Lithgow NSW - Remains of the Ferranti Blast Furnace No 1 by Rosalie Dale

Lithgow NSW - Remains of the Ferranti Blast Furnace No 1 by 

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.

Lithgow has a fascinating history, which includes the establishment of the first coal mine in the valley … more info here.

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Photomatix HDR from a single jpeg (1/3 EV) and tweaked in CS3.

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  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    WoW! This is very interesting. Great info too.

  • Surreal place!! Heaps of history, rather like castle ruins. Especially great to visit on an overcast, stormy day.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    looking good rosalie, i remember wandering around the furnace watching out for mysterious holes

  • First time I visited I was so blown away – this time I had my 11 yr old granddaughter with me – was busy making sure she didn’t sink down one of the holes, and very much enjoyed watching her awe and excitement as she juggled the camera for good angles.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...almost 5 years ago

    Great POV Rosalie. Wonderful old relic, thanks for the history lesson.

  • Thanks Helen – much appreciated!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 5 years ago

    stunning work Rosalie, the lighting is just superb!

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanalmost 5 years ago

    BTW, there are tunnels underneath it if you’re game…

  • First visit I did attempt a tunnel – this time I wasn’t game with Zoe in tow! And I’m a tad claustrophobic …

    – Rosalie Dale

  • InPort
    InPortalmost 5 years ago

    G’day ROSALIE!

    So reminiscent of an ancient altar in Tuscany, this image glows with warmth. I suppose there is little difference really between an ancient Roman altar and an historic blast furnace. Both were used to hold fiery offerings.
    Your HDR has been handled extremely well and to me looks as though you used off camera strobes for the shot.
    Nice clear detail from your good focus and depth of field and the colours make me feel very warm on this chilly, windy Aussie autumn night.


  • No strobes Dennis (my ‘slave’ was there but she wasn’t flashing!) … slightly stormy this time which adds to the mood, and the HDR was kind to this image. Thanks so much for the kind words. You’d just love this site – it is so huge. Almost overwhelming when standing and considering how to make the most of the potential angles. :+))

    – Rosalie Dale

  • michellerena
    michellerenaalmost 5 years ago

    Great image Rosalie, interesting history too:)

  • I must put the website into the description – there is heaps of history attached to this site – so great that it is allowed to stand as it is and not either bulldoze it to the ground, or try and rebuild it and take away the atmosphere! Thanks for the great support Michelle

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Paul Dean
    Paul Deanalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely colour, great comp with the view to the hills behind. Well done!

  • Always love the frames that buildings give – this one is a double whammy! Thanks heaps Paul

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot Rosalie … I love this one … well done!

  • I keep getting a bit of a ‘Roman’ feel every time I stand in front of those crumbling arches – I should have had Zoe dressed in the white toga-type outfits, posed in the arch! Thanks for the encouragement Bev.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Craig Shadbolt
    Craig Shadboltalmost 5 years ago

    Terrific colours and warmth to this Rosalie! Great detail as well.

  • Hey Shaddy – thanks for the visit and kind words. xx

    – Rosalie Dale

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