Lighthouse Monochromes – Western Australia

1987, Western Australia, Australia, From Dusk Till Dawn

 

Monochrome versions of lighthouse images from From Dusk Till Dawn . . . . . ..

Most of these images were taken with large format 5×4 cameras using Fujichrome 50 slide film (Velvia did not exist then). A few were taken with medium format cameras Mamiya 645 and 1937 Rolleiflex TLR. Some (which should be easy to identify) were taken with a Nikon FE and a 16mm fisheye lens.

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Cape Naturaliste Lens 1.

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Cape Naturaliste Lense 2.

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Cape Naturaliste lense 3.

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Cape Naturaliste Lense 4.

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Cape Naturaliste.

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Cape Leeuwin from top.

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Cape Leeuwin.

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Cape Leeuwin.

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Rottnest Island Lighthouse.

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Rottnest Island Lighthouse.

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Lighthouse Monochromes – South Australia

1987, South Australia, Australia, From Dusk Till Dawn

Monochrome versions of lighthouse images from From Dusk Till Dawn . . . .

Most of these images were taken with large format 5×4 cameras using Fujichrome 50 slide film (Velvia did not exist then). A few were taken with medium format cameras Mamiya 645 and 1937 Rolleiflex TLR. Some (which should be easy to identify) were taken with a Nikon FE and a 16mm fisheye lens.

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Althorpe Island lighthouse and wind sock.

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Althorpe Island lighthouse and winch.

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Althorpe dock.

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Cape Borda Cemetery.

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Cape Borda Cottages and Lighthouse.

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Cape Borda Lighthouse and Cannon.

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Cape Borda Lighthouse and Cannon.

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Cape Borda Lighthouse and Cannon.

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Cape Du Couedic Cottage and lighthouse.

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Cape du Couedic cottage ruins.

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Cape du Couedic Lighthouse.

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Cape du Couedic – Cathedral Cove.

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Cape Willoughby lighthouse.

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Cape Willoughby view.

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South Neptune Lighthouse (old) at Port Adelaide.

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Lighthouse Monochromes – Tasmania

1987, Tasmania, Australia, From Dusk Till Dawn

 

Monochrome versions of lighthouse images from From Dusk Till Dawn . . . ..

Most of these images were taken with large format 5×4 cameras using Fujichrome 50 slide film (Velvia did not exist then). A few were taken with medium format cameras Mamiya 645 and 1937 Rolleiflex TLR. Some (which should be easy to identify were taken with a Nikon FE and a 16mm fisheye lens.

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Cape Bruny Stairs from Floor.

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Cape Wickham lighthouse stairs.

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Cape Wickham.

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Currie Harbour.

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Deal Is partial view.

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Deal Lighthouse.

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Deal Lighthouse from Cottage Ruin.

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Eddystone Point at Sunset.

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Eddystone Point Lighthouse and rocks at dawn.

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Low Head after sunset.

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Low Head Lighthouse.

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Interior of Low Head Lighthouse.

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Maatsuyker lighthouse and rocks from in front of cottages.

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Maatsuyker Lighthouse from close.

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Maatsuyker View from top.

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Maatsuyker clockwork mechanism.

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Tasman Island from Cape Pillar.

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Tasman Island.

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Tasman Island after sunset.

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Tasman Island Sunset Seascape.

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Lighthouse Monochromes – Victoria #2

1987, Victoria, Australia, From Dusk Till Dawn

 

Monochrome versions of lighthouse images from From Dusk Till Dawn . . ..

Most of these images were taken with large format 5×4 cameras using Fujichrome 50 slide film (Velvia did not exist then). A few were taken with medium format cameras Mamiya 645 and 1937 Rolleiflex TLR. Some (which should be easy to identify were taken with a Nikon FE and a 16mm fisheye lens.

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Loch Ard Gorge.

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Gabo Island lighthouse pano from south.

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View of lens from top.

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Point Hicks lighthouse, cottage and star trails.

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Point Hicks lighthouse in early morning.

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Point Hicks stairwell from below.

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Pt Hicks Stairwell.

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Point Hicks lighthouse at sunset.

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View through lens.

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Point Hicks Stairwell from below.

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S.S. Saros, sunk 1937 and wrecked on the rocks.

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Wilsons Prom from lookout on walking track.

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View along road at Wilson’s Prom.

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Wilson’s Prom lighthouse staircase from below (fisheye lens).

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Wilson’s Prom in late afternoon.

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Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is 18 kilometres west of Fremantle, which is the port for Perth, capital of Western Australia.  It is 11 kilometres long and 4.5 kilometres wide at its widest point.  It is probably most famous as the home of the quokkas, small endearing marsupials rather like a cross between a wallaby and an oversized rat.  The name of the island is Dutch for Rat’s Nest, referring to the quokkas.  I visited on 9th and 10th of May 1987.

Rottnest Island Lighthouse Mamiya 645

Rottnest Island Lighthouse
Mamiya 645

Rottnest Island was a place of Aboriginal settlement for more than 30,000 years and possible more than 50,000 years.  However, there were no Aboriginal residents when the first Europeans arrived and it had become an island about 7,000 years ago so there had probably been no Aborigines there for thousands of years.

For most of the period from 1838 to 1931, the island served as an Aboriginal penal colony.  Western Australia’s first lighthouse was built here from 1842 to 1849, using Aboriginal labour under a particularly savage overseer.  The slowness of the construction is probably a mark of the brutality of the working conditions.  That lighthouse started operations in 1851.  The optic was made in Perth and the lantern room constructed on site, which is unusual as most were imported from Britain.

