Jun 242010

There’s this tourist attraction that I go yearly to because of the windmills that are concentrated in the area. It’s called Kinderdijk. If you ask non Europeans what they know about The Netherlands, don’t be surprised if some do not even have a clue that this tiny country in Europe exists. But to those who are aware, they would probably say that it’s the land of windmills, cheese, tulips and wooden shoes.

This photo was taken summer of last year. I’ll be visiting Kinderdijk again this year, and of course take new photos. Not that the windmills would look differently but I know I’ ll be enjoying capturing them again with my camera.

Anyhow, read more about Kinderdijk, taken from this source:

The Netherlands is famous for its windmills. Today there are still more than 1.000 mills. Nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as near (the Dutch village) Kinderdijk. Around 1740 no less than 19 sturdy mills were built here. They have been well preserved to the present day.

The mills drain the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders – which are situated below sea-level – after which the water is sluiced into the river Lek (the Rijn).

The powerful mill sails serve to transmit the force of the wind on to large paddle-wheels which scoop up the water. Nowadays power-driven pumping engines do the job, including one of the largest water screw pumping-stations in Western Europe.

The foundation “Wereld Erfgoed Kinderdijk” maintains and preserves the windmills in Kinderdijk.

The preservation is not limited to the windmills themselves, but also covers the area in which the windmills are situated. The foundation makes use of funds from the government and the members of the foundation each contribute to the cost of maintenance. Additional sponsoring should take care of reducing the backlog of repairs.

In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Feb 122010

Here’s a classic example on how NOT to shoot using a fisheye lens and flash!

It was late at night just before I went up to retire. Before turning off the light in the livingroom, I noticed that Charlie was under the coffee table, hiding. Usually he should be in bed (translation: sofa, he took it over from the humans..thus yes, our livingroom is his bedroom) but that night I don’t why he was under there.

Not wanting to walk to the light switch to turn the lights back on, I used my camera flash and so, that shadow in the middle was from the built-in flash. If only camera built in flashes have ” light fixtures” that automatically adjust into any situation, eh?