Sarina Sugar Mill

On the way back from Eungella National Park, Dad and I stopped in front of the Sarina Sugar Mill and Ethanol Refinery.

I'd spotted this on the way out and thought it might look interesting lit up at night.

See where this picture was taken.

Explore #62 - Oct 16th 2007.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, This photo: 6:49pm

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  • James Ottaway said:
    Turned out really well David. How dark was it? If it took 30 seconds to expose to that level, I'm guessing it was pretty dark!
  • beachut (John) said:
    Looks good david....I got some of the Tully Mill but accidently wipem them a couple of years ago...very impressive
  • David de Groot said:
    Well the sun had definitely set by then, but not too long beforehand (maybe 1/2 to 3/4 hr). The sky still had the merest tinge of deep blue (well the bits not clouded over).

    D'Oh! I've only accidentally deleted one batch of photos, and luckily recovered them with some recovery software off the CF card.
  • JeckyllnHyde said:
    I like the motion and 'softness' of the smoke. Nice shot!
  • bachamp said:
    Very good, the company I work for bulids power stations for places like this (they are not coal fired so dont burn me). I will have to ask them to send me to site so I can take shots like this (I wonder if I can claim the camera on tax if I do).

    Great shot will keep this in mind next time I go to site...
  • David de Groot said:
    Steam actually, the smoke was belching out elsewhere ;-)

    I've seen some good shots of the Mittagong power stations at night, which was what inspired me to see if similar photos could result from sugar mills.
    (I reckon you could, claim tax that is, for at least the portion of use you use it for work for)
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    This is so nice Dave. Love the colours and composition. Must fav this one.
  • ~Prescott said:
    Wow! That looks great at night. When I went past I wanted to take some shots, but we were quite short for time. Well done!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Nicole. It's interesting how a long exposure can render an essentially ugly building somewhat more interesting.

    The bane of holiday travellers everywhere - lack of time. I wanted to hit a few more places while up there this time but didn't due to lack of time. I got quite a few good photos from the trip though, now all I need to do is sell enough of them to pay for the wedding ring I lost in the surf :(
  • looby88 said:
    I agree, that this is a really , really ugly building made interesting, and colourful by the light, the long exposure etc. I quite like it , in spite of itself !!
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, this is really good. I like how you captured the smoke, which I mistook for a cloud at first.
  • flash of light said:
    You've made this ugly place look quite attractive! The smoke's great!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm having a ball with long-exposures of late, they can do wonders to a subject as mundane as this :)

    There is a cloud, it's the dark thing behind the steam cloud. :)

    Definitely made for an interesting shot.
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    I wonder how it will look with infrared ... :) I lent my filter out. Must get it back...
  • David de Groot said:
    That would be quite interesting too. I've not tried proper infrared on this camera (apart from photographing a tv remote to confirm the sensor will actually see infrared).
  • Maki_C30D said:
    love how "ghostly' the smoke have become, looks like a Genie ;-)
  • No Fixed Address / TJ said:
    Great capture Dave,
    Very good use of long exposure...
    Well done.....
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria, you're right it is somewhat Genie-like :)

    Thanks. Long-exposures are fun to play with.
  • Sator Arepo [out for vacation] said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh neat :)
  • Tall Guy said:
    Great shot, love the effect and colours..

    Thanks for the tips on using the sigma 10-20, I just noticed it on Prescott's photostream :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Nice shot mate, lovely! Long exposures make everything beautiful - even me! lol.
  • -Bennie- said:
    well, slow shutter photography seems to be the theme at the moment!

    Nice one dave... The colouring in your shot is wonderful!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks! Means a lot coming from the master himself :)

    Sure is, but then who can't go by without a bit of slow-shutter work on a regular basis ?
  • heidi_K said:
    How funny!
    We just pasted this Sugar Mill a few weeks ago too. I wonder if we were there at the same time?
    But your photo is much better than mine (not oploaded yet) - since I couldn't get Martin to pull over.
  • David de Groot said:
    It's possible - we were there for the first week of October (Mum and Dad live just down the road from Cape Palmerston).
  • julieandcoops said:
    Might look nice. Try living here with 70 trucks a day racing past your house and black smoke eating away at everything you own. Gotta love it.
  • David de Groot said:
    julieandcoops - I'm currently 1/2hr drive from there, but yeah I can imagine it wouldn't be nice to live near it.
  • Makena G. said:
    Fantastic job!!
    There is still one operating sugar cane mill in Maui, and I'm gonna have to try do a night shot of it!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - worth having a go. Beware the really bright lights that tend to blow out on a long exposure.