I really don't think that I can come up with anything that a sunset cannot improve to the point where we say, "that looks wonderful." Over the years I've taken my share of sunset photographs. Some have featured in this blog including a bicycle, roof tops and gulls, the River Thames in London, a Fleetwood lighthouse, a pier, a view under a pier, another view under a pier (!), people on the remains of a pier (!!). In fact, I've had something of a moratorium on sunset photographs in recent months because the last thing most people with an interest in photography need to see is another wretched sunset picture!
But, today the moratorium has been lifted. Today's post shows (I hope) the transformation that a sunset can work on that abomination, the electricity pylon. Now I know that some people like these structures. You don't believe me? Well have a look at The Pylon Appreciation Society's website! For me, however, these structures are far worse than wind farms for the effect that they have on the landscape, and though I have, on one occasion, produced an image in which they were the main subject, and another where they shared that billing, usually they are unwelcome interlopers into my photographs. Nevertheless, I put aside my feelings the other evening when I saw this line of them above the trees with the sun going down. The silhouettes that they made against the orange and gold sky, and the compositional balance they gave to the sun's disc made me see them, literally and figuratively, in a better light, so I framed them and pressed the shutter.
photograph & text (c) T. Boughen
Camera: Olympus E510
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 150mm (300mm/35mm equiv.)
F No: f7.1
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Exposure Compensation: -2.0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On