Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for April, 2011

Little Planet image

Earlier I posted a “little planet” image of Geographe Bay, taken from the end of the swimming platform at Busselton. A couple of weeks ago I went out sailing on a 40 foot catamaran and while I was out I took a 360 degree panorama in the cockpit. This was taken handheld and to my surprise it stitched together remarkably well. However it wasn’t a particularly good image as it didn’t make a lot of sense. So I tried a conversion to the little planet format and was pretty impressed by the result. It is a quirky view of the yacht that the owner was very pleased with. Cat-o-mine is the name of the yacht.

Sailing in comfort

Sailing in comfort

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Quindalup boat ramp this morning.

I went down to Quindalup this morning because there were some great clouds around – rain squalls etc. Unfortunately my camera had been in a warm house overnight, and once out in the air, I started getting condensation on the lens. It ruined a few of the shots, but I quite liked this one – almost a “classic” Quindalup boat ramp shot.

Quindalup boat ramp

Quindalup boat ramp


Square tailed kite

I mentioned earlier that these are frequent visitors to our place. Here is another shot of one, presented a little bit differently.

Square Tailed Kite

Square Tailed Kite


Bunker Bay sunset

Bunker Bay is a stunning location, and before the resort was built the beach was almost always deserted. In the 1980’s I was working in Holland, and came back to WA on holiday. I took some photos of Bunker Bay beach and on my return to Holland showed them to my workmates (that was evil – it was -15c at the time). They stared and stared and stared – I began to wonder what was wrong. Finally one of them said  “but there’s no-one on the beach”! They could not believe that such a beautiful beach would be deserted.

These days it is a bit more occupied, but still just as beautiful.

Bunker Bay sunset

Bunker Bay sunset


Lightning over Geographe Bay Saturday night

I took this from our balcony Saturday night around 11. This was taken over a 15 minute period. I used a torch to light up the garden in the foreground. Most of the lightning was “sheet” lightning   – the whole sky was lighting up. At this stage the main storm appeared to be over Bridgetown ( by looking at the weather radar!).  You can see a couple of lightning strikes low in the sky though.

You can also see the lights of Busselton, Capel, and Peppermint Grove Beach. These are the red lights on the horizon, low in the image (to the left of the lightning strikes. Busselton is the rightmost patch of red lights. The 3 red vertical dots are the ABC transmitting mast at Siesta Park.

Lightning over Geographe Bay

Lightning over Geographe Bay


Vasse Felix sunrise

Vasse Felix was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River wine region. I think the vineyard was planted in 1966. The following year Moss Wood and Cullens were planted.

During the week I went down to Vasse Felix with a specific shot in mind – from the middle of the vineyard looking towards the restaurant and cellar door outlet. I was just finishing taking that shot when I looked behind me and saw this beautiful sky that had developed.  I quickly turned around and took this shot. And that IS the moon high in the sky!

Vasse Felix Sunrise

Vasse Felix Sunrise


Watching the sunset – Sugarloaf Rocks

Last night there was more cloud around, so I went out to Sugarloaf Rocks to see if I could capture the sunset. There were a lot of people there (visitors down for Easter holidays). The sunset was pretty good I thought. So did this couple in front of me.

Sugarloaf Rocks sunset

Sugarloaf Rocks sunset