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Bilpin Wreck

Bilpin Wreck
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Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1056 W: 301 N: 2847] (13178)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993
Categories: Transportation
Camera: Canon AE 1
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Transports of Delight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-02-10 5:11
Viewed: 867
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the Bells Line of Road, near Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. The exact location is actually Kurrajong Heights.

This was taken 25 years ago, when I was living in Australia. We were returning home to Newcastle from a few days in the Blue Mountains, when I saw the rusting remains of this old truck and thought that it might make a decent snap. Today, preparing to upload this image, I went for a virtual drive with the Little Yellow Man on Google Maps along Bells Line of Road, and - yes, you've guessed it - found the very same truck still rusting quietly away. It seemed to be in a slightly different place, away from trees, but undoubtedly the same vehicle. If you care to check out the Map View in the Photo Information box, and take the Little Yellow Man down onto the location, you will see my old lorry... Weird it's still there, and weirder still that I remembered where it was!

For Craig, who likes his wrecks!

Neg. scanned on a Nikon film scanner, so no EXIF data.

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Hello Will, a good low point of view. Excellent sharp image throughout. The sunlight has enhanced the colours, and the rusty hues look great against the natural background.
An interesting note; I guess that the climate has helped to preserve the truck?
Regards Jean.

Bonjour Will,

C'est toujours un grand plaisir de découvrir une ruine semblable, souvent cachée derrière des broussailles. Le plaisir de découvrir les textures de la rouille. Beau point de vue bas.



Hi Will
Great shot but it's your note that left me amazed. Australia is a big country.
I like the light, colours and textures in this image.
Best wishes

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1875 W: 417 N: 6818] (27492)
  • [2018-02-10 12:05]

Hello Will,

Yes, Craig will indeed love this old rusting lorry - or truck, as he would call it. I love it too - it certainly makes brilliant camera fodder though I'd also be happy to explore it with a set of spanners and a welding torch - a perfect restoration project for someone with a couple of years to spare.

How remarkable that you were able to remember the location after a quarter century and even more remarkable that it appears hardly to have moved and also to be pretty much in the same condition as when you caught it. Google's little yellow man gives us an excellent view of it.

But what is perhaps even more remarkable is the quality of this image which is testament not only to your original photographic skills but also to the quality of your film, scanner and your own scanning and processing work - the quality really is stunning.

A fine oblique composition too and, despite the obviously strong sunlight, we can still see full details in the deepest shadows and also in the very brightest parts.


Kind Regards,


Hi Will, so once again we can see, what we humans leave behind, is there for a long time...Nice pic.

Hello Will,

Its just a photo from a rusty vehicle, but your story with the still rusting truck makes it rather interesting.

Best Wishes,

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10610 W: 146 N: 26710] (128171)
  • [2018-02-11 0:11]

hello Will, Nice gift for Craig, I am sure he will be delighted. I didn't know that you used to live in Australia. What fantastic quality after 25 years, excellent composition, fine colours, splendid sharpness. How strange that you can still see it in Google. Later I will check the map :). I was in Blue Mountains but not in Bilpin.

Kind regrads Malgo

Hello Will,
It's strange that this monster has been left in nature for decades, unless it has actually been categorized as public art. I am impressed by the quality of the scan, and I had to look carefully to find traces of noise in the patches of sky. That's the only indication this is not a recent digital photo.
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12170 W: 126 N: 21953] (112111)
  • [2018-02-11 1:57]

Hi Will,abandoned things are a must in these days after the start of theme by Craig...ehehe..and this is a beautiful example,old pic but scannered so well that seems do yestaerday,an example of rust art caught in a great way,i like the scenery too and the bright colors. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 983 W: 77 N: 2800] (13018)
  • [2018-02-11 2:15]

Great old rusty wreck Will.
I keep my eye out for ones where ever I go in Australia.

Imao sam canon AE1 sa objektivom 50.mm, f-1,4 dobro me je sluzio.
Dobar rad skeniranjem, lepo pokazan stari kamion i detalji.
Lepa fotografija i secanje.
Sve najbolje.

I had a Canon AE1 with a 50 mm lens, the f-1.4 was good to me.
Good job with scanning, fine shown old truck and details.
Nice photo and memory.
All the best.

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-02-11 4:37]

Dear Will!
Amazing machine. Welcome to the machine, by Pink Floyd.
Wonderful pow point of view.
Good exposure, capture and cut.
Perfect contrast and sharpness.
Fine light and natural colours.
Good DOF effect.
Fine take.
Well done!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24925 W: 520 N: 42008] (180070)
  • [2018-02-11 4:58]

Hello Will,

Your favorite subject but 25 years ago.
Perfect in your archive found.
This is a very nice picture with a good composition.
A nice ruin picture of your country.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Will, lovely composition with fascinating old tractor, good perspective, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Will,
Quite wonderful old truck wreck showing rusty tones which fit well with dryish terrain. Close and wide angle is excellent. And quality of the scan flawless. Tyre pattern is quite peculiar. I don't think I've seen such before.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16051 W: 159 N: 27974] (147094)
  • [2018-02-12 10:45]

Hi Will
Je n'aurai jamais pensée que ce style de composition, pourrait être finalement belle, ce qui rend bien ici c'est la prise en gros plan , l'environnement, la lumière,
Bonne soirée

Hi Will
yes, indeed i like this! what a pleasant surprise to see this rustic beauty, and thats exactly what this is. Not sure why people are so against such subjects. Just like an abandoned home, this truck has great appeal and a mysterious past.
love that you captured it so close up too. and the fact its still there 25 years later is amazing! thanks again!

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