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Wreck of The Gairloch

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 14 December 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


The bow of the SS Gairloch is slowly deteriorating into the sand and rocks near Oakura on Taranaki coast in New Zealand. The rusted iron skeleton is all that remains since the ship ran aground on Timaru Reef over 100 years ago, on a reportedly dark and moonless night of January 5th 1903.

I have not had the chance to photograph shipwrecks before and therefore I was keen to explore this one, once I learned of its existence when preparing for our trip. I did not know the exact location and it took a bit of driving and scouting around to find it but that also made it fun and interesting. Sometimes we like to explore new areas without too much prior knowledge of their features and points of interest.

I would have preferred the tide to be a little higher but the water and rocks around provided enough interest and possible compositions to work with. The sunset was promising to deliver some great colours, however, this is pretty much all that it amounted to, fading quickly after sun went down.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1 second F/11.0 ISO 100 27 mm

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