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Power on the moors

By MikeH
For me one of the scariest places in Yorkshire. High up on the moors on a peat bog is Ovenden windfarm. Last year when I did these there was only blue skies,OK, but I much prefer these menacing dark skies from my latest visit. The sun managed to filter through for a few minutes to highlight the turbines .The wind was so strong I had to weight the tripod down with my bag.

Tags: Weather Photo journalism Windmills Ovenden Power Windy Turbines Halifax Windfarm Landscape and travel

Voters: juldon, PaulY, AidanT and 155 more

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davidhu 11 19 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 2:55PM
Wow, now this is a classy shot. looks very eerie against the darkening sky.

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johntisbury Plus
13 22 10 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 2:59PM
Cool very forboding shot, love the sun on the masts, takes the image beyond just a shot of wind turbines. Great sky too.
Slaterm 10 496 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 3:00PM
great shot - love the composition and the slightly blurred blades
davidcollins 11 108 1 Scotland
23 Jul 2006 3:08PM
i love the movement of the turbines lovely comp too.
accystan 12 132 6 Canada
23 Jul 2006 3:09PM
Excellent pic. Really like the blades against the darkened sky. I've tried a few of these myself and it's amazing how many shots you have to take to find a good 'blade position'. Good choice of shutter speed.

Well done.

Dave D
mcc28_x 12 33 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 3:16PM
I was near there earlier today. Well done with the exposure.

ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
23 Jul 2006 3:19PM
dark always works best up there - often get a sunset from the west and a black backdrop up north.

this is a cracker - contrast you've achieved is amazing
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 3:20PM
simply amazing
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
23 Jul 2006 3:22PM
totally amazing!

23 Jul 2006 3:24PM
A very well composed and exposed shot, the contrast of the turbines against the dark sky makes for a very dramatic and striking image.
C_Daniels 11 399 10 England
23 Jul 2006 3:24PM
Like the colours - good impact!
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
23 Jul 2006 3:38PM
It's the moody sky and the contrast with the windmills which really makes this an outstanding shot.

Very very good.

NevP Plus
11 853 13 Canada
23 Jul 2006 3:39PM
Very nice surreal shot. Perfect shutter speed.
User_Removed Junior Member 10 51
23 Jul 2006 3:41PM
A stunning shot.

insanebmx312 12 48
23 Jul 2006 3:41PM
Awesome shot. Very dramatic.
pks 12 2 England
23 Jul 2006 3:45PM
wow stunning moody shot

canongirl08 11 18 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 3:50PM
Wow Stunning image,Love the atmosphere
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
23 Jul 2006 3:52PM
This is a stunning image. I like the colours and the moody sky.

danbrann Plus
12 624 17
23 Jul 2006 4:19PM
A tremendous image with just the right sky and super choice of shutter speed.All of this with great cropping and presentation.
23 Jul 2006 4:23PM
Fabulous turbine image I really do'nt think you can improve on this, weel shot! (nb) i've never really understood why we need to generate so much wind, it must cost a fortune!!!, cheers mike.
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
23 Jul 2006 4:36PM

ollie Smile
highlander 12 32 Scotland
23 Jul 2006 4:44PM
Excellent Mike, the contrasting values are as good as one could achieve between the dark sky and the white structures and couple them up with your exposure detailing the turbine movement and you have a scene which has cracking impact.
phillips 10 69 2 Scotland
23 Jul 2006 4:47PM
Very photogenic these.....coupled to great lighting, composition and just the right amount of prop movement.

Blenkinsopp 10 320 4 England
23 Jul 2006 4:53PM
the menacing sky makes this a powerful image and the shutter speed for the turbine movement is excellent
martin.w 14 438 22 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 5:14PM
One of your best Mike, this is superb.
23 Jul 2006 5:14PM
menacing, vibrant, impressive.
Fantastic photo. Best I've seen today
there is a spot (your bag flying away ?) in the sky (in the right upper corner) you might want to clone out.
John_Duckett 12 386 2 Norfolk Island
23 Jul 2006 5:28PM
This is stunning, that stormy sky is the perfect backdrop and love the movement Mike

REKLAW 11 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 5:46PM
stunning shot,great composition.
silverwolf 15 7 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 6:36PM
Stunning sky, superb image.
Hannahs_Pics 11 37 England
23 Jul 2006 6:39PM
The colours, composition and shutterspeed control all come together well!
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
23 Jul 2006 6:42PM
I'll have to try this sometime. If I can get even close to this, I'll be happy! Good exposure time on the blades too.
RichardRH 10 29 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 6:47PM
great comp, light, sky, everything really!
VintageRed 10 15 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 6:55PM
Clearly I'm going to like the format but as it goes, it suits the image very much. I like what you've done with the framing. Bringing it right on to the tallest turbine gives the image a sense of immediacy. An excellent result. Nick.
fauxtography 11 6.6k 36
23 Jul 2006 6:59PM
Cracking shot mike! the framing is great, as Nick mentioned, and it is windy up there, mind you damn silly place to put them if it isn't!
redstag 10 100 15 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 8:29PM
Aaaah, the master. I can't get my mill shots to work. This is wonderful.
MarkT 11 119 2 England
23 Jul 2006 9:04PM
Superb image..

