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Bound for Carnarvon…

by on Apr.16, 2016, under Life, Photography

Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. The popular Shark Bay world heritage area lies to the south of the town. Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef where we just came from lies to the north.

On Rails

On Rails

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/13, ISO 250

We arrived late in the afternoon and after checking in to our site (we were staying for two nights here) we went to visit the local town.

First stop was the historical One Mile Jetty which was built in 1897. We didn’t walk the 1.6km out to the end but we looked around at the museum here.

In the evening after dinner I went to visit Carnarvon’s OTC Dish (Earth Tracking Station). It was built in conjunction with NASA in 1966 as a satellite communications and tracking station. The station was involved in the Apollo space missions. The dish is 29.6m in diameter and weighs 300 tonnes. It’s been retired for some time now but I was hoping to use it as foreground interest in some milky way shots of the stars.

The Dish

The Dish

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 3200

More information about this shot and the process involved in crafting it can be found on my blog under The Story behind “The Dish”.

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