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Windmill, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage

Windmill, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-15
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RV fav, Causse du Larzac, Water mills, windmills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-22 3:09
Viewed: 4148
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
October 15, 2007
Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage 340283 34520
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.783 3.417 622 m

Windmill, Saint Pierre-de-la-Fage on Causse of Larzac.

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Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage is a french commune, in the department of Herault and the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 87 Saint-Pierrais distributed out of 19 km², 4 hab/km².

The windmills converted the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy. It were used to actuate grinding stones, pumps, saws, etc... The wings of the mill are supported by a tower, whose roof carrying the axis of the mill is directional in the case of the mill-turn. If the whole tower is directional, one speaks then about mill on pivot or with candlestick. A typical mill of Anjou, compromised between the precedents, is called mill cavier. The orientation of the mill is done by pushing the tiller or tail of the mill. The wings are generally drink some and covered with fabric. The rotational movement of the horizontal axis of the mill is transmitted to a vertical axis by a whole of gears, the wheel, often manufactured out of wood of various gasolines chosen for their resistance.

The windmill appeared in the East, Egypt and Iran. First mention of windmill in France, date of 1170, in a charter of the town of Arles. The Netherlands are probably the country which counted the greatest number of windmills.

The windmills were used incidentally as semaphores. Ansi, during the wars of the Vendée, the wings of the mills of Mount-of the Larks indicated to Vendean the positions and movements of the republican troops.

The mills inspired so many great writers and among them:

ALPHONSE DAUDET, 1840-1897, who wrote in "the secrecy of Cornille Master", "Letters of My Mill":
"... Sunday we went to the mills, by bands. Up there, the millers paid the muscatel. The millers were beautiful like queens, with their rotten of laces and their gold crosses. Me, I brought my fifre, and until the black night one danced of the farandoles. These mills, you see, made the joy and the richness of our country."

RENE BAZIN, 1853-1932, whose Herve Bazin, also writer, were the great nephew, who wrote in connection with the mills of Poitou in "the mill which does not turn any more":
"... The least breeze, which crossed, met it. One did not have any, to make transfer the white wings, that what it is necessary so that the corns glisten, so that a stem of dandelion loses its seeds. A storm made it insane. During the winter, when the wind of north blew, the miller tightened all the fabric, and left only the frame out of rods of chestnut which was enough to turn the grinding stone, and nicely, I assure you."

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Hi Joel,
Interesting looking windmill ... the architecture of this one is slightly different to the one we see in Holland ... this one is a little bit more artistic. Well captured and composed with very good description notes. Excellent work! tfs

hi joel
never saw a windmill by real :( but i enjoy this picture. great shot,thanks sharing

Hello Joel,
A lovely composition of this windmill in very appealing light. The detail in the sails and stonework are very well brought out and benefit much for the lovely sky. Excellent clarity.

Bonjour Joel
Il n'y a pas besoin de faire un long discours pour la description de cet excellent boulot.La couleur,le cadrage et tout le reste,c'est top!
Bravo et bonne fin de journée.


les Moulins n'ont pas inspiré que les grands écrivains, car les photographes vont sur leurs traces en reproduisant une belle phto avec des couleurs sublimes et un cadrage parfait et bien vu avec cette poutre sur le côté droit.
merci de ce partage très agréable et de ta note interessante comme d'habitude

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2007-10-22 7:48]

Bonjour Joel,
amazing old construction of windmill, very nice "portrait", pleasant light and colours. Good WS also. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

Salut Joël,
very interesting note about the mills and a nice capture of a beautiful one. Sharp and clear, well framed and in good light. A lovely capture.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

it's a very nice mill shot Joel.
the quality of the shot is great, I like your pov, the fantastic sky and the good composition, a very nice photojob here, well done, have a nice day.
gr. jaap

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  • leo61 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 4168 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-22 9:55]

Hi Joel!
Never heard about windmolls in France.Any way you managed a nice shot and placed the mill perfect.Great light and good ,well contrasting colors.

Salut Joel,
Déjà sur la vignette, on remarque l'équilibre chromatique, et le contraste jaune / bleu, très agréables à l'oeil.
J'aime beaucoup, c'est beau et bien composé, équilibré.
Bonne soirée,

Bonsoir Joel
La lumière sur ce moulin est vraiment superbe. Une composition bien pensée et des couleurs très belle pour cette magnifique photo. Du très bon travail, j'aime beaucoup!!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13801 W: 0 N: 16043] (169206)
  • [2007-10-22 10:28]


Mefrveilleux moulin, ça m'a toujour faciné de voir ces moulin, mais j'en ai jamis vu tourner.
Meveilleus note accompagne cette slendide photo, c'est parfait et complet.

