Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for December, 2011

Surfing at Three Bears

These guys were pretty good – at least one was doing 360 degree turns in the air!

Surfing at Three Bears - #1

Surfing at Three Bears - #1


Surfing at Three Bears #2

Surfing at Three Bears #2


Surfing at Three Bears # 3

Surfing at Three Bears # 3


Surfing at Three Bears #4

Surfing at Three Bears #4


Surfing at Three Bears #5

Surfing at Three Bears #5


Yallingup dolphins

The images of the dolphins have been very popular, so here is another one.

Upside down dolphin

Upside down dolphin


I dont think this surfer saw the dolphins, even though a few seconds later three more burst out of the wave!


Surfer

Honeycombs surfer

Honeycombs surfer

I have not attempted to use long exposures when photographing surfers in the past. However yesterday I accidentally moved a dial while taking shots and set the camera up “incorrectly”. To my surprise some shots looked good (but not many). Today I tried to repeat it, this time concentrating on my technique. I was able to improve the “keeper” rate. I like the way these type of shots convey the sense of speed and spray surfers encounter – something that is missing from more typical surfing shots.
Here is another one.
Same day - another surfer

Same day - another surfer


Curling wave

Curling wave


Surfing dolphins at Yallingup

This group of four dolphins caught a wave at Yallingup this morning.

Surfing dolphins

Surfing dolphins


Yallingup Surf

The last two days has seen the best surf at Yallingup for a while. Here are some images. (I have a lot of others, so if anyone was surfing there over the last couple of days, I may have some shots of you. Contact me and if I do, I will send some that you can print).

Monday around 4:00PM

Monday around 4:00PM


A nice tube!

A nice tube!


He was on top of this wave!

He was on top of this wave!


Tuesday morning was bigger

Tuesday morning was bigger


Kids are the same the world over

All they want is a kiss from mum.

Kiss

Kiss


And a play with Mum.
Play

Play


And when they are tired they want mum to tuck them up in bed.
Bed

Bed


Dolphins

As I had a lot of requests for the rest of my shots of the surfing dolphins I have placed them on a separate page. Click on the Dolphin link at the top RH side of this page.


Surfs up

On Monday afternoon the surf right along this coast increased in size. To paraphrase Banjo Paterson

“So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the coast near and far
Had mustered at the beachfront after lunch”

There were a lot of people out surfing, and all the carparks were full.

It was quite spectacular. However it also was raining heavily. This shot was taken from inside my car with the windscreen wipers on high and the airconditioning running to stop the windscreen fogging up.

Surfs up

Surfs up


Surfers at Moses Rock

I have been trying to get a shot of dolphins surfing for a while. This morning I got lucky. I was at Moses Rock, and there had been dolphins earlier. They were feeding offshore and a school went past. Then a pair of dolphins decided to go for a surf. They picked the same wave as a surfer was about to catch – he got quite a fright initially! I am sure they deliberately picked that wave – perhaps to show him how it was done.

Surfing Dolphins

Surfing dolphins


Synchronised surfing

Synchronised surfing


B/W version

I liked the black and white version of one of those Yallingup surf images, so I thought I would put it up for comparison.

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Yallingup surf

Here are some recent shots of surfing at Yallingup beach.

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Sugarloaf beckons

Sugarloaf beckons


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Yallingup -birthplace of surfing in WA

I mentioned when I made the original post that I would post a shot of the statue later. I finally got a shot without lots of people on the frame. He has been placed where he is looking out across the reef and the main break, but he is back amongst the Melaleuca trees. In the 50’s and early 60’s surfers used to come down from Perth and sleep in hammocks strung between the Melaleuca trees.

Surfer at Yallingup

Surfer at Yallingup

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Busselton Ironman – Swim section

I went into the Busselton Ironman this morning. The pro start was at 5:30, so it was an early rise. I was amazed by the sheer scale of the event, and the number of people watching at 5:30am. The bicycle compound had 1360 high tech bicycles in it for example! Here are some shots.

Rescue craft positioning themselves prior to the start

Rescue craft postioning themselves in preparation for the start


The Pro start

The Pro start


The amateur start

The amateur start


Watching over them

Watching over them


The jetty crowd

The jetty crowd


Someone needed a rest

Hitchhiker


Coming in to the finish

Coming in to the finish


Yallingup – the Birthpace of Surfing in WA

On the Yallingup foreshore this afternoon, they unveiled a statue that was commissioned to recognize the fact that Yallingup was the birthplace of surfing in WA. It was an interesting event, mainly because I was there soon after the pioneers, but not involved in the surfing community (I couldn’t afford a board, and my father was more interested in fishing).

There were about 200 people who turned up, about double the numbers that the organizers expected. There were some interesting stories told of the early days of surfing which I could relate to very much – surfers going into the pub and being confronted (confronted = big punch up!) by locals who thought they were weird and so on. In those days if you associated with “surfies” your parents thought you were on the downhill slide. Now many of them have moved down to the area and are the pillars of the community.

I will edit this post and add a shot of the statue later – there were so many people around I am not sure I got a shot that does it justice – I think it is an amazing piece of sculpture. However I got this shot of a ’67 Buick and I think the convertible/surfboard combination evolved to symbolize an era that evolved into one of the major drawcards of the Yallingup/Margaret River area.

67 Yallingup

67 Yallingup


Ironkids

This is a big weekend in Busselton/Dunsborough/Yallingup. It is the Ironman weekend in Busselton. At Yallingup the Malibu Surfing competition is being held, although it seems that it may just be a paddling competition as there isn’t a lot of surf at the moment. Still the Malibu is also a social event, so I guess a lot of old friends will meet and tell a lot of stories.

Associated with the Ironman is the Ironkids event. Here is a shot of the kids swimming at the Busselton foreshore. This whole event is huge and the kids are enjoying being part of the atmosphere.

Ironkids

Ironkids

I have several shots of the kid in front with his mouth wide open. His mouth is wide open in all of them but he is also in front so I guess the technique works. Olympic hopefuls take notice!