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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Edith Levy Photography

Writing with Light

Little Pics of Hope

FREE backyard nature pics to copy or print.

Helpful articles to improve your own nature and landscape photography explorations. You will also see stunning landscape and nature photographs created by award winning landscape and nature photographer Melissa Fague.


I click what I like

The Photographer's Guide to Landscape Photography

Tips and tricks to shoot some better photos of the most exciting places

J.T. Avery Photography

Landscape Photography & Photographic Art


the world we know


Life Thru A Lens.... Capturing and Displaying Life's Beauty

Stephen J. Tyler


The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Stephen G Hipperson

My photography and other stuff

rona black photography

occasional visual essays

Maybrick's Photography

Beautiful British Isles.

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

Rick Alonzo Photography

Tampa photographer | Portraits, Models, Landscapes, Wildlife and more

Joshi Daniel Photography

Images of People Photoblog




I can make no apologies for following my heart

Through My Lens

The world as I see it

%d bloggers like this: