The SS DICKY BEACH AND BLATANLY RUDE DICKY BEACH Surf Life Saving Club Athletes.

Location: “Dickies Beach Sunshine Coast. Queensland Australia.”

I managed to get some sunrise shots of the SS Dicky, A coastal trader that operated in and around Australia from at least 1887 until ran aground in 1893.

There were 5 photographers on the beach that morning as the clouds were awesome.  When you have the sun rising and need it at a particular moment, in a particular place, you only have a couple of minutes to shoot. Time is very important….  It wasn’t easy and if you read on you will see why… 

The SS Dicky Ship Wreck - Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
The SS Dicky Ship Wreck – Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast

Myself and the other photographers, could NOT believe it when the life guards in training (ages from 10 to 50) from Dicky.s beach surf life saving club ran right between us and the ship wreck, through our unspoilt sand. Now don’t get me wrong, we photographers were not hogging the beach, we were only 3 meters from the waters edge. They had AMPLE room to run behind us.

I asked them politely, to have some respect, and they basically gave me “a get stuffed attitude” and did it again on the way back from their run.

I just do not get it. How would they like it if I threw a fishing rod and line in the water where they were swimming? Same thing in my eyes… I’m sure they would be very upset.

The SS Dicky Ship Wreck - Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
The SS Dicky Ship Wreck – Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast

So it leaves me with the question, why do people treat photographers like they don’t exist? Why do they expect US to wait until they move on, despite the fact that we were there first…
Is it because people have become so rude, they just don’t care? Or do us photographers just don’t matter?

The SS Dicky Ship Wreck - Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
The SS Dicky Ship Wreck – Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast

I wrote an email of complaint to the Surf life saving club but as yet have not had a reply.  (Just as I thought).  If I do get a reply, I will post it.  Anyway, back to the SS Dicky….

The SS Dicky Ship Wreck - Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
The SS Dicky Ship Wreck – Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast

The loss of S.S. ‘Dicky’ was deemed to be the result of a combination of bad weather and poor judgement. The vessel left Rockhampton on the 1st of February 1893 bound for Brisbane. The vessel struck heavy weather after crossing the Wide Bay Bar and could not turn back.

The SS Dicky Ship Wreck - Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
The SS Dicky Ship Wreck – Dickys Beach Sunshine Coast
Dicky's Beach Long Exposure, Sunshine Coast Queensland
Dicky’s Beach Long Exposure, Sunshine Coast Queensland

The S.S. ‘Dicky’ quickly became a local attraction and has remained partially on the beach since the wrecking of the vessel. By the 1960’s, the upper deck levels had collapsed and the rusting hull (including ribs and plating) were the predominate feature prompting some calls that it was safety hazard and should be removed or relocated (Brisbane Courier 1989). It remains visible on the beach today.
And to finish off, here’s a couple of other shots i managed to snap throughout the week.

Brisbane Show. Thrill ride.
Brisbane Show. Thrill ride.
Serenity Falls, Buderim, Sunshine Coast
Serenity Falls, Buderim, Sunshine Coast

You can find more of my work on my Facebook like page, twitter , Deviant Art and my website.

Anyway comments and like are appreciated.

keep shooting. try different things. 🙂

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