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Dransfield's Mill - part 2

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 5 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

We continue our series on the old Dransfield's Flour Mill at Millpond Farm near Braidwood.

The local region produced the granite blocks and distinctive red bricks you see here. A massive steam engine once housed in this 1860 four storied mill ground grain for flour. The mill also cut timber and powered the crushing of granite to extract gold.

NIKON D5000 1/50 second F/14.0 ISO 100 14 mm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Back from the days when machinery was big, steamy and oily-lovely!

5 May 2011 6:12am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Je te souhaite une agréable journée

5 May 2011 7:00am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Beautiful colors !!! The carriages are waiting on passengers??

5 May 2011 7:26am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

j'aime beaucoup le choix du grand angle belle perspective ! peace !

5 May 2011 7:30am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

such a gorgeous structure - the stonework is fabulous.

5 May 2011 7:50am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb framing of that impressiv building and the little carriages .

5 May 2011 8:22am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love the picture but above all I admire your good choice on how to take the perspective. Nice shot! A hug, Adelal

5 May 2011 8:25am

Phil Morris from Canada

What an amazing angle for the photo, brings the size into focus as the old 1908 postcards used to
do, making the building look more imposing and built to last. You stepped back in time and I can see
a series of photos, probably just of the exterior, it is so completely smashing, I say !! 5***** !!~)

5 May 2011 8:29am


There is a romantic nostalgia from the past days of toil and sweat when man and machinery worked the land that is now eclipsed by technology sadly. This image evokes those nostalgic days, and another neat frame in the series.

5 May 2011 8:35am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Nice point of view , and amazing building , Phil

5 May 2011 8:42am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This looks a very solid building,I like all the textures and colours it has!
A great view,great picture!

5 May 2011 9:26am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The contrast between the granite blocks and the red bricks is fabulous - it's a lovely mill.

5 May 2011 10:26am

Sam from Chennai, India

Love the angle. Wonderful perspective. Great shot of this old Mill building. Amazing. :)

5 May 2011 10:27am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Nice perspective, colours and details...

5 May 2011 10:56am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

fantastic !
best view

5 May 2011 10:57am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful stone & brick work....like those symbols...

5 May 2011 11:25am

@PRASHANT: Yes, I found those symbols intriguing; not sure of their origin or what they signify.

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

interesting angle, it gives a perfect feeling for the hight of these object!

5 May 2011 12:26pm

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

I like this perspective!

5 May 2011 12:51pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful feel to this shot Stephen! Great detail and texture! Was this taken with a fisheye lens? ;-)

5 May 2011 12:52pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. For this whole series I used my wide angle lens - the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. I find this to be an excellent ultra wide lens. It’s my first choice lens for architecture as well as landscapes.

Lougris from Toulouse, France

c'est vraiment une grosse batisse !!

5 May 2011 12:53pm

tataray from france, France

Impressionnant sous cet angle.
Belles textures, j'aime la couleur de la brique.
Toutes les charrettes sont également attrayantes.

5 May 2011 1:01pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Amazing how diverse this mill was.
Love the angle you used.

5 May 2011 1:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great scene . Interesting .

5 May 2011 1:22pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Exceptional strong angle and tonality to portray this building! So many details and fine textures to explore! Wonderful Stephen!

5 May 2011 1:28pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very productive operation in its time, and a nice angle of view here. No wonder this structure isn't going anywhere : look at that rock solid foundation work.

5 May 2011 2:55pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a magnificent building! It looks huge! Great vertical wide angle here....looks like it is getting a bit cooler there. ;-)

5 May 2011 3:07pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Nice perspective - I like the distortion that the wide-angle gave you.

5 May 2011 3:09pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

I must have missed a day or two, I'm just catching up on my viewing. Wonderful scene here. Australia often looks like parts of the U.S.

5 May 2011 3:57pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

It's now easy to see the impressive size of the mill, a very solid looking building.

5 May 2011 4:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i love the wagons

5 May 2011 4:34pm

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Un encuadre muy interesante que hace resaltar el edificio.Saludos.

5 May 2011 7:04pm

London Caller from UK, United Kingdom

Re Prashant & Stephen:

They are known as patress plates and tie rods in construction (that's my background - I read it at uni).
In layman's term, people normally refer them as "anchor plates".
They are used to restrain external walls from splaying.
Common shapes include S-shape, T-head, Cross...
Click below if you want to see more plates:

5 May 2011 7:23pm

@London Caller: Thanks for solving that puzzle!

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

like the angle, :)

5 May 2011 8:17pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

imposante batisse!

5 May 2011 8:24pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

magnificent feel here! great shot.

5 May 2011 10:00pm

marci from in, Morocco

interesting effect on this one - looks like a leaning building!

5 May 2011 10:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Love the textures and colors in the stone and brick. That was one multi-purpoose mill. I would like to have seen that steam engine in operation.

5 May 2011 10:12pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great shot. Love the perspective on this strong & beautiful structure. I really like the two decretive looking iron curly crosses in the upper centre. I assume they connect through the wall to iron rods with turnbuckles for added strength.

5 May 2011 10:53pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

They sure don't build them like they used to. Great textures and the mortar joints stand out nicely here.

5 May 2011 11:48pm

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Great composition and color and well composed too!

6 May 2011 12:28am

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

love old building like this grate shot

6 May 2011 1:00am

k@ from Paris, France

The wide angle is super here to let us enjoy it whole.

6 May 2011 12:23pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

Excellent POV, an extraordinary view...I like all the details! Great composition!

6 May 2011 3:48pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

cool perspective and POV!

9 May 2011 10:23am

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