Category Archives: Buildings

In the woolshed

This post is going to be very different from what the majority of posts in this blog are about and that there are no people in it.

Back in March I travelled to a farm named Glenburn Station, which is located on the coast in the Wairarapa, for a weekend trip organised by the Hutt Camera Club. The farm is located at the end of some 20km of gravel road, which I had not realised when we decided to go in the brand new car picked up the day before. My wife was not impressed with that fact.

This was the second year that the club organised a weekend, and while I did not go in 2019, I did have some idea of what was on offer from the photos I had seen.

While others on the trip were interested in the landscapes, I was more interested in the buildings particularly a large shearing shed that we ha been given access to.

So while the others went exploring the landscape, I took my time looking around the shed. I was particularly interested in where the light was falling, as I was planning to shoot a model in the afternoon. To be prepared I had taken my strobes ,light stands and tripod.

In some areas the light was low and the shots were taken with the camera on the tripod. For others, such as the machinery, I mounted the camera on top of the light stand and triggered it via the image app on my phone. This gave me the ability to go for different angles.

The farm had been shearing the week before and there was still plenty of materials around showing this.

It was a great location to shoot in and I used both my Lumix 25mm F1.7 and Olympus 7-14mm F2.8 lenses.

I will cover the shoot with Che is a latter post.

Melbourne – The old cement works

When i last visited Melbourne at the start of 2013 we kept driving past a large building with a tall chimney and a lot of graffiti on it. From the look of it it was obvious that it had been abandoned. This time I ended up staying a lot closer to it and when I mentioned that I would love to take a closer look I discovered that Nathan (my daughters partner) was keen to explore as well. It was one of those locations where you never know who might be squatting so it was best to not go alone.

Now I am sure that we were trespassing on someones property but as there were no signs saying keep out and the holes in the fence were large enough to drive a car through, we felt reasonably comfortable that no one would get too upset with us looking around and taking a few photos. We first went for a look late in the afternoon but once we got inside realised that we needed more light so returned the next morning.

The roof has completely gone in this first section
The roof has completely gone in this first section

From the first floor landing
From the first floor landing

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The outside of the conveyer room. We assumes that materials were loaded on the conveyer and transporter into the tower that contained the  machinery to make cement
The outside of the conveyer room. We assumes that materials were loaded on the conveyer and transporter into the tower that contained the machinery to make cement

A first look inside one of the storage areas in the morning
A first look inside one of the storage areas in the morning

This entire wall was painted  which must have taken some time
This entire wall was painted which must have taken some time

There were signs of some inhabitation however the people were very tidy. There was even rubbish sacks in the corners and the look that areas has been swept.
There were signs of some inhabitation however the people were very tidy. There was even rubbish sacks in the corners and the look that areas has been swept.

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I quite liked the reflection in the puddle although the effect that flash has on the silver paint is not really to my liking
I quite liked the reflection in the puddle although the effect that flash has on the silver paint is not really to my liking

All of the walls were covered in art
All of the walls were covered in art

After venturing round the larger building we found a way into the tower block.

The tower block and chimney
The tower block and chimney

The ground floor was very dark and a real mess but when we made our way up a set of crumbing concrete stairs we found a marvellous area full of old machinery and graffiti. I have converted a couple of these images to black & white because I think that treatment suits them. My only regret is that I would love to use the location for a model shoot but it just too far away.Melbourne2104-90 Melbourne2104-89 Melbourne2104-88 Melbourne2104-87 Melbourne2104-86