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A photograph of the old power station on the Naval Base at Charleston, SC

Lights Out

Here is another of the old buildings decaying on the abandoned Naval Base at Charleston, SC.  This is the old power station and I suspect it will remain in place, but abandoned for a long time due to asbestos issues.  The building is clearly from another time where ornamental architectural appointments were de rigueur.  Today, the exterior might have been simple corrugated metal or solid concrete at best.  As it stands, the building makes an imposing presence square in the middle of the former Naval Base property.  In this particular image I love the way the clouds create an illusion of energy and mystery around the cold, dead Power House.

For this photograph, I used my 24mm f2.8 prime but found it was not wide enough in the available space to capture the entire building since my camera is a 1.6x crop sensor Canon 40D.  I was not happy with the horizontal shots, even when converted in HDR.  The composition just didn’t work.  So I stayed with the vertical, cropped to 8×10 format and went with black and white for the final image.  I like these kinds of images but will have to work toward a true wide-angle lens if I want to capture the truly stunning wide-angle shots.

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Written by Brian Fancher

February 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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  1. I really like it though.


    February 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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