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march 23: battersea power station
22-MAR-2005

march 23: battersea power station

Olympus E-1
20s f/6.3 at 20.0mm iso100 with Flash full exif

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Dougie Robertson09-Dec-2006 21:37
Stunning image, I used to live just over the river from here.
Sergio Pessolano11-Jun-2006 11:51
Superb tones and atmosphere. Voted.
Sharon Rogers03-Mar-2006 09:30
wow .. point and shoot works then!
Guest 06-Jan-2006 22:59
wowwww!!!! how did u find this place? too cool
Gilles Navet27-Mar-2005 22:36
Animals, night confrontation with blood and mystery
Thanks for adventure
Gilles
Ray :)27-Mar-2005 06:54
You hoped for the best, and it seems you got the best. I'd love to capture this building and here's me being put off by the scaffolding that always seems to be there. If only I knew...
Mark Rutter23-Mar-2005 22:41
Reminds me of a Pink Floyd cover. Amazing lighting.
jude23-Mar-2005 21:11
I like your argument/reasoning/whim, Ivor .. i had more to say but my head is just screaming "OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDd.. ROD STEWART COMMENTED ON NIALL'S PHOTO!" hehe
Antonis Sarantos23-Mar-2005 20:36
Very nice industrial shot!
Guest 23-Mar-2005 19:59
Love it to death! Wicked orangish smog,decent accents of urban light bits,hell dark shadows and those ominous stacks.Welcome to Dread Blvd! Vote!!!
Iv 23-Mar-2005 19:40
J. cool:-) For me its the contrasts - the train and the chimneys create more subtle contrasts. The shot feels moodier, spookier, more sinister as a result. The terrain is darker and thus less knowable, its riskier. I enjoy the arrangement of space in the darker shot too (its a bottom-left top-right thing). The train pulls my attention front-stage yet simultaneously my eye is drawn to the white columns on the horizon (Athens possibly?). The pale porcelain of the chimneys (which pleases me very much) renders the sky more vacuous/spacious - darker. Having said that the irony of a dead power station contrasted with a sky lit up by the lights of the city it once powered is not lost on me either:-) The darker space in front of the building also works for me - here we only get an impression of the size of the building; we have to imagine its reality - like the hulking bow of a decrepid rusting oil tanker looming suddnely out of a fog over your little row-boat - spooky. Also, with teh darker guy we're nto sure if anybody's home, whilst in teh brighter shot it looks like there is. I prefer not to know. I'm also quite preared to admit that as the colours in the darker shot are more "classical" that its in fact me who's the romantic (if there is at all)! I still vote for the darker guy: (1) contrasts, (2) yellow train, (3) porcelain.
Dominic Kite23-Mar-2005 17:11
What I like the most, is the orange cloud lit by the streetlights, almost a ghost of industriana gone by.
Josť Pinto23-Mar-2005 17:11
I would like to see a great plan of the chimneys, I think that he would become the surreal photograph still more.
jude23-Mar-2005 16:57
"The other shot is so dream-like & surreal we're almost cajouled in to a nostalgia for the lovable friendly plant-eating dinosaurs with brains the size of peas.... etc etc ("bourgeois romanticism" anyone?). "

Ah, but Ivor.. I protest. I know nothing about .. well, generally everything. I didn't even know what this place was so no pre-concieved ideas were formed. Surreal - yes it's so, but hardly dreamlike and friendly.. more the monsterous kind of surreal that eats at you in nightmares.

So there.. :B
Adalberto Tiburzi23-Mar-2005 15:29
Battersea power station, a great landmark in SW London. Perfect the choice of night time.
Iv 23-Mar-2005 13:36
for what its worth, i prefer the other (non-flash) one & here's the why(/whim) - realism and all its various slings'n'arrows. The other shot is so dream-like & surreal we're almost cajouled in to a nostalgia for the lovable friendly plant-eating dinosaurs with brains the size of peas.... etc etc ("bourgeois romanticism" anyone?). this was a POWER STATION baby; the nasty-yellow train-lights remind us of that as it passes, just like time, which brings us back to the building.... :-)
Guest 23-Mar-2005 12:42
Nice one!
Niall O'Shea23-Mar-2005 12:15
Falcone (and anyone else), this is in London. It's a pretty famous icon of apocolyptic, industrial modernity and has been used (as Asche and tt pointed out) in album covers for 40 years! It hasn't been active for many years and is a terrible state of disrepair. There have been many abortive plans to do something with it over the years but there seems to be a lot of activity there now. It's actually very difficult to get a good, unobstructed view of it (I had to extend the tripod to 7 feet and point it over a wall and hope for the best).
Falcone196223-Mar-2005 12:06
Great image. Where is this building?
Andrea Aschedamini23-Mar-2005 10:38
excellent deep atmosphere.
reminds me a Pink Floyd CD cover...
VERY well done Niall
ciao
Andrea
Niall O'Shea23-Mar-2005 10:14
Actually, the difference here is not so much the flash as the white balance. I wacked it up to the red end of the spectrum. :)
Cheryl Hawkins23-Mar-2005 07:44
Gorgeous.
Susanne23-Mar-2005 05:10
The colors are really exceptional in this image. I love the composition. A very warm looking image. Very nice Niall.
Guest 23-Mar-2005 04:34
a beautiful atmosphere !
t t23-Mar-2005 03:39
this building amazed me before...and you took this one... awesome!
( the orb likes it too...:-) )
Guest 23-Mar-2005 01:58
i'd never thought about using flash in this type of pics...i'll think about it :) it's really fantastic, i'm waiting for a ovni in that sky!! ;)
Autumn Sky23-Mar-2005 01:32
I agree with Jude... the flash significantly enhances this image. Superb shot.
Rafael Ollero23-Mar-2005 01:27
Oh!!!
AMAZING,,,both,, i like vry much this one, the light,,perfect.
WHISTLING BADGER23-Mar-2005 01:11
Fabul;ous work Niall
jude23-Mar-2005 01:01
Although I like both shots, the flash makes all the difference.. brings out the textures in the clouds - that night sky. The looming smokestacks, the perspective, and the intense lit sky all add to a very surreal feeling.
Spectacular .. in every sense..
Guest 23-Mar-2005 00:56
Wow