Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for March, 2011

Up close to a square tailed kite

We often get the square tailed kites flying over our property, looking for food. We lose 1-2 chooks a year to them. Once we had been to Perth, and when we returned we found this one in the chookyard. He had partly eaten a chook, but couldn’t get out of the yard because the fences were too high. Apparently they are like a jumbo jet, and need a long runway to take off. I wasn’t sure how to get him out off the yard – they have very powerful beaks and claws and could do a lot of damage. With no particular plan in mind I threw a towel over him (or her?) and he promptly went to sleep – out cold. I was able to pick him up, put him under my arm and carry him out of the yard. He didn’t stir at all. Once outside I took the towel off. He woke up, blinked his eyes, and took off.

It was an incredible experience handling a bird like that, one I will never forget.

Square tailed kite

Square tailed kite


Kite surfing at Cowaramup Bay

I am in awe of these guys when they are out in conditions like this. The wind was well over 30 knots, and it was a freezing cold day with occasional squalls coming through.

Kite surfing in Cowaramup Bay

Kite surfing in Cowaramup Bay


Quindalup Beach

Quindalup Beach

Quindalup Beach

This beautiful beach is very popular over summer.


More Wills Domain activity

I have had an idea to do a series of  long exposures in a vineyard whilst the harvester was operating, and this morning I got the chance to try it. The concept was to have the harvester lights trace a series of lines.

However the harvester started at 6:00am and it quickly got too light for me to continue. At least I got enough to show the idea would work. There was a nice sunrise as well, and I probably would have been better off concentrating on that, but I couldn’t move the camera!

This morning was more in the way of an experiment, and to try out different techniques. Here is the result from this morning. The continuous lines are the harvester. The dashes come from the tractor and trailer accompanying the harvester. Being lower it is partially obscured by the canopy of the vines, and the light only shows in the gaps between the branches.

UPDATE: I managed to extract the light trails from most of my shots, and this is the updated result.

UPDATE 2. Conclusions. The technique is workable, but probably not worth the effort. The time spent would be better spent concentrating on producing a good image, and in the dark that is probably difficult.  It wont turn a poor photo into a good one, but probably offers something a bit out of the ordinary.

Wills Domain light trails

Wills Domain light trails


Super Moon at Wills Domain

Although there were no clouds I wanted to catch the vineyard at dawn with the super moon low in the sky. The next opportunity is probably a long way off – tomorrow the moon will be higher in the sky at dawn. The predawn glow added color to this picturesque setting.

Super Moon at Wills Domain

Super Moon at Wills Domain


Quindalup sunrise

This is the jetty at the Quindalup boat ramp earlier this year. The tide was unusually low, creating the expanse of wet sand you see reflecting the predawn colors in the sky.

Quindalup jetty

Quindalup jetty


Saracen’s winery

This was taken this morning after the best of the sunrise was gone. This was my second choice for location  at the time, but I liked it the best when I saw them on the computer.

Saracen's winery/Duckstein Brewery

Saracen's winery/Duckstein Brewe