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The weather for the last few days has been nothing short of stunning, so, with not a cloud in the sky and a huge full moon I decided to risk leaving my baby out all night by herself.

Having learnt from my last debacle (see https://ianbeattiephotography.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/a-cheapskates-guide-to-protecting-your-camera/) I was extra careful not to make any more stupid mistakes and in the morning I was rewarded with a couple of keepers.

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This one’s 2 exposures, one for the truck, one for the sky, merged in photoshop.

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This one’s 190 x 2 minute exposures, f7.1 at ISO800 and then stacked using StarStaX.  I hadn’t realised just how bright the full moon was so the original photos were actually quite overexposed.

Tonight I’ve put the camera out again but this time I’m only using an ISO 320, 1 minute exposures and f5 to see if it makes a difference to the star trail so stay tuned.

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The story goes that in the 14th century the ruler of Bali, an esteemed gentleman by the name of King Bedaulu lost a horse.  Not just any horse mind you, it was his favourite horse, so he offers a reward for its return, as you do.  As fate would have it the horse was found near Tenganan, unfortunately for the King and even more unfortunately for the horse, it was very dead when the villagers found it.  But a reward is a reward and the King honoured his pledge and the villages were to be granted land.  The King’s minister was sent out with instructions to give the villagers all the land upon which he could still smell the dead horse.  The village chief, obviously nobody’s fool, hid some of the dead horse in his clothes and accompanied the minister as he determined the boundaries, thus ensuring a very generous parcel of land was bequeathed to the villagers.  It’s good to know I’m not the only one to walk away from a business transaction with the Balinese shaking his head and wondering where we went wrong.

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On our recent visit to Bali we were lucky enough to visit Tenganan Village.  The dead horse is long gone and now the village’s claim to fame include being the best preserved of all the ‘Bali Aga’ or Original Balinese villages and the only village that still makes Bali’s traditional geringsing double ikat textile.  I won’t bore you with the details, that’s what Google’s for, but Geringsing are regarded as sacred cloths and ascribed to have supernatural properties, especially in the aid of healing.

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The villagers still living in accordance with the ageless traditions and rules of the ancient Balinese.  They have their own distinct house design, religious ritual ceremonies, customs and dialect.  Access to the village is restricted and only those people born in the village can stay there and that includes spouses so if you wish to marry someone from outside the village you have to leave (not sure that’s such a good thing for the gene pool but, their village, their rules).

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Visitors are very welcome but only during daylight hours and the cobbled main street, shaded by trees provided a welcome respite from the heat.  Most of the villagers went about their daily lives almost oblivious and seemingly just a little bemused by the camera toting tourists who had invaded their tranquil domain, others were more than happy to take you in and show you the cloths and crafts they have made.

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There is a wonderful contagious aura of tranquility in the village where life seems slow and uncomplicated.  Content with a lifestyle that has served them well for centuries and insulated from modern society’s incessant need for constant improvement and change, time just didn’t seem as relevant there and you quickly found yourself walking slower, talking softer and smiling more.

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These photos were supposed to be in the last post but didn’t upload for some reason 😦

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Since the 1890s the Hill 50 mine near Mt Magnet has been producing gold, lots of gold, over 5 million ounces of gold in fact.  At one time it was regarded as a mine that would last forever but its fortunes have ebbed and flowed over the years.

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Today the mining operation is open cut and the Hill 50 Head Frame which has stood for over half a century is shortly to be pulled down to make way for the expansion of the pit.

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I felt an obligation to capture these images, to record what was, before it disappears forever.  An obligation to tell at least a part of its story and to pay tribute to the thousands of workers who descended to toiled in the heat and darkness below.

 

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Storms are a regular occurrence around the northern goldfields of WA, especially in summer, and it all tends to become a little “Ho Hum”.  Then every once in a while, along comes a storm that’s completely outside the box.

The storm that hit us yesterday afternoon was one of these. There was no anticipation, no watching the thunderheads developed, one minute it was clear blue skies and the next thunder could be heard.  I walked outside to see what was going on and this is what I was confronted with.

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And before anyone goes “Ohh the colours are all wrong” let me assure you they’re not.  The pink/purplie tinge in the clouds is actually the reflection of the red dirt and the aqua blue on the right was hail, lots of hail!

The lightening was amazing and I would have dearly loved to have gone out and set up some gear to capture it….don’t you hate it when work gets in the way of your photography

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Heavens on Fire

Not a bad start to the day.

 

 

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