Posted: April 3, 2014 in 17-85mm lens, Canon 7D, Details, Industrial, Photography, Steam, Wabi Sabi, Winter, Wisconsin

An ethanol plant in the western part of Wisconsin. Thick heavy air, damp and gray. In other words, a perfect low-hanging steam-filled vaporific glad-I have-my-camera-with kind of day.


I was so excited when I took these pictures. Seriously: wild eyes plus loud chestal pinging. Normally, I have to shoot factories or plants from a bit of a distance, but this place sits smack-dab on a crossroads in the middle of farm country. No fences. If there is such a thing as a creative rapture, I was in the middle of it.

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In retrospect, I realize I’m lucky that I wasn’t picked off  by a semi loaded with corn.




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Because I was moving around in the swirling clouds,  I carried traces of it home with me in my hair and clothing: a sweet, fermented smell. Not exactly yeasty. More like airborne corn syrup.




  1. andykidd says:

    “Wish I was there”. Full size of course. Love all these, I possibly would drive past without realizing the gems YOU have caught, until half an hour later.

    • I’m so glad you looked at them full-sized. They boggle me–shooting through a cotton candy-like fog created its own unique filter.
      I spend my whole time in a car framing up pictures of what I see…and there is always the half mile delay before I think “Oh! That would have been perfect!”

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    This is so steamy it should be labelled as NSFW.

  3. sedge808 says:

    i so want to be here with my canon 5D mark 2.

  4. Very nice.
    Lowly corn: center stage, roll…the life of corn could make great cinema, science fiction perhaps…with PD as cinematographer it could even become a classic.

  5. Gretchen Passmore says:

    And the lovely spots of red. Do you bribe them to add red?

  6. Mike says:

    Love the industrial look of these…. ever thought of converting to B+W

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