Rural landscapes: Wind birds


With the lack of sunshine, I didn’t think I could get very good photos, but was pleasantly surprised with this one, photographed about two hours’ drive south of my home in Calgary, Alberta.
The key (besides utilizing a tripod, of course, to get the composition exactly right) was using a two-stop hard-edge graduated density filter to significantly darken the sky. Without it, this would have been a very bland scene. Nikon D90.
Southwestern Alberta, by the way, is one of the windiest places in Canada, so it’s littered with hundreds of wind turbines. I love seeing how they can be used in photography.

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9 thoughts on “Rural landscapes: Wind birds

  1. Great composition Frank, love the track that leads in to the image, and the line of “wind birds” across the horizon. The touch of blue sky on the right really makes the skyline.

  2. Frank,
    There’s considerably more color than you might have expected on an overcast day. It is an interesting shot. I am glad you shared ๐Ÿ™‚

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