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Power Station

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 June 2008 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

One from the archives...this is a long telephoto lens photo of some cooling towers of a coal fired power station in the North of England.

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El Jefe from Almeria, Spain

this kind of pictures make me think about the damage we are making to the earth
Saludos Ian

20 Jun 2008 7:54am

@El Jefe: Hi El Jefe....yes, they are dramatic structures in more ways than just the visual ones aren't they.

Shun from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

Nice shot. The heavy noise makes it even more dramatic.

20 Jun 2008 8:16am

@Shun: Thanks Shun.....I processed this one a few weeks ago after a spell of admiring some photos from Lomo and Holga cameras.

MahGol from Tehran, Iran

nice job plus the grains made it more effective, thanx

20 Jun 2008 8:17am

@MahGol: Thanks MahGol!

fcofont from Valencia, Spain

Truly fine art!

20 Jun 2008 8:21am

@fcofont: Thanks...that's very kind of you!

elaine from paris, France

i love this! have always been facinated by powerplants and i really apreciate that u make art out of it!

20 Jun 2008 9:02am

@elaine: Thanks Elaine....they are such dramatic structures aren't they!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent B&W treatment.

20 Jun 2008 9:02am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The cloud in the upper left corner plays an essential role in the balance of the composition.

20 Jun 2008 9:17am

@António Pires: Thanks's always interesting to try different compositions with these shots as the cooling towers are such strong shapes.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love the grain effect on this, still as beautiful, albeit different, as the first time :)

20 Jun 2008 9:28am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....6 months ago I would have tried to remove all grain from my photos but these days I think it can add to a photo in the right situation.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very strong subject! I know a village not far from my home, located nearby a similar power station. It's almost constantly raining there as the facility permanently produces thick clouds. Must be a nightmare to live there!

20 Jun 2008 11:23am

@MadScientist: Thanks....I hadn't realised that these caused so much localised rainfall. I've read though that they are the cause of much acid rain in Scandinavia as the prevailing winds blow the clouds over the North Sea to the continent.

olli from Munich, Germany

Love the graininess. Pollution maybe but I'm still a fan of industrial architecture.

20 Jun 2008 11:57am

@olli: Me too Olli....perhaps it's the drama of these types of massive structures.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Well, there is poetry in evrironment pollution as well, you proved it. Very nice.

20 Jun 2008 12:28pm

@yz: thanks yz...I guess there's poetry in the most unlikely places for those who look.

NJ & SB Photography from Spain

Esto es el progreso :))
cada dia mas contaminados pero todos queremos electricidad !!
buen captura!

20 Jun 2008 1:46pm

@NJ & SB Photography: Hi Nuria....thanks very much!

TILALA from bordeaux, France

Beautiful shot as usual !

20 Jun 2008 2:10pm

@TILALA: Thanks Tilala!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Very good shot, Ian! A surprise, (after all the crisp and clean images in your portfolio), but very well done. Nice composition, tones and the noise gives it a special look and atmosphere. I really like the black in the foreground. It defines the image and make it 3 dimensional.

20 Jun 2008 2:39pm

@Nataly: Thanks Nataly....I processed this one a few weeks ago after spending some time admiring photos from Lomo and Holga cameras on Flickr.

cako from Germany

I like the grain and the processing. Great !

20 Jun 2008 3:19pm

@cako: Thanks cako!

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Only Wednesday, travelling south from York, my mate & I were surprised by the numbers of power stations coming down the produce this photo now, you bugged my car surely!

Great image.

20 Jun 2008 4:50pm

@Ted: Hi Ted.....this is a photo of one of the two power stations very close to Gainsborough in Lincolnshire but I know the ones you mean in Yorkshire....I've taken several photos of Drax and Eggborough near the M62 over there and also fiddler's Ferry in Merseyside. They should all be on my profile page.

I don't think I'll ever tire though of looking at Michael Kenna's photos of these things....he's the master!

Jean-Benoît Maréchal from Dinant, Belgium

Very nice !

20 Jun 2008 6:12pm

@Jean-Benoît Maréchal: Thanks Jean-Benoît!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

I thought it looked like Holga... I would was planning on getting one of those. Inexpensive and lots of fun. This camera is a genuine film experience!

20 Jun 2008 8:14pm

@Nataly: I hope I haven't misled you Nataly as this is from My Nikon was an image from it taken at extreme distance in hazy light and it's a crop so not the best image quality so I went the whole way and processed it in the style of a Holga (although I appreciate that Holga and Lomo images are about much more than just grain and lack of sharpness). I think there's a lot to be said for these type of photos as they leave more to the imagination and so I often find them more involving, however I would imagine that they need a lot more skill to use successfully.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Through usage of fliters the acid rain is no longer the main issue, but carbon dioxide is still a problem. Your picture gives a hint on this.

20 Jun 2008 8:52pm

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I love the grain and the greys. Beautifully done.

21 Jun 2008 2:50am

Anthony Lambert from Germany

Nice shot,good grain,well done.

21 Jun 2008 11:49am

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

I think that the grainy texture is a part of the beauty of this one,
it will be perfect hanging on a wall

4 Jul 2008 8:34am

Emily Ng from Studying in: Adelaide, Australia | Home:, Singapore

the grittyness adds to this image. the smoke n clouds hv no distinct boundary - love it

14 Oct 2008 9:07pm