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Disused Power

By colmar  
Good Morning

Todays upload is the Iconic Battersea Power Station, shot from the rear cab of a Southeastern train on it's approach to Victoria Station.

Battersea Power Station is a now unused coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames, near Battersea in London. The station comprises two individual power stations, built in two stages in the form of a single building. Battersea A Power Station was built first in the 1930s, with Battersea B Power Station to its east in the 1950s. The two stations were built to an identical design, providing the well known four chimney layout. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best known landmarks in London and is Grade II* listed.The station's celebrity owes to numerous cultural appearances, which include a shot in The Beatles' 1965 movie Help! and being used in the cover art of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals.

Since closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. The site is currently owned by Irish company Real Estate Opportunities, who purchased it for 400 million in November 2006.The station is the largest brick building in Europe and is notable for its original, lavish Art Deco interior fittings and decor.However, the building's condition has been described as "very bad" by English Heritage, who include the power station on its Buildings at Risk Register.In 2004 the power station was on the World Monuments Fund's List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

Camera hand held , please if you have the time look large it is I believe worth it.

Thanks for all the comments and votes on our previous images, I can assure you we do appreciate them all greatly. Colin and Mari.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Transport Landscape and travel

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morpheus1955 16 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 12:14AM
I love the pov, great capture and interesting write up too.

imagio 16 12 1 England
5 Dec 2009 12:14AM
Excellent image especially from a train

Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
5 Dec 2009 12:16AM
Great composed image. I really like those curved tracks and actually like the whole image very much...........Sandy
cantona43 17 928 4 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 12:19AM
a wonderful shot, I too like your POV the clarity is superb and even better large as you say
EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
5 Dec 2009 12:21AM
Loved the write-up as I didn't know anything about this power station, other than its name. Surprised how attractive you've made this whole image. Something to do with the composition, light and colours I know, but never thought I'd vote for such an industrial subject with such enthusiasm!

Ridgeway 16 222 2 Ireland
5 Dec 2009 12:26AM
EAR Colmar,,Sorry,
Hope the ear infection clears up.
I took your advice, just has to be viewed large.
Love the tracks,great shot.

mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
5 Dec 2009 12:38AM
Yes,certainly an iconic building.As mentioned,good POV here.
The railtracks do seem appropriate too.
Good shot.
Harlan 13 United States
5 Dec 2009 12:49AM
Colin, what an awsome image. Great detail and color. The POV is outstanding.
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
5 Dec 2009 1:00AM
What a well composed capture, such great work.
SKETCHER68 15 4 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 1:10AM
Great clear image,
not easy to take a shot on a train,
i know i use them all the time.
thanks for the comment on my last upload. S
gary_d 14 576 13 Wales
5 Dec 2009 1:14AM
The large view is a must, a fantastic shot. - gary
TyChee 17 275 1 United States
5 Dec 2009 3:47AM
New viewpoint for me. Very nice image. Thanks for the great write-up too.
tuhin 16
5 Dec 2009 6:36AM
Nice one.
accipiter 13 61 England
5 Dec 2009 7:27AM
Fabulous picture. The chimneys are maybe a little soft against quite a pale sky. I would probably isolate the whole sky area with a lasso and lots of feather and then go to levels to darken. I think the white chimneys would show more strongly if you then pressed the contrast a bit. Looks good any way. A
Cor 13 Belgium
5 Dec 2009 8:15AM
Great shot.
sparrowhawk Plus
14 282 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 8:52AM
lovely shot of a very iconic building i used to live not that far from it ! i know one of the council planners for this site as you say it keeps getting blocked by one or the other of different organizations
Adderwatcher 13 60 19 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 8:52AM
Interesting write up and a fantastic image too, nice capture.
baclark 13 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 9:16AM
Super pov and I love the inclusion of the train. The pale blue sky really suits the image and I enjoy your composition too. Interesting information, thanks for that.
nickyv32 15 135 England
5 Dec 2009 9:26AM
Amazing capture, Is this a (M) shot by any chance, wonderful POV, great work...I am impressed, very different view....

