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Beacon Of The Plains by kkart Beacon Of The Plains by kkart
This was a tough shot. I won't lie, one of the hardest exposures I have ever taken. The dynamic range was just absolutely gigantic and even using my Sony a550's ability to shoot HDR in camera set to almost full & a 4 stop Grad ND I was having trouble. In the end I managed to pull off one that was a keeper. There isn't much out here on the eastern plains of Colorado. A lot of dirt roads that go one forever, open range for cattle and abandoned farms dot the landscape. It some ways it is like a land which time forgot, lost in the past eons ago. It is also very very quiet. In many ways it gives you the sense that the end of the world has happened. It is kind of spooky. It is also very beautiful. I wanted this shot and I wanted it bad. There was something just odd about this scene that got me. Here stood this windmill, the kind you see in the yards of old farmhouses, yet there was no house, there was no yard. Maybe at one time perhaps there was ages ago, but whatever trace of anything there is long gone.It got me though, greatly. I found the whole scene kind of ironic really. Surreal. Light, all of life is based around it and yet, here this windmill stood with the light reflecting on the blades, but nothing around it at all. A sense of man with no man at all. That light in the blades though? A complete catalyst for a photographer.
I hope you all enjoy it
---John

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djohn9 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The lack of anything else is what makes the aeromotor shots so good. Nice shot.
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janvandyk Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
well done. loks great
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I really love your description. It actually saves all the word I was planning on using when I was going to type the thing, and took away most questions too :P
how 'bout that... I'm really glad you feel that way about your work. Having passion in what you do is a good thing, and I for one love it when people burn for something.
How many pictures did you take overall from the site? - By the way, If I we're to be taking the picture, I would most probably made one with solely the grains sticking from beneath the mill, though I think finding a spot for such a picture would be really hard... Or on has to remove the bushes and trees :meow:
It's a wonderful picture, really... I'm glad you made it. - It's one of my wallpapers now :)
Keep your spirits up, you're making good work!
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wwrithe Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
All the hard work must have really payed off. This is so nice. :)
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Wonderful work! :clap:
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work, well done! :thumbsup:
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great back story to go with the final image too,N1 John :relax:
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic pic! :)
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Snowleopard59 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Ah yes, I can barely see the front range there in the lower right corner. Great title. The intensity of light in the center, largely because of its effects on the plants in the foreground, works for you here and the windmill is always a nice touch. Well done.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job in what looks like a really challenging spot
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