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The title refers to the number of dolos which are used to produce the harbour outside of Torness Power Station.
They work by dissipating, rather than blocking, the energy of waves. Their design presents very little surface area to the wave action, making them difficult to dislodge, unlike rectangular blocks that can be swept away by heavy seas. Though they are placed into position on top of each other by cranes, over time, they tend to get further entangled as the waves shift them about. Their design ensures that they form an interlocking, but porous, wall.
They are often numbered on the outside so that satellites can periodically track their movement. This helps engineers gauge whether they need to add more dolosse to the pile.
Taken with my Canon 5D/24-70 mm lens at 27 mm. 4 min exposure at f11 using a 10 stop ND and 2 stop grad.


  • dbiggins71
    dbiggins71almost 5 years ago

    Fantastic exposure, and fascinating writeup – a fave.

  • Dan thank you, I have just had a quick look at your work, but will be returning. It seems we share a love of mono images!

    – GlennC

  • Brad McEvoy
    Brad McEvoyalmost 5 years ago


  • Brad, thanks for taking the time to look and make a comment!

    – GlennC

  • Þórdis B.
    Þórdis B.almost 5 years ago

    Wow, great shot and great place.

  • Thordis, this is a fabulous place, which I found by accident! who would have thought a nuclear power station could create beauty ! Thank you.

    – GlennC

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely work Glenn

  • Travis, thank you! it seems we share a love of taking photos of water? I have enjoyed looking at your work.

    – GlennC

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...almost 5 years ago

    perfect lve the way you do these shots

  • Christine, thank you.

    – GlennC

  • PSL1
    PSL1almost 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work Glenn.

  • Peter, very kind!

    – GlennC

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitalmost 5 years ago

    Great work and very interesting story too Glenn.

  • Chris, these were something I came across by accident, stopped to take some shots of another place and came across them! so planned a return trip and this is what I came up with…… superb bit of engineering, that for me is the art here!

    – GlennC

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    great work,

  • Cheers Scott!

    – GlennC

  • marshall calvert  IPA
    marshall calve...almost 5 years ago

    Kenna is now feeling the pressure of other top flight workers .

  • Thanks Dad, just wish I had some of his talent…..

    – GlennC

  • Donald Cameron
    Donald Cameronalmost 5 years ago

    A perfect subject for this style, composed and processed perfectly. I’ve not seen these “dolos” before, really interesting to read how they work and they’re a great contrast to the silky sea. Your best work yet methinks.

  • Donald, thank you very much that is high praise indeed! it was a real find in a place I wouldn’t associate beauty but when I did some reading on the subject the design just captivated me!

    – GlennC

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