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Old Jun 23, 2014, 7:36 PM   #1
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Default Early morning sights at a wind farm

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Travelling across northern Australia at the moment, and came across this wind farm at Ravenshoe in Queensland ~ so had some photographic fun with it

1- some of the many wind generators - late afternoon and the mist is starting to roll in

exif- Panny G2; 1/15s f22, EV +1,0; ND8 filter; 14-140 @ 15mm; iso-100

2- - late afternoon with a touch of sunshine

exif- Panny G2; 1/4s x f22, EV +1,0; ND8 filter; 14-140 @ 38mm; iso-100

3- sunrise - and the long shadows of the towers drape the countryside

exif- Panny G2; 1/8s x f20, 2x ND8 filters; 14-140 @ 45mm; iso-100

4- Almost a silhouette, early morning colours

exif- Panny G2; 1/8s x f22; 2x ND8 filters; 14-140 @ 35mm; iso100


As always, feedback & comments welcome
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 3:02 PM   #2
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hi Phil
nice photos, I like number 2 best
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Thanks Kaz

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Nice shots of a subject I hate seeing in the landscape.
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Nice shots of a subject I hate seeing in the landscape.
Thanks mate

The visual aspect of wind farms is one that does create mixed feelings in people at large - and there are always 2 sides to every issue.

Those who live 'in the bush' and are used to the visual beauty of trees & rolling hills comment upon the interruption of their visuals by these 'damn things' ~ while
Those who live close to a coal mine also comment upon the dust, the constant noise, and [in aussie land] the constant rumble of 1-mile-long trains clanking and rattling as they make their way across hundreds of kilometres of train tracks to the coastal ports

All of us use the power generated so we're all 'guilty' of one thing or another

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Very nice series of photos, Phil. In my part of the country, it is very fashionable to oppose these installations as detracting from the natural beauty of the ridge lines. It seems to me, though, that the wind towers have a grace and beauty of their own, and you have done a nice job of capturing it.

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Very nice series of photos, Phil. In my part of the country, it is very fashionable to oppose these installations as detracting from the natural beauty of the ridge lines. It seems to me, though, that the wind towers have a grace and beauty of their own, and you have done a nice job of capturing it. brian
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It often seems to me that we accept things that were there when we were kids, and oppose new things that are 'different'. So a coal mine and the railway line and the power transmission towers that's always been there is okay, but something like wind turbine towers are somehow 'bad'

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Phil, Do these turbines spin as fast as they appear to be in the pictures? The ones I've seen in the US all rotate slowly. As a result, these images look a bit strange in that it seems as though the turbines are spinning at perhaps several hundred RPM. I've seen pictures of windmills (both the traditional Dutch kind and the contemporary kind like these) taken where the turbine is stationary. To me it reflects more of the actual condition. I also have the same reaction to pictures of a low shutter speed exposure of clock pendulum in motion.

Anyhow...just my 2 cents worth since you posted this in the "Critique" forum.

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Phil, Do these turbines spin as fast as they appear to be in the pictures? The ones I've seen in the US all rotate slowly. As a result, these images look a bit strange in that it seems as though the turbines are spinning at perhaps several hundred RPM. I've seen pictures of windmills (both the traditional Dutch kind and the contemporary kind like these) taken where the turbine is stationary. To me it reflects more of the actual condition. I also have the same reaction to pictures of a low shutter speed exposure of clock pendulum in motion.

Anyhow...just my 2 cents worth since you posted this in the "Critique" forum. Jehan
G'day mate

In short terms - 'no' they're low rpm devices ... it's the 1/4sec shutter speed that's showing some movement.

From the information board at the site ...


Just about all my pics of wind farms show stationary blades even tho they are operating at the time - so on this occasion I wanted to show them actually moving

I have also got a series of 5 images taken at 2fps whereby the blades have all rotated a bit. When I set these images onto my screen saver it appears that they are actually rotating in real-time.

Thanks for your question - glad you enjoyed the images
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# 2

I took some liberties to show what a polarizer would have done.

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