano in massa e di corsa verso lidi migliori. No, questa e' una nazione allo sbando, invivibile, rovinata da un'immigrazione incontrollata, da politici incapaci e fuori di testa, nonche' dal lassismo congenito dell'olandese medio, che tollera sempre tutto in nome di un liberalismo di facciata trendy anzicheno'. Una tolleranza che dura sempre fino a quando qualcuno non ti viene a cagare in giardino, ovviamente, ma a quel punto ormai e' troppo tardi... Ti risparmio poi la maleducazione e l'arroganza congenita di questa gente. Fatte le debite eccezioni, s'intende. Le quali, come sempre, non fanno altro che confermare la regola. Il Bel Paese, con tutte le sue magagne, pecche e difetti a confronto e' un mega-paradiso terrestre... Questo non lo sapevo quando ancora ci abitavo, me ne sono accorto dopo... Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
crisp and clear, with great clouds - exactly how I like it :) and I find it interesting how the somewhat static centered composition contrasts with the sense of movement the arms of the windmill create. throw in saturated colours and collection of triangles all pointing towards the mill, and you get a fascinating image :)
A classic landscape of your area, one that I have not yet a pleasure to see for myself, but for now, I truly enjoy your images and Henks. I felt like I knew it so well already. Great perspective and a lovely POV and composition. The contrast and saturation is a little on the heavy side, but that is a matter of preference and taste.
Fantastic colors come out due to this special light. The sky and clouds make the perfect backdrop to your iconic subject. The angle you shot this one at is perfect. In the U.S. we see many cheesey imitations to these beautiful structures which means they are much reviered world wide.
Warm Regards, Tom
PS Buddy got arrested again today fortunately his is well known by the local jailer. Hope Freddy enjoyed is recent trip to the island.
Joanne and I took a bus tour to the country side and Zannse Schans was on the itinerary. I enjoyed our 60 minutes here and we almost missed the bus - I wish we would have. I was rushed and enjoyed the windmills and the tourist village. We stopped there for the wooden shoe demo, but I had more fun roaming. We were in Amsterdam for a week after returning from safari in Kenya in 2008 and did not rent a car - so the bus tour. Enough of this - your image is spot on the money. I just noticed the painting near the hub of the blades - I never saw that when I was there. Well done my friend!
firstname.lastname@example.org (2010/09/22 11:06:03): Fulvio, I find it funny that you travel to the west when you live amongst all this history and exotic scenery. I know the home doesn't usually seem like that but it is amusing just the same. Nice work buddy.