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A swaying field of yellow under stormy skies at Chesterton windmill in Warwickshire. I've been wanting to do a shot like this for a while now, with the foreground a sea of movement... I also shot images during lulls in the wind and with higher iso, so I have the same foreground a lot more stationary too but personally I preferred the movement. Interested to hear opinions on that, reckon it works?

When I arrived at the location, I was almost shaking with excitement as the rain was just beginning to give way for some pretty special light. I ended up getting gradually soaked though and had to work really hard to keep my kit dry and lens free of spots of rain, but it was fun running around the field looking for angles as the light continued to change. I missed a brief rainbow unfortunately, it crept up behind me and by the time I got to a place with a decent foreground it had gone again. Ah well, another time maybe!

Blend of 2 exposures. (*edit - I should mention the blades of the windmill have not turned for over 100 years).
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20216 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
It's already a wonderful picture with a great composition, and beautiful light and colors, but the long exposure just puts it over the top. Very well done this is so incredible!

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Atdesignz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
AMAZING
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yatesmon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Beautifully taken mate:salute:

I thought is was your work in the magazines adverts...great website mate :D

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Meowgli Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   Photographer
thanks mate yeah they've been running that ad a while now, can't complain! always nice to hear someone enjoyed my site, cheers :beer:
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yatesmon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
The adverts been catching my eyes for a while..just couldn't put 2 & 2 together (maths was never my best subject ;P )...it dawned on me this weekend:lol:

Your site is as good as your photos mate, seeing them posted here, they are fantastic...but when you see them as a collection on your site...stunning pieces :salute:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Photographer
great to hear cheers man, actually got a call from the head of Clikpic a few days ago to do a new PR blitz using my sit as a reference point, meaning I've just had my sub renewed for free for another 2 years, can't complain wi' that! :D
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kayleighrust Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning love how the yellow stands out :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011   Photographer
thank you! yes yellows and blues complement and offset each other nicely :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful picture in my YELLOW - collection![link]
I hope you will agree and enjoy!:iconteheplz::onfire::iconvictorydanceplz:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   Photographer
thanks so much for the feature :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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My pleasure :icongivemesmilesplz:
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kanes Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
stunning
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
featured :thumbsup:
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kellebass Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ver nice contrasts! I think I'd love to see something connecting the two parts in this picture so it becomes more of a whole. For example moved yourself so that the bottom of the wind mill is lower than the horizon. But that is only a though.

Thank you for sharing this amazing photo (:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Photographer
Thank you! I can see what you're saying, it is a little bit divided... a lot of where it is positioned is actually dictated by wide-angle distortion... if I moved the mill too far to one side of the frame it began to distort in a weird way which is very difficult to correct, so it ended up being a little more central than I would have ideally liked, oh well! :)
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kellebass Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I see! I Conquer this dilemma all the time too. Had not the prime wide angle lenses been so rediciolusy expencive I'd done something about it =p

But in any case this photograph has a higher standard than most in here! I'd be proud of this one if I were you.
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kazimkirmani Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
stunning capture! We don't have so much flowers at where I live.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010   Photographer
ah see we get quite a few in the countryside at the right time of year here, in terms of natural landscapes I reckon it's the best thing going for this part of the country so I try to make the best of it, though secretly I miss the mountains and sea! :D thanks!
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Dragos-Sulgheru Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Beauteous indeed...
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
glad you enjoy it :)
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Dragos-Sulgheru Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Oh yes, I really did :)
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StevenDavisPhoto Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
really cool shot, but i would have preferred if the flowers were frozen via a faster exposure time.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
fair enough, I do have that shot but I far prefer this... to me it much better represents the fact that it was windy and rainy at the time I shot it :)
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StevenDavisPhoto Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
coo. different stokes :)
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Ballisticvole Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I prefer the other one you linked, the way the rape is swaying but the windmill remains completely still just looks odd to me.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
fair enough, it has tended to polarise opinion this shot... one of my personal favs though. cheers for the opinion!
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eagle79 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!!! I love this!

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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
thank you! one of my personal favs ;)
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eagle79 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
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kkart Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
this is just outstanding....
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
glad you dig it John... I didn't submit this to the APN group originally cos I thought there was too much manmade stuff in it... are buildings ok as long as they're in a natural setting?
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vollyy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi !
Look - in my journal :

[link]

:thanks:
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ZanaSoul Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Love the movement, beautiful shot.
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timbodon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
That is just insanely good!! What a fantastic capture with the blur of the foreground and the sharpness of the windmill..Outstanding!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010   Photographer
Thanks so much :)
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Goodfoot42 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Hey Adam, I featured this in my best of DA scapes 2010 feature. Excellent photo!
[link]
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010   Photographer
Thanks man :manhug:
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kkool Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010   Photographer
I love the long exposure making the flowers blend into the foreground It makes you concentrate on the large windmill in the bg :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Photographer
Thank you! Nicely described and useful comment :)
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kkool Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Photographer
;p np
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Brilliant shot Adam! The movement in the foreground really adds to the viewing pleasure:D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 22, 2010   Photographer
Thanks dude, glad you think so too :)

(... you reckon this'd fit the bill for a "motion" contest?.... or does the static windmill kinda ruin it for such a brief?)
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
np;)

i'd say yes... you kind of expect it to be in motion, so it might work in your favour that its not moving yet the field is? or maybe you could just add some radial blur to it:D
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 23, 2010   Photographer
Haha, that sounds like a bit of an effort to do without it looking photoshopped :)

I just found out apparently they occasionally open it to the public for like a week a year and operate the machinery... that would sure make a unique image so I'll have to keep an eye out!
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CainPascoe Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Its not too hard... i did this in < 2 mins (i'll take it down as soon as ya see it). Just elliptical marquee selected and radial blured on another layer and masked out;)

But definitely try getting it for real:D

Again, really nice work man!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 24, 2010   Photographer
Wow that looks pretty cool, thanks man I'll give it a shot :) :beer:
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stinkytofu Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
beautiful shot
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Zx20 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot! :-)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010   General Artist
featured here [link] :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 21, 2010   Photographer
Cheers big guy :D
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