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Moulin Vent

By conrad  
Second image from my short holiday in Brittanny last week. I discovered this rather nice windmill close to the Mont St. Michel.

Although I've also taken several 'straight' shots of it, I thought it would be nice to capture the movement of the sails, so I used a polariser and ND filter to lengthen the exposure time. (And I used a lens that wasn't as fast as the one I had on my camera when I arrived, which also lengthened the exposure time.) Using the polariser brought out the sky quite nicely as well, I think.

Any comments, suggestions and mods welcome - invited, even!

Thanks for looking,


P.S. If you like movement of a windmill's sails, have a look at my somewhat earlier photo of a Dutch windmill ...

Tags: France Windmill Vent Mont st michel Brittanny Bretagne Moulin Landscape and travel

Voters: whipspeed, keithh, fabz and 16 more


whipspeed 15 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
9 May 2006 12:57AM
Really like the movement you've got in the sails here. I've been trying this with a local wind farm, but no decent results yet. You've inspired me to keep going.

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joolsb 15 27.1k 38 Switzerland
9 May 2006 1:44AM
Strnge. With all that movement in the sails and with the clouds looking like they're smoke coming out of the mill, it looks as if it's about to explode any minute! ;o)
conrad 15 10.9k 116
9 May 2006 1:54AM
As the Mask would put it: "Smokin'!" LOL. I hadn't looked at it that way yet, but I suppose there's something in what you say, Julian. Interesting.

And Sarah - why don't you try my tricks to lenghten the exposure time, they should work for you, too. Tested and tried method.

Thanks for your comments, both!

Briwooly Plus
14 454 6 England
9 May 2006 2:02AM
Great movement
ardbeg77 Plus
15 1.2k 7 United Kingdom
9 May 2006 2:36AM
Lovely composition and tone Conrad - but I think it's the movement which makes this stand out somewhat. It works very well indeed. Exellent work.

ChrisOs 14 2 1 United Kingdom
9 May 2006 2:52AM
Well that's a first! I've never seen a windmill working and I've never seen a picture of one working. So thanks for that.
A great picture. Very dramatic. The windmill does look as if something drastic is about to happen, it was never like that in Trumpton.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
9 May 2006 3:03AM
Thanks, Brian, Steve and Chris!

Chris, if you think this looks like something is about to happen, have a look at the shot I've linked to above. Ian quite rightly remarked that it almost looks like the windmill in that shot is about to take off...

chrisfroud 14 521
9 May 2006 5:12AM
Just the right amount of movement!
georg 14 4 South Africa
9 May 2006 6:06AM
Thanks for the comment on the dunes. I am always in awe when I see them.
Love the movement in this picture.

whipspeed 15 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
9 May 2006 7:13AM
Thanks Conrad. I did try taking some the other evening, but I left it a bit late. Consequently they looked more like dandelions, with just a complete blur at the top. It looks like a lovely evening coming up so I might drive over later.
jan 1 15 12 Netherlands
9 May 2006 9:34AM
Like it a lot. Good looking in large.
conrad 15 10.9k 116
9 May 2006 10:19AM
Thanks, Chris, Georg and Jan!

Sarah - Dandelions? LOL, I think I can imagine what you mean. Well, either do it earlier and use my method, or do it exactly the other way around! Wink

deviant 15 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2006 12:33PM
Nice example of imaginative use of grads

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