I have been following Tyros fascinating posts from around the Edinburgh and Firth of Forth area, and have been reminded of some pictures of my own I had forgotten all about !
Cockenzie power station is a coal fired power station, built in the late 60s, and which is now nearing the end of its planned life. There is currently much debate about its future, and whether it will continue or be replaced by a new gas fired plant.
The post shows the power station in the background, and to the fore is an old set of coal grinding equipment. By way of explanation I quote from the plant's own promotional material :
'After weighing, sampling and screening, it passes into roller mills where it is pulverised to the consistency of face powder, before being mixed with preheated air, blown into the furnaces and burned at very high temperatures to heat the boilers.'
'during 2000-2001 the station recorded its highest load factor for 15 years, supplying 3,563 Gigawatt
hours of electricity, with coal burn reaching one and a half million tonnes'.
'Cockenzie Power Station occupies a site of 24 hectares. Legend has it that part of the site is built on the hideout of General John Cope, whose Hanoverian army suffered a crushing defeat by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s highlanders at the Battle of Prestonpans on September 21, 1745.'
This post does not sadly share the benefit of the excellent weather that John had for many of his posts, and in preparing this image to post, I am reminded of a sentiment I read elsewhere today on J_Burke's latest post.
'Wait for the light, and enhance your picture'.
Well I agree, but if todays the day you are in Prestopans, you take what you are given. A very grey Christmas Day 2010, in fact. But yes, it would be better with a bit of blue !
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mikebottomley (449) 2012-05-13 3:37
I like the bleakness of this shot, I thought at first it was the USSR, untill I read the post, I like the way the roller leads in to the subject, and the glow on the roller, very nice.
You have exposed for the snow very well, I think the sky makes the shot, and gives the photo balance to suit the subject. Very sharp shop Martin, and a great comment, curious what you was up to on Christmas day, in this area,
Best Regards Mike and Gail
PS Your previous post driving me crazy on I-pad,
cannot rotate it !!!
gus72 (3719) 2012-05-14 1:49
Hi Martin !!
Very well captured view with details at the front and in the background.
Very informative note about the Power Station and its future as a gas fired utility.
tyro (26138) 2012-05-14 13:21
This is a fine photograph with lots of interesting features (together with your comprehensive note) for those of us who marvel at the engineering of the industrial era and more recent times.
Excellent too to have a relic of the coal-grinding mechanism as a wonderful foreground to the power station.
Very well taken with excellent depth of field and sharpness, perfect exposure and soft, subtle colours. Yes, it might have been nicer had the sun shone that day but I'm sure that this is a perfect representation of what you saw when you were there!
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3360)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-25
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-12 16:07