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Windfarm #10

Offshore wind turbines and rainbow, Colwyn Bay, North Wales coast

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The story behind this image

The North Wales coast is a dramatic and ever varied blend of the natural and man-made.

Nowhere is this more apparent than at Colwyn Bay, a beautiful stretch of coast and host to the Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm, the fourth largest in the world, whose turbines punctuate the horizon of the Irish sea in a whirling dance of shape and movement.

Some hate them, but I love them, both from an environmental point of view and from a photographic point of view, as they add so much interests to a scene that would otherwise be composed of just horizontal lines.

So I photograph them a lot, under all sorts of conditions.

Fortunately for me, the North Wales coast is an atmospheric playground, so the weather can usually be relied on to throw up something interesting to set the turbines against.

But I couldn't believe how blessed I was to be in position at Llandulas, camera ready, when this beautiful play of sunlight and shadow, accompanied by a vivid rainbow, appeared in my viewfinder.

A quick twist of the polarising filter to maximise the rainbow's colours, a couple of clicks of the shutter and it was all over as the rainbow vanished and grey shadow blanketed the turbines once again.

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Image data

Filename - windfarm-10.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/500 secs @ f8, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the colours of thr rainbow.

Location - Llandulas, Colwyn Bay, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Fast shutter speed used to freeze movement.