Julie Walker, EPSA  

Thurne Drainage Mill by Julie Walker, EPSA

November 2020 - Thurne Drainage Mill

November 2020 - Julie Walker, EPSA


About the Image(s)

On a recent visit to Norfolk I visited the Broads National Park, an area of protected wetland. The area is dotted with windmills, reed beds, lakes and waterways. We only had a few hours there as we were staying some distance away and unfortunately it turned out to be a very wet and grey day. The windmill in this image was built in 1820. I have tried to bring out the detail in the sky by first adjusting the contrast in Lightroom and then adding a graduated filter to darken the sky. I then converted the image to mono using Nik Silver Effex and adjusted the levels to brighten the whites. I also used Topaz to reduce the noise in the sky. Finally I cropped the image and cloned out some of the bright foliage in the foreground.

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a nicely done image, Julie.
Do you mind if I ask about the subject, as I am very interested in historic windmills? Is it a working windmill, and what does it do? Pump water? What about the machinery inside? Wood or metal gears? Belts? Pumps?   Posted: 11/05/2020 00:09:44

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Hi Stephen, I've copied this from the Mill's website. I'll probably be posting more images of mills in the next few months.
"In 1820 Thurne Mill was built by local millwrights England & Co. of Ludham. Its job in life was to drain the marshes for the farmers to make good use of this valuable land. The mill would originally have been as tall as the black band shown in this photograph and would have driven a scoop wheel with cloth covered sails known as common sails.

In 1885 the mill was raised or 'hained' as it is called in Norfolk. This haining was required in order to fit the new style patent sails which had much more power and could be operated by standing on the ground and pulling on the chain in order to open or close the shutters. The fantail was put on at this time too and this enabled the mill to turn automatically into the wind.

In 1936 the mill ceased working due to the mechanism called the striking rod breaking in half. The striking rod ran through the entire mill and was responsible for opening and closing the sails.

By 1948 the mill was in a poor way, no interior floors, windows or doors, but thankfully all the machinery stayed intact. After the war lots of mills fell foul to demolition as the ironwork and rubble was far more valuable than the unused building.

In 1949, thankfully, Mr Ronald Dorian Morse (Bob) brought it from the Internal Drainage Board.

By 1950 Bob and Albert Smith transformed the mill to its former glory and this year his legacy lives on as a 200-year-old historical building that is still working………A lucky mill indeed."

  Posted: 11/05/2020 04:06:46

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
For me this is very interesting subject matter. Thank you for providing the background information. You certainly made the best of a wet gloomy day, and your treatment of the sky adds additional interest. Your decision to crop out the foliage at the bottom also works for me. I like the prespective and the composition. To me it is a fine image and I would not change anything.   Posted: 11/14/2020 08:28:43

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Windmills have always intrigued me and my bucket list contains a trip to the Netherlands to photograph them. Yours is imposing as it stands alone in the field. Your conversion to b/w involved a lot of steps but the result is certainly pleasing. Could you clone out the upright poles behind the windmill?
Enjoyed the history very much.   Posted: 11/16/2020 08:26:16

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
This is so fascinating! I could spend hours just looking at this windmill with all its details and I think the bird on the upper blade is just so awesome. For me, the other elements in the photo are just supporting 'actors' because my eye just locks on the windmill. You could clone out the various poles on the left but they really don't create a distraction for me. Your processing is well though out and I think you made great choices in your crop and cloning. Love it.   Posted: 11/16/2020 10:45:34

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice image of the Windmill, I don't see too many of these in Cincinnati. Also nice looking sky and clouds.
  Posted: 11/19/2020 11:10:13

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
The busy sky keeps drawing my attention away from the mill. I wonder if a long exposure would have reduced all the details into streams of clouds and relegated them more to the background.
I also find the masts, also being vertical objects but different, compete with the mill and don't support it.
I like cormorant.   Posted: 11/23/2020 15:09:12


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