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Blight or Benefit by Simon Lupton

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This wind farm lies on top of Caton Moor, high above the Lune Valley in Lancashire and is one of the first to be built in the UK.

It was a brilliantly clear spring day with a few wispy clouds adding interest to a gloriously blue sky. I used an ND Grad to cut down the brightest parts of the sky and a slowish shutter speed to give a touch of motion blur to the blades without losing their slim shape.

Canon 30D
Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 22mm
1/5 Sec @ f/16
No Exp Comp
ND Grad

Capturing an outstanding monochrome image is my greatest photographic pleasure – since such an image is just as gripping as any colour image can be.

Thanks for dropping by and looking at my pictures – especially if you’ve been moved to take the time to comment on them. All comments are read and appreciated, especially if they’re constructive or heartfelt.



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  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Blight on the landscape. But brilliant work none the less!

  • Hi, thanks for that. As a photographer I tend to agree but am happy to make an exception just this once!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayalmost 3 years ago

    Great capture.. like that slight blur of motion.. the title..= the burning question.. :-))

  • Thanks Dave. I wasn’t really sure what shutter speed to use – given the deceptive speed of the blade ends – and ended up with 1/5 second after some experimentation!

    – Simon Lupton

  • berndt2
    berndt2almost 3 years ago

    very cool shot!

  • Thank you Berndt!

    – Simon Lupton

  • dvande1
    dvande1almost 3 years ago


  • Thanks David. Like I said I tend to agree but when I got on top of the fell and looked up at the shining white against the pure blue sky I knew it was to my benefit just this once!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Nicoletté Thain Photography
    Nicoletté Thai...almost 3 years ago


  • Thank you Nicolette, I’m very pleased the group like it and honoured to have the feature!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannalmost 3 years ago

    Essential if we’re to avoid a power shutdown/ nuclear waste pollution. These have their own beauty and it’s the first shot I’ve seen of moving blades – a superb bw.

  • Thanks Roger, glad it’s a little different to the norm.

    – Simon Lupton

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