‘S’ is for Summer

 

S os for Summer - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

and s-curves of course

Some nicely greenery and rocks on the edge of Lurline Bay bathed in the warm afterglow of a fiery red sunrise.

Exif/setup data:
Single shot
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/1.3 s
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

 

Wave Power

Wave Power - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Wave Power – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 319 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

a man born well before his times

After posting my previous version of the Lurline Channel image (http://blog.avernus.com.au/lineup-lurline/) and incorrectly and ignorantly labelling it some sewer channel it got me thinking (as rare as that is) about why the channel was there, so off to mister +Google+ it was for some research, it was very quickly apparent that the channel was anything but a sewer outlet, in fact it was part of a very historic moment in time and also very much about a man, Peter Bates who was well ahead of his time. Peter, designed, built and successfully proved that wave powered electricity generation was possible and potentially feasible at this location – Lurline Bay Power Generation.

It is quoted ‘the Lurline Bay power project was a remarkable story of human perseverance and , ultimately , bitter disappointment’. I don’t entirely agree, disappointment maybe.. but remarkable achievement all the same, especially given the era.

Peter was, in the true sense of the word, a engineer, with no formal training, he was a man with the natural tendency to think like a engineer and harvest scientific information and engineering skills, his feats on the Lurline Bay Power project (and other smaller projects, moving eyes for dolls, rock drilling…) just go to show that simply a university education is not enough to be able to quality yourself as a engineer – that is another whole story in itself btw 🙂

After quite a life of engineering, importing scissors, singing family and kids among other things, and at the ripe age of 51, Peter turned to concentrating on his Wave Generation project. In 1920 he submitted a patent titled “Improvements in and Relating to the Utilisation of Wave Motion”. In 1921 he really got cracking and with a 5 year leave pass from his wife 🙂 , a sidekick to help and also some funding he managed to successfully setup a system consisting of vanes, pumps and turbine / dynamo to produce enough electricity to power a single light 🙂 .. well we gotta start somewhere right!

The project continued to develop past the 5 year leave pass (1929) from his wife (man I am glad i was not there asking for another 5 years!) but successfully managed to refine the design and system to produce a peak power of 5,000 watts.. that’s pretty respectable for that era. This is basically where it ends it would seem…

As part of the design and probably something that took up a large portion of the time was the building of the channel, this was cut from Sydney sandstone, which by stone types is actually quite soft, but I am sure when your cutting it by hand it is still bloody hard. Anyway, the channel is obviously still there today with some of the original brickwork (and pole) and is the main feature that I noticed when doing some research for a sunrise photoshoot here.

So there you have it. This location is part of the renewable energy generation.. nearly 100 years too early 🙂

Here’s to you Peter Bates, h/t.

Onto the image, this is the composition and the position of the sun I have been waiting to capture for some moths, it lines up nicely in the months of November and December, I had taken a few conventional shots prior to this and the sun was just starting to peek over the thick band of cloud on the horizon, to slow things down a bit I used the Lee Bigstopper to really extend the exposure time, however, I made one cardinal sin (in addition to all the others I have made 😉 ) I did not cover my viewer finder with the DK-5 cover, this is the only feature that nikon needs to be beaten over the head for when it comes to the D750. One has to remove the eyecup and place this fiddly little plastic cap on the viewerfinder, what a pita, really nikon, you could have just stretched it to include a viewfinder bind…

Anyway, as a result of not covering the viewfinder, I ended up with a nasty vertical streak in the frame (top to bottom), after swearing profusely to Rodney and wishing a thousand papercuts to the nikon engineer who designed the D750 without a view finder blind I resigned myself to another ruined 4 minute exposure…

Later, when processing a few of the images from the morning I was looking at this streaky frame thinking, ‘can I salvage this?’ I decided to give it a crack.. after about 30 minutes of tweaks, adjustments and voodoo magic I got it to a point where the vertical band was… well .. less noticeable..

So, can you pick where the vertical band was??

 

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 319 seconds
ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x, Lee Bigstopper and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

for more info about Lurline bay:
http://lurlinebay.com.au

Lineup Lurline

Channel - (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock

Channel – (c) 2014 Gerard Blacklock
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11and Shutter Speed: 15s over exposed frame 5, 2 and 1 second for the highlight details shots. All manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.

Welcome to the channel of pain
Many months ago after doing a sunrise session at Maroubra I drove around the headland and noticed this little dinky bay tucked away amongst some very expensive property, whilst I am sure its not the first time the place has been photographed it certainly has to be on the lesser known and abused list of spots.
After some reccy on google I noticed this mad channel penetrating the ocean, from the satellite view it look natural, however, as one can see its pretty clearly man made (something not noticed until on site)…. for what? probably a obsolete poo dump pipe 🙂

It has taken a few couple failed attempts to get here, mainly due to sleep motivation issues ( +Suren J I am looking at you here) but finally I made it 🙂

and.. ya know the real kicker? there were no hordes of togs there ! – well I don’t count +Rodney Campbell more than twice, so no hordes… just two 🙂

It was one of the really nice mornings to be out, nice colour, muted sunrise by a large bank of cloud cool rock formations and plenty of sweet green slippery ass moss (don’t quote that outta context)

As part of the reccy on +Google+ and the photographers ephemeris (photoephemeris.com) I noticed that towards the end of the year the sun lined up with the channel… hence the need to get there now-ish 🙂 There are several other nearby locations like this which come alive with the sun lining up channels and crevasses…all which are on the cards for the month of december 🙂

anywhos… onto the obligatory image info..

This image is captured from 4 different exposures, even with the graduated filters onboard the super dynamic range of the nikon D750 there is still the need to bracket to capture all the dynamic range without pushing the limits of the sensor range and raw files.

This was also taken using my 11-16mm DX lens since my 16-35 is currently being assessed for repair..which by comparsion was not as sharp (well mostly) as my DX 11-16mm…

Exif/setup data:
D750 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @16mm Aperture: f/11and Shutter Speed: 15s over exposed frame 5, 2 and 1 second for the highlight details shots. All manually blended in +Adobe Photoshop ISO 100
out front – Lee Graduated Filter 0.9x and the Hoya Circular Polariser.