TinDog
TinDog

Slack Spans

My old day job is in the overhead powerline industry where for my sins I was a Chargehand linesman, that's right the ones you see in little trolley's ...
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My old day job is in the overhead powerline industry where for my sins I was a Chargehand linesman, that's right the ones you see in little trolley's going along the lines or working all over the pylons. I used to get as much time in as possible with my camera at work to illustrate parts of an industry which through no fault of it's own has been shrouded in mystery. Working in remote rural locations offered me amazing landscape and natural history subjects a plenty and I always took those opportunities but I always consider some of these work photographs right up there with the McCullen war images. For this shot looking through the spans past the men working in the platform at the tension tower I used my Sigma 170 - 500mm lens at full zoom. Coupled with my cropped sensor this gives me an effective 800mm and F-5.6 should I need it, it is not the sharpest lens in the world but without a mortgage 800mm is good for what it is. The extreme compression of this shot has these towers almost next to each other and considering they are approximately 400m apart front to back is the best part of a mile, the really surprising part for me is the way conductors appear really slack too almost as if the towers had been physically pushed together. I always consider a strong contrast black and white the right format for these kind of images, I think it adds drama and excitement to what is one of those hero jobs.
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