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Windmills of Kinderdijk, the Netherlands

Travel photographyPosted by Katarina Souto Mera Wed, March 23, 2011 13:29:37

The windmills of Kinderdijk were built around 1738-1740 to drain the polder which is under sea level. There are 8 stone brick windmills built in 1738, 8 thatched windmills built in 1740, 2 stone windmills built in 1760 and there is one windmill built in 1521 that burnt down in 1997, but it was restored and put in operation in spring 2000.

Tatched windmills, Kinderdijk, the Netherlands (shot with Pentax MZ-S with Helios 44M-7 58mm/f2 on Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film)

The windmills have been operational till the Second World War and since then the function of the windmills has been taken over by the pumping station which is one of the largest in the world. But in an emergency, the windmills can still be used to drain the polder.

The oldest windmill from 1521, Kinderdijk, the Netherlands (shot with Pentax MZ-S with Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 50/4 attached through a tilt adapter on Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film)

This is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and since 1997 is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tatched windmill, Kinderdijk, the Netherlands (shot with Pentax MZ-S with Helios 44M-7 58mm/f2 on Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film)

Brick windmill, Kinderdijk, the Netherlands (shot with Pentax MZ-S with SMC Pentax FA 20/2,8 on Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film)

All of the mills are inhabited except one that is accessible to public.

Windmill, Kinderdijk, the Netherlands (shot with Pentax MZ-S with with Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 50/4 attached through a tilt adapter on Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film)

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Posted by Okswes Mon, June 06, 2011 15:51:45

What ISO did you use?