Lights of Industry

July 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

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Lights of Industry

There are many places to take interesting photos around the city, some of the best are the unexpected places, such as at the container terminal at night. The lights of industry burn bright all night and makes for great light streaks and patterns.

I am facinated by how inventive and industrious we are. Think about it for a moment. We ship material all around the globe, in ships that we have designed and built. Those shipping containers can have anything in them, from computers, mobile phones, clothes to wine.

What I really like in this photo are the repeating patterns of the the cranes, especially the numbers on the cranes.

Taking photos like this one also comes with its risks

Getting in Trouble!

While taking this photo I had an interesting experience with the security guard on duty. I did even know that there was one, I just thought that they were one of the fishermen who were chatting away in the car park. After taking a number of photos of the docks and lights he came up to me and said that I was not allowed to take photos here. Upon questioning him and getting some clarification as to what he meant by his statement, it seems that I was not allowed to take photos from the land I was on and the direction that I was taking the photo (the Port Botany Boat Ramp looking towards the container terminal). I can take photos from the same spot but looking in another direction just not in the direction towards the container terminal as the land is owned by the port authority. He said I could walk to the footbridge about 200 meters away and take photos of the terminal but not from here (the footbridge is not owned by the port authority).
It seems that it is okay to photograph the container terminal as long it is not from their land, and that the Port authority really doesn’t mind you taking photos on their land, they just care about the subject of your photos. On a side note, I was hard pushed as I was driving into the car park to see that it was enclosed land (signage, etc), but I was happy enough to comply with his wishes and packed up my gear.

What do you think of this? is it a little arbitrary?


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