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Pitstone Windmill

By mark2uk

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19 Apr 2012 1:26PM
nice perspective Smile

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danmclean 11 1 Australia
19 Apr 2012 1:27PM
This is a good shot mark, a good contrast between the green field and the blue sky. This looks as if it was early or near the end of the day as the sky is changing colour. To improve an image like this I would have been closer and had more of the windmill in so that more of the detail is shown, plus either in brighter light or wait till darkness falls a bit to create a night scene with a bit more exposure. The mill in this shot is your main subject but it is too far away I would recon, so deffo closer and less field. When I set up a shot like this I always have a foreground made up of an object such as a fence post or rock, then the mill in the middle as the main focus with the background as sky or tree line so that it gives it more dimention. If you wanted to create the mill as the sole purpose of the photo then maybe focus more on it so the rest is a blurr, this would bring the mill out more..
Hope this is usefull..
phedro 7 2 1 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 1:55PM
love the image, colours & deatail are excellent. very jealous.

in contracst to the above post, i like the depth of the windmill in the shot, and think that the grass/wheat or whatever makes a nice foreground. The only thing id have done differently is to have not centred the horizon, so have more of that awesome darkening sky, or more of the field. It wouldn't have needed much, just a small shift.
it's really very cool though. well done.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
19 Apr 2012 4:09PM
Hi Mark. I looked at the original, - which I also downloaded to view and modify as its bigger.

Youve used HDR and tone mapping as described in the original upload, using three different shots, the base shot being 18mm, f/22, ISO400, 1 second.

If shooting using a tripod, and intending to shoot multiple images for HDR, use the lowest ISO you can for best quality.

The slow shutter speed explains the grass movement.

The main area I think needs attention in this shot is the very strong blue/cyan colour cast. It will look perfectly OK to you until you see it side by side with a corrected image, - which is whats done mainly on the mod, and then it will be very noticeable.

Apart from that, a little more sharpening, crop to lace the bottom of the windmill on a third and it looks quite good. Its can also be flipped horizontally to "read" left to right if you like.

The mods can be viewed large. Since you used an 18mm lens, there may be some barrel distortion that may be contributing to the lean Frank mentions, - mod3 has the lens correction applied, though there still a slight lean. may be thats its just old age!

If you would like information on how to correct a colour cast, heres a link:


paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2012 8:25AM
Compositionally very nice, but something didn't look right, then I read Willies research. HDr is not very good when subjects move - outdoor scenes often, and that is what looks wrong here - the strange lack of sharpness is the HDR effect.


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