5 seconds and a thousand monuments.

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Livnius, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    G'day.

    Went out the other day on a mission to try some long exposures using the filterthread free Panasonic 7-14mm. A member on the sister site recently posted a fairly simple and elegant solution to the filter issue so I headed out to a site that I'd never visited with a camera....the old Princes pier in Port Melbourne. The pier was built about a hundred years ago, was 580 meters long and being connected to the rail network served as an economic focal point for the city, during both World Wars it served as a loading point for the Navy and post WWII it was the gateway for many tens of thousands of European migrants.




    The early years (courtesy of: We Are The Royals » A Pier For The People)

    princes_pier.






    But with large scale European migration came expansion and economic boom, soon the pier was no longer able to service the cities requirements and was replaced with bigger, faster and more efficient infrastructure. For several decades the pier has been left unused by anyone other than fisherman, left unmaintained it became unstable and was partly demolished 10 years ago. The rail tracks and top deck were all stripped with heavy marine cranes and this is all that is left now....why these many hundreds of pillars were left I do not know, I can only guess, perhaps as a monument, perhaps as a sanctuary for aquatic life....more than likely though it was just too expensive to completely strip it all down to the last post.




    EM5 + P7-14mm. 4 stop Hitech filter. 5s exposure @ iso200 f8

    princes_pier1.
     
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  2. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    That was just lovely!
     
  3. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2011
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    Jeroen
    very well documented !! nice PP !!
     
  4. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Stephen
    Very well done.
     
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Beautiful shot Joe - just wonderful!

    -Ray
     
  6. Pim

    Pim SC Regular

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    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Pim
    Fabulous shot Joe...! Love the colours, makes for a great melancholy look...
     
  7. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011

    The light and colors-- just amazing!
     
  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    great shot, well done!!
     
  9. KVG

    KVG SC Regular

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    May 24, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Kelly
    I love this shot, it's just amazing joe
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Love the shot, and I love the story. Had no idea about that pier.
     
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 28, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Nice capture!
     
  12. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I kinda wish that I could always see a "before" shot to see how an area has changed over a period of time.
     
  13. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Well done, a peerless pier less image!
     
  14. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

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    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Thank you all...glad you all enjoyed it, I certainly had fun trying this kind of shot.
     
  15. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    Bruce J. Pritchard
  16. davidw

    davidw SC Regular

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    Aug 4, 2012
    great shot. Thanks for the info.