Happy New Year everyone!
A shot from the beginning of December of my favourite windmill
I've been wanting a shot of this location in the snow ever since January. It would have been perfect back then with our immense amounts of snow but with it being on the top of a hill only accessible by backroads I've never really fancied my chances of getting up there.
On this occasion the snow had been around for a few days and the gritters had been out, enabling me to at least get within walking distance. I was actually on my way to meet some friends and had merely factored in a half-hour stop-off to capture sunset at the windmill en route. Just a mere minute after being at the location with the light starting to go off, some old dude rocks up in his car and makes all the motions like he's about to walk into my shot. I considered asking him to hold on a sec, but knowing me he would have been waiting til after dark so I bit my tongue and just said a polite hello. A sudden gut instinct also told me to let him walk on... somehow I just had this feeling the shot had potential to be stronger with a lone figure exploring the wintry scene. This could well be a matter of personal taste though. What do you guys reckon?
As is typically the case for these opportune shots my camera settings were completely the opposite of what would have been useful, so I used the time it took him to walk up to the mill to get myself set and ready. As he made his way back the light pretty much began to peak and I could hardly believe my luck as it hardly ever happens this way! Usually it's a case of scouting a location, returning a few times perhaps... maybe spend hours there without even taking a single frame. This day it was like baddabing baddaboom, back in the car and on to the party!
(... and seeing as I've asked for critique, the exif is 1/125s, f/8, iso 400, 40mm, tripod mounted, no filters.... and -9C!)