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Simplicity

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I took this photograph in August 2006 up at the windfarm at Novar in Easter-Ross. It was a dull grey and cloudy day, not very good for photographs. However, suddenly the cloud cleared revealing a blue sky and I was able to get the photograph. Soon afterwards it clouded over again.

I wanted a photograph that gave the impression of 'purity' and 'cleanliness' and I think that it worked.

The strength of the photograph is in the simplicity and drama of the image. The turbine is central, which of course breakes the 'rules', but as I always say, there are no 'rules' in photography, only different ways of doing things.

Camera - Canon 10D, digital SLR
Focal Length - 21mm, 35mm equivalent 34mm
Lens - Tamron 17-28 wide angle
Aperture - f16
Shutter Speed - 1/750 second
ISO - 400

Anyway I hope that you like the picture.

Keith Hart
 

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Ahh, now I went the other way Dave...............:)

In fact, if you look closely in your photo, that could me me down there in the white shirt taking a photo of you!! ;)
 

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I'm sure Keith would say you needed to move a bit, one way or the other, to get rid of the building corner top right. ALthough 'going up the centre breaks the rules', that corner breaks the reason why you wanted to break the rules. :rolleyes: If you see what I mean.

Keith, I reckon you were dead lucky to get the rotor there (or perhaps 180 degress away from that) otherwise it would have busted the symmetry you normally try to avoid! :rolleyes: Was it rotating and did you have to 'count' to get it right?

Roger.
 
Hello Roger

Interesting point about the other building. It depends on what you want from the shot really. In one respect it injects a 'sharp' feeling of dischord into the picture. I could, with Budgie's permission, take out the building and we could see what difference it makes.

As for the timing roger, the answer was easy. I had the camera set to multi-shot and took several pictures, one of which had the blades in the 'right' position. An easy and cheap solution with a digital camera!

Keith Hart
 
I'm sure Keith would say you needed to move a bit, one way or the other, to get rid of the building corner top right. ALthough 'going up the centre breaks the rules', that corner breaks the reason why you wanted to break the rules. :rolleyes: If you see what I mean.

I fooled you both on that one!! It's not the corner of a building, it's an arrow pointing at the tower, just incase you thought I was trying to take a bad reflections photo!! :D

It was taken with my first digital a 1.3Mp Fuji Finepics point & push thing so you have to allow for it's shorfalls. ;)

Feel free to have a play if you want Keith, or I could Photoshop it myself. ;)
 
Hello Budgie

I've adjusted the image, taken out the 'corner/arrow' and straightened it up a little.

Let me make it clear that I like your original image and I'm not saying that the adjusted version is any better. I just think it is interesting to compare the two. What do you think of the new image? Which do you prefer and why?

Dave78's image is totaly different. It is a different style and it has a different mesage, for a start off it makes me feel dizzy just looking at it. The way you take a photograph depends on what you want to say with the picture.

Anyway, here it is...


Keith Hart

I've just edited this post to put the images side by side.
 

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I like it Keith, it's a cleaner image and is also uniform but holds the perspective of the height of the tower.

One thing to add is that this was taken on the spir of the moment. We were leaving for the bus back to the campground and I just turned round, took the photo and went on walking. It was meant as a tourist shot to remember the trip rather than trying to get the perfect shot.
The perfect shots were taken using the old Pentax P30T that I also had with me, about 10-12 rolls of 35mm in 3 weeks. ;)
Black Bears, Moose, Elk and Woodpeckers we all on the agenda as well as the scenery.
When I was digging out this one I also found photos of use on the Icefield Parkway with the Snowcoaches. :D That was a fun ride and the largest 4x4 I've been in!! ;)
 
Hello Budgie

I think that the important thing was to get the image in the first place and to have the 'eye' to see the drama in looking up at the tower. As we have seen adjustments can be made afterwards if needed. I would say that even in it's original form it is not a mere 'tourist' photograph.

So the let's see the snowcoaches then...

Keith Hart
 
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I'll dig'em out tonight when I get home from work. ;)

Your right about getting the image in the first place. The one below was take on Jura and the original had 2 stags, the other was to the right, and was double the width. But the one on the right was hidden by the dark cloud and you could only clearly see four legs at the base of the cloud.
But a little alteration and centering the sun in the middle of the frame and the result is this moody scene!! :D
 

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The power of the crop! What a great picture, moody, dramatic, powerful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I'm enjoying browsing through your website as well.

Keith Hart
 
Oh, I forgot to say...

I get a new camera on Monday!! :D
Got a Canon EOS 400D with the 18-55mm & 75-300mm lens kit.
I plan to get a M42 adaptor so I can use my 400mm tele and 500mm mirror with it. ;)

Roll on the quality!
 
Dave78's image is totaly different. It is a different style and it has a different mesage, for a start off it makes me feel dizzy just looking at it.

At the top of the tower there is a glass floor section, as I don't like heights it was a case of hold the camera as far out over the glass as I could and press the clickly button - new camera brought just before going on holiday, and was playing - still am


When I was digging out this one I also found photos of use on the Icefield Parkway with the Snowcoaches. :D That was a fun ride and the largest 4x4 I've been in!! ;)

Arn't they great those snowcoaches - I wanted one but couldn't fit it in the suit case:)
 
Yep, the guy driving ours said, on the way back, "right here we go then - full speed........................6mph" :D

First one is me and my new toy!! :D
Second one is the other toys on the ice. ;)
 

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A few more from Canada:

1. Elk on the campground in Jasper didn't worry about us.
2. Our Dodge Ram 5.7 V8 camper in the morning snow 2km south of the Icefield Parkway.
3. The same day as 2. but this was the afternoon on the BC side of the Rockies at Radium Hot Springs. Just chill'in with a beer in the hand and dinner on the bbq. :D
 

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I've had a play...

What do you think Dave?

Keith Hart
 

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