This windmill (in Biggekerke, The Netherlands) was built in 1712 by the town of Vlissingen and was originally being leased for 7-year periods. The Olbertijn family bought the mill from the town in 1792 and it was subsequently sold In 1852 to Mr. Brasser. It has stayed in the Brasser family since then, and now Adrie Brasser and his son Sjaak are the sixth and seventh generation that upholds the tradition of wind milling. The retail shop next to the mill sells flour milled from various grains such as wholemeal and rye. The mill is one of the few that have remained continuously in operation since it was constructed, although various parts have been worn and replaced over the years, due to normal wear and tear.

Interestingly, the annual whitewashing of the mill is not done with paint, but with lime.

You can get more information about the mill on the Dutch mill database here and on the mill’s own website here

I must admit, that it’s the first time that I have seen a working mill in action, so I pushed the shutter speed as low as I could get away with (handheld), to capture the movement of the blades. It was late afternoon on a very grey and overcast day, so I decided to go for a more vintage, textured look. I hope it works!

[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@20mm, f/18, 1/13sec, ISO-100; LR3/CS3]

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 4 years ago

    Great result with the movement and the texture, George! It works beautifully!

  • Thank you very much Johanne, I’m glad it does! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisabout 4 years ago

  • Bedankt :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Wonderful! Thank you very much for featuring it so quickly! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 4 years ago

    We love your image, Congratulations on being feature in Post Card Style

  • Thank you very much Elizabeth, I appreciate it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Nice work ..!

  • Many thanks :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Jaclyn :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 4 years ago

    Now that is one different windmill shot!
    I really, really like you choice of shutter speed and the positioning of the blades across the frame ….well done!

  • Thanks :-) It took over 30 shots to get it exactly where way I wanted it… This was the last one in the pack!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 4 years ago

    Oh I LOVE this!!!!!! Gorgeous post work … love the movement!!!

  • Thank you so much my friend! And thanks for favoring it! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandabout 4 years ago


    Your work is amazing; you express your vision clearly, convey your message with great accuracy and with great style; thank you so much for being such an integral part of “All About your Best Work”.

  • Many many thanks Michael, very much appreciated! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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