Its hard to think of a better place to go to in the morning to enjoy a cup of coffee looking out over the lagoon and surf break. Yallingup is regarded as the birthplace of surfing in the South West. Many of those who pioneered surfing in this area in the 50s and 60s have subsequently retired to this area and surf this area daily.
In this image I was trying to capture an image that was instantly recognisable as Yallingup, and these trees in the foreground are the essence of Yallingup.
A friend who I hadn’t seen for many years came down last weekend. It turns out he was a keen photographer, so I suggested an early morning shoot at Sugarloaf Rocks. I could hear his wife laughing in the car when I suggested it, but Jim thought it would be a good idea (he did actually want to go to Sugarloaf).
We arrived early (well… before sunrise and at this time of the year that is early!). But the carpark was full. It turned out Christian Fletcher was running a course and they were all out at Sugarloaf Rocks. There were photographers on every rock, every little potential foreground feature and every leading line. They had taken all the clouds, rearranged them and there were non left for the rest of us. At least Christian agreed not to charge us for being there!
With the help of a program called TPE (free on a Windows computer) I was able to position myself to take this shot last night. I was 4km from the jetty looking across the bay. I went down to the beach, set up my camera pointing at this scene and waited in the darkness. People walking along the beach wondered what I was doing (until after the moon rose!).
The reason the moon appears so large is that I was so far away from the jetty and the jetty appears small. The moon doesn’t change in size so it appears large in comparison. Last night was the only night for quite a while the moon will rise at a position where I could take this shot – from now on it will rise too far south and appear over the land.