Mahon Pool

PeterB666

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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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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:
 

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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.
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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PeterB666

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More pictures of Mahon Pool and rocks ...

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Too many photographers...

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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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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.
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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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.
 

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