Bravo et belle soirée


Bomsoir Joel,

très belle prise de vue de ce moulin à vent avec une excellente composition de l'iamge et de belles couleurs.La netteté est très bonne.Bravo.

Salutations amicales du Luxembourg


Salut Joel,
Bon cadrage avec de bonnes conditions de lumière, ton choix de moment de la prise est bien vu, le résultat est superbe.

bonjour Joël
superbe :) l'angle, la lumière, les couleurs, la cadrage, vraiment belle cette photo :))

Bonsoir Joël
excellent cadrage et beau contraste des couleurs. Cette photo est bien composée et possède une bonne gestion de l'exposition. Bravo.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2007-10-22 11:26]

Salut Joel
Très belle luminosité qui baigne ce magnifique moulin.
Je suis passé par ici sur ma route en direction du Cirque de Navacelle il y a deux ans mais la luminosité n'était pas favorable ce jour là.
Mais il est en parfait état de fonctionnement.
J'apprécie beaucoup.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15432 W: 159 N: 26991] (141662)
  • [2007-10-22 12:01]

Bonsoir Joel,
Une lumiére capté au bon moment qui donne une teinte chaude sur les pierres du moulin sur un ensemble de ouleurs agréable, bon POV et bravo aussi pour les deux WS
Passe une bonne soirée

Hi Joel,
Excellent shot, The windmill is awesome! Great spot to put it in your photograph and the color is perfect. What a beautiful place . TFS

salut joel
quelle belle image, un moulin magnifique qui trone au milieu de ce larzac sous un ciel et une lumiére top, il ressemble un peu a celui de cucugnan

Hello Joel
Excellent light color and motiv
My compliment

Bonsoir Joel,

Une bonne prise de vue du moulin à vent à Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Great composition placing this windmill to one side and giving us a nice view of the landscape around the windmill. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness and detail.

Hi Joel,
Thanks for sharing a windmill in difference pov, what on the wing like blooms, nice color in sunny day, cheers.

bonjour joel,
le moment de la prise de vue est bien choisi car la lumiere emplifie la beauté de ce moulin, cadrage parfait et presentation impeccable.


Salut Joël,
Moi j'aime beaucoup les moulins, je pense d'ailleurs en publier un bientôt. Celui-ci est superbe, tu l'as très bien cadré sur la droite et tu as bénéficié d'une excellente lumière, bravo c'est une très bonne image.

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-23 4:13]

Belle photo de ce moulin superbe se découpant très bien avec ce ciel bleu en toile de fond.Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté qui laisse voire foule de détails comme ce cable qui passe d' une aile a l' autre puis a l' autre puis qui revien au premier.
Amitiés Thomas

bonjour Joël
la lumière qui arrive sur le moulin est très belle,et lui donne de jolies couleurs.Le cadrage est super,avec le moulin qui se détache du ciel,et seulement cette bande d'herbe en bas de la photo!c'est vraiment une bien belle photo!

Joel, great capture, the colors and details are so fine. The coverings on the blades are very interesting. Your shots show all of what you describe in your note, very fine presentation of a great shot.


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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2007-10-23 15:55]

Hola Joël,
Preciosa foto de este molino con una buena composición y magnífica luz y colores.
Buen trabajo

Hi Joel,
Very lovely composition, lights are beautiful. I like the picturesque and nostalgic atmosphere, colours are very fine. Clarity is superb, note is excellent as usual. Great! Have a nice day

Hi Joel,
Another excellent shot, this time capturing the windwill surrounded by a nice atmosphere. Great light and colours.
Thanks a lot for your useful information.
Very well done.

Hi Joel, very nice photo and very attractive windmill with great architecture. Good job and TFS,

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46935)
  • [2007-11-08 15:19]

Hi Joel!
I've just found out this beautiful windmill. It's different from ours here. I really like its architecture. The fence around it is very nice. Good composition and colours!

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2008-02-09 7:23]

Bonjour Joel,
I don't think I've ever seen such extraordinary detail in a windmill. When combined with the perfect golden light and BG sky decorated with clouds it is truly my favorite. I've tried many times to take pictures of windmills; they are very difficult to frame. Your outstanding note when combined with details I didn't see first-hand make their workings understandable. Then the addition of the poetic writings makes your note, if possible, even better than the photo. SAJ, Pat

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