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A couple of years ago I started toying with the idea of doing an eBook of my favourite photos.  Sounded great in theory but almost immediately the doubts started to creep in, would anyone really be bothered to take the time and effort to download it, were the photos good enough, was I just being self indulgent?

Well last year I decided to put self doubt aside, stop procrastinating just get on with it.

Space to Breath is the result.  A personal collection of memories from some of my favourite places.  I hope you take the time to have a look, but even more so, I hope you enjoy the photos and take inspiration from them.

Space to Breath

Space to Breath 

to download right click and save as  (27mb)

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At the turn of the 19th century, the Hill 50 gold mine near Mt Magnet in Western Australia was the dominant mine in the area. It was regarded as a mine which would last forever. Through good times and bad, depressions and boom, its fortunes ebbed and waned. From it decline during the war years it raised itself back up to be Australia’s most profitable mine in the late 1950s.

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When Hill 50 closed in 1976, it had produced 1.4 million ounces of gold from 3.6 million tonnes of ore for a value of A$700 million.

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The once proud head frame stood silent witness as a procession of new owners tried their fortune.

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The years have seen the surrounding landscape torn apart in the relentless quest for gold until only a small island of what once was, remained.

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When the moon was full it was sometimes possible to glimpse the phantom miners as they started their shift and hear the strained protests of the old winder as it hauled it’s ghostly ore from the dark recesses below.

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Truly a piece of Australian mining history and a testament to the dogged determination and pioneering spirit of those that came before us.

So today……..

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    We blew it up!

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A very pleasant 45.3C degrees at work today, that’s 113F for those non-metric types amongst us.  Even the flies called it a day about lunchtime and went looking for somewhere cooler.  Good news is tomorrows going to be hotter – Joy!

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The wind finally stopped blowing long enough for a paddle over to Penguin Island.  Seems that everyone else had the same idea.

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Ever wondered how Google and others get those amazing 360 degree shots?

The theory’s simple… take a series of overlapping photos and stitch them together. The trouble with taking a bunch of shots is that it takes time… and things tend to move in that time.

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Imagine you want to photograph a beach and you take 10 shots to get it all in. In the time it takes you to take the ten shots the clouds, birds and the waves have all moved so nothing lines up properly.

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Here’s the answer, a camera with lots of lens that all overlap and all take a photo at exactly the same time. I don’t even want to think how much it costs.

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I took these shots early one morning by setting up the camera on a tripod with a shutter speed f around 3 seconds. The camera doesn’t move in relation to the boat so the boat stays sharp while the rest of the image has a motion blur.

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