Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

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Please enjoy my images which are mostly from the Cape to Cape region in the South West of Western Australia (from Busselton to Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin). Please feel free to comment on any of these images.

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Sandpatches

Sandpatches is the bay just north of Sugarloaf Rocks. Dolphins frequent this bay on a regular basis. This afternoon they were enjoying themselves and the light was very good. Here are some examples. (The last shot doesn’t have any dolphins in it in case you were wondering).
While I was taking these shots a very large shark leapt vertically into the air. Its girth was about the girth of a large cow, and it was well in excess of 4m in length – I thought it may have been a small whale breaching initially). unfortunately I didn’t get a photo.

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Yallingup lagoon

This version is how I imagined the shot when I first heard that there were night dives going on. I have omitted the above water lights, and zoomed in on the lagoon.

Yallingup night dive

As the girls were coming down the steps to the beach they were chanting something like “Shark bait Shark Bait Ho Ho Ho”.

Light Painting with 60 helpers (if only they knew)

Over the last 3 days 180 students from a Perth girls school have been down in the SW. They were divided into 3 groups of 60, and over the last 3 days each group have had an afternoon snorkel, a BBQ on the foreshore, and a night dive in the lagoon.

This seemed to me to be an excellent opportunity for a light painting project on a grand scale and with a grand subject – the lagoon.
I only caught up with them on their final night, sand was not sure what to expect. This is the result. 50 x 30 second exposures blended.

Yallingup lagoon

Yallingup lagoon

Shop Window

I was recently in Perth and wandered through the CBD. This caught my eye.
Street photography in Perth

Dolphins at Sandpatches

I frequently go out to Sugarloaf Rocks and check to see if the dolphins in the bay north of Sugarloaf (called Sandpatches) are there.
It seems to be a pod that are resident in that bay, and they love to surf. When there are reasonable sized waves (2m) often you will see the whole pod surfing. They ride the wave in close to the shore break, then do a tumble turn and leap out of the back of the wave. Today was typical.
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Paddle Out

A tradition that has evolved amongst the surfing community is that of the “paddle out” to pay respects to a surfer who has recently passed away. This group of surfers met at the Capel Cut to pay respects to Steve Rice.
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There is a few years of surfing experience in this lot!

There is a few years of surfing experience in this lot!

There are more images from the day here

Jim King has written an article here
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Southern Right Whale calf

I have been looking out for Southern Right Whales lately. It has been about 10 days since there were any around in the western end of Geographe Bay. Last night 2 adults and a 3 metre calf (very young) showed up at Meelup. The calf was very active, and they moved off towards Pt Picquet. A boat which had been anchored started up and followed them. They immediately went into “stealth mode” and only surfaced briefly every few minutes. When the boat moved off the calf began playing – leaping out of the water continuously. They were at times less than 10m offshore. As they rounded Pt Picquet the sun was setting and I got this shot of the calf in the golden light.
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