The guard tower in the Port Arthur penal settlement ruins.
Port Arthur was first settled in 1830 as a timber town, however its deep port and remoteness soon saw the town develop into a timber harvesting penal colony. The hardest criminals were sent here to serve their sentences with hard labour. It served as a major prison from 1833 to 1877 when it closed. The buildings were abandoned and large bushfires in 1895 and 1897 further reduced the number of surviving buildings. In 1979 funding was received to preserve the remaining buildings and the site is today a wonderful tourist attraction.
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snunney (72762) 2013-08-10 3:31
The tower makes a good anchor point as we look along the length of the walls. The dark brooding sky makes an apt backdrop for the former prison colony. I like the tones and textures to be observed in the sandstone walls.
timecapturer (37152) 2013-08-10 4:11
I like this! It jumps out in the t/nails and looks even better full size. It is the warm tones and wonderful textures of the tower taken from this POV that makes it work so beautifully, that and the complex sky which adds contrast and a perfect moody backdrop. Excellent!
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
subhendu_bagchi (21110) 2013-08-10 6:40
excellent presentation of this ruined architecture. Great depth and sharpness. Love the soft light and colours. An excellent composition in vertical. Tfs.
goodwill (4879) 2013-08-10 11:53
There is a similarity between the pattern of the rocks and the formation of the clouds. Isn't it?
I appreciate your observation, the POV, and finally the execution of the shot.
jhm (128073) 2013-08-12 4:57
A very old guard tower built with lovely old white stone, everything nice around.
Lovely panoramic view about these area.
This cares for depth and perspective.
Also the sky with clouds is welcome on these picture
Excellent captured and nice presentation, TFS.
Have a nice week,
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-23 5:14
The golden colors of this tower are beautiful and make a wonderful contrast with the gray sky behind! Wonderful place, captured with excellent light and colors! Perfectly done!
Royaldevon (21517) 2013-09-29 6:38
Interesting notes to accompany your photograph.
I really enjoy seeing close-ups of large buildings, just for a change. You have given us a fine experience of the material, style and textures of the guard tower, whilst the b/g gives us some idea of the extent of the prison.
It doesn't surprise me that it is now a great tourist attraction, most dungeons etc. are very popular in this country.
Have a great day,
tatadalou (3979) 2013-09-30 14:55
It looks like an HDR shot. Is it ? The ochre tower stands out from the sky. The light looks surrealistic, and it fits well with the history of this place.
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-10-03 5:25
I've been there years ago before the atmosphere was tainted by the madness of Bryant. It's not often we get to see a castle watchtower in Australia! The yellow ochre colour of the tower contrasts well against the blue grey sky. The tos allow limited hdr and I don't believe that this has been overdone here. Good sharpness, color and textural details in the fg stone tower. Tfs!
- Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper) (6560)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-27
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Pentax K-x, Sigma 18-50 1:3,5-5,6 DC, ISO 400
- Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-10 3:25