Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Posts tagged “Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks early morning sun

Sunday morning. I like trying to capture the water movement in the canal. There is always some experimentation necessary to get the right exposure as too long an exposure gives a total “whiteout” as the foam moves through the canal. It depends on the wave conditions breaking into the canal. This shot was taken as the suns rays began to hit the rocks.

Canal Rocks

Canal Rocks

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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


Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks

We have had some rough weather down here. Last evening I took my D800E to Canal Rocks. It was hardly ideal conditions, wind gusting to 45 knots, spray everywhere, and shooting into the sun. The camera was in a rain cover to protect it from the spray. I couldn’t let go of the tripod or it would have blown over. I had seen some evidence that the D800E was very good at recovering detail from shadows, so I just braced myself, tried to steady the tripod and decreased the exposure until the sky was not blown out (except directly at the sun). The rocks and water all looked pretty black. Back at home and in Lightroom I was easily able to recover the shadows!

Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks

Stormy sunset at Canal Rocks


This was not the best image to judge the resolution of the D800E – at times it was all I could do to stand up, and focussing through the plastic of the rain cover was difficult. However a large print looks pretty good, so I am pleased with the result.


Milky Way over Canal Rocks

I have been intending to try this for quite a while, but there always seemed to be something stopping me – moon too bright, too much cloud, bed too warm! Last night all the planets were in line, and I had run out of excuses. The battery on my torch died just as I was finishing – fortunately I had a LED light on my cap to see my way back to the car!

Milky Way over Canal Rocks

Milky Way over Canal Rocks

Update: This image won a silver award in the recent International Loupe Awards with a score of 85 and was placed 33rd in the Amateur Landscape Category.

Silver award

Silver award


Waiting for the storm

Yesterday a big low pressure system and front hit the south west of Western Australia. This was taken at Canal Rocks just before the storm hit.

Waiting for the storm

Waiting for the storm


Canal Rocks Boat ramp and jetty

The Quindalup jetty has been attracting the attention of photographers over recent years. In the 2011 Epson International Pano Awards, 4 images of the top 50 Nature Amateur and the top 50 Nature Professional results were images of the Cape to Cape region of Western Australia (ie they were from my backyard). 2 of these images were of the Quindalup Jetty. No other structure  worldwide was so well awarded! Nor was any other region.

I have even posted a few images of the Quindalup jetty myself. However the Quindalup jetty has a lesser known brother – the Canal Rocks jetty. In rough weather (pretty common on this relatively unprotected coast) I doubt the boat ramp is much good for launching boats (would you back your car into this?), but it does offer some good opportunities for photographers. It works because the ramp on the left is higher than the ramp on the right, so you get these patterns of water flow as the waves spill from the top ramp to the bottom.

Just watch out for the unexpected big wave.

Canal Rocks boat ramp

Canal Rocks boat ramp


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