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Dec. 25th, 2008 | 12:08 am
posted by: thehoodwatch in abandonedplaces

I saved this one for Christmas because it is my favorite abandoned place ever.

This was a 5 person adventure. Last time we had 17 people in 4 cars which was a nightmare. So we drove up to our destination with no problems at all and made good time. We drove past the power plant to check it out first and there was a green Chevy Cavalier parked out front near the gate house. The windows had limo tint and I couldn't see if there was a person inside or not. But we had to drive to McDonald's to grab some lunch first so we weren't too worried. Driving through the city I noticed some other abandoned places I have seen pictures of. I will definitely have to make a return trip up there for those. So we found a McDonald's in an area that reminds me of Curtis Bay in Baltimore. Basically a former industrial neighborhood but you could tell everyone lost their job when that dried up and everyone is broke and the neighborhood became super run down and everything is abandoned. My kind of town. So we ate lunch and headed back to the power plant. This time the green Cavalier was parked at an angle in front of the fence. I was able to see there was someone inside wearing a uniform like a cop or a security guy might wear. Now I got really sketched out. There was also a white van parked near the bridge which is odd since there is absolutely nothing in that area to do, except well, you know. So we dropped 3 people off and they headed down the path which was funny because they had no idea where they were going. We drove the car across the bridge and parked it. We were scared that the guy in the green car would see us because he was now positioned to see right down the street either way. We walked towards the path anyway and never saw any movement from the car. So we headed down the path and the 3 of them started to walk back towards us. I expected them to say they saw some kind of guard or something there. But they said they saw a Mexican guy digging around for worms to fish with. So we walked towards him and he just blurted something about worms and walked away from us. Sounds good to me. So we headed toward our point of entry and this time it was open. Last time one guy we were with made special care to close the entry back up so that it wouldn't bring attention to the guards and also to keep dumbasses from getting inside. But I guess that plan had been thwarted. So we went inside and remained down low because we weren't sure where the green car was. As it turns out when the guy had repositioned the car outside of the wall he could no longer see anything behind him. So before he had a straight shot of the property all the way towards the water. Now he couldn't see anything. This is what $7/hr security buys you. And that guy is paid by the state tax payers. So we kind of commando in through the back but we couldn't see anyone and they couldn't see us. So we kind of ducked into the back building to wait a little. But still no activity so we headed towards our entrance and made our way inside.

A lot of these shots will seem familiar and may be the same as ones from before. But they are all of way better quality than those.

It had rained a lot the week before so it was still very wet...

Inside was very dark but it looks great with the tripod. Speaking of GRATE my tripod was sitting on one, which kind of made it hard for the feet to stand on...

Remember this spot where I had to take a picture at 3200 ISO? Now I was able to do it at 100...

Once again another similar shot but way better...

I wish we spent more time in this area but the ladies we went with were flipping their shit over the grates in this place. Not a good place for people afraid of heights...

Actually got this in focus this time...

Still couldn't contend with the bright outside light on the roof...

Nice and wet but it made for good reflections...

My favorite roof shot...

It's hard to take shots down below because I have to get the tripod over the railings...

This gives you a good idea of the scale...

...those pipes weren't as rock solid as I thought, they were kind of flimsy.

Through some persuasion we were able to get the rest of them to come over...

I like how the bottom of each turbine looks different...

The place with the clock is the control room which oversees the whole turbine hall...

Nearly identical shot as before but less noise...


I decided to try and climb up into this. It wasn't as hard as it seems. There are a couple good places for your feet and the hole has a big lip on it to grab on to...

...the inside of it is pure unmolested copper. A crackhead scrappers dream.

And as a reminder that is the thing they put Bruce Willis in to send him back in time in "12 Monkeys"...

This looks like a crab...

Same, but in focus...

Heaven itself shines down...

I tried to get the light beam to hit me but it didn't really work at that angle...

This is my favorite turbine. It looks like the exhaust manifold on a car...

The hallway was kind of flooded...

