September 13, 2013

Copper Plant, Congo

Photograph by Loes Schalekamp, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

"The sun, like a magic wand, turned everything into copper," writes Your Shot contributor Loes Schalekamp, who worked as a safety manager at this copper plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's mineral-rich Katanga Province, known as the Copper Belt.

"In this plant, copper is plated using blanks suspended in an acid-copper solution in electrowinning cells," Schalekamp writes. "In daylight the plant looks bland and gray … But I noticed, while doing my rounds, that as the sun sets it shines for just a few moments under the roof, seemingly turning everything to copper. It took a few goes to get all the elements together—the light, the people, and the blanks above the cells."

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16 comments
Babito Joby
Babito Joby

 this one  so cool, the sunlight  , i think it is evening between 4pm and 5 pm , i dont no  it is beautiful  . i wish i could  be their to see th at moment.

Shannon T
Shannon T

The light is perfect. I love this shot. Although I certainly wouldn't want to work there. Nice one Loes.

pawan kumar
pawan kumar

pattern in golden hour , while silhoutte of aman breaking the similarity

Lynne Just
Lynne Just

There is beauty to found anywhere, & you captured the moment.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Similar tones and colours to the Indian dancers of a couple of days ago.

Very different theme. Industrial rather than religious.

Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

nice story, lovely light and great execution !!  Kudos, to the photographer.

Nishit Parekh
Nishit Parekh

Lovely Picture.. which is the model of camera u use to click picture ?

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