Thurne Mill at Sunset – Norfolk Landscape Photography

Thurne Mill in Norfolk at the golden hour.

Thurne Mill on the Norfolk Broads

Due to day to day life, I’d been unable to get out to try my hand at some more landscape photography since I visited Horsey Mere at sunset a couple of weeks ago. I’d managed to get to WEX a buy a new Canon 70-200 f4 lens (a favourite amongst landscape photographers due to weight and cost). I’d been itching to try it out!

The above image was taken on Canon 6D in manual mode, Canon 70-200 f4 L (@75mm) at 1/30s, f11 and ISO 100.

Although living in Norfolk for over 20 years, I’d never been to Thurne before! If you go there, it’s like being away on holiday. People are happy and willing to chat. One chap was telling me this was his 7th year in a row spent on a boat in Norfolk. Then there’s me, living here and not taking advantage of my local area! Well, that’s going to change. Sunset was at 8.41 pm last night and I arrived at 7.41 pm. I had plenty of time to walk around and have a good look.

This was very much a recce visit and I intend to go again when winter arrives to take full advantage photographically, of what this location has to offer. Until then, I like the above image and the mill silhouetted against the sunset which I took as I walked back to the car.

Thurne MIll silhouetted against the sky at sunset in Norfolk.

Thurne Mill Silhouetted Against a Golden Sunset

The above image was taken on Canon 6D in manual mode, Canon 70-200 f4 L (@70mm) at 1/30s, f11 and ISO 100. Although I have added this image to this post, I simply don’t like it. It really irritates that you can only see three of the sails of the mil. That ruins it for me.

I plan to be at this location for sunrise next visit and look forward to seeing the mill lite from the front in the golden morning light.

Holiday boats moored at Thurne as the sunsets in Norfolk.

Holiday Boats Moored at Thurne

The above image was taken on Canon 6D in manual mode, Canon 24-70 f4 L (handheld with IS on) at 1/15s, f4 and ISO 1600.

There’s such a holiday atmosphere at Thurne and I followed the crowd to the local pub for a quick half of ale before heading home. Landscape photography is hard work.

As an aside, the Canon f4 L lenses are exceptional and excel at landscape work. I’ll be adding the 16-35 f4 IS L very soon to my collection.

Update 11/08/2019.

These landscape attempts are just me, dipping my toe in the water and getting something in the camera to have a go at this stage. Each time I’m learning something new and between going out I’m looking up and reading about the intricacies of landscape photography. This is a new area of photography for me and you’d be amazed how much there’s to actually know and think about.

This is a very inspiring and interesting video Charlie Waite – Behind the Photograph. So far the best video I’ve watched.

Update 13/8/2019.

Having studied more, neither of the first two images would stand as landscape images in my mind now. Both are basically snapshots. Both have glaring faults which once spotted, I find totally irritating! Can you see them?

In the first image, the bottom left-hand sail is touching the line of the trees. There needs to be a gap there to separate the mill.

In the second image, the fourth sail is hidden in the body of the building. You can only see three sails. That ruins that image for me. You need to see all four sails.

Now, I’m not at all dishearted by this failure as ultimately it was a recce trip to the venue to have a look and play with my new 70-200 lens. But I’ve learnt so much more for next time. Next time I’ll be far more deliberate and have far higher intent in what I want to capture. Thanks to Charlie Waite!

Update 26/08/2019

I returned to Thurne Mill yesterday evening better prepared with stronger intent with what I wanted to achieve. Although the mill would still photograph (in my opinion) much better in morning light with the sun behind me instead of in front, I did capture two more images that I’ve added to this post.

Thurne Mill against a blue sky as the sun is going down.

Thurne Mill silhouetted against a golden sky.

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