This room had some harsh light from the window. It made a red spot which you can kind of see as a faded spot in this...

These wires are fresh. Probably left over from the filming of Transformers 2...

Why would a power plant need a ton of batteries...


Tons of doors...

My original shot of this failed miserably. It was never in focus. I had to shoot at f/16 to get even this. Still something not quite right about it...

Ground control to Major Tom...

Commencing countdown, engines on...

Check ignition, and may God's love be with you...

I'll be struttin' my stuff on the catwalk...

Check this out...

Now look at this old ad someone on UA found...

You can see each one may be a different model...

I think this room was locked last time...

Ironically the higher up you go in this place the more flooded it was. My shoes got completely submerged on the catwalk and then on the roof I had to walk through more pools. My feet were wet the whole ride back. When I got in my car I took my shoes off and drove barefoot...

Don't fall...

I like the green in this...

You can see the other 3 members of our group down below. They weren't big fans of heights...

Everything was just right for this shot...

It looked like Abbey Road in real life but no so much in this picture...


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Julio Fuckfullnames

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from: shootpplnotdope
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)


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from: ex_maehymn
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)

absolutely amazing! i'll be re-visiting this set too. thanks again for sharing! :D

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from: vesleskjor
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)

That place looks so amazing. I'm jealous.

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from: black_eyed_suzy
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)

Wonderful! I love the roof shot. I also like the one with the ray of light. Thanks for sharing.

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Aksi  Slacktor

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from: greenwormjuice
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)

Flippin' sweet.

Though, a lot of these shots remind me of Silent Hill, or some other survival game in which I would never want to be in a building in said circumstance and then am.
Now added onto the list: Abandoned power plants.
1.) Hospitals
2.) Warehouse
3.) School
4.) Abandoned Power Plant
5.) Insane Asylum

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from: foxsong
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)

These are outstanding.

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from: ex_juandave
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)


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from: mariedit
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)

realy amazing, such things can't survive in our country for more that a week, i think =(

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from: miss_goodwrong
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)

awesome! thank you. i love your posts:)

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from: lindapendant
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)

I have always been more of an abandoned asylum/centuries old homes kind of girl, but you have made an abandoned power plant lover out of me.

So freaking amazing.

You are one of my all time favorite posters.

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

I prefer industrial stuff but it is much harder to find than hospitals are.

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only a one-s goddes

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from: rockgoddes
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

Pretty freakin' amazing!

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freefalling in a dream [S.K.F.D]

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from: bruiseme_please
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)

I'm planning a trip out there in a few weeks! I probably won't post pictures, since you have already done a wonderful job.
I tried to go when I asked you about it before, but it fell through because I'm pretty unwilling to go out exploring alone, in case of an accident.

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from: arlaharen_
date: Dec. 25th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)

You seem to put a lot of thought and time into the documentation and it shows. The scenes are captured beautifully and I feel that seeing your post is the next best thing to actually being there.
Thanks for sharing.

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from: mattie
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)

What a great set! That place is freaking amazing, and you got some wonderful shots inside and outside. Thanks so much for sharing them!

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from: oxrandyyxo
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)

Awesome as usual. I need to get there someday.

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from: zoopunks
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)

Great! Huge plant! Front side is similar to big elevator in Moscow, so the idea was: OOH! this is in Moscow!
but elevator is still working ))

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Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?

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from: fynoda
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)

Excellent photography, and bonus points for the Space Oddity reference.

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from: katiethereader
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

David Bowie makes everything good. Awesome picture!!!

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from: angry_zj
date: Dec. 26th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)

The old ad is an awesome find...what a contrast to what exists now!

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from: hilolomg
date: Dec. 27th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)

wow these are so amazing... awesome post!

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from: ufosatpennhurst
date: Dec. 27th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)

I actually have a trip planned to go here today!

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from: a_muse_d
date: Dec. 28th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)

THAT is exactly how a Power House SHOULD look.

wish they'd turn it into a museum.

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