Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for March 1, 2011

The mouth of the Willyabrup River

This image was taken at the mouth of the Willyabrup river. As we approached this spot I calculated it had been over 45 years since I had been there before! The river is running but the water is so clear it cant be seen in the photo. The black patterns are made by meneral sands (ilmenite) in the bed of the river. This photo can only be taken in winter months when the river is flowing. It is around 5k from the nearest place a 2WD car can be parked, and even the 4WD tracks are tough.

In the winter the mouths of the numerous small rivers and streams that reach the coast are some of the best places to take photos. In summer the streams are either dry or blocked and stagnant.

Bay OK

This is known as the “Little Planet” format. There are a number of ways to achieve this, some complicated, others not quite so. The first step is to take a 360 degree panorama. I recall this image as having 2 rows of 13 images. Each image was a blend of around 5 exposures. The resultant panorama is resized to a square format and turned upside down. Then you use the Photoshop rectangulat to polar coordinate conversion and this is the result.  (If you dont turn it upside down, then the sky will wind up in the centre).

This image won GeoCatch’s Bay OK competition probably because it captures many of the features of Geographe Bay – the jetty, the Busselton Foreshore, the swimming platform, the water, and on the right you can see the coast to Cape Naturaliste (probably not on the screen, but the full size image shows it). I was playing around with this technique when GeoCatch announced their competion. There were some very, very good entries but they generally showed one feature of the bay.

Pt Picquet

This image won a trip for two to Broome in a West Australian Newspaper travel photo competition. It was taken at Pt Picquet, near Dunsborough. The red on the rocks is a lichen.

Picquet was a lieutenant on one of explorer Baudin’s ships. At the time Baudin visited here (around 1800), Picquet was regarded by Baudin as “a likeable fellow”. By the time the journey ended Picquet was in disgrace, probably more by irration caused by people being in confined spaces on the ship for long periods. Picquet drew his sword on Baudin, and faced courtmartial, but was saved by the fact that Baudin died before he reached France and the other officers wouldn’t testify against Picquet.

This is  the best fishing spot for herring between Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste.


The “header” image is taken at the same spot, but at the end of summer when the sand has built up.

Abbey Vale vineyard

This image won a bronze award in the 2010 Landscape 500 competition. It is taken at the Abbey Vale vineyard in Wildwood Road, Yallingup. (The cellar door outlook is leased by “The Growers”, hence the title).

I would have liked to have had more clouds in the sky, but when I revisited the spot, the leaves were falling and the sun moved further north, spoiling the shot. Maybe next year.

Cullens Vineyard

Cullens vineyards

Cullens vineyard at sunrise

Cullens were one of the pioneers of the Margaret River wine region, and their wines are superb. This image is a panorama stitched from about 4 or five images in two rows (it is a while since I did it!). This was taken from besides Caves Rd at dawn

Kilcarnup magic

The afternoon I first saw Kilcarnup beach was unforgettable. This is one of the prettiest beaches along the Cape to Cape trail. The day we came here the wind was dead calm, the tide was out and people were standing out on the reef 100m from shore. Around the headland are a series of small bays surrounded by limestone cliffs. One of the bays has several small limestone outcrops and on one their is an Osprey nest. Apparently they nest each year, and the young hatch around October. They seem to build up the nest each year and it is now a massive size.

Access to the beach is by 4WD only, or by walking from the mouth of the Margaret River (not possible in winter), or by walking in from the north.

Sugarloaf Rocks sunset

This is the classical Sugarloaf Rocks shot. The majority of the action in the sky occurred after most photographers had left. There were three of us – the other two were a husband and wife pair. The wife was the photographer whereas the husband only had a PS camera. He wanted to leave but I convinced them to stay on. Just then her batteries ran out and the husband got the best image of the night.

I liked this so much I have used it as the front page of a book I am preparing on the scenery of the Cape to Cape walking trail.

This was a 30 second exposure at f22.