A Healthy Dose Of Gamma Rays

By |2012-10-29T20:39:31+00:00Oct 15th, 2012|

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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58 Comments

  1. Jason Jakober October 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome!

  2. Jason Jakober October 15, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Awesome!

  3. Richard Hoefer October 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    It really IS awesome!

  4. Richard Hoefer October 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    It really IS awesome!

  5. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    When he said no climb, a part of me died inside. I think he was just trying to get me to come back :-)

  6. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    When he said no climb, a part of me died inside. I think he was just trying to get me to come back :-)

  7. Jason Odell October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Think about +Amy Heiden going Hulk Smash on this place!

  8. Jason Odell October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Think about +Amy Heiden going Hulk Smash on this place!

  9. Chris Chabot October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    You wouldn't like me when I'm mad!

    Well that's what I would've screamed while being in there .. hope you made the most of the opportunity :) Love the shot!

  10. Chris Chabot October 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    You wouldn't like me when I'm mad!

    Well that's what I would've screamed while being in there .. hope you made the most of the opportunity :) Love the shot!

  11. Christopher Germano October 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I'm so happy that I got to experience this first hand, the place was so hug inside, you did a good job of capturing the majority of this building +Brian Matiash   I still think I could have given +Nicole S. Young a run for her money on that yodeling competition.  You all think I'm that quiet guy that doesn't have much to say – but when it comes to yodeling….

  12. Christopher Germano October 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I'm so happy that I got to experience this first hand, the place was so hug inside, you did a good job of capturing the majority of this building +Brian Matiash   I still think I could have given +Nicole S. Young a run for her money on that yodeling competition.  You all think I'm that quiet guy that doesn't have much to say – but when it comes to yodeling….

  13. Arno Jenkins October 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Yep that's pretty much how I remember it +Brian Matiash.

  14. Arno Jenkins October 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Yep that's pretty much how I remember it +Brian Matiash.

  15. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Yea, this is totally awesome. Love the fisheye perspective!

  16. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Yea, this is totally awesome. Love the fisheye perspective!

  17. Gee Rogers October 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    COOL

  18. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    +Amy Heiden Should have pushed you over when I had the chance.

  19. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    +Amy Heiden Should have pushed you over when I had the chance.

  20. Scoby Cakau October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Its wonderful!

  21. Scoby Cakau October 15, 2012 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Its wonderful!

  22. sofi adusei October 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    perfect persuasion system…pretty like it…..an amazing site

  23. sofi adusei October 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    perfect persuasion system…pretty like it…..an amazing site

  24. John Getchel October 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    So cool! How the hell did you get access to this place?

  25. John Getchel October 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    So cool! How the hell did you get access to this place?

  26. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    You're not strong enough Matiash.

  27. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    You're not strong enough Matiash.

  28. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    +Amy Heiden Man. You're already dead.

    You just don't know it yet. 

  29. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    +Amy Heiden Man. You're already dead.

    You just don't know it yet. 

  30. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    The Walking Dead? Cuz they eat people like you…

  31. Amy Heiden October 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    The Walking Dead? Cuz they eat people like you…

  32. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Basically, yeah.

  33. Brian Matiash October 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Basically, yeah.

  34. Chris Chabot October 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    That'll make for an awesome halloween costume when you're all nice and rotten +Amy Heiden 

  35. Chris Chabot October 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    That'll make for an awesome halloween costume when you're all nice and rotten +Amy Heiden 

  36. Tressa Crozier October 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash you are awesome – so funny!!  Hehehehehe!  Can't wait to come back!  And awesome shot!

  37. Tressa Crozier October 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash you are awesome – so funny!!  Hehehehehe!  Can't wait to come back!  And awesome shot!

  38. Edward Conde October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – some really awesome shots here.

  39. Edward Conde October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – some really awesome shots here.

  40. Edward Conde October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – 2nd post. Some of the shots look like they can be in the next edition of Half Life!

  41. Edward Conde October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash – 2nd post. Some of the shots look like they can be in the next edition of Half Life!

  42. Francisco Xavier Vargas October 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    this work is proof positive that HDR need not be ham-handed. fantastic!

  43. Francisco Xavier Vargas October 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    this work is proof positive that HDR need not be ham-handed. fantastic!

  44. Noemi Mimi October 16, 2012 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Fantastic.

  45. Noemi Mimi October 16, 2012 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Fantastic.

  46. Girolamo Cracchiolo October 16, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Nice POV and processing +Brian Matiash !

  47. Girolamo Cracchiolo October 16, 2012 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Nice POV and processing +Brian Matiash !

  48. Stephen Austin October 16, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

    nice one

  49. Kathy Porupski October 16, 2012 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Such a cool place! Love the captures you've been posting… :-)

  50. Kathy Porupski October 16, 2012 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Such a cool place! Love the captures you've been posting… :-)

  51. Michael Bonocore October 16, 2012 at 4:50 am - Reply

    It's official. I'm on my way to Portland +Brian Matiash

  52. Katherine Teel October 16, 2012 at 6:56 am - Reply

    it reminds me of the sorcerers apprentice.

  53. Katherine Teel October 16, 2012 at 6:56 am - Reply

    it reminds me of the sorcerers apprentice.

  54. Amy Heiden October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    You don't get to go unless I go +Michael Bonocore

  55. Amy Heiden October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    You don't get to go unless I go +Michael Bonocore

  56. Dave Morrow October 17, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I always drive by these on my way to Cannon Beach. Never knew they were open to shoot in. Thx for the tip and coordinates +Brian Matiash 

  57. Dave Morrow October 17, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I always drive by these on my way to Cannon Beach. Never knew they were open to shoot in. Thx for the tip and coordinates +Brian Matiash 

  58. Ahmed Shafi October 31, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Hi brian, i noticed that you dont correct lens distortion in your images. It does not bother you?

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