Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Archive for April, 2013

The different faces of the ocean.

Within a few kilometres of my home there are an amazing array of rock formations and beaches. They are always changing, and always worth photographing. Here are two very different shots taken within a couple of kilometres of each other. The first was taken at Canal Rocks just after sunrise. This rock formation is a natural canal with a row of offshore “islands” protecting the canal. There are gaps in this protection and the sea surges into the canal which has strong currents. A slow shutterspeed shows these currents.

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks


The next shot was taken mid afternoon at Wyadup. The incoming waves were reflecting off the rocks and the surfers were catching this superimposed wave. I specifically went down mid afternoon to get the sun backlighting the waves (we face West here!)._DSC8373-11

Wyadup backlit

Wyadup backlit


Bunker Bay Moonlight

After a very average session at Sugarloaf Rocks, I called into Bunker Bay because the moon was rising in the East. There are some very cool trees on the foreshore at Bunker Bay.
Bunker Bay


Old Dunsborough holiday fun

This shot was taken at Fish Rock, just near the Old Dunsborough boat ramp. This typifies Old Dunsborough – a couple of families out fishing, a pelican waiting for a feed, and a stingray popping its head out of the water to see if there was any chance of a fish! Pity about the rear view of the red shorts though. There are two stingrays who frequent these rocks and they are very tame. Essentially this one was begging for food, and soon after this the guy in (or nearly in) the red shorts demonstrated – the stingray popped its head up, and he gave it a fish – it proceeded to eat it on the spot.

Old Dunsborough

Old Dunsborough


It is currently salmon season and there are some good catches being made all along the coast. Some have been caught here recently. For good measure the Curry Van comes 3 times a week to the carpark nearby – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. AND some humpback whales were seen breeching further out the day before.

Life is good!


Pt Picquet

Pt Picquet

Pt Picquet


This is one of my favourite places on the local coast.


Local enjoying the beach at Meelup

This is a beautiful much photographed beach. This afternoon I spotted a local enjoying it. She was completely unfazed by my presence and allowed me to get up close.

Local at Meelup

Local at Meelup


This was an enjoyable evening – I was on my way to Pt Picquet to catch a salmon (which I did). Last year no salmon got this far north but this year we are enjoying a return of the salmon. A couple of days ago I found a small school in “Grannie’s Pool” at Yallingup. I didn’t have my rod, so got a fisherman up the beach interested, and he wound up catching enough to give one to me and a friend. As we were taking them home we were accosted by an elderly Japanese couple who wanted my photo with the fish. I said no – and placed a salmon in the man’s hand and said “Take a photo of your husband”. My friend with the other salmon put it in his other hand and another friend put his fishing rod next to the man. So the lady got a photo of her husband with all the fishing gear and one salmon in each hand. I think they will remember their trip to Yallingup for a long time. (For those who don’t know an Australian salmon is about 80cm long and weighs 4kg – a respectable fish).


Wyadup (some photographic fun)

A D800E, Lee Big Stopper and lots of water movement. A good recipe. The first image is interesting – the beach changes almost daily in this area. A week ago you could walk almost up the middle of this image. Soon this will all be deep water, and will remain that way until next summer when the buildup of sand will begin again.

Shifting sands at Wyadup

Shifting sands at Wyadup


This next image is of a large V – Shaped gap which channels the waves forcing them into the V with increasing force. This is definitely not a place to swim, and is a dangerous place to fish from.
The Gap

The Gap


And finally this is where the water forced up into the gap winds up. Occasionally I have seen people swimming here and when the water surges in from the gap, they stand under it like standing under a waterfall.
The waterfall

The waterfall


From a hotel window

Sometimes the hotel has amazing views, but more often you wind up in a room at the back of the hotel overlooking a rather drab outlook. However it always seems there is a window that may prove interesting, or a stairway that seems superfluous.

Room with a view.

Room with a view.


Paddington view

Paddington view


One thing about shots from a hotel room – you don’t have to go far to take the shot! Lazy photography!