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


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


Watching the sunset

I went over to Yallingup Beach yesterday and captured this image of the sunset. There were quite a few people watching the sunset.

Watching the sunset at Yallingup Beach

Watching the sunset at Yallingup Beach


Abstract images

Down towards the Augusta lighthouse, there are some places where water seeps out of the limestone and trickles slowly over rocks. As it evaporates it leaves behind highly colored deposits. The combination of these deposits, the grasses, and the rocks make some interesting patterns. It is interesting that the limestone is sitting on top of the granite.

I have printed these on Epson Velvet Fine Art paper (a bit like blotting paper for those who aren’t familiar with it) and  they come out great.

Patterns

Patterns

Seepage
Seepage

Night sky at Sugarloaf rocks

This was a long exposure assisted by “light painting” the rocks in the foreground. The hard part is getting the torch to light the rocks evenly.I was fortunate to get a shooting star (or perhaps the space station) in the image. I like the contrast of the blue and the orange/red of the rocks (which is emphasised by the tungsten light of the torch).

For those who know the area, this is taken looking back up to the tourist lookout.

Night sky at Sugarloaf Rocks

Night sky at Sugarloaf Rocks


More Derby images

I thought I would continue the Derby theme. The first shot was taken at Wandjina Gorge – out of Derby along the Gibb River Road. It was the middle of the day, and the light was harsh and strong.

Wandjina Gorge

Wandjina Gorge

The mud flats below are at low tide, next to the Derby jetty. I love the strong colours in this shot.

Low tide at the Derby Wharf

Low tide at the Derby Wharf


Camballin

Just for a change I thought I would post an image from the road near Camballin (south of Derby). I was in Derby assisting a group of volunteers by designing an affordable Wifi network for an aboriginal community at Mowanjum. It was a very successful project, and for minimal cost the community has a Wifi network with coverage of almost all 40 homes. We also installed an Internet Cafe. For most of the community this is the first time they have had regular Internet access.

These  images were taken in March last year. The country was lush after the wet, and the red Kimberley earth contrasts nicely with the grass.

Camballin

Near Camballin

Camballin countryside

Camballin countryside


Quit Forest Rally – Nannup

The rally had a short stage around the Nannup oval on Saturday. The best shots I took were of cars that were having troubles.  The best drivers seemed to take a neat line through the corners, and avoid any drama. Fortunately for photographers not everyone managed as well.

Hanging out wide

Hanging out wide

This car had troubles on the  RH bend with the tail hanging out wide. Although the photographer looks worried, he is just bending over his tripod! The driver managed to straighten up, but the tail kept going, and was hanging out wide on the other side as he entered the following LH bend.Just made it

Just made it

Quit Forest Rally, Nannup

I have a few (hundred) photos from the Nannup stage of the Quit Forest Rally. At one stage I found this great position – no shooting into the sun, the cars were mostly coming towards me, so it was easy to track them, and they had just finished a RH turn,and had to negotiate a LH turn to pass in front of me- at least most of them did. This one didn’t quite do that.

How not to do it

How not to do it

At this point the car was out of control, and coming my way, so I felt it was prudent to step down behind the earth bank I was standing on, So there is a slight gap in this sequence. This is the next shot. They were able to drive out of this and complete their run, but obviously lost time. At no stage was I in any danger.

The result

The result


Sunset surfing at Yallingup

A beautiful way to end the day. I am sure the guys surfing were enjoying it as much as I was.

Yallingup Sunset

Yallingup Sunset


Cape Naturaliste Seals

There is a fairly large seal colony off the coast between Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste – they live just under the whale lookout. This part of the coast has very few visitors and the seals like it that way.  It is possible to go down the cliffs and get a good view, if you know where the informal tracks are. However it is a very, very steep climb back up. If you go to watch the seals please keep your distance – they are nervous when people are nearby. Take binoculars and/or a telephoto lens. (Signs on the beach ask people to keep at least 30m from the seals, and warn against going between the seals and the water if they are on land).

Cape Naturaliste seals

Cape Naturaliste seals

Cape Naturaliste seals

Cape Naturaliste seals


Double rainbow at Pt Picquet

This was taken in June last year.

On an historical note, Picquet was an officer on one of Baudin’s ships (the Geographe and the Naturaliste) which visited this coast around 1801. At the time Baudin described Picquet as “an amiable fellow”. By the end of the voyage the relationship had soured. At one stage Picquet drew his sword on Baudin, and faced court martial on return to France. He was saved by Baudin’s death on the return journey, and the fact that the other officers refused to testify against him.

This image won a bronze award in the 2011 Epson International Photographic Pano Awards.

Double rainbow at Pt Picquet

Double rainbow at Pt Picquet


Hamelin Bay dawn

I went to Hamelin Bay this morning, not at all hopeful, as the cloud got thicker the further south I went. When I got there it was drizzling, but it soon stopped. The only gap in the cloud cover was where the sun was rising, and as it came up underneath the cloud cover it did a reasonable job of making the clouds turn pink. The waves had washed all the footprints from the sand overnight.  Later a couple of stingrays came up looking to be fed.

This is a beautiful bay, and this old jetty is often photographed.

Hamelin Bay Dawn

Hamelin Bay Dawn


Fog at Harmans Mill Rd South

This was taken the same day as the Hayshed Hill fog image I posted earlier. This is not a B/W conversion – this is as it came out of the camera.

Foggy Dawn

Foggy Dawn


Surfs up at Yallingup

This was taken about this time last year. There was a good swell, and a strong easterly.

Yallingup Surf

Yallingup Surf


Bridge over troubled waters

I seem to be on a Canal Rocks theme at the moment. It is the closest part of the coast to where I live and I can duck down there in a few minutes, so it becomes the choice when I make a last minute decision to go out. This was taken Friday evening, just after the sun had set. About 5 minutes after the sun sank behind the rocks the sky came alive. This lasted for about 3 minutes.  Ideally I would like to have been a couple of metres to the right, but I would get very wet if I tried!

The title of the post relates to the fact that the water under the bridge is always moving, even on the calmest of days.

Bridge over troubled waters

Bridge over troubled waters


Canal Rocks sunrise

With the change in weather we are finally getting a few clouds. I went out to Canal Rocks this morning and immediately regretted it when I got out of the car. The easterly was bitterly cold!

Canal Rocks sunrise

Canal Rocks sunrise

After I took this, the sun had risen further, and the clouds to the west began to turn pink.

Canal Rocks looking west

Canal Rocks looking west

After that my hands were frozen and it was becoming difficult to press the shutter, so I went home.

 


Winter storm at Canal Rocks

I was looking through some old images and came across this one which I had previously ignored.  The original was lacking in contrast and was somewhat overexposed, but I thought it had promise.  I reprocessed it to correct those faults and this is the result. Stormy days where the sun is occasionally breaking through can offer some good opportunities.

This shot was taken from Canal Rocks looking towards Wyadup Rocks.  I originally thought it was at Yallingup, but on checking other shots taken at the same time I now see it is Canal Rocks. Hence I have changed the title of the post!

 

Winter storm at Canal Rocks

Winter storm at Canal Rocks

 

 


Margaret River Drug Aware Pro surfing competition

I went down to Surfers Point to have a look this morning. In between the showers I got this shot of the crowd, and the surf – 10-12 ft, and probably going to get bigger before the competition is over. There was a crowd of probably 4-500, and growing rapidly. The car park went from half full to full while I was there.

 

Margaret River Surfing Competition

Margaret River Surfing Competition

I decided to stick with the landscape shot, and leave the closeups of the surfers to the guys with the monster lenses on that platform at the bottom RHS of the image.