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Leaving early


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Leaving early

6 Sep 2021 10:37AM   Views : 421 Unique : 285


My mindset is that while Iím often late for things Iíd rather be early, so when Iím travelling i tends to leave a margin for error. So collecting a close force for my mother in law or from the far side of Nottingham led me to allow 2 hours for the journey. And when I realized that the route took me straight past the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station it meant that I had time to pull off the dual carriageway, park the car, and take a few shots of the cooling towers.

The weather and the light were perfect, and I got a nice selection of shots without moving more than 150 yards from the car. Iím probably going to be boring EPZ members all week with pictures of the alternative to win farms. Sadly, I didnít see the mountain of dirty, dusty black coal until I was back on the road, but that too is an essential part of a coal-fired power station.

Iím really pleased with the variety of images that I brought home from no more than 20 minutes shooting, and it really drove home the value of having time in hand, and keeping my eyes open. Plus Ė of course Ė having the sort of memory that stores away the idea that Iíd really like to take some pictures of that!

I have tried before, when there was two-way traffic along a much more congested road, rather than the present dual carriageway. But yesterdayís pictures were far, far better. I think Iím going to remember to leave early next time.

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20 2.2k 2063 England
6 Sep 2021 10:38AM
The shot is from my first DSLR, a Sigma SD-9. Which may be worth a blog of its own...
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mistere Plus
10 38 8 England
6 Sep 2021 12:54PM
Agree with the 'Leave early and leave a decent margin of error' philosophy. If nothing bad happens there's always time for a cuppa before you have
to stat doing. I quite like wind farms, from a photographic point of view. Trouble is, the only time i see one I'm usually on a motorway and can't stop.
I wonder how much of that dirty dusty black coal is needed to make one of those wind turbines...
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20 2.2k 2063 England
6 Sep 2021 4:07PM
There's a whole engineering/accounting/environmental thing in there about lifetime costs, Dave. My son's adept with most of it: I have the general idea.
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19 7 11 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2021 11:16PM
We were, well I was, brought up with seeing cooling towers, mill chimneys and gasometers. To be honest they were just there as were the moors, farm fields and the canals and allotments, just side by side. I also remember the smog and the the masks we wore in winter and the soot on walls etc. I loved the escape to Westmorland, as it was then, where my auntie lived, the hills and Morecambe Bay and just fresh air. Now we have different pollutants and maybe just as dangerous if not more. Wind turbines are pure joy to me, they have a downside but in view of what they have replaced I can live with it! Cooling towers still make for a cracking image though! WinkWink
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20 2.2k 2063 England
7 Sep 2021 7:11PM
Growing up too late to be part of the Swinging Sixties, I have often felt cheated. I was too young and provincial to have th4e drugs, so I actually do remember the decade, and I WAS there! I had the oil crisis and so many political difficulties to enjoy.

But on the positive side, we could glory in the world's largest cooling tower, and the Post Office Tower in London was a wonder, not an excrescence (unlike the Shard). I've had the best of an old, discredited world, maybe.

And I look to a new dawn for my granddaughter, who arrives soon...
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19 7 11 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2021 10:18PM
Think we are the same age John and and the 70s was my era although I remember the mad mid to late 60s. There appeared to be much more optimism then and people could walk out of and then back into jobs - and state education was not the debacle it is now! Cooling towers were rampant and wind turbines just a surreal dream...

That granddaughter will wrap you around her little finger and have you eating out of her hand! SmileSmileSmile


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20 2.2k 2063 England
8 Sep 2021 10:35AM
And I plan, at an appropriate age, to feed her buttered Shreddies. It's a family thing...

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