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Motionless by Meowgli Motionless by Meowgli
Went out shooting yesterday looking for spots of interest in the area and found this old windmill on a hilltop with commanding views, surrounded by wheat fields bathed in some rare summer sun. I wasn't the only photographer with designs on this location and bumped into a fair few about the fields! This shot was taken just as the sun re-emerged underneath the low band of cloud near the horizon, in that 20-minute burst of light before day's end..

The mill is called Chesterton Windmill and was built sometime around 1632, possibly with assistance from an apprentice of Inigo Jones. It is a Grade I listed building and has been restored a few times over the years, although the mill itself is no longer functional. Suggestions abound that it was originally built as an observatory rather than a windmill, though this point is up for debate. This must be one of my local area's most celebrated and famous landmarks and apart from there not being many clouds I couldn't have asked for much nicer conditions for my first time seeing and photographing it...
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Motionless, an expression of lack of motion and frozen atmosphere.

I liked how the title contradicts with the image itself, and it's a positive thing like an expression of "Silent but Screaming" or "Uncomfortable Silence can be so Loud" as when I look at the image, I see a video of simple movements, the air startling the plants and the mill slowly moving back and forth in an unstable motion with the air and the sound of the air moving through the aisles.

that feeling mixed with the colors and the atmosphere that the static image portrays yields a totally beautiful and one-of-a-kind photograph which is final cut that you presented here.

great job and hope to see more from you,
Regards,
RENO.
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Tuesdaysangel Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss: Featured here: [link]
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   Photographer
Thank you for the feature!
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:iconvisiologic:
Visiologic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
This is one stylish mill.
Even more stylish the pic itself, though ^^
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Photographer
thank you :aww:
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Rudeman911 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
A stunner. Right place, right time. Congrats.
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wandereringsoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I like this...really appeals to me
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010   Photographer
thanks Eddie, glad you like it! I like this one too but my current personal favourite of this place is probably [link]

been meaning to get up there for a night shoot for ages, hopefully get my arse in gear and get that one done before winter comes!
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ZanaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Very serene, gorgeous mill :clap:
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silvergate08 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
this is a great capture
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010   Photographer
Thank you for the comments!
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:iconasandor:
asandor Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Student Artist
great landscape :) love the mill
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choudryarif Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
nice shot
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the-arkz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
featured in my article: COMPOSITION-simple guidelines [link] as a great example.

really hope you don't mind, :+favlove: the article, so more people can learn from your photograph.

Thank you :hug:
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Nancynoo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
hey great shot I love it :) I've got some shots at that windmill too there are a few on here if you want, take a look except that I havent put my favourite one on where I was virtually lying on the ground but it was worth it.... hmmm I better put that one up. anyway great shot :)
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009   Photographer
ah yeah so I see :) aye why not pop it up
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Trevone Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
is this on earth....?
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009   Photographer
haha! I hope so or something really strange happened that afternoon.. :)
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:iconmoon-willow:
Moon-Willow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
feels like I stepped back in time...truly beautiful
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009   Photographer
shame the tyre tracks kinda ruin that illusion I guess... thanks! =)
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:iconmoon-willow:
Moon-Willow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
nooo...lol, didn't ruin it at all.. wagon tracks ;)
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009   Photographer
ahhh I like your thinking! :D
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digitaldreamz666 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
featured : [link]
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Photographer
great, thank you! =)
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Gerridwen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
Featured in my journal [link]


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Pauliina
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009   Photographer
thank you so much! :hug:
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dwth Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 85th/86th.:wave:
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Cameil Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I do say, that is the strangest windmill I have ever seen. The arches are so interesting, but they are different (not that that’s a bad thing). All the windmills I’ve ever seen have been the classic mix between a cylinder and a cone, with a pointy roof and cute little door at the base. Or they have been the rows and rows of new fancy white metal posts that stick a million miles up into the air and have three enormous blades to spin a turbine for hydro and constantly look like they are about to tip over (or like they are aliens coming to eat us all >_>;; ). But this one is so, wide and noble. The structure looks so lonely standing there all on its own. Abandoned and surrounded by those ghostly colours. Just standing there motionless in the field. I love the colours. They are so soft, and ghostly, almost lost but not washed out at the same time. Beautiful.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Photographer
I guess this is a "traditional" English windmill, though I confess I haven't seen many like this either! it was allegedly built with assistance from an apprentice of Inigo Jones, one of the first 'modern' architects in England.. he was active 16th-17th centuries and played his part in a prolific number of buildings throughout the land... so when you consider that, you might look at this building as more of an artpiece than perhaps a functional industrial construction...

such a shame that the new, streamlined, 3-pronged industrial wind turbines are that much more efficient.. they're so much uglier!

=)
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Cameil Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They can be rather ugly xD But sometime, when you get the fields and fields (or even just two or three) of them mixed in with hills and tress, and you see them in the right light, melodically turning away to there own rhythms, they can be quite beautiful. But then the light changes and they are back to 'ewwww' xD Then again, everything is beautiful in it’s own way, right?
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009   Photographer
ohh yeah, and with some nice long exposure action to get em spinning against a sunset they can definitely be beautiful in their own right ;)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
This turned out very well mate, very well indeed. :)
Absolutely spot on focus, and depth, as well as absolutely stunning light on the field, and windmill! :heart:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009   Photographer
thanks broseph :D
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ancoben Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Nice one
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:iconkulten:
kulten Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
Lovely and very natural shot. I like it.
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
Thanks mate :D
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DrMuscle Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice picture!
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
=) Thank you!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
Beautiful old windmill, never seen anything like it before. You've composed it well, great lead in line with the fields in the foreground and I like the pastel simple sky, really nice man!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
cheers mate yeah it's an interesting bit of architecture.. spent ages exposure blending this one trying to achieve as faithful and realistic a look as I could manage :)
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theshinyrock Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
beautiful
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
=)
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theshinyrock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
np :)
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shickabooms Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
quite lovely
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
=)
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shatinn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Sure the design is interesting, not the usual mill style. Love the pastel tones and a light is spot on The wheat almost ready so we might have another view of this place when the field is empty.=D
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
I'm sure I'll be returning each time the field changes.. might be really cool in winter!
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MaLtE-13th Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
realy nice shot...
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:iconmeowgli:
Meowgli Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009   Photographer
thank you =)
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MaLtE-13th Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure
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geschmacksneutral Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the whole concept, with the colours, the motif, just everything about it :)
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