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Port Hedland…

by on Nov.12, 2015, under Life, Photography

We made a quick visit into Port Hedland to stock up on supplies and also see some of the massive operation of this iron ore dominated port.

Port Hedland

Port Hedland

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 180 mm, 1/200 sec at f/8, ISO 110

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Port Hedland is known by the Indigenous Kariyarra and Nyamal people as Marapikurrinya, which either means “place of good water”. It is the world’s largest bulk tonnage export port, exporting over 350 million tonnes per annum. It is also the second largest town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Of course there were massive container ships all lined up both in and outside the port waiting to load the iron ore.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 38 mm, 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Located between Port Hedland and South Hedland (18km away) are the large salt hills of Dampier Salt, a subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto. These large mounds have almost become a tourist attraction in their own right.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/800 sec at f/5, ISO 100

We didn’t spend long in Port Hedland (or South Hedland) – just long enough to do some shopping, have a bite to eat and start heading into the Pilbara.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 250 mm, 1/500 sec at f/8, ISO 500

Heading out of town you see many of these once clean and white road trains – now red from the iron ore dust.

Road Train

Road Train

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 90 mm, 1/250 sec at f/8, ISO 100

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