Solar Farm I by Bob Wall

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Went for a drive to Coaling Station A, now known as Coalinga in the Calfornia Central Valley. Great drive on some back roads. As we were leaving town I saw this solar farm off in the distance. This was the first time I have ever seen one outside of TV and movies. There was just enough moisture in the air to catch the rays from the mirrors beaming up to the solar collector.


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I’ll shoot anything that catches my eye, but I love it when somebody says “I never looked at it that way before” or even just a little “ooooh”. If I can make you stop and say “hmm”, that’s the best. I normally use minimal processing; a little bump in color and/or contrast, maybe a little cropping. But sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to play with an image.

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    This is interesting, how does it work? I love your angle ad the glow this has.

  • Hi Ann. I don’t know all the details but basically, the mirrors (you can’t see them from ground level in this shot, they are behind berms) are computer controlled to track the sun across the sky and keep the rays focused on the collector. The collector has water pumping through it which is heated up by the sunlight focused on it and turned to steam, which is then used to turn generators, which generates electricity.

    – Bob Wall

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    Fantastic information, thank you so much! Ann

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 1 year ago

    Wow, that is so cool……love it. great depth of tone.

  • Thanks Elizabeth.

    – Bob Wall

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