Critique Welcomed Smokestack Cotton Candy

Discussion in 'Landscape and Architecture' started by Brian Moore, Jan 17, 2022.

  1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Driving through the Anacortes (Washington state) area late yesterday afternoon I was forced to pull off the road and get a couple of pictures cotton candy/candy floss emissions from the oil refinery. The color didn't last long as the sun soon descended behind the hills west of me.

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  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Cloud-making factories...we seem to have a lot of them around here, but of the dull grey variety, not this pretty-in-pink variety.

    I've been enjoying many of your landscapes on IG, but this is the first - iirc - industrial landscape I've seen from the area. Fascinating.
     
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  3. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    There's not much heavy industry in these parts Rob. Some boat/ship building and this oil refinery and a few other things mostly related to fishing I guess. There are a lot of photographers though, but most of the work I see is pretty pictures of sunsets and the like. Nice, but not a big interest of mine. When I shot these images yesterday it gave me the feeling of shooting something substantial again.
     
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  4. Wes Hall

    Wes Hall Active Member

    The colours and detail in the smoke clouds are perfect to my eyes Brian. As Rob says, I've been enjoying your landscape shots on here, particularly with the Foveon as it's helping to inspire my use of the Sigma.

    As way of critique, the portrait composition and distance favours the scene I feel, as you are immediately swept up with the smoke plume.
     
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  5. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks very much, Wes. I appreciate your comments. I can't quite make up my mind which of the two I prefer, though the power lines and poles in the portrait one have a strong appeal to me. Thanks again, Wes.
     
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  6. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    These are great Brian - I do like a good billow!
    My preference is for the portrait one too.
    The place name Anacortes rings a bell - would I have passed nearby after getting off the ferry from Port Townsend and driving to Bellingham?
     
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  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks Chris. Much appreciated.

    Anacortes: Yes. Anacortes has a ferry terminal and Bellingham is just about 40 miles north. What brought you out this way?
     
  8. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    It was a couple of weeks of family holiday - we flew to Vancouver, drove all the way down to Redwood Park in northern CA, stopping off at the various interesting Cascades mountains on the way. Driving back, we took the coast road up to the Olympic Peninsula. My professional background is forestry, so it was a bit of a treat for me!
    We spent the day of 9/11 at a deserted Mt Rainier, which was extremely weird.
     
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  9. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    That must have been an epic trip for sightseeing.
     
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  10. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    Those are great, wonderful colours. I prefer the portrait view, all the verticals give a fine structure to the image.
     
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  11. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks Dave. I think I prefer the portrait one also.
     

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