Communications Tower with Antennas – Not always the easy photo shoot

For a while now I have been thinking about taking pictures of a local communications tower which has a number of cellular, mobile radio and microwave antennas mounted on it.

Even though the tower is a stationary object, getting the planned image is not as easy as one would think. When you get the opportunity you need to move fast.

First you have to get to the tower. Towers in rural areas are often located on hills or in isolated areas. Getting to the local tower took a 20 minute walk up a steep hill in the heat of the day.

Secondly you have to take into account the time of day and the direction of the sun. Communications towers are normally tall and antennas mounted high up, so taking the picture at the wrong time of day can result in too much shadow, lens flare, or glare from the metal. I had to wait until 3pm for the sun to light the tower from behind me and at the correct angle.

Lastly you have to wait for the right sky. Luckily on this day there was a patch of blue sky directly behind the tower at the angle I wanted to shoot it. Other parts of the sky were covered in grey cloud. Clouds move fast changing the background every couple of minutes. Many times I have gone to take the picture and clouds have moved in and changed the scene before I could get in position.

Microwave antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.Microwave antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.

GSM and CDMA cellsite antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.GSM and CDMA cellsite antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.

GSM and CDMA cellsite antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.GSM and CDMA cellsite antenna and communications array for the cellular telephone system on a tower.

View other communications tower images at my Technology Images project.

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