Joan Field, APSA  

Highlighted Windmills by Joan Field, APSA

February 2021 - Highlighted Windmills

About the Image(s)

Taken recently on a car trip to local photogenic areas. We were just finished and my husband was driving the car, leaving me free to photograph out of the windows. The light had just gotten to the exact point where the sun was shining on the windmills, but not on the hills in particular. I grabbed a couple of shots out of the window. The camera was set on a group of settings that a recent Zoom lecturer had suggested. The concept was to be ready at all times to take a shot: Aperture priority set to the. widest aperture, abou 3 - 4, and auto ISO. Using a Nikon D750.
The sky was incredibly boring, a light blue, so I selected it and changed the sky to one I had taken previously. To get it into the selected area only, I use Command, option, shift and V. It was a pretty good fit, only very minor cleaning up, usually with the clone tool in Photoshop.

7 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Very interesting. In my opinion this has a great deal of Impact. The stark white blades contrasted with the dark tones in the rest of the frame certainly
draw the eye and due to their placement in the frame the eye is prevented from moving.

Just a passing thought, have you considered cropping the turbine on the right completely out and positioning the remaining three as per the rule of thirds? Then you would also incorporate the rule of odds thus adding more strength to the image. Any thoughts??

  Posted: 02/05/2021 12:30:14

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Joan, this is an impressive scene. It feels like the last rays of sun before a storm hit the windmills. The new sky fits in beautifully. Have you done any relighting of the scenery? The play of the highlights and shadows and the tones of green and blue are so beautiful. I think that it would be a tough choice between the crops: Larry's suggestion would make a bold and strong image, but I think that the fourth windmill in the distance adds a sense of depth to the image, and the light on the hill is absolutely beautiful.   Posted: 02/06/2021 10:43:52
Joan Field   Joan Field
Thanks you for your comments. This was a really catch image out the window of the car. I guess we had stopped for a light.   Posted: 02/19/2021 16:42:39

Billy Sinclair
Hi Joan, this is a good example of a photograph taken at the right time of day. The windmills grab my attention, and I think they are helped by your choice of sky. It might be worth adding a little brightness to the foreground hill (not much, just enough to show a bit more of the color).   Posted: 02/07/2021 14:15:22

Joan Field   Joan Field
I appreciate your comments. However, even though we don't have threes, I personally prefer the fourth windmill on the hill further away. I feel it needs the depth and added hill.   Posted: 02/19/2021 16:41:07
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hi Joan

I was not suggesting that the 4th wind turbine HAD to be cropped it was just a a suggestion. Quite often when I shoot landscapes with a wide angle lens I will then switch to a telephoto and try to capture several parts of the scene and turn them into images of their own. I do this because mentally something drew me to the scene. Sometimes I think I know what drew me in, but sometimes I wonder so i take multiple compositions. In this scene I can see an image of the 4 windmills, I can see an image of 3 and I can see an image of 1 (the single as a horizontal, and a vertical). This type of simplistic image offers many possibilities and I don't want to skip the one I may end up liking the best. The comment was offered as just something to think about.   Posted: 02/26/2021 13:08:14

Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Hi Joan: The stark white windmills really stand out against The moody, cloudy dark Sky.   Posted: 02/26/2021 12:43:36


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