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Titan-1 Missile Silo in Moses Lake, Washington

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Jul. 30th, 2009 | 11:00 pm
posted by: httf in abandonedplaces

Hi! I've been watching this community for a few months now, and it's pretty much the greatest thing ever. So thanks guys!

This is my first contribution. I went up to Moses Lake, Washington for ToorCamp, a hacker convention, which took place at an abandoned missile silo. The silo was built in the 70s and only in use for a few years before it was decommissioned. We actually had a fair amount of bullshit from the owner, but by the third day we were let into the silo to do workshops, and there were guided tours. I would say that in general, legitimately renting abandoned places is possibly more hassle than it's worth. Except that it was really pretty awesome down there.

I really didn't do it justice--you would need some serious equipment to do so. The silo itself was so enormous it was impossible to photograph with my little K1000. I've never wished for a fisheye lens harder. Anyway, so this is all on a Pentax K1000 and a ZXM, no flash, no tripod. One of my friends shot the whole thing in digital with a tripod, and he got some great shots. Here's one of me in one of the hallways, and here's one of my favorite long exposures.



These are a mix of Fuji Superia 1600 and Kodak Gold 400.

Here's the area the workshops were held in:









And the hallways to the silo:











The main dome was way too large to photograph, so I shot everyone trying to photograph it.



Those last two were Ilford SFX 3200, shot at 1600 and pulled. The black and white shots of the silo were not especially exciting, and the pulled development makes them a little low-contrast.

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1mrchristopher

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from: 1mrchristopher
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Was pleased to see this. I live in Odessa, WA and the gal and her husband who run our 1 sit down restaurant were the caterers for this event. I got to hear all about the place, but I haven't been yet.

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hurtstotouchfire

oops, I ranted a little bit.

from: httf
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. Unless your friends are also hackers, they weren't catering our event. We all camped and cooked for ourselves. I personally cooked 3 vegan meals for 40 people. That was interesting...

However, there was another event there at the same time. Some sort of festival or publicity event for Levitate, an environmental company of some kind. They blackmailed us into going to their concert so it would look well attended when they filmed it. There's photos of the concert as well (photos link to album), and of lots of sour hackers in face masks throwing condom balloons. Going to the concert was what we had to do to gain access to the missile silo. It was honestly a Really Bad Scene. In the two days before they let us in, several people had heat stroke. We were very angry. And the fact that they've probably been hacked multiple times by now is only slightly comforting.

Um, anyway. I bet they had caterers. They also had diesel generators. All of the local staff was really nice, incidentally. I took a photo of one of the stagehands in front of the generators actually.

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1mrchristopher

Heh, that makes more sense.

from: 1mrchristopher
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't figure out how on earth Shari and Mike had been asked to cater a hacker gathering, I'm sure it must have been this corporate whorehouse you mention that hired them. Good thing it wasn't for you guys, I doubt very much that Shari could provide you with anything other than a very minimal salad. (Nice folks, but Vegan is about as foreign to them as Martian :P)At any rate, I'm glad that you went, I'm glad that you took awesome pictures with a "Real" camera, and here's hoping that the IT department for this particular firm has suffered through some serious heartburn.

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Damien Wise

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from: damien_wise
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Brilliant, atmospheric photos...thankyou for sharing your pics of this location! :)
Any more like the last one, inside the huge dome?

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hurtstotouchfire

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from: httf
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I wish. It was so overwhelming to try to photograph that place. I mean... I had a normal lens. And that dome was just enormous. Every other photo I framed was just a photo of a wall so large you couldn't even tell it was curving into a dome. And the opening in the ceiling was even too large to frame it. And then the silo itself is over a hundred feet deep and nearly pitch dark. So.... long exposure with boom style tripod...? Standing at that ledge was kind of--You may start gibbering now.

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hurtstotouchfire

Look what I found!

from: httf
date: Jul. 31st, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
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Courtesy of my friend Joachim, who had the biggest lens, and a tripod.

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hurtstotouchfire

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from: httf
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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email toorcamp or Levitate to ask. It was a huuuuuge hassle. See above comment. Levitate rented it and we sub-leased.

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premlification

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from: ihatepeoplealot
date: Jul. 30th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
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fantastic set

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from: xscene_laura
date: Jul. 31st, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
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tl;dr

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