This was taken a few km downstream of where the Jabiru photos were taken. I climbed down the banks and out into the river. This is not the full width of the river bed – the sand on the left is a small island in the river bed – the actual river bed is about 3 times this wide. In full flood it must be awesome. Again this is about the best Kimberley sunrise I could manage at this time of the year – not a cloud to be seen.
I went out to the mouth of the Willyabrup River this morning at dawn. That means an early rise because it is about a 5k walk to get there. I thought I would be the only one there, but there were a lot of high school kids who had camped the night! Although the mouth of the river is quite spectacular it is all yellow/brown/black and I wanted to get some color from the dawn sky. I only just made it in time, but the sun did the right thing for me and came out from behind the clouds long enough to get some nice pinks and reds.
I went to Hamelin Bay this morning, not at all hopeful, as the cloud got thicker the further south I went. When I got there it was drizzling, but it soon stopped. The only gap in the cloud cover was where the sun was rising, and as it came up underneath the cloud cover it did a reasonable job of making the clouds turn pink. The waves had washed all the footprints from the sand overnight. Later a couple of stingrays came up looking to be fed.
This is a beautiful bay, and this old jetty is often photographed.
This was taken the same day as the Hayshed Hill fog image I posted earlier. This is not a B/W conversion – this is as it came out of the camera.
This is the jetty at the Quindalup boat ramp earlier this year. The tide was unusually low, creating the expanse of wet sand you see reflecting the predawn colors in the sky.
This image won a bronze award in the 2010 Landscape 500 competition. It is taken at the Abbey Vale vineyard in Wildwood Road, Yallingup. (The cellar door outlook is leased by “The Growers”, hence the title).
I would have liked to have had more clouds in the sky, but when I revisited the spot, the leaves were falling and the sun moved further north, spoiling the shot. Maybe next year.
Cullens were one of the pioneers of the Margaret River wine region, and their wines are superb. This image is a panorama stitched from about 4 or five images in two rows (it is a while since I did it!). This was taken from besides Caves Rd at dawn
This image was taken from the sand dunes at Cape Clairault, looking back towards Injidup Beach. The trees were lit with flash. It is a single row stitch of 5 images. Each image was a blended image from a series of photos taken at different exposures. This technique allows me to extract the maximum amount of the color of the early morning skies.
This image received a bronze award in the 2010 Landscape 500 competition.
Bunker Bay is a beautiful area. The limestone cliffs are best viewed in the early morning sun. This shot could not be taken any further to the left!
During late autumn there are usually fogs in the lower lying areas of the vineyards of the Margaret River region. This image is a multiple image stitch (2 rows, approximately 5 images in each row).
The autumn leaves, fog, red rays of the sunrise and the Marri trees in the foreground combine to create an image that is more like a painting than a photograph.
UPDATE: 2013. This image has appeared on the front cover of a magazine – State of the Future produced by the Department of Commerce, Western Australia.
The earlier post does not show the jetty very well. This shot taken 2 days later in the predawn glow shows the jetty better. It is multiple images stitched together. Each of the images used in the stitch was a blend of multiple shots taken at different exposures to retain the colors which are generally most dramatic in the underexposed shots.
The Busselton Jetty had fallen into a state of disrepair, and the 2km jetty was declared unsafe some years ago. When a Busselton boy became WA Treasurer the money was found to rebuild the jetty again. It was reopened to the public on the 5th February 2011.
This image is approximately 5 seconds exposure. I selected this vantage point to show the fireworks in the context of the jetty, the small swimming platform, and the banners which would be used next day at the end of the Busselton Jetty swim.