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...chasing some decent weather to the other side of Scotland.
I rarely photograph man made structures, this is an occasion that just popped up.
There should really be more movement in the rotors but I didn't fancy a 10 stopper in the middle of the road.

Camera:Sony Alpha 7
Lens:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Drone Hill...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:22 Feb 2014 - 10:35 AM
Tags:Borders, General, Landscape / travel, Lowlands, Scotland
Votes:Voting Disabled


rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 10:53 AM

Good idea Dougie ( didn't want to end up as road kill Wink )

whatriveristhis Plus Member 283 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England96 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 11:08 AM

Soon won't be able to move for the things. I've heard that occasionally, provided wind speed is within a certain narrow band, they even produce some electricity ( those blades sometimes rotate, apparently )... Only it can't be stored.

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 11:20 AM

I read somewhere Dougie,
than when these infernal things are built,
they only last for 15 years.
Not long in the grand scheme of things I reckon !!

RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 12:39 PM

You are love them or hate them, but they for sure make a statement on the landscape, Dougie.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8791 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1276 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 1:22 PM

The turbines are lined up like a guard of honour to watch you drive past.
(I like them, I find them powerful, sculptural. But you can be lynched in these parts for saying that.)

woolybill1 Plus Member 9woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 1:43 PM

I've never included a wind turbine in a photograph at all but believe the speed of rotation can be quite deceptive.
I like the perspective here. The road looks like one to attract speedsters . . .

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
22 Feb 2014 - 2:08 PM

Lovely with the repetitions in the image, it is a pity that you cant take a break on the road to get pictures. Almost never possible to stop when it is needed


Last Modified By jaktis at 22 Feb 2014 - 2:09 PM
Tynnwrlluniau Plus Member 569 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales37 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 6:05 PM

Well taken, Dougie. It might convert well too.

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 6:16 PM

I saw a few farms from the train the other day and thought they looked quite nice
T think one by itself an eyesore
I do like this image

AnneB50  3118 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 8:44 PM

I love all the converging lines, brilliant sky too.


pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 9:08 PM

In the right place as these are they make a good picture but you were risking life and limbWink

dudler Critique Team 12289 forum postsdudler vcard England578 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 10:44 PM

I reckon there's a lovely panoramic to be had from this picture - the turbines, soem of hte clouds, and not so much road or sky...

That, of course, woudl be a very different picture.

Looks like it might be quite a quiet road much of the time, especially in Scotland. So maybe a tripod and a superfilter woudl be an option.

It's fascinating how much adverse comment wind turbines evoke... Do cooling towers or power lines cause the same hatred? If not, why not?

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1168 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2014 - 11:40 PM

Yes I was aware of the panorama opportunity, it's not a busy road as I understand because the A road is just a few hundred yards away.
As to the tripod and super filter, I'll let you have a go there first.
The power lines and cooling towers are of course hated too, but it's as ever a personal thing and if you like them, fine by me.

dudler Critique Team 12289 forum postsdudler vcard England578 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 11:06 AM

I believe I own a tripod, though i use it little, for good or ill. The superfilter has yet to come my way...

But if I am ever there, I may have a go!

Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 12:04 PM

Excellent composition Dougie.

saltireblue Site Moderator 55045 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway30 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 12:45 PM

They look like powerful fans, remotely triggered by passing traffic and blowing them into the waiting trees on the rhs, Dougie!

@John - I think they attract attention as they are relatively new...power stations and pylons have been around so much longer and therefore more accepted.


derekhansen Plus Member 6203 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 8:41 PM

I am going to be quite controversial and say that I quite like wind turbines although around my part of the world they tend to be well out to sea rather than on land.
I really like your composition and agree that there seems to be lots of pano potential here Dougie.

25 Feb 2014 - 2:32 PM

Looks like they were moving well from the look of the sky anyway Dougie.


2 Mar 2014 - 3:31 PM

Even if the majority of Scottish people don't like them - they really can be worthy a second glance. With this sky as bg they really make this landscape special. This is my oppinion. I rather see these than the steam cloud of an atomic power plant.

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