Canal Rocks, near Yallingup on the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast of WA. The collections of large boulders and rocks here form one large channel with many smaller breaks in the rocks where the big Indian Ocean swells surge through.
If the view from the footbridge bridge isn’t enough you can clamber over the boulders to reach plenty of great lookout points to watch the sunset.
A very early morning visit to Quindalup boat ramp was a bit of a non-event in terms of photographic opportunities. The beach-end of the boat ramp jetty was covered in seaweed and the sun only very very briefly popped through a crack in the clouds before it started raining lightly again. I managed to get a few shots in the few minutes there was some interesting light in the sky but my window of opportunity was very short so there was no time to move around. The weedy shoreline also made it tough to frame a nice shot. Damn you mother nature!
The much-photographed Sugarloaf Rock, near Dunsborough. Unfortunately on my two recent sunset visits here, the sky failed to produce any lovely evening colours for me. The night before had been all dark dramatic clouds, which at least made for a half decent black and white shot. This is such a beautiful place. It always takes me by surprise how close this incredible rock is to the shoreline when it first pops into view.
The South West of WA gets a lot of tourist traffic that mainly hugs the coast, but the inland region around the Blackwood River Valley is just stunning and not all that far away from the coast. Lots of rolling green hills, pretty towns and forests with the Blackwood River winding its way through it all. The Nannup-Balingup Road isn’t just the main access road between Nannup and Balingup towns, it’s also a beautiful scenic drive. Unfortunately, unlike the scenery when you arrive in Nannup, driving the Mowen Road from Margaret River is a little bit of a yawn. As of last year the road’s now completely sealed from the Margaret River end all the way to Nannup but it’s such a straight line from Margs to Nannup along the road with fairly low trees and scenery that barely changes that you’re kind of glad it’s now only a 35 minutes trip. But it’s well worth a look and a nice change of pace from the busy Margaret River region.
I made a couple of trips to Wyadup rocks last weekend while staying near Margaret River. There are so many shots to be had in this location but one of the best is at Wyadup Spa where the water flows over the rocks into a small pool below. My first night here produced a fairly ordinary cloudless sunset. There was also one other shooter in position on the rocks right where I wanted to be. So it wasn’t quite the shot I wanted. On the second night I got lucky with a lovely sky. There were quite a few people crawling backwards and forwards over the rocks across my shot as the sun was sinking and I was anxiouly waiting for them to pass out of the frame but at one point a lone figure came and stood on a distant rock which ended up being a nice bonus. More Wyadup Rocks photos, including the one with the bonus stranger, in the Water gallery.
This photo was taken a little earlier in the evening before the sky turned to lovely streaks of red.
A quick trip to City Brach this evening to test out my new Sigma 24mm Art lens. Pretty happy with the results so far. Nice and sharp. Awesome lens paired with the Nikon D810. It was a nice-ish sunset but pretty windy so hopefully not too much shake on the tripod. I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to the afternoon winds and hello to some calmer evenings as the weather gets cooler.
It had been looking like a stormy afternoon at Cottesloe Beach but the sun managed to break through the gloom just as it was setting. They say you need to go back to a spot over and over again to get the shot you want and to experience it in different kinds of light and conditions. I’m getting there with this spot but still haven’t got the shot I want. Another sunset photo of Cottesloe Beach.
I got this photo on a walk around the west end of Fremantle. This wall was a very drab grey but it caught my eye as I was passing because the sun was not far off setting and the light washing over it was bringing out this lovely texture in the brickwork. Unfortunately the Fremantle Doctor was blowing a gale at the time so I didn’t even bother with the tripod. It’s was a rough, quick shot which probably deserves another go on a calmer evening. Love Fremantle but really hate the summer winds.
A couple of shots from our recent holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand. My brand new Nikon D810 also came for its first holiday and its first real workout. It is indeed an awesome piece of kit. It was also a lovely ‘relaxing’ break which means not a lot of photo expeditions but enough to get a handful of keepers. If we had more time I would have loved to go back to a couple of spots in the evening with my tripod. Yes, the tripod was allowed to come but… only the slightly lighter one. Another couple of photos in the Water and Other work galleries.
A quick trip to Dunsborough for a mate’s birthday last weekend. I squeezed in a couple of walks along the coast with my camera in between celebrations. This was shot along the Castle Rock walk trail. Being so used to west coast sunsets happening over the ocean it always throws me when the sun doesn’t quite set where you expect it to here.
About three weeks ago I spent an awesome, if somewhat chilly, morning in the Perth CBD as part of an urban photography workshop with Christian Fletcher and Tony Hewitt. After meeting at the Perth Convention Centre before the sun came up, we walked an interesting circuit through the city, nice and early on a Saturday morning, before too many people had hit the streets. Unfortunately it wasn’t early enough to dodge the security guard who asked us to lower our lenses and quietly move on at one point. Obviously 16 rugged-up tripod wielding types looked like a serious security risk.
The focus of the day was looking for interesting patterns, shapes and compositions in the urban landscape – the kind of things you’d normally pass by without a second glance.
When you really stopped to look there was a huge amount to shoot, even in a relatively short loop.
After breakfast and the chance to warm up we headed to Team Digital to learn more about Christian and Tony’s workflow and their creative thought processes. It was invaluable and massively inspiring. We also spent a fair bit of time going through some of the shots we all took on the day and getting some feedback.
As well as meeting Christian and Tony it was great to meet, shoot and chat to other folk with the same obsession. There’s a bigger version of the image below in Built Environment.
As much as I love Perth beaches, south of North Beach, as things flatten out, there aren’t many interesting coastal features to photograph, until you get to North Cottesloe.
What I love about North Cott is how the reef close to the shoreline constantly changes with the winter swells.
As the sand is slowly washed away over the winter months, different parts of the reef are gradually revealed. What’s visible is constantly shifting and changing so it looks different each time you visit.
Being one of Perth’s ‘iconic’ beaches, the main beach at Cottesloe is always fairly busy, but the northern end has a little less traffic making it a relatively peaceful photo location as well.
More North Cottesloe photos.