Port Hedland, WA

 

 

Industrial Life Blood, Port Hedland, Western Australia

F11 @ 1/60 second ISO 50 EF 28-300 mm L lens @ 80 mm

Port Hedland, WA is a unique town, because the industrial sites are with in the town itself. This picture is an example of the main road with the industrial infrastructure that is the heart of the town such as the train and salt mine. The road and rail transports the Iron Ore from different mine sites to the sea port and will be loaded onto huge ships in the busiest port in Australia.

The Invisible Train – Port Hedland, Western Australia

F8 @ 8 seconds ISO 50 EF 28-300 mm L lens @ 110 mm

This photo was shot about 5:30 in the morning, the train was moving really slow. I am assuming its getting ready to stop as it is heading towards the sea. I guess I can say I was lucky that day as the timing was perfect! The train didn’t really move much,but because of the long exposure it blurred everything. I didn’t see any streak of smoke from its movement until, I think it hit the exhaust brake or something and emitted smoke just right were the light post was and that made it visible. Thus I called this “Invisible Train”.

Exchange Train Car – Port Hedland, Western Australia

F29 @ 1/2 second ISO 50 EF28-300 mm L lens @ 65 mm
I was trying to get a photograph that best describes Port Hedland as an industrial town. As we were standing there on the bridge looking at the train line a local passer by pointed out that loaded coal train will be leaving the port soon and an empty train was due in too. It was a great opportunity as we were due to leave the next morning. Trains are several kilometers long and hold 1000s of tons of ore, just imagine how long it takes to empty one and start moving again, we got lucky?
 
So I looked for the best position to take the shot. Then I look at my exposure settings, its going to be difficult! Id like to get the motion of the train to show the movement. Its 5:00 pm and the sun is shining bright! I quickly put my ND filter on to reduce the light and crank my aperture to F29! Then finally got half second exposure..That is enough to show the movement. Here it is, hope you all like it. :-)