The Last Stand

Title – The Last Stand

Photographer name – Luke Griffin

Description of place

The last remaining pieces of the skeleton of the S.S. Dicky fight valiantly against the power of the elements of both time and mother nature. A battle that cannot be won.

S.S. Dicky.
An iron steamboat, it is believed the Dicky was built in Germany. Not much else is known for certain. But she was certainly forced on to the shore by a cyclone and high seas in 1893, carrying 40 tonnes of sand and
11 passengers and crew. The sand dispersed and the people were all brought safely to the beach.

The Dicky was even refloated successfully, but to the beach she quickly returned, this time never to be moved.

It is believed a subsequent inquiry found that her loss was due to negligent navigation and the master lost his certificate for three months, but perhaps her story lacked glamour and action enough to become part of folklore.

Her rusty ribs protrude as she is slowly enveloped in the sand and devoured by the air, but she remains part of the beach and the Sunshine Coast community and is possibly one of the world’s most photographed wrecks. Her rugged, jagged beauty continues to intrigue.

Located on Dicky Beach, a suburb of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Dicky Beach remains the only recreational beach in the world to be named after a shipwreck.

Technical information

Camera – Nikon D7000

Lens – Sigma 10-20mm

HDR Software – Photomatix

ISO – 100

Aperture –  f11

Number of exposures – 3 (bracketed -2, 0, +2)

Tripod/handheld – tripod

 Extra processing information:

Processed in Photomatix and Photoshop  CS4 (also used Nik Color Efex4 and Topaz plugins).

 Photographer’s bio

Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke Griffin is a passionate photographer who has spent the past 18 months focussing intently on improving his skills, abilities and experience in a variety of photographic genres, techniques and post-processing methodologies.

Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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