Thurne Windmill or the correct term of wind pump is one of many on the Norfok Broads that were used to drain farmland. Thurne is one of a handful to be in good condition. I have been here many times, most of which while on a boating holiday. Even though I am only an hours drive away from home I still love exploring the Norfolk Broads on foot.
I chose this location for this sunrise session as I have not been here recently. This would be my second sunrise visit, the first being on a frosty 2016 February morning. It is also easy to get to by road and parking is maybe 5 mins.
How I took the image
When I go out for sunrise and sunset images I like to be in place an hour before hand to make sure I have the time to experiment with framing and different angles before the excitement starts. Using a sunrise direction tool I knew where the sunrise would be. A big unknown was where the sails were pointing as they do change its position from time to time. It look as if the sails were situated for sunsets.
My initial test shots in landscape mode brought up some issues.
- What bugged me the most was the cut grass, unfortunately I did not take a wider image to demonstrate this more. In an ideal world the grass would have been cut further away from the wind pump which would have looked better. There was plenty of space to allow more wild grass.
- Because I was using a wide angle lens, a 12mm Samyang for Fuji. It was causing some distortion towards the edges. In the rejected image the wind pump can be seen angling to the right which looks odd. Probably noticed this more on the desktop than in camera at the time. The first point of the cut grass was enough to settle on a different angle.
I did try moving closer to the wind pump in landscape mode but I was tilting the lens upwards to fit it in, but was causing issue #2 to be much worse. While playing around with my phone I came across the view you see in the final image.
- Rule of thirds is clearly in action in this image with the wind pump not dead center.
- The mist has added atmosphere into the image which was unexpected, was not on the weather forecast and this was going to be the hottest day of the year so far of around 28 Celsius
- I found it interesting seeing lots of snails and slugs moving around on the boats, one can be seen in the bottom right which I like.
- While you cannot see the boats entirely I think they frame the picture nicely and they almost point into the direction of the sun. Also they happen to be in odd numbers, the single boat to the bottom right and three others in a group on the left.
I often use a technique called HDR when I take sunrise & sunsets to preserve details in the sky. While I did take bracked images I just used the single exposure. The work involved to darken the sky while excluding the wind pump would have been substantial for little to no gain. The mist had diffused the light enough not to cause any issues.
Thurne Windmill website https://www.thurnewindmill.co.uk/