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Leigh Nelson

Marrickville, Australia

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Sydney viewed from Q Station on Sydney’s North Head – Australia

Travelers on ships to Australia long ago were quarantined if the ship showed any signs of carrying infectious people or arriving from certain areas. On a recent visit to the old Quarantine Station at Sydney’s North Head which has now been reinvented with accomodation, resaurant and museum, we went out to the lookout at North Head and looked back at Sydney in the distance thinking to ourselves how heart breaking it must have been for some of those people to have travelled so far only to be isolated within sight of Sydney and their dreamed of new life. Of course many only had to stay the required 40 days, but many never left the place, so it’s a kind of eerie feeling being there knowing that. The fact that a dark and intense rain storm was brewing and only minutes away , added to the eerie feeling. On a brighter note Q Station’s accomodation was great and the food and coffee very good, well worth a visit to a unique part of Sydney’s history.

Shot specs for anyone interested: Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6G @ 20mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, no tripod (hand held), CPL filter, HDR’d in Photomatix with 3 exposures of MTR, -2 & +2, quick crop etc in iPhoto.

Believe it or not, this is actually a colour photo, not B&W. The approaching storm was so dark and gloomy the colour you see is exactly as it came off the camera, no adjustment, you can just see the blueish tinge in the water.

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