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 ย 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.

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  1. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    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

    • AJBopp April 19, 2012 at 11:22 am #

      Thank you so much! It is easy to say two weeks later that it was worth it…but I’m not sure that I would say it worth it by about 6 PM that day!

  2. Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Outstanding! I love this!

    • AJBopp April 19, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Anonymous! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. johndwm April 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    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!

    • AJBopp April 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank you for the wonderful comments John…and thanks for being the first ever to reblog me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • johndwm April 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

        my pleasure. A beautiful and very precise and well poised picture! Well done and hope we communicate through the blogosphere again. Best wishes. John

  4. johndwm April 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    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 โ€“ also surreal! I hope such an artist will take some more in different weather and times of day – like Monetโ€™s Rouen Cathedral!

  5. Nels April 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    The plan came together rather nicely. Good work!

    • AJBopp April 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always considered your work a standard by which I measure myself. Still hoping to catch up!

      • Nels April 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

        wow, thank you, that’s very humbling. I have always viewed your work in the same way.

  6. Bella Remy Photography April 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    This is so wonderfully done and it truly shows how great vision and preparation can get you the perfect shot.

    • AJBopp April 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Thank you Bella! This is so true! Now I just need to practice it more often…

      • Bella Remy Photography April 20, 2012 at 7:10 am #

        It really is an art isn’t it? I’m finding I’m taking more time to think through the shot before just snapping away. Remember the days of film? We only had 36 chances to get it right so we had to think it through.

  7. gerryfrederickdigital April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Great shot, well done

  8. Nicole Ftacnik Photography April 21, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    I love this shot. Great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. mdphotographers April 21, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    Yeah I also think this is a stunning image!!!

  10. Sharmishtha Basu April 22, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    its magical.

  11. dianne May 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    well woth the wait, this is gorgeous.. : )

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