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The destruction of strip mining here in Charleston, SC


Considering the image: I knew there was a gravel and dirt quarry near my house here in Charleston but it was not busy for quite some time.  Lately the trucks have been hauling material out of the quarry all day, six days a week.  I wanted to see just how much destruction was happening beyond the thin treeline between the road and the quarry.  The place is huge and will only grow larger.  It brings to mind the images of whole mountain tops removed in West Virginia and Utah.  I have seen those from an airplane’s vantage.  This is the view of our “progress”.  This is what is required to make our world more beautiful, to command the earth to do our bidding.  At what cost do we destroy these square miles of ecosystem?  I wonder…is there another way?

Making the photograph: This is a HDR image from five exposures from -2EV to +2EV shot with my EF 24mm F2.8.  I wish I had a slightly wider lens to fit the entire quarry in the frame, but this image captures the enormity quite well.  The huge grading and digging equipment is positively dwarfed by the gaping hole.  Post processing required some noise reduction as most HDR images do.  Then just curves and sharpening before saving for web display.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

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