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Wind turbines in the late evening off the North Wales Coast at Colwyn Bay.

Wind turbines in the late evening off the North Wales Coast at Colwyn Bay.
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Hood January 09, 2019
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Hprue January 09, 2019
Great light! Well done!
DigMyDenimBlues January 18, 2019
Great shot!
TexasTerri911 January 19, 2019
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simonparry January 20, 2019
Excellent capture...
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MicktheGreek January 23, 2019
Unique photo Dave... well done on your award!
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estercastillo08 February 03, 2019
Congrats on your award !!
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GigiJim08 Feb 26
Congratulations on your award!

Behind The Lens

The photograph was taken from the promenade over the Bay of Colwyn in North Wales. The bank of turbines has grown over the last few years to become an established community feature. At night the lights of the complex appear as if it is a city ten miles out to sea.
The picture was taken as a RAW file at 4.51pm on 17th January 2019. The last vestiges of the evening sun bathing the turbines in a golden light and everything else was darkened. It was a spectacle and worthy of an attempt to capture it in camera.
The light was purely sunlight and the colour of the sun on white turbines was golden. The turbines are 10miles off the coast and the contrast was high.
My camera at the time was an Olympus EM1Mk2 and the lens was a 12-100mm Pro lens at 100mm FL .. The capture was handheld in Manual Mode at ISO 200 .. 1/30th second at f/4
I walk this area several times a week and the landscape and light are always changing, a source of constant inspiration. The early Winter evening had been lit by the setting sun, suddenly and briefly the light alighted on the turbines and turned them gold. An inspirational moment and the photo was taken. The turbines have slowly become accepted as necessary and I look for artistic ways to use them where possible.
The image was taken as a RAW file and therefore required some processing to sharpen and develop the colour. I use Photoshop in my work.
In my camera bag
I have at least one of my Olympus cameras and the most suitable of my lenses for the light or particular subject on the day, that is to say I often carry my 50mm (equivalent) f/1.2 Pro lens if the light is going to be fairly dark and I require a low ISO and fast shutter. I have a tripod but rarely use it because I have become used to the image stabilization in the Micro four thirds cameras, especially combined with stabilised pro lenses. I also carry a lens blower and brush and micro-fibre cloth for lens cleaning.
My advice would be to always be ready for instinctive shots by keeping the camera ready as the available light changes. I occasionally check that the ISO speed and aperture are suitable for a quick photo depending on what I might be shooting. for instance if I am expecting a vehicle such as a train I will be seeking a fast shutter to prevent blur. If a landscape as in this case I will be looking for sharpness therefore adjusting the ISO to give me sufficient speed to hand hold the camera. A constant balancing act but worth it.

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