Category Archives: Adelaide

Some more wide angle images

Following on from the most recent post that featured a day’s shooting with a new to me fisheye zoom lens (see Fun with a fisheye),  this next post will share a few images I’ve subsequently taken with this lens back in my home town of Adelaide.

Firstly, a quick recap for those who have not read the Fun with a fisheye post: I recently acquired a secondhand Pentax DA10-17mm fisheye zoom and set out to discover what sort of images I could make with the ultra-wide angle views this lens can deliver. The Fun with a fisheye post shared images of my first day with the DA 10-17, a day which happened to find me over in Sydney.

Back in Adelaide, I have since made a couple of trips down to the beachside suburb of Glenelg, a location I often head to when trying out new photo equipment. So, without further ado, over to some evening images of Glenelg.


A replica of HMS Buffalo – the original was wrecked off the North Island of New Zealand. The Buffalo brought the first settlers of the colony of South Australia in 1836, unloading its passengers at what became known as Glenelg. Photo-wise, a near 180º view towards the wide end of the lens can take a little getting used to. The tip of the bowsprit was over the top of my head and marginally behind me. Weird! Lots of green chromatic aberration in the upper right corner around the tree branches. This seems to be a bit of an issue down at the zoom’s wider focal lengths (this was taken at 11mm) with high contrast detail in the corners. If I had lots of time, the best thing for this particular image would be to clone out the tree branches altogether in Photoshop or similar software. I really didn’t want them in the image and were a by-product of wanting a field of view wide enough to take in the bowsprit. It was also one of those really flat and contrast-less evenings that was hard work to get much out of. I’ll have another go at this scene one day when there is better light.

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A warm day in Adelaide

We had a somewhat warm day in Adelaide today, 45.1°C (113ºF).  Our fourth hottest day on record, bumping into fifth place the 45.0°C recorded just one year ago on 4th January 2013.

Our all time record is 46.1°C (115°F) recorded back in 1939, the day before the infamous Black Friday fires broke out across the border in Victoria. This Thursday’s forecast is for 46°C, so it is quite possible later this week that we will have the hottest day ever recorded here.

Two weeks ago, there was an incredibly hot spell in the sparsely populated far north of South Australia.  Temperatures of 48 to 49°C (118-120°F) were recorded for several days in succession. We were spared in the south, with quite cool weather coming in off the Southern Ocean.

So after a cool spring and early summer, it’s safe to say the heat has arrived with a vengeance.

On that hot evening last year I wandered down to the local beaches for a bit of heat relief and to seek out an ice cream.  I took the camera with me to catch the end of the day down at Brighton beach. Tonight seems an appropriate time to share some of those images.

Adelaide, 4th January 2013, 45°C

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National Railway Museum (Part 3 – Everything Else)

This is the concluding post of a three part exploration of the National Railway Museum located in suburban Port Adelaide. If you haven’t already visited the first two posts, I invite you to first visit Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 looks at the narrow gauge steam locomotives that powered South Australia’s mid-north narrow gauge network, while Part 2 explores the history of the State’s broad gauge network. This third post is a bit of a catch all, covering a selection of the museum’s other rolling stock.

First up, a quick look at some of the South Australia’s private railways.

BHP Steam Locomotive No. 4

BHP Limited operated a short line between the company’s Iron Knob iron ore mine and the town of Whyalla.  Rather than turn to British types like the government railways, BHP sourced two 4-6-0 steam locomotives from the US maker, Baldwin Locomotive Works, in 1914. BHP 4 has that classic US look, even though a cow catcher wasn’t fitted.

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Merry Christmas from the Photo Morsels blog

A Christmas Eve early Christmas morning post to wish all Photo Morsels followers and readers a Merry Christmas and a happy,  prosperous new year.

Amazing, here we are, Photo Morsels coming into its first Christmas.  Where did the year go?  This blogging caper is surprisingly time intensive, but I’m enjoying the publishing and sharing of a little of the world I see around me. And learning a lot from the research that goes into gathering background information on posted images.  The exploring of other bloggers’ sites is also something I hadn’t thought about when I first started out with Photo Morsels, but has led to many interesting reads. So thank you to my readers for visiting and thank you also to other bloggers out there for your contributions during the year.

I was a little quiet on the blogging front during December, with too much going on in the real world in the lead-up to Christmas and the start of the Australian summer holidays. I’ve plenty of images and topics ready to share and hopefully a few quiet days over the summer holidays will see the posts roll out.

For now, a handful of Adelaide Christmas scenes…

Adelaide Christmas Lights 001

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National Railway Museum (Part 2 – Broad Gauge)

This is the second post of a three part exploration of the National Railway Museum located in suburban Port Adelaide.

Rather than repeat the introduction to the museum and South Australia’s railway systems, I invite you to visit Part 1 if you have not already done so. Part 1 looks at the narrow gauge steam locomotives that powered South Australia’s mid-north narrow gauge network.

In this post, attention will turn to South Australia’s 5 foot 3 inch broad gauge railways.

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