Photographing Power Lines
After the nights became light I've been searching for new subjects to photograph. Unexpectedly, photographing power lines seems to have become the theme of this summer! Being a part of infrastructure they are not primarily designed with aesthetics in mind. It is easy to not pay any attention to them at all. I guess some people consider them an eyesore and usually landscape photographers try to avoid having them in their shots. However, I think they add a very interesting element to the landscape. The metallic lines contrast the textures of the natural landscape. Since I am more interested in photographing landscapes that combine natural and urban environments, power lines are a great place to start.
As with any landscape photography, I’ve begun by searching for interesting locations and compositions. After that I’ve returned during different times of the day to see the locations in varying light and weather conditions. Fog seems to work well, but sometimes there can be too much. When it is too thick it sometimes seems like bad Photoshopping. One way to compose power lines is to follow their direction, or to find where many lines converge or split up. Another way is to use the narrow perspective of a very long lens, to bring them relatively closer to other objects. Paying attention to the surroundings is very important, especially other buildings and landscape features. For example, open fields work very well since you can approach from many directions.
At this point it feels like I've been photographing too much power lines. Staying away from them for at least a while might be a good idea. Before I do that I wil see how they work with dark skies. Then there is of course the opportunity to observe change of seasons. Turning it into a long term project might be worth considering. But to keep it interesting I probably have to find more locations with power lines. Or possible find other similar subjects, but what that could be I'm not sure of yet.