I’ve had two very different experiences photographing refineries. The first time I got up close and personal taking my Refinery Smokestack photo (see Photographer’s Rights: Know Them When In The Field ) where I was harassed by security even though I was across the street on public property. This time I ended up photographing the Shell Martinez refinery Conoco Phillips Rodeo Refinery from over 30 20 miles away in Marin. If you haven’t guessed by now, I was not bothered by security.
What’s interesting to me about this photo is that the super-telephoto lens I was using brings together the refinery, the top of the Carquinez bridge and wind turbines on the edge of the California central valley. The juxtaposition of new and old energy sources is something that I found of interest. It’s not too often you get 50+ miles of visibility to create a photo such as this, so I was pleasantly surprised between photos of sunrise over other parts of the San Francisco bay area to see this… even if by most standards refineries such as this are an eye sore.
[tags]Conoco Phillips Rodeo Refinery, pollution, environment, global warming, stock photo, photography, green energy, energy, Conoco Phillips, Rodeo, California[/tags]