Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook


Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 12 May 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

The cooling towers of a coal fired power power station in Lincolnshire, England.


By the way, I forgot to thank all of you for voting for me at VFXY Photos (see link below)...this photoblog has been steadily heading up their ranking system over recent months and finally got into the Top 20 yesterday very briefly.

I'm not sure that I deserve to be in such exalted company as 'Chromasia' and 'Absoultely Nothing' - my two favourite UK Photoblogs, but I'm not complaining!

Thanks again for your support. I really appreciate the vote of confidence!


NIKON D40 1/400 second F/11.0 ISO 200 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

Awesome shot.

12 May 2008 6:12am

@Margie: Thanks Margie!

hugo poon from Hong Kong

It's difficult not to process and unfold such a striking strong image in an overly emotional manner... Great work!

12 May 2008 6:50am

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo!
I had mixed feelings about this image which made it the one hand, I was astonished by the drama of this sight and wanted to convey some of that awe I was feeling, but on the other hand we all know about the dangers of global warming. Coal fired power stations aren't exactly helping reduce emissions are they.

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Overwhelming industrial observation, the cooling towers however really only produce steam from hot cooling water. It looks far worse than it is. Having said that, it does indicate the scale of the generation plant and the coal being used to fire it. But who is willing to give up their TV/Dishwasher/Microwave etc etc.

12 May 2008 7:12am

@Observing: Hi Mike.....yes, this is just water vapour but, as you say, it gives an idea of the scale of the plant.

Jan from Bruges, Belgium

Incredible view !! Amazing..

12 May 2008 7:47am

@Jan: Thanks very much Jan!

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great shot, nicely taken.

12 May 2008 8:55am

m a r t a from Spain

Wow...very dramatic and surreal. Stunning image!

12 May 2008 8:58am

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

Nice Shot . . . Very Beautiful

12 May 2008 9:21am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great industrial shot! Imaginative composition.

12 May 2008 10:46am

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Great shot, Ian! Cheers to the Global Warming! In all it`s beauty this shot is quite disturbing...

12 May 2008 3:10pm

Enrique Vidal from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

That is one very impressive shot! Talk about climate "awareness". They look like the chimneys of nuclear power stations. I think this would make a fantastic cover for an article on global warming. Well done. Vote for this one!

12 May 2008 3:16pm

ruben latre from Terrassa, Spain

This is so impressive !! no wonder people talk about global warming !! Really nice black & white and excellent composition !! breathtaking image !!!

12 May 2008 4:46pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

When I first opened your post today, I saw only the clouds of steam. It was only as I scrolled down into the full image that I saw the rest. It's a powerful, amazing capture in its totality. Congrats on being among the elite 20, if only for a while. Well-deserved, IMO.

12 May 2008 7:46pm

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

This is really an exceptional shot. I cannot say that I like what I see, but the photo is perfect anyway. It is a symbol of what mankind is doing with our planet.

12 May 2008 7:56pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

just great, i love it!

12 May 2008 10:19pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very dramatic picture, all that smoke going out from so many towers... I like the contrast and the large frame.

13 May 2008 12:44am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Wow, stunning shot Ian, no wonder you're hitting top 20 =D)


13 May 2008 2:39am

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

This really is an incredible image! It's very evocative just because of the symbolism of those stacks. Outstanding framing and b/w conversion. And yes you do deserve the accolades!!

13 May 2008 3:08am

Sharon from Brooklyn, United States

beautiful work. Your composition and b/w conversion is consistently so good.

13 May 2008 4:17am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

beauty and the fabulous, such rich textures...

13 May 2008 9:30am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

This is powerful indeed, dramatic photo, my brother and I liked it very much!

14 May 2008 8:26am

Nocturama from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing total!

14 May 2008 11:46pm

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Really stunning shot.

15 May 2008 1:31pm

lucie from san francisco, United States

this photo is outstanding!!!

15 May 2008 6:45pm

Denzel Leung from Hong Kong

Very good composition... Great shot!

17 May 2008 4:41am

ocorti from Switzerland

Great shot. Nicelz capture the massive towers and the structure and density of the smoke.
I admire your pictures.

18 May 2008 8:10am

Oswegan from Lake Oswego, United States

I think you deserve it. You have some remarkable images. This one is very intense. At first I thought they were nuclear reactors.

23 May 2008 8:28pm

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

cool photo

11 Jun 2008 6:47am

1/400 second
ISO 200
105 mm (35mm equiv.)