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Black and White Power

By widtink
Photo of Mossmorran Ethylene Cracking Plant And The New Turbines

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paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 8:25AM
Actually rather strong but difficult to tell what is going on. Definition not good and obviously the result of significant subject movement and a slow shutter speed. Looks like a major military attack! Does it work? Depends what you want it for.


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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
20 Nov 2012 3:37PM
yeah it does a bit sort of end of the world feel to itSmile

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2012 5:49PM
I was intrigued by your image, Roddy, and so decided to find out something about ExxonMobil’s ethylene plant in Fife, the largest in Europe, which has been producing ethylene for some 25 years, using feedstock from the North Sea.
Your Exif Data shows this was taken at night, and so I wondered if the bright light was the moon, but am now fairly sure that it is the "flare", the term used when they burn off the gases from the process through a 300ft chimney stack.
And so the right side is showing the steam which rises from the ethylene cracker plant.
I understand that cameras are not allowed on site, so any pictures will have to be from a distance.
I also understand that it can be almost hypnotic when the plant is at maximum flare, nearly a 100ft high flame.
So, you attempted to capture this and used the turbines in your foreground, which adds more interest to the image.
However, without your title, it would be hard to recognise what the photo is about, and your "end of the world" description is quite apt.
Firstly, you needed to use a tripod (maybe you did) with such a slow shutter speed, to ensure that you didn't get a blurred picture as a result of camera shake. Then you needed to try to make your flare look less like a white blob. I assume that the flare lights up the scene quite effectively, and so you need to experiment with your apertures and shutter speeds in order to maintain some definition in it. Perhaps someone on here who is more knowledgeable can advise you, but in the meantime
here are some tutorials on Night Photography that you might like to look at.
Basically, your shot is overexposed. Try shooting on a lower ISO because if you are using a tripod you won’t need to increase your ISO to get a brighter exposure. You’ll need full control of the Aperture and Shutter speed of your camera for night photography. If you use your camera’s Auto settings your photos will either turn out too dark, or with a lot of unwanted movement or ghosting of lights.
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
20 Nov 2012 6:00PM
No i didnt use a tripod lol i used the roof of my car !! I intend to go back because i didn't reralise the flare was going to be so bright but wanted a slow shutter speed to show movement in the steam Wink Was going to return with a filter or two and as you say lower the iso cheers

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
20 Nov 2012 6:40PM
I like this war of the worlds look. Shake really doesnt matter in this for me. I like those spooky shapes on the right, so I would suggest you crop to focus on the right, especially since theres an impression of ground artillery, and play with it, as in the mod.


widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
20 Nov 2012 8:30PM
Cheers Willie i wasn't bothered about the shake either Smile you are bound to tremble when armageddon hits lol your mod actually works well. I would've thought losing one of the aliens and the nuclear flash would have spoiled it but it doesn't Smile nice one and thanks again

Leilani 13 29 3 England
20 Nov 2012 11:27PM's a great image, I think the shake adds to the feeling of it...have uploaded a mod for you to have a giggle over Wink
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 6:14PM
good one its actually a wee bit like the original that is in my PF and yeah i did have a giggle over it Wink

Tibetan 5 3 England
21 Nov 2012 8:10PM
You are one of us! we have won today a universal award! towards the saving of humanity, If you would like to send me your email address; I will forward the award details to you , regards Leon, Cheers mate keep up the good work!.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Leilani 13 29 3 England
21 Nov 2012 8:48PM
LOL that will teach me not to look at pf's! Smile Grin
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 8:59PM
aye serves you right Smile x

Tibetan 5 3 England
21 Nov 2012 10:03PM
There are people in this world that care about others nay them selves! good on yer wee Scottish hero! slantivar we will win, regards leonGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
25 Dec 2012 10:57AM
this is a great image, Rod, you do not need to analyse it it just works.............great mono, composition and contrast.

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