Mahon Pool

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by PeterB666, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2010
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    Peter
    Yep, another Sydney rock pool. Hey guys, I have barely started.

    I went out with 2 others to photograph this pool and the surrounding rocks this morning. We set out almost an hour before first light. The others didn't want to photograph the pool due to the dreadful sodium vapour lighting but I perservered and my trusty Olympus E-P1 and M.Zuiko 9-18mm lens left their Canon and Nikon cameras for dead (well that's my story).

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    Both shots are at the 9mm end of the lens and both for 25 seconds. The first is at f/8 and ISO100. I wanted to maximise the depth of field and get the stainless steel railing in focus so the second shot was at f/11 and ISO200.

    The funny backbone shape in the pool in the second image is a woman swiming. Note the temperature was 6 degrees C and it was the coldest day of the year (it is our winter). I could have cloned her out but she was a lot gamer than me. I had my very thick coat on. a wool cap and wool scarf. My fingers were freezing and I was cursing Manfrotto for not fitting leg warmers to my tripod.
     
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  2. GaryInOz

    GaryInOz Mu-43 Regular

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    Both interesting and moody shots with different atmosphere to the usual.

    Which pool is this? Might try having a go myself... :wink:

    And yes it was bl...y cold this morning. :rolleyes:
     
  3. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Japan
    Nice, what are you GPC coordinates? I wanna go there!!!
     
  4. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Peter
    Mahon Pool - about 500m North of Maroubra Beach. No Bra Boys in site this morning.
     
  5. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Peter
    33.9431S 151.2637E
     
  6. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

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    The colour is awesome. What do you mean by sodium vapour lighting?

    By the way, that backbone looked like a snake or something.
     
  7. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Tura Beach, Australia
    Peter
    It is a type of flood lighting that uses sodium (a metal) which is vapourised when an electric current is applied. It gives off a strong narrow-band of yellow-orange light. Because it is a very narrow band of light, things illuminated by it do not display their natural colours.

    Low-Pressure Sodium (LPS) lamps are the most efficient electrically-powered light source for lighting conditions of up to 200 lm/W and gives a light output at a wavelength that matches the peak sensitivity of the human eye.

    For photography, it sucks big time.

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  8. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Peter
    More pictures of Mahon Pool and rocks ...

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    Too many photographers...

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  9. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    You know these shots of yours are so beautiful that they almost hurt... What I mean is that I look at them and feel I need to be there to see such places in real life. Keep up the photos Peter, I can take it - they're worth it. Really fantastic.
     
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  10. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Tura Beach, Australia
    Peter
    Thanks very much.

    Unfortunately, the more I do, the more I see fault in them. I have been told by a friend and fellow seascaper that I have been bitten by the bug.

    There are a lot more pools and rocks to photograph but I do need to widen my horizons. That said, I won't be stopping any time soon.

    Cheers

    Peter
     
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  11. nokiamia

    nokiamia Mu-43 Regular

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    peterb666, your shots are marvelous! please keep it coming!
     
  12. cosinaphile

    cosinaphile Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 26, 2009
    new york city
    i cant believe the variety and sheer number of rock pools you guys have at your disposal

    good stuff as always
     
  13. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Excellent work, Peter, well worth the trouble of waking up early and going through the cold ....

    C U
    Rafael
     
  14. Herman

    Herman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 7, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Hi Peter, great work !
     
  15. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    No 1 on that second set. Gee whiz, you're getting better and better at these pools and beach shots Peter. No 1 is something I'd love to have as a desktop picture on my mac. We'll havta work on Apple to add it in their default desktop pictures in their next OS aye.

    Cant believe that girl was swimming and it was that cold!! BRR it was -3 or something this morning up 'ere and I could hardly get myself out to work. You certainly had more inspiration to get up early than I did.
     
  16. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Really cool shots. Impressive. Almost like something you see out of those wierd Sci-fi type wallpapers.
     
  17. JoepLX3

    JoepLX3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    This making a shot of people making shots is great!!!