It seems winter is dragging on forever. This last storm has some of the strongest winds and biggest swells of the winter. For those unfamiliar with Sugarloaf Rocks, the main rock is at least 25 metres high, probably more.
It was hard to stand still to take the shot – every time a gust of wind hit, you were forced backwards!
Very often sunsets here fizzle out due to a large band of cloud that forms over the horizon. Last night looked promising, so I went down to Wyadup. At the last minute a small band of cloud appeared on the horizon, and this prevented the sunset from developing into a full blown knock your socks off sunset, but it was pretty good.
The shore along this stretch is interesting. Over summer the sand will build up, and this whole area becomes a sandy beach. Most of these rocks are either covered by sand or partly covered. Then during winter the storms wash it all away again and the cycle starts over again.
This pool is just below the waterfalL (you can see the waterfall on the far right). It must be impressive to see this river at the end of the wet season. It was a long hot walk to get to this point and we enjoyed a swim under the waterfall just after this photo was taken.
Lately the weather down here has been absolutely perfect – for everything except photography. Not a cloud in sight anywhere. That was why I went out to Bunker Bay to capture the early sunlight on the cliffs. I couldn’t think of anything better. While I was waiting for the sun to rise I played around with this shot – similar to yesterdays but showing the folding patterns in the rock.
I went out to Bunker Bay this morning to take some photos of the early morning sun on the limestone cliffs and sea caves. While I was waiting for the sun to appear I took this shot. (I am still processing the shot of the cliffs and caves).
These rock formations are just south of Cosy Corner. They offer many good possibilities for photographs. I will probably post some more from here in the future because as I look through my images it was hard to choose which one to post.
Yesterday afternoon there were some reasonable clouds around mid afternoon, and it looked promising for a good sunset. The afternoon was a perfect autumn day, and the sun was lovely. However as the afternoon went on the sun slowly burnt off the clouds, and by 5:00pm there were only a few clouds left in the east. We went down to Meelup to catch them, and they continued to fade. There was some smoke around and the late afternoon sun produced a red glow with the help of the smoke. This is the result.
Bunker Bay is a stunning location, and before the resort was built the beach was almost always deserted. In the 1980’s I was working in Holland, and came back to WA on holiday. I took some photos of Bunker Bay beach and on my return to Holland showed them to my workmates (that was evil – it was -15c at the time). They stared and stared and stared – I began to wonder what was wrong. Finally one of them said “but there’s no-one on the beach”! They could not believe that such a beautiful beach would be deserted.
These days it is a bit more occupied, but still just as beautiful.
Last night there was more cloud around, so I went out to Sugarloaf Rocks to see if I could capture the sunset. There were a lot of people there (visitors down for Easter holidays). The sunset was pretty good I thought. So did this couple in front of me.
This was a long exposure assisted by “light painting” the rocks in the foreground. The hard part is getting the torch to light the rocks evenly.I was fortunate to get a shooting star (or perhaps the space station) in the image. I like the contrast of the blue and the orange/red of the rocks (which is emphasised by the tungsten light of the torch).
For those who know the area, this is taken looking back up to the tourist lookout.
I thought I would continue the Derby theme. The first shot was taken at Wandjina Gorge – out of Derby along the Gibb River Road. It was the middle of the day, and the light was harsh and strong.
The mud flats below are at low tide, next to the Derby jetty. I love the strong colours in this shot.
There is a fairly large seal colony off the coast between Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste – they live just under the whale lookout. This part of the coast has very few visitors and the seals like it that way. It is possible to go down the cliffs and get a good view, if you know where the informal tracks are. However it is a very, very steep climb back up. If you go to watch the seals please keep your distance – they are nervous when people are nearby. Take binoculars and/or a telephoto lens. (Signs on the beach ask people to keep at least 30m from the seals, and warn against going between the seals and the water if they are on land).
With the change in weather we are finally getting a few clouds. I went out to Canal Rocks this morning and immediately regretted it when I got out of the car. The easterly was bitterly cold!
After I took this, the sun had risen further, and the clouds to the west began to turn pink.
After that my hands were frozen and it was becoming difficult to press the shutter, so I went home.
This image obtained a bronze award in the recent Landscape 500 competition, and also in the 2011 Epson International Pano awards. It is two rows of about 7 images (I forget exactly how many) all stitched to produce a composite panorama. Each individual image was a fused exposure of around 6-9 different exposures. This technique allows the rich colors of the setting sun to be retained.
The seagulls were included to give a sense of life, and depth to the image. I arrived at Sugarloaf early and set up the camera to take the individual images for the panorama. I began feeding the seagulls, and without adjusting the focal length of the lens, refocussed and began taking the photos of the seagulls. The best of the images were selected and placed over the panorama in exactly the correct position. The background around the seagulls was masked leaving the seagull in exactly the position it was when captured.
I am pleased with this image. It is a view of Sugarloaf you do not see often – taken from out the front looking back to the coast. Of all the prints I have made of my images this one receives the most favorable comments.
This shot was taken just after sunrise. The limestone cliffs catch fire in the early rays of the sun, and reflect in the rock pool. The Sea caves are a natural feature along this stretch of coast between Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste. In case you are wondering the sea cave is right in the middle of the image – it is hard to see with the sun shining directly in.
This shot can only be taken in the winter months because it is only then the sun rises far enough north to shine on the cliffs in this way.