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Full Circle

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…

coal fired power plant photos

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 Industry & Architecture gallery located in the Mid-America group.


What Do You Know About Sub-Bituminous Coal – A Little Science Lesson

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.

stock photos sub-bituminous coal isolated

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.

coal isolated on white stock photos prints downloads

  • 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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