Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia


Autumn leaves

Autumn seems to be hanging on – with a front approaching we will probably see most of the autumn leaves go in the next few days.


This was captured in the gardens at Aravina Estate (it used to be called Amberley until 2 years ago).

Small winery

I often get asked by visitors to the Margaret River Wine Region for recommendations on small interesting wineries to visit. The sort of thing where it is not a bottle barn, perhaps they can meet the winemaker and so on. One of the smallest and my favourite is Swallows Welcome, off Wickham Rd just south of Margaret River. Pat Negus is an incredibly accomplished artist and has illustrated a number of books including the Cape to Cape trail guides, and Wildflowers of the South West. They built a mud brick chapel on the property and all the original wildflower illustrations are hanging in the chapel. Her husband Tim decided to try making wine (on a small scale), and they have a cellar door outlet. The wines require some bottle age, but their 2007 Cabernet Franc Merlot is drinking well at the moment. The labels have illustrations by Pat on them. Pat’s studio is next to the cellar door outlet and is open to visitors.

Swallows Welcome winery

Swallows Welcome winery

It is interesting to compare this with the shot of the Celestial Bay winery I recently posted – a world of difference!
Pat Negus' studio

Pat Negus' studio

This is the inside of Pat’s studio.


The atmosphere inside the winery is amazing – the smells alone are worth the visit. This small winery makes their wine along traditional lines. These vats have to be plunged every 4 hours for several weeks!
Update: I went back and shot the staff from Celestial Bay in the winery – plunging and sampling. I feel this image now tells the story of vintage at Celestial Bay – with the staff involved shown in the image. Here is the updated image.

The craft of  Wine Making

The craft of Wine Making

Celestial Bay Vineyard

The celestial theme provided the inspiration for this shot.

Celestial Bay

Celestial Bay

Were Wines vineyard in fog

For those who don’t know Were Wines is the name of a vineyard opposite the Bootleg brewery (presumably owned by the Were family). The sign outside the vineyard says “Were Wine – the’re beer”!

This was taken 12 months ago.

Were Wines vineyard in fog

Were Wines vineyard in fog

More Wills Domain activity

I have had an idea to do a series of  long exposures in a vineyard whilst the harvester was operating, and this morning I got the chance to try it. The concept was to have the harvester lights trace a series of lines.

However the harvester started at 6:00am and it quickly got too light for me to continue. At least I got enough to show the idea would work. There was a nice sunrise as well, and I probably would have been better off concentrating on that, but I couldn’t move the camera!

This morning was more in the way of an experiment, and to try out different techniques. Here is the result from this morning. The continuous lines are the harvester. The dashes come from the tractor and trailer accompanying the harvester. Being lower it is partially obscured by the canopy of the vines, and the light only shows in the gaps between the branches.

UPDATE: I managed to extract the light trails from most of my shots, and this is the updated result.

UPDATE 2. Conclusions. The technique is workable, but probably not worth the effort. The time spent would be better spent concentrating on producing a good image, and in the dark that is probably difficult.  It wont turn a poor photo into a good one, but probably offers something a bit out of the ordinary.

Wills Domain light trails

Wills Domain light trails

Hay Shed Hill vineyard in fog

During autumn there is often fog over the Margaret River vineyards in the early morning. At this time of the year the leaves are turning yellow. The combination of autumn leaves, fog, and sunrise colors offer good opportunities for photographers. This image  was taken April 20 last year. The Cape Clairault image from an earlier post is another example of the early morning fog.

Hayshed Hill vineyard

Autumn fog in the Hayshed Hill vineyard.

. This was taken towards the end of April last year at the Hayshed Hill vineyard.