Wind Driven


Wind Driven

f/6.3, 1/800, ISO-100, 28mm

I’ve had this image in my head for a long time. Several weeks at least. I knew I would take it, but for a long time I didn’t know where I would take it. Then a friend reminded me that there is a wind farm about 90 miles north of where I live, and more concrete plans started to take shape.

I knew from past (often failed) attempts to get sunrise pictures that I needed to be in place a good hour before sunrise. Putting two and two together, adding twelve  and carrying five, I realized I would need to haul myself out of bed at 3:30 to get there in time, in order to account for the fact that I had nothing more solid than Google Earth to tell me precisely where I wanted to be. I had to find my way to just the right spot at a place I’d never been to before, when there was still not a hint of dawn on the horizon.

In my head, I knew I wanted multiple turbines, but not so many as to be overwhelming and detract from the mood. I knew I wanted the turbines to by positioned synchronously. I knew I wanted dramatic clouds. I wasn’t sure if I wanted the sun above the horizon or not, but I wanted intense lighting, and I wanted super-sharp focus – not an easy thing at my experience level when there’s almost no light to focus with.

I didn’t get everything I wanted. The clouds weren’t quite as prominent as they are in my imagination, but with such a trip I don’t have the luxury of waiting for exactly the right conditions on exactly the right day at exactly the right time, and this was better than I expected (the forecast said the sky would be clear). But the lighting more than made up for that, and I was able to pull off the sharp focus.

20 thoughts on “Wind Driven

  1. Well Tony- you did it again. another outstanding picture…aren’t you glad you got up at 3:30 to take this. The middle turbine looks like t is blowing the cloud…Great job

  2. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and EXTREMELY ENTERPRISING! The whirleys are getting a bad press in Scotland but they can at times be very elegant and scintillating – also surreal! I hope you take some more in different weather and times of day a bit like Monet’s Rouen Cathedral!

  3. Reblogged this on johndwmacdonald and commented:
    POST by Visual Journey Photography -ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and EXTREMELY ENTERPRISING! The whirleys are getting a bad press in Scotland but they can at times be very elegant and scintillating – also surreal! I hope such an artist will take some more in different weather and times of day – like Monet’s Rouen Cathedral!

    • Thanks Nels. Seems like I’ve come a long way since I was seeking your advice on how to shoot the moon a year ago :) I’ve always considered your work a standard by which I measure myself. Still hoping to catch up!

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