Remains of Ferranti Engine House ... Lithgow Blast Furnace by Rosalie Dale

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Lithgow Blast Furnace (just west of the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia) … a site which is now the only remaining relic of Australia’s iron-making history. Walls are barely standing – these structures are a sad shell of what they were. The Furnace was established in 1886 by William Sandford, and it continued production until 1928 when the entire industry was moved to Port Kembla on the South Coast.

Geek info: Handheld, shutter priority, f/8, ISO 160, WB cloudy, Metering centre weighted. Photomatix HDR from a single jpeg (1/3 EV) and tweaked in CS3.

Voted into the top 10 of the Old Buildings challenge in the Weekly Themes Group, May 2010
Featured in the Weekly Themes Group, May 2010

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I suffer from viewfinder vision (find myself visualising a frame around everything I see) so my genre is “anything that moves and most things that don’t”!!

I don’t so much wish to document places and things, as to evoke feeling and emotion.

This leads to a diverse portfolio and constantly overloaded external hard drives…not to mention some burning of the midnight oil as I keep looking for that elusive perfect process for yet another ‘masterpiece’!!!

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 6 years ago

    What a stunning shot, excellent comp with the clouds giving tha extra a Pro shot.

  • It was another that was a tossup between colour and B&W – I like both. You would love this place – masses of old brickwork and crumbling structures! Thanks for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusalmost 6 years ago

    Stunning capture Rosalie, exellent !

  • Many thanks Steven

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...almost 6 years ago

    Hi Rosalie! Cracking capture and treatment. Love the golden tones.

  • Glad you like it Nessie! I have so many shots from here I don’t know what to do with them.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Bill Fonseca
    Bill Fonsecaalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Rosalie. Love the deep blue in the sky against the brick colour.

  • izzybeth
    izzybethalmost 6 years ago

    this is so beautifully dreamlike…

  • I suspect at nights it would be more nightmare than dream-like!! Would make a great movie set – thank you for your kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Memaa
    Memaaalmost 6 years ago

    Marvelous presentation, Rosalie. What a beautiful building. I hope someone restores it. It is too beautiful and historic to lose! Amazing they built such an artistic structure for a blast furnace. Wonderful history lesson.

  • This has been crumbling since 1928 – at least it hasn’t been bulldozed I guess! It is a really unique relic, for Australia. Thanks Sue for the encouragement.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Rosalie, I like the finish, well done!!

  • Thanks Marvin – a toss up between this and B&W again!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Jean Hildebrant
    Jean Hildebrantalmost 6 years ago

    It looks like the remains of a castle or manor house, nice shot!

  • This is so un-Australian that I kept feeling as though I was visiting some English ruin … very strange. Thanks Jean

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture and good history lesson …

  • Pleased you like it Tom – thank you

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Tugela
    Tugelaalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Rosalie, this is really excellent. My daughter brought back a then and now photographic record of Sydney from her recent trip there. It is really facinating. Must check if this is included

  • The old photos on the signs around the park are just fascinating – the area used to be such a HUGE mass of buildings and machinery – so impressive. Very sad to see it so delapidated.

    – Rosalie Dale

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