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    Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Last week I tried a shot of electricity pylons that didn't quite work out as intended. So .... trying again.

    The idea is not to condemn or condone these things in our landscape. They are there ... and they ain't going to go away.The aim is to say ... This is part of our rural landscape.

    C & C appreciated.

    Power passing by Castle Huntly
    40D, 70-200 f4 L IS @ 121mm. ISO 200. 1/200 @f5. Manual. 05:15am

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    This is a brilliant image Donald.

    I drive for a living and I am constantly looking for something similar to this, except I want a sunset behind the pylons.

    This works very very well though.

    What lens did you use to take this?

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    What lens did you use to take this?
    Thanks, Keith.

    This was done with the Canon 'L' series 70-200 f4. I broke the bank to get it, but it does exactly what all the reviews says it does. It is wonderful.

    This is just off the A90 road between Perth and Dundee and the castle at the bottom right is actually within the grounds of HM Prison Castle Huntly, which is one of the open prisons in Scotland.

    I was en route to re-shoot 'The 6:01 from Perth' a version of which I've got in the Theme Mini Challenge #5. For that, I wanted to slow the shutter speed down from the 1/60 that image was captured at. However, my timing was off this morning and I got a i) train too far away and, ii) in the next frame, a train half way out of frame having past me. Oh well, at least this was compensation.

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Wonderful shot, Donald: the overlapping geometric shapes and the subdued mood are just fantastic.

    Cheers,
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    Ditto what Keith said. This is Brilliant. The alignment of the pylons and the pattern formed by the wires - the symmetry. The mood created by the fog and gloomy sky. This is the type of shot that makes me want to have a hydro grid in my backyard. To me this is more a work of art than a representation of how we usually see these pylons. It is the kind of shot however, which will make people look at obstructions in a different way and try to see the beauty in things that they cannot change anyway. That's a good thing. Despite the subject matter I find this to be a very peaceful image. Thanks Donald!

    Wendy

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    Well, I can't fault a pylon shot as I do so many of them myself. Excellent perspective, and the symmetry works really well here. Suits BW too. I see you got the Tokina off your camera!

    PS It needs 0.5 deg turn CW

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Thank you for your comments, folks.

    There's another one (with me having turned around 180 degrees and slightly to the left) waiting for the next Mono Mini Comp.
    Last edited by Donald; 6th June 2010 at 06:22 PM.

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    great atmosphere with this one. also technically pleasing. I love it.

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Donald,

    Very nice image. Those power lines are usually set off from the road, unless you have a large manufacturing facility near a residential area, so we tend to over look the lack of asthetics these structures lack.

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    The symmetric composition and foggy background are beautiful! Love it.

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Awesome picture. I happen to work at Castle Huntly prison so have particular reason to be interested!

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    Re: Power passing by Castle Huntly

    Thank you, everyone, for your comments.

    Nellie - Great to see you on here. Welcome. I'm the child protection mannie for Dundee. We're neighbours!! If you go to the Themed Group Challenge #5 (click here), you'll see the one I took at the level crossing just down from Castle Huntly (ps - you weren't the person who drove along at about 5:45am as I was setting up the shot for the train coming from Perth? Whoever it was probably thought I was totally mad).

    This one was taken last Friday morning.

    Or you can look towards Perth from on the level crossing by clicking here
    Last edited by Donald; 7th June 2010 at 04:57 PM.

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