Photographer's Note

We traveled to Adelaide with a plan to visit Kangaroo Island. A major misunderstanding with a tour operator, at which we ended up on the loosing end, resulted in cancellation of that trip. Not all was lost. We drove to and got to see and enjoy Victor Harbour and Granite Island. If we get back to Adelaide, I still hope to get to Kangaroo Island (without the tour), but I expect we will also return to Victor Harbour.

The Causeway to Granite Island was first built in 1875 to provide deeper sea wharf facilities to the town of Port Victor (now Victor Harbour). It was an extension of the then Victoria Pier. At that time it continued along the eastern side of the island to the “Working Jetty”. Even this Jetty didn’t support large ships but would handle smaller coasting vessels. In December of 1894, the first passenger service was introduced by the South Australian Railways to transport tourists to and from the scenic Granite Island. The charge was 3p. The Horse Drawn service was replaced in 1954 with a less popular motorised ‘tractor tram’. In 1969 Granite Island was declared a Fauna Sanctuary. In 1986 the District Council of Victor Harbor re-established the original horse drawn tram service as a Jubilee 150 community project and has continued to operate daily and win numerous awards. Today, an estimated 180,000 visitors use the Horse Drawn Tramway each year. My guess is 20 x this just walk across the causeway.

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This shot was looking from Granite Island (you can see the reason for the naming of the island in the foreground). It is looking back to the town of Victor Harbour, just at the bend in the bridge, where the causeway used to sweep east. I’ve included a couple of additional shots as workshops. The first is a view of the bridge with a different perspective, showing its length in a more uncompressed format. The second is a shot of the horse drawn tram crossing the causeway.

Workflow was as follow:
Shot taken in Raw - NEF files adjusted for exposure and shadow only (maximums)
Adjusted levels to white and black points
Adjusted curves – very slight s-curve for contrast
Added saturation +15 to master
Added a layer for sharpening with USM
Modified sharpening with a layer mask (25% opacity black brush)
Saved as a tiff
For this post, resized, deleted the original USM layer and created a new one (with the layer mask), framed and saved as a jpeg for small post.

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