andrewjen 11 99 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 9:33PM
Superb shot Mike, spent many a day up here,

viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2006 10:19PM
Great lighting. Phil.
lwis 10
24 Jul 2006 3:46AM
i love this one
lynsfiona 12 5
24 Jul 2006 6:25AM
Wonderful - just the right amount of movement and great colours! Well captured! Lyns x
Keelo 13 18 Australia
24 Jul 2006 7:06AM
yep, the dark menacing sky makes it for me, a cracker.
User_Removed 12 524 England
24 Jul 2006 7:32AM
One of your very best Mike.
nugs321 11 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 8:40AM
Well, yeah, it's not bad I suppose *wink* lol
Expect, nae DEMAND, to see the A3 print of this m8.
Can't fault a thing in this, apart from it aint mine Grin

See ya soon m8

MikeH 11 217 4 England
24 Jul 2006 9:04AM
Pete, thank you for the H.C.,much appreciated,
24 Jul 2006 10:10AM
Top notch shot Mike great feeling of movement and an excellent scene too, Adrian
DYankee 10 6 United States
24 Jul 2006 12:28PM
Amazing colors and mood!
Dawn Smile
Congratulations on the E.C. and the R.C.!
Dawn Smile
martinl 13 265 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2006 12:32PM
Can almost hear the roar of the wind in this shot Mike. The shutterspeed is just right, so as not to blur the blades too much, but yet still give the impression of speed.

Quality. Congrats.

glazzaro 11 70 23 United States
24 Jul 2006 2:23PM
Wow, clear to see why this was highly commented! Nice work and congrats on the HC, well deserved! Spot on! Click!!!

banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
24 Jul 2006 3:22PM
Fabulous shot, - what a sky!

Jasbe 11 116 England
25 Jul 2006 9:07AM
Nicely done.
Tandberg 13 1.2k 2 England
25 Jul 2006 9:41AM
Cracking shot!!

samanchook 10 1
25 Jul 2006 7:29PM
Wonderful use of slow shutter to imply the forces at work. The dramatic color thanks to a spot of sun really shows the value of timing, location and technique. Great shot, wish it were mine!
bzbee Plus
12 102 3 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2006 10:02AM
super shot and very atmospheric. as good a place as any for a wind farm I guess!
TeresaH 11 1.1k United Kingdom
26 Jul 2006 12:40PM
Good capture, made all the better by the dramatic lighting.

Densek 11 France
28 Jul 2006 11:57AM
Wow!! This is simply stunning.
Exceptional picture.
20 Aug 2006 10:57AM
annefromleo 11 11 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2006 6:19PM
this is class
stevenb Plus
13 260 6 England
29 Aug 2006 9:11PM
Top draw photography at its best,love the dark strong sky,just the right shutter speed.If up to me would have got EC rather than HC.

Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
6 Sep 2006 7:52PM
Absolute PERFECT choice of shutter-speed, beautiful light too and a cracking composition. It's probably my favourite location and and I've been there many times, but I haven't bagged one as good as this. This is the shot I've been after for month's, so if I do get it, I'll apologies now for copying LOL.

sescott 13 1
21 Sep 2006 12:15PM
Wonderful shot Mike. Just the right exposure to add some movement and that sky sets it off beautifully.
trahern 13 863 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2006 12:05PM
Stunning image.
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Sep 2006 12:06PM
like it a lot.
heres your 110th.
MDaniel 10 3 3 Ghana
2 Nov 2006 8:57AM
Can't say anymore. great shot
carriebugg 12 65 England
29 Nov 2006 8:26AM
Lovely light
colin 12 697 5 Scotland
29 Nov 2006 8:29AM
Simply superb timing and lighting.
(Thank the Featured e2 Photo facility for bringing this to my attention)
PaulY 9
5 Feb 2007 1:38PM
Fantastic! I have been to a windfarm on some rolling hills here in California. People who have never been to one have no idea how large and noisy they are. It spooked me too!

cadman359 10 3
12 May 2007 10:32PM
outstanding image these things to me are so interesting especially so when the sky comes in like this !

Thanks for your comment !

LesF 10 182 9
7 Jun 2007 8:28AM
No 133 well if I liked his I got like this also Click

Les F
rossi 13 142 11 England
14 Apr 2008 8:19PM

Daffy1 8 357 Ireland
27 Apr 2008 2:24PM
What was your shutter speed ?
Paddy 13 254 8 England
16 May 2008 10:00AM
brilliant Smile)P
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2008 10:15PM
blows me away,
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
24 Jul 2008 4:13PM
Nicely captured, Mike, and just enough blur to show the movement of the blades.
TrevB Smile
Kerniggit 8 2 1 England
27 Jul 2008 6:29PM
Stunning shot, I aspire to doing this kind of shot. Love the colours, atmosphere, comp and the movement Smile
Nick_Hilton 11 571 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2009 12:59AM
very well done this screams quality
15 Feb 2009 11:07AM
This is stunning.
EllieEdge 8 15 42 Norway
25 Feb 2009 12:33PM
Love the movement, composition and colour/light.
- Elile

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