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Old Jul 14, 2015, 6:42 PM   #1
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Default Carrying 1/2-millon tonnes each day out to the world

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We're in Port Hedland, Western Australia at the moment, still meandering our way around this large country. Australia's largest state, about 2000km from north to south ... so it takes a while to navigate

The other night we tagged along on the boat that collects & delivers seamen to & fro the bulk carrier ships that are in port for a day or two while loading iron ore & other stuff

These giant ships take 1/2 a million tonnes of iron ore each day of the year from Port Hedland to overseas destinations - a hellava task in anybody's book
All images then are taken from a moving boat, after dark and not under ideal photo conditions


1- one of many in the harbour, loading goes on 24-hrs a day

exif- Panny G2, 14-140 lens @ 24mm; 1/15s x f4,1; iso-3200

2- one of many seamen to come & go

exif- Panny G2, 14-140 lens @ 14mm; 1/20s x f3,5; iso-3200

3- these ships holds are 20 metres deep !! so when empty, they tower overhead

exif- Panny G2, 14-140 lens @ 14mm; 1/13s x f3,5; iso-3200

4- one of many loading facilities, just no ship there at the moment

exif- Panny G2, 14-140 lens @ 14mm; 1/0s x f3,5; iso-3200

5- damn big things they are too

exif- Panny G2, 14-140 lens @ 45mm; 1/25s x f4,9; iso-3200

As always, feedback or questions welcome
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Old Jul 15, 2015, 3:24 PM   #2
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These giant ships take 1/2 a million tonnes of iron ore each day of the year from Port Hedland to overseas destinations - a hellava task in anybody's book
All images then are taken from a moving boat, after dark and not under ideal photo conditions
An interesting trip with keepsake shots. Great to have a strong export industry for a much needed economical boost to the country/region.
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Wow! You load 16 tons and you get another day older and deeper in debt - imagine what 1/2 million will get you!

Pretty nice night shots, and the narrative adds to the interest.
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Thanks fellas
Glad you found them of interest

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