Powerplant by pasttheirprime

Powerplant

This is the beating heart of the SS Great Britain, in her final resting place in dry(ish) dock in Bristol, UK, which was also where she was built. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic (in 1845) in the time of 14 days.

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who managed to get himself quite a reputation in these parts, this engine was the first to top 1000 BHP... (well, in a ship at least).

It's been a hectic few days here, with some critical issues emerging. This visit to SS Great Britain was squeezed in as a necessity for my daughter's school examinations, and gave me ample opportunity to capture something for todays offering.

Shot in very dark conditions and without a tripod, I was forced to brace myself against the structure to try and keep shake to a minimum. This was processed in LR, then tweaked a bit more in Silver Efex 2 to get a more "grungy" feel! :)

Decided on this shot verses another one I'd been considering, mostly due to the contrast between this and Kev's fabulous bluebells shot from yesterday.

(There's a secret behind his success with that, but he's keeping it close to his chest) ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Stu
Great industrial feel to it, well captured and proccessed
May 8th, 2016  
First, thanks for the interesting back story. I really like the power & strength that this photo expresses. Being in B&W the detail of the craftsmanship really shows through. Great job Stu.
May 8th, 2016  
Very interesting story behind the powerful image. Nice capture.
May 8th, 2016  
She looks like she is being lovingly cared for, perfect in B and w.
May 8th, 2016  
B&W is truly the best way to show this engine in its glory. The quality of craftsmanship just shines in your shot. Nice to have the history too since we are talking about old equipment.
May 8th, 2016  
Agree with the others that this works beautifully in b&w, I love the light you've captured too
May 8th, 2016  
@leonbuys83 @nydelignorsk @jamibann @jackie8 @joysabin @clearday - Thanks Guys. I failed to mention that this is just the tip of the engine. I was one deck down, but the engine stretches all the way to the keel (4 decks in total) - the current custodians have kept it turning for the general public to watch
May 8th, 2016  
Neat b/w industrial capture...all the parts and intricacies are nicely detailed
May 8th, 2016  
Looks stunning. Brunel was an amazing engineer.
May 8th, 2016  
Terrific b&w image!
May 8th, 2016  
An interesting industrial capture.
May 8th, 2016  
Nice industrial capture
May 9th, 2016  
Beautiful capture ...
May 9th, 2016  
Great shot of the inner workings of the ship.
May 9th, 2016  

Great B&W image.
May 9th, 2016  
effective processing to show off the might and beauty!
May 9th, 2016  
As a Mechanical Engineer I love this subject and capture. FAV
May 9th, 2016  
Great black & white.
May 9th, 2016  
@joeboo what golden rivet?
great pov & b/w processing
May 14th, 2016  
SUPER NICE !!
May 15th, 2016  
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