I love a good espresso in the morning.

I love a good espresso in the morning.

Empty Places
Discovering new places and photographing them is one of the reasons I like to travel. On a recent trip to Kansas City I spent a couple of days exploring the West Bottoms blocks of old downtown Kansas City and the area out around Kaw Point Park.

West Bottoms is an old industrial area down by the Missouri River filled with tall, worn brick factories and warehouses, some abandoned, some still in use. Anytime I enter an unfamiliar area, especially an old urban industrialized area, I get a little uncomfortable, but I have to admit it is, at the same time, exhilarating. It puts my senses on edge.

What I found strange there was the absence of people and cars. It’s not an area that has been totally abandoned but it felt a little like a ghost town. It is not in the “creepy“ part of town. In fact I read that West Bottoms has the lowest crime rate in Kansas City. So why did I have these places all to myself? I have no idea but I’m delighted to have had experience.

Taken with the XPro-1  by Fujifilm.

Colorful Graffiti - Amsterdam
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Colorful Graffiti - Amsterdam

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The thick fog lingered over the St. Johns Bridge.

The thick fog lingered over the St. Johns Bridge.

Central Oregon Painted Hills

Central Oregon Painted Hills

Time for my morning espresso

Time for my morning espresso

I just added a few photos to my site from our trip to the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon. To purchase a print go to http://smu.gs/1miLIoi

I just added a few photos to my site from our trip to the Lower Antelope Slot Canyon. To purchase a print go to http://smu.gs/1miLIoi

Motion In English Bay

Motion In English Bay

Ready for a night out.

Ready for a night out.

There’s something unnerving about a dimly lit building so you would think that entering the Reactor Containment Building of a nuclear power plant would really raise the hairs on my neck but strangely enough all I felt was excitement. I wanted to get in there and I wanted to explore.
Once inside the building it was more like what I had imagined an abandoned space station would be like. It was cold (about 45°Fahrenheit year round). There is not a lot of light and the sheer scale of the place and everything in it was massive. It was the perfect place to unstrap my gear and spend a few hours photographing.
The Reactor Containment Building is a free standing cylinder made from 2 inch thick steel, 150 feet across and nearly 270 feet high including the domed roof. Surrounding the containment structure is a 3-foot thick steel-reinforced concrete shield wall. The 2 inch thick steel domed door that once sealed the entryway was removed and sold for scrap metal a few years back.
The light radiating from the entryway drew me into the area that once housed the steam generators, the reactor vessel, control element drives, coolant pumps, a pressurizer, safety injection tanks, and the main systems that supported the nuclear process from inside the containment structure. These are some of my photos.

Taken with the Canon 5DMKII & TS-E17mm f/4L lens and processed in Perfect Photo Suite 8 by onOne Software.
   See more in this series on my web site: http://arnojenkins.com/2014/02/04/inside-abandoned-nuclear-reactor-chamber/

There’s something unnerving about a dimly lit building so you would think that entering the Reactor Containment Building of a nuclear power plant would really raise the hairs on my neck but strangely enough all I felt was excitement. I wanted to get in there and I wanted to explore.

Once inside the building it was more like what I had imagined an abandoned space station would be like. It was cold (about 45°Fahrenheit year round). There is not a lot of light and the sheer scale of the place and everything in it was massive. It was the perfect place to unstrap my gear and spend a few hours photographing.

The Reactor Containment Building is a free standing cylinder made from 2 inch thick steel, 150 feet across and nearly 270 feet high including the domed roof. Surrounding the containment structure is a 3-foot thick steel-reinforced concrete shield wall. The 2 inch thick steel domed door that once sealed the entryway was removed and sold for scrap metal a few years back.

The light radiating from the entryway drew me into the area that once housed the steam generators, the reactor vessel, control element drives, coolant pumps, a pressurizer, safety injection tanks, and the main systems that supported the nuclear process from inside the containment structure. These are some of my photos.

Taken with the Canon 5DMKII & TS-E17mm f/4L lens and processed in Perfect Photo Suite 8 by onOne Software.

See more in this series on my web site: http://arnojenkins.com/2014/02/04/inside-abandoned-nuclear-reactor-chamber/

Art Deco House In Ferrara, ItalyHave you ever walked passed a house or a building that just left you with a feeling that something…View Post

Art Deco House In Ferrara, Italy

Have you ever walked passed a house or a building that just left you with a feeling that something…

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Stay on the path…the fog in Forest Park reminds me of the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel. Processed in Perfect Photo Suite 8 by onOne Software.

Stay on the path…the fog in Forest Park reminds me of the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel. 

Processed in Perfect Photo Suite 8 by onOne Software.

I find it ironic that out of the thousands of photos we take it’s the handful we didn’t take that we remember so vividly….entertaining book of essays about the photos that got away.

I find it ironic that out of the thousands of photos we take it’s the handful we didn’t take that we remember so vividly….entertaining book of essays about the photos that got away.

Fall colors in Portland.