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California Windmills
Posted By: mikeSF, 05-23-2009, 10:41 AM

I am fascinated with windmills - they demonstrate man's attempt to harness the awesome power of nature. Here are some contrasting shots of old rusty farm windmills and massive, sleek modern ones.
Lenses used were Vivitar 24mm(#1), Cosina 55mm(#2) and DA Fisheye (#3, #4).

#1 Fencepost


#2 Hay, how'd this get in here?


#3 Sun Over Windfarm

(i really liked how the rays of the sun emulate the windmill blades)

#4 Windmill Eclipse

oh yeah, the fisheye is in the house.

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05-23-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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Nice. The third my favorite.
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Very cool pictures. When I was in the SF area a couple weeks ago (note the Yosemite thread), I noticed windmills like the ones in the last 2 pics.
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Very cool pictures. When I was in the SF area a couple weeks ago (note the Yosemite thread), I noticed windmills like the ones in the last 2 pics.
thx - I just found your series from Yosemite and they are breathtaking! well done.

yes, these windfarms are plentiful throughout CA and sometimes stretch for many miles. Needless to say, I was probably trespassing just a bit (the gate was unlocked, honest, officer ). The windmills are typically spread far from one another as depicted above but in a shot of the horizon, they appear to be close together, like this:



Ever since my first visit to CA, i have been fascinated with these windfarms - they are like a field of dandelions to me.

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Nice series Mike, and nice titles to go with them.

#1 and #4 are really good.
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Nice series Mike, and nice titles to go with them.

#1 and #4 are really good.
thanks so much, Gary!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
thx - I just found your series from Yosemite and they are breathtaking! well done.

yes, these windfarms are plentiful throughout CA and sometimes stretch for many miles. Needless to say, I was probably trespassing just a bit (the gate was unlocked, honest, officer ). The windmills are typically spread far from one another as depicted above but in a shot of the horizon, they appear to be close together, like this:



Ever since my first visit to CA, i have been fascinated with these windfarms - they are like a field of dandelions to me.
I will definitely have to pull over next time I see some. I'm moving there soon, so the opportunity should arise!

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We've got a small windfarm near us here in Ontario. I keep wanting to go visit. Nice series.

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I decided to go back to the same windmills for some sunrise shots and woke up my 6 yo son at 4:30am this morning and we set off for a photographic adventure. We knew the sun would rise at 5:50am.
Well, as luck would have it, the gate to the windfarm was locked tight, as were every other entrance we found. Bummer. Then my son got carsick and we had to rest for a bit on a gravel road in the middle of nowhere. Then, of course it was cloudy beyond belief and sunrise came and went and we couldn't even tell for sure in which direction the sun would be when it broke through. Did i also mention it was bitterly cold and windy - much too windy for a tripod which blew right over as soon as i mounted my camera.
We decided to throw in the towel and aimed for home when suddenly the sun broke through the clouds with some beautiful color. We were still among several windmills, so i jumped out and started shooting.
Here is the best one...gotta say, I was happy to not return home empty handed.

Windmills & Cows

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I like them all, but #3 really catches my attention.

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Nice captures everyone.
#1 and #3 from the OP are nice.
Love the colours in mike's windmills and cows.
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I like them all, but #3 really catches my attention.

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thank you Jer.

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Nice captures everyone.
#1 and #3 from the OP are nice.
Love the colours in mike's windmills and cows.
Ash, that is my pic too (i am the OP). i guess the forum now removes the avatar of the original post - confusing?

thanks for the comments!
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Windmills with cow sentries! great shot... Fun all around... thanks for the share.
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I may as well add one final shot to this thread:


Ten in a Row

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cool, those last two i posted got accepted into PPG. whoopee!


interestingly about the "Ten in a Row" shot: the night before, i was scanning the satellite images (via Google Earth) of the general vicinity looking for access roads and this long row of windmills jumped out as being perfectly positioned for an easterly silhouette photo into the sunrise...only problem was which way the blades would be pointing, which cannot be seen on the satellite image. luckily, it all worked perfectly.
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