Heavy Machines

Heavy Machines

Philippines – building a dirt road

dirt road across a small valley

In order to provide access to a source for soil to cover a dumpsite, this road was built across a small valley. Unfortunately, the planner failed to notice a little stream at the bottom of the valley. After a few days of moderate rainfall (for the Philippines), the street had turned into a dam. The water level rose by approximately 3 m over the last weekend, now eroding the road.

A culvert made from a few metres of simple concrete pipe would have avoided this.

Philippines: washed into the sea

Small truck washed into the sea

This is another disaster for Basey, a small town on Samar island. The storm surge of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) washed this waste collection truck into Basey’s harbour, leaving Basey without household waste collection. The waste piled up in the streets, and Basey is relying on the United Nations for waste collection until today, more than 100 days after Yolanda.

Philippines – coping with disaster waste

Excavators on temporary disaster waste dumpsite in Tacloban, Philippines, after the super-typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Immediately after super-typhoon Yolanda (or, internationally: Haiyan) had hit the Philippines, a mixture of mud, wood, cars, waste and other unpleasant stuff filled the streets of Tacloban. It took a fleet of hundreds of trucks several weeks to clear the streets. It was brought to an old bus station inside Tacloban, the Abucay terminal. From there it was transported to the official dumpsite north of Tacloban. By now the bus terminal area has been cleared, another step forward to normal life.

Berlin Humboldtforum: construction site night shots

Another night on the Humboldtforum construction site in Berlin.

Berlin Humboldtforum: construction site night shots (I)

Some night shots from the Humboldtforum construction site in Berlin, experimenting with ISO speed ratings of 3200, 6400 and 12800 using Magic Lantern alternative firmware for my CANON EOS 500D.

Once upon a Time: Chihuahua (Mexico)

Train transporting motor caravans across the Sierra Madre, Mexico. Shot taken in 2006 with Canon A-1, Soligor 35-70 mm, f/8, 200 ISO