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I have been trying to get a decent shot of a nuclear power plant for some time now but have always returned with less than satisfactory results. I was heading back to Detroit from my exhibit opening and planned to do some night captures of the Davis-Besse nuclear plant on my way home.

After making a few exposures the local police arrived. This guy immediately was unbelievably rude and asked what the hell I was doing trying to take pictures at night. He called me a "F@ck!ng American Idiot" that doesn't understand that because we got Bin Laden doesn't mean that terrorism is no longer a threat. He continued to verbally assault me, saying that in one call he could have me surrounded by guys with M-16's and then taken over to the plant for interrogation.

I bit my tongue as best I could as I was getting so irritated by the officers ranting. He kept telling me how stupid I am and how serious this offense was. I wanted to tell him so badly that the true "American idiots" are the people who believe taking photographs of a plant from this distance is some sort of threat to national security and that I thought America was still a free country. Anyone sitting in an internet cafe in Islamabad can see right down the stack of this place on Google Maps and obtain accurate GPS coordinates in a matter of a seconds.

But... I held my tongue because I knew it would all be worth it, knowing I already had something very special already saved on my memory card.

Tags:   blackandwhite square longexposure artifakts night power powerplant nuclear

N 60 B 4.5K C 24 E Apr 14, 2012 F May 15, 2012
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N 77 B 3.9K C 72 E Apr 26, 2010 F Apr 29, 2010
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Featured in Flickr Explore - April 29, 2010 - Best Position #8

I posted Temple Study I about a month ago and even though it hit #1 on Explore, personally the image didn't excite me that much. For this one I chose a wider angle lens and shot at a more dramatic angle under a more directional, less diffuse light. This provided for a more dramatic, abstract result which I prefer.

If you are interested in making exhibition quality monochromatic prints, please check out my new article on printing with Piezography. It is on Joel Tjintjelaar's website www.bwvision.com, a great resource for learning about black & white photography. Thanks!

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N 15 B 5.4K C 5 E Apr 15, 2013 F Apr 15, 2013
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A rare look from deep in my archives. This platinum print was made about 15 years ago using a high resolution halftone negative made from a digital image file. It was one of many tests I made as I was searching for a solution to make platinum prints from digital files.

At first, the halftone negative appeared to be a valid (and cost effective) solution, but one will soon discover by looking at the image with a loupe (click here for full size image) that the halftone process is not continuous tone, but a simulation of continuous tone through the use of varying sizes and spacing of dots.

Platinum printing is revered by photographers and collectors because of their unmatched tonal range, surface quality and archival permanence. That being said, photographic purists would find making platinum prints with halftone negatives a blasphemous endeavor.

Shortly after this I discovered Piezography which was the first purely digital black & white printing process that produced results that rivaled traditional processes. I have not looked back since... until now...

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