This is the kind of amusement I have at 1:30 in the morning…on a muddy vineyard road…in 30 degree F temperature. All you need is a tripod and the camera’s ability for long exposure photography (anywhere from a few seconds to virtually any period of time you want in Bulb mode). 100 seconds for this capture.
(click through the image to see more details of what can be captured at night in 700px)
While I do like the entire-facility-on-fire-look, I had hoped for a more distinct smokestack-like cooling towers instead of the 6-8 low side-by-side ones. The hope was for distinct plumes rising, combining once high enough into the air, and then directionally moving whichever direction the prevailing winds were blowing. It was not to be.
What is a bit amazing is that under the lowest lower line and between the furthest right two trees is a faint image of a mountain range. Those are Sierra Nevada mountain range about 50 miles away. Think about that. A overcast evening where I am shooting through a well lit industrial facility. Yet, a long exposure captures enough light from a dark mountain range 50 miles away.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 32mm, ISO 100, 100 sec, f/4.5
Rancho Seco Power Plant, Steam, Long Exposure. December 29, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.