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Bircham Windmill

By conrad  
This mill isn't as nicely situated as the ones in Herringfleet or Thurne, for instance, and it's not in the Broads but in North Norfolk. But it's a well renovated specimen, and with a little care in composing the picture a nice shot can be had. If you're interested, you can visit the mill and see it working. There's also a tearoom with some very good cakes...

Comments, critiques and comments welcome!

Tags: General Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: alexey_s, Barbaraj, stanleyj and 29 more

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Barbaraj 12 450 England
17 Jun 2009 9:20AM
A windmill with cakes ! Like the colourful composition.

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BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
17 Jun 2009 9:29AM
I'd say that this is perfectly framed, Conrad, with a good balanced exposure and no sign of highlight burn out (on my screen here at work), and good DoF.
It would probably make a good stock image or postcard (although I'm no expert), or maybe an accompaniment to an article on rural life! Or even windmills! Smile
If that was your intention, then I think you've succeeded very well.

I think, however, that you could also use this as a staring point to lift this image above the merely mundane and into, dare I say it, "Art!"
I'd be very tempted to experiment a bit with a stong composition like this.
For starters, I'd be tempted to try a gentle curves contrast boost to see if any improvement could be made.
Or, perhaps, adding a an unadjusted curves layer set to "multiply" blending mode and play with the opacity: say around 25% - 40%. Maybe?
Also selective contrast enhancements could be made using luminosity masks to affect different tonalities more subtly. This can be extremely effective in giving the image more impact. (PM me for a good link which can explain this more fully.)
One thing definitely worth having a look at is using the Orton technique on this image. Rural images can often benefit greatly from the dreamy effect it can create, if well controlled.
A toned mono conversion may also work well, especially when used with some of the above suggestions - particularly the Orton technique.

Apologies for not being able to demonstrate with some mods - I'm at work, with no access to Photoshop until I get home this evening; if I get the time I'll try to upload something then.

I think there's a lot of potential here, and hope my suggestions provide some food for thought, if nothing else! Smile

All the best,

conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Jun 2009 9:32AM
That must be the longest critique I've had in a long time, thanks Bill! You raise some interesting points. If you do get around to doing a mod, I'd love to see exactly what you mean!
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
17 Jun 2009 9:40AM
I'll see what I can do, Conrad!

Check back here this evening, sometime!

17 Jun 2009 9:47AM
Lovely composition.
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2009 11:41AM
beautiful, I love the depth of detail and colours. great composition

conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Jun 2009 1:51PM
Thanks for the comments so far!
andy_AHG 10 106 6 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2009 4:04PM
Lovely composition Conrad.

rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
17 Jun 2009 5:17PM
Like the cow parsley f/g Conrad. Sets the mill off. Ron.
17 Jun 2009 5:34PM
Lovely composition and a lovely North Norfolk image.
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
17 Jun 2009 6:18PM

Some mods for your perusal!

It's a bit hard to do too much with tiddly jpegs, and you may not like or agree with any of these, but I hope that they serve to illustrate what could be achieved by playing around a bit.

All the best

conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Jun 2009 8:14PM
Hey Bill, those mods look great. I especially like the third one. Could you expound on that Orton effect, though, that's totally strange to me. What exactly is it that you do to get that?
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
17 Jun 2009 8:51PM
like the fg interest. like the 3rd mod. if you havent had orton explained PM me and i'll tell you how.lesley
conrad 15 10.9k 116
17 Jun 2009 9:03PM
Thanks, Lesley! Will see what Bill says first, though.
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
17 Jun 2009 11:00PM
Conrad, hello again.
A PM is now winging its way across the ether!

Don't be too daunted by the length of it Smile

Pete Plus
18 18.8k 97 England
23 Jun 2009 12:07AM
That's a great Mod Bill. Version 3 has really given the shot punch.
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
23 Jun 2009 8:16AM
Why thank you, Pete!

In danger of taking over Conrad's shot here, so I better shut up!!

conrad 15 10.9k 116
23 Jun 2009 6:45PM
Oh, that's allright - I'm still the one who took the photo, LOL!
BillyGoatGruff 12 191 199 England
24 Jun 2009 8:16AM

Quote:Oh, that's allright - I'm still the one who took the photo, LOL!

I was lying awake last night, thinking about this! And that I should have added to my last comment:
"Of course, to do such a modification one requires a first class shot to begin with!!" Whch, of course, it is!! But you knew that already.


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