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Monday, March 3, 2014

Abandoned: Point Peron Battery

Cape/Point Peron was an artillery battery constructed in 1942 to protect the west coast of Australia during WW2. It never fired in anger and was decommissioned only a few years later in 1944, when it came apparent that the war wasn't coming in its direction. 
What survives is an observation post, a control room and two gun emplacements with ammunition bunkers. Supposedly there were also tunnels running all through the complex, but I couldn't see any sign of them on this trip. It's thought that the government dynamited them for public safety, though I for one, would of signed a waiver for some great photos.  
The site was left mostly as is until the early 1990's, when concrete paths were paved joining all the sites up. 

The observation post was built at the highest point of the cape, including telescopes and range finding equipment along with many other 1940's goodies of technological advancement. There is nothing much left inside these days, but there is antenna (?) on the roof that looks like it belongs in a H. G. Wells's epic. 





This is the communications room, where the gun emplacements could co-ordinate with Garden Island (an army base near by) by telephone.


So much sand has moved into the entrance that the one remaining door is stuck open and half buried.



It's said that this bunker also housed accommodation for the personal, but I just couldn't imagine all that fitting in along with all the bulky 1940's communications equipment.
Maybe that's where the tunnels came into play, and they led to more rooms? Who knows.



This is one of the gun emplacements, which as you can see it about to slid down the hill due to heavy erosion. We probably shouldn't been climbing all over it to take photos, but I guess we're young and stupid.



For the record it's a lot more stable than it looks, but don't climb on it just because we did; entertain the idea at your own risk.



This was the ammunition bunker for this gun emplacement, that's filling up with sand just like the Communications Centre.


There isn't much to see inside to be honest, just a few rooms like this one. They were also completely pitch dark, and smelt like urine (hopefully not human).


This was the other emplacement that's in a lot better knick. That little green structure was for ammunition storage.


This was the other ammunition bunker that's more or less the same as the other, but more well lit.



A view of the entire complex from the second emplacement.


Check out Woodman Point Munitions Facility, which we also visited on the same day.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Abandoned: Woodman Point Munitions Facility

Woodman Point Munitions Facility was a munition dump about 20km south of Perth, which (presumably) opened during World War Two and was decommissioned in the 1980’s.  After being closed down, it was designated Australia’s smallest National Park because of Rottnest Pines growing in the area. [source]
I've never been to a National Park surrounded by a barbwire fence before, but there are few buildings left that look like they could be blown over by a stiff breeze; maybe the fence is there is save dimwits from themselves.

It’s quite a large facility, so large in fact that it necessitated its own railway. Besides from the few buildings left, the area is full of munition bunkers; some of which are nearly invisible in the thick scrub. 













End of the line.







This helmet was padlocked to a pole, left as a memorial possibly. There was a laminated piece of paper attached to it also that simply said "Truly".



Looks like the stiff breeze already got to this building.





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Devil's Wine

Let's just ignore the fact that I haven't posted anything in three months and concentrate on the fact that this is the second 3D post in a row! Hooray!
What's even more exciting is that I'll be putting together a 3D portfolio soon to maybe submit to 3D houses in Perth. That's interesting to note because getting a job in 3D was the original idea behind this blog, way back when I was still in highschool. Getting a job even at a supermarket was hard at that point, so I turned this into a development blog instead.

This image was a great learning render, as I taught myself the fundamentals of the Vray camera DoF and volumetric lighting; both things you need to use to create realistic renders. It will be interesting to see what the new year brings!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Simons

It's been way too long since I posted some 3D.
It's been an ocean of photography with some R/C posts sprinkled on top, which I guess is what I'm really into these days. I doubt 3D will ever be something I stop participating in though, as it's still on the frontier as a job. One day, at least. 



The render is based off this photograph, and is probably the most time-intensive image I've created to date. Clocking in at just under 12 hours, it truly beats everything else by miles. As well as testing my lighting techniques, I got a kick up the bum as far as car modelling goes. The Ford there is really the first car I've ever modelled, and I feel I did all right.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Exposure Shot of Perth's Eastern Suburbs and the CBD

Oh yeah! Did I mention that I bought a new camera? I probably should, it's fairly important to this blog, I guess.
I've just jumped from my oh-so-humble Canon EOS 1100D, to an EOS 7D. While this is more or less an upgrade for video purposes (refer to my YouTube for more of that) there are a lot of changes that help me immensely with photography. Improvements include a better processor (which helps with ISO), increased shutter speed, increased shots it can take per second, a hell of a lot more AF Points, integrated sensor cleaning, a digital leveller (which is great for exposures) and the jump from 12.0 MP to 18.0 MP will not hurt anybody.

Sadly, it uses a different port for the shutter release than my old camera, so I had to wait ages as I new one was shipped to me. As soon as I received it though, and there was a clear night (Winter has just finished here in Australia) I travelled to a nearby lookout that I had been planning to go to for a while. This is the result:


This shot is looking from the edge of the Perth hills, over the eastern suburbs. Those skyscrapers in the distance form the Perth CBD. It's a 60 second exposure, with an aperture of f/9.0 and ISO200.
Stay tuned as Australia rolls into the Spring and Summer months, which I lovingly refer to as 'exposure months', where I'll showcase more images like these.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Quadcopter Crash (On Film!)


It's been a while since I posted about anything R/C related, so how about a video of me totalling a quadcopter? Yes? Okay!
Eventually I'll be going the Hobby King route and putting some serious money into a quadcopter so I can film in 1080p with my action-cam, but first I decided it would be wise to buy a smaller pre-made set-up to get me started. Just as well I did too, because believe it or not, this is the second time I've crashed and smashed this quad.

First time, I drove all the way to the other side of Perth to beg some hobby store owners to sell me a leg off an existing quad. For some reason they did, which was great for me, but not so great for them as now they have a quadcopter that only has three legs. I doubt they would do it again, and I'm not too keen to drive all the way out there to try. Luckily though, at the same time I bought the leg, I bought a camera especially made for the quad. My current action-cam is way too heavy for it unfortunately, but the current camera only cost $30 and I'm actually really impressed with the results it outputs. It's not HD or anything, but it's good enough.

   
Skip to 2:10 if you just want to see the crash, the rest of the video is mostly me preforming barrel-rolls and crashing it in other various ways (but not enough to break it). The actual crash its self was a doozy though, it must of been a good 50 or 60 meters in the air when I lost control.

First time it crashed I tried to glue the frame back together with Araldite. This actually kept it together enough to fly, but as soon as it landed, the (light) impact snapped it off again.
This time around, I'm giving silicone sealant a go. If it's good enough for roofing and concrete, hopefully it will be good enough for a $90 quadcopter reping a plastic frame. I guess we'll see how we go.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Melbourne on Film

Not too long ago, I posted about being in Melbourne which included general good times with photography. Also in that post, I mentioned that I also shot a roll of film.
The other day I finally got around to getting it developed in a chemist that's quite close to me. It's great that I now know of a local photo-place, as before I was getting my shots developed in the city while I was at TAFE.

For these photos, I was using my Trip 35. Refer to an article I wrote on my other blog if you want to learn more about that amazing camera, otherwise, enjoy.