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A White County Windmill-Around My Town Series

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Registered: December 2010
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I shot this windmill several years ago as a backlit shot to a sunset and may revisit that shot again this spring when more foliage is present. I am still testing different HDR softwares and this one was processed with HDR Efex Pro. I toy between realistic and artistic representations using HDR as I like the look of both. This one is more of a hybrid of the two styles. 5 exposures from -2eV to +2ev using a -0.3eV compensation, handheld at 8fps burst. Not a terribly exciting image, but with the cloud formation yesterday I wanted to see what this shot would look like in broad daylight.
I will be moving on to night exposures and interior design type shots to experiment further.
· Date: Sun January 9, 2011 · Views: 673 ·
Keywords: HDR, windmill, landscape
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700/MB10
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 24-70mm/2.8 @ f8
State / County / Area Image Taken: White County, AR
Country Image Taken
United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
Nik HDR Efex Pro/CS3

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Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Sun January 9, 2011 8:03pm

Windmill... one of my favourite subject matters and so seldom seen... I like the way in which the windmill stands out in the image (both from contrast and color... looks well maintained), the clarity of detailing and as I said the subject matter... a disappearing structure like grain elevators up north here in Canada.


Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sun January 9, 2011 8:15pm

I love it :-)I have always had my eyes open for a good windmill sunset shot wherever I travel and hav yet to find the perfect one. I like the HDR here...Not too much, just right :-)

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 1
Sun January 9, 2011 8:55pm

Love and adore the sky. Good shot overall. If I had to suggest one improvement, on my screen I'd just like a slight contrast tweak. Looks like the shadows have been lifted a tiny bit too far. This really is a nitpick though - its a fine shot; well composed and seen. Well done. :-)
Tony Mil

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 138
Sun January 9, 2011 9:18pm

Very good capture and good HDR post processing. Good color, detail and the clouds are a big bonus, I agree with Mark's suggestion of a slight boost in contrast

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Sun January 9, 2011 11:30pm

Mark and Tony, Thanks for the suggestion of contrast.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun January 9, 2011 11:58pm

I'm enjoying your Around Town Series and all your HDR work, keep up the great work.

Registered: January 2011
Mon January 10, 2011 6:30pm

I think this turned out great. I like heavy contrast but this looks good, to me, just the way it is. Keep them coming.

Registered: December 2010
Tue January 11, 2011 3:48am

I'm thinking that the shadows need to be this way, it's the result of HDR work! Looks like you took this marvelous composition in Texas! Smile
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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 157
Tue January 11, 2011 7:27pm

Another nice addition to this series, I like the layered feel to the shot with lines of the cloud cover and treelines, wall and the fence. Im very intrested in seeing the same view with more foilage and look forward to more shots of this scene.

Thank you for posting
kind regards Helen

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