Windmill In Late Afternoon
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Red Rover
Registered: Jul 13, 2012
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I was at my sister's 50th birthday party and had just unboxed my new D7000 and 17-55 f/2.8 a few days before. I hadn't shot with it much. It was late afternoon and I saw a glint of sun on the blades of this windmill so I went outside to try and get a shot. I had to shoot at ISO 800 just to get a holdable 1/80 shutter speed at f/2.8 since I didn't have a tripod and the 17-55 is not VR.







sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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.I think it needs some edge sharpening/
Overall, a bit flat. I did some selective burning. Edge sharpening. Both in LR.
And I took the liberty of doing a BW conversion to push apart red yellow tones from blue cyan for more depth and drama. Done in SEP 2.
If you want these taken down, please let me know.

Scott



Red Rover
Registered: Jul 13, 2012
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sbeme wrote:
If you want these taken down, please let me know.

Scott


Not at all, I appreciate the constructive input Scott. I think it works better in black white and suspected that it might. Thanks.



Camperjim
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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I do think I prefer the B&W. There is nothing I can point to as a serious flaw with this image. I just don't see it as very interesting.



Red Rover
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Camperjim wrote:
I just don't see it as very interesting.


And I understand that. It was the first thing I got to shoot with the new camera other than a few birthday candle shots. I will wait until I have a shot that I think is worth discussion before posting again. Thanks.



RustyBug
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+1 @ BW



Camperjim
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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Red Rover wrote:
Camperjim wrote:
I just don't see it as very interesting.


And I understand that. It was the first thing I got to shoot with the new camera other than a few birthday candle shots. I will wait until I have a shot that I think is worth discussion before posting again. Thanks.

Please don't let me discourage you from posting. I just got a new camera and my first shots were images of a newspaper to test the lenses and focusing.



Red Rover
Registered: Jul 13, 2012
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I'm not discouraged at all. There is plenty of good info here. Thanks.



AuntiPode
Registered: Aug 05, 2008
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The bottom and foreground is uninteresting. It also seems the structure is tipping backwards a bit. It would benefit from clockwise rotation, noise reduction, darkening the bottom, some sharpening, a mid-tone bump, and some dodging and burning.



Steve Wylie
Registered: Feb 13, 2007
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Don't be discouraged about posting a windmill shot. I think the basic issue here is the perspective. You were attracted by the glint of sunlight on the blades, which occupy maybe 5% of the image. It appears that you stood at a comfortable distance from this windmill, pointed the camera at it, and pressed the shutter. It's what I call a "forensic" shot; it proves that you were there. But it's the same perspective that anyone who stands there will get. The black and white conversion immediately above helps a lot because it adds some drama that isn't in the original exposure, but a more interesting composition would help it even more. Maybe stand closer and shoot up. Go wide and accentuate the distortion the wide angle brings. "Work the scene" before you put the lens cap back on. And keep shooting!



Camperjim
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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I wonder about working this scene. I have tried plenty of times to shoot a windmill without much success. Maybe it needs dramatic skies and weather and some sort of story to catch our interest. A shiny new metal windmill doesn't help. A rusty old one standing alone on an abandoned ranch might do it. Or maybe go for some patterns like shooting up from the inside. So I am just thinking how could you make this scene more interesting?



RustyBug
Registered: Feb 02, 2009
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Karen ... diggin' the B&W lemonade.



sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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Karen,
Nicely done.
Scott



AuntiPode
Registered: Aug 05, 2008
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Thanks, Kent!

Thanks, Scott!

Yes Jim, hard to find an interesting context for a windmill, but good light has got to be a major plus. Think sunrise and sunset.