Solar Swedes 15th October 2019

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2019:10:15 21:46:33
  • 0.013 s (1/80) (1/80)
  • f/6.3
  • 100
  • 2019:10:15 18:22:39
  • 1.93m
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  • 24.00 (24/1)

Shot Notes

In what is becoming a common sight on the Stuart Highway in Australia, teams in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge tilt their solar panels towards the sun to get the last few drops of energy into the batteries ahead of tomorrow’s day of racing. This is Jonkoping University Solar Team with their solar car Axelent. They are the only Swedish team left in the race from the four that started. They are hoping to improve on the 8th place they achieved in the last race. Behind them is the Japanese team Nitech Solar Racing with their car Horizon Ace who also just passed the halfway point south of Alice Springs at the end of the 3rd day of racing.

Tomorrow will be my first chance to visit Ularu (ayres rock). Along with the Sydney Opera House it cannot be used for commercial stock photography. However, it is currently a newsworthy event which qualifies it as editorial photography. The reason is, in 11 days the rock will be closed to climbers permanently. As the deadline approaches the number of climbers has increased dramatically. This has resulted in even more visitors relieving themselves on what is a sacred site to the traditional owners (the Anangu people). I wonder what the reaction would be in the UK if a flood of tourists took a dump in Westminster Abbey. The unsavoury nature of this story coupled with the difficulty in fitting in a 525km detour in the middle of a race means visiting Ularu will have to wait for another day.

This image has been accepted by Shutterstock for Editorial Stock Photography and is available for download here.

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