Images of a Big Island

Old Timer

While I am on the subject of Cradle Mt, I would like you all to meet one of my father’s closest mates. Mort Ellis, 94yrs young!

Mort and his brothers Ossie and Alec were the builders and owners of Pencil Pine Lodge which is now known as the world famous Cradle Mt. Lodge. Pencil Pine Lodge was the first “commercial” accommodation built in the area back in the early 70’s and I remember spending some great times there over the years! And a few that I am a bit hazy about as well.
Ossie was a bit of a legend in bushwalking circles before his untimely death. He built all the tracks and bridges around Cradle Mt Lodge that enable guests to go for walks in the different environments surrounding the lodge. A total opposite to my father in political persuasion,they were the best of mates and shared many adventures in some of the wildest areas of the Tasmanian wilderness. To listen to them having a passionate political debate over a few beers was highly entertaining and sometimes alarming as they always used to to stir each other up for the fun of it!
While Mort was not into bushwalking so much, most of his working life was spent in the bush on the rugged west coast of Tasmania. An area that is not known for it’s metro-sexuals and new-age men!!
There are not many people like Mort left nowadays and with each passing year, a wealth of knowledge slowly dwindles away. To listen to people like Mort, Ossie and my father with their knowledge of their environment and the old-fashioned bushcraft they used was fascinating!
On another note, this image was processed mostly in Lightroom using a technique that involves ramping up the Fill, Blacks and Clarity sliders to max, back off on the Blacks to suit your taste, desaturate to taste and put a vignette around it.

Not a great technique for aspiring model but for someone with a lived in face like Mort it works a treat!


17 responses

  1. Sun

    A real picture, I love it.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

  2. True North Mark

    Great story..great processing…great subject…just great i reckon mate!

    Thanks for the tips by the way!

    October 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    • Great comment Mark! I don’t have many tips so i hope they are useful!

      October 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm

  3. great portrait and story mate

    October 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

  4. Hey Mate,

    Great treatment on this photo. I do believe however that Gustav Weindorfer was the first person to build accommodation for people. 🙂


    October 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

  5. You are absolutely right Jamie, however it was also his home. So I’ll amend that and say that Pencil Pine Lodge was the first commercial accomodation!

    October 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  6. davidsobik

    Tim I just love this image. Bloodly brilliant mate!

    Yep I have known old timers like this and I was just talking to friends the other day how we are loosing them and all the knowlage they have.

    Well done mate.

    October 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    • Yep David, there is some irreplaceable knowledge in some of these people’s heads! Glad you like it David.

      October 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  7. love old guys, nicely processed Tim

    November 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    • Thanks Christian, nothing like a face with character to make an interesting image. Sort of like a human landscape!

      November 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

  8. Great image with some great history to go with it. Its a shame our society doesn’t listen to the old people any more, they are such a wealth of wisdom and insight. you don’t get to that age age without learning stuff

    January 25, 2011 at 11:40 am

    • They are great old characters Adam , I liken some of them to village elders!

      January 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

  9. loved the photo and the story…the photo brings out a lot of character in the man!

    September 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    • Thankyou Abu, he is certainly a character and is still going strong!

      September 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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