Cape Backs Lighthouse by Murray Wills

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Pentax K10D
ISO 200
603 seconds @ f4
Sigma 10/20 10mm

The Cape Banks Lighthouse near Carpenter Rocks South Australia.

“The lighthouse was established in 1883. The original structure was 7.5 metres in height and was made from local limestone. The lantern was used from the old MacDonnell Lighthouse (demolished in 1882) at Cape Northumberland.
The original character was alternating revolving, showing one red and two white faces. The illuminant was vaporized kerosene with an incandescent mantle. 3 groups (3 lamps in each group) 2 white and 1 red.
In May 1928, it was raised to 15 metres. With this upgrade upgrade the light was demanned and the keeper’s cottages have since been demolished.
Until 1976 the light was run on a Dalen Acetylene Gas system which mixed the gas with air and also rotated a lens. It was then converted to electric in using the lens from St Francis Island.”

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lighthouse night, star trail, long exposure


  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    Lovely! Looks just fantastic

  • Thank you Odille.

    – Murray Wills

  • JeffStockton
    JeffStocktonover 3 years ago

    Great work Murray. A great comp & subjects topped-off nicely with the trails

  • Thanks Jeff

    – Murray Wills

  • Cindy McDonald
    Cindy McDonaldover 3 years ago

    Excellent!!!! Worth getting home at 3am!

  • Thanks Cindy.

    It was a long interesting day (night).

    – Murray Wills

  • EOS20
    EOS20almost 3 years ago

    Congratulations You have been featured in the Star Trail Photography Group!

  • Thanks EOS20, much appreciated .

    – Murray Wills

  • Michael Treloar
    Michael Treloaralmost 3 years ago

    Excellent idea for a star shot. Brilliant work Murray

  • Murray Wills
    Murray Willsalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you Michael.

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