Sunday, September 15, 2013

29 Palms Power Transfer Station

Last night, under cloak of darkness, I went over to the other side of Highway 62 to photograph the power transfer station. It doesn't look like much during the day, but it's pretty impressive at night. There's a huge solar power facility that feeds electricity to it. Then the electricity goes from here to power the city of 29 Palms. I think the big marine base out past the city has it's own dedicate power supply. That's Highway 62 on the left, and the transfer station on the right. Let's take a closer look...




One of my favorite shots from last night gets in pretty close... fortunately the police didn't show up to haul away the crazy guy with the camera!

Adding a little texture and Photoshop magic gives it an old, vintage look...

And even a little closer...
I don't know anything about power stations, but these things looks like they could pack a wallop! As I was taking these photos I think I heard the sound of bugs getting fried!!

15 comments:

  1. Very interesting. We lived near a power station for about 40 years and I never thought of taking pictures of it. MB

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  2. Great shots and i like especially the deep, deep blue in the first shots. Also the strange forms of the station like the machines of frankenstein.

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  3. cool photos...i don't remember this (my husband was stationed there from 85-89)

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  4. I like what you did in the photoshop to get the vintage look. Yes, we are always worried about the police showing up at night shoots.

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  5. i feel my hair standing on end like einstein. :)

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  6. Amazing shots - and you ARE lucky the police didn't show up. These days they don't approve of anyone taking photos of anything that could be damaged - we visit the Alaska Ferry Dock in Bellingham quite often and I get some amazing photos of birds in the bay there, but I've learned not to point my camera in the direction of the two coast guard boats moored nearby - they don't "take kindly" to photos being taken of the boats. We've actually had the city police drive by and take down our license number - and several coast guard members have stopped by to "make sure we are not taking photos of the boats".

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  7. Neat photos. I was going to say the same thing as JoAnn above. These days the most insignificant snapshot photo exercise could be interpreted as a potential terrorist activity by the authorities. Silly but these are the times in which we live.

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  8. The vintage, golden ones are fabulous! I'd be afraid to get too close to those things. The buzzing gets my nerves jumping!

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  9. Love the intense blue of the sky, very creative these shots.

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  10. An impressive gaggle of photos. Power plants definitely look better at night. Love the highlights you caught on the wires. I would have been more afraid of critters of the night than the highway patrol.

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  11. Awesome! So many great and interesting shots ... hard to pick one favorite, they all are!

    Irene

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  12. That's amazing..I would never have thought of taking pics of such a thing and would definitely not have guessed it could be so beautiful. We can actually see lights from a power plant from our home in Florida...and we boat past it, but not at nite ...might have to try that this season.

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  13. A great series of images and an imaginative subject! Thanks for sharing your creativity (and for dropping by my blog). Happy weekend!

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