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Sentinel o'er the Realm
Sentinel o'er the Realm

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Challenge: Accidental Letters II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Fenner
Date: Sep 20, 2008
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40s
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2008

Giant windmill, obviously forming the letter "Y"

Didn't really know where this windmill farm was. Did a little research, plugged in the closest town on my GPS and took off. When I got close, I could see them in the distance. Arrived with the slightest amount of light left and a decent vantage point to catch one windmill and the sunset. Great for color, horrible for stop action.

Tried to keep ISO low enough to reduce noise, but high enough to freeze the rotating blades, which was not as successful as I would have liked in this shot. This was as tight a crop as I dare (to avoid emphasizing that shortcoming). Although I expect to receive some negative comments about the crop, I think it's justified because of the title, showing a little more of the "Realm" for context. Looking at other photos I took with very tight crops, I think this really adds to the presentation.

On the plus side, in addition to having an awesome sky, I was pleased with the glowing red "eyes" as we view the backside of this "monster" structure (pun intended). Hope it adds to the "mystique" of the photo and bonus points. ;)

PP: Convert from raw. Adjusted WB, curves, shadows/highlights, noise reduction, resize, sharpen, add border.

Thanks for looking!

Place: 52 out of 113
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2008 07:14:17 PM
Nice sky. Where is this?
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09/26/2008 11:00:29 AM
Very nicely done. I am sure this would have taken several shots to get one right.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/23/2008 03:37:55 PM
a nice sunset to provide a view for this Y - nice effort
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/22/2008 02:11:13 PM
Wee bit dark but that 2 tonal sky looks lovely. Nice catch on the Y.
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09/22/2008 04:25:27 AM
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