Power tower

Power tower in color
Minolta Maxxum HTsi
35-80mm f/4-5.6 Maxxum AF Zoom
Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400

The high-voltage power lines that cut through my neighborhood fascinate me. I photograph the towers a lot, usually in black and white. But here’s a color shot I made with the Minolta Maxxum HTsi, a competent AE/AF SLR. Read my review here.

You’ll see a lot more of these power towers in my new book, Vinyl Village. It’s a comprehensive look at this neighborhood as a typical American suburban subdivision. It’s just $9.99! Learn more and get a copy here.

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single frame: Power tower in color

A power tower, on Fuji Superia 400.


8 thoughts on “single frame: Power tower in color

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Boy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a power tower that close to a line of houses! I’m not sure that’s even allowed where I live by zoning laws.

    Nice light tho, must have been late day or early morning. Great time to shoot! “Golden Hours”…I try to follow the old “pro” rule of never shooting outdoors between 9am and 3pm, hard to do on a road trip.

  2. Growing up in Upstate New York, a Niagara Mohawk high voltage transmission line crossed my grandmother’s farm. Cut through straight down the middle. They compensated her with a one-time, very modest payment when they put the lines through. Those things always scared me. They hummed when it was dry and crackled when it rained.

  3. tbm3fan says:

    I sure hope those houses were cheap to buy because those towers scream “the wrong side of the tracks.” In fact the tracks are right behind the houses which is why houses next to railroad tracks are cheap. In fact I might prefer tracks over these as tracks aren’t an eyesore like these nor threaten you with EMR over years and years although a track can be noisy and dangerous to those that play on them.

    • In this wealthy suburb, this subdivision is essentially the ghetto. Yet this is the most expensive house I’ve ever lived in, but that’s not saying much as I’ve lived well below my means before this.

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