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As you look around my site, you will probably notice that as well as including plenty of photos of my own, I also have extensive links to photos that are provided by photo hosting sites, such as flickr, and Picasa Web Albums.

In some cases, particular windmills are such popular subjects that these sites have many hundreds of photos of the same windmill. As a case in point, probably the most popularly photographed windmill is the Dutch Windmill in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (A number of factors contribute to its popularity - being at one end of Silicon Valley it's seen by a huge number of web and digital camera literate people - precisely the people who contribute to photo sharing sites, and the rarity of windmills in California, and the huge tourist draw of the area are additional factors.)

Another (mock) windmill with a huge tourist draw is the Moulin Rouge in Paris - who doesn't take a photo of this landmark when they visit Paris?

The incredible number of photos of these mills can be a problem - navigating and inspecting them is not easy. Another photo site, Panoramio, has just introduced a clever method of viewing multiple photos of the same subject, which they call "Look around". A few good examples of windmills using this method are:

I did find some UK mills that are available using this method, but they have much smaller datasets:

On a technical note, windmills are not ideal for this photo matching - the essence of a fully functional windmill is that it is a machine that moves, which can make for some incorrect matches. For example the pair of photos of Heckington mill have been matched so that the 8 sails are correlated - but the two images are taken when the cap had rotated to face different compass directions, so the bits of the tower being matched do not agree with each other. The Brill images also seem to turn the mill upside down to match the two images which were taken from different sides of the mill together, and the Blennerville pair seems to do something similar.

On the other hand, this pair of Melin Llynnon impressively (or luckily) manages to match the tower in the two images, despite the cap and sails facing in quite different directions:


Tags: [flickr] [panoramio]
Item: #693, Posted: 5/6/08.


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