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photoblog image Ben Cruachan Dam

Ben Cruachan Dam

Taken in the very early 1970's on my old Praktica this has been scanned from a slide and turned to B&W to try and improve the contrast.  It looks better here than the printed version which actually took second place in a Club competition in April.

This is not too far from Oban at the top of a mountain road and deep inside the mountain is a massive cavern housing the power station fed by the water in the lake behind the dam.

It really is worth a visit if you pass that way, details are on the dam website at http://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/

Ben Cruachan Dam

Taken in the very early 1970's on my old Praktica this has been scanned from a slide and turned to B&W to try and improve the contrast.  It looks better here than the printed version which actually took second place in a Club competition in April.

This is not too far from Oban at the top of a mountain road and deep inside the mountain is a massive cavern housing the power station fed by the water in the lake behind the dam.

It really is worth a visit if you pass that way, details are on the dam website at http://www.visitcruachan.co.uk/

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Aug 2009, 01:40
Very pyramid-like...perhaps also constructed by the Aliens?
Brian Walbey: Constructed by the Scots Ray, do they count as aliens?
Excellent b&w conversion Brian, bet the old judge liked those strong diagonals
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill, I was really surprised this got anywhere to be honest in the competition.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 13 Aug 2009, 07:38
Normally i am not a B+W fan but this shot is well suited,you have done an excellent job on the scan.Must admit to being ignorant about this dam,so the info on the link was very good.Your old Praktica did you proud Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graham.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Aug 2009, 07:40
Cor - this image really shows the strength of the thing Brian
Brian Walbey: It certainly is a big construction Chris and right at the top of the mountain.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Aug 2009, 08:03
This sort of construction really shows its age. I think more modern concrete dams have a much smoother finish. I've been to the cafe at the visitors' centre on my way to Oban and enjoyed the viwes across the loch.
Brian Walbey: The highlight of this visit was the mini-bus ride into the mountain and the power hall Alan, a great experience.
perfect in B&W
cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rob.
This has a feeling of frightening power Brian.
Brian Walbey: Funnily enough Chad the lake behind the dam looks so peaceful but this water falls through the rocks to the power hall below at what must be a very strong rate.
Great picture, I hate the way looking down a dam you get or at least I get the urge to slide down the slope.
Brian Walbey: You might get that sort of urge Martin, I reserve my right to stay at the top smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 13 Aug 2009, 14:43
Everything in this picture works to show the power and strength of this dam. The composition is superb.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ellie.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 13 Aug 2009, 18:14
This definitely looks a prize-worthy image, Brian. The black and white enhances the sense of height here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mia.
Great conposition from the POV Brian. A good one.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Ron.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-upon-under-n-over-the-Trent
  • 13 Aug 2009, 20:47
Great shot, Brian, marvellous contrasts!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much John.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 13 Aug 2009, 21:45
Massive construction Brian, your processing worked really well
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Tony.
A very strong image and beautifully composed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Keith.

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