Behind Gerroa

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Driving along the road to Black Head through Gerroa, we happened to see a sign between two houses saying Pathway.

Behind Gerroa, and down this track were rolling hills meeting the sea, and black cliffs, beyond a rocky cove. We ventured along the beach, until we reached the shelf beneath the cliff. Every so often a large wave would crash onto the platform, creating streams of water flowing along the ledges.

Around an isolated corner, beneath the cliff, a seal was sunning itself.

Rocky cove Rocky cove

Run off Run off

Ledge Ledge

Shelf Shelf

Tidal zone Tidal zone

Photos were taken with Chamonix 045F1 View Camera, using Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm on the first, and Skink 0.4mm f.214 pinhole in Copal #0 shutter on the rest, Fomapan 100 film, and developed in Xtol(1.2)+paRodinal(1.160)

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Point Perpendicular Lighthouse

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By chance I learnt that Point Perpendicular Lighthouse would be open for visitors on August 15 to celebrate International Light & Lightships Weekend.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1993 and replaced by an automated, solar powered light, on a steel lattice tower. The new light has none of the beauty or romance of the original lighthouse, which sits high atop the massive sandstone cliffs of Point Perpendicular, on the northern headland at the entrance to Jervis Bay. Every year on International Light & Lightships Weekend the original lighthouse is re-lit and becomes operational again.

Adjacent to the lighthouse is a row of houses where the keepers once lived. The nearby coastline is treacherous and was known as the wreck coast. It must have been a lonely and perilous life for those living atop these cliffs manning the light through long nights, ensuring it always shone for ships out to…

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Port Kembla and Bombo

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For some time now I have had my eye on the Skink Pinhole Kit for Copal #0 shutter, so finally purchased one and it arrived last Friday.

I installed the 0.4mm f.214 pinhole in a #0 shutter. This had previously housed an older 90mm Schneider Linhof Angulon from which I had carefully removed and packed away the lens elements. The shutter was then mounted on a lens board for use with my Chamonix 045F1 View Camera. Having a pinhole mounted in this way means that I can also use my large format camera for lensless photography, along with multiple film options including sheet, roll, and instant.

With sheet film loaded ready to shoot, I went to Hill 60 near Port Kembla where I made a number of images with shutter speeds of around 9 seconds. Fomapan 100 needs fairly long exposure times to avoid reciprocity failure.

The imaginatively named Hill…

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Farewell Zim

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This morning our much loved Arabian horse, Zim, left for The Great Herd in the Sky. His timing was impeccable. It was a Blue Moon in the sign of Aquarius, and from the time it rose last night to its setting at dawn today on Horses’ Birthday, it was exactly 13 hours.

Strong winds blew up after he was buried deep in his paddock to carry him on the way. His paddock mates stood on the mound, and then galloped around a last time for him. They know he is gone.

Zim came to us around 10 years ago from drought stricken Molong, on the other side of the Great Dividing Range, to the green grass of the Illawarra. I had been returning from a conference in Perth, and was talking to my friend Kerry on the flight about horses. On mentioning that we were searching for a horse for…

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