Moving Mountains, The Gumbet Windmills

I’d been told about this spot many times while visiting my holiday home in Turkey. Eventually during one trip I decided it was time that I grabbed my gear and checked this local landmark out.
It was a beautiful hot evening and the light was just starting to dip behind the mountains. 
I have to be honest after all the hype I was a little disappointed with the location when I arrived.
There were several windmills on the edge of the hillside and due to the shape of the hill I had to be closer to the windmills than I would have preferred.
This meant that the beautiful mountains and bay below were extremely obstructed by some of the windmills and the hillsides contour.
At around this time I was producing lots of video tutorials for a training site I owned. 
I decided I would take the opportunity to use some clever photographic and postproductions techniques to create a more pleasing view and also create a video of how I achieved this for the sites members.
After some careful thought I decided that if I moved the sea and mountains up higher into the scene and did some clean up ( remove a ropy looking windmill )this would produce a panoramic scene I knew would look stunning in the evening light.
So not an image that the purists would enjoy but one that satisfied my experience of the place even if I had to move mountains to achieve it !


The Gumbet Windmills

I travel to Turkey quite a lot and I’m fortnate to have a home there from which to explore the many areas of historical interest that the country has to offer. On this particular trip I left my friends to enjoy an evening meal together and borrowed my turkish friend’s car to travel & capture the Windmills in the beautiful evening light.
The Windmills are located on headland high above the bays of Gumbet and Bodrum and give a wonderful view over the sea and mountains.
I’d been told about this location many times by Turkish friends but unfortunately on arrival I found it a little disappointing compared to the vision that I had built up in my mind.
I decided that seeing I was not being commissioned to shoot a faithful representation of the place that I would stay truthful to my own vision (as I often do) of this beautiful location by moving a few elements around and clean the place up a little !
My main disappointment at the location was the fact that the stunning view behind the windmills was not clearly visible so I decided to rectify this by raising the sea & mountains.
This was accomplished by capturing the precise images I needed then in post cleaning out a couple of the more derelict windmills so that the view could been seen behind.
This image was also made into a Photography Training Video called “Moving Mountains”