The Story

The day started off bleakly… and I’m not even talking about the rain. As soon as we pulled up to sign our waivers at the Satsop Nuclear Facility, we were told to expect very limited and fleeting access to the cooler parts of the area. Bummed and dejected, my bard of photographers were, I tell ya. I’d never seen +Amy Heiden wimper like that before. Even +Brian Bonham and +Jeffrey Yen sprouted some tears. +Arno Jenkins, still recovering from his shoulder surgery, popped about five vicodins, and told everyone to man up. He’s so surly like that. +Joe Azure and +Tressa Crozier were so seemingly preoccupied that they didn’t even see the massive cooling towers to their right. All the while, +Nicole S. Young and +Christopher Germano decided to take the law into their own hands and hatched a plan to climb to the top of the cooling tower for some yodeling competition.

And then our guide told us that we’d actually be ok with having access to all the areas we had hoped to see. The rest of the day was, in actuality, rather tame compared to what could have happened had we not been given sufficient access.

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro.

Stylization was a combo of Fashion Passion (my new fave), Arkham, Hollywood Intensity and Tonal Contrast. All done in Perfect Effects 4 by +onOne Software.

Final touches were achieved in Lightroom 4.2.

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