Appealing Nuclear Power

Seascale Nuclear Power Station. Olympus EM5, Panasonic 45-150. Three image stitch with post processing in Nik Silver Efex.
Seascale Nuclear Power Station. Olympus EM5, Panasonic 45-150. Three image stitch with post processing in Nik Silver Efex. Click to see a larger version of the image.

Firstly, my apologies for the blog and video silence over the past week. I decided to take a break with my wife to do some walking in the Lake District and then to visit our Grandson over in France. In fact, I haven’t been back in the UK for more than a few hours and wanted to share this image.

I shot this from the top of a hill in the Lakes called Black Coombe. The Power Station in the centre of the shot is at Seascale and beyond this you can just make out the hills in Dumfries (somewhere that I have wanted to visit for a while but never found a good excuse).

The image was taken handheld with the EM5 and Panasonic 45-150 lens at 150mm. It’s not bad and should print OK but it is suffering from a lot of atmospheric distortion. The best cure for that of course is convert the image to black and white then throw in a lot of grain. It hides the fine detail but helps make the image appear sharper and less distorted.

2 thoughts on “Appealing Nuclear Power

  1. dear Robin, unfortunately atmospheric haze is the weakest point of digital photography.
    in the film days you would have used a low speed be film and an orange filter to take advantage of the lower effect of haze on the longer wavelength light.
    unfortunately the red channel of a Bayer sensor uses information from the blue channel for demosaicizing, thus you cannot do true monochromatic photography with this type of sensors.
    there are solutions, however: (I) the leica monochrome tolerates colored filters; (ii) the foveon sensors in the sigma cameras; (iii) the sensor shift mode in Pentax cameras.
    in the last two cases you should use only the red channel, which is not interpolated using blue (I.e. degraded) information.
    best wishes and thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, this is very true. I was only looking at the Pentax K3 the other day and thinking the shift sensor looked interesting. There is though one other great way to cut through atmospheric haze with digital photography and that’s to use Infrared. I shot a couple at the time and they look much better when zoomed to 100%. The edges of the buildings appear straight rather than being rippled by the haze. Thanks for adding the useful sensor information.

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