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Another way to turn, in opposite to [link]

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2700x2700px 3.32 MB
Shutter Speed
4/1000 second
Focal Length
19 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 4, 2009, 12:32:42 PM
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Pandinus's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

My first thought was WOW!!!

First of all the composition. A simple and effective one with lots of nice graphic details such as the blades on the windmill. The silhuettes are awesome and give this photo a mysterious feel.

Your choice of B/W increases the effect of the composition and the silhuettes, and make this photo even more facinating to view. And the vignetting gives the photo that little extra to sell it to the viewer.

With the clouds and the grass framing the main subject of this image in a very nice way. I have to admit that photos such as this really inspire me to try new things. (Maybe a little to many superlatives there but I ment every word)
ZanaSoul's avatar
That's really nice of you to say, i appreciate you taking out time to write this thank you : )

I have to say i wasnt to sure about the vignetting at first, but then looking at the photo with and without it, i felt it gave it that right look i wanted.

Thanks again :bow:
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PLHughes's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I love windmills because either ancient of modern, they are unique objects that call to our memories and imagination.

When I first saw this picture, I instantly recalled a very old Oscar-winning Disney short movie called The Old Mill from 1937, where the construction and all the little animals living inside of it face a huge storm during the night... but in the end, the terrible wind -what gives purpose and life to the windmill- is kind enough not to destroy it, and so nature and man's creation find a way to coexist together again...

End of the aparté, this picture sums up perfectly how man can be able to work with nature without destroying it.

The composition goes in that sense : the crossing verticals/diagonals (windmill -man) and the horizontals (horizon, skyline and the wind -nature) give focus to the subject, but where it could have been easy to make each wing point to a corner of the picture, the artist chose to place it outside of the centre to leave space for a tree to show -another great demonstration of this little story!

Technically, the picture is sharp and perfectly exposed, and I see the use of vignetting more as a way to show different palettes of the rich sky than another focusing element. Maybe the little white fringe on the right tree's branches could have been avoided, but that's no big issue.

This is one of the pictures that you want to look at for a long time, just to get inside of yourself as you would get inside this windmill : maybe shelter for a while, and come back with sustenance for your heart and spirit.
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Thank you Paul, for taking the time to write this. I'm happy it reminds you of The old Mill, it really is a classic and i love how you can connect my work to the story, that alone is a huge compliment.

As you noticed i quickly developed a passion for both looking and taking pictures of windmills for that reason alone that they are very unique and very much they call for our memories and imagination.

Technically you are right, it could be avoided. My main focus was at the windmill and the changing sky. Ofcourse i could remove the right tree but then i pretty much think it would lost a part of the atmosphere that was there.

Your writing is more then fair, and i'm glad to hear the associations you made with this picture. "this picture sums up perfectly how man can be able to work with nature without destroying it" thank you so much for this.
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Well, that was my first critique too, I tried to make something personal, and show more than just "oh that's so nice! :+fav:"...

Your art is really inspiring, and it makes me realise how much it's important to keep an open eye to other things related to photography to get all the potential stories behind your pictures, so I thank you for that! :nod:

The tree has an important part in the picture I think, and I admit the link to nature and man is pretty much influenced by the learning I get from architecture school :giggle:
ZanaSoul's avatar
That's your first critique? Seemed to me like you have been doing this forever (:

It was personal, fair and very reflective, and in many ways inspiring me to make people feel my stories even more.

That's very nice of you to say and i'm very glad you realised that, not many people do.

Well i'm happy this is by far the best critique and comment i ever got.

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For those interested, the short movie can be found on youtube : [link]

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And thanks for the link :D
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Thank you so much.
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Thank you so much :heart:
B0rrach0's avatar
Very cool shot. The choice for a dark b/w image really pays off.
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thank you, glad to hear that : )
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Thank you so much : )
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very nice work good composition and shot.
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Thank you very much :bow:
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I love the atmosphere in this piece :)
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Happy that you do thank you so much : )
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Great contrast and composition!!!
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