Norah Head, Central Coast, NSW Australia – late afternoon

The lighthouse at Norah Head was established in 1903.

It was the last of the lighthouses built in the style of James Barnet. Even though it bears the typical characteristics of his style it is not known whether Barnet or his successor C W Darley who built the tower designed it.

The tower is a precast concrete block structure where the blocks were cast on the ground and raised into place. Earlier Barnet towers had the same style but their construction was expensive due to the availability of suitable stone and the use of stonemasons to shape and dress the stone.

The cost of the tower and cottages was nearly £19,000 and the cost of the optical apparatus was £5,000.

The light was upgrade in 1923 to a Ford-Schmidt kerosene burner that increased the its brilliance from 438,000 to 700,000 candlepower.

In 1961 it was converted to mains electricity and the power increased to 1,000,000 candlepower.

It is not known when the tower was automated and demanned.

5 x bracketed exposures +/- 1 stop processed in Photomatix Pro and CS% Silver Efex Pro 2

Nikon D700 24-70 f2.8 handheld
ISO 200 f16 @44mm 1/320th sec

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 3 years ago

    Well that explains the power lines my husband was very curious about last week. :D

    Great shot ~ and information. Love it in B&W!

  • Hey Donna, thanks and glad you like it :))

    – Ian English

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 3 years ago

    Wonderful moody image !

  • Thanks very much John !!

    – Ian English

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261over 3 years ago

    truly brilliant work. the tones are incredible!

  • Thank you so much Michael, much appreciated.

    – Ian English

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahover 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much Ron !!!!

    – Ian English

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 3 years ago

    great mood and atmosphere Ian

  • Thanks Anthony !!

    – Ian English

  • Louise Docker
    Louise Dockerover 3 years ago

    This is fabulous Ian, really like the post processing as well

  • Thanks Louise ;))

    – Ian English

  • Robin Young
    Robin Youngover 3 years ago

    Good work Ian.

  • Hi Robin, thanks mate !!!

    – Ian English

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    Wonderful mood in this Ian!

  • Thanks a lot Mel :)

    – Ian English

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Nice POV Ian..cheers.

  • Thank you my friend ;))

    – Ian English

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    really greagtly in shades..super work! Donna.understand!!!

  • Thanks so much LisaBeth :)

    – Ian English

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