Ride like the Wind

This past Sunday was truly epic, all starting at 2:45 in the morning, when it was time to get up, pack the URBEX gear into the car, and head out to meet up with four other like-minded explorers to hit five URBEX targets in Germany.  We were headed out of Berlin to our first target by 3:45 in the morning, and arrived at our first location, as planned, just before the sun started to rise.  All told, we covered 572 kilometers (356 miles) before we arrived back in Berlin around 10:30 pm, and had the opportunity to experience and photograph an amazing sunrise, a spectacular sunset, and everything in between.  Over time, I will share tales from that explore, information about the locations and, of course, some good photography!  Let’s kick it off with the sunset that ended our adventure, beneath which I’ll share some comments about how we almost did not shoot it!

Like many photographers, I prefer shooting at the edges of the day; that is, around sunrise and sunset.  Often, it is impossible to be out and about at those perfect shooting periods, unless you do this kind of thing for a living.  So when I have the opportunity to shoot in this kind of light, you can believe I’ll take it.  In this particular case, as we were headed home, we had already left our last shoot site, and had a three hour drive back to Berlin ahead of us.  Sure, we knew the sun would be setting during that return drive, but we also figured we’d be able to find a suitable subject to capture in the foreground of whatever beautiful sunset we were allowed to experience.  So, off we raced, hurtling along the German autobahn (this one without a speed-limit) at warp speed, to find our shot.   Easier said than done!  Every time we thought we found a decent subject, we could find no easy route to access it.  Where we found off roads, there were no subjects.  It was not until about 10 or 15 minutes before expected sunset that we spied these behemoths off in a field, as we hoped against hope that we could access the area (most of these windmill farms are fenced off).  As you can see above, we lucked out, in a big way.  Not only were we able to access the location, but we were even given a dirt road to use as a leading line!  How cool is that!

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April 11, 2011 - 14:14

Rob Hanson Very nice, Jacques. That sounds like quite a day of fun!

April 11, 2011 - 14:14

Mike Criswell Sweet shot, you definitely captured the moment

April 11, 2011 - 14:17

Barbara Youngleson A beautiful end to the beginning of your Sunday epic adventure.
Can’t wait for the rest of the story . . .

April 11, 2011 - 14:19

Jim Denham Gorgeous shot Jacques. Love the placement of the sun and the leading lines! You da man!

April 11, 2011 - 14:36

Heath O’Fee Wow…what a day! Love this shot, and I’m glad you were able to find a great location to soak up the sunset.

April 11, 2011 - 15:24

Chris Nitz Gorgeous shot man!

April 11, 2011 - 16:40

Jason Hines Sounds like a full day. Great composition and I love the sunburst!

April 11, 2011 - 16:43

Steve Beal Love the way the road wraps around this image, also your placement of the sun – beautiful shot!

April 11, 2011 - 16:48

A.Barlow Yeah! I like windmills. Did you ever get a chance to stand under one? They make this bass like low humming sound that almost seems to rattle your bones.

April 11, 2011 - 17:57

Kristi Hines It’s funny how you end up with a great shot at sunset, even though it’s not where you planned to capture it. Nice work with the sunburst and the perspective of the windmills.

April 11, 2011 - 18:26

Justin I remember being in Germany, and just being amazed at how big these turbines are…they are huge!! Great image, the sun was timed perfectly.

April 11, 2011 - 19:26

Jerry Denham Beautifully done, Jacques. Looks like the clouds are reaching out to the windmills. Sounds like quite a morning, day, and evening.

April 11, 2011 - 21:47

Toad Hollow Photography Absolutely wonderful photo, Jacques, great lines and colors here!!

April 11, 2011 - 22:22

Bob Lussier Great shit and a great story to go with it! I’m psyched to see the rest of the images from your adventure!

April 11, 2011 - 22:22

Bob Lussier I meant, great *SHOT* 😀

April 11, 2011 - 22:58

Jacques LOL, Bob! Gotta love the auto spell-correction! That happened to me once, too.

April 15, 2011 - 22:34

Scott Webb Caught that sun just in time!

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