Cottam Power Station, England

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 31 October 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

A long exposure photograph of the cooling towers at Cottam Power Station in Nottinghamshire, England.

Cottam is a 2000 MW coal fired power station in Nottinghamshire

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Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great capture Ian...inspires me to put these on my list of things to shoot! There's also a rich tone that you've brought out here.

31 Oct 2008 6:48am

@Ted: Thanks Ted!...there's quite a few of these huge power stations along the M62 corridor in Yorkshire and then just south following the River Trent.

Reiner from Brensbach, Germany

A very quiet picture which nevertheless exudes an enormous dynamics. I also like the gray shadings very much. Great image.

31 Oct 2008 7:44am

@Reiner: Thanks Reiner!..... I've taken photos of these power stations before but not using a long exposure.

This photo was taken using 16 stops of neutral density filter screwed onto the front of the lens.

Philip from Joburg, South Africa

You have taken a qiute bland image and made it into something beautiful !

31 Oct 2008 7:50am

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, very good work

31 Oct 2008 8:27am

Marie from Dauphiné, France

I like ambiance of this shot

31 Oct 2008 8:28am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

You can make an ugly scene look beautiful and lyrical, great photo!

31 Oct 2008 9:18am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Solid and beautiful, the tones make it quite enigmatic...

31 Oct 2008 9:57am

aubry from Montpellier, France

hi,
very graphic shot , very nice contrast
i am a fan

31 Oct 2008 10:05am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

I agree with Philip and yz! Great shot! Five stars!

31 Oct 2008 10:07am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very cool work here. Excellent!

31 Oct 2008 11:31am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It's really interesting to see the effect of long time exosures on a subject like this. I like it!

31 Oct 2008 12:13pm

Kris from United Kingdom

Fantastic Long Exposure shot. Great merging of industrial subject with a mystical feel.

31 Oct 2008 12:52pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Outstanding image. Interesting how you have captured something so feared yet made it beautiful.
Excellent work.

31 Oct 2008 1:35pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

delightful tone. best...jerry

31 Oct 2008 3:15pm

daina from New York, United States

First it is simply a beautiful B&W - second it is a terrific design/pattern and third if one considers the subject matter it is a bit frightening giving the image emotional impact...

31 Oct 2008 3:51pm

linus. from Singapore, Singapore

interesting shot.. haha i like the symmetry

31 Oct 2008 4:43pm

Suzanne Cummings from Huntington Bch, United States

Simply beautiful. Your power stations are much more photogenic than the ones in these parts.

31 Oct 2008 5:45pm

zOOm from Paris, France

A powerful shot indeed, a very graphic composition... very "cold" aesthetically but very beautiful.

31 Oct 2008 7:17pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

In its own way, this could be a scary Halloween picture in the right (wrong) hands.

31 Oct 2008 7:28pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great image: composition, patterns, lines and color. I like it very much. In a bigger size this can be spectacular.

1 Nov 2008 12:09am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Such a super powerful image Ian! A great addtion to your power station series!

1 Nov 2008 2:19am

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Beautifully done.

1 Nov 2008 3:18am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliantly done! such great power and energy in the shot conveyed in such a quiet and simple way - the atmosphere in this scene is fantastic... the long exposure effect on the smoke adds a lot to the shot...

1 Nov 2008 4:33am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What we are doing to our planet?
Excellent image, though.

1 Nov 2008 12:26pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Excellent ambiance. Nice contrast. In my favorite vfxy.

1 Nov 2008 4:33pm

LGB from Portugal

Great composition of a quite picture. Excellent!

1 Nov 2008 10:53pm

Scarabaeus from Manchester, United Kingdom

Great shot, looks wonderful in Black and White.

2 Nov 2008 10:26pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot of the cooling towers, very nice.

3 Nov 2008 3:15pm

Turnbill from Maine, United States

great shot - majestic and sort of creepy as well!

4 Nov 2008 1:22pm

guillaume from France

Brilliant !! I suppose you like Michael Kenna work !?

12 Nov 2010 10:59am

Nikon D40
239/2 seconds
F/5.0
ISO 200
153 mm (35mm equiv.)

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