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Posted by on Apr 9, 2010 in Greg, Joburg | 4 comments

Friday Photo 24: Chilling Under the Cooling Tower

This weeks’ Friday photo was taken during our recent Ama-Zing Race outing. The Coke Cooling Tower overlooks the Soccer City precinct out at Nasrec. It is the only remnant of the original coal-fired power station that was located on the piece of land now entirely dominated by the Soccer City Stadium that will see the opening and final matches of this years’ Fifa World Cup tournament.

“Chilling Under the Cooling Tower” © Greg Pillhofer, 2010The makeshift hut and caravan in the foreground are used by vendors supplying services to the construction workers who are still on site, as they complete the finishing touches on the stadium surrounds.

The day we visited the spaza store in the bottom of the image it was serving a couple of customers – one was waiting for meat to finish grilling on the braai, another was having his hair trimmed, and a third was snoozing in the shade of the canopy. We woke him up to get a picture of him with our YMJG sign.

If you’re in Joburg and haven’t seen the new stadium yet, make a point of trying to get out there sometime. It really is an amazing building up close.

The picture has had only small adjustments made to it in order to straighten it out. I then put it thorough some colour enhancements and filters to give a slightly harder urban feeling to it. Not sure if it works entirely though, but what the hey. I think it’s interesting. And I get to tell people that I am “edgy”.


“Chilling Under the Cooling Tower” © Greg Pillhofer, 2010
Original Capture: 30/03/2010, 11:43am – Johannesburg, South Africa 
Nikon Coolpix S570 | f/5.4 | 1/500 sec | ISO-80 | 5mm | No flash


  1. Nice, I have seen the original image and this one WORKS for me.

    BTW we should have won!

  2. Thanks Voted. I agree, we should definitely have won!

    The picture still looks a little off though. Can't put my finger on the problem…

  3. Been going thru your pics. You got some great shots up. I like this one a lot – definitly “urban & edgy”.

    You should put them up on a seperate site like Flikr or something maybe??

    • Good of you to say so AR, thank you. I actually did/do have a Flickr account somewhere that may need to be dusted off. I like the idea of collecting them all in one place, so may just take you up on the suggestion and do something about it soonest…


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