It’s really hard to put into words just how massive this nuclear cooling tower really is. Unless you’ve actually had the chance to stand inside of one, words just won’t cut it… and images even fall a bit short. The echo that is produced from this concrete cylinder is every bit as amazing as its size and grandeur.
One of my main goals was to figure out how to convey the enormity of this structure in an image. The answer was via distortion and I had just the piece of glass for it – The Funk Buster – aka the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens. This lens packs a punch like nobody’s business and it did exactly what I hoped it would when I placed it in between two of the main support beams holding up this concrete tube.
The only thing missing was an object to help convey a true sense of scale, but considering the severe amount of distortion already included, I felt it wasn’t very necessary. Suffice it to say that those two concrete slabs in the rear center of the chamber were massive in their own respect.
So there you have it – distortion. Something we work so hard to avoid, prevent and mitigate. It’s the one thing that truly made this shot special and helped me fit every bit of the cooling chamber into the frame. Maybe it’s time you made friends with poor, neglected Distortion, too. :)
A huge thanks again to my man,, for making this shoot possible.
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In terms of processing
This is a seven exposure tone-mapped #HDR image using Photomatix Pro.
Stylization was dominated by Urban Sickness, which contributed to the whole “nuclear” feel of the shot. I also masked in some Tonal Contrast onto the concrete slabs and added some Deep Forest Glow to boost the contrast.
Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1.