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Satsop Coolant Tower



The Satsop nuclear plant was never finished, never put on-line. It resides in Elma, Washington.

The Satsop nuclear plant was never finished, never put on-line. It resides in Elma, Washington.
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puck PRO+
 
puck December 25, 2015
Great shot. Love the POV. I must go there soon.
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gappman May 19, 2016
Ha ha!
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ziadkoussa February 03, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
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photoABSTRACTION June 04, 2016
This entry is the only finalist in the "Celebrating Shapes Contest", to actually fit the bill. You're my winner, Congrats.
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MaryAnne306 June 05, 2016
What a great photo! Wonderful POV and composition. Congratulations on being a finalist in the Celebrating Shapes contest.
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Witmar July 28, 2016
great shot
Rockrobsta
 
Rockrobsta December 23, 2016
Been there
Matthewdettamore
 
Matthewdettamore March 15, 2017
Amazing architecture
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Matthewdettamore March 15, 2017
Where was that picture taken?
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Steve--photography-- April 21, 2018
Amazing work, fantastic shot

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is of one of the cooling towers at the Satsop nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. This site was developed in 1977 to supply power to the Pacific Northwest, but it was never put online. The concreted towers and structures remain unused and now serve as a memory of how this type of power wasn't accepted by the majority of the local population. Bond measures for extra funding were shot down, and the operation was abandoned. The site is now used for films and visitors.
Time
Taken in the late morning, the sky was very blue and the clouds offered some great texture in the background.
Lighting
Lighting wasn't too much of a challenge since the structure was larger enough to let light into. With today's equipment, I use a Sony A7, the highlights and shadows aren't really a problem. I was able to coax a great deal of light from the interior of the tower in Lightroom.
Equipment
My normal rig for shooting is an Sony A7II and the 12-24 G lens for landscape and architecture. A great combo for this and tack sharp results.
Inspiration
I had driven past this location several times over the years and finally took a day to get close and check out the grounds. It is a fascinating place and I will be back to shoot more and perhaps video the location as well. The architecture, the lines, the entire scale and scope of the location I find fascinating.
Editing
Just brought the RAW files into Lightroom and tweaked the highlights and shadows a bit. Some clarity and saturation were added and that's it.
In my camera bag
My bag is packed with a Sony A7II, a Sony A6300, and a few lenses such as the 12-24 G lens, a 35mm prime, an 85mm prime, and the Sony 24-200 lens. A various assortment of filters and batteries also reside in my bag.
Feedback
Go wide! Use a tripod when you can, but not necessary with a decent amount of light. Look for great composition with the lines and surroundings. Leading lines are great and texture within the background of foreground elements will work in your favor.

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