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Swedish Windmill



Wooden windmill near Sunnersberg on a summer afternoon in August 2019

Wooden windmill near Sunnersberg on a summer afternoon in August 2019
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Behind The Lens

Location
During a 4 day family holiday driving between Oslo and Stockholm and back. This windmill is next to the road to Lacko castle. We stopped and I walked around the windmill and could see the potential of shooting up at it and isolating it against the sky. However since it was early afternoon and the light angle would be lower and more back lit later agreed that we would stop on our return. Those additional hours made a big difference comparing shots before and after !
Time
5 pm in August
Lighting
The sun was not low enough to create huge shadows but I did have to take care not to get my shadow into the picture since this was taken wide angle. The side lighting brought out the texture in the wood.
Equipment
Nikon D810 and 28-70 F2.8 lens
Inspiration
The isolated nature of the windmill and the clear background that I could get by careful positioning myself and shooting upwards to position the windmill against the sky. Of course what really made the shot stand out is the cloud in the sky which seems to originate from the windmill.
Editing
The in camera white balance was cold so I increased the colour temperature of the white balance to match the golden light I saw at that time in the afternoon. I use landscape setting in Lightroom and chromatic aberration correction as standard presets
In my camera bag
Nikon D810 28-70 F2.8 Nikon D800 70 -210 F2.8 This combination is heavy so I carry them around in a back pack
Feedback
The key to this shot was walking around and trying out different perspectives. Then working out at what time the light would be optimal and coming back at that time. I was fortunate that the family was happy to spend some time at Lacko castle and were flexible about arriving at our overnight campsite as the sun was setting. That also lead to some great pictures but thats another story.

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