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By conrad
For those who dont know what a polder is: its a tract of low land (as in the Netherlands) reclaimed from a body of water (as the sea), according to Merriam Webster. Theres always some kind of way to keep draining excess water from it, and in the past this was done with windmills.

Heres a windmill shot during the Dutch Meet, at Kinderdijk (the Netherlands). I like the rolls of hay. But I feel the image might have more impact. So any suggestions and/or mods are welcome!

Thanks for looking!


Tags: The netherlands Holland Windmill Kinderdijk Dutch meet Polder Landscape and travel

Voters: jeanie, obz_uk, mikears and 5 more

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novocastria 17 102
17 May 2005 12:01AM
It just had to be Holland - very nice shot, Conrad. Pity the sun wasn't shining! :0)
tf 17 156
17 May 2005 12:03AM
Conrad, I think the composition is good. But you're right, it lacks impact and I think that is because the light is very flat. You need to go back when you've got a more dramatic sky!

acbeat 16 14 United Kingdom
17 May 2005 12:10AM
good composition.andy b
Doclassie 16 1.1k England
17 May 2005 1:32AM

There's a pic in there somewhere but I think you missed it. The overcast sky doesn't help but ofcourse you couldn't help that! I think you could've made more of the hay bails and windmill and not tried to include the yellow flowers. They're out of focus and do nothing for the composition except restrict it. The windmill is the focal point yet it is too close to the edge of frame and is facing out of the pic... the red roof also detracts from the focal point too. I'd suggest walking over to the left more and going for a tighter composition focusing more on the mill and cutting out the clutter.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
17 May 2005 1:51AM
Thanks, all!

Andrew, your suggestions seem to make sense. It would require going back, however - which Im not able to do for a while. Ill keep it in mind, though. Thanks for commenting!

juliem 16 613
17 May 2005 1:54AM
I actually like this! I would agree however that the sky lets it down.There's a lovely feel of straight lines at the bottom of the picture,flowers,water,bank,hay,hedge etc.
mikears 17 89 Canada
17 May 2005 7:10AM
Very nice composition COnrad - for some reason, the two things that really stand out for me are the yellow flowers and the red roof!

conrad 17 10.9k 116
17 May 2005 7:36AM
Thanks, Julie and Mike.

And Mike - interesting how you seem to like exactly that which others dislike in the shot. And I think at the time I took the picture, so did I. Otherwise I wouldnt have kneeled down in order to include the flowers. Oh well, everyone has his own taste and preference.

Thanks for looking and commenting, all!

obz_uk 16 1 United Kingdom
17 May 2005 8:48AM
I liked the contrast between the ancient windmill and the modern hay rolls.

I have tried to bring a bit of life into the sky,(see modification)

ziggy Plus
19 204 England
17 May 2005 9:04AM
My first thoughts would be to desaturate the red roof so it becomes grey; then increase the saturation of the hay bales....there seems to be something in the sky that might be dramatic if you adjust it in levels..regards
conrad 17 10.9k 116
17 May 2005 10:00AM
Roger - Yes, I think you may be right, and I think Howard has partly proven that theory in his mod, at least as far as the sky is concerned.

Howard - Good mod! Although it brought out a few imperfections in the sky, you did improve it, so I'll have to have a look at it myself. Thanks for sharing this!


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