Sunday, 30 October 2011

Wallflower

Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm Macro f2.8 @ ISO 200, 105mm f3, 1/100 sec
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Dry Stone Wall

Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 800, 34mm, f8, 1/30
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A dry stone wall forms my front yards fence. This wall also runs for about 1000 metres around the street block, forming a 80,000 square metre or 8 hectare compound. Shown on the map below. There appears to be two houses, that appear to at least partially be original dwellings. The houses are surrounded by an extension of this wall to form yards that separate them from the compound.

Screen Capture from Google Maps
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 320, 26mm, f16, 1/100
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 800, 32mm, f8, 1/60
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Dry stone walling emerged in Australia in the mid 1800's in areas where a proliferation of stone in the landscape was the result of land clearing. In the case of Bendigo this activity seems to have coincided with the Gold Rush that started in the 1850's. There would have been lots of stone available from the diggings and many Anglo Celtic and European migrants for whom stone walls were historically and culturally significant in our early settlement. This availability of relatively cheap skilled immigrant labour and maybe the need to protect crops from rabbit plagues necessitated the building of these walls.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 800, 18mm, f8, 1/40
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 200, 170mm, f9, 1/250
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Local gossip has it that this area was the site of the first Cobb & Co station in Sandhurst (renamed to Bendigo). Later the main settlement moved down to its present central location as the Bendigo Creek was a more reliable water source than the nearby Spring Gully Creek. It is said that the settlement included a walled orchard and market garden and this wall is what remains, sometimes fully and sometimes partly around the perimeter.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 800, 24mm, f8, 1/60
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This broken section below shows the method called 'Hearting' where small stones and clay are used as filling or packing inside the two external walls. These “Double” walled constructions are made by placing two rows of stones along the boundary to be walled. The rows are composed of large flattish stones. The walls are built up to the desired height layer-by-layer (course by course), and at intervals, 'Throughstones' where heavy, large stones placed at regular intervals along the wall to tie the two sides together. These have the effect of bonding what would otherwise be two thin walls leaning against each other, together with 'Hearting, greatly increasing the strength of the wall and give the wall its A shape side on. It appears that the easier availability of wire and higher wages resulted in a decline in full construction of stone walls after the 1880’s.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 200, 36mm, f16, 1/125
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 800, 24mm, f8, 1/40
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-f5.6 @ ISO 200, 36mm, f9, 1/200
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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Kooyoora


Kooyoora State Park is located 46 kilometres northwest of Bendigo, and 12km west of Inglewood, Victoria, Australia. Its a 11,350 hectare reserve comprising Box-Ironbark forest and rocky granite outcrops including Melville Caves. Not really caves but fissures that have appeared when the weathered granite split to create cave like openings. The bushranger, Captain Melville is believed to have used the area as a hideout.
 Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 16mm f16, 1/160 sec
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 Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f16, 1/200 sec
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 Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f16, 1/160 sec
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  Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 400, 11mm f22, 1/100 sec
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  Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 800, 11mm f22, 1/100 sec
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 Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 320, 11mm f22, 1/100 sec
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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Misty Morning

Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 @ ISO 200, 200mm f8, 1/2000 sec
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Lake Hindmarsh, Wimmera


This weekend I took a quick camping and fishing trip to Lake Hindmarsh near the Wimmera town of Jeparit in North Western Victoria. It is about 4 and a half hours drive from Melbourne. Famous for its Yabbies, Freshwater Catfish and Redfin, this lake was completly dry for about 7 years and has filled to capacity over the last couple of years from the now flowing Wimmera River. The countryside is awash with wild flowers, Kangaroos and rabbits, wheat crops are looking very good too.


Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f16, 1/125 sec
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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f16, 1/200 sec
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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 16mm f22, 1/200 sec


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Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200  2.8 @ ISO 200, 200mm f14, 1/160 sec


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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f8, 1/500 sec
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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 280, 16mm f26, 1/100 sec


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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 16mm f2.8, 1/1600 sec


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Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200  2.8 @ ISO 200, 130mm f2.8, 1/3200 sec


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Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200  2.8 @ ISO 200, 70mm f14, 1/250 sec


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Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200  2.8 @ ISO 200, 200mm f8, 1/320 sec


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Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200  2.8 @ ISO 200, 200mm f2.8, 1/2500 sec


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Nikon D300, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 @ ISO 200, 11mm f16, 1/250 sec
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Friday, 7 October 2011

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

Without this guy we would not have the competition and stimulus to get the mobile phones and computers we have from the mainstream today. Telstra would still be pushing us that cheap poorly designed mobile phones and Microsoft would be on Windows Vista v3. Not to mention the beautifully designed and manufactured stuff from Apple themselves.



Sunday, 2 October 2011

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f5.6, 1/60 sec
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 Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 800, 50mm f5.6, 1/50 sec
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 Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 250, 50mm f5.6, 1/100 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 800, 50mm f5.6, 1/100 sec
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And Yet Again



Nikon D300, Nikkor 35mm f2D @ ISO 200, 35mm f2, 1/100 sec
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 Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f1.4, 1/4000 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f1.4, 1/8000 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f1.4, 1/200 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f8, 1/250 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f8, 1/100 sec
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Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D @ ISO 200, 50mm f1.4, 1/3200 sec
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