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Sep 10, 2011, 6:14:49 PM
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San Onofre by makepictures San Onofre by makepictures
San Onofre is a now-aging nuclear power plant sitting on a state beach in Southern California facing the Pacific and all of its potential brute force while resting on a geological fault line with plenty of seismic activity. Safe energy! This image was made after sunset (the time stamp on the meta data is off by at least an hour).
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Critique by lolly Oct 18, 2011, 8:42:44 AM
The thing that initially stood out for me was the composition, that perfect capture of the line up the coast right to the edge of the power plant.

The asymmetrical aspect of more of the beach/browns really makes it stand out as well. I've seen plenty of photos where, given this setting people would have gone for a more split down the middle approach which ultimately is less pleasing to the eye.

And it's always a bonus when nature itself pitches in to lend a hand with the clouds that almost form a triangular wedge helping pull the eye down to the main subject of focus. Everything about this photo just pulls the eye directly to the subject.

The clouds, the waves coming inward, the hill sloping downward, coastline snaking toward it and the lights on the facility itself

Which is what I truly enjoy about this photo. The technical aspect aside, the juxtaposition of nature vs decay, pollution, potential disaster has always fascinated me.

A nice sunny coastline shot is nice, but it doesn't provoke much thought aside from maybe "Oh it would be nice to be there."

Images like this make you have to step back and think about the unwitting or worse, uncaring harm that we've done to the world and how little such giant endeavors had much future thought put to them.

An attitude that is thankfully changing as time goes on but this photo, for me personally, makes me ask the question will it be too little too late?
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Quite frightening !
Seavannah Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol that is awful. Not your picture but the fact that they even built that there. California having some very beautiful beaches all messed up by us inhuman humans just irks me to no end. Love the lighting and the fact that the pic takes your eye up the beach to the eyesore and makes a point of how ugly and dangerous it really is. I myself have never been here and I am glad I would try to tear it out with my bare hands or bury it. lol Nothing is safe these days except our stupidity and greed. Maybe we should take the people that made this possible (if still alive) and chain them to it like the days of old see how safe they feel. lol
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Since its full of radiation, tearing it out or burying it are not viable options. That's part of the genius of nuclear energy. Once you convince someone to build one of these things, the maintenance contract lasts, essentially, forever.
Seavannah Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol I know but I still wish it would work that way of course if wishes were horses you know the end lol. We build these things and the repercussions last forever and then some. We never seem to think about what we are doing until it is too late and even then some do know but still do it anyway. It is horrible what we are doing to our beautiful earth just for more power and greed. Sometimes I just wish that an alien ship will come down and beam it out or shut it down but that is as unlikely as me ripping it out with my bare hands besides it is our mess. If there was a way to protect everyone else from the radiation I would do it sacrificing myself gladly. I just hope that they will stop building these things and find a better way but then again those things will probably hurt us maybe even more so. Still like your pic and being someone who has taken lots of pics of refineries and so on for a poem/song/video I hope to create soon called What will we do with such? I found your pic as a great research piece and didn't think of such a lovely place where we have messed up so bad and our children's children and beyond will be affected not to mention an eyesore for the ages. I wish someone would come up with a way to remove the radiation safely, now that would be a great invention. Keep the pics coming very educational and a very good eye for composition and lighting and the pics speak volumes! Thank you.
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Thanks for your comments on my work and I hope your project goes well.
Seavannah Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome and thank you for the pic. Me too it has been something I have been working on for a bit of time. Finding your pic, actually, has helped to light a fire under me to getting it done. I was doing something else but now I just want to finish it. Hopefully you will take a look when it is done, if you don't that is fine too, I just hope you keep opening our eyes with your photos. Take care and wish you all the best in everything you do. Cheers to a better world and better humans that live in it.
IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional
Right next to the water... that can't be good. ;)
That's an awesome shot, my man. Thanks for sharing.
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
You are welcome.
ThruTheAshes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Photographer
Now who was smoking weed when they thought that putting a Nuclear Powerplant there was a great idea?

Awesom image! The dramatic cloud cover really adds to the ill-setting feeling I have knowing it's a Nuclear plant.
makepictures Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
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