Friday, May 31, 2019

Shot of the Day – 35 – California Wind Turbines

Driving west on I-10 toward Los Angeles from the desert resort towns of Palm Springs and Palm Desert, one passes through San Gorgonio Pass and a massive wind farm. Begun in the 1980’s, the complex now has over 3200 turbines that deliver 615 megawatts of juice to that ever-growing Southern California market.

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm (22 March 2019)

I was not driving when this picture was taken…thank goodness. From the passenger seat, I shot through the windshield with the zoom lens at its long end to gather in the distant ridges bristling with spinning wind mills.

As I noted in an old post on what to do when shooting through the window of a moving vehicle, the main objective is to overcome the vibrations in the moving car. I lowered the f-stop to its smallest number. This produces the widest shutter opening which lets in the most light. Depth of field is not a concern since the focus is on infinity. More light means a faster shutter speed to make the exposure right. Faster shutter speeds mean less blur…despite the fact you’re hurtling down the highway at 70.


At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Jack Vest said...

When I hear someone lamenting the loss of undisturbed vistas created by wind turbine farms I remind them of the wildflower-rich meadows that now lie under the paved asphalt, cheap metal, and blinding glass of strip mall after strip mall. At least the windmills provide more than convenience to shop for more, more, more.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Ihave2turtles said...

I love this shot! I’m always alone and can’t pull over. Thank you for this vista. Beautiful!

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Brandon and Katie said...

We just went through there on our road trip! We found the ambiguity of "other desert cities" really funny.


At 1:20 PM, Blogger Ted Ringger said...

Thank you '2Turtle' person. Yes, shooting through the windshield at 70 mph WHILE DRIVING is not recommended. Glad you like what our team effort produced.
B & K - what can one say about the mysterious exit sign? Those enclaves for the one-percenters are pretty exclusive. Unless you've been invited, just keep on driving toward Arizona.
Thanks to all for visiting.


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