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Happy New Year everyone! :beer:

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!)

Adam
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Danferno Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure if the centered horizon really works for me, my eye gets really stressed when looking at this image. I wonder what it'd look like if you went lower, while tilting the camera upwards - the man would be on the same plane as the windmill which could cause some interesting perspective-play. Also yea, I'm miles behind on my dWatch messages, so apologies if this reply is horribly late!
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Lunox-baik Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
superb!
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theopenroad Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011   Photographer
My goodness, the human element in a landscape is so often the missing piece. What a wonderful shot!
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shatinn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Nice job Adam. The compo and the colors is lovely but I have a feeling the windmill is a lonely "figure" left behind freezing on the bare land. :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011   Photographer
it does kind of look like they've had an argument what with their backs to one another hey? :D thanks Tunde!
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FlorentCourty Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Hmmm hard to say. Something sounds strange to me here, it's like if there was 2 shots in one, I try to explain:

All that lines lead me to the windmill standing up the hill with that winter sunset, this make a scenery, and then there's that guy too walking on the cold land, like another scenery, almost disturbing for me, I don't really succeed to include him in the whole scene. Something is too much here for my eye, man or windmill: with a man that close I might have prefered a shot with "the man walking on the frozen land with the setting sun" or a shot with" the windmill standing up the hill on a cold winter day at sunset".

In fact if the guy was farther in the land he could play the role of a lone figure exploring the wintry scene in a better way I think.

Overall it's a nice shot, a different one, even if I'm a bit disturbed I especially like the lines on the field here and that sunset with stratus clouds, a nice winter scenery. ;)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Photographer
hey man, thanks very much for a good analysis of the shot, I can see what you mean there. I have other shots without the guy and considered shooting this one without him too, but reasoned that (a) he would be easy to clone out if I wanted to, and (b) it would add a bit of context to the conditions - cold guy experiencing the snow! :D ... also (c) I thought I should try something different so it wasn't 'just another' shot of the windmill hehe.. I'm not 'defending' the shot by the way, I think you're right, just giving you an idea of what I was thinking when I shot it :)

.... I have another one more like how you describe, only partly edited but I opted to go with this one instead... here's a link, what do you think? - [link]
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FlorentCourty Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Yep I see, but you're right to try different things. =)

About the link: I prefere the man at this scale! Here he looks like a lone figure in the cold, very little in all ways compared to the rest... But that's just my personnal vision. ;)
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice pic :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
thanks!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
thanks!
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
np
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Nice one. I noticed some of your landscapes in the book my son gave me for Christmas 'Landscape Photographer 2010'. It must be a great feeling to see your work in print.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
thanks Anne! yeah managed to sneak a couple in there this year! it's a satifsying feeling to make the cut for sure but between you and me I'm a little disappointed in how my prints came out... it's not that I don't appreciate the inclusion cos I really do... it's just that I'm my own worst critic! unfortunately the deadline for submission was bang in the middle of my eye problems over the summer, I could only use one eye while preparing the images and I think that's what resulted in my slight oversharpening of the images... I should have submitted the images in a different colour space too but you live and learn! eyes forward to next year hehe :)
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ancoben Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Eyes are precious, speaking from experience I've had four operations on mine as a child. It's amazing how each eye sees things differently too!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Photographer
yeah it's all to do with rods and cones if I remember my biology? I've always been fascinated by how differently each eye seems to perceive colour temperature!
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gameu2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
i see a long way back to home..... awesome place and shot
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
thanks!
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SebastianKraus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I pass this windmill few times, maby on spring time I will photograph him :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
yes I think we had this conversation last time I posted some from here ;) having shot it in all seasons, I would have to say spring and summer are definitely the best here... I look forward to what you produce if/when you shoot it! hey check this one out, not mine but probably my favourite I've seen of the place - [link]
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SebastianKraus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Let's say spring time. I don't know mmaby march? Are you go on Focus on Imaging to Birmingham NEC? Maby on way back I will photograph this windmill, however we will stay in touch...
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Photographer
well, let me know a week or two before you're thinking of heading over there and I'll go check the location out for you, let you know if the fields are blooming etc ;) should be nice and yellow around April time... might even come along too aye!

just had a look at the Focus on Imaging website, is it basically an equipment show? all the manufacturers unveiling their latest products? I'm not sure that would be for me... my interest in equipment is limited as it is, but when I see something I really like I tend to convince myself I "need" it which is never good for my wallet! :D
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SebastianKraus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cuting our conversation short: Is the biggest show in Europe! I will do, I will let you know weeks before.
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Stunning mate! Works perfectly I think, really like it.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
thanks Ed, glad you dig it man
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psyfre Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
:highfive:
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
In general, I don't like people in my pictures. But I like this. It adds a feeling of adventure and exploration to the shot. I honestly think it would be fine both ways :)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
generally I think I agree, it has to be done 'just right'... ultimately I think he's a little too large/close in frame for this to hit the mark, but I agree I think either way would be ok... I guess I was keen to do something other than "just another windmill shot!" :)
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I personally don`t find him an interesting addition to be honest mate but the lines drawing you into the frame are superb,as is the comp, light and that stunning skyline :wow:
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
much thanks for the straight feedback mate :)
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B31Photography Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
It's good to see they put the sails back after that guy got hit on the head.
Cool shot and well worth standing in the cold waiting for his return.
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011   Photographer
oh is that why they were taken off? never knew that! did he survive?? they've always been on since I've started exploring the place photographically a couple of years back :) thanks!
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B31Photography Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Yeah, I've now found out it was a woman/man? depending on what you read :hmm:
But found this for you [link] ;)
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011   Photographer
sweet, thanks very much for that!
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B31Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Glad to help.
Cool gallery by the way, keep up the good work :thumbsup:
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