Back in September I was lucky enough to be allowed to visit an operating coal plant. I was even more lucky to be allowed to shoot a series of images while I was there.
Today that fun project came full circle when some of the images I had taken that day found their way back to the plant; and will soon be hanging on the walls.
It’s very rare when I get to see the finished product as it reaches the customer(s) so when I received this image today…
It just made my day!
Big thanks to DE, WM, KW, for taking the time out of your busy day to give me this amazing opportunity.
I didn’t even mind the hard hat; that much.
You can see more images from the coal plant at KKHPhotos.com in the gallery located in the Mid-America group.
Recently I spent an afternoon shooting coal. I discovered that making a chunk of black stuff on a plain white background look interesting is a bit of a challenge.
I also discovered that I know very little about coal. In fact I didn’t even know there are more than one type of the stuff! Good thing the folks at the power plant told me what kind this was or I wouldn’t even know how to begin tagging these images.
So just for fun I decided to look up a few facts about coal; sub-bituminous coal to be exact.
- Sub-bituminous coal is a type of coal primarily used as fuel for steam-electric power generation.
- Sub-bituminous coals may be dull, dark brown to black, soft and crumbly at the lower end of the range, to bright jet-black, hard, and relatively strong at the upper end.
- Their relatively low density and high water content renders some types of sub-bituminous coals susceptible to spontaneous combustion.
- Sub-bituminous coals, in the United States, typically have a sulfur content less than 1% by weight, which makes them an attractive choice for power plants.
- Sub-bituminous deposits are found in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, and China.
- and if you are very naughty you just might get coal in your Christmas stocking!
And now that we have had our science lesson for the day; I’ll get back to editing.
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