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  #208 Energy
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Solar farm - Energy for life       ©2018 A.N.Other
Panasonic DMC-TZ30       4th place, 103 points
1/500s, f4, ISO 100, 30mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped with distort
Slight recompose tool
Spot removal tool
Clone tool
Nik Colour Efex Pro 4 Brilliance/Warmth and Tonal Contrast
      Extra Info: Are solar farms a good use of the countryside or a blot on the landscape?

Three exposures each one stop apart, were taken over a fraction of a second. These exposures were then blended together at home to help retain detail in the highlight and shadow areas.
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Nov 13, 2018
    Congrats, I really like the whimsy in this image.

Nov 12, 2018
    Congratulations Neil. The solar panels would have been static without the sheep. Well done.

Nov 12, 2018
    This was my #2. Congrats on your 4th place finish, and your double top 4 finish.
Edited on Nov 12, 2018

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Nov 12, 2018
    A great display of varying types of energy. Excellent lighting.

Nov 12, 2018
    Thanks all very much :-).

Mepo - I was lucky with the foreground sheep. They just wondered past as I was thinking about leaving. I was so busy trying to catch moments when the sun peeked through the clouds, while balancing on the banking and trying to angle the camera somewhere in the right direction, that I didn't even know the sheep were there until I reviewed the photo. This was the last photo I took as a few moments later the sheep had walked by and I knew I wouldn't get a better shot.
Edited on Nov 12, 2018

Nov 11, 2018
    To answer your question. Solar farms are less of a blot than wind turbines but neither is energy or cost efficient.
I like the shot you have composed, it illustrates the subject very well. The sheep are a huge bonus to the shot and no doubt produce more honest profit than the technology that is dwarfing them. High in my picks as a good illustration of energy.

Nov 11, 2018
    That's certainly farming for energy on a big scale. The colours and detail are just great. I really like the juxtaposition of modern day methods with the group of sheep grazing as they have done for centuries.

Nov 11, 2018
    good choice. like the sky and sheep. good composition and focus.

Old Finn
Nov 11, 2018
    Beautiful, interesting view. In my favorites.

Nov 10, 2018
    Thanks cookiejar. I agree that they are needed but I wish they could find less pretty places to put them.
Edited on Nov 12, 2018

Nov 10, 2018
    Solar farms are absolutely necessary if our species is going to have a chance of survival. I think you have made it look beautiful.

Nov 9, 2018
    Thank you all for the great comments.

aoc46 - The camera was as high as I could reasonably make it. I detached the thread from the quick release mount of my tripod then screwed it to the end of a 4.5ft willow stick from our back garden. I climbed up the side of a banking and held onto the barbed wire fence while on tiptoe, with the stick held as high in the air as I could reach. My camera was screwed to the end of it and I used the 10 second self timer to give me time to get it into position. I would guess that the camera was up around 10+ feet. Any higher than this and I would have needed a drone ;-) .
Edited on Nov 12, 2018

Nov 9, 2018
    Good choice of subject. The sheep provide an amusing counterpoint. The sky, though attractive, competes with the solar panels for attention; could you have shot it from a higher angles to show more of the panels?

Nov 9, 2018
    Very pretty image and the sheep add to the rural feel. High marks overall on theme, composition and color. The one aspect that could be improved with a bit more editing is the bright halo where the land meets the sky. I sometimes find that a local adjustment of negative clarity applied with a maximum feathered brush can reduce or eliminate the halo. You would have to experiment to find just the right settings.

Nov 9, 2018
    Without the sheep, this is just a photo of bunch of solar panels. With them, this is a very interesting and comical image. Sheep just make me laugh.

Nov 9, 2018
    I like the juxtaposition of the solar (high-tech) panels with the sheep. Well done. Blending the images is a great technique as evidenced by this image.
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