The current lighthouse was commissioned in 1896.  It is nearly 40 metres high and sits 80 metres above sea level.  It was built beside the original lighthouse which was less than half as tall.

Base of Original Rottnest Island Lighthouse (Low res scan from book)

Base of Original Rottnest Island Lighthouse
(Low res scan from book)

The original lighthouse was a round tower mounted on a square base.  The building with the green plaque is that square base.

Rottnest Island Lighthouse (Low res scan from book)

Rottnest Island Lighthouse
(Low res scan from book)

When I was at Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, I received a telegram from Western Australia State Office saying that under no circumstance was I to stay with the lighthouse keeper at Rottnest Island.  I had already arranged to stay there and I did not fancy having to walk a kilometre from the township to be in position at the lighthouse before dawn.  Therefore, as far as I was concerned I never received the telegram.

As it turned out, we got on fine.  I just had to listen to him and be a little patient.

He had been a keeper at Cape Leveque lighthouse some years previously when there was an earthquake.  I did not go to that lighthouse because it was no longer manned at the time.  Lighthouse keepers were a very diverse group of people but they had two things in common.  One was that they didn’t mind isolation and the other was that they maintained the lighthouse with meticulous cleanliness, an after-effect of an old naval tradition.

The keepers cleaned up after the earthquake but the tremors had knocked some of the mercury out from under the prism.  The escaped mercury didn’t look unclean or untidy so they just left it to roll around on the floor.  As a consequence of this he had mercury poisoning.  This was common amongst hat makers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and an early Chinese Emperor died because he took mercury in order to live for ever, but apart from Minimata poisoning in Japan, mercury poisoning was not common in the twentieth century.

Mercury poisoning can cause damage to the brain, nervous system, kidney and lungs.  I advised him to go and talk to his Union because he was clearly suffering as a result of an industrial accident.

This was the last From Dusk till Dawn lighthouse post.  There have been 45 posts, nearly 200 images and over 20,000 words.  I intended to also do some monochrome conversions but I have now run out of time.  They may come much later.

Cape Naturaliste

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse is in the south-west corner of Western Australia, less than 100 kilometres north of Cape Leeuwin and on the western edge of Geographe Bay.  I visited on 8th and 9th of May 1987.

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse 6:00pm 8 May 1987 Arca Swiss Monorail 5×4″  150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar  f5.6 20 minutes Fujichrome 50

Cape Naturaliste lighthouse
6:00pm 8 May 1987
Arca Swiss Monorail 5×4″
150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar
f5.6 40 minutes
Fujichrome 50

This is a long exposure after dark and there is one star trail visible above the lighthouse.

The lighthouse started operation in 1904.  It is only 20 metres high because it is 120 metres above sea level.  During the construction period, a jar containing the mercury that the lens was to sit on fell into the sea during unloading.  A sailor drowned trying to retrieve it and it was never found because it had disappeared into the sand by the next day.

There were at least twelve ships wrecked nearby, most before the lighthouse was built.  In 1907, though, the Carnarvon Castle sunk nearby after catching fire at sea.  Fourteen seamen were rescued after spending weeks in a lifeboat.  Also in 1907, a fireball devastated the cottages and lighthouse during a storm, injuring the head keeper.

Nikon FE 16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE
16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

The thing that I remember most about CapeNaturaliste lighthouse, though, was the most impressive first order lens array.

Nikon FE 16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE
16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE 16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE
16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE 16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Nikon FE
16mm Fisheye-Nikkor

Cape Leeuwin

Cape Leeuwin is at the far south-west point of Western Australia.  I was there on 7th and 8th May 1987.

Cape Leeuwin Mamiya 645

Cape Leeuwin
Mamiya 645
(Low-res scan from book)

Cape Leeuwin was commissioned in 1894.  This could have been much earlier but the eastern states were unwilling to share the cost and Western Australia was unable to afford it before the discovery of gold.  The lighthouse is 39 metres high and it is 56 metres above the sea.

Cape Leeuwin cottages and lighthouse Camera and exposure details not available (Low res scan from book)

Cape Leeuwin cottages and lighthouse
Camera and exposure details not available
(Low res scan from book)

A back view of the cottages and the lighthouse beyond.  At least one keeper’s family in the early 20th century had to make do with primitive furniture because they did not realise that furniture was not supplied.

Cape Leeuwin waterwheel 8:45am 20 May 1987 Arca Swiss Monorail 5x4" (?) 150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar (?) f22 1/10 second + polariser Fujichrome 50

Cape Leeuwin waterwheel
8:45am 20 May 1987
Arca Swiss Monorail 5×4″ (?)
150mm Linhof Schneider Technika Symmar (?)
f22 1/10 second + polariser
Fujichrome 50
(Low-res scan from book)

The waterwheel was built in 1895-96 by M.C. Davies and John Wishart to supply water to the lighthouse and cottages.

Cape Leeuwin Nikon FE 16mm fisheye Nikkor

Cape Leeuwin
Nikon FE
16mm fisheye Nikkor

This is a view from the lighthouse balcony, looking back towards the cottages and the Western Australian mainland beyond.

Cape Leeuwin Nikon FE 16mm fisheye Nikkor

Cape Leeuwin
Nikon FE
16mm fisheye Nikkor

Inside the lantern room.

Cape Leeuwin Nikon FE 16mm fisheye Nikkor

Cape Leeuwin
Nikon FE
16mm fisheye Nikkor

A view through the prism.  Curiously, the view through the inner circle is inverted as one might expect but the outer zone is not.  I think this is because we are looking through the glass in the centre and the spaces between the glass in the outer areas.