Nicky Wink
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
5 Dec 2009 9:35AM
Indeed it is a ( M ) shot ..... not even I can get in the back cabs ! Thanks for all the comments and votes and critique all appreciated greatly Col(in) and Mar(i)
GeorgeRusky 16 1 4
5 Dec 2009 10:30AM
Hi Colin and Mari
Greetings from Prague!
A very unusual shot, something is hidden in it, attracts attention, perhaps interesting technical approach, hard to say...
Description is definitely worth reading.
Thank you
5 Dec 2009 10:32AM
Morning Colin - A great shot - you did well to take that shot from the train - great POV - well done, and a great bit of info too !

dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 10:48AM
Interesting information Colin and beautifully composed image with excellent lead in.
have a great weekend
5 Dec 2009 11:07AM
brilliant picture, love the way that my eyes are drawn towards the train. nice industrial back drop too.
5 Dec 2009 1:57PM
train tracks are a great lead in,excellent work
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 4:39PM
What a lovely crisp shot Colin. Brian
Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 4:47PM
Very nicely captured with good comp - Ina
Shootme 13 England
5 Dec 2009 5:00PM
Brilliant and interesting shot, your write up is excellant, thanks. I have Pink Floyd's Animals, but every time I put it on my dogs go crackers! so I stick to Dark side of the Moon.

VidB 14 11 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 5:02PM
Nice image and a great write up very informative.
5 Dec 2009 5:06PM
barbarahirst 14 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 5:21PM
never seen it from this angle before
5 Dec 2009 5:46PM
well caught indeed
Dusan 13 Sri Lanka
5 Dec 2009 6:01PM
Well Taken Colin
Interesting write up .Thanks Mate
5 Dec 2009 6:46PM
a stunning shot well captured and a great subject very well done and presented
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
5 Dec 2009 9:04PM
Hi Colin!
I've been past it a thousand times and it still impresses me!
A brilliant shot, particularly considering the way in which it was taken.
Certainly gets my vote.
davidhu 17 19 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 9:28PM
Nicely balanced comp, good lead-in from the tracks.
GalleryGirl 15 4 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 9:42PM
Good write-up and capture. Well done on the pov too.

Marilyn x
Growmore 13 4 3 England
5 Dec 2009 10:49PM
Great capture when i see this image i think of Pink Floyd, good write up. Gary
Phil1958 13 272 4 Wales
5 Dec 2009 10:50PM
Fabulous shot.
Always a pleasure to see such superb images.
No camera shake - good for hand held.
Train in image as well - bonus.
Aperture - just right.
Shutter speed, spot on.
Towers nice and straight.
Iconic building.
Curve in the track makes a nice lead into the image.

Oh and an excellent write up as well.

Clayey 14 1 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 11:04PM
This is really a great image. Focus & DOF is spot on & personally I love it. However, I have been going to a photographic society for a number of weeks now where they judge photo's like this & what keeps coming back to me is "Keep in odd numbers".

They reckon odd numbers are more (oh I don't know what the words are) but correct for the human eye. So I recon you could crop the first chimney on the left or right to get a more pleasing photograph.
Anyway, thanks for all the comments on my own efforts & hope we keep in touch. Regards Peter.
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
6 Dec 2009 1:31AM
Yes the rules of three , however this would leave it Battered and and not Battersea Smile

Thanks to you all for the votes and comments there great and appreciated Colin
Pegon 17 78 1 England
6 Dec 2009 3:38PM
A well composed shot and a good write-up. I remember seeing this place in the early sixties, when it was belting out smoke and steam.
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
7 Dec 2009 12:55AM

Quote:Loved the write-up as I didn't know anything about this power station, other than its name. Surprised how attractive you've made this whole image. Something to do with the composition, light and colours I know, but never thought I'd vote for such an industrial subject with such enthusiasm!


What Ann says so well goes for me too Colin, thanks for sharing!
Rgds., Jim
PS. Love your reply to Peter Smile
riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
7 Dec 2009 1:15AM
a real spectacular capture
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2009 8:26PM
wonderful colours brilliant light super write up cant have this cracking shot on 69 glad to make it a very well deserved 70 nice one colin Wink
colmar 15 42 35 Scotland
7 Dec 2009 8:29PM
Thanks Andy appreciated greatly Colin
ruscals 13
8 Dec 2009 12:15AM
nice photo love the detail backdrop great shot well done

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